“New or Renew” refers to the choice between new buildings and cities or the adaptation of the existing for the sake of environmental, economic, and social responsibility. This is not about the conflict between old and new, or heritage versus future. Instead, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat seeks to identify strategies for transformation and growth that bring new blood to urban life. There is a new generation of tall buildings and shapes of density to be discovered, which provides new opportunities for flexibility and energy savings, as well as a substantial reduction of impact on the environment.
“New or Renew” is a dilemma with many potential answers. To help inspire your submission process, below are select key topics that are likely to be discussed. As you formulate your submittals, consider how your proposed presentation addresses some of these points. Please consider this a list of suggestions, rather than a prescriptive program or agenda. If appropriate to the topic, it is also encouraged to submit an abstract with a regional focus.
What are the considerations when formulating answers to “New or Renew?”
- Policy Implications
- Financial Viability
- Technological Viability
- Reusability (Prospects of a Second Life of Buildings and Cities)
What are the drivers? Why consider “New or Renew”?
- Climate Change
- Government Low-Carbon and Retrofit-First Requirements
- Public Space Rejuvenation as Catalyst
- Transportation Driving Regeneration
- Corporate ESG Requirements
- New Material Innovations (timber, bio-concrete, 3D printing, etc.)
- Mass Migration > Density
- Housing Affordability
- Post-COVID Commercial Real Estate Environment / Implications
What are the potential solutions?
- Retrofitting Existing Buildings
- Extending the Lifespan of Buildings
- Greening and Rewilding
- Engineering Urban Resilience
- Designing for Disassembly and Reuse
- Extending the Height of Buildings
- Converting “Hard” Infrastructure to Livable Places
- Making the Case for New-Build Cities
- And more…
Join CTBUH in London and Paris for New or Renew: Addressing the Density Dilemma, 23–27 September 2024, and be part of this important discussion!
- Call for abstracts is now closed; abstract submissions were due by Wednesday, 31 January 2024
- Accepted abstracts will be notified by late-April 2024
- Conference: 23–27 September 2024, in London and Paris
- The call for abstracts is only open to CTBUH Members at the organizational level and in good standing for the 2024 membership year.
- A maximum of two individuals can be associated to a single abstract. Due to the limited presentation time, generally, only one speaker per abstract will be allowed to present on stage.
- At CTBUH, we are committed to collectively driving positive change in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across our industries. We encourage submitters to consider how their presentations might contribute to EDI through your topic, examples you might present, or in your speakers.
Submission Portal is now closed.