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May 2009

Plenary 2 Highlights
CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai, 3-5 March, 2008

Towards a Better Urban Life: Integration of Cities and Tall Buildings
Mir M. Ali & Ajla Aksamija

Chicago Architectural Center
Steven Henry, Illinois Institute of Technology
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
IIT College of Architecture Open House 2009
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, May 15, 2009
The Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture Open House will be held on Friday, May 15, 2009. The open house will showcase and celebrate the best and most innovative work of IIT Architecture students from the 2008-09 academic year...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
4th International Symposium: Human Behaviour in Fire 2009
Cambridge, UK, 13-15 July, 2009
The 4th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire is a recognized platform to discuss and debate human behavior in fire issues, review strategies and scan the horizon for emerging trends and long term developments...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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Empire State goes Green
CTBUH’s Jan Klerks interviewed
World Architecture News, April 9, 2009

Art in Architecture
Chairman, David Scott interviewed
Architectural Products, April, 2009

Aftereffects and Prospects 2008
Exec. Director Antony Wood interviewed
BbICOTHbIE, April/May,2009

Evacuation of Tall
CTBUH’s current initiatives
Emirates Business 24|7, April 2, 2009
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Riggio / Boron, Ltd.

The Steel Institute of New York

Code Consultants, Inc.

Irwinconsult Pty Ltd

JBA Consulting Engineers, Inc.

MechoShade Systems

Option One International W.L.L.

Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
‘Remaking of Mumbai’ Exhibit CTBUH Summer Tours 2009
Following February’s visit of 12 students and Professor Antony Wood to study the C-ward district of Mumbai, and a semester’s hard work since then, the results of the High Rise design projects will be exhibited at IIT’s ‘Open House’ exhibition on the evening of Friday 15th May. All welcome...more
During the months of May, June and July, CTBUH is offering tours to three Chicago skyscrapers currently under construction. Guided by the professionals involved, we will learn about the development and construction of the newest additions to the Chicago skyline...more
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Legacy at Millennium Park topping off, Chicago
Mesa Development, LLC and Walsh Investors, LLC announced on April 2nd, 2009 the topping off of The Legacy at Millennium Park, a 356-unit luxury condominium tower overlooking Chicago’s lakefront and Millennium Park. Construction of the 72 story, 822 foot tower, has proceeded according to schedule and occupancies are expected in Fall
Mumbai’s Shreepati Skies
Approval has been given to what could become India's tallest building if it goes ahead. The Named Shreepati Skies project will be located in Mumbai and is the work of local architect Reza Kabul, who has penned it for the Shreepati Group. The tower, which will stand at 301 meters when complete, will be purely
New building design withstands earthquake simulation, Ann Arbor
Researchers at the University of Michigan simulated an off-the-charts earthquake in a laboratory to test their new technique for bracing high-rise concrete buildings. Their technique passed the test, withstanding more movement than an earthquake would typically demand. The engineers used steel fiber-reinforced concrete to develop a better kind of coupling
Portzamparc wins Brussels redesign
Redesign of the European Community district, La rue de la Loi, the administrative heart of the EC in Brussels, is to be redesigned by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. 35 firms entered the international competition hosted by the Brussels Capital Region in collaboration with the European Commission and the City of
Ground Zero towers face 20 year delay, says report, New York
Richard Rogers and Norman Foster’s towers for New York’s Ground Zero site may not be completed for another 20 years, according to a leaked report commissioned by the city’s Port Authority. The report, claims the New York property market cannot support the extra 700,000sq m of commercial space that the three towers would
Prism-Like Skyscraper To Dominate Mexico City
Mexico City, despite having thousands of sprawling concrete housing blocks, is hardly skyscraper central. However one of the tallest towers ever planned there has begun ground work in April 2009 and promises to make a substantial pinnacle for the skyline. Torre Reforma is a 244-meter tall prism-shaped tower designed by LBR&A
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Chairman's Message
This past month I was pleased to see that both the Fire and Safety Working Group and the Progressive Collapse Working Group have started to become much more active and both groups are meeting this month. It is perhaps a reflection of the downturn in business that has been the impetus for this new energy. However that is not to say that there is not a large challenge....more
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference, 22-23 Oct
Evolution of the Skyscraper: new challenges in a world of global warming and recession. Plans for the conference are progressing well, with speaker confirmations from Adrian Smith and the teams behind the kilometer-high Nakheel Tower Dubai and the Newton Suites Singapore. The conference will be officially launched via the CTBUH website mid-May ...more
CTBUH Call for Awards 2009 Closing 15th May
The nomination period for the CTBUH 2009 Awards is coming to a close. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is May 15th, 2009. More information on the five tall building and two lifetime achievement awards criteria can be found on the council website...more
Fire & Safety Group Meeting
The Fire & Safety Working Group will convene its members on May 18-19, 2009 in Chicago for a two day meeting at the offices of Schirmer Engineering to review issues of Fire & Safety in tall buildings and strategize a plan for output from the group...more
IIT and University of Nottingham design collaboration
Students from the University of Nottingham recently visited Chicago as part of a tall building design studio collaboration with the ‘Remaking of Mumbai’ studio at IIT. The visit facilitated knowledge exchange and interaction between the students...more
CTBUH Skyscrapers Group on LinkedIn
Anyone active in the LinkedIN community and involved in the design, development, construction and management of skyscrapers is welcome to join The CTBUH Skyscrapers Group to start discussions or to learn what keeps the professionals busy...more
Piercy Conner launch second phase of steel home design (Kolkata, India)...more  
AT & T Center is 1st downtown L.A. high-rise to win green group's gold-level rating...more  
2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. wins platinum LEED (Rockville)...more  
Bob admits more high rise needed (Sunshine Coast)...more  
NL Architects: Annie MG Schimdt House Competition Proposal (Amsterdam)...more  
Piling To Rachet Up On Shard Site (London)...more  
Francois Blanciak Architect: TPAC - Taipei Performing Art Center Proposal...more  
City skyscraper rethink (Plymouth)...more  
Modern living on the park (New York)...more  
Why the only way is up (Dubai)...more  
Filmmakers Spotlight the Blue Collars at the Heart of Green Building (Boston)...more  
The Vertical Tourist (New York)...more  
China’s Grand Plans for Eco-Cities Now Lie Abandoned...more  
Key Leeds regeneration project tops off (Leeds)... more  
The Sky's No Longer the Limit (Rotterdam)...more  
No Whiskey At Fosters Jameson House (Vancouver)...more  
Hopes Rise for Burj Dubai Conquest...more  
Ghost Buildings of 1929 (New York)...more  
Tower Plans Swan Into Swedish City (Galve, Sweden)...more  
Sky-Terra Towers Sprout Cities in the Skies...more  
New Green SLC Skyscraper's Design Obtains Environmental Certification (Salt Lake City)...more  
iCrete Mixes Stronger Concrete With Less Cement (California)...more  
Hancock Tower Auctioned Off for Half-Price (Boston)...more  
Kuwait Hamra Tower project going on as planned...more  
Is Abu Dhabi the new Dubai?...more  
Carey Jones Pen New East London Tower...more  
High-rise buildings vulnerable to fire (Dhaka, Bangladesh)...more  
Imperial Skyscrapers Rule Mumbai Skyline...more  
Developers often see green as requirement (Atlanta)...more  
For Architects, Less May Have to Be More (USA)...more  
Raffles Strike Jackpot In Hangzhou...more  
Tanzanian Hotel Inspired by Rock Formations...more  
Banking group's Joburg highrise may be green building icon...more  
Facing decades of W.T.C. delay, Silverstein firm blasts Porte (New York)...more  
Foster's design for London's tallest residential tower approved...more  
New building design withstands earthquake simulation (Ann Arbor)...more  
Council approves high-rise (Mackay, Australia)...more  
Cape Town tower approved...more  
Heron Continues Despite Contractor Problems (London)...more  
Bitexco Financial Tower achieved one million working hours without a lost-time incident (Ho Chi Minh City)...more  
Reconnaissance Teams to Investigate Central Italy Earthquake...more  
English Heritage slams £1bn Waterloo towers (London)...more  
Tall Buildings Push Limits by Stepping Up, Not Back...more  
Chinas Boom Leaves Dubai Eating Dust...more  
Seven up: the best green skyscrapers...more  
Crowning The Pinnacle (London)...more  
Energy Center I and II (Houston)...more  
From Paddy Fields To Supertalls (Wuxi, China)...more  
High-rises dwarf options for downtown L.A...more  
Super skyscraper design takes it lying down (Shenzen)...more  
All about the view (New Jersey)...more  
Highrise Haryana seeks new law (Gurgeon, India)...more  
HSBC May Sell London Headquarters, Buildings in New York, Paris...more  
Vietnam's tallest build commences...more  
Building ‘green’ cities with UK experts (Manila, Phillipines)...more  
Interest in condos at new PNC high-rise strong despite economy (Pittsburgh)...more  
Los Angeles Building Retrofit Designed to Boost Green Jobs...more  
Ready for the Really Big One? (Seattle)...more  
Skyscraper shortened in Auckland...more  
Shenyang Joins Chinese Supertall Rush...more  
Skimpy reporting undercuts rant about 'dinky' Trump spire (Chicago)...more  
First Space In Ropemaker Finally Let (London)...more  
Industrial Sleek (a Park Runs Through It) (New York)...more  
Calgary highrise condo's delay worries residents...more  
Topping off of condo tower marks end of high-rise boom (Seattle)...more  
Funding Secured For 690m Tall Korean Scraper (Seoul)...more  
Blade skyscraper ready for launch (Reading, UK)...more  
KONE wins impressive order for two high-rise towers in Istanbul...more  
Empire State Building Plans Environmental Retrofit (New York)...more  
West San Carlos' high-rise buildings fit San Jose's local growth plan, officials say...more  
Apartments to tower over lake (Belconnen, Australia)...more  
Bradford Tower Hamms It Up...more  
Tulou: Affordable Housing for China (Guangzhou)...more  
Can China be green by 2020? (Bejiing)...more  
Developers press plan for tower by pyramid (San Francisco)...more  
What local architects say about the IDS Center (Minneapolis)...more  
Korean Air, Thomas Plan $1 Billion L.A. Office, Hotel Complex...more  
Scrapped skyscrapers benefit Devon (Oklahoma City)...more  
Hybrid concrete provides high-rise solution (Perth, Australia)...more  
Council to make decision on high-rise school in Bristol...more  
Work Begins On Vietnams Tallest Tower (Ho Chi Minh City)...more  
Chongqing Supertall Offers Touch Of Art Deco...more  
Oval adds to harbourside haven (Hamburg)...more  
S.F.'s next tower hidden from view...more  
Foreigners Contribute to Seoul Skyline — a Lot...more  
Helix Hotel in Abu Dhabi...more  
Checkerboard Building Penned For Deptford (London)...more  
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