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December 2008

Urban Futures: Green or Grey?
Antony Wood, CTBUH - ACTBUH Breakfast Seminar, Brisbane, Nov. 11, 2008

Mile High Tower: Concept of a Vertical City
Masayoshi Nakai, Takashi Nishimura, et al. (Takenaka Corp)

Vertical Farm
Paul Foster & Darren Oxley - University of Nottingham, UK
National Workshop on Mechanization in High Rise Constructions
19-20 Dec 2008, Hyderabad, India
India’s construction boom demands equipment that blends quality with speed and safety to match with the global standards. Due to increased mechanization a new type of industry is fast emerging related to hiring of construction equipment....more
H&V News’ annual conference on Building Services for Tall Buildings
12 February, 2009, Barbican Centre, London, UK
Tall buildings present a host of unique challenges, not least for the building services industry, with the design and construction of these modern day skyscrapers pushing boundaries and breaking new heights...more
2nd Annual High-Rise Buildings Conference
12-13 Feb 2009, London, UK
Attend the 2nd annual edition of this pan-European case study driven comprehensive forum for all the construction, architecture and property development experts...more
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
Eweek Expo
21 Feb 2009, IIT, Chicago, USA
This program includes activities that are free and open to the public. You are invited to explore engineering with members of the Chicagoland engineering community. This event promises to be something very special as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the program...more
Vertical Cities: Hong Kong & New York
Ongoing through Feb 2009, Skyscraper Museum, 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
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
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Burj Tower: the world's tallest cloud buster
Times Online: William Baker Interview, Nov.18

