Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Four-City Tour Generates
Strong Shanghai Conference Support
October 2013
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CHINA Preparations for the 2014 CTBUH Conference in Shanghai, China, are now well underway. Executive Director Antony Wood embarked on a four-city tour, meeting with more than 30 companies over the course of 10 days, in order to secure strong support for the conference, as well as to progress the establishment of the first new CTBUH office outside the United States – scheduled to be opened within the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai during 2014.

The journey began in Shanghai, where Wood toured the conference venue, the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, with event management firm MCI. The following day saw the inaugural Conference Steering Group meeting take place at the offices of the Greenland Group, where Wood conducted a presentation about the Conference for an audience of 25.
Members of the Conference Steering Committee meet in Shanghai
The evening saw a dinner meeting at Maison De L’Hui on the Bund with ECADI (East China Architecture Design Institute) Chairman Junjie Zhang and the president of the Architectural Society of Shanghai, Wu Zhiguang, who lauded the value of the 2012 Shanghai conference.

The next day, Wood conducted a public lecture on the campus of Tongji University, CTBUH’s partner institution in China. He also spent some time with the “Chicago DeCarbonization Studio” – an architectural studio from Tongji that will soon travel to Chicago to undertake a theoretical tall-building design project on a riverside site at Wolf Point in Chicago. Funding support for this endeavor came from the CTBUH and Permasteelisa, via the 2013 London Conference Gold + Design Research sponsorship package.

The dean of the college Changfu Wu, Studio heads Prof. Linxue Li and Dr. Wang Zhendong, and Wood consulted on the studio, Tongji’s supporting partnership at the Conference and the new office, set to open by Sept. 2014.
Antony Wood presents at Tongji University Shanghai Tower, China's next tallest building
The Shanghai Tower, set to be China’s tallest building, is now topped out and moving swiftly towards completion (scheduled for the end of 2014). Wood met with Mr. Gu, President, and was delighted to hear that the Shanghai Tower will be supporting the 2014 conference as a Diamond sponsor. The tower’s management also showed the latest developments in the building’s undulating skin, which is looking fantastic.

While in Shanghai Mr. Wood was also able to meet with CITIC Pacific, Longfor Properties, Lujiazui Group, Mori Building, and Shanghai Jingang North Bund Realty.

The vibrant streets and dizzying heights of Hong Kong were next, playing host to meetings with Hongkong Land, AIA Hong Kong, Swire Properties, Henderson Land, New World Developers, Chinachem Group, Goldin Properties, and Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Then, it was on to Shenzhen, where Wood and Malott were treated to an up-close tour of the rapidly progressing Ping An Financial Center, set to be one of China’s tallest buildings, by CEO Tsang Wai Ming Thomas. Extremely positive meetings with Glory Harvest Group (GHG), China Resources, Gemdale Dabaihui, and Overseas Chinese Town followed.
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott toured Ping An Financial Center
Beijing called next and last, and the feverish pace of the journey thus far remained undiluted – Sino-Ocean, Taikang Property, HKI China Land, Wanda Group, and Beijing CITIC Heye took up the first day, and BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design) took the next.

All told, the trip was highly productive, building a great foundation for the Shanghai Conference and the opening of the CTBUH China office next year.
The developer meetings included

Company
Shanghai: CITIC Pacific

Greenland Group

Longfor Properties

Lujiazui Group

Mori Building China (Shanghai)

Shanghai Jingang North Bund Realty / Sinar Mas Group

Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Hong Kong:
Chinachem Group

Goldin Properties Holdings

Henderson Land Development

Hongkong Land Limited

New World Development

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Swire Properties
Shenzhen:
China Resources

Gemdale Dabaihui

Glory Harvest Group

Overseas Chinese Town

Ping An
Beijing:
CITIC Heye Investment (Beijing)

HKI China Land

Sino-Ocean

Taikang Property

Wanda Group