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January 2009

Sky-Sourced Sustainability: How Super Tall Buildings Can Benefit From Height
Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle CTBUH Dubai Congress, 2008

The Vertical Farm
Eric Ellingsen & Dickson Despommier

Sports Tower
Patrick Graham / Glyn Lloyd Jones - University of Nottingham
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
Super Slender Midtown Towers
19 Feb 2009, New York, USA
The Skyscraper Museum presents: "Hong Kong slender" describes a type of pencil-thin tower common in "Asia's Manhattan" and recently returned to the New York scene. The Skyscraper Museum presents a program architects, engineers, and developers explaining the equation of aesthetics,...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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Europe's Height-Record Buster Is on Russia's Cutting Edge
December 15, ENR

Bahrain World Trade Center wins Best Tall Building in MENA region
November 27, AME Info

Chicago group names Shanghai World Financial Center the world's top tall building for 2008
November 22, Chicago Tribune
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Faithful + Gould

Bouygues Construction

PPG Industries
Blume Foundation

Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Second Annual Edition of CTBUH / John Wiley & Sons Journal released CTBUH 2008 Report / 2009 Membership Brochure Released
The papers contained in this year’s CTBUH 2nd Annual Special Edition of the The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings continue the theme and dialogue started at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai ...more
In 2008 the CTBUH organizational member network included 387,584 individuals working in 3,209 offices around the world: architects, engineers, developers, building owners, urban planners, etc. To view the full report and see more on CTBUH membership clickhere.
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MVRDV wins Seoul new town competition
MVRDV, which produced the design with British engineer Arup, said each floor of the buildings would have a terrace planted with box hedges, creating a recognisable park feature. This vertical park is designed to improve the climate and ventilation as well as reduce energy and water
Mixed use tower set to reinvent Philadelphia skyline
What has been a parking lot for over 20 years between 18th and Arch in the centre of Philly might soon become the location of the tallest skyscraper in the city and the third tallest in the USA. Developer Hill International Real Estate Partners has chosen architects Kohn Pedersen Fox to design the 460 meter-tall American Commerce
Eco home projects get the green light
Sustainability is an important selling feature for some residential projects now going on sale in Dubai. Take the Atrium, a 68-storey skyscraper which will produce 1.725m kWh of renewable energy each year from solar hot water and photo-voltaic panels and wind turbines. There will also be a centralised recycling system, car pooling and specially designated parking slots for
City approves Foggo's can of ham
Foggo Associates' 90m-tall commercial building in the City of London has won planning approval, despite objections from Cabe and the City Heritage Society. The building, nicknamed the “can of ham”, will replace two existing buildings on St Mary Axe in the east of the
Daniel Libeskind's 54-story condos are more like a 54-story garden
In a city full of steel and glass, a green tower like the 54-story skyscraper proposed by architect Daniel Libeskind would certainly shake things up. His proposed condominium, standing over 900 feet tall, would make use of sky gardens on many of the floors, with a glass-tube-enclosed vertical garden running up the center of the
China Express
Despite the downturn, China is still the place to be for Western architects seeking large-scale work and a meaningful role in the global architectural dialogue. Check in with California firms doing business in this complex, frenetic market, and find that technology helps them thrive, yet also opens the door to new challenges amid Asia's fast-forward culture of
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Chairman's Message
CTBUH Chairman David Scott is pleased to wish all Members of the Council, newsletter readers and visitors to the CTBUH website a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2009 and discusses the Council's plans for the upcoming year...more
CTBUH Tour the Aqua Tower, Chicago
