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Tall Towers As Catalysts for Social Interaction

A discussion at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery on Monday, 8 May at 5:30pm hosted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat UK Chapter and Zaha Hadid Architects

Steve Andrews - Design Executive, Canary Wharf Group
Hanif Kara - Director and co-founder, AKT II
Peter Rees - Professor of Places & City Planning, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment
Patrik Schumacher – Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects
Simon Lay – Director, Olsson Fire & Risk UK
Viviana Muscettola - Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects
Nick Wirth – President, Wirth Research

The discussion will explore how contemporary forms of social communication can inform the design of tall buildings - and how the tower typology can encourage new forms of interaction; creating spaces where collaboration and interaction between individuals and groups can flourish.

The tower typology is one of the solutions to the need for higher densities in our cities. The design of tall towers must adapt to achieve greater levels of social sustainability. The panelists will discuss the possibilities to transform tower design as isolated objects within the urban landscape into vertical villages and collective hubs; integrating the spatial qualities of the human-scale with the dynamism of the metropolis.

Address: ZHD Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EZ

Zaha Hadid Design Gallery
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, is an international non-profit organisation supported by architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings. CTBUH was founded in 1969 with a mission to disseminate multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments, to maximise the interaction of professionals involved in creating the built environment, and to make the latest knowledge available to professionals in a useful form. Globally, the CTBUH organisational network includes over 800,000.

CTBUH UK Chapter
The CTBUH UK Chapter was officially launched in June 2015 as a localised hub for built environment professionals specialising in tall buildings and the urban habitat working in the UK. Whilst the CTBUH has no direct authority on legislation, it is a guiding body for many local authorities and it is the aim of the CTBUH UK Chapter to be equally entrenched in supporting the future development of the urban realm in the UK. The regional committees, including those in America, China and Japan, host local events, gather research and tall building knowledge, and share news to further the wider mission of the CTBUH and help guide the creation of effective tall buildings and urban spaces around the world.