Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2016 Vertical City Conference


October 13 to 14 (check in October 12)

Time: Wednesday, October 12 - check in all day
Thursday, October 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design and Urban Planning (AATU) International Hall, 1895 Innovation Building,
Nankai District, West Anshan Road, No.192,
​Tianjin City, China 300072


This event will explore how the Vertical City concept can contribute to the development of metropolitan areas and mega metropolitan areas such as Jing Jin Ji (Jing = Beijing, Jin = Tianjin, Ji = Hebei Province) in China.

"Vertical City" is an innovative city model which calls for the development of sustainable, three-dimensional city forms. In this model multi-functional megatowers are interconnected by sky lobbies and a highly efficient transportation network which incorporates the most basic means of personal transportation (walking) with the most technologically advanced public transportation mechanism (multi-dimensional, rope-less express elevators) and many methods in between. This mathematically superior design allows residents quicker and easier access to everything they might hope to find in a traditional city and it also allows for greater access to parks and nature.

This conference will focus on how the Vertical City model can improve urbanization. Topics will include city planning, architecture, engineering, vertical transportation, environment, and many more.

One speaker is the CTBUH's very own China Office Director,
Daniel Safarik, who will be speaking on October 13 at 4:20 p.m. on "Megacities and Tall Buildings." The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization project, and to observe the effects of multi-core, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This presentation establishes the criteria for defining megacities, discusses their characteristics and locations, and assesses the impact they are having and will have on tall buildings, urban development, transportation, infrastructure and quality of life.
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