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CTBUH China Hosts Board Meeting and Tall Building Symposium
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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SHANGHAI - On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, CTBUH China held its board meeting at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University, with 15 industry leaders participating. During the meeting, CTBUH China Office Director & Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du gave an overview of the achievements of CTBUH China, as well as the global organization, over the past few years. The participants also discussed the future development of CTBUH, which including many hot topics in the field of high-rise building: the development of tall buildings in China and around the world; CTBUH’s direction in future research; the management of tall buildings and their influence on urban life; and CTBUH’s growth into new cities. China board members brought up many valuable suggestions and were all confident in the future development of CTBUH in China. After the meeting, CTBUH China awarded certification of each board member. 

CTBUH China holds its board meeting at Tongji University in Shanghai, where participants discussed the future development of CTBUH as well as the state of tall buildings in China and around the world. 
From left to right: CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood; CTBUH Fellow and CTBUH China Office Board Member Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower; Chengxiang Gao, Project General Manager, Ping An; Eric Lee, Head of Operations, Greater China, JLL; CTBUH China Office Board Member Changfu Wu, Professor, CAUP, Tongji University; CTBUH China Office Board Member Shaofeng Wang, President, CSCOD; Kui Zhuang, Vice President, CCDI; Jinlei Ding representing CTBUH China Office Board Member Ellen Sun, General Manager, UTRC (China); Yongjia Chen representing CTBUH China Office Board Member Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI.
Later in the afternoon, CTBUH China organized a half-day symposium at Tongji University, kindly supported by The Architectural Society of Shanghai China, CAUP at Tongji University, CallisonRTKL, and Gensler.

The theme of the symposium explored “The Future of Vertical Cities,” and aimed to consider how buildings interact with one another in a harmonious environment.

Speakers examined the need for improvements in urban infrastructure, as well as the ways in which tall buildings can improve the environment by reducing energy consumption and generating new energy through sustainable means.

CTBUH China would like to thank the above sponsors for
their support with this event.
Dr. Shiling Zheng, academician, Chinese Academy of Science, speaking at the symposium.
Antony Wood discusses current issues affecting tall buildings. 
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The symposium featured two sections, with opening remarks given by Dr. Shiling Zheng, academician, Chinese Academy of Science, and Dr. Wood.

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“Earth and Sky: A New Urban Modal,” was presented by CTBUH Secretary Tim Neal, CEO, CallisonRTKL.
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With the unprecedented increase in the world’s population and the rapid rate of urbanization, tall building are one of the essential solutions to help ease the burden on our planet’s resources. Four speakers defined the future of the "Vertical city" and discussed the positive and negative impacts of high density construction, vertical growth, and the construction of centralized, shared urban infrastructure in China and other countries.

CTBUH China Office Director & Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du shares insights with the audience at the event.
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Dr. Wood gave a speech called “Principle and Practices Driving the World’s Best Tall Buildings.” His speech set the stage by discussing the current issues affecting tall buildings, and lead to a practical solution with real-world examples.

CTBUH Secretary Tim Neal, CEO, CallisonRTKL, presented on “Earth and Sky: A New Urban Modal.” Through the speech, Neal introduced the design principles of CallisonRTKL, and answered questions on the need for building tall.

Hasan A. Syed, Design Director and Principal, Gensler, discusses Gensler's hybrid models projects.
Dr. Yibo Xu, Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti China, delivers his presentation, "From Vertical Forest to Vertical Farm: A New Architectural Topology."

After a short tea break, the second section began with a lecture given by Hasan A. Syed, Design Director and Principal, Gensler. The name of the presentation was “A Catalyst to Inspire Change: New Hybrid Models and Trends in Building Communities.” He explored the idea of “the third space,” and explained Gensler’s projects from the perspective of “flat, fast and fun.” The second speech was delivered by Dr. Yibo Xu, Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti China. His topic covered “From Vertical Forest to Vertical Farm: A New Architectural Typology.”

A panel discussion was held by CTBUH "Future Leaders" Committee Member Zhendong Wang, Professor, Tongji University; Chengxiang  Gao, Assistant General Manager, Ping An Real Estate; Linxue Li, Professor, Tongji University; and Eric Lee, Head of Operations of China, JLL.
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The day’s presentations made clear China’s expanding influence in the development of tall buildings and high-density cities, including in the fields of investment, design, construction, and operation. A panel discussion on “China’s Impact on the Future of Tall” was conducted by "Future Leaders" Committee Member Zhendong Wang, Professor, Tongji University. Chengxiang Gao, Assistant General Manager, Ping An Real Estate; Eric Lee, Head of Operations of China, JLL; Kui Zhuang, Vice president, CCDI; and Linxue Li, Professor, Tongji University, joined the discussion. The discussion covered tall building investment, operation, design, and academia. The audience also joined in on the discussion.

Tim Neal delivers his closing remarks.
Peter Weingarten thanks everyone for attending the symposium.
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The closing remarks were given by Neal and Peter Weingarten, Principal, Gensler. Following the presentations, CTBUH members enjoyed a social cocktail reception, which continued the engaging discussions of the symposium.
Symposium attendees Tim Neal; Wenmei Wei, Senior Architect, Callison RTKL; Linxue Li; James Zheng, President, Goettsch Partners; Antony Wood, and Peng Du enjoy the symposium's social cocktail reception.
Zhendong Wang and Tim Neal converse during the cocktail reception that followed the symposium.