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October 29, 2019

Meghan McDermott to Speak at CTBUH's 10th World Congress in Chicago

Meghan McDermott to Speak at CTBUH's 10th World Congress in Chicago

On October 29, Robert A.M. Stern Architects Partner Meghan L. McDermott will present "The Tall Building in the Modern City: Repairing the Urban Fabric" at the 2019 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 10th World Congress in Chicago.

Technological advances have enabled the design of taller and more environmentally responsible buildings—but if designs exclude the broader life of the city, they fail on a basic level. It’s not enough for buildings to just be machines for working, they must possess a level of engagement that enhances the pedestrian experience at the street-level. Ms. McDermott will present Tour Carpe Diem at La Défense, outside of Paris—a building that re-establishes urban fabric broken by ill-conceived planning, by reconnecting a raised esplanade to a street-level public plaza with a grand public staircase to engage pedestrians, in addition to exceeding green building certification standards. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Meghan L. McDermott, Kevin M. Smith, and Graham S. Wyatt led the design effort for Tour Carpe Diem.

The CTBUH 10th World Congress will explore the most significant advancements in tall buildings and cities from the last 50 years, while inquiring into the future of cities 50 years from now. The event represents a critical reflection on both the skyscraper typology and urban development by marking their trajectories to date and considering the evolution that must take place to accommodate a dynamic and uncertain global future. Click here to register.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. Founded in 1969 and headquartered at Chicago’s historic Monroe Building, the CTBUH is a not-for-profit organization with offices worldwide. CTBUH facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available on tall buildings around the world through publications, research, events, working groups, web resources, and its extensive network of international representatives.

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