von Klemperer introduced the conference’s theme of urban placemaking – addressing history and process through the analysis of five global neighborhoods of varying scales, locations and solutions.
von Klemperer emphasized that placemaking should not only encompass architecture but also take into consideration the flow of visitors, the historic context of the location, the mix of building uses, and more. Through KPF projects in London, New York, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, he shared examples of urban revitalization – from entire neighborhoods to single towers.
von Klemperer cited KPF’s work for London’s Covent Garden, a master plan which prioritizes careful historic preservation while creating new connectivity via pedestrian walkways and public courtyards. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, the mixed-use Jing An Kerry Centre development fuses the neighborhood’s historic character with the creativity of modern Shanghai, completing a “missing link” between two major office clusters. Currently under construction adjacent to New York’s Grand Central Station, the supertall tower, One Vanderbilt, improves commuter flow with an integrated complex of below-grade connections to the transit terminal, while honoring the legacy of its neighbor with a terracotta façade inspired by the transit hub’s iconic ceiling.
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