The Aqua Tower will be one of the most striking architectural designs in Chicago with its one-of-a-kind form measuring 874 feet in height. Although it is listed as an 82-story structure, it will actually rise 88 stories from ground level...more
Antony Wood Presentation at the 'Chicago Humanities Festival'
As part of the 'Chicago Humanities Festival' held in Chicago on the 2nd of November 2008, Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, gave the presentation 'Tall, Taller, Tallest!' the video
Chris Karidis Design Research Studio on the CTBUH website
Professor Karidis’ studio focuses on tall building function, space, form, structure and envelope confronted as architectural problems. Emphasis is on the integration of all building systems and the consideration of their effect on architectural form...more
Latest CTBUH Journal Issue 3, 2008 Released
The final issue of 2008 includes a number of new items such as 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
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
UNL architectural students give West Haymarket area a futuristic makeover...more
Burj Dubai is now over 780 Metres and Climbing...more
Experts Propose Green Building Code (Doha)...more
Proposed 25-story luxury condo tower bites dust (Houston)...more
Chicago's architectural worsts of 2008...more
Meeras Tower Rounds Off Sextuplet Of Megatalls (Dubai)...more
FARO design for sustainable community (Almere)...more
Downturn Ends Building Boom in New York...more
Climb your Dormitory (Netherlands)...more
Skyscraper on schedule (Calgary)...more
Cardiff’s Bay Point skyscraper plans bite the dust...more
High-rise buildings report sent to CS (Lahore)...more
Battersea tower cutback a 'diversion': campaigners (London)...more
Sheraton Dallas hotel undergoing $90 million renovation...more
Chilling developments in Dubai...more
Dial M For Moscow...more
Chengdu rebuilds under new guise...more
Hyderabad may have the first iconic superstructure...more
ECO•LABORATORY: Seattle’s Exemplary Eco Community...more
World-class hotel in heart of New Town...more
Devon Energy Skyscraper Improves Downtown (Oklahoma City)...more
MVVA Designs Hudson Park and Boulevard (New York)...more
"America's Greenest" Residential High-Rise Unveiled in New York...more
Renzo Piano: the top of his game (London)...more
Denton Corker Marshall receive just deserts (Birmingham)...more
Liverpool Plans New Tall Buildings Policy...more
A-cero's Interior Design for Cesar Pelli's New Skyscraper in Madrid...more
Fatal reflections (Boston)...more
HOK announce major new development to regenerate historic city (St. Petersburg)...more
High-rise headache (Chicago)...more
Council fights high-rise plan (Manama)...more
The Trump Tower spire: An in-depth look at design, fabrication and structural support (Chicago)...more
Nothing Kinky About Shenzens Kingkey Tower...more
Super Tall Burj Dubai Is Nor Shaharom's Pride...more
Citi Doesn’t Live Here Anymore as Name Comes Off NYC Skyscraper...more
Libeskind Towers Set To Rise In Busan...more
Abu Dhabi Offers New Oasis for U.K. Engineers as Dubai Dries Up...more
Skyscraper ruling set to force planning re-think (London)...more
Strike Out: MLB's 125th Street Tower Project Canceled (New York)...more
Fosters Abu Dhabi WTC Gets Underway...more
VAN DER RYN: Being green is not just stuff of dreams (USA)...more
Middle East special: The rise and rise of Persian Gulf architecture (Dubai)...more
After the World comes the Universe (Dubai)...more
Modern skyscraper gets award (Salt Lake City)...more
Green Guide ‘flawed’, says lobby group (Philadelphia)...more
Waterfront city underway in Abu Dhabi...more
Burj Dubai to stand tallest for at least a decade...more
Who'd be a tenant in new skyscraper? (Philadelphia)...more
Exclusive: David Cook — No, Not the American Idol — Explains What Green Architecture Really Means...more
Signature Tower won't be 70 stories (Nashville)...more
HKS take 'hospitality' literally (Abu Dhabi)...more
Stockholm’s Revitalized Green City Center...more
Here Today Gan Tomorrow (Paris)...more
Foster and Hadid to redesign Mecca...more
New skyscraper part of downtown Dallas project...more
Bulging Shenzen Supertall Approved...more
Herzog & de Meuron's TriBeca High-Rise Promo Art-Film by Tronic Studio (New York)...more
Is a little history worse than none? (Toronto)...more
UAE will hit new heights...more
Tower power! Local panel is high on Greenpoint skyscraper (New York)...more
Green building founder in UAE venture...more
The Return of the Skyscraper Index...more
Fewer but better high rises recommended (Malta)...more
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