29 October 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The effects of tall buildings on the social and economic well-being of residents is difficult to succinctly quantify and discuss, but there are clearly contingent issues that affect society at large, and these are in turn informed by a deep research base. Results from a recent statistical analysis of tall building cities that measures income, population, and an index of social well-being (i.e., life satisfaction or happiness) offers key insights. Simultaneously, improvements in the distribution, financing and planning of healthcare systems, and to fire-safety strategies within dense urban areas, have the potential to enhance wellness and livability, overcome inequity and reduce wasteful spending. All of these topics converge in a fascinating session devoted to quality of life in our cities.

Session Chair: Bettina Mehnert
President & CEO, Architects Hawaii, Honolulu
Douglas King
Principal, Stantec Ltd., Chicago
Peter Weismantle
Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago
Jason Barr
Professor, Rutgers University, Newark