This November, global practitioners of Council for Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) gathered in Chicago for “Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism,” a conference that tackles the challenge of a new type of urban density. Leaders from the AEC industry came together to seek ways to provide more than just functional space and a marketable skyline.
Partner Jaron Lubin presented The Shape of Things to Come, of which he shared recent practice work of Safdie Architects as well as research and speculation assembled with students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. By raising the questions and opening up discussion on why we struggle to understand the impact of tall buildings in the city and why most tall buildings look alike, Lubin urged architects to re-align their interests collectively towards the ideal city and develop common goals towards getting to the shared goal.
The Shape of Things to Come was part of the An Update on Innovation: Old Challenges, New Ideas track hosted by Michael Palmer, Principal at Perkins & Will. Joined by Jan Knikker of MVRDV, Lina Lahiri of Sauerbruch Hutton, and Lucien Wedzikowski of Otis Elevator Company, the panelist discussion reviews on-going research and strategies into solving the complex nature of the city and how to design for it.