Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
TAIPEI 101 Hosts CTBUH Event:
"Global Tall: Trends, Drivers, and Challenges"
Thursday, 28 June 2018
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TAIPEI 101 recently hosted the CTBUH event "Global Tall: Skyscraper Trends, Drivers and Challenges"

TAIPEI -  TAIPEI 101 recently hosted “Global Tall: Skyscraper Trends, Drivers and Challenges.” The former tallest building in the world and winner of the 2016 CTBUH Tall Building Performance Award served as an appropriate backdrop for the event, which investigated global trends of skyscraper construction, as well as the challenges and solutions associated with their growing presence. The forum saw valued guests from industry participants, government agencies and academia, including: CTBUH Advisory Group Member Joseph Chou, Chairman, Taipei Financial Center Corp.; Dick Leung, Board Member, Taipei Financial Center Corp.; Shih-Chieh Hsu, CEO, Taiwan Architecture and Building Center; Erdal Elver, President and CEO, Siemens Ltd Taiwan; and Ching-yu Yao, Counselor and Executive Secretary, International Affairs Advisory Council. The guests also comprised developers of skyscrapers in the Xinyi District; senior officers of foreign businesses and representatives of the architecture profession such as C.Y. Lee & Partners, the firm that designed TAIPEI 101. The audience gathered in an exciting discussion about the trends and challenges of skyscrapers worldwide.

In his opening speech, Joseph Chou said that as a member of CTBUH for more than a decade, he was excited to continue engaging with tall building industry stakeholders through the CTBUH platform.

Chou introduced CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood, who delivered a speech about trends and challenges of the burgeoning skyscraper industry, which is bolstered by a continued influx of people into urban areas. The future challenge of skyscrapers lies not in their height, but in how they contribute to the creation of the sustainable vertical city.

Attendees network over lunch following the event

During his speech, Wood mentioned several skyscraper trends observed globally. Since 1960, completion of tall buildings measuring 200 meters and above has increased rapidly on a yearly basis; in the 1990s, an average of 11 tall buildings were built each year; and in 2017 alone, a total of 144 tall buildings were built, which was more than 10 times greater than the 1990s. North America used to account for virtually 100% of the world's 100 tallest buildings, but this percentage had been reduced to 16% by 2017, indicating a significant shift towards Asia and the Middle East. Another global trend was the competition between cities for increased height: e.g. the currently under construction Jeddah Tower is estimated to reach 1,000 meters at its completion – equivalent to the height of two TAIPEI 101 buildings.

However, skyscrapers also present many challenges to the urban environment, such as the over-commercialization and homogenization of cities. According to studies conducted by the United Nations, more than one million people worldwide migrate into cities on a weekly basis, creating a need for workable, sustainable cities. A sustainable, vertical city would be a better residential solution compared to suburban areas if architects can find ways to create green space at height and establish horizontal connections between public space and buildings, therefore developing a three-dimensional community where humans are able to co-exist with natural elements.

The event concluded with a networking reception, where attendees continued the enthusiastic discussion about sustainable urban development.

From left to right: CTBUH Taiwan Representative Richard H. Lee, Vice President, C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners; Andrew Liu, Managing Director, Colliers International; Stella Liao, Associate Director, CBRE; Tony Chao, Managing Director – Taiwan, JLL; Ching-yu Yao, Counselor & Executive Secretary for International Affairs Advisory Council, Taipei Government; CTBUH Advisory Group Member Joseph Chou, Chairman, TAIPEI 101; CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood; Shih-Chieh Hsu, CEO, Taiwan Architecture & Building Center; Dick Leung, Board Director, TAIPEI 101; Shih-ming Chen, President, TAIPEI 101; Michael Liu, CEO, TAIPEI 101
Antony Wood CTBUH
Michelle Hsieh Amstrong
Clive Eveleigh Architectural Pursuer
李柏毅 Architectural Pursuer
李伯軒 Architectural Pursuer
王志仁 Architectural Pursuer
David Chuang BOSE
Ian Chen BOSE
Lala Tsai Business Weekly
Lun Chi Chen Cathay Life Insurance
Stella Liao CBRE
Henry Chuang Colliers International
Andrew Liu Colliers International
Kevin Chang Envision Engineering Consultant
Thomas H.C. Kwo Evergreen Consulting Engineering, Inc.
Melody HarryWinston
Shyh Yin Lin Hua Nan Commercial Bank Corporate Plaza
Yvonne Lin Hungkuo Development
Sam Kao ISS Taiwan
Annie Lin ISS Taiwan
Tony Chao JLL
Tammy Cheng Nan Shan Life Insurance
劉昱志 Nan Shan Life Insurance
Vivian Ho Philips Lighting Taiwan
Dolly Tu Philips Lighting Taiwan
Tony Su President International Development Corporation
Kerwin Wu Radium Life Tech
Stephanie Kung Riant Capital Limited
Jocelyn Lo Riant Capital Limited
Joe Lu Shin Kong Xinyi Financial Center
Erdal Elver Siemens Ltd., Taiwan
Tailung Hung Siemens Ltd., Taiwan
James Hsieh "Sunty Development
(Board Member of Taiwan Intelligent Building Association)"
Shih-ming Chen TAIPEI 101
Woody Chiang TAIPEI 101
Joseph Chou TAIPEI 101
Dick Leung TAIPEI 101
Michael Liu TAIPEI 101
Catherine Sun TAIPEI 101
Iping Yang TAIPEI 101
Ching-yu Yao Taipei Government
Shih-Chieh Hsu Taiwan Architecture & Building Center
Jeffery Lin Taiwan Architecture & Building Center
Joyce Chiu The One at Taipei 101
Eric Ho The One at Taipei 101
Claire Shih TIFFANY & Co.
Harry Chen "TONNETweb
(Board Member of Taiwan Intelligent Building Association)"
Timmy Chang UL
Calvin Chen UL
Jase Laio UL