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February 2009

Urban Development: Dongtan Eco-city and Risk Management Strategies
Gary Lawrence - CTBUH Dubai Congress, 2008

Ecoskyscrapers and Ecomimesis: New tall building typologies
Dr. Ken Yeang

City in the Sky
Harijinder Singh, University of Nottingham, UK
H&V News’ annual conference on Building Services for Tall Buildings
Barbican Centre, London, UK, 12 February, 2009
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
London, UK, 12 - 13 February, 2009
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
New York, USA, 19th February, 2009
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
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 20th February, 2009
The 2009 Khan 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
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus, Wheaton, Illinois, 21 February, 2009
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
The Skyscraper Museum, New York, July 16 through February 2009
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...more
RETECH Renewable Energy Technology Conference
Las Vegas, USA, 25-27 February, 2009
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...more
Antony Wood to present to Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings: Tall Buildings in an increasingly uncertain world...
Petterino's, Chicago, 12 March 2009
The two most significant challenges facing the world today are those presented by the economic crisis and the effects of climate change. After a 15-year construction boom across virtually the entire globe that has seen tall buildings built in unprecedented numbers...more
SEI/ASCE Structures Congress
Austin, Texas, USA, 30 April - 2 May, 2009
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
Cities in the Sky - Challenging their Safety
Watford, England, 20 - 21 May, 2009
Around the globe high-rise buildings and super high-rise buildings are appearing like never before, there are, however, concerns on their safety and security, types of materials used, evacuation, structural resistance to fire and extreme events. Engaging the whole built environment the focus of this event will be on fire and safety with discussions on how sustainable and secure tall buildings are...more
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One Size Fits All - Article involving CTBUH's Antony Wood and Philip Oldfield
Cityscape, Jan. 09

