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April 2009

Tours and Networking Highlights
CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai, 3-5 March, 2008

Five Energy Generations of Tall Buildings
Philip Oldfield, Dario Trabucco, & Antony Wood

Triple Airfoil Towers
Peter Land Studio, Illinois Institute of Technology
2009 Khan Lecture Series at Lehigh University
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 17th April, 2009
The Khan Lecture Series honors Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture. 3rd Lecture: BRUCE R. ELLINGWOOD “Abnormal Loads & Progressive Collapse – Assessment & Mitigation of Risk” - Friday, April 17, 2009 – 4:10 pm…more
MEED: Building Tall 2009
Downtown Burj Dubai, UAE, 26 - 28 April, 2009
Despite the challenging economic climate, the world’s tall tower projects are pressing forward. This tall building conference gathers the leading architects, structural engineers and experts in wind and seismic assessment to explore how to build the world’s tallest structures...more
SEI/ASCE Structures Congress
Austin, Texas, USA, 30 April - 2 May, 2009
A CTBUH organized session, part of the 2009 SEI / ASCE Structures Congress, focuses 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...more
Mechanization in High Rise Construction Workshop
JNTU College of Engineering UGC, Hyderabad, 22-23 May, 2009
Mechanization has now become a necessity to increase speed, economy and safety in the construction field especially for high rise structures. Indian builders and contracting agencies are increasingly becoming techno-savvy and have started demanding advanced...more
NFPA Conference and Expo
McCormick Place, Chicago, 8-11 June, 2009
Topics range from important changes to NFPA codes and standards, explosion prevention and protection, crowd safety, electrical safety, a primer on becoming a Certified Fire Protection Specialist, as well as "behind the scenes" tours of the Fermi National...more
Building the 3rd Millennium
University of Stuttgart, Germany, 15-17 July, 2009
The University of Stuttgart will host an international conference on recent developments in Architecture and Structural Engineering in commemoration of the centenary of Fritz Leonhardt, to be held in conjunction with Professor Werner Sobek’s Institute of Lightweight Structures...more
CTBUH Chicago Conference 2009
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 22-23 October
The Evolution of the Skyscraper: New challenges in a world of global warming and recession –This two-day event will convene the world’s experts to debate the successes and excesses of recent times, and outline their thoughts on what tall buildings need to become...more
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards Dinner
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 22 October, 2009
The dinner to be held in conjunction with the Chicago Conference, will celebrate the seven Tall Building awards issued annually – five recognizing excellence in design and construction in five geographical regions, and the two established lifetime achievement awards...more
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The Sky's The Limit
Chairman, David Scott interviewed
Cityscape, Feb/Mar, 09

Sears to lead the way in high rise upgrade
Exec. Director Antony Wood interviewed
CNN Chicago, Feb 27th, 09

Bable’s Tower, Rome’s Roads
CTBUH: 10 Tallest Buildings in 2008
ENR, Feb 23rd, 09

