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SOM Leaders to Speak at CTBUH 2015 International Conference in New York

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SOM’s leadership in tall building will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which takes place on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th at the Grand Hyatt in New York. The theme of the CTBUH 2015 International Conference—“Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City”—will explore developments in tall building construction around the world through two dual phenomena: the interconnectedness of cities through multinational investment scenarios, and the technical innovations that are giving rise to unprecedented heights, forms, materials, and constructions techniques. SOM leaders will speak in the following events:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session 1a: Zhongtian Project, Guiyang
Asia & Australasia Room

SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan will present on the Guiyang World Trade Center, a 380-meter mixed-used tower employing an unconventional structural concrete skin that may represent a shift towards more sustainable opaque towers. His lecture is part of a session devoted to plans and developments for the city of Guiyang in the heart of the Guizhou province in China. In addition, CTBUH will announce Duncan's appointment to its Advisory Group ahead of the conference in an event on Sunday, October 25th.

Three-Dimensional Exterior Bracing Systems for Tall Buildings
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Tall Building Structures Host Room

SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian and Associate Rupa Garai will present "Three-Dimensional Exterior Bracing Systems for Tall Buildings." Using various case studies, the pair will discuss how bracing systems, when strategically placed on the exterior of buildings, provide an excellent alternative to conventional outrigger systems and the potential for greater resilience, post-earthquake recoverability, and sustainability.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tall Tales: Framing the Future of Building Facades
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Tall Building Facade Host Room

SOM Associate Director Christoph Timm will join a panel discussion on design innovation in tall building facades. He will discuss the design and execution of building enclosure systems for high-rise projects including One World Trade Center.

Rational Out of Irrational: Facade Design and Fabrication for Skyscrapers with “Utopian” Forms
11:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Part 1 presented by Yue Zhu
12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Part 2 presented by Neil Katz
Tall Building Material Systems Host Room

SOM Associate Director Yue Zhu, who recently joined CTBUH's Expert Peer Review Committee, and Associate Neil Katz will give a presentation called “Rational Out of Irrational: Facade Design and Fabrication for Skyscrapers with ‘Utopian’ Forms,”which will outline their research on building facade designs with special forms.

Engineering an Icon: How One World Trade Center Redefined Structural Engineering and Recreated an Icon for New York
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Designing Global Skylines Host Room

SOM Managing Partner Kenneth A. Lewis will participate in a Q&A session on One World Trade Center, following the video premiere of WSP’s “Presentation on the Reconstruction of One World Trade Center,” featuring an interview with SOM Managing Partner T.J. Gottesdiener. Addressing the theme of "The Challenges and Opportunities of Skyscraper Cities," presentations in this host room will discuss the engineering and design of towers recently completed or currently under construction in New York City and elsewhere.

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