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Monday 17 October 2016
Superdensity and China’s emerging workplace precincts: hot topics at CTBUH

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most fascinating urban environments with its dispersed high-density centres, vast surrounding areas of natural vegetation and liveability. But under increasing population pressure, what is the next step in its evolution and which new spatial models of urbanisation could work in this established city?

According to HASSELL Principal and Urban Design sector leader David Tickle, some inspiration could lie in the innovative concept of superdensity which he’ll be presenting at the international Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference this week in China. Superdensity is a new urban concept that relies on three-dimensional systems of open space, transport and resource utilisation, inspired by the systems of the existing city.

New ‘vertical streets’, including a network of public spaces and public infrastructure, become the catalyst for the renewal of whole neighbourhoods – giving new capacity for the city to grow and intensify, and generating a model that can be applied to cities worldwide.

Also at CTBUH, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane will present about the emerging high performing workplace precincts in the super-connected Pearl River Delta region.

He explores how the real success of these precincts comes down to their ability to attract young talent, an increasingly complex task in the context of China’s often misunderstood post-90s generation. His talk is based on research about both the development and social demands on future creative and innovation-based workplace precincts in the changing urban context of China’s megacities.

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