08 December 2014 - Professor Kourosh Kayvani, Aurecon's Global Innovations Leader and one of Australia's leading structural engineers, will be presenting a keynote paper on the design of high-rise buildings at the 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23).
The ACMSM conference series date back to 1967 and has become a leading forum for the discussion of structural mechanics and materials. The paper that Dr Kayvani will be presenting, entitled Design of high-rise buildings: past, present and future, will focus on key advancements in high-rise building designs, current trends as well as anticipated future trends in the tall buildings market.
"The presentation will be valuable for engineers, design professionals and property developers who are interested to understand the key structural drivers involved and how innovative solutions can be developed in response to these drivers," comments Kourosh.
The increasing rate of urbanisation in recent decades has seen an accelerated trend in the construction of high-rise and tall buildings worldwide, particularly in the emerging economies of the world. A fundamental economic driver for the growth of tall (particularly residential) buildings is the scarcity of land in the densely urbanised parts of the world.
"In the past decade or so, the race for constructing the tallest has been extended to include the contest for constructing the most iconic and spectacular high-rise building, often characterised by complex geometries and leaning or twisting forms. These trends have put the structural engineers at the core of the design process for tall building projects. I look forward to discussing key topics relating to how these buildings need to consider everything from wind engineering and seismic design to sustainability principles in order to create successful, high performing buildings," comments Kourosh.