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Many of Europe’s leading developers, architects and engineers are confirmed as speakers for the CTBUH’s London 2013 International Conference, the premier global event for professionals involved in the development of tall buildings.

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From London to Chicago: The Willis Group and Tall Buildings
Carmine Bilardello, Senior Vice President, Willis Group

From the 1970’s seminal Willis Faber Dumas Ipswich building, through 51 Lime Street London (winner of the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Europe award), to the Willis (ex-Sears) Tower in Chicago, there are few companies that have an association with important architecture like the Willis Group. In this presentation we hear from the Senior Vice President of the Group, on the motivations behind these buildings and acquisitions, what the term “tall buildings and heritage” may imply differently on either side of the Atlantic, as well as offering some insight on the unique aspects of insurance in the context of tall buildings.

Constructing Tall Buildings in the European Context
Paul Chandler, Executive Vice President, Skanska UK

When creating tall buildings in cities with centuries worth of history, does the past take precedence or does the future? For a contractor or developer sensitive to the surroundings of a tall building, the answer should be neither – past, present, and future should be able to live alongside each other in harmony. This is achieved through a solid understanding of what can affect and be affected by a build program: utilities, transport networks above and below ground, archaeological finds, community relationships, green construction. This presentation will talk through these issues, with examples from Skanska’s portfolio of tall buildings in London, including 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and Heron Tower.

New Elevator Technologies for the Cities of the Future
Johannes De Jong, Head of Technology, KONE

Whether modern or historic, cities are getting higher and more integrated, while their buildings are getting smarter, requiring the intelligent integration of all systems. As building heights continue to increase, we are reaching the lifting limits of existing elevators. However, the latest innovations in elevator technology will enable us to once again set new limits; limits which were earlier considered impossible. At the same time, the energy consumption of high-rise elevators will see a major improvement on a scale not seen since the introduction of the gearless elevator. This technology will also eliminate several other obstacles related to vertical transportation in extremely high buildings. This presentation describes the latest elevator developments in intelligent systems for intelligent buildings.

The Gherkin: Owning an Icon
Kent Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Evans Randall

30 St. Mary Axe or, as it is more affectionately known, the “Gherkin” is, arguably, the most iconic tall building in existence in London. Embraced into national marketing campaigns such as the 2013 London Olympics, the building has become one of the main symbols of a “progressive” London, and there are many who believe that it was this building that changed major public opinion on the appropriateness of tall buildings. In this presentation we hear from the owner of the “Gherkin,” on what motivated his company to purchase the building initially, what the building’s plans are for the future, and on some of the benefits and challenges of owning and managing such an icon, including issues of security, relationships with the public, and intellectual property.

The Economics of Being Tall in Historic Cities
David Glover, Chief Executive, Building Engineer, Aecom

The unique set of challenges and opportunities posed by building tall in an historic city can often result in a better product than the traditional solution driven by the modern city planning block. The imperative to provide density, to consider engagement with the ground plane and balance the impact on the surrounding city, we have been driven to engineer innovative design and technical solutions not found in traditional solutions. The combined drivers of form, irregular plots, viewing corridors, and heritage move solutions into expressive incarnations. These still need to be balanced by the traditional economic drivers and increased costs need to be minimized through innovation and offset against improved net area, better space utilization, and environmental strategies that serve to increase the value of the building.

Why I am in Love with High-Rises
Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder, ingenhoven architects

Christoph Ingenhoven will present his point of view regarding the necessity of high-rises in cities. The future for most human beings will take place in cities. The reasons for this are multifaceted: geographical, ecological, and economical. The densifi cation of cities is one of the architect’s major tasks and challenges. In this presentation, Ingenhoven will show a wide range of built projects, including one of the first ecological high-rises world-wide, the RWE Tower in the center of Essen as well as 1 Bligh, situated in the historical part of the Financial District in Sydney, an award-winning project which set new standards regarding social, cultural, urban-planning and sustainability.

City-Scapes: Transformations + Interventions
Helmut Jahn, Chief Executive Officer, JAHN

In our journey from Chicago to New York, the United States, South Africa, Europe, the Mideast to Asia/China, the tall building has always been tied intrinsically to its time, place, and context. The design strategies pursued are developed from those urban characteristics and become more evident and less exchangeable in places with an urban history. The results need to be always guided by urban ideas and responsibility, innovative building typologies, advanced technology, and ecological attention. In this presentation we hear from one of the world’s foremost architects on both the differences and similarities between the European skyscraper and its counterparts in other regions.

Incorporating Historic Elements in Façade Design
Bashar Kayali, General Manager, Al Ghurair Construction

The aesthetic impact of a building façade goes beyond the overall appearance of the individual building, it has the ability to define the surrounding public spaces and in many cases it translates the identity of a society with regards to its cultural, economic, religious, and local climate aspects. The façade system is also a considerable investment cost in the planning of a tall building and plays a key role in the sustainability equation. This presentation will discuss these aspects and present case studies in which the façade design reflects the local culture and integrates the environment.  In addition, the challenges faced when installing façade panels at height and the advantages of façade lighting will be presented.

