The audience listened intently to presentations during the Day 3 Plenary Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?”
CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting, welcomes attendees to the second day of the Conference Core Program and introduces the panelists for the Day 3 Plenary Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism.”
CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Chair James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Department, fields questions during the Day 3 Plenary Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?”
Koon Hean Cheong, CEO, Housing & Development Board, offers her perspective on polycentric urban patterns based on Singapore’s development over time.
CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting, chairs the Day 3 Plenary Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism.”
CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Member Helen Lochhead, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, responds to the Panel Discussion topic “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism” by providing some Australian context.
Peter Murray, Life President, Wordsearch, shares his thoughts with the audience during the Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?”
During the Day 3 Plenary Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?” Mohammad Kaiser Azad, Manager of Community Management, Emaar Properties offers his thoughts on centering community in the cities of the future. 
Panelists from the Day 3 Plenary Panel Discussion “Polycentric vs Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism.” From left to right: CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting; CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Chair James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Department; Koon Hean Cheong, CEO, Housing & Development Board; Helen Lochhead, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney; Peter Murray, Life President, Wordsearch, and Mohammad Kaiser Azad, Manager of Community Management, Emaar Properties. 
Anica Lazic, 3lite, enjoys conversation and a coffee break before heading into the next session. 
Sam Lai, Project Director and General Manager, Sun Hung Kai Properties, presents the 2018 Research Seed Funding Award to CTBUH China Office Associate Director of Academic Affairs Zhendong Wang, Associate Professor, Doctoral Supervisor of Architecture.
The audience gathers as awards are given for research and academic work at the 2018 Middle East Conference.
Raymond Chan Lai Man, Director & Deputy Chief Executive Officer of New World China Land Limited, awards the winning prize to Yiming Guo, presenting on behalf of Ziyue Li, Shenyang Jianzhu University, China.
Al Ramirez, Latin America Business Lead, Underwriters Laboratories, awards Joseph Pinto, Illinois Institute of Technology, the Student Research Competition Award.
Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO, thyssenkrupp, awards the winning CTBUH Master’s Thesis prize to Winki Ip, University of Melbourne.
CTBUH Height and Data Committee Chair Scott Duncan, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, presents the Traveling Design Research Studio Award to Amjad Alkoud, Illinois Institute of Technology.
In the session "Smart Tools," Shonn Mills, Global High-Rise Director, Ramboll Group, examines how smart technology can enhance the functionality of tall buildings, catapulting them into infrastructural platforms.
Vertical Transportation Working Group Chair Robin Cheeseright, Director, D2E, chairs the session “Smart Tools.”
Panelists respond to a prompt during the "Smart Tools" session. From left to right: CTBUH Vertical Transportation Working Group Chair and Session Chair Robin Cheeseright, Director, D2E; Karl-Heinz Bauer, CTO, Schindler; Shonn Mills, Global High-Rise Director, Ramboll Group; Marty Doscher, Vice President AEC Marketplace, Dassault Systèmes.
Marty Doscher, Vice President AEC Marketplace, Dassault Systèmes shares his vision for an architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) renaissance in the "Smart Tools" session. 
Presenters and Session Chair for Session 6B: "Smart Tools" gather for a photo. From left to right: CTBUH Vertical Transportation Working Group Chair and Session Chair Robin Cheeseright, Director, D2E; Karl-Heinz Bauer, CTO, Schindler; Marty Doscher, Vice President AEC Marketplace, Dassault Systèmes; Shonn Mills, Global High-Rise Director, Ramboll Group.
Gurjit Singh, Senior Vice President – Real Estate, Dubai World Trade Center, draws on his experience to address the panel topic “What Does a Smart City Look Like?”
CTBUH Advisory Group Member Jon Van Benthem, Architecture Strategy Manager, Autodesk, Denver, shares his point of view during the “What Does a Smart City Look Like?” panel discussion.
Robert Boog, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Large Project Division, Schindler, offers his thoughts in the panel discussion “What Does a Smart City Look Like?”
Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal, SHoP Architects, participates in the panel discussion “What Does a Smart City Look Like?”
Panelists and chairperson for Session 7B: “What Does a Smart City Look Like?”, from left to right: CTBUH Vice Chairman and Session Chair David Malott, Founder CEO, AI.; Robert Boog, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Large Project Division, Schindler; Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal, SHoP Architects; Gurjit Singh, Senior Vice President – Real Estate, Dubai World Trade Center; CTBUH Advisory Group member Jon Van Benthem, Architecture Strategy Manager, Autodesk, Denver.
