News - 28 October 2019

Astrid Piber discusses Renovation and the future of High Rise at CTBUH

Session: Giving the Past New Life: Renovation

Skyscrapers are in many ways the ultimate expression of modernity and optimism. They tower above their neighbors and their predecessors, and are designed, in theory, “for the ages.” But now that many tall buildings are more than 50 years old, having been conceived in a pre-digital era, it is time to seriously consider how they can be usefully repurposed and renovated for the highest and best use cases in the digital age. In this session, examine how the foundations of the past can be built upon, sometimes literally, to create new experiences, and how today’s design strategies can future-proof new buildings for a dynamic tomorrow.

Astrid Piber Lecture: High-Rises of the Past and for the Future

Cities all over the world are currently facing urgent challenges regarding ongoing densification. By 2050 an additional 2.5 billion people will be living in urban areas. How do we ensure that our cities can adequately cater to this immediate growth, environmentally, socially and economically? How do we ensure that our cities become resilient to ongoing densification over time? And how can we create workable strategies for the integration of new materials and technologies in the built environment?

Designers must adequately respond to the demands of our cities and provide strategies to cope with densification. In some locations, vertical expansion has been the only viable option, however efforts should also be concentrated on remodeling existing buildings. In order to do this, it must be understood how these structures can be upgraded with new technologies and materials in order to provide an improved environment for users, reduce energy consumption and ensure enhanced connections with their surrounding contexts.


2:00pm Central Time, Oct 29


CTBUH Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

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