Future Cities: Addressing Carbon, Climate and Societal Crises conference held at BMICH
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Sri Lanka’s conference on “Future Cities: Addressing Carbon, Climate and Societal Crises” was held recently at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
It successfully gathered over 60 many prominent building professionals in Sri Lanka in the form of structural engineers, building services engineers, architects, academics, researchers, developers, builders, specialist material suppliers, and also some young prospective future tall building leaders in the form of postgraduate and undergraduate students from leading universities in Sri Lanka. In addition, over 100 participants and some keynote speakers joined virtually.
The conference was initiated with a welcome address by Eng. Shiromal Fernando, the country representative of CTBUH where he focused the audience’s attention into the topic of the evening, the Future City.
In addition to this he highlighted the emerging skyline of Sri Lanka and the port city development that can transform the conventional monocentric city to polycentric cities. Further, he started off the workshop by giving an insightful introduction to green integrated cities and the need for greener construction for a sustainable future.
The first Keynote speech of the conference was by chief guest Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake on “Future Plans for Sustainable cities in Si Lanka” where he discussed on the visible transformation at various parts of the country and how the green initiative can transform the society to work as one and create a country we love to live in.
In addition to this he also educated the audience on the national projects that are initiated to planting of trees, road safety improvements and river conservation. Professionals of the industry, Arct. Dan Amarasekere, Prof. Wije Ariyarathna, Prof. Sarath Kotagama, Prof. Priyan Dias, Prof. Priyan Mendis, Yamuna Jayaratne and others joined as keynote speakers for the event.
This was followed by the panel discussion carried out by Arct. Niroda Gunadasa, Eng. Dilina Hettiarachchi, Eng Udayanga Alwis, Eng. Tharindu Samarasinghe and Arct. Thilini Liyanage on the topic of “New Urban form for the New Normal” Where the discussion was on the changes that occurred due to the pandemic.
Tokens of appreciation were handed over to the keynote speakers by Shiromal Fernando and the panellists received tokens of appreciation from Ruwan De Silva.
The participants physically present were then invited to the Port City visit in the arranged transportation and the virtual participants obtained the live stream of the visit. Yamuna provided the introduction of the port city at the gallery followed by the site visit.