Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

26-27 June 2018
Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
Sydney NSW



Celebrating Design

Today’s high-rise building designers are facing increased complexities than their predecessors. Not only do high-rises today still need to have the balance between economics, engineering, safety and accessibility, but there is a call for more individualist designs. Inspiration can now be found, and mimicked in construction, from places such as the wings of an owl to the hanging greenery of a forest.



- . OFF-GRID  

As high-rise structures are being used to create multi-sector hubs, designers are now having to create power-producing entities that must stay marketable to consumers while still being individual in design.

Sydney Architect Studio (SAS) have recently revealed plans for an off-grid high-rise project located in Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The building will be powered entirely by human waste and use biomimetic design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load and illuminate the structure.


The automated design method is producing a rise of contemporary design in mainstream architecture. The parametric and algorithmic equation gives structure new aesthetic character and expression while still maximising space and other optimal results.



A concept regarding how the form of buildings can directly influence its patrons’ health. Focussing on interdependence between the person and structural elements of a building, the concept form can include lots of sunlight, sustainable materials, greenery, stair-based inter-storey travel or improved air quality among many other variances.


The nature-based concept uses the designs of naturally occurring frameworks found in living organisms. Architects are using biomimicry to solve high-energy use related issues that directly pair with the growing number of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers being built in urban areas.

The Creating Healthy Places Study, carried out by Professor David Jones, Dr Roös and Josh Zeunert at Deakin’s School of Architecture & Built Environment, and Paul Downton of Ecopolis, recommends 15 patterns of biophilic design. The study, used to design the Metro Tunnel Project’s stations, was created to inform architects, urban designers, landscape architects and engineers of the various aspects of biophilic and human centric liveability design. Its elements are design by nature, encouraging the installation of water, creative airflow and light, pattern found in natural skins and creating a sanctuary for occupants.

Related Summit Topics

DAY 1. 09:00 - 09:30
The Tower and the Square - Heightening Innovation, Environmental Consciousness, and Quality of Life

DAY 1. 16:15 - 17:00
Panel Discussion: How to Best Design Human-centric Buildings?

DAY 2. 10:00 - 10:30
A tall order - Reducing our footprint


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26-27 June 2018

Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
Sydney NSW



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