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International Architectural Roundtable: TALL TOWERS: Are they a Necessary Evil for the Evolution and Growth of a City?


November 21, 2006
by Canadian Architect

This is the opening session for Construct Canada 2006, taking place from November 29-December 1, 2006 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The media sponsor for the roundtable is Canadian Architect magazine, and it takes place from 8:00am to 10:00am on Wednesday, November 29.

Please note that you will earn three (3) OAA-directed points for attending the International Architectural Roundtable. Click HERE to register for FREE.

The roundtable represents an exceptional opportunity to hear four highly accomplished and award-winning international architects discuss their perspectives on a major trend facing city building and urban design: the impact of tall buildings on the modern urban form of a major city.

James K.M. Cheng (Vancouver) was born in Hong Kong and received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He studied under Richard Meier, and apprenticed with Arthur Erickson in Canada prior to opening his practice, James KM Cheng Architects. Since its inception, the firm’s work has focused on high-density urban projects with the integration of landscape, interior design and architecture. The award-winning firm has constructed over 45 towers and is currently involved in projects in Canada, USA and China.

Tarek El-Khatib (Toronto) of Zeidler Partnership Architects is emerging as one of Canada’s leading international architects, undertaking design commissions in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean as well as creating award-winning designs in Canada and the United States. He is responsible for the design of some of the firm’s most celebrated buildings. He brings to the design and management of projects a broad knowledge base of building types that has evolved over 23 years of professional experience.

Eugene Kohn (New York) serves as Partner-in-Charge of many of Kohn Pederson Fox’s major domestic and international projects. KPF is renowned for buildings that are sensitive to their context, while establishing a unique and memorable image on the exterior and creating interior environments that reinforce the clients’ overall mission and function. As a firm with numerous awards and high recognition, they have designed some of the tallest and most notable buildings in the world.

Ken Yeang (London, UK), a director of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, is also a prolific Malaysian architect and writer widely known for the “bioclimatic” design of skyscrapers. Seeing skyscrapers as inevitable because of population pressures and site ratios, Yeang has spent his career refuting the conventional wisdom that tall buildings are inherently destructive to the environment. He has won numerous awards for his bioclimatic techniques and daring “vertical landscaping” in tall buildings around the world.

Moderator for the event is Lisa Rochon, architecture columnist for The Globe and Mail.

Please visit the Construct Canada website for more information on the International Architectural Roundtable.



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