Key Information

  • Dates19–23 October
  • VenueMarina Bay Sands
  • Anticipated Audience1,500+ Delegates/50+ Countries


Theme & Call for Involvement

The 2020 conference will convene speaking and poster presentations, panel discussions, program rooms, and themed tracks focused within the overall conference theme: “Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm”.

CTBUH Members* of all disciplines interested in presenting at the event are encouraged to submit an abstract. Abstracts should ideally relate directly to the conference theme. To reinforce this, submitters will be asked to select a subtopic from a list provided by CTBUH, which aligns most closely to their abstract topic. However, as the CTBUH annual conference always embraces and accommodates a wide range of disciplines—a small percentage of abstracts with topics outside of the conference theme and stated subtopics may be accepted. The abstract submission portal will open in December 2019, with abstracts due on 31 January 2020.

All abstracts will be subject to peer review before possible acceptance into the conference program.


Engage in Multiple Days of Events!

The core conference will be three days, with workshops and the CTBUH Leaders Meeting on the first day, preceding two full days of conference presentations and activities. Delegates will have opportunities to tour various buildings around Singapore on the fourth day of the Conference, and travel to another exciting city of urban development in the region, Kuala Lumpur, on the fifth day.


Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm

As the world moves toward becoming 70 percent urbanized by 2050, expansive thinking and planning needs to be undertaken now, urgently, in order to ensure that cities can be places where people can thrive. To achieve this, we must do more than simply increase density—we need to integrate tall buildings into the urban and societal fabric, such that they become part of the physical and cultural infrastructure as never before. Transportation, public facilities, open space and commercial functions all need to be holistically synchronized and pivoted toward positive, sustainable outcomes for a much broader swath of society.

The 2020 CTBUH Conference, Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm, focuses on the essential question of how high density can support equitable and healthy living, working and social well-being. It brings issues of livability to the forefront of the discourse about future cities, concerned with achieving equity in housing, making better social spaces at multiple horizons, reducing carbon emissions, mitigating the effects of climate change, and developing architecture and urban designs that are appropriate for local environmental and cultural conditions.

There is no better place to have this urgent conversation about tomorrow than in Singapore. The city-state, once one of the poorest in Asia at its inception in the early 1960s, committed to a concerted effort to improve quality of life for all citizens, and to become a major commercial, finance, shipping and innovation hub in the process.

Social and economic sustainability are held to equally high standards. More than 80 percent of the population lives in high-quality, publicly financed high-rise housing. Communities are designed to be integrated by factors of age, ethnicity, and income. The physical layout of high-rise communities often features sky-parks connecting towers at height with publicly accessible space. Commercial and industrial hubs are carefully located, so as to optimize the use of scarce land resources and drive economic growth, without compromising green objectives.

A major component of this strategy is the “city in a garden” concept. Taking advantage of the tropical climate, Singapore provides incentives to increase green density with new construction, blurring the boundaries between “urban” and “natural” habitat, sheltering people from the island’s intense heat and sunshine, and advancing the proven benefits of greenery on the human psyche.

The world can learn much from Singapore, even if not all its achievements and policies are replicable elsewhere. Its strategies have been successful because they are deeply embedded in unified government policy that affects the entire built environment. All cities can improve the alignment of societal, economic, and sustainability goals and incentives to generate better outcomes. As a world-class convention and travel destination, and a living laboratory of urban experimentation, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand. We therefore invite you to join CTBUH in Singapore in the autumn of 2020, where the vital conversation of “Humanizing High Density” will flourish.

*All presenters at the 2020 Conference must be CTBUH members at either the organizational or individual level. If interested in presenting at the conference, then you must first become a member to submit an abstract. To see if your company is already an organizational member of the CTBUH, see the full list here. If you are not a member, please contact CTBUH Membership at
Note: Becoming a member does not guarantee your abstract will be accepted.