Barbican to host Prestigious Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat International Conference 2024

Barbican Business Events has revealed that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has chosen the Barbican as the venue for its CTBUH 2024 International Conference, “New or Renew: Addressing the Density Dilemma.”

Aerial view of the Barbican Centre, CREDIT Sidd Khajuria

This announcement coincides with the CTBUH announcing the 2024 destination and venue at their 2023 conference in Singapore.

The 2024 event will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of September 2024, utilising the Barbican Hall and Foyers, Cinema One, Auditorium One and Two, as well as the versatile Frobisher rooms. With an estimated 1,200+ delegates expected to attend, the Barbican is poised to become the convener of  ground-breaking discussions on tall buildings and urban development.

The CTBUH 2024 International Conference is a globally renowned gathering of architects, engineers, urban planners, developers, and industry experts who are passionate about shaping the future of cities. This premier event is known for its rich exchange of ideas, showcasing innovative designs, and exploring sustainable urban solutions.

The Barbican was selected as the host venue due to its exceptional architectural heritage and its prime location within the City of London. The venue’s unique design and cultural significance aligns perfectly with the mission of CTBUH, making it an ideal setting for the conference.

Jackie Boughton, Head of Events at the Barbican, said: “We are honoured to be chosen as the venue for the CTBUH 2024 International Conference. As a creative catalyst the Barbican is not only a place to experience the most exciting art from around the world, but also a hub that creates connections, provokes debate, and a convener of critical business thinking. This is why the Barbican will provide the perfect central London location for delegates to engage in insightful discussions about the future of our cities. We look forward to working closely with CTBUH to ensure this conference is a resounding success.”

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat shared their enthusiasm for the upcoming events location: ” CTBUH is thrilled to partner with the Barbican for our 2024 International Conference,” remarked CTBUH CEO Javier Quintana de Uña. “London is a dynamic hub for urban development and innovation, and we believe the Barbican’s distinctive setting clearly demonstrates the 2024 conference theme and will inspire thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations about the future of sustainable vertical urbanism.”

For more information about the CTBUH 2024 International Conference and updates regarding the event, please visit https://www.ctbuh.org

About Barbican Business Events


The Barbican is one of the world’s leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms. Barbican Business Events brings together the venue’s expertise in the arts and corporate meetings.

Built as part of London’s Barbican development and officially opened in March 1982 by HM Queen Elizabeth, unlike many other venues, Barbican was specifically built with the dual purpose of holding conferences and arts events presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning.

The Barbican’s Business Events team contributes to the venue’s future success. To make the most of the Barbican’s rich culture and heritage, Barbican Business Events was created to bring together their expertise in three very different areas – the arts, creative learning and corporate business. This approach to corporate events is based on stronger, more in-depth partnerships with their artistic, creative learning and development teams in order to bring more creativity and rich content to events.

The Barbican provides a vibrant and inspiring venue for corporate events, conferences, meetings and entertainment. The venue is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in spaces including a concert hall, theatres, a boardroom and conference suites that can accommodate 10-170 delegates and can be adjusted using sound proofed sliding. As part of its wider investment strategy, the Barbican spent £2.2m on a significant refurbishment throughout the Centre in the summer of 2016 including its Frobisher rooms and Level 4. The focus of the Frobisher refurbishment is designed to create an even stronger connection between the Centre’s main conference and meeting facilities and its arts spaces.


About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

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