One Island Drive in Miami. Credit: Binyan Studios.

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Forth Bagley Discusses Future-Proof Cities at CTBUH Americas Conference

At the 2024 edition of the conference, held in Miami, the KPF Principal discussed the importance of environmental resilience in urban design.

Diving into the conference theme “Future Downtown: Density and Resiliency in Cities Across the Americas,” Forth, in a panel on future-proofing cities, discussed the delicate relationship between urbanization and ecological preservation. Architects and developers need to create buildings that not only adopt leading sustainability techniques but include features that protect the structure from the inevitable effects of climate change. Forth pulled from his experience designing projects in the host city, including One Island Drive, as well as projects globally that foster urban growth while simultaneously preserving and enhancing their natural surroundings.

Forth was joined by Christopher Meyer, Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and Principal of Atelier Mey; Kevin Davenport, Senior Vice President, Development at Swire Properties; Mark Atkinson, Partner at Foster + Partners; Monica Fernandez, Project Manager at Glas, Inc.; Roy Denoon, Senior Principal & Vice President at CPP Wind Engineering Consultants; and the session chair, Karl Pennings, Principal at IMEG.

Additionally, KPF sponsored the opening keynote City Advocacy Panel, moderated by Steve Watts, Partner at Turner & Townsend alinea. The panel featured Francisco Garcia, Principal at The Euclid Group; Peter Murray, Curator in Chief of New London Architecture; and Lay Bee Yap, Group Director of Architecture & Urban Design Group at Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The 2024 CTBUH Americas Conference included a day dedicated to presentations and discussions by industry leaders on February 22, followed by a day of off-site tours around Miami and Ft. Lauderdale on February 23. Learn more here.