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SOM Leaders to Participate in 2017 CTBUH International Conference in Australia

Douglas Voigt, Ame Engelhart, and Luke Leung will present at the 2017 CTBUH conference. Image © SOM

The annual conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is an opportunity to discuss the necessary evolution of tall buildings as a solution to navigating urban density. Using the theme of "Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure" as a framework, the conference challenges participants to create new standards and protocols for making tall buildings the "connectors" in cites.

SOM's Douglas Voigt, Ame Engelhart, and Luke Leung will present at the conference. Details are below. In addition to these presentations, multiple representatives from SOM will be present at the conference. Scott Duncan, ​Design Partner, and Associate Directors David Shook, Benton Johnson, and Michael Powell will attend various sessions over the course of the five-day event.

"New South Wales at 10 Million: What Comes Next?"
Session 3A: Urban Scale Infrastructure
October 30, 2017
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Douglas Voigt, Partner, Urban Design and Planning, will discuss strategies for retooling the transit systems of New South Wales as the state rapidly grows. Voigt will share insight on commuter travel options to Sydney’s Central Business District and the adjacent area of Central Barangaroo, for which SOM designed the master plan.

The population of New South Wales is projected to grow to nearly 10 million people by 2036. Sydney, the economic center of the state, is expected to accommodate three-quarters of this growth—roughly 2 million residents. As the state and city grow, how can urban designers create systems that support denser, transit-oriented, livable, and sustainable environments? 

This session centers on best approaches to urban scale infrastructure, using Sydney as a case study. In addition to Voigt's discussion of transportation infrastructure, the session will include presentations on water infrastructure and infrastructure planning.

"Connected Buildings and Urban Mobility"
Session 4A: Connected Buildings and Urban Mobility
October 30, 2017
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Ame Engelhart, Director of SOM's Hong Kong office, will chair this session. Participants will discuss how physical and digital innovations are reinventing the connection of tall buildings with cities by transforming how people interact with the built environment.

New technologies are changing how residents of cities interact with tall buildings, inside and out. This panel explores this phenomenon at various scales, from large transit-based design strategies and the smart integration of elevators and escalators in tall buildings, to the opportunities created by the Internet of Things with respect to occupant experience and real-time data analytics.

"New Net-Zero Matrix – Including Nature in Tall Buildings"
Session 7B: Greening the Vertical Realm
October 31, 2017
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Luke Leung, Director of Sustainable Engineering, will present a scenario in which the Burj Khalifa is relocated to Chicago and compared to an equivalent low-rise residential development. Leung's focus will be on analyzing the carbon footprint of each building.

A net-zero building is generally defined as one that generates an amount of energy onsite that is equal to or greater than its energy consumption. In 2015, the Department of Energy published a list of net-zero energy definitions—applicable to buildings, campuses, portfolios, and communities based on source energy consumption and generation—that allowed analyses to account not just for energy used onsite, but also for energy consumed in the extraction, processing, and transportation of primary fuels.

The concept of net-zero carbon expands the net-zero energy idea by linking the energy performance of buildings directly to their impact on the environment, thus accounting for nature. Tall buildings occupy smaller footprints and therefore have a lower deforestation rate than their low-rise, low density neighbors. On the other hand, low density development may integrate nature into neighborhood design. Through a comparative analysis of the Burj Khalifa and its theoretical, low-rise equivalent in Chicago, Leung will explore operational carbon, transportation carbon, and carbon associated with deforestation.

This session explores new research and benchmarking concepts in net-zero carbon and sustainable design.

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