Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

CTBUH Israel’s Tel Aviv Regional Conference: Connecting Time and Place – Past, Present, and Future in Urban Habitat
13 – 15 November 2017

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TEL AVIV – The city of Tel Aviv was honored to host the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Tel Aviv Regional Conference in collaboration with the annual Israel Association of Construction & Infrastructure Engineering (IACIE) conference. The three-day event was held November 13 – 15, 2017 in collaboration with CTBUH Israel.  The first two days of the conference consisted of lectures, presentations, exhibitions, and a networking reception. The final day of the conference focused on technical tours and off-site programs throughout Tel Aviv. The conference expanded on the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference theme, "Connecting the City: People, Density, and Infrastructure," by exploring regional identity in a global context reshaped by technology.

About 2,000 attendees gather for the regional conference.

The location of the conference was crucial in making it a successful event. Tel Aviv, a seaside city, is the financial and cultural capital of Israel. Over the course of the past two decades, substantial high-rise development has been executed throughout the city, blending in with the historic low-rise urban fabric while redefining its skyline. Exploring Tel Aviv as a case study reveals a typology of the current high-rise buildings as an outcome of the local culture climate and characteristics, both of which have influenced the evolution of the urban fabric since the city rose from the dunes.

Delegates present at their exhibition booth.
Delegates discuss the exhibition booth.
The conference was supported by 53 sponsors, which were mainly local industries, supporting organizations, construction companies, and engineering companies.  During the first two days of the conference, there were seven parallel speaking tracks, including two CTBUH tracks, with 52 speakers taking part in sessions and panel discussions. Each day’s opening and closing plenary sessions were led by CTBUH-affiliated keynote speakers: CTBUH Vice-Chairman David Malott, Founder/CEO, AI., and CEO, SpaceFactory; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group; Spencer de Grey, Head of Design, Foster + Partners; and Cristiano Ceccato, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects. Tracks 5 and 6 were programmed by CTBUH, with international speakers including Jan Knikker, MVRDV; Mickey Kupperman, Silverstein Properties; Tom Smith, WSP; Marc Zobec, Permasteelisa Group; Wouter Degezelle, Smet GWT; and Tarek Elnaggar, KONE. Throughout the two days, 50 companies presented exhibition booths in a 400-square-meter hall.  The first day concluded with a networking reception, kindly sponsored by The Plaza Tshuva Group.  It was held in the evening of November 13th at the Bavli Park project site.

Presenters participate in a panel discussion.
The third and final day of the conference was dedicated to off-site programs and technical tours, which took place at major buildings, urban spaces, infrastructure hubs, and key developments across the city of Tel Aviv. Off-site tours included Sarona Park and Azrieli Sarona Tower, Midtown, ToHa, and other prominent locations.

A speaker presents to a large audience.
The conference was a genuine collaboration between the IACIE and The Israel Association of United Architects through CTBUH Israel. The municipality of Tel Aviv also took an active part in the conference, providing essential support. This successful initiative drew more attendees than ever before, with about 2,000 delegates, speakers, sponsors, students, and VIPs in attendance.