2016 China Conference Proceedings

Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

This collection of papers was originally presented at the CTBUH 2016 Conference, which took place progressively across Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. There is perhaps nowhere on the planet that demonstrates the impact of urbanization as markedly as these cities in China’s Pearl River Delta. Surpassing Tokyo as the world’s largest single continual urban conurbation of 42 million in 2010, the megacity is set to grow to 120 million inhabitants by 2050. In so many ways – physically, culturally, and economically – the three teeming metropolises, and others in the region, are merging into, effectively, one super-linked urban whole, with a network of ultra-connected, modern infrastructure.

The publication thus examines the phenomenon of dense vertical urbanism and the technological innovations that are driving new cities, building forms, functions, materials, and construction techniques. Volume I considers the larger economic, social, and urban-scale considerations of megacities and dense vertical urbanism, while Volume II focuses on specific advances in technical subjects, engineering, data modeling, and façade performance, among other topics, that are facilitating today’s megacities.

Please note that this is a dual-language publication.

Editors: Antony Wood, David Malott & Jingtang He
Coordination: Jessica Rinkel & Peng Du
Editorial Support: Jason Gabel, Daniel Safarik, Benjamin Mandel & Rachel Knowles
Layout & Design: Annan Shehadi & Kristen Dobbins
Publisher: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-939493-51-7
Hard cover, Two volumes, 1,332 pages total

Individual Member discount: 10%
Organizational Member discount: 20%