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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
February 2016
Top CTBUH News
2015: Record Year for Tall and Supertall Completions
One hundred and six 200-meter-plus buildings completed in 2015, setting a new record. Explore the 2015 Year in Review for more info.
CTBUH 2016: Steering Group Meetings Set the Stage
Over 60 representatives of CTBUH member firms came together to lay the groundwork for the upcoming conference in China.
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CTBUH Expert Weighs in on Dubai High-Rise Fire
Working with all available information, CTBUH Fellow and fire safety expert Simon Lay considers the high-rise fire that took place at The Address, its causes, and the potential impact it might have on the industry. Lay predicts that more exterior cladding fires are likely to occur in the future.
Lower Manhattan’s 2 World Trade Center Loses Anchor Tenant
21st Century Fox and News Corp. won’t be moving to the World Trade Center after all, as the separate media giants controlled by Rupert Murdoch have decided to keep their headquarters on Sixth Avenue in Midtown. Sources said the decision not to move was entirely for business reasons.
Downtown Toronto Tower Gets Rooftop Hockey Rink
A hockey rink was installed at the top of the 32-story 120 Adelaide Street West in Toronto’s financial district for a commercial shoot. The rink is roughly half the size of an NHL professional hockey rink and was accomplished using cranes on a neighboring building currently under construction.
Tallest French Tower Outside of Metro Paris Completed in Lyon
Dominated for more than 30 years by the Tour de Credit Lyonnais, the skyline of Lyon now has a new pinnacle with the completion of the Tour Incity. The 200-meter skyscraper is the tallest building in France outside of Metro Paris and is considered the first “low-energy” tower to be built in the country.
Work Begins on Billion-Dollar Brookfield Place Tower in Dubai
A joint venture has broken ground on a $1 billion-dollar development for the proposed Brookfield Place tower which is to be built within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) district. It will contain more than 83,613 square meters of office space and will connect to an adjacent retail center.
Designs Released for V on Shenton in Downtown Singapore
Designs have been released for a pair of high-rises called V on Shenton. The twin-tower complex incorporates a 23-story office building and a 53-story residential tower, with variations in programming highlighted by unique exterior treatments and façade components.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Mic Patterson

The building skin combines attributes of performance and appearance in a manner quite unlike anything else in architecture.
Shanghai Tower News Sweeps the Press
Extensive media coverage was generated after the CTBUH recognized the completion of Shanghai Tower, the world’s second tallest building.
NYC Conference Papers and PowerPoints Now Online
You can view and download every CTBUH 2015 Paper and PowerPoint on See the topics that made the event unforgettable!
CTBUH Sri Lanka Forum Draws Record Numbers
Numerous industry professionals from around the region gathered in Kandy to discuss the structural engineering of tall buildings.
CTBUH Announces 100th Supertall Completion
This news highlights the rapid pace at which new skyscrapers are being built, as the total number of supertalls has doubled in just five years.
Council Tours Restored Monroe Building
Staffers had the chance to explore a highly unique Chicago tower, getting a first look at some of its meticulously restored art deco fittings.
Other Industry News
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab to Expand its Footprint with Massive Floating Deck... more
Platinum Tower Topped Out in Southbank, Melbourne... more
UAE-Based Developer Pitches Mixed-Use Scheme in Cairo... more
18-Story Apartment Tower Planned on Milwaukee River Site... more
Proposed West Palm Beach High-Rises Feature Luxury Amenities... more
France’s Bouygues Debuts in India with Four Luxury Condo Towers... more
New Renderings for Chinese Lantern-Inspired Skyscraper in NYC... more
Experts Condemn Demolition of Heritage Manila Building, Fear Replacement... more
Renderings Released for Manhattan West Skyscrapers in New York City... more
Five-Billion-Dollar Investment for Development of Adelaide Riverbank... more
Approval Granted for Two Towers in Boston Redevelopment Plan... more
Local Council Approves Barking Towers in East London... more
Winner Chosen for Kingdee Tower Competition in Shenzhen... more
New York’s 125 Greenwich to House 275 Condos... more
New Office High-Rise Designed for Dubai’s First Bank... more
Proposed Chicago High-Rise Stalls without Anchor Tenant... more
Student Accommodation Towers Proposed in Brisbane... more
New Jersey’s Future Tallest Tower Downsizes by 15 Meters... more
New Nha Trang High-Rise is Shaped like a Butterfly... more
New Melbourne Residential Tower Gets Go-Ahead... more
Paddington Place Scheme Cited in Plans for another Neighborhood Tower... more
Tower Poised to Rise in Sheepshead Bay Neighborhood of New York... more
Plans Revealed for Manchester Tower Complex... more
New Renderings Revealed for BIG’s 76 Eleventh Avenue in New York City... more
Work begins on Dubai Creek Residences... more
Multi-Million Dollar Renovation for Atlanta’s Historic Flatiron Building... more
New Members
New Contributor
Hysan Development Company Limited
New Participant
J. Roger Preston Limited
Stephenson Engineering Limited
New Academic Institute
Pratt Institute
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Building Case Study
Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
Abu Dhabi
Research Paper
Faç An Online Database Resource for the Façade Renovation of Existing Buildings
A. Martinez et al., University of Southern California
A Landmark in the Heart of the City: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
T. Blunt, Foster + Partners and R. Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Upcoming Events
CTBUH UK: Motorsport Technology Transferred to the Design of Tall Buildings
London – February 10
CTBUH China Office Director Presents at CONEFEC Virtual Conference in Brazil
Brazil – February 20–26
CTBUH Year in Review 2015: A Commemorative Event and Demonstration
Shanghai – March 3
Inaugural CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Buildings Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
Shanghai Tower – May 12
CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH Data Defines NYC Condo Surge
The New York Times consulted the Council in its analysis
China Office Director Talks Tall Buildings in China
The Vertical City podcast interviews Daniel Safarik
Seed Funding Recipient Discusses “Skynomics”
The Washington Post speaks with Prof. Jason Barr

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