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Public Lecture: Australia and the Future of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism”

Australia and the Future of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism”

Dr Antony Wood | CTBUH
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - 6.30pm | Leighton Hall, Scientia, UNSW Kensington


Co - hosted by Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat


UNSW Built Environment and CTBUH are pleased to present - Dr Antony Wood: Australia and the Future of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism”.
In the realm of urban development, it is often assumed that density is inherently more sustainable than dispersed suburban patterns, but there is a significant gap in current research that substantiates this assumption. This presentation embraces the results of a two-year CTBUH research study focused on quantitatively investigating and comparing the environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in both downtown high-rise and suburban low-rise residential case studies in Chicago, USA.  
In addition, against a backdrop of the large-scale homogenization of cities architecturally around the world, Dr. Wood will outline ten design principles focused on the principle of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” which, if adopted in skyscraper design, could result in tall buildings which are more appropriate to the place in which they are located – physically, environmentally, culturally, socially and economically. In doing this, the discussion embraces the potential for a new “vernacular” for the skyscraper, related to each specific location. Australia’s standing against these various topics will also be discussed, along with an introduction to the CTBUH 2017 Conference, Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure, which will be held from 30 October – 3 November in Sydney


Dr Antony Wood
Dr. Antony Wood has been the Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and its numerous initiatives. He is also a Studio Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, Chicago, where he holds studio courses exploring new typologies in the vertical urban habitat. 

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