2008 World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum Asia, sibling to the highly acclaimed World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, chose our TEDA Promenades to host its 2008 conference.

Along with the world class, 90,000 M2 convention center that hosted the World Economic Forum, the Promenades are home to a professional soccer stadium, and a major retail and entertainment center is in pre-construction. Construction is underway on 5,000 homes in over 40 towers.

“Endless variety within a distinct identity.” Adhering to this design principle created a place that generates wide appeal, extends stays and encourages repeat visitation. Achieving these three goals is critical to the success of any public space.

The TEDA Promenades makes a grand statement, organizing its facilities around a central thematic element, an enormous elliptical lagoon. The Lagoon is the entertainment and environmental nucleus of the Promenades. This extroverted approach allows guests to remain oriented within the complexity of the space, while an assembly of icons encourages them to move throughout the site. This development structure is consistent with modern urban core developments and the exposition style of recent World Fairs.

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Brent Thompson is expert in destination design: the master planning and architectural design of public places, including retail, resort, entertainment and town center destinations. Thompson has over twenty-five years of experience in architecture, concept design, master planning and urban design for a wide range of domestic and international clients, including every major entertainment company, with a rich portfolio of projects in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. Thompson’s history is unique among architects. He was educated traditionally as an architect and planner, a course he followed in his first ten years of practice. He further had opportunity to live and work in Prague, where he was a founding partner of Architects’ Atelier Praha and refined his theoretical approach to architectural design. Upon his return to the United States two years later, he began a five year parenthesis, designing entertainment venues for most of Hollywood’s major studios. Entertainers are students of human psychology, and expert at the idioms of story telling and metaphors. Hollywood is extremely pragmatic in its approach, and places great emphasis on the “guest experience,” and Thompson emerged from that time a unique designer. Though now running a more traditional architecture and planning practice, he has learned to combine design theory with entertainment based pragmatism. His projects are media rich, multi-layered, metaphorical, expressive and culturally relevant. Perhaps more important, they work. He has throughout his varied career been involved in the pragmatic study of the way people use spaces, and the knowledge gained is the basis for each of his designs. He has further learned how to hear the vision of clients and to translate their vision into reality. Specialties Expert in retail, town center, resort, mixed-use, urban design and public space master planning and architectural design

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