Attendees of the “Healthy, Smart and Productive Space in Tall Office Buildings” symposium take their seats before a presentation at the Gensler Shanghai office.

Attendees of the “Healthy, Social and Productive Spaces in Tall Office Buildings” symposium pose together for a photo at KONE Kunshan Elevator Center.

One Museum Place.

Xiaomei Lee, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler, welcomes attendees to the tall office buildings symposium (left); Sascha Brozek, Head of KONE Major Projects, Vice President, KONE, gives a global review of tall building projects.

Silas Chiow, AIA Shanghai President, makes welcome remarks (left);CTBUH China Office Director Peng Du (center) and CTBUH China Office Associate Director Jiaqi Qu, review tall building trends of 2018 (right);

Andy To, Managing Director, USGBC, GBCI, kicks off Session Two at the symposium.

Russell Gilchrist, Tall Buildings Leader, Principal, Gensler talks about the design concept for One Museum place (location of the Gensler Shanghai Office).

Attendees partake in a coffee break.

Santeri Suoranta, Head of Technology, Major Projects Business Unit, KONE, gives a presentation on passenger experience.

One Museum Place and the Gensler Shanghai office.

Sascha Brozek, Head of KONE Major Projects, Senior Vice President, explains the history of KONE.

The exhibition hall during a tour of KONE elevators.

The customer care center at the KONE Kunshan Elevator Center.

Participants explore the KONE elevator test tower.

Participants take a coffee break at the KONE elevator test tower.

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January 29, 2019

SHANGHAI – On 29 January 2019, CTBUH China held a symposium in Shanghai called “Smart Technology: Healthy, Social and Productive Space in Tall Office Buildings.” The event, which took place at the Gensler Shanghai office and the KONE Kunshan Elevator center, was sponsored by Gensler and KONE, and supported by USGBC and AIA.

The smart technology symposium, which was launched to explore and expand upon the development of smart offices within tall buildings, addressed the challenges brought to the field of design and architecture by the rapid pace of technological advancements coupled with a growing population. The symposium featured programming that discussed how smart technology, including artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, could be leveraged to improve upon the tall office building typology as a whole.

Guests from a variety of disciplines and diverse regions attended the symposium and expressed enthusiasm at being able to hear future-oriented design strategies and presentations.

The event was divided into five sessions, with the first four being held at Gensler Shanghai, located at One Museum Place, on the third floor. There, participants discussed methodologies of applying smart technology into the design of tall office buildings and social spaces, and how the application of these technologies might create a healthier living environment.

After attendees checked in and enjoyed breakfast, the morning sessions of the symposium began, with CTBUH China Office Associate Director Jiaqi Qu acting as the event moderator.

Session One began with welcoming remarks and an overview of notable tall building projects around the world. Xiaomei Lee, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler, opened the session with a forward look at design trends and supertall buildings, remarking that as the vital center of the city of the future, supertall building designers must focus on occupant experience, which will in turn promote the health development of sustainable and livable cities.

Next, Sascha Brozek, Head of KONE Major Projects, Senior Vice President, reviewed the growth of skyscrapers over the past decade, noting that their prevalence has significantly increased in a variety of regions. He emphasized that KONE was committed to providing innovative solutions to continue to support increased heights of tall buildings.

Following his presentation, Silas Chiow, AIA Shanghai President spoke, exploring the topic of how China’s technology could support the rapid development of the construction market and help ease some of the concerns of a globalizing economy. He emphasized that currently, the biggest challenge for Chinese architects is how to incorporate sustainable technologies into buildings, creating a more energy- and resource-efficient structure.

At the conclusion of the first session, CTBUH China Office Direct Peng Du, and CTBUH China Office Associate Director Jiaqi Qu, reviewed tall buildings trends of 2018 through various datasets to demonstrate the extent of China’s skyscraper growth, pointing to a future of further tall building development.

The first speaker for session two was Andy To, Managing Director, USGBC, GBCI, with a presentation entitled, “Human X Nature; LEED X Super Tall Building.” To said that supertall buildings can function as vertical cities, encompassing the daily routines and needs of large populations. He emphasized that operational and core performance of supertall buildings in the future will be directly linked with the wellbeing of their occupants. He took some time to explore LEED as an effective tool to promote economic development worldwide and said that it can be a powerful tool in improving the performance of supertall buildings.

Russell Gilchrist, Tall Buildings Leader, Principal, Gensler, then shared One Museum Place’s design concept from the aspects of building structure, efficient vertical connections, human-centric office space, and sustainable development, noting that interiors and other spatial features can significantly improve occupant wellbeing. He stated that supertall buildings should be introduced into communities and cities, establishing links with public transportation and vehicular traffic, and “filling in” vacant and unoccupied spaces in cities.

After a brief coffee break, the third session began with Santeri Suoranta, Head of Technology, Major Projects Business Unit, KONE, who gave a presentation entitled on “KONE Technology in Supertall Buildings: Optimum Passenger Experience Extending Through the Whole Product Life Cycle.” Suoranta explained that as tall buildings incorporate smart technology, people’s needs are also changing. Using KONE’s solution on the Passenger Flow in Office Buildings as an example, he shared how KONE could create the best passenger experience and drive sustainable development through innovation.

Next, Joe Fan, Technical Director, Principal, Gensler, took attendees on a tour of One Museum Place and the Gensler Shanghai office. During the tour, he explained his perspective about which project design concepts and operational management strategies could create healthy, social and productive space in tall office buildings.

The symposium concluded with a visit to the KONE Kunshan Elevator Center and the KONE Elevator test tower to learn about their latest projects. Sascha Brozek, Head of KONE Major Projects, Senior Vice President, first introduced KONE’s development and the focus of its work in recent years.

Participants were then divided into two groups in order to visit the exhibition hall, customer care center and KONE elevator test tower, where they learned about advanced technologies such as the KONE Destination Remote System, UltraRope Technology, the KONE Elevator Cloud Housekeeper and others. Participants then took a group photo in KONE’s lobby, bringing the event to a conclusion.

Smart technology is being developed at an accelerated pace, making the seamless integration of this technology into building design more important each year. The symposium emphasized that digital design can achieve a seamless transformation between physical and virtual space, increasing the personalization of the user experience.