Chicago-London International Dialogue: Tall Buildings & the Zero-Carbon Agenda

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 8 AM – 9 AM CST

Online Event | Click here to attend and/or register

Ever since the world’s first skyscraper was built here in 1885, Chicago has been a city of tall buildings. As its skyline has changed it’s inspired other cities round the world to pursue high-rise solutions of their own.

London, on the opposite hand, may be a city traditionally related to low-rise and lower-density development. Yet, within the past decade a construction boom has rapidly changed London’s skyline, challenging the city’s historical image.

Through tall building design, engineering and planning, both cities are addressing new pressing priorities: first, the necessity to dramatically reduce carbon emissions within the built environment; and second, the pursuit of sustainable growth following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key questions this program will seek to answer include:

What are the simplest approaches emerging in both cities for addressing these priorities?

What are the most recent trends in tall building design, materials and construction?

What specific planning policies can help guide long-term progress toward a resilient, carbon-free city?

In this webinar, panelists from Chicago and London will discuss how tall buildings and therefore the zero-carbon agenda affect both cities. Together we’ll exchange information, debate shared urban issues and compare approaches.

Panelists include:

Gordon Gill, FAIA, founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Joanna Bacon, managing partner at Allies and Morrison, RIBA and AA Trustee and shortlisted for AJ’s Woman Architect of the Year

Cynthia Roubik, Assistant Commissioner with the town of Chicago’s Department of designing and Development (DPD)

This program are going to be moderated by Peter Murray, New London Architecture Curator-in-Chief and Michael Wood, Chicago Architecture Center Senior Curator.

This program is presented in partnership with NLA.

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