The theme of this year’s conference was “Blooming Spring, Fruitful Autumn, Innovating the Future,” to align with the Shanghai government’s strategies for a better future for the architecture industry. The conference brought together government representatives, international associations, real estate companies, architects, and urban planners, resulting in a crowd of over 300 attendees.
In “Private Buildings with Public Benefits: Three Current KPF Projects,” Jamie provided insight into the need for city-center buildings to contribute to the public good by limiting their carbon footprint. Jamie’s presentation looked at three projects that meet these demands: Singtel Headquarters in Singapore, Panorama St. Paul’s in London, and North Bund Centre in Shanghai. Singtel Headquarters is an end-to-end carbon neutral development with a vast landscaped roof that overlooks Marina Bay. At 81 Newgate Street, Panorama St. Paul’s is a transformation that reuses the original building’s Portland Stone and upon completion, will include a public roof terrace. Rebecca joined Jamie to discuss the final project, North Bund Centre, showcasing Shanghai’s first all-electric building, and the world’s tallest at 480 meters tall. North Bund Centre features offices on its lower floors, a hotel in the upper levels, and an observation space at the crown where the public can look across the city and experience a variety of performances.
The conference, hosted by the Shanghai Architectural Association, was held on November 11 at the Shanghai Hongqiao Greenland Brilliance Hotel. Learn more here.