Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2019

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


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Day 1 - 25 June 2019
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking

This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other conference attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

Melbourne Square: Connecting the Structure to the Precinct 

  • Encouraging social and environmental wellness with green space and the provision of a public park within the Square.
  • Accommodating diverse needs, ages and activities through architecture.
  • The role of natural light in improving wellbeing and access to views.

Paul Curry, Director, Cox Architecture

Paul Curry
09:50 - 10:20

Buildings That Breathe

The sustainability imperative has driven a reconsideration of the tall building type. How can it support a healthy and more productive workplace?  How can it consume less—or even produce—energy? What role can habitat play in the day-to-day life of a building? How can closed loop systems like water reclamation be deployed in buildings with large populations of people with varying daily and seasonal demands? Is the building more like a “bubble”—with an impermeable layer separating a controlled climate interior—or more like a “sponge”—porously accepting an interplay of the indoor and the outdoor?  How can our buildings be made to “breathe”?

The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designs for two bank headquarters under construction in Shenzhen, China, explore the “sponge” approach to natural ventilation, incorporating elements like active and passive ventilation systems, exoskeletal structural systems that play a role in occupant thermal comfort, and a blurring of the interior and exterior workspaces that will influence how the people working there will interact. The towers for agriculturally-based Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank and WeBank, China’s first online-only bank, each apply the strategies above but in ways that are reflective of their unique workplace cultures.

Scott Duncan, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, USA

Scott Duncan
10:20 - 10:50

Collins House – The World’s 4th Slimmest Tower

Carlos Lara, Associate, Bates Smart

Carlos Lara
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:05


Going Green: Sustainable Skyscrapers and the Challenges Surrounding their Inception 

  • Exploring the latest trends in sustainable skyscrapers. 
  • Does eco-friendliness come at the expense of practicality and safety when designing and constructing skyscrapers?
  • How tech and green design elements can successfully co-exist. 

David Ritter, Associate Director, Atelier Ten
Dr Benjamin Coorey, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, ArchiStar
Dr Philip Oldfield, Associate Professor/Director, Architecture, UNSW Built Environment
Jonothan Cowle, Associate Principal, Rothelowman
Nadine Samaha, Creative Director, Level Architekture Konstrukt

David Ritter Dr Benjamin Coorey Dr Philip Oldfield Jonothan Cowle Nadine Samaha
12:05 - 12:25

Unearthing a Vertical City: The Southbank by Beulah Competition 

  • Designing a skyscraper for international significance.
  • Contributing to the surrounding city. 
  • What developers look for when selecting high-rise designs today – how a design can stand out in an age of innovation. 

Adelene Teh, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Beulah International

Adelene Teh
12:25 - 12:55

The Green Spine: Future-Proofing Melbourne

  • Exploring the winning design of Beulah International’s Southbank project, and its contribution to a healthier, greener Melbourne. 
  • The magic of collaboration between design professionals: how effective communication on skyscraper designs lead to successful results.
  • Unpacking how the design pays homage to Melbourne’s diverse culture, and how it connects to the broader city precinct. 

Jan Schellhoff, Associate Director, UNStudio, Netherlands

Jan Schellhoff
12:55 - 13:55


13:55 - 14:25

Vincom Landmark 81: The Tallest Skyscraper in Vietnam

  • How the Ho Chi Minh City supertall tower serves to elevate its urban surroundings.
  • Connecting the city to the sea: connecting the tower via road/water transportation to the Saigon River.
  • Symbolising the city through design.
  • Designing supertall buildings that fulfil a multitude of needs.

Jason Hutchings, Director, Atkins, Hong Kong

Jason Hutchings
14:25 - 14:45

Refurbishing Australia’s First Skyscraper: 33 Alfred Street

  • Achieving balance between maintaining the building’s heritage characteristics, while modernising and elevating its interior.
  • Refurbishing heritage buildings to improve environmental performance: how best to tackle this?
  • How the redevelopment will positively impact tenant’s experience within the building itself, and the broader city precinct around it.

Matthew Morel, Director, JPW

Matthew Morel
14:45 - 15:05

Paperless Jobsites

Paperless jobsites, it’s not the future, it’s here! And as we enter 2019, the future of construction in Australia looks bright. Output in the industry is set to grow by 7.1% in Australia alone. Importantly, there are opportunities for businesses to realise significant performance improvements if they can adopt new technology and make full use of digital tools on the jobsite.

PlanGrid will provide insights into some of Australia's most iconic Buildings & Skyscrapers that are using digital technology in the field for better collaboration, reducing spiralling construction costs and less rework.

