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On the impact of skyscrapers on the quality of life in cities

21 of January '20

The next edition of PLACES + SPACES, an event organized by the Urban Land Institute, will take place in Warsaw on January 28. The upcoming meeting, under the theme "The Art of Tall Building," will focus on the functions and impact of high-rise buildings on the quality of life in cities. Architects from leading international studios, as well as investors and developers active in the real estate market in Europe, will share their experiences with the event's participants.

Among the speakers at the event will be Bill Price, director of development at the UK branch of global studio WSP. Price, whose much of his experience is in high-rise projects adjacent to transportation hubs, participated in the initial design phase of The Shard skyscraper and the transformation of the London Bridge station area.

The firm known for designing emblematic skyscrapers will be represented by Kent Jackson, a partner at Skidmore Owings Merrill LPP (SOM). The firm's architects have contributed to such buildings as the world's tallest Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York.

Also participating in PLACES + SPACES will be Yama Karim, a partner in Daniel Libeskind's studio, who is currently involved in such projects as the revitalization of the Milan fairgrounds, the Downtown Tower skyscraper in Vilnius and high-rise developments in the Middle East.

From the investors' point of view, James Goldsmith, director of leasing at AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets, will talk about the role of sky buildings and the needs of their users. Goldsmith is responsible for the tenant acquisition process for the 22 Bishopsgate development, a 278-meterskyscraper under construction in the City of London.

The expert panel will include Peter Pecnik, CEO of HB Reavis Poland - the company developing a complex of three Varso Place skyscrapers in Warsaw, including the tallest building in the European Union, as well as Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch, president of Skanska office company in Centraland Eastern Europe, which is currently developing the tallest and final part of the Generation Park complex at the Daszyńskiego Roundabout in the capital.

Additional information and a link to register for the meeting are available on the organizers' website, and coverage of the previous edition of the event can be found here.

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