Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2019

25-26 June 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC


Cities in the Sky: Transforming the Broader Urban Fabric

The more populated our cities become, the taller and more vertical grow the buildings housed within them. 
Traditional notions of skyscrapers being isolating, unimaginative structures are cast aside as we begin to embrace the potential of tall buildings not only aiding wellness and social interaction, but benefiting their surrounding cities – environmentally, socially, aesthetically, and importantly, for the future.

The 3rd Annual Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2019 will provide a platform for leading architecture, engineering, construction and design experts to explore the latest trends, concepts and solutions related to future-proof high-rise design.

About the Smart Skyscrapers Summit

The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit forms part of Expotrade Global’s larger Smart Skyscrapers series, with its major Northern Hemisphere event being held in Dubai yearly. Since its inception in 2017, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit has quickly become one of the most renowned high-rise events in the Southern Hemisphere.

The two-day Summit attracts internationally-known speakers who provide keynote presentations, participate in panel discussions, and explore a variety of case studies on the smartest, most innovative and sustainable skyscrapers occupying Australia and the world. Summit attendees have the opportunity to network with these experts and to make meaningful professional connections that may lead to important future collaborations.






Scott Duncan |
Scott Duncan

Design Partner Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, USA

Jan Schellhoff |
Jan Schellhoff

Associate Director UNStudio, Netherlands

John McElgunn |
John McElgunn

Partner Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK

Jason Hutchings |
Jason Hutchings

Director Atkins, Hong Kong

Matthew Morel |
Matthew Morel

Director JPW

Adelene Teh |
Adelene Teh

Executive Director/Co-Founder Beulah International

Carlos Lara |
Carlos Lara

Associate Bates Smart

Paul Curry |
Paul Curry

Director Cox Architecture

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The 2019 Skyscrapers
Summit will address:


x  Sustainable Skyscrapers and the Challenges Surrounding their Inception

x  Engineering High-Rises Smartly and Innovatively

x  The Skyscraper and the New Architect: What Emerging Designers Should Know

x  Designing Skyscrapers for Modern Families

x  The Green Spine: Future-Proofing Melbourne

x  Future-Orientated High-Rise Design

x  Crown Sydney from an Engineer’s Perspective

x  Melbourne Square: Connecting the Structure to the Precinct

x  Vertical Workplaces: Shaping the Way Organisations Operate


Agenda Highlights

The 3rd edition of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit is packed
with a variety of topics. From technique to design, development to the
bigger picture, key topics include:

Building Code Changes and Their Impact on Skyscraper Façade Design 
The intricacies of high-rise façade design will be vastly impacted by the landmark changes to the National Construction Code recently announced, presenting a host of challenges for professionals involved in the design and development of tall-building facades.

Technology and the Skyscraper: Opportunities, Changes, Challenges

With new BIM software and 3D and 4D modelling methods hitting the tall-building stratosphere, design and construction professionals are provided with a host of opportunities to conceive landmark skyscrapers. With opportunities, however, come challenges – how do we best navigate these technologies and their potential roadblocks?

Can Skinny Skyscrapers Transform City Precincts?

A number of applications for ‘skinny’ skyscrapers have been recently popping up throughout Melbourne, perhaps due to their ability to make use of smaller land sites. The Super-Skinny Magic Tower is one such proposed project set to redefine the concept of a smart skyscraper, while tapping into a lucrative market that could benefit the city’s economy.
Vertical Retirement Villages: Connecting to a City’s Broader Technical Infrastructure
High-rise retirement villages are gaining traction as the new generation of retirement housing. Could this typology provide a beacon of hope for baby boomers wanting to experience an increased quality of life, or will vertical villages decrease autonomy and ultimately lead to social isolation for tenants?



Event Highlights

2018 Event Highlights

 2017 Event Highlights



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What our attendees have to say

It was a fantastic event to meet those immersed in all aspects of the design & construction of these marvellous structures. I was pleasantly surprised by the calibre of attendees & have made some great contacts to follow up. I would recommend this event to those in the market wanting to supply or consult to this building group.

Howard Tee
Product Manager
Hotbeam P.L

Overall it was a well-run event, good quality speakers and delegates. A good cross section of the construction industry represented,
e.g. builders, developers, architects, engineers, manufacturers.

Thanh Huynh
R&D, Engineering Services Director
USG Boral

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25-26 June 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC



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