Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2017 International Design Workshop: Evolving DiverCity - Towards Shared Vertical Urbanism
Monday, 16 October 2017

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QINGDAO The School of Architecture at Qingdao University of Technology and CTBUH China co-organized a symposium entitled “Evolving DiverCity - Towards Shared Vertical Urbanism," as an opening plenary forum of the 2017 International Design Workshop hosted by Qingdao University of Technology. The symposium explored the potential to develop future vertical cities through shared infrastructure.
The speakers applaud during the opening ceremony.
In the opening ceremony, presentations were given by Zaiquan Wang, Director of the Dean's Office, Qingdao University of Technology; Chibiao Hao, Dean of the School of Architecture, Qingdao University of Technology and CTBUH Qingdao Representative; CTBUH China Office Director Dr. Peng Du, Visiting Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Dewancker Bart Julien, Professor, University of Kitakyushu; and Zhenming Wang, Chief Architect, TD. Dean Chibiao Hao welcomed the guests and introduced the activities, indicating that the symposium was very important for Qingdao University of Technology’s international cooperation and communication objectives. Dr. Du talked about the relevance of the co-organized event to the field of local high-rise buildings in Qingdao.
Upper left: Dewancker Bart Julien, Professor, University of Kitakyushu
Upper right: Zhizhe Yu, China Office Director, AI and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair
Lower left: Quanhong Li, Vice President, CallisonRTKL and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member
Lower right: Zhenming Wang, Chief Architect, TD

The symposium featured four speakers. Dewancker Bart Julien, Professor, University of Kitakyushu, expounded on the subject of vertical cities from the perspective of urban planning, and traced the development of architecture from the industrial to the post-industrial era.

Zhizhe Yu, China Office Director, AI, and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair, explained the concept of an “ideal city” and described skyscrapers in ideal cities as “spiritual souls." Quanhong Li, Vice President, CallisonRTKL and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member, offered several special inspirations for designing high-rise buildings from the perspective of having designed projects overseas. Zhenming Wang, Chief Architect of TD, presented on the iconic role of skyscrapers and explored how they can integrate with the surrounding context.

The panel discussion after the speech was moderated by Dr. Du. The forum guests discussed the topic of “sustainable vertical urbanism,”  which gave students a preliminary understanding from multiple perspectives. Students enthusiastically raised questions to the speakers about tall buildings, and the answers were well received.

CTBUH China Office Director Peng Du, Visiting Assistant Professor,
Illinois Institute of Technology
The audience attentively watches the symposium.
In addition to the symposium, the International Design Workshop also hosted a co-design competition, the winners of which were shown in an exhibition at the neighboring architecture museum.  The coincidental events allowed all participants to gain a broader vision and collaborate more thoroughly on their design ideas.
The studio members and guests pose for a group photo.