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Due to Covid restrictions, The Skyscraper Museum will present its 2021 winter and spring lecture series as virtual programs. Twelve related webinars by leading architects, engineers, and construction experts have been conceived as an online course that covers key issues in the 21st-century development of the supertall typology. The lectures extend the analysis of the Museum's exhibition SUPERTALL! 2020.

WORLD VIEW: Designing Global Supertalls

The Skyscraper Museum’s 2021 lecture series, WORLD VIEW, invites architects, engineers, and building industry experts to explain and reflect on the art and science of the supertall skyscrapers they have designed and constructed around the world. Conceived as a semester of related talks, the series explores the history of the supertall typology and its evolution in the 21st century, emphasizing the global reach of supertall ambitions and the pivotal role of American firms in exporting design expertise.

The global pandemic has caused our worlds to shrink as travel is suspended and our vision and experience is focused on small screens and tight social circles. Expanding our understanding of the places around the globe where supertall skyscrapers are creating new urban landscapes is one aim of this series. Shenzhen, Guiyang, Tianjin, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, and Jeddah are among the cities in our spotlight.

Extraordinary height is the product of both ambition and expertise. The engineering challenges of reaching for heights of 400, 500, 600, and even 1,000 meters depend on sophisticated computer modeling and wind engineering, new structural systems, and the stronger concrete and composite building materials.

The twelve-lecture series begins with the architects of supertalls featured in the exhibition, who will discuss both the inspiration for their designs and issues of the urban context. The engineers will describe the innovations of their designs within the evolution of concrete-core construction that have typified supertall structural systems in the 21st century. Our cycle concludes with talks by experts in construction management on the importance of the buildability of designs and the monitoring of performance as a way to advance knowledge within the industry.

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Left-right: China Resources Tower, Guiyang WTC Tower, CTF Tianjin, CITIC Tower, Merdeka 118, Burj Khalifa, Chengdu Greenland Tower, Lakhta Center.

SCHEDULE:

All free webinars begin at 6:00pm ET. Please click on individual dates below to RSVP or to view the video of past lectures.

ICONS & URBANISM: ARCHITECTS ON THEIR TOWERS

JAN 26: JAMES VON KLEMPERER, FAIA, RIBA

Design Principal and President, KPF

Shenzhen and Seoul: China Resources Tower & Lotte World Tower

FEB 2: SCOTT DUNCAN, AIA

Design Partner, SOM

Guiyang: “Precious Sun," A Story of Trade Routes and Supertalls

FEB 16: BRIAN LEE, FAIA

Consulting Partner, SOM

Tianjin: CTF Tianjin

FEB 23: ROBERT WHITLOCK, FAIA

Principal, KPF

Beijing: CITIC/China Zun

MAR 2: KARL FENDER, OAM

Founding Partner, Fender Katsalidis

Kuala Lumpur: Merdeka 118

MAR 9: ADRIAN SMITH, FAIA

Founder and Partner, AS+GG

Supertall/Megatall: How High Can We Go?

ENGINEERING THE 21st-CENTURY SUPERTALL

MARCH 16: BILL BAKER, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE, NAE

Consulting Partner, SOM

Burj Khalifa: What We Learned

MARCH 23: PETER WEISMANTLE, FAIA, RIBA

Consulting Director of Supertall Building Technology, AS+GG

Core Value

MARCH 30: ROBERT SINN, PE, SE, FACI, F.ASCE, FIABSE

Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

How Do We Go Ultratall?

APRIL 13: MARK SARKISIAN, PE, SE

Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, SOM

Pivot to China: How Jin Mao Portended Future Supertalls

APRIL 20: DENNIS POON, PE

Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti

Chengdu Greenland: A Non-Coplanar Exoskeleton

CONSTRUCTING SUPERTALLS

APRIL 27: AHMAD ABDELRAZAQ

Executive Vice President, Samsung C&T Corp

Weaving Structure into Architecture: Design & Construction Challenges in Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg

MAY 4: FRED CLARKE, FAIA, RIBA, JIA

Senior Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli

The Primacy of Petronas Towers: Supertalls Go Global


 

HOW TO REGISTER:

WORLD VIEW: Designing Global Supertalls is a series of lectures, presented as live webinars and archived as videos. We recommend following the series in sequence as an unfolding "semester" of ideas and themes.

All lectures are conducted via Zoom and live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Zoom sessions are capped at 100 attendees.

Members of The Skyscraper Museum receive priority for RSVPs and can register by emailing [email protected] or by the RSVP buttons on the lectures' individual pages. Click on the individual dates to link to RSVP page.

If you are not a member of The Skyscraper Museum, you must register for each event separately by clicking the RSVP button on individual pages. Want to become a member? Click here!

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