What are the Unique Opportunities and Challenges in Designing High-Density in Asia?

Peter Duncan
China Regional Practice Leader
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Shanghai

Ali Moghaddasi
Chief Development Officer
Mulia Group, Jakarta

Bryant Lu
Vice Chairman
Ronald Lu & Partners, Hong Kong

Qin Pang
Director - Head of Shanghai Studio
Benoy, Shanghai

Xiaomei Lee
Regional Managing Principal, Greater China
Gensler, Shanghai

As home to some of the world’s most densely populated cities, Asia’s natural inclination has been to build upward rather than outward in order to provide housing, workspace, amenities, and even outdoor space for its residents. Thus, with demand clearly rooted in need, necessity is often the mother of innovation for Asia’s tallest and most prominent projects. With such rapid construction timelines however, there is also the risk of monotonous design. This session speaks to the importance of balancing placemaking and environmental excellence with efficiency and safety.