WSP in the spotlight at the 2018 CTBUH Conference

POLYCENTRIC CITIES – The future of Vertical Urbanism is the theme of this year’s CTBUH Conference to be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 20-25 October. It provides the perfect opportunity for WSP to showcase our expertise in all aspects of tall building and urban design and we will be well represented at the panel discussions and workshops of the event.  

WSP in the Spotlight

On day one, Paul Campbell, a technical director and seismic expert from our New Zealand business, is chairing a workshop on ‘Tall Building Seismic Considerations’. Paul will also deliver a presentation entitled ‘Mind the Gap: Code-Based Minimum Performance vs. Public Expectations – the New Zealand Experience’.  At the same time , Fikre Haj Husein, a structural engineer in our Middle East business, will be sharing his expertise in a workshop on ‘Smart Design Tools’ and making a presentation about ‘Smart Structural Design Solutions for Iconic Buildings in Dubai and Polycentric Cities.’

On Day 2 we are represented by  Andy Dean, our Middle East head of facades, who is participating in a  discussion on ‘Critical Issues in High-Rise Façade Design’; and Mark O’Connor , a technical director from the UK, who is taking part in a discussion entitled ‘Tall Timber: What are the Main Drivers and Challenges?’

Day 4 will see Conference delegates making site visits to some of Dubai’s most impressive high-rise buildings, which include the Mashreq Bank Headquarters, designed by the architects SOM, with WSP as structural engineer. A unique feature of the building is a four-storey crown structure that forms the top four floors of the building and extends up to 27 metres beyond the main building’s footprint. Our technical director, Zaher Hadow, will explain to visitors our ingenious design for bracing the cantilever. WSP will also be assisting in tours of The Index, an 80-storey residential and commercial tower; and of One Za’Abeel, a flagship mixed-use development that boasts the world’s longest cantilever.

We will also be hosting a networking reception at The Atlantis, attending Conference networking receptions, and holding our own client events, including a Breakfast Panel Discussion about Future Cities on Wednesday 24th October.

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A Theme for Future Cities

The theme selected by CTBUH for this year’s conference is inspired by the development of many Middle Eastern Cities based on a de-centralised urban approach. It’s suggested that, as it becomes the norm for cities to house 10 million or more inhabitants, those cities best positioned for the future will have several urban centres, focused around transit nodes and well-planned infrastructure, embracing high density, public space and civic functions. These ‘cities within a city’ could offer the best opportunity for a sustainable future for the many millions of people who will move into cities over the coming decades. And each centre will be anchored and visually defined by its distinctive skyline of tall buildings.

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