Entitled ‘The story behind the Burj Khalifa. Building an idea: Materials and Codes of Practice Challenges’, this highly anticipated presentation is the result of a collaboration between a number of eminent professional societies which is as unique as the tower itself. It is the first time that a buildings lecture of this kind has involved the support and participation of all four presidents of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and The Concrete Society.
The evening lecture takes place November 10 in the Renold Building at the University of Manchester, and on November 11 at the Institute of Education within the University of London. It provides a unique and intimate insight into the challenges faced by the Burj Khalifa design team in realising the 828 m high (2,716.5 ft), 160 storey tower - the tallest building and tallest free-standing structure in the world.
Guest speakers will reveal how ambitious innovation and dynamic thinking in structural design and materials technology paved the way to the architectural language and cleverly orchestrated integrity of the tower while remaining in line with codes of practice, certifiable design and the need for cost-effective buildability. Also explored will be the rationale behind the use of concrete as the primary structural material.