Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH London International Conference, 2013

Height and Heritage: The Unique Challenges of Building Tall in Historic Cities
The Brewery  |  London, UK  |  11-13 June, 2013

The CTBUH International Conference in London assembled one of the strongest speaker lineups in the Council’s 44-year history, and gathered together 738 delegates, representing 315 companies and 41 countries, for three days of information sharing and networking. With 24 presentations, five panel discussions, and 36 exhibitors, the London Conference drew a wide variety of industry professionals from all over the globe. The world’s leading tall building stakeholders debated and presented on issues surrounding the conference theme, “Height and Heritage,” an appropriate theme as Europe increasingly embraces the skyscraper.
Across the plenaries, presentations, two networking receptions and a formal conference dinner, attendees were able to gain an insightful perspective on the context and challenges of building tall in historic cities and on strategies to help new cities grow sustainably. On the last day, technical tours allowed attendees to experience firsthand the new built heritage of London rising amidst the 2,000-year history of the city.  The lively discussions about economic, environmental planning and cultural constraints to create prosperous urban habitats crystallized into a new way of seeing for many delegates, whether their implications were encountered from a boat on the Thames, up close on foot, or an observation deck on high.

. Presentations, Speakers & Videos

Some of the world’s most renowned tall-building professionals shared their knowledge through 24 presentations and five panels over 10 themed sessions and three Plenaries during the first two days of the Conference.

Conference Overview

Read a brief summary report for each of the three days of the Conference. Written during the Conference, the reports capture the highlights from each day of the event.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The Conference was made possible through the support of 24 sponsors and three supporting partners. With 36 exhibitors, every break was an active session of networking for the attendees.

Social Networking Events

Events included Networking Receptions held at the top of 30 St. Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and The Shard, along with the Conference Dinner at the historic Royal Courts of Justice.

Technical Tours

On the third day of the Conference, delegates took 11 technical tours of iconic and well-known London buildings, and two city tours hosted by City of London Planning Officer Peter Rees.

Video Interviews

Onsite interviews with many of the speakers further developed and investigated their presentation topics, and explored issues beyond the presentations.

Attendance Statistics and Feedback

The broad diversity of attendees and high marks given to the experience affirmed the value of a CTBUH Conference. Review overall attendance statistics, including the list of all registered delegates, as well as delegate feedback received about the conference here.

Press Coverage

The Conference was attended by journalists from many media outlets, including the BBC, World Architecture News, the London Evening Standard, and more. Review Conference press coverage here.

Conference Website Archive

This pre-event website includes news announcements leading up to the event, promotional brochures, sponsor information, and much more.