Each of the Council's congresses gets closer and closer to the "urban habitat" that is part of its title. The organizers of this, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 6th World Congress, have succeeded in that notably, placing urban habitat as the first of its two main streams.
This volume contains the papers submitted in time to meet the publisher's deadline. Following the Congress a second volume will be published - papers that are submitted after the deadline and those that were available at the time of the Congress (see the announcement in the back of this book). The arrangement of these Proceedings corresponds to the Council's topical groups, an arrangement that is fortuitous since it is consistent with the thrust and theme of the Congress. Perhaps that arrangement shows that the Council's leadership truly believes that people - and the "Life and Work" aspects are the driving force for the buildings.
The theme title, "Cities in the Third Millennium" shows a bold stroke by the Melbourne organizers. If one looks back at the changes in the Second Millennium - and what brought them about - one would come to the conclusion that, while plans for the immediate future are essential, those for the millennium are quite impossible. How could one have planned in the year 1000 for a city in the 1990's that was driven by the Internet?
It's even difficult to make plans for the short term, but a review of the papers show that the congress promises to achieve the goal of a vision for a meaningful future. Actually it would be interesting to see what kinds of projections were made (or implied) in our prior congresses. How good were they? For how long a time period? Were the suggestions realized? And what will be the reaction of those making plans for our cities of the Fourth Millennium that was said in Melbourne at the beginning of the Third?
We both commend and thank Jamie Learmonth, Chairman of the Melbourne Organizing Committee and Ron Klemencic, Chairman of the Congress Committee of the CTBUH. We would also like to thank the CTBUH Headquarters staff for their part in making the Congress a reality: Geri Kery, manager of Financial Operations, Abdullah Rahim Abdussalam and the staff of undergraduate and graduate students. We are indebted to the Council's organizational members and the many sponsors of the Congress - identified earlier.
Finally, we thank Council Chairman R. Shankar Nair for his guidance and deep commitment to the Council's mission.
Lynn S. Beedle