Height of skyscrapers going up
CTBUH: 2008 most successful year for tall buildings
Real Estate Weekly, Feb 25th, 09
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WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd.
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference CTBUH Journal 2009, Issue I
The Evolution of the Skyscraper: new challenges in a world of global warming and recession, 22-23 October, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Tall Buildings have enjoyed two decades of unprecedented development – built in greater number, height and geographical spread than at any time in history. That position is now under threat from the twin challenges of global climate change and a severe international economic recession ...more
This first edition of the year includes articles on the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo, the refurbishment of Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive apartments, and the link between skyscrapers and economic cycles. Also, kick-starting a series of reflective articles commemorating the Council’s 40th anniversary this year, is a re-print of an article by CTBUH Founder Lynn S. Beedle...more
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Dubai down but not out
Stories of the mass abandonment of Dubai, lack of investment and a general depression in the once buzzing architectural centre have been rife in the international press of late. But it would seem that architects are not yet prepared to let go of their playground as this design
Sears Tower name to change to Willis Tower, Chicago
Summer 2009, Chicago's iconic landmark known around the world is getting a new moniker: Willis Tower. Willis Group Holdings, a London-based insurance broker, announced that it will consolidate its area offices to Sears Tower and as part of the deal, gets to put its own name on the 36-year-old
Work begins on Shard of Glass, London
Construction has finally begun on Renzo Piano’s long-awaited Shard of Glass in Southwark, south London. The 310m-tall tower which will rise above London Bridge Station will, if completed, become Western Europe’s tallest building and will tower over Cesar Pelli’s One Canada Square, London’s current record-holder at
Developers hope to avoid 'skyscraper curse', China
Hoping to avoid the "skyscraper curse," China's cities continue to reach for the sky. While most of the world's major construction projects have been put on hold, new skyscrapers are under construction in China, defying the global economic slowdown. Developers believe China will be an exception to the "skyscraper index"
Hermitage Plaza by Foster + Partners, Paris
Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart. Revealed by Foster + Partners at MIPIM in Cannes, the project incorporates two 323 meter towers – the tallest mixed-use in Western
Central Embassy by Amanda Levete Architects, Bangkok
Amanda Levete Architects is to develop a major retail and hotel complex in central Bangkok, Thailand. Central Embassy will be a new architectural landmark for the city and region. The 1.5 million sq ft project will consist of a 7-storey retail podium and a 30-storey 6-star hotel
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Chairman's Message
We have seen an excellent response from our membership about the search for the new CTBUH Chairman. The round of nominations are now closed and we have received nominations for several excellent candidates. The names shall now be put before the Board of Trustees...more
Call for Building partners for evacuation research study
We are looking for three built tall buildings in the US to partner with us on a scientific research project to investigate the implications of the mass evacuation of tall buildings and the role that ‘alternative’ forms of evacuation may play...more
CTBUH Call for Awards 2009
The Council is pleased to announce the call for awards for the 2009 CTBUH Awards, under the direction of Awards Chairman, Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Projects need to be completed between January 2008 and October 2009...more
CTBUH Chair nominations now closed
There has been a very positive response to the call for nominations, with a number of highly qualified leaders expressing interest. Short-listed candidates will prepare a ‘vision statement’, with a final decision and announcement made on 1st June...more
CTBUH Observation Deck Podcast, Program 2
The CTBUH Observation Deck continues its coverage of the 2008 CTBUH Tall Building Awards. Structural engineer Bill Baker of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, winner of the 2008 Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Award, talks about the Burj Dubai...more
Fire & Safety Working Group Meeting - May
The Fire & Safety Working Group will convene its members on May 18-19, 2009 in Chicago for a two day meeting to review recent years’ progress in tall building safety design and potential issues regarding the future of fire and life safety in tall buildings...more
Blears approves Ian Simpson and Wilkinson Eyre skyscrapers, Southwark, UK...more
First look: Will Alsop’s ‘Chips’, Manchester...more
Freedom Tower name changed to One World Trade Center, New York...more
Evanston Approves Soaring New Skyscraper, Evanston...more
