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High Rise Seminar to be Held in Helsinki

The Northern Exposure seminar, hosted by the GPD, the Glass Innovation Institute, and the Finnish Flat Glass Association, is for anyone who wants to keep up to date with the latest trends and technologies in high-rise construction.

What to expect

The keynote speakers are Christoph Timm, principal designer at SOM New York, and James O'Callaghan, founding partner of Eckersley O'Callaghan. SOM designed more than half of the world's tall buildings. Eckersley O'Callaghan has been responsible for the structural design of Apple's Steve Jobs Theatre and many of Apple's stores worldwide.

The high-level seminar will feature presentations from top experts in architecture and construction. This year, the content has been specifically focused on tall buildings in northern conditions.

In addition to the above, Steve Selkowitz from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will also be speaking. His knowledge of the glass industry, carbon emissions, and energy efficiency is based on decades of research at the lab. He has outlined and explored some of the emerging design solutions in use today, and the RD&D trends that are expected to drive and/or constrain optimal design solutions in the decade ahead.


The event is taking place on June 13 in Helsinki, Finland, just a day before the GPD conference in Tampere. Registration is open.

What people are saying

"We will focus on issues that architects, structural engineers, and builders in Finland will face. During the day, everyone will have the opportunity to learn something new about the construction of the future, as more and more very tall buildings will be built in Finland in the future," says Christoph Timm, SOM New York's chief designer. "We are now offering a unique opportunity to learn from what others have done and how they have done it. We will show how problems are solved from different perspectives and present case studies from Sweden, Europe, and different continents. Our aim is to summarise and make the possibilities and technologies of design as concrete as possible for Finnish designers and builders."


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