Scott Harvey, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Scott Harvey
15:05 - 15:35


15:35 - 15:55

Engineering High-Rises Smartly and Innovatively 

  • General overview of the two projects
  • Lateral stability analysis including discussion on outriggers and mega truss
  • Axial shortening
  • Footfall vibration analysis of the commercial tower
  • Constructability of the two towers, how to achieve a fast floor construction cycle

Matteo Tirapelle, Founder/Managing Director, Hera Engineering

Matteo Tirapelle
15:55 - 16:15

Creating emotional connections to space – how experience design and brand thinking are shaping better places.

In a world that is globalised and becoming more homogenous, successful tall buildings must make a meaningful contribution to the city and the precinct in which they are sited. This presentation explores how the connections between the urban realm, architecture and the specific experience of occupants is changing the way space design connects people to the spaces they occupy. 

This will be discussed through a lens of place, people and brand and outline the way in which experience design creates measurable value by shaping places that people care about… places people want to be rather than places they have to be.

Examples that achieve these connections from recent workplace, architecture and urban design will be utilised to illustrate the way this thinking is impacting on the recent work HASSELL have undertaken across our global studio.

Andrew Low, Principal, HASSELL

Andrew Low
16:15 - 17:00


The Developer, the Property Industry and the Skyscraper: Where to Next?

  • Working around the challenges and opportunities presented to developers and the property industry in an era of changing expectations, societal shifts and developing technologies.
  • How will the role of the high-rise developer continue to shift in the future?
  • What separates a successful skyscraper design from the rest?

Catherine Hart, Design Manager, Mulpha Australia
Cressida Wall, Victorian Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
David Bowden, Managing Director, Victoria, JLL
Jozef Dickinson, Director - Residential, Colliers International
Matthew Khoo, Managing Director, ICD Property

Catherine Hart Cressida Wall David Bowden Jozef Dickinson Matthew Khoo
17:00 - 17:20

Water and Energy Reduction in Tall Buildings

  • Energy reduction is a global issue with most technical advances in Building technology having focused on energy efficiency.
  • Cape town, Sao Paulo and Barcelona have recent water scarcity events, as well as 14 of the world’s 20 mega cities facing the prospect of water scarcity – and this is fast becoming a global issue.
  • Tall buildings have a role to play in water scarcity, however achieving a balance between energy and water efficiency whilst still providing the amenity for tenants and developers will challenge the way we live and work.

Mathew Burke, Associate Director, ADP Consulting

Mathew Burke
17:20 - 17:25


17:25 - 18:25


Day 2 - 26 June 2019
07:50 - 08:20


08:20 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other summit attendees.

09:00 - 09:20

Passive House High-Rises

  • Are passive house buildings an eco-friendly solution for the future, even in the form of tall buildings?
  • Retrofitting high-rises to the passive house standard.
  • Would Australia benefit from this standard?

Chris Nunn, Head of Sustainability, Real Estate, AMP Capital

Chris Nunn
09:20 - 09:40

Technology and the Skyscraper: Opportunities, Changes, Challenges

  • Utilising new BIM software to aid in efficient design and construction coordination for tall buildings.
  • The challenges of new technology within design and construction processes. 
  • What does the future hold?

Dario Spralja, Principal, Architectus

Dario Spralja
09:40 - 10:00

The Healthier the Building, the Healthier the Tenant? 

  • Case study: the workplace of tomorrow, 477 Collins Street’s ‘Olderfleet’ tower. 
  • Analysing the process of achieving a WELL Platinum score/5-star NABERS rating: positively impacting the structure itself, the tenants housed within, and the surrounding city. 
  • Future-proofing high-rises for future generations.

Samantha Peart, Associate/Sustainable Buildings Leader, Arup

Samantha Peart
10:00 - 10:30


10:30 - 10:50

Vertical Societies

  • Vertical workplace communities – Activated and engaging vertical workplaces
  • Vertical education facilities - the parallels with workplace and the relationships and opportunities for the community
  • Repurposed spaces and integrated vertical communities - Smart Schools, early learning and renovating commercial spaces for education

Ali Bounds, Senior Practice Director, BVN

Ali Bounds
10:50 - 11:20

 Revitalising Urban Spaces 

  • Exploring the intricacies of culturally contextual high-rise designs around the world, including:
  • NYC’s 3 World Trade Center
  • Mexico City’s BBVA
  • Sydney’s International Towers
  • London’s Leadenhall Building

John McElgunn, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK

John McElgunn
11:20 - 12:05


The Importance of Collaboration in Fostering Effective Design Outcomes

  • How to effectively work not only with clients, but with designers, consultants and engineers throughout the design process in order to ensure continuity for high-rise projects. 
  • Making use of new technologies that can help aid and improve collaboration.

