Consideration of the urban habitat is a critical component of the CTBUH mission. With increasing vertical urbanization, significant consideration must be given to the quality of the urban realm amidst, and even atop tall buildings. The impacts of new tall buildings on the urban skyline must also be considered, through thoughtful consideration of lighting treatments, material selection, and contextual gestures. This workshop brings to light some of the best-practice examples of tall building projects that enact meaningful improvements to the surrounding urban fabric, with insight into the design strategies, technologies, and systems that will ensure vertical cities are also livable cities in the future.

When: Saturday, 20 October 2018 8:00am-12:00pm
Venue: To Be Confirmed

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Workshop Program

Safarik Workshop Chair: Daniel Safarik
CTBUH Editor, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
8:00am Arrival & coffee Break
8:30am Welcome


Yongqiang Chao

Yongqiang Chao

Director of Lighting Design, Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.
“The Spiritual Landmark at Night in Beijing’s CBD: Exterior Lighting of CWTC 3B Tower”
Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer

Managing Principal, Perkins+Will
“A New Women's University Campus: A City within Riyadh”
Ruth Shilston

Ruth Shilston

Senior Engineer and Project Manager, RWDI
“The Future of City Planning in a Digital Age”
9:40am Coffee/Tea Break


Kevin Frary

Kevin Frary

Associate Principal, Fisher Marantz Stone
“Vertical Light – Burj Khalifa: Vertical Urbanism Illuminated”
11:00am Q&A Session
11:30am Discussion on Next Steps
11:50am Closing Remarks
12:00pm Workshop End

Attendees of the Workshops will be delegates of the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, typically developers, architects, engineers and other professionals from around the world.

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