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CTBUH to focus on 'Polycentric Cities' for 2018 annual conference in Dubai

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is gearing up for its annual conference, which is taking place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 20 to 25 October.

Themed ‘Polycentric Cities: The future of Vertical Urbanism’, the event will address the increasing tendency for cities to develop multiple central business districts simultaneously, with each offering something slightly different to urban inhabitants.

This phenomenon, according to a report released by the council, is perhaps best illustrated by this year’s host city of Dubai, which has developed quickly in just three decades employing a polycentric urban approach. This has resulted in the emirate’s ‘centres’ of Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai Marina, Festival City, Palm Jumeirah, and others.

The conference will be attended by the world’s leading developers, architects and engineers of tall buildings, with discussions centred on an array of topics relating to the theme, including smart technologies, tall building façades, skybridges, tall timber, urban and building transit, advanced construction and engineering, occupant experiences, and more.

“There’s no better time, and no better place, to hold a discourse on the idea of harnessing dense urban growth through polycentric development,” said Antony Wood, CTBUH executive director and co-chair of the conference. “This event is an opportunity for all disciplines in the building industry to come together for a frank discussion on the future of our cities, while exchanging the latest best practice information.”

Keynote presentations will include Santiago Calatrava, designer of the forthcoming 1300m Dubai Creek Tower; Ole Scheeren, visionary architect of Thailand’s MahaNakhon and Singapore’s Interlace; and William Baker, the structural engineer behind numerous supertall towers, such as the Burj Khalifa.

Programming will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, with over 20 workshops and building tours occurring in key buildings throughout the city, such as the Burj Khalifa, The Opus, and The Index. On the final two days of the conference, delegates will travel to Abu Dhabi for the follow-on program incorporating a second round of keynote presentations and building tours.