Basil Richardson, Studio Director, Bates Smart, enlightens delegates on the flexibility and benefits of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) using two distinct projects located in Melbourne and Brisbane. 
Matthew Makes, Vice President, Director of Business Development, Turner International LLC chairs the “Tall Timber: Asia, Australia & Africa” session. 
Gi Young Jeong, Professor, Chonnam National University, explains the three different timber frame types currently being developed in South Korea. 
A distinguished group of panelists join for the panel discussion “Tall Timber 2030: Where Will We Be?" From left to right: CTBUH Australia Chapter Chair Philip Vivian, Director, Bates Smart; Rainer Strauch, CTO, Cree by Rhomberg; CTBUH Tall Timber Working Group member Jeff Spiritos, Principal, Spiritos Properties LLC; CTBUH Tall Timber Working Group Co-Chair Carsten Hein, Associate Director, Arup.




CTBUH Australia Chapter Chair Philip Vivian, Director, Bates Smart, shares his regional perspective on the next ten years of tall timber during the panel discussion “Tall Timber 2030: Where Will We Be?”
Rainer Strauch, CTO, Cree by Rhomberg, offers his thoughts during the panel discussion “Tall Timber 2030: Where Will We Be?”
CTBUH Tall Timber Working Group Member Jeff Spiritos, Principal, Spiritos Properties LLC, shares his perspective on how Tall Timber will change by 2030. 
Minna Piironen, Service Manager, People Flow Planning, presents her findings on how data modeling, collection and analysis can yield key insights into a building’s People Flow functions during the session “Building and Human-Scale Mobility.”
CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee member Johannes de Jong, Founder, Executive Vice President, Elevating Studio Pte. Ltd., chairs the session “Building and Human-Scale Mobility,” while Grace W. Cheng, Vice President, CallisonRTKL delivers her presentation.
During the session, “Building and Human-Scale Mobility,” Grace W. Cheng, Vice President, CallisonRTKL, drives home why it is essential that opportunities to improve transit and urban connectivity are folded into a cohesive, effective polycentric vision.
During the session, “Building and Human-Scale Mobility,” Chris Williamson, Founding Partner, Weston Williamson+Partners, shares his perspective on “Investing in the Infrastructure of Polycentric Cities.”
Earle Arney, CEO, Arney Fender Katsalidis, shares his opinions during the panel discussion “Urban and Building Transit 2050: What Will It Look Like?”
The panelists from Session 7F: “Urban and Building Transit 2050: What Will It Look Like?” discuss the next few decades of modern transportation and the high-rise. From left to right: Sascha Brozek, Senior Vice President, Major Projects, KONE; Earle Arney, CEO, Arney Fender Katsalidis; Helen Lochhead, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney and CTBUH Height and Data Committee Chair Scott Duncan, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. 
Sascha Brozek, Senior Vice President, Major Projects, KONE participates in the panel discussion “Urban and Building Transit 2050: What Will It Look Like?”
CTBUH Height and Data Committee Chair Scott Duncan, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, reflects on his experience in his answers during the panel discussion “Urban and Building Transit 2050: What Will It Look Like?”
CTBUH Shanghai Future Leaders Committee Co-Chair, Zhizhe Yu, Managing Director, AI., chairs the panel discussion “Urban and Building Transit 2050: What Will It Look Like?”
CTBUH Urban Habitat/Urban Design Committee Member Helen Lochhead, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, responds to a question during the panel discussion “Urban and Building Transit 2050: What Will It Look Like?”
Delegates listen as Duncan Phillips, Principal, RWDI, presents “The Implications of Replacing Wind Tunnels with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)”.
Duncan Phillips, Principal, RWDI, shares his findings on “The Implications of Replacing Wind Tunnels with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).” 
Tarek Hassan, Senior Associate - Head of Design Unit, Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners, breaks down important factors for structural material system selection in high-rise design. 
Yongjun Huang, Director, Vice GM, Chief Engineer; Shenzhen Aube Architectural Engineering Design, details the process of designing multi-column intersecting steel joints for the 400-meter China Resources Headquarter Tower. 
Alan Poeppel, Managing Principal, Langan Engineering, shares his perspective on the future of high-rise construction during a panel discussion. 