Tall Buildings and Public Spaces
Smart City Radio: Antony Wood Interview, Nov.6

High Hopes: Middle East projects vie for tallest tower title
Site Selection Magazine, Nov 1 2008
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Shanghai World Financial Center named CTBUH ‘Best Tall Building Overall’ 2008 Latest CTBUH Journal Issue 3, 2008 Released
Also recognized were the New York Times Building (New York), 51 Lime Street (London) and the Bahrain World Trade Center (Bahrain). Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and William F. Baker of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill at a gala dinner attended by 240 people...more
The third issue of 2008 includes a number of new items intended to facilitate discourse amongst CTBUH membership. These include a letters to the editor page, an extended global news section, reports from the CTBUH Awards Dinner and reports from other recent conferences and events.....more
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Future Tallest Building in China Breaks Ground
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held to mark the start of construction on the Shanghai Tower. The 632 meter high building will be the tallest in China upon completion in 2014, ahead of the currently under construction 600 meter-tall 'China 117 Tower' in Tianjin and the recently completed 492 meter-tall 'Shanghai World Financial Center' which sits adjacent to the Shanghai Tower
Stephen Holl Architects wins Copenhagen gateway contest
Holl’s design features two towers over an entrance to the harbor connected by two public skybridges 65m above ground. The bridges linking each tower meet at an angle to create a single footpath, which the architect has described as “a handshake over the harbor”
Anara Tower: Dubai’s Titanic Turbine-Shaped Superstructure
The latest world-class superstructure to grace the modern megopolis of Dubai is Anara Tower, an ambitious project crowned with an eye-catching propeller-shaped peak. Designed by Atkins and Developed by Tameer Holding Investment, the 2,150 foot tall skyscraper will be aiming for LEED silver certification when construction begins next
RSHP win Manhattan terminal
The Port Authority of NY & NJ announced today that it has selected London–based Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design a new 42-storey tower and renovations to the Port Authority Bus Terminal located in Mid-town Manhattan. The proposed air rights development will add approximately 1.3 million sq ft of sustainable first-class office space above the
Indian Tower Billows into Mumbai
Named the Raheja Legend, this tower will stand at 40 storeys and have prominent position in the center of the suburb of Worli in Mumbai. As the building – developed by K Raheja Universal and designed by Singapore based architects P&T Group – reaches its peak the glazing flares outwards from the tower giving it the appearance of a
Skyline on pause: Credit crunch leaves Spire, other towers short
A big chill is about to hit the city of big shoulders. In the wake of the global credit crisis, Chicago's once-superheated skyline—radically transformed during the last 10 years by one of the greatest building booms in the city's history—is on the verge of being frozen in
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Chairman's Message
Towards the middle of this year it looked like the continuous climb of energy prices was finally going to get people focused on improving, monitoring and comparing energy efficiency in buildings ....more
Best Tall Buildings 2008 Book
To celebrate this year’s CTBUH Award winners, the Council has published this 128 page book in conjunction with publisher Elsevier / Architectural Press....more
Chris Abel Presentation at IIT - Foster in China
Invited to talk by the CTBUH and Illinois Institute of Technology, eminent academic and author Chris Abel presents a detailed overview of the Chinese work of architecture firm Norman Foster and Partners.....more
Report on Seminars at Australian CTBUH, Brisbane & Sydney
Antony Wood reports on his visit to Australia, presentations to the Australian Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Brisbane and Sydney, and various meetings with existing CTBUH members and members-to-be....more
Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group Update
Following meetings in August and October of 2008, the Working Group have announced the chapter plan for a 200-page, richly illustrated book, entitled the ‘CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments’....more
CTBUH Resource Center
The Council graciously thanks the following people for their recent donations to the CTBUH Library: Antony Wood, Ken McCombs, Charles Lin, Alex Davis, Liz Hartman, and Marianna Brodatch....more
Towers rise to higher standards; a trio of projects by Pappageorge/Haymes shows how Chicago's new design formula is gaining traction...more
Almost Supertall Planned In San Francisco...more
RSHP win Manhattan terminal...more
Fewer but better high rises recommended (Malta)...more
Skyscraper complex project scales down in Phnom Penh...more
Penthouse sale nets £1m record (Birmingham)...more
British Lands Map Out Cheesegrater Future (London)...more
Boston Properties Secures $375M Loan...more
Construction of one more high-rise plaza kicked off in Hanoi...more
Tallest Skyscraper Proposal Gets Early Reviews (Philadelphia)...more
100-metre skyscraper hotel planned in Helsinki’s Pasila...more
Louvres And Curves Replace The Ealing Leaf...more
Kone high-rise construction ready to begin (Moline)...more
Towering ahead with green design (Monterrey)...more
600m Tall Under Construction In Tianjin...more
Cincinnati’s tallest skyscraper taking root in finely tuned production...more
In Times Square, a Company’s Name in (Wind- and Solar-Powered) Lights...more
Philips restores Boston tower with energy-efficient LED lighting (Boston)...more
High-Rises Are at Heart of Manhattan Zoning Battle...more
High-rises can also be eyesores unless they are designed right (Vietnam)...more
SA set to re-embrace the high-rise (South Africa)...more
Talls Transform Swansea Skyline...more
Isle of dogs towers eastwards and upwards (London)...more
Trump spire installation postponed again (Chicago)...more
Elyport Tower: Hypothetical Tall Building Proposal...more
Healthcare skyscraper to be built in Manhattan...more
The Glass Minimalism Of WTC 4...more
£100m Hull skyscraper given two-year deadline to start...more
Foster to design skyscraper for Saudi royals (Riyadh)...more
Developer Wants Exemption For Higher Makiki High-Rise (Honolulu)...more
Global green trend highlighted by 2008 "Best Tall Building" Awards (New Civil Engineer)...more
Qatar a symbol of modern, yet authentic, progress...more
New application for Ealing center development criticised...more
Indian Tower Billows Into Mumbai...more
New York Times building, Shanghai World Financial Center among 'Best Tall Building' award winners (Building Design and Construction)...more
‘Haymarket’ breathes new life into Capital’s Gateway (Edinburgh)...more
A Shapeshifting Skyscraper in Miami's Skyline?...more
Bristol labeled Britain's most sustainable city...more
Frank Gehry's King Alfred scheme scrapped (Brighton)...more
High Hopes: Middle East projects vie for tallest tower title...more
Watts on agenda for mayoral wannabe (Melbourne)...more
17th Annual Competition Diploma Show for Russian Architectural Schools...more
Final stretch: on site at the Burj Dubai...more
Skyscraper vision for Nottingham's skyline...more
Birmingham’s City Park Gate gets the go ahead...more
Town centers are a new catalyst for small cities (US)...more
Allies and Morrison Olympic Towers Revealed (London)...more
Cities without ideas (India)...more
Jumeirah Group plans Glasgow hotel...more
National Geographic takes you behind the scenes of One Bryant Park (New York)...more
Mint By Name If Not By Nature. (Miami)..more
The great planning swindle (London)...more
Tall Orders: High-Rise Intl. Building Code Changes Reflect Lessons Learned from 9/11 (New York)...more
Must skyscrapers be bird-killers? Not necessarily (The Skyline': Blair Kamin Blog)...more
QLD firm behind $2.2b Dubai skyscraper...more
Introducing Copenhagen's new block...more
Mega-skyscraper flattened by credit crunch (Brisbane)...more
Foster's U2 Tower shelved (Dublin)...more
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