Over the past half-century, the interiors of tall buildings have transformed from cubicle farms with small windows to spaces that strive for superior daylight access, fresh air and flexible accommodations to comfortably host broad programmatic needs. The increasing density of cities and resultant increasing quantity and height of high-rises has also called for a holistic view of how mixed-use buildings operate internally as their own respective, synergistic “cities,” with a critical eye toward the effectiveness of the design and functional relationships between floors, amenities and other elements. This workshop reviewed some of the key changes in cultural expectations that have influenced the development of the ideal office, residential and retail interiors, and focused on how these spaces can be engineered to provide a higher quality of life and a higher quality of satisfaction as urban populations continue to grow.

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When: Monday, 28 October 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower

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Workshop Program

Mo Workshop Chair: Fei Mo
Marketing Director, CityGroup Design Collective CO., LTD
1:00 pm Arrival & Coffee
1:30 pm Welcome
1:40 pm


Jian Zhao

Jian Zhao

Operation Deputy Director, CityGroup Design Collective CO., LTD
“The Principle of Genius Loci Through 20 Years of Design”
John Sellery

John Sellery

Group Managing Director, M Moser Associates
“The Vertical Campus: Designing Human Experiences on an Urban Scale”
John Hopkins

John Hopkins

Design Director, IA Interior Architects
“Where Business and Building Infrastructure Intersect”
2:40 pm Coffee/Tea Break
3:00 pm


Daniel Safarik

Daniel Safarik

Director, Research and Thought Leadership, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
“The Space Within: Skyspaces in Tall Buildings”
Aracely Nevarez

Aracely Nevarez

Partner; Partner, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
“Humanizing the High-Rise Glass Box: From Corporate to Hospitality”
4:00 pm Q&A Session
4:30 pm Discussion on Next Steps
4:50 pm Closing Remarks
5:00 pm Workshop End

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