Work starts on Yeang's UK debut, London...more
Lotte Gets Go-Ahead for Construction of Skyscraper, Seoul...more
Chipperfield's Seal House wins approval, London...more
Chicago Spire developer in talks with AFL-CIO for funding, Chicago...more
Under the tree of life, Brisbane...more
Beanstalk Buildings, New York...more
KPF Architects wins approval for Gravesend design, Gravesend, UK...more
Twin Supertalls Planned In Jeddah, Jeddah...more
New Jersey, new Vista, New Jersey...more
Toyo Ito's Porta Fira Towers, Barcelona...more
High rises: committee tightens regulations, Mumbai...more
CZWG's design for Rathbone Market approved, London...more
Survey finds builders continue to ignore energy-saving measures, Hanoi...more
Stepping up in Manhattan, New York...more
New tower comes up short on the skyline, but is a boon to the cityscape, Chicago...more
Changing Skyline: Brick city accepts glass, Philadelphia...more
Firms Still Moving Forward, Brazil...more
Downtown Dallas' Elm Place tower scheduled for foreclosure, Dallas...more
Morphosis Architects’ cooling runnings at the US Federal Building in San Francisco, San Francisco...more
London borough revitalisation brought closer with approval for 2 schemes, London...more
Burj Dubai's inspiration the Mile High Illinois, Dubai...more
Cassa Hotel by Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos, New York...more
MIPIM report, Cannes...more
UNC Charlotte reveals uptown building design, Charlotte...more
Rethinking Postwar Design in London, London...more
Qatar Sprouts a Towering Cactus Skyscraper, Qatar...more
One Rincon Hill Among World’s ‘Best Tall Buildings’ For 2008, San Francisco...more
Denmark Renovates Water Tower Into Green Student Housing, Jaegersberg, Denmark...more
Sustainable Design: What Do Europeans Know That We Don't Know (But Should)?...more
Dublin Tower Planned By Zaha Hadid, Dublin...more
KKA Recreates Gothenburg as Super Sustainable Ecotopia, Gotenburg...more
Innovative solar shading device to reduce high-rise CO2 emissions by 30%, ...more
DSDHA's Hog In The Pound redevelopment approved, London...more
Bold Plans Prove That a City’s Future Needn’t Be Set in Concrete, Stockholm...more
A Silver Lining for a Hotel Developer, Las Vegas...more
The Skyscraper Museum Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary, New York...more
MVRDV architects: 'Paris Plus Petit' vision for Greater Paris 2030, Paris...more
Green Mexico tower debuts at MIPIM, Mexico City...more
New School Caught Ditching Glass on Fifth Avenue?, New York...more
Giant Eco-Egg Skyscraper: A Conceptual Luxury Hotel...more
MEPA approves Gzira high-rise development, Gzira, Malta...more
After the Pompidou, can Rogers transform the secret, shabby, divided side of Paris?, Paris...more
Largest Skyscraper This Year Starts In Moscow, Moscow...more
Lloyd's building denied listed status, London...more
Rising to the challenge of high-rise construction, Melbourne...more
Building C1 Boulogne Billancourt, Boulogne Billancourt, France...more
Still Standing, Beijing...more
In pictures: £125m skyscraper for Birmingham, Birmingham...more
Dominique Perrault exhibition at ICO Museo Colecciones, Madrid...more
Pursuing the Elusive Goal Of a Carbon-Neutral Building...more
The Lorax Was Wrong: Skyscrapers Are Green, Dubai...more
Learning from Lagrange: His new casino hotel does right by the basics and the spectacle, Michigan City...more
Stavanger In Norway To Get Its Own WTC, Stavanger, Norway...more
Baker Sets Footing For Cincinnati Skyscraper, Cincinnati...more
Fears skyscraper would overshadow Fed Square, Melbourne...more
MYS Designs Flower On Bucharest Skyline, Bucharest, Romania...more
Unsangdong Architects: Dancing Apartment, South Korea...more
Gehry cuts his cloth to suit credit crunch era, Los Angeles...more
Planning Application Filed For Eileen House, London...more
Soaring Seawater Farms for a Self-Sufficient Dubai, Dubai...more
The New Green Monster, Boston...more
Unbuilt Transbay station could soon be obsolete, San Francisco...more
Decades till City’s next tall building, London...more
What high-rise living used to be, Toronto...more
What to do with stalled Waterview Tower? Let's hear your ideas, Chicago...more
£200m Digbeth tower to raise green energy standards, Birmingham...more
New York's new residential, New York...more
Green building experts work on new global standard...more
From garage to high-rise?, Boston...more
Jakartas Batik Patterned Skyscrapers, Jakarta...more
Trump, lenders in temporary truce on lawsuits, Chicago...more
American Water Oversees Water Recycling System at Nation’s Greenest High-Rise, New York...more
Q&A with architect Ken Yeang, Malaysia...more
Sustainable Architecture Takes Cues From the Original Green: Nature, Japan...more
Building on the 'beautiful city', Stockholm...more
Is “Skyscraper Farming” the Future of Farming in the Middle East?, Middle East...more
More Tall Buildings Planned For Near Old Street, London...more
Taiwan Breaks Ground on a Trio of Green-Roofed Skyscrapers, Taiwan...more
Forget Sears Tower with a silver paint job; other better ways for the nation's tallest building to go green, Chicago...more
New design would make high-rise buildings better braced for quakes, Washington...more
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