At the annual conference, KPF President James von Klemperer and Principals Jeff Kenoff and Rob Whitlock presented One Vanderbilt, Sequis Tower, and One Crown Place, as finalists in the awards program, in addition to a presentation related to KPF’s work featured in CTBUH’s new book.
The “Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism” conference hosted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats kicked off with workshops on November 9th and an opening reception that evening.
Presentations began the following day, including multiple led by KPF Principals. Rob presented One Crown Place in both the Best Tall Building Mixed-Use category, titled, “City Block Activation,” and the Best Tall Building Award By Height: 100-199m category, titled, “London’s Largest Painting.” Jamie presented One Vanderbilt for the Best Tall Building Award By Height: 400m+ category, titled, “A Supertall Building that Integrates a Dynamic Base.” Jamie also gave a talked titled, “Doing More: The Tall Building as Urban Activator” highlighting KPF’s work in the new publication, “118 The World’s Tallest Buildings,” which includes more projects than any other firm. Wrapping up the day, Jeff presented One Vanderbilt in the Best Tall Building Award by Function: Office category, in a talk titled, “Vertical Urbanism.”
On the 11th, Rob Whitlock presented Sequis tower, also in the Best Tall Building Award by Function: Office category, titled, “Pedestrian and Outdoor Connectivity Built In.” Jeff sat on two juries that day, both for the Best Tall Building Residential/Hotel category. Additionally, One Vanderbilt and 18 Robinson were both finalists for the Geotechnical Engineering award, and 30 Hudson Yards was a finalist for the Structural Engineering Award.
The conference wrapped on November 12th with building tours in Chicago. More than 1,000 global delegates attended the events, hosted primarily at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, to discuss the impact and future of tall buildings on our cities and the environment. Learn more about the conference here.
Read about KPF’s involvement in the last year’s conference.