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November 2008

The Tall Building, Reconsidered.....
Simon Allford & Paul Monaghan - CTBUH Dubai Congress, 2008

‘Towards Zero Energy’ A Case Study of the Pearl River Tower
Roger Frechette & Russell Gilchrist (SOM)

Prairna, Gupta - Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Australian CTBUH Seminars
11 Nov 2008, Brisbane & 13 Nov 2008, Sydney
"Urban Futures - Green or Grey?" CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, addresses the viability of the tall building as a sustainable element in our future urban centres ...more
CTBUH 2008 Awards Dinner
20 Nov 2008, Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago
The CTBUH issues seven Tall Building awards annually five recognizing excellence in design and construction and two established lifetime achievement awards...more
High-Rise Safety International Conference
24-26 Nov 2008, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
This conference is a unique opportunity to work out the whole complex of questions regarding high-rise building safety in close contact with representatives of Government institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan....more
Vertical Cities: Hong Kong & New York
17 July 2008 - Feb 2009, New York
Vertical Cities will examine the parallels during two major development booms and defining moments in the vertical identity of each city: New York in the 1920s and 1960s and Hong Kong in the mid-1980s-1990s and today For more information visit here
2009 Khan Lecture Series
20 Feb 2009, Lehigh University
The 2009 Kahn Lecture series presents three distinguished presenters;
1st Lecture: LESLIE E. ROBERTSON “The Architect and the Structural Engineer – Partners in Design” - Friday, February 20, 2009 – 4:10 pm…more
2nd Lecture: WILLIAM F. BAKER “Engineering the World’s Tallest: Burj Dubai” - Friday, March 20, 2009 – 4:10 pm…more
3rd Lecture: BRUCE R. ELLINGWOOD “Abnormal Loads & Progressive Collapse – Assessment & Mitigation of Risk” - Friday, April 17, 2009 – 4:10 pm…more
RETECH Renewable Energy Technology Conference
25-27 Feb 2009, Las Vegas
This three-day technology conference and exhibition features a trade show with 250+ exhibitors and six tracks of top CEO-led business conference sessions by technology, as well as multiple business-to-business side events. For more information visit here
SEI/ASCE Structures Congress
30 Apr - 2 May 2009, Austin, TX
This congress will include a CTBUH session which will focus on the latest advances in the field of the seismic design of tall buildings, presenting and illustrating the design recommendations from the CTBUH Seismic Design Working group, which are intended for application around the globe across all levels of seismic hazard.....more
For a full list of upcoming and recent events click here

The Future of The Skyscraper - Antony Wood Interview
October 14, Business Week Online

2.4km tower plan not yet on tallest buildings list
October 9, Emirates Business, p.9

