Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Mumbai 2010: Speakers and Presentations

List of Speakers in Alphabetical Order

Welcome and Inauguration


An inauguration ceremony is an important aspect of any prestigious event in India, and we were extremely pleased to have a number of high-profile VIP's in attendance for the welcome and inauguration of the CTBUH 2010 World Conference. Chaired by CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood, CTBUH Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University first welcomed delegates before each VIP gave a brief address with their thoughts and hopes for the conference.

Chief Guest: Prince Abbas Fakruddin, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, Mumbai
Lalit Gandhi, RoMF, Mumbai
Justice P N Bhagwati, RoMF, Mumbai
Mayank Gandhi, RoMF, Mumbai
Professor Sang Dae Kim, CTBUH Chairman, Seoul
Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, Chicago
William Baker, SOM, Chicago

Plenary 1 - Remaking Tall Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age


The opening Plenary session set the scene for the whole conference, with two very prominent architects presenting on urban issues in both the local (Charles Correa) and international (David Nelson of Foster & Partners) context. Mr Correa spoke passionately about  the unique challenges that Mumbai faces, especially in terms of density and lack of facilities, whilst Mr Nelson presented on some of the best-practice urban case studies emanating from Foster & Partners, such as the Masdar eco-city masterplan in Abu Dhabi.

Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, Chicago
Speaker 1: Charles Correa, Charles Correa Architects, Mumbai
Speaker 2: David Nelson Foster & Partners
, London

Plenary 2 - The Remaking of Mumbai

The Plenary session on day 2 of the conference focused specifically on the host city and the considerable challenges it faces. We first heard of the plans underway in the city from the Metropolitan Commissioner, before hearing from the Remaking of Mumbai Federation on their challenges for the C-ward district. Finally, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood presented a hypothetical project for the C-ward which had been created with his students from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Chair: Sang Dae Kim, CTBUH Chairman, Seoul
Speaker 1: Shri Ratnaker Gaikwad, MMRDA, Mumbai
Speaker 2: Lalit Gandhi & Mayank Gandhi, RoMF, Mumbai
Speaker 3: Antony Wood, CTBUH / Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Plenary 3 - The Future of Tall Buildings

The Plenary Session on Day 3 of the conference focused on some of the latest advances in cities and tall buildings around the world. ‘Father’ of the eco-skyscraper, Ken Yeang spoke about the sustainable principles underpinning his designs, and Cathy Yang of the Taipei Financial Centre Corporation spoke of the plans to upgrade Taipei 101 into the tallest green building in the world. Finally the French ‘Spiderman’ Alain Robert, spoke about his motivations in climbing some of the most prominent skyscrapers around the world

Chair: David Scott, CTBUH Vice - Chair, New York
Speaker 1: Dr. Ken Yeang, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, London

Speaker 2: Cathy Yang, Taipei 101, Taiwan
Speaker 3: Alain Robert, Skyscraper Spiderman, Paris

Track 1 - Policies for Sustainable Development

This session appraised the importance of addressing local politics and structural governance issues in city development through insights gained from world urban centers that have found ways to create stable and operationally efficient governance systems, finding greater success in building sustainable cities and responding to increased urbanization. The merits of government vision and participation in providing direction for city growth towards the successful sustainable development of cities were discussed in This session.

Chair: Jan Klerks, CTBUH Chicago 
Speaker 1: Shyam Sunder & Barbara Lippiatt, NIST, USA
Speaker 2: Peter Murray, Wordsearch & New London Architecture Centre, London
Speaker 3: Scott Wrighton, Lavasa Corporation Limited, Lavasa City

Track 2 - Tall Buildings and Cities
This session defined responsive design approaches of tall buildings and the infrastructures in cities by analyzing projects of different types and scales recognizing the different requirements and context of growing cities. It examined the integration of the concepts of the city as different sectarian interests fighting and negotiating for space and presence and the city as representing tool for specific needs, interests, aspirations and sensibilities.

Chair: Mahesh Mudda, Builders Association of India, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Sudhir Jambhekar, FX Fowle Architects, New York
Speaker 2: James von Klemperer, KPF, New York
Speaker 3: S K Das, SK Das Associated Architects, New Delhi

Track 3 - Towards Carbon Neutral Cities
This session investigated the necessity of getting citizens to consider the future as something to be embraced, rather than feared, as intrinsically linked to the city’s ability to adapt and grow within identifiable parameters, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the use of renewable energy and zero-waste, providing the optimum conditions for human and urban development over time. It discussed urban development strategies which promote carbon neutral urban growth through analysis of a recent model city which highlights physical transformation, environmentally-friendly technology implementations and sustainable approaches.

