Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Melbourne: Australia and the Future of Vertical Urbanism

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6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Location: Melbourne School of Design
B117 Theatre, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
University of Melbourne
Carlton, VIC 3053
Event: CTBUH Australia welcomes CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood



In the realm of urban development, it is often assumed that density is inherently more sustainable than dispersed suburban patterns, but there is a significant gap in current research that substantiates this assumption. This presentation embraces the results of a two-year CTBUH research study focused on quantitatively investigating and comparing the environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in both downtown high-rise and suburban low-rise residential case studies in Chicago, USA. 

In addition, against a backdrop of the large-scale homogenization of cities architecturally around the world, Dr. Wood will outline 10 design principles focused on the concept of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism,” which, if adopted in skyscraper design, could result in tall buildings that are more appropriate to the place in which they are located – physically, environmentally, culturally, socially and economically. In doing this, the discussion embraces the potential for a new “vernacular” for the skyscraper, related to each specific location.

Australia’s standing against these various topics will also be discussed, along with an introduction to the CTBUH 2017 Conference, Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure, which will be held from 30 October to 3 November in Sydney.

Refreshments will be provided.
Register: This event is free! To register, please click here.