Jiaqi Qu, Associate Director, CTBUH China Office, hosts the Skybridges Symposium at Linked Hybrid, Beijing, July 18.

Yufei Han, Vice President & Research and Development Department General Manager, Modern Land, shared his thoughts on the reasoning behind developing Linked Hybrid.

Roberto Bannura, Partner, Steven Holl Architects, placed the synthesis of the Linked Hybrid project in context by showing 40 years of work by his firm and its founder, Steven Holl.

Satoshi Ohashi, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, presented the firm’s work as part of a broader story about connectivity, focusing on skybridge-linked complexes such as Galaxy SOHO, Beijing; Sky SOHO, Shanghai; and the soon-to-be-completed Li Ze SOHO, which will have a soaring atrium bridged by internal skybridges.

Yong Ding, Director, Shanghai, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, spoke of the firm’s work using horizontal connections at height as a way of placemaking, showing Hangzhou Xizi International Center as one of the examples.

Discussing the concept “Horizons of Verticality”, Yen Liu, Vice President, CallisonRTKL, made the case that inverting properties of visibility and accessibility in novel ways supports better urban spaces.

Ian Smith, Vice President, Special Projects, Thyssenkrupp Elevator AG, shares his company’s vision of a hyper-connected 3-D city, including habitable skybridges, multidirectional elevators and autonomous, flying vehicles.

Peng Liu, Director, Arup, detailed some of the structural engineering innovations that have, and will continue to facilitate highly connected vertical cities.

A tea break, kindly hosted by Modern Land, provided an opportunity to reflect on the presentations and consume some CTBUH-themed treats.

A tea break, kindly hosted by Modern Land, provided an opportunity to reflect on the presentations and consume some CTBUH-themed treats.

The skybridge auditorium at Linked Hybrid was packed to capacity to hear the day’s presentations.

The afternoon’s speakers pose for a photo at the beginning of the event: From left to right: Jiaqi Qu, Associate Director, CTBUH China Office; Peng Du, CTBUH Vice President, Academic Affairs and China Office Director; AIA Shanghai | Beijing Representative Carlos Gomez, Founder & Principal, CRG Architects; Peng Liu, Director, Arup; Feiyu Han, Vice President & Research and Development Department General Manager, Modern Land; Satoshi Ohashi, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects; Ian Smith, Vice President, Special Projects, Thyssenkrupp Elevator AG Asia Pacific Office; Roberto Bannura, Partner, Steven Holl Architects; Daniel Safarik, Communications Coordinator & Editor, CTBUH; Yin Chen, Executive Director & Chief Technical Officer, Modern Land; Yong Ding, Director (Shanghai), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yen Liu, Vice President, CallisonRTKL.

18 July, 2019

BEIJING – There could hardly have been a more appropriate venue for the half-day CTBUH Skybridges Symposium than the auditorium of Linked Hybrid, situated in one of the eight skybridges linking the 10-tower complex together. And, by all indications, the topic and speakers drew great interest, as a capacity crowd of more than 100 were in attendance to hear a half-day program of speakers with significant involvement in developing 3-D cities of the future.

Kindly hosted by Modern Land, the developer of Linked Hybrid, and staged by CTBUH and AIA Shanghai, the symposium was driven by the 18-month research project, “Bringing the Horizontal Into the Vertical Realm,” funded by thyssenkrupp. The outstanding mixed-use complex is one of approximately two dozen case studies from around world that demonstrate the state of the art in connecting buildings and cities on planes above the ground, which will ultimately be analyzed and published in an upcoming CTBUH Technical Guide.

Welcoming speeches were given by Yin Chen, Executive Director & Chief Technical Officer, Modern Land, and AIA Shanghai | Beijing Representative Carlos Gomez, Founder & Principal, CRG Architects Carlos Gomez.

CTBUH Vice President of Academic Affairs and China Office Director Peng Du, introduced the 3-D city concept with a stage-setting presentation, followed by Daniel Safarik, CTBUH Communications Coordinator and Editor, who provided attendees with an update on the research project.

Roberto Bannura, Partner, Steven Holl Architects, placed the synthesis of the Linked Hybrid project in context by showing 40 years of work by his firm and its founder, Steven Holl, who had always been interested in the urban implications of habitable bridge structures.

Yufei Han, Vice President & Research and Development Department General Manager, Modern Land, shared his thoughts on the reasoning behind developing Linked Hybrid as a kind of intentional community that would be comprehensive and yet inviting to the greater city, referring to its inspiration by the 1910 Henri Matisse painting, Dance.

A practical discussion of the urban and logistical problems that could be aided by skybridges was presented by Ian Smith, Vice President, Special Projects, thyssenkrupp Elevator, Asia-Pacific Office. The industrial concern has developed a linear-induction ropeless elevator called MULTI, which presents a potential for linking buildings across greater distances than would be possible with walking-only skybridges, and integrating tall building transportation systems more seamlessly with land- and air-based transportation, as well as being a practical space- and energy-saving strategy for tall buildings.

Satoshi Ohashi, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, presented the firm’s work as part of a broader story about connectivity, focusing on skybridge-linked complexes such as Galaxy SOHO, Beijing; Sky SOHO, Shanghai; and the soon-to-be-completed Li Ze SOHO, which will have a soaring atrium bridged by internal skybridges.

Yong Ding, Director, Shanghai, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, spoke of the firm’s work using horizontal connections at height as a way of placemaking, both in the sense of creating gateways for cities and for new kinds of occupiable habitat, evidenced by projects such as Royal Atlantis, Dubai; Concord Cityplace Parade, Toronto; and Hangzhou Xizi International Center.

Discussing the concept, Horizons of Verticality, Yen Liu, Vice President, CallisonRTKL, made the case that projects such as the Xi’An Grand Hyatt, Taihe Chang’an Center and Dashang Yantai Harbor City mixed-use projects fused and inverted properties of visibility and accessibility in novel ways that support better urban spaces.

The practical reality of constructing such incredible projects as Raffles City Chongqing and Gate to Hangzhou was presented by Peng Liu, Director, Arup, who detailed some of the structural engineering innovations that have, and will continue to facilitate highly connected vertical cities.

The afternoon, punctuated by a tea break with CTBUH-branded pastries, concluded with a tour of the Linked Hybrid project.

CTBUH would like to thank its host, Modern Land; co-producer AIA Shanghai, and research sponsor thyssenkrupp for making this event possible and successful.

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