Chair: William Maibusch, Turner International, Doha
Speaker 1: Tom Murcott, Gale International, New York
Speaker 2: Daniel Ringelstein, SOM, London
Speaker 3: Francesca Galeazzi, Arup, Shanghai

Track 4 - The Complexities of Urban Development
This session examines key roles played by civic leaders, planners, designers, architects, and engineers in assuring that our lives and environment remain in balance and identify the key drivers to city building and which respond to the ever increasing pressures to urban environments such as population growth, climate changes and sprawling urban centers. Through observations offered by leading economists, This session also identifies appropriate approaches for the planning and design of ‘balanced’ urban environments which answer the current urban needs for changes by examining closely the relationship between cost and ‘green’.

Chair: Girish Bhagat, Euro-India Centre & RICS, India
Speaker 1: Steve Watts, Davis Langdon, London
Speaker 2: Atha Forsberg, The Willis Group, Chicago
Speaker 3:
Tim Johnson, NBBJ, New York

Track 5 - Advances in Construction and Materials
This session studies new achievements in modern curtain wall design for high-rise buildings and maintenance systems, and derive the major environmental impact on overall building performance and sustainability made by the tall building envelope. It discovers new methods and challenges of optimizing occupant health and comfort through specific energy-efficient tall building design techniques and new construction systems.

Chair: Rajiv Mishra, Sir JJ  Architecture College, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Joseph Colaco, CBM Engineers, Houston

Speaker 2: David Klinger, Alumayer, Israel
Speaker 3: Juergen Gnida, PERI Gmbh, Germany

Track 6 - New Cities: India
This session analyzes problems of urban system infrastructural collapse, commonly due to continued urban population growth, lack of urban planning and poor governmental management, as specifically applied to India, which hosts the second largest urban system in the world. Recent urban case studies in India such as Lavasa City and Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) were discussed. In the end. This session explores an alternative approach to urban design and community planning that incorporates ecological principles for meeting developmental community needs and aspirations.

Chair: R.C.Mishra, Ministry of Urban Development, New Delhi
Speaker 1: Ajit Gulabchand, Lavasa City

Speaker 2: Umesh Shurpali, GIFT, Ahmedabad
Speaker 3:
Ari Daman , Landscape ID, Bangalore

Track 7 - Planning Indian AGGLOMERATIONS
This session examines current Indian systems of urban management and governance that have resulted in chaotic and unplanned growth, then identifies the constraints of an urban condition in translating from a flawed urban model marked with social, ecological & economic instability and severe challenges of food & energy security to a successful model that is socially inclusive, as well as environmentally and economically sustainable. It concludes the merits of adopting a macro blueprint to address urbanization and the importance of a high-density & compact land use model.

Chair: Akhtar Chauhan, Rizvi  Architecture College, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Jashwant Mehta, Mehta Enterprises, Mumbai

Speaker 2: Karuna Gopal, Foundation for Futuristic Cities, Hyderabad
Speaker 3:
Prathima Manohar, The Urban Vision, Bangalore

Track 8 - Harnessing Energy and Wind Issues
By examining tall project case studies in Guangzhou China and Seoul South Korea, This session observes opportunities for passive and active sustainable strategies that are uniquely available for integration into super-tall buildings to offset energy demand from the grid and promote high quality work and living environments.This session discusses of the complex aerodynamic interaction between wind turbines and building external envelope and of the analysis techniques necessary to robustly and comprehensively assess the aerodynamic performance of building-integrated wind turbines into the building envelope.

Chair: Richard Keating, Keating Khang / Jacobs, Pasadena
Speaker 1:
Russell Gilchrist, SOM, Chicago
Speaker 2: Peter Irwin, RWDI, Canada & Graeme Wood, CPP, Australia
Speaker 3: Volker Buttgereit, BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd, London

Track 9 - New Cities: Asia and The Middle East

This session examines of contemporary principles guiding the planning of new cities and neighborhoods, through illustrative examples of recent Middle-Eastern and Asian master plans and through focus on sustainability determinants, with technical drivers ranging from energy efficiency to human factors that define quality of life, specifically on the policy adopted by Guangzhou, China’s third largest city and Shanghai. It identifies qualities of sustainability and livability in design, including creating vernacular urban forms and development patterns and design that takes into account geography, climate, culture, history and responsibility for the environment.

