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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
June 2016
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2016 Conference: Fifth and Final Networking Reception Added
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Mass Timber Building Begins to Take Shape in Vancouver
Brock Commons Phase 1 is beginning to take shape at the University of British Columbia. Beyond the concrete core, the structure will be composed of cross-laminated timber floor slabs, glulam columns, and steel connectors. The residence complex will provide a studio and shared suite units for 404 students.
70-Story Tower Proposed for Melbourne’s La Trobe Street
Jean Nouvel, the French architect behind Sydney's award-winning One Central Park, is making his mark on Melbourne with a AUS$700 million (USD$500 million), 70-story mixed-use tower in the northern edge of the CBD. Each of the building’s four sides will have a different colored façade.
32-Story Volumetric Modular Building Topped Out in Brooklyn
The project known as 461 Dean Street has topped out in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by SHoP architects, the 32-story structure is set to become the first residential building to open at Pacific Park, a nine-hectare site undergoing rapid redevelopment. Occupancy is expected to begin in fall 2016.
Parisian Housing Block with Curvy Floors and Balconies Proposed
Beijing studio MAD Architects has revealed plans for a Parisian housing block surrounded by undulating balconies, which is set to become the firm's first residential project in Europe. The 50-meter-tall block is known as UNIC and will feature planted terraces that attempt to extend the adjacent park vertically.
South Korean Banking Firm Constructing New HQ in Seoul
One of the largest banks in South Korea is converting its old headquarters into an updated, 26-story building. To continue business as usual, the bank has temporarily moved its headquarters to the Gran Seoul Building in Changjindong. The project is slated for completion in 2017.
Construction Progresses on Midrand’s PwC Tower
The horizon of Midrand, north of Johannesburg, is set to change forever with the construction of the new PwC Tower, which will be a focal point of the up and coming Waterfall City development. Due to its distinctive twisted form, the tower is intended to become an iconic structure for the growing city.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Ilkay Can-Standard

Tall building design is constrained by many factors; experts, working together, have to be as creative as possible to deal with those limitations.
Signboard Inaugurated for Shanghai Tower
Council representatives joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative CTBUH signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
China Awards Overall Winner Announced
The CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Awards Jury is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Overall Award: Bund SOHO, Shanghai.
Design / Research Competition Entries Due
Proposals for the Student Research Competition are due by July 1, and submissions for the Student Design Competition by July 25.
CTBUH 2016 Journal Issue II Released
The second journal issue of 2016 is now available for purchase, featuring a Case Study on The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburg, United States.
CTBUH NYC Highlights Impact of Female Leaders
The event highlighted projects and individuals of varied perspectives and identities, with the broader goal of reframing industry perceptions.
Other Industry News
River City Residential Tower Planned for Ho Chi Minh City... more
Construction Begins on London’s Marble Arch Place... more
One Bennet Park Officially Begins Construction in Chicago... more
30-Story Mixed-Use Tower Rising in Dhaka... more
Judge Reviews Plan to Resume Construction on Seattle’s Stalled Potala Tower... more
Floor Plans Released for Toronto’s Diamond Condos on Yonge... more
Chicago’s John Hancock Shopping Naming Rights to Fund Plaza Redevelopment... more
Brisbane’s Indooroopilly Centre Proposes New Residential Towers... more
All-Black Residential Tower Proposed for New York City... more
Chinese Developer Invests in Proposed Seattle Apartment High-Rise... more
Commercial Space Scrapped for 23-Story Tower in Liverpool... more
University of Technology Sydney Proposes Undulating High-Rise... more
Colorful, Multi-Volume Hotel Proposed for Miami... more
Chicago’s Tribune Tower Redevelopment Could See New Condos, Hotel... more
New York’s 21-Story William Vale Hotel to Open July 11... more
Jeddah Tower Delayed after Contractor Problems... more
Council Grants Approval for Salford’s Tallest Building... more
Construction of SkyCity Tower in Winnipeg Expected to Begin in 2017... more
Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status... more
Permits Filed for 66-Story Tower at 43-30 24th Street in Long Island City, New York... more
Mixed-Use Gold Tower Set for Approval in Brisbane... more
Office and Residential Tower Proposed above South Station in Boston... more
Mixed-Use Tower at 54-65 Clarke Street Proposed in Melbourne... more
San Francisco Approves Plans for Oceanwide Center... more
Construction Begins for Aktivhaus in Frankfurt... more
Riverfront Construction Could Raise Ho Chi Minh City’s Temperature... more
Vertical Forest Mountain Development Planned for Xingyi City... more
World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building... more
Topping Out Ceremony Held for Miami’s Biscayne Beach... more
25-Story Office Tower Planned for Downtown Austin... more
Phnom Penh Government Approves 133-Story Skyscraper... more
Construction Begins On NYC’s 3 Hudson Boulevard, Even Without Anchor Tenant... more
Quezon City’s Magnolia Residences Tops Out Third Tower... more
Three-Tower Development Approved to for Melbourne Convention Centre Site... more
World’s Tallest Elevator Testing Tower Planned for Shanghai... more
Zaha Hadid’s Melbourne Tower Nears Planning Approval... more
Developers Add 12 Floors to Tour des Canadiens 2 in Montreal... more
New Details Emerge for River North Tower that Would Connect To Landmark... more
San José Experiencing High-Rise Building Boom... more
Community Members Express Opposition Towards Skipton House in London... more
Madison Avenue Building Undergoing Major Retrofit in New York City... more
Sports and Entertainment Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Detroit... more
Winning Three-Tower Design Slated for Parramatta... more
New Renderings Released for West Chelsea’s SkyBox in New York... more
Waterfront Toronto Land to be New Location of LCBO Headquarters... more
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Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
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Upcoming Events
CTBUH New York: Future of Construction: Manufacturing Buildings
New York City – June 9
CTBUH Atlanta: 3 Alliance Center Tour
Atlanta – June 13 & 20
2016 ULI Asia Pacific Summit
Shanghai – June 15–17
CTBUH Indonesia: Where does Jakarta Stand in the Global Picture?
Jakarta – June 16
CTBUH Exec. Dir. Antony Wood Lecture: Tall Buildings in Singapore in the Context of Global Development
Singapore – June 22
2016 China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum
Tokyo – July 8
CTBUH Singapore Inaugural Event
Singapore – July 19
CTBUH Malaysia Inaugural Event
Kuala Lumpur – July 21
CTBUH In the Media
Jianping Gu Cautions Against Skyscraper Mania
The guiding words were given by the China Office Board Member at the CITAB-CTBUH China Awards.
China Office Director Talks Vertical Transportation
Elevator World gets the scoop on China’s elevating prospects.
Helipads at Height in Asia: Prudent or Superfluous?
Bloomberg interviewed the CTBUH Communications Manager on the topic.

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