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CTBUH UK Event Casts “Tall Towers as Catalysts for Social Interaction”
May 8, 2017

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LONDON – Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and the CTBUH UK Chapter hosted an evening event in the ZHA gallery space, featuring presentations and a panel discussion on tall towers as catalysts for social interaction. Panelists included Patrik Schumacher, Principal, ZHA; Steve Andrews, Project Design Executive, Canary Wharf Group; Hanif Kara, Director and Co-Founder, AKT II; Peter Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment; CTBUH Fellow Simon Lay, Director, Olsson Fire & Risk; and Nick Wirth, President, Wirth Research.
The speakers engage in a Q&A with the audience.

The theme for the evening event was introduced by Viviana Muscettola, Associate Director, ZHA, who served as moderator and challenged the panel of speakers to present and discuss with the audience their thoughts, ideas, and current projects.

The presenters, a cross section of industry leaders – including developers, engineers, architects, and urban planners – vigorously discussed and presented on where, when, and why to build high. Central to the discussion was the role of tall buildings in reflecting and accomodating societal needs.

Viviana Muscettola, Associate Director, ZHA, gives an introduction.

Peter Rees began by presenting the pros and cons that come with the indiscriminate planning and placement of tall buildings in city centers. Patrik Schumacher next presented the ZHA design philosophy: that cityscapes create cohesive design through differentiation. Steve Andrews reflected on his experiences in creating a wide offer of design to a fast-changing society, and on parallel strategies to create valuable and accessible communal spaces in new developments.

Peter Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment, presents on indiscriminate planning and placement of tall buildings in city centers.
Patrik Schumacher, principal of ZHA, presents on ZHA design philosophy.
Hanif Kara, Director and Co-Founder of AKT II, discusses site conditions and solutions.

Shifting gears, Hanif Kara looked at the root of engineering tall buildings and the role of structural engineers in responding to site conditions with respectful solutions. Simon Lay delighted the audience with a cross-topic presentation of performance-based fire engineering, in response to the rise of mixed-use programs.  Finally, Nick Wirth gave a hot-off-the-press presentation on the true parity between wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics.

Simon Lay, Director of Olsson Fire & Risk talks performance-based fire engineering. Nick Wirth, President of Wirth Research, presents on wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics.


The wide-ranging debate concluded with a lively Q&A from the audience, and with guests and speakers enjoying the ZHA gallery space, models, paintings, and drinks.
Following the debate, guests enjoy the ZHA gallery, models, paintings, and drinks.