CTBUH China Event

Skybridges: Bringing the Horizontal into the Vertical Realm

Thursday, 02 July 2020 | Shanghai

As many architects and visionaries have shown over a period spanning more than a century, the re-creation of the urban realm in the sky through connections between buildings at height has a vast potential for the enrichment of our cities. As the world rapidly urbanizes, greater thought needs to be expended on how horizontal space can be developed at height. Today, new transportation technology, and structural engineering practices seem to put horizontal habitat in the sky within reach. But cultural, organizational, and jurisdictional obstacles remain. To overcome these, a solid case needs to be made for the extensive benefits of skybridges in a much wider application than has been seen historically.

The symposium gathered many successful practitioners sharing their experiences and discussed the re-creation of the urban realm in the sky through connections between buildings at height.

After the event, about 20 guests, led by tke colleagues, visited the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Industrial Park in Songjiang, Shanghai, which is the location of the operation headquarters of ThyssenKrupp Elevator China.

Sponsored By:


Lianjin Bao

Chief Engineer, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
Shanghai, China

Peter Chang

Asia Associate Director, MVRDV
Shanghai, China

Xiaoguang Liu

Vice President, CallisonRTKL
Shanghai, China
Associate Director, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Shanghai, China

Robert Spinache

Asia Product Line Manager, thyssenkrupp
Shanghai, China

Anson Yang

Marketing Director, thyssenkrupp
Shanghai, China

Jie Zhang

General Manager, Shanghai Office, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Shanghai, China

Scenes from the day

Group photo of guests
Tea break
Welcome Remarks: Jiaqi Qu, CTBUH China Office Associate Director
Welcome Remarks: Lianjin Bao, Chief Secretary, Committee of High-rise Habitat Environment - ASC
Welcome Remarks: May Wei, Vice present of CRTKL
Welcome Remarks: Anson Yang, Marketing Director, thyssenkrupp Elevator (China)
Speaker: May Wei, Vice present, CRTKL
Speaker: Robert Spinache, Asia product line manager, thyssenkrupp Elevator
Speaker: Peter Chang, Asia Associate Director, MVRDV
Speaker: Jie Zhang, General Manager, Shanghai Office, PCPA
Speaker: Lianjin Bao, Chief Engineer, ECADI
Speaker: Jialu Bao, Director, EID Architecture
Speaker: Congzhen Xiao, Director, China Academy of Building Research
Visiting the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Industrial Park in Songjiang, Shanghai