Chair: Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE Construction, Kuwait
Speaker 1: Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica, Miami

Speaker 2: Jeff Heller, Heller Manus Architects, San Francisco
Speaker 3: Michel St Pierre, Gensler, San Francisco

Track 10 - Mumbai Development
This session compares the specific urban redevelopment design strategies of peripheral city growth as opposed to inner city growth, including increasing and augmenting infrastructure for renewal and the major challenges posed to municipal corporations in the context of Mumbai development.It examines experiences and challenges in the redevelopment of Dharavi in particular, one of Asia’s largest and most notorious slums, and explains how common slum rehabilitation initiatives often fail as sustainable models due to seminal design approach as a mere housing problem, rather than an economic problem as well.

Chair: Girish Gokhale, ex-Municipal Commissioner Mumbai
Speaker 1: Swadhin Kshatriya, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Speaker 2: Aamer Azeemi, Cisco Systems Inc., Bangalore
Speaker 3: Mukesh Mehta, M M Project Consultants, Mumbai

Track 11 - Urban Redevelopment in India
This session observes insights into the social, economic and cultural aspects of slum dwellers, including the examination of humane and caring aspects of rehabilitating the dispossessed through a public-private partnership redevelopment model, offering alternative accommodations in lieu of government incentives. It takes participants to make an abstract of the seminal mission and objectives of inner city redevelopment as making policies and design decisions which treat occupants as prime stakeholders and equal partners in all stages of redevelopment, as opposed to objectives of built structures, aesthetics and economics.

Chair: Anil Hatkar, Arc-Aids, Architl. & Allied Services, Pune
Speaker 1: Abis Rizvi, Rizvi Group, Mumbai

Speaker 2: Gautam Chatterjee, MHADA / Dharavi Redevelopment Project, Mumbai
Speaker 3: Sen Kapadia, Sen Kapadia Architects, Mumbai

Track 12 - India: Multiple Complexities
This session investigates the effects and demands of rapid rural to urban migration on real estate development, and observes strategies to accelerate growth patterns using policy changes, land use rationalization, technical advancements and stakeholder driven designs and plans specifically employed by Indian government to speed up the development process and develop radical and visionary solutions. By dissecting historical and contextual urban transformations brought about by new technologies, demographics or land uses, This session learns to apply experiential lessons to achieve and create new vision, founded on the desires of the community for a successful, sustainable environment with direction and opportunity.

Chair: Anand Gupta, Builders Association of India, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Dharmesh Jain, CREDAI, Mumbai

Speaker 2: Andrew Tindsley, BDP, London
Speaker 3: Lalit Gandhi & Mayank Gandhi, RoMF, Mumbai

Track 13 - Tall Buildings: Urban and Social Trends
This session observes international comparative studies on the role and responsibilities of city governments in tall building development, the framework created by local planning authorities, and which boundaries are shaped by national building codes, local regulations, ambitions, incentives, context, culture, economics and politics. By using the case study of alternative social spaces in Singapore, it allows participants to contrast the impacts of the physical eradication of the public realm in lieu of privatization and the birth of semi public domains with current measures being taken to replenish the open space program.

Chair: Dirk Lohan, Lohan Anderson, Chicago
Speaker 1:
Georges Binder, Buildings & Data SA, Brussels
Speaker 2: Jan Klerks, CTBUH, Chicago
Speaker 3: Jason Pomeroy, Broadway Malyan Asia, Singapore

Track 14 - Advances in Structural Engineering (I)
Through case studies, This session identifies the constraints on innovation and sustainable design, as well as the technical challenges and solutions for the structural engineering of the super-tall building in congested urban settings. It examines future fundamental issues facing the successful development and ideas for the next generation of super-talls, as well as the direct correlation between increased need and benefits of a close collaboration between architect and engineer, and increased building complexity.

Chair: Don Davies, MKA, Seattle
Speaker 1: William Baker, SOM, Chicago

Speaker 2: David Scott, Arup, New York
Speaker 3: Jong-Soo Kim, CS Structural Engineering, Seoul

Track 15 - Advances in Vertical Transport (I)
This session examines a new technology which takes a holistic approach to the individual transit of passengers from one location to another, dramatically expanding the design possibilities for architects and developers, as well as the prestige and ongoing utility of renovated existing buildings that upgrade path to this new system. Insights into the specific advances in vertical transportation and the impact of such advances on the future of the super-tall building and urban design were discussed.

