Hi! My name is Hendriko I am currently serving my prerequisite 8 months long internship for my M. Arch studies with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP (SOM) Chicago. It is now my second month here and it is just perfect timing for the CTBUH World Congress 2019.
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was founded in 1969, not as CTBUH but as Joint Committee on Tall Buildings of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers in short JCTBIABSEASCE, fortunately, they changed the name to the name we now know.
This year to celebrate the 50th birthday of CTBUH, they held their world Congress back where it was founded in Chicago. Lucky for me I am in Chicago sand I Have the privilege to attend the event.
Every 5 years CTBUH will organise a world congress while on every other year they will hold a conference all around the world. In between, there is also an award-giving ceremony each year.
The theme of the World Congress is 50 Back 50 Forward this year. The theme interrogates the past 50 years of world architecture development and 50 years to the future of tall buildings and habitat. With this celebration, CTBUH also invited architects, developers, and engineers to dress up like how the 1931 Beaux-Art Ball in New York, it was brilliant.
The Congress runs for 5 days with 2 days core conference, 1-day workshops, 1-day Off-Site programme and a Tall building symposium, and 1-day of regional events. As I am having my internship I could not take too much leave days, thus I only attended the 2 days of the core conference. But It was more than worth it.
The congress consists of 3 plenaries and 5 discussion sessions that are further divided into 7 different Track: The Past, The Now, The Future, Europe, Asia and Australasia, Middle East and North Europe. Every track discusses the architecture development of a particular area with technologies that supported their development.
With all the tracks available I chose: 2F, 3C, 4C, 6D, and 7C, also all the 3 plenaries.