Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Track 2 - Tall Buildings and Cities


Mahesh Mudda, President,
Builders Association of India

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Beyond Tall Buildings  
Sudhir Jambhekar, Senior Partner, FX Fowle Architects, New York 

The creation of architecture, particularly individual buildings, is about improving the built environment. However, it is equally important to think about infrastructure and public work as a critical component. The typologies benefit from good design and suffer without it—as people experience infrastructure and public buildings firsthand every day. Designing the built environment requires a commitment to bigger, linked thinking and environmental concerns without compromising meaning, usefulness, and aesthetics. This presentation will highlight projects of various typologies and scales—from individual tall buildings and their connections to their surroundings, as well as infrastructure projects—showing how they provide opportunities for linkages and growth.

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Symbiosis: Supertalls and Future Cities   
James von Klemperer, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York

KPF has designed some of the most iconic tall buildings around the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Centre which won the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Award.  With super-talls at heights of 500-meters and above completed or underway in six Asian cities, Jamie von Klemperer and David Malott will discuss emerging patterns in the design of this new building prototype and its place within the urban, social, and environmental context, from Shanghai and Shenzhen’s existing CBDs to entirely new cities such as Songdo City and Meixi Lake.

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City, Multiplicity and Specificity    
S. K. Das, Principal, SK Das Associated Architects, New Delhi

The city is a turf on which different sectarian interests fight and negotiate for space and presence. Aside from the obvious divide between the planned and the unplanned, the city in India today consists of many fragments of interests and communities, each carrying its own agenda, aspirations and sensibilities. With varied degrees of association with or distance from globalization, each city represents specific needs, interests, aspirations and sensibilities, all of which demand the fine-tuning and texturing of form and substance. This presentation will discuss these concepts and be supported by illustrative examples to support the case of “an architecture of contextual multiplicity” in a democratic development process.

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Track 2 Panel Questions and Answers

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