Tower in Shanghai named "Best Tall Building"
January, Architectural Record
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CTBUH Tallest Ten Buildings Completed in 2008 Jan Klerks completes recent CTBUH staff expansion
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 has witnessed probably the most successful year of skyscraper construction ever, with more – and taller – skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than at any other time...more
Ex-director of the Dutch Council on Tall Buildings, Jan Klerks, joined the CTBUH in January as the new Manager of Research & Communications, completing the recent expansion of staff at the expanded Council Headquarters in Chicago...more
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Burj Dubai Tops Out
The Burj Dubai, set to be the world's next tallest building, finally reached its final height on January 17, 2009. Not yet confirmed by owner-developer Emaar, this final height is rumored to be 818 meters now the spire is in place. The building is set for a soft opening on 09/09/
Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects
They were certainly heady years. In cities like Shanghai, Moscow and Dubai, the urban landscape was re-invented at breakneck speed. The financial crisis has led to the cancellation of spectacular construction projects in these previously booming metropolises. Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable
Taking Rotterdam to true heights
The city of Rotterdam has evolved into a ‘high rise city of the Netherlands’. But local architect Jan Willem van Kuilenburg, Monolab Architects has derided this label as ‘a joke’ calling for an extension to the local authorities’ planned high rise zone to the south and proposes Rotterdam's first
High time for high rise
After countless shelved transport and urban development plans, the government is again attempting to convince Sydneysiders to build up, not out. A joint state and federal government study into the $8.1 billion West Metro rail line suggests it is looking at high-density hubs dotted along a mass-transit subway
Government gives green light to Lotte skyscraper
The Lotte Group has been given the green light for its long-cherished skyscraper project after the Lee Myung-bak administration decided to make some changes in the operation of a nearby military airbase in rewriting operation plans and take flight safety measures at Seoul
Earthquake drill finds weaknesses in steel high-rises
Simulation of a massive Southern California quake suggests about five such buildings would collapse. Modern steel buildings have long been considered among the sturdiest in the event of a major earthquake. But a model of a massive quake in Southern California has sparked debate among scientists and
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Chairman's Message
It is the time for change within the Council. On January 21st the new Board of Trustees of the Council had its inaugural meeting in Crown Hall, at IIT. There was much to discuss, from roles and responsibilities to new staff ...more
The Tallest 20 in 2020
The CTBUH predicts what will be the tallest 20 buildings in the world in a decade or so from now. This year’s list predicts that the world’s current tallest building - Taipei 101 - will actually be the 20th tallest building come 2020...more
Thoughts from the Other Side of the Downturn
CTBUH Member Alastair Collins (ex-CEO of Davis Langdon Seah International) reflects on the world current economic situation and the opportunities it presents for companies to invest in research and other initiatives...more
2008 A Bumper Year for Skyscrapers
This CTBUH-authored article seeks to examine the link between skyscrapers and economic cycles, and suggest how the current economic crisis will affect tall building developments in the next decade or so...more
CTBUH Inaugural Board of Trustees meeting
The first meeting of the newly formed CTBUH Board of Trustees met at CTBUH HQ for their inaugural meeting on 21st January. The seven people who currently make up the board were all present at the meeting...more
Top 25 Newsmakers of 2008
The editors of ENR have chosen Ron Klemencic, CTUBH Vice-Chair and Shaun Killa, CTBUH member among other individuals of the construction industry for innovations and achievements featured in their stories in 2008...more
Madrid Breaks Ground on a Cylindrical Green Superstructure...more
Construction Tops Out at Bonita Bay High-Rise...more
Flat Out Wrong: The Conversion of the Flatiron Builing (New York)...more
KEO design Dubai's latest deluxe residence...more
One Rockwell Rocks Well (Makati)...more
World’s tallest skyscraper for Indonesia (Jakarta)...more
Tokyo give us an education...more
Tall buildings will create 'Berlin Wall' in Nottingham...more
Taipei 101 expects occupancy growth to slow on global recession...more
Zaha unveils Romanian skyscraper (Bucharest)...more
Evanston's proposed tall tower is in the deep freeze, too...more
Dubai's Latest Skyscraper Called The Skyscraper...more
LA's new home for sportsters...more
Locals scratch heads over space-age skyscraper (Brisbane)...more
Zagrebacka Avenue to Receive 40 Storey Buildings (Zagreb)...more
Builders brace for tough times (Manama)...more
Areeya plans to launch projects worth over B4bn (Bangkok)...more
City says new townhouse standards will improve neighborhoods (Seattle)...more
China’s Miyi Tower Project Purifies Polluted River...more
First look: Zaha Hadid's Antwerp Port Authority HQ...more
Baiyoke Tower II (Bangkok)...more
Jan Kaplicky (1937-2009) (Prague)...more
A Boom in Office Towers in Calgary ...more
Wondering if a New School in Brooklyn Is Worth Blocking the View (New York)...more
Atlanta’s new neighborhood for sky dwellers...more
Prague approves skyscrapers despite UNESCO...more
Magic Mountain for Berlin?...more
Zaha Hadid Chosen to Design Vienna Library...more
Sweden’s Sweeping Green Roofed Hillside City (Gothenburg)...more
GSG Development renews lawsuit over failed high-rise project (Las Vegas)...more
Nigeria: Again, a Thought for Fire On High-Rise Buildings...more
Glut In Vacant Condo Units Brings Down Rental Prices In Chicago Area...more
Zaha's Bulging Bucharest Building...more
Singapore Unfurls a Sail-Shaped Green Skyscraper...more
Foundation Laid For City's Tallest Skyscraper (Cincinnati)...more
Doha's latest landmark...more
Luxury high-rise in Buckhead offers stunning views, services (Atlanta)...more
The world's largest crossword puzzle built on 100ft tower block in Ukraine...more
'Golden Spike' Skyscraper Plans Draw Critics (Sacramento)...more
Iconic homes on sale at 380-metre skyscraper (Dubai)...more
Lambeth blocks Make's Albert Embankment skyscraper (London)...more
Committee sets skyscraper limits (Evanston)...more
Erosion, by Herzog & de Meuron (New York)...more
Cash Crunch Halts Work on Dubai Skyscraper...more
Egypt's new 40,000 resident city (Cairo)...more
Shenzen Supertall Aims to Trump Shanghai Center...more
Resistance grows for skyscraper plan (London)...more
Europe's tallest modular system (Woolverhampton)...more
Stock Woolstencroft Continue Stratford Boom...more
Work Begins on Calgarys Newest Skyscraper...more
Midtown tower options weighed (Rochester)...more
Fresh bid to gain planning approval for city skyscraper (Ireland)...more
Firms Compete For Chinese Supertall (Shijiazhuang)...more
Scheme for sensitive Glasgow site slammed by watchdog...more
Battersea developer warns against blocking shorter tower (London)...more
The bubble burst (Israel)...more
KPF come to KL (Kuala Lumpur)...more
Arts Tower Gears Up For Makeover (Sheffield)...more
Trump SoHo New York to Open Fall 2009...more
DMD defies recession to win £15m job (Johannesburg)...more
Three Buildings, Three Different Approaches (San Francisco)...more
Valcent boosts vertical farming (Vancouver)...more
Supertall Planned Near Empire State Building (New York)...more
Nouvel’s First California Project on Hold (Los Angeles)...more
Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibition architect announced (Abu Dhabi)...more
Get ready: high-rise suburbs coming (Sydney)...more
Finishing the Trump Tower spire: How the builders plan to do it (Chicago)...more
Eco-stamps go ahead (Istanbul)...more
Olympic Cantilever completes (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)...more
£1m 'wasted in evictions at Birmingham high-rise flats (Birmingham)...more
On Architecture: Four new high-rises stroke civic egos, with style (Seattle)...more
Milan’s Stunning Green Super City...more
Tallest skyscraper in South China ranks among world's top 10 (Guangzhou)...more
Local steel company tops off high-rise hotel (Niagara)...more
Calatravas New Rail Station and Supertall Tower (Huelva)...more
New High-Rise Safety Measures Aim To Prevent Fires (New York)...more
Work on Shanghai Tower begins...more
Health check for Malaysian architecture...more
Exemplary green examples (Singapore)...more
Trump Tower spire topped out; installation brings tower's peak 90 feet short of Sears Tower (Chicago)...more
Metro Tower skyscraper survives tornado, neglect (Lubbock)...more
Proposed HK high-rise eyes dealership deal (New York)...more
Bangalore may house 100-floor tower...more
Twisting Moscow Towers Near Completion...more
Midtown High-Rise, Flight Plans Included (New York)...more
Dubai Adventure, From Sky To Sand To Snow...more
Just go Green (Mumbai)...more
Construction's top 10 projects of 2008...more
Downtown Miami skyscrapers going green...more
Skyscrapers Hold Unlimited Cultural Potential (China)...more
Zurich House Set For Makeover (Portsmouth)...more
Waikiki on a Grand Scale (Hawaii)...more
Construction of latest Bonita Bay high-rise tops off...more
UA architecture students reach for the sky with downtown building designs (Tuscon)...more
Experts Propose Green Building Code (Doha)...more
Buenos Aires flat with 360 degrees view on sale for 6m USD...more
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