29 October 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Skyscrapers are in many ways the ultimate expression of modernity and optimism. They tower above their neighbors and their predecessors, and are designed, in theory, “for the ages.” But now that many tall buildings are more than 50 years old, having been conceived in a pre-digital era, it is time to seriously consider how they can be usefully repurposed and renovated for the highest and best use cases in the digital age. In this session, examine how the foundations of the past can be built upon, sometimes literally, to create new experiences, and how today’s design strategies can future-proof new buildings for a dynamic tomorrow.

Session Chair: Richard Witt
Principal, BDP Quadrangle, Toronto
Joseph Provenza
Associate, Individuals, New York City
Astrid Piber
Partner & Senior Architect, UNStudio, Amsterdam
Stephen Katz
Senior Associate – Technical Director, Gensler, Chicago