A number of major players in high-rise development have confirmed their participation at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017. The inaugural Summit is the first of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, based on an annual counterpart in the Middle East, the Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai.
The Summit highlights key trends in high-rise construction and design as well as innovative smart solutions for skyscrapers. Leading architecture, engineering and construction firms that have confirmed their participation in the event include Arup, Bonacci, WSP, Architectus, Fender Katsalidis Architects, PTW Architects, Thomson Adsett, Steevens Varming, Mirvac, JLL, Probuild, Grocon, John Wardie Architects, BVN, WT Partnership, Hayball among others.
Among the companies who will be participating in the event as speakers are Arup, a leading firm of independent designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists as well as the structural designers behind the Sydney Opera House.
A key speaker at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017, Alistair Guthrie is a Professor of Environmental Design in the School of Built Environment at Nottingham University and a Fellow at Arup. Guthrie will address Sustainable Design for High Rise Buildings at the Summit, exploring what makes skyscraper design smart, how to bring industry and end users together and a holistic approach for optimal results to sustainable design practices.
From design studio Architectus, Managing Director Ray Brown will bring his architectural expertise and work on Sydney’s 1 Bligh skyscraper to the Summit. The building has received multiple awards for its environmentally friendly building design and set a benchmark for sustainable design.
The buildings innovative green features include a central atrium, double skin façade, air conditioning, energy generation, solar panels, black water recycling and recycled rain water.
Fender Katsalidis Architects are the architects behind some of the tallest towers in the Australian landscape including the Eureka Tower. Founding Director Karl Fender will present a case study on Australia 108, soon to surpass the Eureka Tower as the tallest in the country at 100 levels and 319 metres high.
Leading international architecture and design firm Thomson Adsett’s Education Specialist Peter C. Lippman will survey the trend of vertical schools and its future in Australia.
Senior Associate Mark Giles from the powerhouse architecture firm behind Sydney’s One Central Park, one of the world’s best tall buildings, PTW Architects is on the agenda to discuss the impressive sustainable design concepts that underpin this structure which boasts a vertical garden at over 1100 square metres.
Specialists in structural, civil and infrastructure engineering, Bonacci bring their work on the Brisbane Skytower, a 270-metre 90-storey residential tower which will become Brisbane’s tallest building when completed, to the Summit. Chartered Engineer & Technical Director Richard Cass will discuss structural performance, architectural planning and designing for efficient construction at the Summit.
The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit will be held on the 28-29th March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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