Chair: Krishan Khanna, i2k solutions, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Johannes De Jong, KONE, Finland

Speaker 2: John Mizon, Schindler, USA
Speaker 3: Roberto Zappa, Sematic Group, Italy

Track 16 - Architectural and Urban Advances

This session compares and contrasts a variety of models for successfully redeveloping urban areas to increase environmental sustainability, while preserving historical and cultural integrity, through case study examples across the globe, it explores how tall buildings can be designed to be respectful to the vernacular ethos of the place, the space between the buildings, and contribute to the vitality of street life.

Chair: Robert Lau, CTBUH, Chicago
Speaker 1:
Ming Zhang, Mulvanny G2 Architecture, Bellevue
Speaker 2: Kaizer Rangwala, Rangwala Associates, California
Speaker 3: Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects, London

Track 17 - Construction and Facades
The many challenges and opportunities in designing the structure and skin of high performance tall buildings were examined in this session through use of case studies from different regions highlighting responses to wind effects, building movements and tolerances, such as; the use of the latest technological advances in the design and construction planning and building systems used to fast track the  design and construction planning of supertall buildings while achieving the most economical and sustainable design in the construction of Burj Khalifa as well as the dynamic facades of the competition winning proposal for a building in Abu Dhabi, which applies a dynamic translucent ‘mashrabiya’ which opens and closes in response to the movement of the sun, reducing solar gain by up to 20%.

Chair: Raj Lakhani, PERI India,  Mumbai
Speaker 1:
Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung Construction & Technology, Seoul
Speaker 2: Peter Oborn, Aedas, London
Speaker 3: Joe Burns, Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago

Track 18 - Tall Buildings: Other Issues
With current emphasis on the sustainable design of tall buildings mainly focused on reducing daily operating energy, This session analyzes the importance of quantifying embodied energy / carbon in tall buildings and investigates a number of design strategies that can assist in reducing this aspect of a tall building’s ecological footprint. It also examines the adoption of an alternative, performance-based approach to fire and life safety design which can support sustainable design, and the opportunities that exist for city-wide developments to adopt alternative design protocols to ensure that their citizens will have a safe and sustainable future.

Chair: Mark Garland, Lewis Builds, Toronto
Speaker 1:
Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham, UK / CTBUH
Speaker 2: Simon Lay, WSP Fire, London
Speaker 3: Clive Robinson, TEKLA, Finland

Track 19 - Urban Case Studies
Through dissecting historical perspectives and patterns on urbanization and modernization, This session analyzes how tall buildings and vertical cities will play an ever-increasing role in urbanization and preserve land for natural use and site ecology, in particular in projects like The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah and Dongtan-2 Newtown,Seoul. It also explores the identifiable patterns of ideal urbanization, while acknowledging its site-specific character, with particular reference to work in the Philippines - best practices in the field and lessons learned from mistakes made.

Chair: Jashwant Mehta, Mehta Enterprises, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Philip Castillo, Murphy/Jahn, Chicago

Speaker 2: Hyung Il Lee, Samoo Architects & Engineers, Seoul
Speaker 3: Felino Palafox, Palafox Associates, Manila

Track 20 - Advances in Structural Engineering (II)
This session assesses the massive changes in design and construction systems through examining the worldwide revolution currently underway through the use and impact of Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery, combined with improved construction materials and jobsite productivity, as well as the current worldwide shift from consumption to sustainability.

Chair: Chuck Besjak, SOM, New York
Speaker 1:
Cary Kopczynski, Cary Kopczynski & Company, Seattle
Speaker 2: Satish Jain & Joe Maffei, Rutherford & Chekene / SJC, California
Speaker 3: Farshad Berahman & Matthew Esther, W.S. Atkins, Dubai

Track 21 - Advances in Vertical Transport (II)

This session provides insight to the importance of orchestrating and integrating architectural, vertical transportation, structural, MEP, and fire protection designs for efficient and buildable cores to service all types of passenger and back-of-house traffic, including evacuation strategies that harmonize with most current international codes. Considering the need for evacuation strategy modifications for buildings over 100 stories that became apparent post-9/11, with evacuation problems via emergency stairs alone, This session examines the introduction of the World’s first elevator evacuation ‘Lifeboat’ operation, as installed in the Burj Khalifa.

Chair: Uday Kulkarni,  Schindler, Mumbai
Speaker 1: Rick Barker, Barker Mohandas LLC, Bristol

Speaker 2: Jim Fortune, Fortune Consultants, Colorado
Speaker 3: Aaron Vanney, Rolf Jensen, Chicago

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