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9th International Tall Buildings Conference, Milan
We sponsored the 9th International Tall Buildings Conference, which took place in Milan on Tuesday 25th June.
According to Aldo Norsa, formerly a tenured professor at the Università Iuav of Venice:
“A cross-sector theme that has emerged is the buildings’ contribution to the renewal of cities, encouraging regeneration of denser and more problematic residential areas. The problems come from forms of contamination spreading where endless urban built-up areas are paired with architecture growing vertically. They fail to integrate with the environment, to relate to one another. Instead, to develop a relationship between urban morphology and building typology (tall) it is possible to give the latter an iconic value with added insertion value. Thus, to relate to its context with less self-referential architectural shapes which capture the differences between places connecting modern technical know-how through a functional and typological change that resolves any kind of complex problem. This means for building vertically to become a paradigm of modernity, stimulating for the three attributes that most characterise it: effectiveness/efficiency, a relationship with mobility and to not waste surface space.
Among the most thought-provoking considerations, developed at the Università Iuav di Venezia in partnership with the CTBUH, is the “time challenge”, because the height race (much more frenetic in developing Countries) shines a light on the overwhelming problem of demolition. A CTBUH study on a hundred tall buildings so far demolished across the globe shows that only two were taken down because of structural obsolescence while the main cause appears to be dilapidation, especially in terms of functionality. […] Finally, during the nine “Tall Buildings” conferences, to complete the themes of architectural design, specific technological aspects are also tackled, including the above-mentioned “time challenge”, discussed in terms of a cost analysis of the entire lifecycle, aware of the fact that functional obsolescence is much faster than technological and requires solutions where architecture and engineering are in close dialogue.”
Innovation and European Research: Focchi Group expertise for Eensulate and Deep Renovation Joint Workshop
The Eensulate project‘s consortium met for its General Assembly in the Hotel Cardinal St. Peter in Rome on October 4th. The Eensulate project funded by Horizon 2020 programme has the purpose to develop innovative lightweight and highly insulating energy efficient components for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall facades.
Within the project, Focchi, as facade manufacturer, is responsible for the development of the system design and the manifacturing for the test in the demo buildings.
After the Eensulate 2-day assembly, Focchi team attended the Deep Renovation Joint Workshop, which took place in the Hotel Cardinal St Peter in Rome, Italy on October 5th.
Hosted by P2ENDURE-H2020 project, organized in conjunction with ENVISION and EENSULATE projects, the workshop brought together stakeholders – decision makers, implementers, users – in the field of deep retrofitting solutions. The objective of the worskhop has been to raise awareness on the most innovative building renovation and energy saving solutions.
Focchi team attended the General Assembly and Deep Renovation workshop with Oscar Casadei – R&D Director, Sara Magnani – Researcher – and Alessandro Pracucci – Project manager.
Focchi Group: from the tallest tower in Italy to the New York skyline
Enjoy this article on the first Domus’ in-depth editorial of the “Tall Buildings” conference.
Dollar Bay makes some noise again winning further accolades!
During the London Planning Awards, the London First conferred the Best New Iconic Building title and Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning upon Dollar Bay.
These are just the latest accolades, among the seven ones below listed, the project has won in the last two years.
2017 London Evening Standard New Homes Award: Home or Development of Outstanding Architectural Merit – Winner
2017 London Design Award, Residential Constructed – Gold Winner
2017 WhatHouse? – Best Luxury Development – Gold Winner
2017 WhatHouse? – Best Interior Design (Penthouse) – Gold Winner
2017 BALI National Landscape Awards – Hard Landscaping – Winner
Furthermore, the project is also shortlisted for a World Architecture News (WAN) Tall Building Award; the winner will be announced on 28 February 2018.
We are excited and proud to have contributed to the project with our façade systems.
CTBUH – Milan Tall Building Conference – Full report
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was proud to sponsor the event and put our research efforts on display through presentations by CTBUH Research Manager Dario Trabucco and CTBUH 2013 Seed Funding recipient Elena Giacomello.
A full report and photos from the event are now available.
Tall Buildings Urbanism – 6th Iuav International Conference – CityLife Milan
Tuesday April 19th 2016. Focchi sponsor of the 6th Iuav International Conference in the new CityLife development of Milan. Organized by Professor Aldo Norsa, promoted by Iuav University of Venice and the Politecnico of Milan, with the patronage of the Council on Tall Buildings and Hurban Habitat (http://www.ctbuh.org/) and supported by CityLife.
The conference addressed two main issues relating to the design and construction of tall buildings involving academics, designers, builders, town planners and researchers.
Then focus on the ex-novo construction of tall buildings, the flows management, infrastructures to common areas and insigths on existing heritage, with recovery, renovation, retrofit and deconstruction.
While being constructed a few skyscrapers, Italy has accumulated an extraordinary expertise to offer to the world. One among all Allianz Tower by Isozaki-Maffei in CityLife Milan, Italian’s tallest skyscaper, which amezes for its lightness and the technology of a glass architecture that makes the city even brighter, reflected on the façades manufactured and installed by Focchi Group. (read all about our project)
«Italy is pure inspiration!» has affirmed the great architect Daniel Libeskind called on stage by Professor Aldo Norsa. “Young architects today must have the strength to assert their opinion and move on, thinking of the future, without forgetting the tradition.”
«Culture, identity, authenticity» perhaps express the synthesis of the conference, as pointed out in the opening by John Iorio, founder of J & A Consultants: “ Zigurat. The man in history has always tried to build something high to protect himself or to assert himself. Today more than ever the human scale is the new measure that defines the space”. High or very high that they are “the skyscrapers in Italy,” said Patricia Viel of Citterio & Viel “are always and yet heroes.”
A conference that addressed urgent issues of the sector, comparing with an unusual rhythmic and elegant balance, soul and technicalities, looking at “modern as something of which we are heirs”, as wisely recalled by Maria Antonietta Crippa of Politecnico of Milan.
Full Programme of the TALL BUILDINGS Conference
Milan, April 19th 2016 – 9:30 – 17:30
Conference Hall CityLife – Piazza Alberto Burri – 20145 Milano