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A Hybrid Approach to Mass Timber Can Help High-Density Living: Antonio Gomez-Palacio Presents at the CTBUH Conference in Singapore

September 26, 2023

On Tuesday, October 17, DIALOG Chair Antonio Gómez-Palacio will be presenting at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2023 International Conference in Singapore, with this year’s theme of ‘Humanizing High Density–People, Nature & the Urban Realm’. He will be presenting in the Core Conference Tall Timber Hybrids session, speaking to the topic of ‘The Hybrid and the Human: How a Hybrid Approach to Mass Timber Can Help Humanize High-Density Living’. With over 1,200 attendees and 200 speakers, the conference takes place over six days from October 16-21 in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. All presentations and panel discussions take place in the morning and afternoon on Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18 in Singapore.

Core Conference Event Details
Date:                                     Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Time:                                    11:30am
Location:                            10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
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Antonio Gómez-Palacio’s presentation: The Hybrid and the Human: How a Hybrid Approach to Mass Timber Can Help Humanize High-Density Living

At DIALOG, we believe there are three interconnected strategies that contribute to humanizing high-density living: design tall buildings as genuine neighbourhoods; integrate those neighbourhoods into surrounding communities; and create space for nature. Our 105-storey Hybrid Wood Tower (HWT) prototype is a vertical neighborhood with stacked residential, hotel, hydroponic farming, recreational, and commercial spaces, and achieves net-zero carbon. At the heart of the design is DIALOG’s patent-pending, prefabricated Hybrid Timber Floor System (HTFS), significantly reducing embodied carbon in the tower structure.

Exposed timber has a biophilic effect throughout the HWT that is amplified by abundant greenery. Singapore is amongst the greenest cities in the world; and according to New York University urban density expert Shlomo Angel, the secret of the city-state’s success is sparing land by building high. In this spirit, the HWT gives opportunities to free city blocks for a park that echoes the tower in scale, with greenery flowing into and up the structure like a tree.

Tall Timber Hybrids Session

The ongoing trend towards tall timber construction has seen an influx of interest as it demonstrates the ability to reduce carbon emissions, offer wellbeing for occupants, and provide efficiencies in construction. As timber gains traction in the industry, new innovations and concepts for hybrid systems are popping up. Learn about the latest approaches and potentials for tall timber hybrid structures.


Conference Theme: Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm

With the United Nations projecting nearly 70% urbanization by 2050, we need to ensure cities are places where people can not only live—but thrive. Tall buildings, the natural world, and the diverse people and communities that inhabit them need to be woven into the urban fabric like never before. The conference will advance the fundamental premise that high-density urbanization can support healthy living, working, and civic and social engagement

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading nonprofit organization for all those interested in the future of cities. It explores how increased urban density and vertical growth can support more sustainable and healthy cities, especially in the face of mass urbanization and the increasing effects of climate change worldwide. The relationship between policy, buildings, people, urban density, urban space, interior space, and infrastructure is key.