Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

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CTBUH 2009 Conference
22nd - 23rd October
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
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Synopsis:
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Tall Buildings have enjoyed almost two decades of unprecedented development – built in greater number, height and geographical spread than at any time in history. That position is now under threat from the twin challenges of global climate change and a severe international economic recession. Many projects are being cancelled, put on hold or reducing their pace of moving forward as the recession tightens, and questions are increasingly being asked of the sustainable credentials of high rise, especially in light of some of the design excesses of the past decade.

We are at a unique juncture in time, where the global recession gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on what tall buildings have become, and where they should head into the future. Are they meeting the challenges of climate change in helping create more sustainable urban environments? Is it appropriate for a tall building to be used as an icon to project the vitality of a city or country on a competitive world business stage? Have the fundamentals of skyscraper conception, financing, design and construction been sound in the past 10 years of boom, or is there a need for reflection and change? Will the projects that have stopped or slowed, even at an advanced stage of construction, ever be realized? What will be the signs of recovery and what policies can cities and governments implement to aid recovery?
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                       These are the questions this conference will discuss. In Chicago, the city where the global aspiration for tall buildings was first realized, the CTBUH brings together a conference to debate if Skyscrapers remain relevant to now, tomorrow and the future. Speakers will include financiers and developers, as well as sustainable policy makers, architects and engineers.  We will celebrate case studies of completed projects and look to the future to discuss how future sustainable design policies will affect the property market and what strategies different countries, cities and developers are taking to mitigate the effects of the recession.
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Case Studies of prominent projects at all stages in the development cycle – built, under construction, on hold, conceived, or envisaged – will be presented, including those that represent ‘best practice’ in aspects of sustainability, design, construction and/or economics. In addition, the world’s leading experts who have made these projects happen over the past 20 years – the owner-developers, architects, engineers, financiers and occupiers – will convene to outline their reflections on the successes and excesses of the past two decades and outline their thoughts on what tall buildings need to become. Will the skyscraper rise up to meet the challenges of the future?


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Other Themes:
There will also be a number of other themes explored during the conference:

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Following the recent completion of Trump Tower Chicago, the Tallest Building Constructed in the US since Sears Tower (and now the second tallest building in the US), there will be a ceremony to acknowledge this achievement, and a presentation
from the developer of the project regarding this and other projects within the Trump portfolio.


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The CTBUH Sustainability Working Group, consisting of 30 experts from around the world, will update the audience on the launch of its 300-page book: “The CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments”.

3. As the Council celebrates its 40th Anniversary, there will be a retrospective on the last four decades of the organization.
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