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CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee Explores Tall Building Design Competitions
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Friday, 17 November 2017

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SHANGHAI – A symposium on “Gains and Losses in Tall Building Design Competitions,” co-hosted by CTBUH China and Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC), was successfully held at the China Construction Design International (CCDI)’s office. During the symposium, the members of CTBUH YPC discussed the challenges and merits of design competitions, focusing on China's unique market environment and its urbanization process.

The audience listens carefully in the tea-room style conference center at CCDI, Shanghai.
The symposium was moderated by Xia Ai, Research Director, CCDI and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member, who welcomed nine guest speakers, beginning with Yan Li, Associate General Manager, CCDI. Li was followed by Xia Ai, Research Director, who examined a large number of incomplete CCDI proposals resulting from design competitions, and analyzed the different reasons they failed. A temporary loss may result in the next gain, he explained.
Left: Yan Li, Associate General Manager, CCDI.
Right: Xia Ai, Research Director, CCDI and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member

Next to speak was Haojiang Liu, Chief Architect of Dept. 1, ISA Architecture and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member, who outlined the design process for his firm’s entry to the Shanghai Finance Center competition. After detailing how they modified and deepened the scheme according to the assignment book and various requirements, he introduced the concept – and practice – of the building’s atrium. Mu Li, Executive Director of Design Management, Ping An Real Estate Ltd.,  and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member, tackled the topic from a competition organizer’s perspective, explaining the objectives of a competition, and the expectation of competitors to play to their strengths. This, Li said, makes for a better, more diversified competition.
Left: Haojiang Liu, Chief Architect of Dept. 1, ISA Architecture and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member
Right: Mu Li, Executive Director, Ping An Real Estate
CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member
Yong Ding, Shanghai Office Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair, discussed the proposal for Shanghai Museum East Pavilion, which takes advantage of the city axis system to create public space. He also remarked on KPF’s design method for high-rise buildings, in which mass comparisons of quantifiable models were conducted. Hailong Chen, Director, CallisonRTKL, presented on the conceptual planning of Red Town and the “Cultural Walk” that takes visitors through the urban redevelopment project.
Left: Yong Ding, Shanghai Office Director, KPF and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair
Right: Hailong Chen, Director, CallisonRTKL
Afterward, Honglei Wu, Deputy Chief Engineer and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member, and Zhengtao Zhu, Director Architect of Dept. 2, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., introduced the proposal of the Nanjing Pukou high-rise, commenting on the structural and the architectural strategies. They explained how mega-braced frame structure systems cooperated with the elegant shape. Bin Pan, Senior Structural Engineer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member, continued the theme by sharing the proposal for Shenzhen Zhongxin Finance Center, which features a skewed-grid system. Through this case, he explained how structural design excellence can facilitate architectural design excellence.
Left: Honglei Wu, Vice Chief Engineer, TJAD and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member
Middle: Zhengtao Zhu, Chief architect of Dept. 2, TJAD
Right:
Bin Pan, Senior Structural Engineer, SOM and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Member
Joe Fan, Vice President & Technical Director, Gensler and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair, highlighted how through multi-party cooperation, builders were able to re-design the core tube under a tight deadline in order to get approval for the proposed Shanghai Bohua building. He also explained how a curtain wall with inclined glass can resolve problems of light pollution. To close out the presentations, Zhizhe Yu, Co-Founder/Managing Director, AI. and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair used two proposals to demonstrate ways in which firms can stand out from the competition, such as developing a thorough understanding of the project site.
Left: Joe Fan, Vice President / Technical Director, Gensler and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair
Right:  Zhizhe Yu, Co-founder/Managing director, AI. and CTBUH Shanghai YPC Co-Chair
To conclude, Jing Cui, Assistant to the Director, CTBUH China Office, provided closing remarks and spoke words of thanks.
The main participants posing for a group photo.

Attendee List:
Jason AA
Xiaomin Zhang AET
Shunjie Yang Archilier
Tim Liu Archilier
Yue Cai CallisonRTKL
Yunlong Di CCDI
Jianan Wang CCDI
Zengfang Wang CCDI
Jian Cheng CCDI
Jianhua Zhong CCDI
Jing Huang CCDI
Yu Wang CCDI
Kan Zhang CCDI
Cong Feng CRTKL
Yong Shi ISA
Feng Li KPF
Ms. Wang Moshe Safdie Architect
Peter Cuthbert NAC Architecture
Yajie Wang PTAD
Aoran Li RWDI
Matt Terrelonge RWDI
Wei Hu Safdie Architects
Ivy Safdie Architects
Jiawei Pan Safdie Architects
Qiwei Hu Safdie Architects
Jin Yao Shanghai Junyuan Design Review Co.,Ltd.
Qian Liang Shanghai New Huangpu Real Estate Co.,Ltd.
Maosen Geng Shanghai Yushe Archietectrual Design Co.,Ltd.
Lingkai Li Shanghai Yushe Archietectrual Design Co.,Ltd.
Zhaofan Li SOM
Li Min Spark
Juan Liu Stafeno Boeri Architect
Songyue Zhang Tongji University
Le Li Tongji University
Haoming Tang Tongji University
Xinyu Jiao Tongji University