Stepping Stones to 2050
Bob Lang, Director, Arup

Some sources predict that by 2050 the population will have reached nine billion; six to seven living in cities. This will be a generation of individuals whose lives have been shaped by technology and the increasing consequences of climate change. If the predicted demand on our built environment is to be met, then extending transport systems and networks of urban sprawl will not be effective. There seems little choice but to increase urban density, and the role of high-rise building is central to achieving that. These buildings have to be designed and built well. They should respond to both their occupants and urban context. For those of us involved in laying the stepping stones to 2050, what might this mean?

Engineering Tall in Historic Cities
Kamran Moazami, Head of Discipline, Building Structures, WSP UK;
John Kilpatrick, Principal & Technical Director, RWDI

Historic cities present challenges for tall buildings. There are issues with urban landscape, viewing corridors, adjacent structures, confined access, buildability, and building identity. Below ground there are issues with transport infrastructure, archaeology, buried services, and effects of foundations on surrounding valuable assets. In addition, the wind generated by tall buildings at ground level needs to be considered; resulting micro climate must be understood and the design adjusted. This presentation demonstrates the role of structural engineers in finding solutions within economic constraints, aesthetic objectives, and the delivery framework of the project.

High-rise Construction over the Past 20 Years
Geoff Pontefract, Technical Director, Brookfield Multiplex

Construction technologies and techniques over the past 20 years have dramatically changed allowing us to build towers today that could never have been dreamt of in the past. In recent years, the majority of tall towers have been built in new and developing cities, however, their success and high quality designs are now being incorporated in a positive way into the older and more developed cities of the world. With European skylines set to change in the coming years, innovative ideas and lessons learnt from constructed high-rise towers around the world will ensure we can design and build tall towers efficiently and safely.

The Leadenhall Building: Developed for London
Richard Pilkington, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Oxford Properties

The recent global economic turmoil which was experienced by all those involved in the design and construction industry has certainly left its mark on the world of the developer. London, which at that time was solidifying its role as one of the world’s top financial centers, was as shaken as the rest of the world. Now, having emerged from global crisis and, we hope, headed to full recovery, it is important for us to discuss what has changed. How has the development of the tall building been effected? What lessons, if any, can our industry draw from this crisis? This presentation, brought by one of Europe’s leading developers, will examine these issues by discussing one of the city’s most important ongoing projects, The Leadenhall Building.

City Planning and Tall Buildings: Custodian to 4000 Years of History
Peter Wynne Rees, The City Planning Officer, City of London

The City of London has been at the center of the debate on “tall versus historic” over the past two decades, as witnessed by a number of now evocative words; Gherkin, St. Pauls, Cheese-grater, Prince Charles, Walkie-Talkie, etc. In this presentation we gain insight on some of the significant challenges of achieving a balance between height & heritage, from the person who, perhaps more than any other, has been responsible in recent times for guiding this unique one-square-mile in the historic heart of London. As explained by Peter Rees; “The City Planning Officer acts as Custodian for 4000 years of architectural history. But only 2000 of those years have happened yet…”

Digital Engineering – Transforming Tall Buildings
David Scott, Director, Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O’Rourke

Tall buildings, in congested city centers, often combine major civil, structural, and services challenges and opportunities. Construction can cause major noise and disruption to the surroundings for years, with quality and progress often affected by local weather and access. The bold Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) strategy breaks the mold of outdated building solutions. The engineering and construction sector has a profound influence over quality of life at home and work and needs to demonstrate that it will be a force for positive progress. DfMA has a pivotal role to play in the delivery of tall building projects and will define how the construction sector will make itself an industry of the future.

Reaching New Heights: The Shard
Irvine Sellar, Founder, Sellar Property

There is perhaps no better example of a tall building that encapsulates the overall conference theme than The Shard. Subject to numerous planning enquiries and great scrutiny over a decade on its appropriateness to the UK capital, it now stands proud as the tallest building in Europe. Already it seems to have captured the excitement and imagination of the public. In this presentation we hear from the man who made it happen, on his motivations for building Europe’s tallest, the challenges overcome in the process, and how London, as a global city, needs to moderate between the past and future.

Future Proofing Tall
Ken Shuttleworth, Founder, Make

The sensitivities of designing a new building in an old city are considerable: acknowledging the heritage of a location without creating a pastiche; providing a new layer to a city’s identity without ignoring or overshadowing the original; marrying the need for future proof, sustainable buildings with the existing cultural legacy and ensuring that progress does not have a detrimental effect on the existing architectural fabric.  Ken Shuttleworth is well versed in the planning considerations that accompany the design of modern buildings in old locations and the necessary evolution of buildings increasing height in cities where space is at a premium.

London and Beyond: Regionalism and the British Skyscraper
Ian Simpson, Director, Ian Simpson Architects

There are very few architects who have built tall buildings across numerous cities in the UK, and yet several cities outside London have enthusiastically embraced the skyscraper; among them Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, and several others. In this presentation we hear about the specific challenges and opportunities of building tall structures in both London and other regional UK cities, using case studies such as Number One Blackfriars, London, Hilton Tower, Manchester, Holloway Circus Tower, Birmingham and Lumiere, Leeds.

Matching Occupier and Landlord Needs:
Supply and Demand in Tall Buildings

Nigel Smith, Managing Director, Landlord Office Agency Asia, CBRE
Nigel Biggs, Head of Global Premier Properties, CBRE

As employee habits increasingly change and alternative workplace solutions become a reality, what do tenants want from their tall buildings and how is this affecting demand globally? Drawing on a wide global experience of leasing and managing tall buildings from the Gherkin to the Shanghai Tower, this presentation will explore how to fully maximize leasing opportunities, including creating successful marketing strategies, and meeting the needs of a diverse tenant audience. Focusing on major international financial centers from around the world, the presentation will examine the key drivers on the investment market cycle and capital value of tall buildings, including how this affects rental growth and development opportunities.

Beyond Green – Engineering High-Rises for Sustainable Cities
Werner Sobek, Founder, Werner Sobek Group

High-rise buildings make an important contribution in the design of sustainable cities – provided they are planned accordingly and with a holistic perspective. In this context, the design of structural systems and façades make a vital contribution. In this presentation, from one of the world’s most distinguished engineers, we see selected research and completed projects demonstrating how we can not only use significantly less materials and energy, but also achieve a considerable rise in user comfort and functionality through innovative design concepts. The resulting buildings are truly sustainable – especially when taking into consideration their whole life-cycle.

Breaking the Mold while Embracing Context in Historic Cities
Rafael Viñoly, Lead Designer, Rafael Viñoly Architects

The pieces of architecture which we place in cities are not singular objects but parts of a greater whole – which, once existing will either function well in their context or have a broken relationship with their surroundings. Embracing context is not mimicry of the existing, but an examination of the site which analyzes issues and prescribes a solution which enhances the existing. 20 Fenchurch, whose form mirrors the city street pattern while simultaneously receding from nearby historic buildings, breaks with the perceived boundaries of common architectural expression while respecting and embracing its context within the historic London environment.

Tall Buildings as Future History:
Considering Materials in the Whole Life Cycle

Ian Walker, Protective Coatings Global Director, AkzoNobel

Tall building design has seen a demand for innovative solutions, leading to unique architectural and structural solutions with inspiring results. The construction industry is developing technologies that complement modern designs. Such developments push the boundaries on durability, fire protection, finish aesthetics, and sustainability. Coating technology is increasingly being used as a design medium, for optimized, economic and safe steelwork. Buildings require solutions to extend their lifetime or restore them to former glory. Appropriate solutions ensure that modern tall buildings become the heritage of tomorrow.

Vital Signs, Vital Statistics – The Impact of Shape on Tower Economics
Steve Watts, CTBUH Trustee / Partner, Alinea Consulting

Shape, more than anything, drives the cost of tall buildings; but to what extent does cost drive shape? The particular constraints of historic environments like London can make this an uneasy relationship, and one that is quite different to the approach found elsewhere in the world. Shape also affects longer-term issues, not least the value of the asset and the user-friendliness of the building. In this presentation we learn about the importance of these impacts and the difficulties in their quantification, considering whether we will start to see a different approach to tower design.

Chris Wilkinson, Principal, Wilkinson Eyre Architects

With major cities throughout the world, it is not just the streetscape that is important but the skyscape – the view of the skyline from a distance – that is of equal importance. The well known Canaletto paintings of London show an overview of the city punctured with church spires and towers whilst many Asian cities have minarets and some Italian medieval cities such as San Gimignano have spectacular brick towers. These days, both modern and historic cities are seen more from the air and the skyline is an important aspect of their identities. Modern towers are taller and bulkier than their historic counterparts so their form and materiality have to be carefully considered as part of the overall composition during day and night time.

Sky City: World’s Next Tallest
Zhang Yue, Chairman and President, China BROAD Group

The China Broad Group captured the imagination of the entire world with the time lapse video of their 30-story pre-fabricated tower being erected in just 15 days in China. Similarly, the world’s attention is now on their latest plans, for the next “World’s Tallest”; the 838-meter pre-fabricated “Sky City,” which is intended, quite literally, as a city in the sky. This building is expected to set new benchmarks for sustainable, cost effective, high-rise buildings. In this presentation we hear from the Chairman of the China Broad Group, who will outline plans for “Sky City,” and the motivations behind creating this vertical urban habitat.


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