Travis Soberg, AIA, LEED AP, principal and director of sustainable design at GP, presented "From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region" on Day 1 in Shenzhen at the Council on Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2016 Conference.
Soberg discussed the growth of the Greater Pearl River Delta region, which is the world's largest urbanized region. Twenty years ago, the population was less than 10 million people within 4,500 square kilometers of land, and now the region has significantly grown to over 42 million people on 7,000 square kilometers of land.
For designers, many topics need to be considered before planning an area of this scope and size. His presentation discussed case studies from the GPRD region used to understand planning methodologies and considerations used in turning rural farmland into dense urban centers.
Paul De Santis, LEED AP, principal at GP, presented "Iconic Yet Efficient: R&F Yingkai Square - The Complications of Context" on Day 3 in Guangzhou.
De Santis' presentation focused on massing strategies inspired by cultural metaphors and programmatic needs within the R&F Yingkai Square tower.
He also explained the building's unique enclosure, which provides a distinct visual character that integrates ventilation, performance and lighting in a holistic manner.
For more information on their presentations, see the CTBUH 2016 Conference website.