Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Shanghai International Conference, 2014

Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao  |  Shanghai, China  |  16 - 19 September 2014

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The CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference was convened to drive thinking beyond just buildings, to considering cities as a whole. Held at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao from 16-19 September, the Conference drew 1,017 delegates from 124 cities in 41 countries around the world to attend three full days of sessions. The Conference was of a scale unprecedented in recent CTBUH history. Three plenaries, three session tracks and a panel discussion track were augmented by eight technical workshops, and three additional tracks devoted to the next three tallest buildings in China.

The world’s leading owners, developers, contractors, architects, planners, engineers and policymakers came together to ask the question: What best practices are some cities in the world already doing, and what else can be done? They came to work together to rethink our cities; to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a connected, maximized, Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. The Conference was particularly notable for bringing together the developers of the next three tallest buildings in China to deliver the keynote address during the opening plenary.

. Presentations, Speakers & Videos

Some of the world’s most renowned tall building professionals shared their knowledge through 137 presentations, seven panels, and three plenaries over themed sessions, workshops and project rooms during the first three days of the Conference.

Conference Overview

Read a brief summary report for each of the five days of the Conference. Written during the Conference, the reports capture the highlights from each day of the event.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The Conference was made possible through the support of 50 sponsors. With 34 exhibitors, every break was an active session of networking for the attendees.

Social Networking Events

Events included Networking Receptions held at Kathleen's 5 in the Shanghai Art Museum and the Mandarin Oriental, along with the Conference Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao.

Technical Tours

On the fourth day of the Conference, delegates took 14 technical tours of iconic and well-known Shanghai buildings.

Regional Tours

On the fifth day of the Conference, delegates left for six regional tours of Chinese cities, including Beijing, Changsha, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Nanjing and Suzhou.

Conference Workshops

A number of CTBUH Working Groups held workshops the first day of the Conference to discuss their specific field in detail, and plan future working group outputs and initiatives.

Attendance Statistics and Feedback

The broad diversity of attendees and high marks given to the experience affirmed the value of a CTBUH Conference. Review overall attendance statistics, including the list of all registered delegates, as well as delegate feedback received about the conference here.

Press Coverage

The Conference was attended by journalists from many media outlets, including the Architects' Journal, China Daily, Designboom, and more. Review Conference press coverage here.

Conference Website Archive

This pre-event website includes news announcements leading up to the event, promotional brochures, sponsor information, and much more.