Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2024 Americas Conference: In Review

By Steve Watts:


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2024 Americas Conference recently took place in Miami, USA, highlighting the evolution of tall buildings over the past 50 years. What once were predominantly steel-framed office towers in the USA have now transformed into a global mix of materials and uses, with a focus on the health, happiness, and safety of occupants. Today, tall buildings are not just technical and architectural feats; they must also consider their environmental and social impacts, as well as their connection to the cityscape.

The conference in Miami addressed a range of topics, from city resilience to natural disasters, to wind comfort and safety, to the commercial success of structural efficiencies. The event featured a panel of city planning experts, which I was privileged to moderate, and a conversation between CTBUH CEO Javier Quintana and Arquitectonica co-founder Bernardo Fort-Brescia, providing valuable insights into the development of the Miami skyline… With presentations and projects from across continents, the conference encapsulated the CTBUH’s mission of exploring global issues in a regional context.

As we look ahead to the next conference in Istanbul in April, there are still unanswered questions, particularly regarding housing crises. However, the discussions and lessons learned in Miami have set the stage for continued dialogue and progress in the field of vertical urbanism.

Photo courtesy of the CTBUH.