Amanda Stanaway, Principal, Woods Bagot
Angela Ferguson, Managing Director, Futurespace
Charles Fortin, Managing Director, Collard Maxwell Architects
David Stewart, Executive Director, WT Partnership
Ray Marshall, Principal, ARM Architecture
Seetha Poduri, Senior Engineer, WSP Australia & New Zealand

Amanda Stanaway Angela Ferguson Charles Fortin David Stewart Ray Marshall Seetha Poduri
12:05 - 12:25

Highly Integrated Engineering for the 80 Collins Street Redevelopment

80 Collins street is a significant redevelopment of the existing precinct, located in Melbourne’s CBD. The development is one of the largest mixed-use projects in Melbourne and such a unprecedented scale creates engineering challenges. Through an integrated design approach, the AECOM team was able to develop innovative solutions for the South Tower, which features a 30-storey high cantilever. The derived systems resulted in a cost effective outcome that maximised net lettable area and revenue opportunity for the client.

Chandan Bains, Technical Director, AECOM

Chandan Bains
12:25 - 13:25


13:25 - 13:45

The Big Picture with Cladding and Fire & Safety Upgrades

  • Risk Management vs The Human Factor: What is the End Goal?
  • Fire Safety Upgrades Case Studies: What is the Right Brief?
  • Faulty Materials: What does Fit-for-Purpose mean?
  • 8 Cladding Options and Cost Comparison
  • AS5113 Compliant Systems
  • A proposed Outline Methodology, and way forward

Charles Fortin, Managing Director, Collard Maxwell Architects

Charles Fortin
13:45 - 14:05

Building Code Changes and Their Impact on Skyscraper Façade Design 

A number of landmark changes to the National Construction Code have recently been announced – what impact does this have on façade design for high-rise buildings?

How do we, as design professionals, refine the way we design facades amongst these changes, and yet still create quality, safe, and aesthetically pleasing building envelopes?

David Ritter, Associate Director, Atelier Ten

David Ritter
14:05 - 14:50


Building Safer, Developing Smarter: High-Rises of the Future

  • As our city populations steadily increase, more and more high-rise projects are being proposed and developed – but in an effort to keep up with demand, how should developers, architects and engineers ensure the end result is as safe and high-quality as possible for tenants?
  • Renovate and refurbish, or demolish and start again: How should we approach older tall buildings?
  • Current legislation: what’s working, what isn’t, what needs to be introduced to ensure the safest materials are being utilised during construction and development.
  • Can cost-effectiveness and commercial success intermesh?

Blair Stratton, Associate Director, RED Fire Engineers
David Lin, Company Director, Strata Consultants
Mark Evans, Director, Code Consulting Group
Seifu Bekele, Principal Engineer, Global Wind Technology Services
Wayne Liddy, Director, Gardner Group

Blair Stratton David Lin Mark Evans Seifu Bekele Wayne Liddy
14:50 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:40

Crown Sydney from an Engineer's Perspective

The challenges of site geology and proximity to the waterfront informed the selection of the ‘top-down’ construction methodology. The twisting form of the tower and reducing footprint, presented their own challenges. The presentation outlines the journey to find the engineering solutions that respond to the construction challenges of the site and remain sympathetic to the sculptural nature of the architecture.

Simon Cloherty, Principal, Robert Bird Group

Simon Cloherty
15:40 - 16:00

How the Past of the Skyscraper Can Inform the Present

  • Looking beyond economic development and spatial efficiency: why moving past biases surrounding older, traditionally ‘square’ buildings can aid in designing flexible, resilient skyscrapers. 
  • Techniques taken for granted:  How older methods such as the steel belt, outriggers system, and automated rising systems continue to inform design and construction on new and innovative skyscrapers throughout the world today. 
  • Understanding heritage skyscrapers as a way to tackle future urban-based and environmental challenges.

Dr Giorgio Marfella, Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture, University of Melbourne

Dr Giorgio Marfella
16:00 - 16:20

Vertical Retirement Villages: Connecting to a City’s Broader Technical Infrastructure

  • Are vertical retirement homes a viable ‘next generation’ methodology of retirement living?
  • Exploring the wellness factor of vertical villages.
  • The role of smart and assistive technology in facilitating a high quality of life for residents.

Dr David Tuffley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & SocioTechnical Studies, Griffith University

Dr David Tuffley
16:20 - 16:25


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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25-26 June 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC



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