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About the Conference
The theme of the 2015 Conference was “Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City.” After a post-recession hiatus in construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia are experiencing a reinvigoration in tall building development. Across the globe, tall projects are being proposed and built in great numbers, and nowhere is this more evident than in New York.
Yet the flow of capital making many of these imagined projects realities is complex, and illustrates an interconnectedness of our cities way beyond what was evident even just a decade or two before. Developments in Sydney are as likely to be driven by forces from Shanghai as locally, Canadian pension funds are enabling several tall buildings in London, and Middle East capital seems, once again, to be everywhere. On top of this, after a decade or more of unprecedented vertical growth in Chinese cities, China is now investing in myriad urban centers around the world.
For these, among many other reasons, CTBUH chose to bring its 2015 Conference to the evolving high-rise tapestry that is New York to examine this dual phenomena – the motivations and mechanisms that are enabling multi-national investment scenarios, and the technical innovations that are driving new heights, forms, materials, and construction techniques. The conference will explore what all this means for the skyscraper of the future – more adaptable to the sustainable and technological challenges of the age.
Why New York?
CTBUH was thrilled to host our 2015 Conference in New York City, home of some of the world’s greatest tall buildings, and the object of a tremendous surge of global investment. With so many exciting projects in development all over the city, New York was a clear choice for the event. Watch this quick video to learn why!
We are very excited about the Conference program that we assembled for this event, featuring 90 distinguished speakers from an array of disciplines across the industry, including major developers around the world.
1,200 delegates from every corner of the international tall building industry, academic, and other leading professionals attended this Conference. Here is a complete list of the Conference delegates:
Learn more about the sponsors, who provided invaluable support and helped to make the Conference great!
The Conference was held in the Grand Hyatt New York in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, from October 26-30. Just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt boasts an ideal Manhattan location, surrounded by such famous tall buildings as the Chrysler Building, The Seagram Building, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, and many more!
Tours of completed and under-construction buildings, as well as of the greater urban contexts for these buildings, are key features of a CTBUH Conference. This was a special opportunity for delegates to learn from professionals involved in the design, construction, and/or management of the buildings through presentations, as well as physically touring the buildings/areas.
CTBUH has conducted many successful conferences throughout its history, beginning with the first in 1971 held in Tokyo. Since then, CTBUH conferences grown ever-larger and more frequent, as our international membership continues to grow. Learn more about some of the past CTBUH conferences.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. A not-for-profit organization, founded in 1969 and based at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology, CTBUH has an Asia Headquarters office at Tongji University, Shanghai, and a Research Office at Iuav University, Venice, Italy. CTBUH facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available on tall buildings through publications, research, events, working groups, web resources, and its extensive network of international representatives. The CTBUH also developed the international standards for measuring tall building height and is recognized as the arbiter for bestowing such designations as “The World’s Tallest Building.”
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