The panelists from Session 6G: “What is The Future of High-Rise Construction”, from left to right: CTBUH Florida Representative Christophe Bilaine, VP Preconstruction, Bouygues Batiment International; Peyman A. Nejad, Founder, President, CEO, PAN Partners; Alan Poeppel, Managing Principal, Langan Engineering; Shaofeng Wang, Chairman, China State Construction Overseas Development Co., Ltd. 
Delegates listen intently to the engaging panel discussion “What is The Future of High-Rise Construction?”.
CTBUH Florida Representative Christophe Bilaine, VP Preconstruction, Bouygues Batiment International participates in the panel “What is the Future of High-Rise Construction?”
Peyman A. Nejad, Founder, President, CEO, PAN Partners answers questions on the panel “What is the Future of High-Rise Construction?”
CTBUH Performance Based Seismic Design Working Group Co-Chair Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO Magnusson Klemencic Associates, chairs the third plenary of the 2018 Middle East Conference: “50 Forward, 50 Back.”
During the plenary session "50 Forward, 50 Back," Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal, SHoP Architects, New York City, examines the historical and present-day symbiosis between aesthetics and investment in the creation of ever-taller buildings. 
William Baker, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, draws from his well of experience in relating how emerging trends in vertical transportation and structural engineering should be evaluated through the lens of livability as we build toward the future. 
Ole Scheeren, Principal, Buro Ole Scheeren, encourages attendees to reframe the skyscraper as an interconnected organism that serves cities at multiple levels. 
CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Antony Wood addresses delegates during the “50 Forward, 50 Back” plenary with powerful questions on what “true” urban sustainability means in the context of growing cities, some of them in climate change disaster areas.
CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts joins the plenary speakers from Plenary 3: “50 Forward, 50 Back” for a group photo. From left to right: CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting; CTBUH Performance-Based Seismic Design Working Group Co-Chair Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; William Baker, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal, SHoP Architects, New York City; Ole Scheeren, Principal, Buro Ole Scheeren and CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Antony Wood. 
CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting, eagerly greets delegates as he enters the stage to deliver closing statements for the day, and launch the 2019 Tall+Urban Innovation Conference, Shenzhen, and the CTBUH 10th World Congress, Chicago (2019).
CTBUH Chief Operating Officer John Jacobs delivers closing statements for the day, and launches the 2019 Tall+Urban Innovation Conference, Shenzhen, and the CTBUH 10th World Congress, Chicago (2019).
CTBUH Chief Operating Officer John Jacobs shares the details of the next two CTBUH Conferences: The 2019 Tall+Urban Innovation Conference, Shenzhen, and the CTBUH 10th World Congress, Chicago (2019).
Delegates take in the exciting details of next year’s CTBUH Conferences.
After sunset at Atlantis, The Palm hotel, outdoor lighting lends a soft glow to the venue for the Networking Reception, kindly hosted by Investment Corporation of Dubai and Kerzner, and sponsored by WSP.
A beautiful open-air lounge at Atlantis, The Palm hotel on Palm Jumeirah Island off the coast of Dubai, was the venue for the 2018 Middle East Conference Networking Reception.
Timothy Kelly, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Operations, Atlantis, The Palm, offers a few words and a toast at the Networking Reception, thanking delegates for traveling from near and far to attend the 2018 Polycentric Cities Conference.
CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea, welcomed delegates to a lovely evening at the Networking Reception at Atlantis, The Palm hotel.
David Cooper, President, Global Property and Buildings, WSP, says a few words to delegates at the Networking Reception at Atlantis, The Palm.
Guests enjoy beverages and conversation at the Networking Reception after an enriching day of sessions. 
Temoor Ahmad, Associate Principal, Grimshaw Architects and CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik relax at the Networking Reception after a packed day of learning and exchanging ideas.
CTBUH Staff are in good spirits at the Networking Reception at Atlantis, The Palm. From left to right: CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik, CTBUH Communications Manager Jason Gabel and CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Antony Wood.
Entranced by a dazzling display, Networking Reception guests at Atlantis, The Palm gather around to watch a dancer clad in illuminated clothing.
A DJ provided entertainment for both conversation and dancing.
The entertainment at the Networking Reception included a fire dancer.
CTBUH United Arab Emirates Representative Christian Vasquez, Architect & Business Development Executive, National Engineering Bureau; Carlos Santamaria, Principal, CEES-Advisors and Razan Najee, Interior Designer, National Engineering Bureau stand for a photo during the Networking Reception at the Atlantis, The Palm.