Tall buildings body gets GCC presence
October 5. Emirates Business, p.34
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Y. A. Yashar Architects
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Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
CTBUH 2008 7th Annual Awards Dinner - Last Chance to Book ‘Moscow Gaining Height’ Conference focused on info / cultural exchange
Following the announcement of the CTBUH 2008 Award Winners, places at the Awards Dinner are filling rapidly. Confirmed table sponsors so far are Arup, Atkins, Gensler, Goettsch Partners, Halvorson & Partners, IIT, KONE, KPF, Murphy Jahn, Perkins & Will, The Rise Group, SOM and Thornton Tomasetti...more
Held in the prestigious setting of the Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel Moscow, from the 22nd – 24th October 2008, the 120 delegates in attendance were treated to an inspiring three days of information and cultural exchange. Click here for the full conference report and images...more
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Nakheel Harbour and Tower: Tallest Building Under Construction in the World (Dubai)
Nakheel have announced they are constructing the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Development, which includes a tower ‘more than a kilometer in height’ with over 200 occupiable floors. Although, the exact height of the tower has not been announced, preliminary foundation work has already commenced, making the tower the tallest building under construction in the world according to the
Sears Tower set for £85m Green Makeover
Chicago's Sears tower, the world's tallest skyscraper when it was built in 1973, is due to receive a green makeover to reduce energy use by 10%. The scheme, which is at planning stage, is being overseen by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Adrian Smith said the project would use PV and wind turbines on the roof as well as incorporating new lighting systems, extra insulation and a green roof….link
Paris Triangle: Beyond the Shadows of Doubt
Pyramids have often been attributed with mystical properties, from resurrecting pharaohs to re-sharpening blunt razor blades, but those clever architects Herzog and de Meuron have unveiled a new piece of pyramid-powered prestidigitation with their new Triangle project in Paris: the building will cast no shadows….link
A Celebration of Independence
The 10th International Arquine competition to design two towers to celebrate Mexico’s bicentenary, has been won by Gregorio Vasquez and Manuel Wedeles with their designs for ‘Tezozomoc’ and ‘Xochimilco’. Each tower will be 83 stories, with around 100,000 meters of floor space, and will include offices, residential apartments, a hotel, and retail areas separated from one another by a sky garden and connected with vertical
King Abdullah Inaugurates the 1000m+ Kingdom Tower in Jeddah
The Kingdom Tower will rise from a large retail and conference centre podium to 1,000+ meters in height and include five-star hotel accommodations, office space and luxury residences that encompass dramatic, sweeping views. Essentially triangular in plan, Kingdom Tower is conceived as a graceful, sculptural form that reflects not only the unique character of Jeddah but also the sky, water, and land from its taut glass
MADs Sinosteel Speaker Boxes in Tianjin
Now under construction, Sinosteel International Plaza is designed by up and coming Chinese firm MAD Ltd. What they have done with the main tower, 358 meters tall, is to take a monolithic box and curve the corners of it to soften the building's mass. Stretched around it is a honeycomb shaped façade with varying sizes of windows similar to a woven metal
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Chairman's Message
It has been a grim month for many of the world stock markets with the credit crunch in particular squeezing the financial sectors. The building sector has also taken a beating and it is clear ....more
CTBUH Tall Building Image Database now online
The medium-resolution images contained in this database have been provided by CTBUH members and others interested in tall buildings and are free for download and usage....more
Robert McNamara named Structural Engineer of the Year
The CTBUH would like to congratulate Robert McNamara for being selected as Structural Engineer of the Year 2007 in the journal ‘The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings’, published by John Wiley and Sons...more
CTBUH Member Passing
It is with sadness that we report the passing of John Macarthur. He was a firm supporter of the Council, published papers and presented at CTBUH conferences. He remains well regarded for his hard work and for his commitment to excellence in design....more
ACTBUH Seminar in Brisbane
CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood will give presentations in Brisbane and Sydney this November...more
The BCO President's Project
Research undertaken on behalf of the British Council of Offices (BCO) to better understand the variations in office specification around the world in 6 key locations...more
Completion Nears On NYCs Skinniest Tower (New York)...more
All eyes on Dubai (Dubai)...more
Boris Johnson in Waterloo skyscraper U-turn (London)...more
GREEN HOME 101: US Cities Sprout Green High-Rises (USA)...more
Dubai Arts District launched at Cityscape (Dubai)...more
Pinnacle Secures First Pre-Let (London)...more
A Whole Bundle Of Skyscraper In Seoul (Seoul)...more
World beckons Hub architects (Boston)...more
Gov't to provide sustainable living environment for HK, says official (Hong Kong)...more
An oasis of public space between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier (Chicago)...more
Waldorf Astoria to grace Chicago (Chicago)...more
Towers as old as building itself...more
Liens filed on halted Chicago Spire (Chicago)...more
Cities battle sprawl by filling in the holes (Charleston)...more
Evolving the panorama of Istanbul (Istanbul)...more
Sydney’s world-class waterfront renewal adventure has commenced (Sydney)...more
Looking Into The Future (London)...more
HOK unveils vast Bahrain masterplan (Bahrain)...more
Doubt surrounds $900m skyscraper (Brisbane)...more
Kuhne says global economic slowdown could boost quality of architecture in Gulf states (Middle East)...more
Mayne warns Dubai set for ‘ecological disaster’ (Dubai)...more
Simpson Glasgow Hotel Work Set For 2009 (Glasglow)...more
ShowCase: Huaxi Urban Centre Tower by 'Emergent' (Huaxi)...more
Open for business (Paris)...more
High-rise 'gateway' to Darwin (Darwin)...more
Doha's beacon of the night (Doha)...more
A new modernist muscles in (Toronto)...more
Dubai to Get 33-Story High LED Screen (Dubai)...more
New Eco Tower Planned For Vauxhall (London)...more
Rafael Vinoly's plans for the London skyline (London)...more
Oklahoma City is looking to Charlotte (Charlotte)...more
Formula 1 inspires Abu Dhabi tower (Dubai)...more
One step back and two steps forward (Dubai)...more
Nikken Sekkei to design urban oasis in Dubai (Dubai)...more
INDEX, the 80 storey skyscraper by Union Properties to Top Out this month (Dubai)...more
Tameer unveils design of 'Anara' after intensive global design competition (Dubai)...more
New supertall commissions announced by Smith and Gill for Dubai (Dubai)...more
Battle brews over green-rating systems for high-rise residential buildings (Canada)...more
Towering Ambition...more
Tiruchi may soon get high rise buildings (Tiruchi)...more
High-rise boom sets business climate (Manila)...more
Leaning towers of Copenhagen (Copenhagen)...more
Groundbreaking Starts On PWC Frankfurt HQ (Frankfurt)...more
Shard Offers Highest Apartments In London (London)...more
A new look for Dubai (Dubai)...more
INTERVIEW: Serge Appel on One Bryant Park (America)...more
The Latest On Herons Construction (London)...more
Russia's new Moscow? (Moscow)...more
Tishman Completes 555 Mission High-Rise (San Francisco)...more
Birmingham gives green light to 35-storey tower (Birmingham)...more
$40 million view (chicago)...more
Governor signs anti-sprawl bill (California)...more
Spark of inspiration (UK)...more
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