More than 125 regional leaders attended the first launch event for the CTBUH 2023 International Conference, held on 9 February, in Singapore. Image courtesy of Ramboll.
Nearly 300 enthusiastic regional leaders joined CTBUH President Dr. Antony Wood for the official launch events for the CTBUH 2023 International Conference, Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm. Taking place 16–20 October, in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the conference will draw an anticipated 1,200+ global experts and industry leaders who are shaping the creation of dense, sustainable cities worldwide.
The first launch event, held on 9 February in Singapore and sponsored by Ramboll, Lendlease, and C-Suites (where the event was hosted), kicked off with an engaging presentation by Dr. Wood, followed by an active panel discussion that emphasized the conference's opportunities to explore and showcase innovative practices and exceptional projects to an audience from across the globe. Panel speakers included Joelle Chen, Head of Sustainability, Asia, Lendlease; Chew Peet Mun, Managing Director, Workspace and Residential, CapitaLand Development Pte Ltd.; Schirin Taraz-Breinholt, COO, WOHA Architects; Dr. Antony Wood, President, CTBUH; and panel session chair, Hossein Resai-Jorabi, Director, Ramboll.
The second launch event occured on 14 February, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and was sponsored by PNB Merdeka Ventures and Turner Construction Company. CTBUH board member Shonn Mills and Dr. Wood gave a thought-provoking presentation that invited attendees to participate in and shape the conference and advance the crucial conversation on vertical urbanism in the region of Southeast Asia. Both events were followed by networking receptions for all the attendees.
Situated at the heart of CTBUH's upcoming conference is an investigation of the relationship between people, nature, and the urban realm, a balance that is readily evident in these two world-class cities.
In addition to leading the launch events, Dr. Wood was traveling with students from his Masters of Tall Buildings and Vertical Urbanism (M.TBVU) studio, the world’s first multidisciplinary advanced degree program focused specifically on the high-rise. This collaboration between the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and CTBUH brings together students and professionals from architecture, real estate, engineering, urban design, construction management, business, finance, and other backgrounds in a unique learning environment built to foster interdisciplinary research and experience. Dr. Wood and his students toured projects in multiple stages of development in both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, including CapitaSpring, Oasia Hotel Downtown, Skyville @ Dawson, Merdeka 118, and Petronas Towers. Students also presented their studio work to an expert panel of guest critics at the Ramboll offices in Singapore, on 8 February.
M.TBVU students and CTBUH representatives toured CapitaSpring (shown here), developed by CapitaLand, in Singapore. The project demonstrates the integration of lush greenery and indoor-outdoor spaces to inspire civic and social engagement and overall wellness. Images courtesy Daniel Safarik, CTBUH.
In Kuala Lumpur, M.TBVU students and CTBUH representatives toured the almost-complete Merdeka 118 tower (left), the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur, before going to the Petronas Towers (center) and the connecting skybridge (right), on 14 February. Images courtesy Daniel Safarik, CTBUH.