With the symposium, CTBUH addressed how tall buildings are beginning to be seen as a viable typology that could be accommodated in the Scandinavian urban fabric. The event speakers debated how we approach tall buildings in Denmark and in Scandinavia, and how Scandinavian cities can benefit from lessons learned overseas.
The list of speakers included Julian Chen, Architect and CTBUH Denmark Representative, who explained the importance of context and market fundamentals in the process of designing tall buildings. Julian also highlighted how the European context could encourage innovations in tall building design that contribute to the urban habitat.
Lead Design Architect Michael Sørensen from Henning Larsen Architects demonstrated how sustainable strategies could improve the environmental conditions between tall buildings to create meaningful public spaces.
Halldor Ragnarsson, Vice President and Director of MT Højgaard’s High Rise Division, shared his knowledge about the current market trend of tall building developments and the future outlook in Denmark.
Keynote speaker Greg Dunn, Principal of Adamson Associates Architects, impressed the audience with his vast knowledge and experience in technical design and global market trends of tall and super-tall developments.
Anne Skovbro, Director of Development and Planning for the City of Copenhagen, was the last speaker and concluded the symposium with a guide through the planning policy of tall building developments in Copenhagen. She highlighted the potential of such building types in accommodating the significant population growth in central Copenhagen, and the opportunities—and challenges—that such development could bring to the city.
The symposium served a double function, and also inaugurated the Danish chapter of CTBUH. This formalizes Denmark’s place in the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction and operation of tall buildings and future cities