Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Track 4 - The Complexities of Urban Development

Track 4 Session Report


Chair:
Girish Bhagat,
Secretary, Euro-India Centre & RICS, India

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The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use  
Steve Watts,
Partner / Tall Buildings Leader, Davis Langdon, London
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Davis Langdon’s cost model for tall buildings is a seminal reference tool in the industry. In addition, a complimentary reference for sustainable-economics in the context of tall is being developed as part of the CTBUH Sustainability working group. Steve updates us on both these initiatives, as well as demystifying the relationship between costs and ‘green’, in the context of projects such as the mixed-use London Bridge Tower – now moving full-steam ahead towards becoming Europe’s tallest.

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Insurance and the City: A Risk Management Approach to Tall Sustainable Building 
Atha Forsberg, Vice-President, Architects & Engineers Group, Willis, Chicago 

Construction of tall, sustainable buildings, and/or urban development, challenges traditional methods of project delivery.  We're utilizing new and sometimes untested building materials and construction techniques, using state-of-the-art technology for coordination and scheduling purposes. Our tall buildings are also reaching unprecedented new heights and incorporating an increasing diversity of functions.  This is an exciting time in the industry and the movement is on the fast track, however there are multiple risk management and insurance issues increasingly being faced by the industry. This presentation will give an overview of  some of these new challenges.

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Designing Vital Urban Environments    
Tim Johnson, Design Principal, NBBJ, New York

Rapid population growth, the increasing size of urban centers, and dramatic changes in climate will have significant consequences for the planning and design of our urban environments.  Civic leaders, planners, designers, architects, and engineers will all play an important role in assuring that our lives and environment remain in balance over the coming years. This presentation will focus on the key drivers to city building and will then show examples of three recent projects by NBBJ that attempt to accomplish this.

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Track 4 Panel Questions and Answers

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