Speakers

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Tom Weeks
Executive General Manager – Development, Lendlease Corporation
 
Ivan Harbour
Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
 

Huan Tu
Assistant General Manager, Greatwall Construction Holdings Group
 
Nick Cordingley
Design Partner, 10 DESIGN
 

Larry Silverstein
Chairman, Silverstein Properties
 
Carla Swickerath
Partner, Studio Daniel Libeskind
 

Session Summary

The Urban Habitat: Part I session explored the deep importance of how our urban habitat shapes us, and how we shape it, with the narratives and history that reside in our cities. Three powerful presentations, chaired and led by CTBUH Trustee Timothy Johnson, Design Partner, NBBJ, showcased projects that addressed the role of the skyscraper at the human scale.

The session was kicked off with Tom Weeks, Executive General Manager – Development, Lendlease Corporation, and Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The two presented Barangaroo South’s International Towers in Sydney, which orients toward the northwest to mitigate excessive solar glare and provide views of Darling Harbour. The project also contains the largest bicycle hub in Australia. This revitalizing complex connects Sydney’s CBD to its waterfront, celebrating an unbroken street frontage that invites pedestrians into public space – particularly where it is scarce and thus highly prized. “Barangaroo is at the density of the city’s core, which for the first time is brought right down to the water,” said Harbour.

Next, Huan Tu, Assistant General Manager, Greatwall Construction Holdings Group, and Nick Cordingly, Design Partner, 10 DESIGN, described their process behind the Greatwall Complex, the first LEED Platinum-certified project in Wuhan. Greatwall encompasses two office towers with a podium, chock-full of amenities and connected to the street via a winding series of ramps, each with their own retail frontage. This draws pedestrian activity around and up into the building in a visible way, resisting the insular effect that some skyscrapers and shopping malls can have on their surroundings. “The opportunity we saw as designers was actually in the podium,” Cordingly said. “We asked, ‘how can we create something unique that begins to interact with the streetscape?’”

Approaching the topic with all the reverence it merits, Larry Silverstein, Chairman, Silverstein Properties, and Carla Swickerath, Partner, Studio Libeskind, detailed the intent and symbiology behind the World Trade Center Master Plan, and how it both represents and addresses darkness, vulnerability, loss—but also resilience and rebuilding for New York City following the September 11 terrorist attacks. “The most important aspect of the memorial is that it’s open to all as a completely public space,” said Swickerath. “Although the intention of the September 11 attacks was to frighten us, we didn’t want security on the site; we wanted it to be open and free.”

The World Trade Center Master Plan was selected as the 2018 Urban Habitat Award recipient.

Session Photo Gallery

Barangaroo South, which contains Australia's largest bicycle hub, creates an unbroken street front, thus inviting pedestrians into public space explains Tom Weeks, Executive General Manager – Development, Lendlease Corporation.
Huan Tu, Assistant General Manager, Greatwall Construction Holdings Group, describes the opportunity their team saw to connect to the streetscape through the podium concept.
Nick Cordingley, Design Partner, 10 DESIGN, presents the Greatwall Complex, Wuhan's first LEED Platinum-certified project.
Delegates enjoy the session presentations.
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) winner Larry Silverstein, Chairman, Silverstein Properties, gives a moving speech about rebuilding the World Trade Center site.
Carla Swickerath, Partner, Studio Daniel Libeskind, discusses the World Trade Center Master Plan in New York City, the 2018 Urban Habitat Award winner.
Audience members listen attentively to Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, presenting on Barangaroo South / International Towers.
Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, explains how Barangaroo South brings the city's dense core right down to the waterfront.
From left: Nick Cordingley, Design Partner, 10 DESIGN; Huan Tu, Assistant General Manager, Greatwall Construction Holdings Group; Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Tom Weeks, Executive General Manager – Development, Lendlease Corporation; Larry Silverstein, Chairman, Silverstein Properties; Carla Swickerath, Partner, Studio Daniel Libeskind; CTBUH Trustee and Session Chair Timothy Johnson, Design Partner, NBBJ.