Experts declare Dubai a model of sustainable urban future

The eighth World Congress of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) ended with participants declaring Dubai is well suited to lead the world in creating sustainable dense cities.

The eighth World Congress of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) ended with participants declaring Dubai is well suited to lead the world in creating sustainable dense cities.

The congress, held in Dubai from 3-5 March, had 965 participants from 44 countries and was centred on the theme of ‘Tall and Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future."

"With the advent of innovative technologies and sustainable designs, I believe towers and skyscrapers will continue to soar skyward," said Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director. "Interestingly, the Dubai government's vision of contributing to a more ‘sustainable built environment' seems to best sum up the aspirations of those leaders gathered this week in Dubai."

Speakers at the CTBUH congress agreed that sustainability is a philosophy that should be incorporated into the design of tall buildings from inception, noting that future tall building design should also address both the physical and the environmental aspects of the location and reinvent itself as the ideal solution for both dense and sustainable cities.

Speeches at the Congress included case studies of Dubai, London and Chicago, and multi-track sessions covered areas such as sustainable urban design, the use of tall buildings in energy generation, and experiences of projects around the world.

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