Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 Shanghai Congress News Day 2
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Facing the Challenges of the Next Generation of Supertalls in China
The Greenland Group's ZhaoHui Jia discusses the state of tall building development in China.
The new generation of larger and tall buildings designed is creating new issues for Chinese developers, ZhaoHui Jia, technical director of Greenland Group, one of China’s largest builders of tall buildings, told the audience for Thursday’s plenary session.

“This is a huge challenge for us,” Mr. Jia said. “It is still not a mature business mode in China.”

Mr. Jia’s comments set the stage for several presentations exploring the state of China tall building development. Speakers focused on the complexities of developing large projects, from energy costs and project management to the political influence on iconic projects.
Attendees of the sold out Congress listen to the Day 2 plenary session presentations.

Tall buildings are “capturing a lot of attention,” Mr. Jia said. “The government may place lot of hope in your project.”

Eton Properties president Jimmy Cheung also focused on China’s new level of tall building projects, which has developed into one of the Congress’ central themes. In his keynote address he stressed that China’s new projects need to be “part of the urban complex.”

Other China-centric Day 2 speakers included Chris Wilkinson, principal of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who detailed development of the 438-meter Guangzhou Finance Centre; Kohn Pedersen Fox director David Malott and Thornton Tomasetti vice chairman Dennis Poon, who jointly discussed the trailblazing efficiencies designed into the 660-meter Ping An Finance Center, which will be the second tallest building in the world; and Thornton Tomasetti vice president Guoyong Fu, who focused on development of the 606-meter Wuhan Greenland Center main tower.

President Cheung of Eton Properties delivers his keynote.

CTBUH Awarded Research Grant to Study Structural Systems
In a dramatic step forward for the Council’s research department, steel giant ArcelorMittal has awarded the CTBUH a $300,000 grant to study the life cycle of structural systems in tall buildings. The two-year study, announced during the Congress dinner at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, will focus on different aspects of the long-term sustainability of different frameworks of towers more than 300 meters. “At the end we hope to have a tool to reassess the sustainability of tall buildings,” said Jean-Claude Gerardy, manager, commercial sections sales and marketing for ArcelorMittal.
CTBUH chairman Timothy Johnson and ArcelorMittal's Jean-Claude Gerardy

Student from German University Takes Top Prize in  Design Competition
KIT Karlsruhe student Alexis De Bosscher earned first place honors in the 2nd annual CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition for his project “Mosaic Habitat,” which took a novel approach to redeveloping high-rise tenements. This competition, sponsored by KONE, attracted more than 357 submissions from 89 countries. The jury chaired by Chris Wilkinson, principal and founder of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, narrowed the field to five finalists who were flown to Shanghai for the Congress.
Winner Alexis De Bosscher; Johannes de Jong, KONE; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre

NYU Team Wins Seed Funding for China Study
A research team from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University was named the winner of the CTBUH’s first research seeding funding grant during the Congress dinner. The team, led by Dr. Kristen Day, Professor and Head of Department, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, will receive $20,000 to pursue additional funding for a study on the impact of tall building developments on physical activity in China. More than 50 organizations from around the world applied for the seed funding, which was sponsored by AECOM. The winner was chosen by the CTBUH’s Research Seed Funding Review Committee.
Timothy Johnson, Dr. Kristen Day and Li Hongyu, AECOM

Photo Gallery: Technical Tours (click on an image to enlarge)
Congress attendees were treated to a behind the scenes look at some of Shanghai’s most dramatic projects, including Shanghai Tower, which will be the second tallest building in the world when it is completed in 2014. Other groups toured the Shanghai International Financial Center, the Jin Mao, Jing An Kerry Center, Jiushi Corporation Headquarters, Riviera TwinStar Square, Tomorrow Square, Wheelock Square and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

New Israel Group Formed at Congress
Industry professionals from Israel used the Congress as a venue to announce the formation of a new Israel chapter. Forty-six people from Israel are attending the Congress. The group shares the CTBUH goals of sharing information for strengthening the design and construction of tall buildings, said Gil Shenhav of Canaan Shenhav Architects, the CTBUH City Representative in Tel Aviv. “We also want to get better connected with the international community,” he said.

Photo Gallery: Networking Reception

The rooftop bar of the historic House of Roosevelt was the site for the opening night networking reception, sponsored by Shanghai Tower. Jian Ping Gu, president of Shanghai Tower, was on hand to welcome guests.

Networking Reception image gallery
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