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PROTEK HOSTS LEADING ARCHITECTS AND DEVELOPERS AT MIPIM 2011 TO DISCUSS EFFECTS
OF TALL BUILDINGS ON THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
Leading architects, from North America, Brazil, India, France and Great Britain
joined Paul Finch, Director of the World Architecture Festival and Jackie Blanden,
Sales Director of WM Protek, at the annual Architecture Review/Protek Roundtable
debate at MIPIM to discuss the effects of tall buildings on the built environment
and the urban landscape.
The debate was stimulated by the thinking behind the winning entries in the Tall
Buildings category of the annual Architectural Review Future Project Awards and
considered how these buildings will influence architects and developers in the future.
Chairman of judges and the Roundtable, Paul Finch commented: “The judges were delighted
to see the level of invention evident in this years entries; all have tried to go
beyond the simplistic box. The Commended and Winning schemes are setting new standards
for this building type.”
Jackie Blanden, Sales Director, WM Protek AB said: “Year on year the entries demonstrate
that design is not only concerned with the effect of Tall buildings on the urban
landscape but also the need to plan into the building concepts that enhance the
working environment and meet the growing demand for reduced CO2 emissions both in
the construction process and the running of the building.
“This year’s Roundtable also concentrated, for the first time, on the effects of
the building type on the developers need to provide a user friendly environment
inside the building envelope and to acknowledge that tenants are becoming more aware
of the working environment, as a preferred choice for employees, and a company’s
on balance sheet running costs.”
The Roundtable is now a well established part of the Future Projects debate and
has been co-hosted by WM Protek AB for the last five years.
Jackie Blanden was also able to talk to London Mayor, Boris Johnson, about the working
environment during his visit to the London Pavilion at MIPIM. Part of Johnson’s
message, while at the global property show, was issues such as quality of life and
sustainability of the urban environment – “we have to keep putting the village back
into the city” he said.
For full details and results of the AR Future Project Awards please go to: