2012 CTBUH World Congress to focus on the future of tall buildings in China
Clean construction and environmentalism are key concerns facing China’s cities, to be addressed at the council event involving leading builders and designers of Chinese skyscrapers at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 9th World Congress on the 19th-21st September at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao in Shanghai.
China is in the midst of a historic tall building construction boom. There are currently 259 buildings of more than 150m under construction in China, the most of any country in the world, according to proprietary data compiled by the CTBUH. The number of buildings taller than 150m in China increased from 37 in 1990 to 799 in 2010, the study found. China completed 23 buildings taller than 200m in 2011, more than any other country, including five in Shanghai alone.
“Tall buildings are transforming China’s cities,” said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the CTBUH and a design partner in NBBJ, the architecture firm. “The developers and designers of these buildings are trying to create the optimum environments for the next generation in China to live, work and play.” China is leading a worldwide movement toward urban living. Currently about 50 per cent of the world’s 7 billion people live in urbanised settings; by 2050, the population will swell to 9 billion and 70 percent will live in cities, according to United Nations data.
“Tall buildings are one approach to dealing with the surge in China’s urban population,” said Antony Wood, executive director of the CTBUH. “But the key is developing efficient buildings that connect with the urban fabric.” The 632m Shanghai Tower, which will be the second tallest building in the world when it is completed in 2014, is an example of a new type of skyscrapers in development in China.
Shanghai Tower is a self-contained vertical community, focused on sustainability, business value, innovation and cultural diversity. Thirty-three percent of the site is reserved for public green space. “Shanghai Tower is more than simply a pretty tower,” said Jianping Gu, president of Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Company, who will be a keynote speaker at the CTBUH Congress. “The design of a vertical community will offer a viable solution to today’s urban sprawl and address the needs of China’s white collar workers.”
The CTBUH 9th World Congress will be the first event in China organised by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a not-for-profit group recognised as the leading organisation for developers and professionals involved in the development of tall buildings around the world. The three-day event will feature more than 100 presentations by the world’s leading experts on tall building development.