Canadians to speak at CTBUH World Congress

Canadians Moshe Safdie and Joe Berridge are among the keynote speakers recently announced for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s 10th World Congress.

Focusing on the theme 50 Forward | 50 Back, the Congress will explore the most significant advancements in tall buildings and cities from the last 50 years, while looking into the future of our cities 50 years from now.

In celebration of the Council’s 50th anniversary, four speakers of the 10th World Congress — held in Chicago from October 28 to November 2, 2019 — will discuss the urban innovations that shaped the last 50 years, and those that will transform sustainable cities of the future.

The speakers include:

  • Bjarke Ingels, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Closing Plenary Speaker)
Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Ingels developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious.
  • Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects (Closing Plenary Speaker)
Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author who is committed to architecture that embraces a comprehensive and humane design philosophy.
  • Joe Berridge, Urban Strategies, Inc. (Opening Plenary Speaker)
Berridge is an urban planner and city builder who has had an integral role in the development of complex urban planning and regeneration projects in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Asia.
  • Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordan Gill Architecture (Opening Plenary Speakers)
Smith and Gill collaborated to design the world’s first net Zero-Energy skyscraper, Pearl River Tower, built in Guangzhou China, which harvests the natural forces of wind, sun and geothermal mass.

The Council will also commemorate its milestone anniversary by closing the core conference programming with the Beaux-Arts Ball and World Congress Dinner, where architects arrived dressed as the buildings they had created.

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