The interesting question is why man wants to build to the sky. What is there about the desire for domination, or to reach God, or for private pride - the Pyramids are an example of that, but the tall structures is certainly another.
Tall building planning & developments have been rapidly increasing worldwide as well as in India. Traditionally the function of tall buildings has been as commercial office buildings. Tall building development involves various complex factors such as economics, aesthetics, technology, municipal regulations, and politics. Other usages, such as residential, mixed-use, and hotel tower developments have since rapidly increased. Development of new technology occurs based up on necessity, and the technology evolves towards enhanced efficiency. There continues to be a need for building upward. Populations worldwide have grown rapidly, and migration of populations from rural areas to urban, has resulted in high-density mega cities. Denser cities with mega structures are more efficient in terms of energy consumption and land use. By making a city smaller and denser, the power grid becomes smaller, making the transfer of electrical energy more efficient. The need for automobile transportation declines as well as the need for personal transportation, which is a large contributor to the problems of efficient energy consumption and pollution. By creating denser cities with tall buildings, more natural green areas can be saved globally. However, compactness will result in crowding and hence a balance must be struck.
The structural system of a high-rise building is designed to cope with the vertical gravity loads and lateral loads caused by wind or seismic activity. The structural system consists only of the members designed to carry the loads, all other members being referred to as non-structural. Structural development of tall buildings has been a continuously evolving process. There is a distinct structural history of tall buildings similar to the history of their architectural styles in terms of skyscraper ages.
A longer- lasting reason to challenge the limits of height of structures would be to continuously contribute to the evolution of standard construction practices.
With Today's concrete technology, it is possible to design and produce concrete capable of attaining compressive strengths equivalent to the strengths of the strongest rocks available in nature also it is possible to produce and pump the concretes up to 600m (Burj Kalifa) and very soon up to 1000 m (Kingdom Tower) and to improve workability of these concretes so that vibration is not at all required during casting.
ACCE(I) - Bangalore Centre, in its constant endeavour to serve the Civil Engineering Fraternity, has been conducting National and International Seminars and Conferences on contemporary topics in Civil Engineering to showcase the latest developments in the fields. ACCE (India) Bangalore Centre has been organizing the REDECON (Recent Development in Design and Construction Technologies) Conference and Exhibition in Bangalore on a regular basis since 2005. Five such events have been held thus far: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. All of them have been overwhelming success and have been enthusiastically received and well attended by the civil engineering professional community in the country, so much so, it is an eagerly looked forward to event by one and all.
REDECON 2016 Conference will deliberate on the evolution of tall structures, structural systems and the technological driving force behind their developments. The need to cope with increasing demand and emphasis on different design and execution aspects will be discussed and showcased, during the proceedings. The detailed list of speakers and their topics of presentation based on different themes will be uploaded on the website as and when they are finalized with all relevant details.
REDECON 2016 is intended to bring together Architects, Structural Engineers, PMC consultants, contractors, practicing engineers, scientists, specifiers, researchers, manufacturers, applicators and others from around the country & abroad to share their knowledge and experience on current developments in Tall Structures. The event has developed a tradition of combining research and development aspects with practical case studies, aimed at identifying and communicating both tomorrow's technology and today's construction solutions. The exchange of knowledge and expertise is expected to result in the development of improved design and implementation methodologies for tall structures.
This Conference continues to seek to extend the sound base of theory and practice in tall structures, through both theoretical and practical approach, and through good case study literature.
The range of speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates at the seminar continues to indicate its truly International nature, with representation from numerous research and industrial organizations, manufacturers and delegates from all over the World.