|Experts convened to establish a plan for the upcoming research project on skybridges and their future in tall building construction.|
|Friday, 19 October 2018|
|DUBAI – The CTBUH Skybridges research project steering committee held its initial kickoff meeting, just ahead of the 2018 Middle East Conference. The 18-month project, kindly funded by thyssenkrupp, will begin with a historic evaluation of the skybridge typology, before proceeding with an assessment of the current state of the art in skybridge design and operation. This research will ultimately inform a set of design guidelines for the tall building industry and an evaluation of future potential for skybridges. Following confirmation of the research results, this information will be distilled and widely disseminated in the form of a CTBUH Technical Guide.|
CTBUH CEO Antony Wood set the scene for the research project, reviewing the parameters of the project and the inspiration behind it, as well as a tentative definition of a skybridge for the purposes of this research, and a classification system for different types of skybridges. This was followed by a presentation on the thyssenkrupp MULTI system by Markus Jetter, Head of Product Development for thyssenkrupp.
Wood then outlined the parameters of the research. Subjects to research include questions such as:
The research will investigate case studies of recently constructed skybridges and evaluate them across several technical criteria, to be developed; it will also establish challenges of the typology, ranging from design/engineering to social and administrative/operational.
- Who builds, funds, operates and maintains the skybridges – especially when between different owners?
- How are spaces affected where the skybridges connect – lobby, security, commercial services?
- What is the optimum placement of the skybridge along the height of towers – is it in the center of population density?
- If skybridges are thought of as a city network, like streets, what are the development implications?
Committee members suggested various other avenues of research, such as issues of security and access with respect to making skybridges part of the public realm; the role skybridges could play in increasing the amount of green space in cities; and urban policy that makes skybridge networks work well in some places more than others. It was also pointed out that there could be various advantages and disadvantages from a structural standpoint when placing a skybridge between two buildings and rigidly connecting them into one system. In consideration of the socio-cultural aspects of creating “streets in the sky”, the team agreed that post-occupancy monitoring is one tool that could be deployed to determine success of various implementations – but the first objective should be to choose the projects for study that would best support multiple angles of study.
The next steps will involve project selection for case studies, desktop/literature review of the existing state-of-the-art and historical precedent, and broadening of the experience base of the committee to include maximum geographical and disciplinary diversity.
||Chief Executive Officer
||China Office Director & Academic Coordinator
||Head of Product Development
||Head of Communications
||Head of Communications MULTI
||Design Director - Middle East
||Hong Kong, China|
||New York, USA|
||City of Toronto Planning Department
||Urban Design Manager
||Dubai World Trade Centre
||Senior Vice President – Real Estate
||KLCC Property Holdings Berhad
||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
||Senior Project Manager
||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
||San Francisco, USA|
||Technical University of Munich
||Chair, Building Realization & Robotics
||Zaha Hadid Architects