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June 2009

Plenary 1 Highlights
CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai, 3-5 March, 2008

Friend or Foe, Wind at Height
Peter Irwin, John Kilpatrick & Andrea Frisque

Vertical Landscraper...from box to tower
Matthew Wilson, Architectural Association
The Skyscraper Museum Summer 2009 Series of Talks and Book Events
The Skyscraper Museum, New York
Book talks are held from 6:30-8 pm. The gallery and exhibition, Vertical Cities: Hong Kong | New York, are open for viewing from 6 pm. All events are free of charge. June 23: Scott Johnson Book Talk, July 14: Loretta Lorance Book talk, August 4: Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel Book Talk...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 Behavior 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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MMRDA's priorities are wrong
CTBUH quoted in article on the development of tall buildings
The Times of India, May 21, 2009

WTC faces threat from within
CTBUH's Jan Klerks comments
World Architecture News, May 12, 2009

Clark D. Manus Elected 2010 First Vice President/2011 President-elect
CTBUH member Clark D. Manus interviewed
AIArchitect, May 1, 2009
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New CTBUH Chair announced CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference
Following a rigorous nomination and review process, the CTBUH is pleased to announce distinguished Korean Professor Sang Dae Kim as the next Chair of the Council. Existing Chair David Scott will hand over the Chair's position to Professor Kim at the Chicago conference...more
Evolution of the Skyscraper: new challenges in a world of global warming and recession. 22nd-23rd October, 2009. CEO of Emaar, His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar, has confirmed his presentation on the Burj Dubai: "The World's Tallest as Financial Stimulus"...more
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Diamond district high-rise could be boon for New York's jewel biz
It may seem like an unusual time to spend money on the luxury jewelry industry but that's what city officials were touting as they unveiled plans for a new 34-story office building. Construction on the International Gem Tower is scheduled to begin in summer 2009. The high-rise will house office space, vaults and retail for diamond
CDL HQ by Daniel Statham Architects, Singapore
This existing 24-storey office building is the Headquarters for Singapore's largest property developer City Development Land (CDL). CDL created a competition to redesign the HQ and update the building to high international sustainability standards. The criteria for the project was to replace the existing facade and to provide innovative internal space
Goettsch Partners Designs King Abdullah Financial District Hotel, Riyadh
Goettsch Partners (GP) has been commissioned by Saudi Oger Ltd. to design a new five-star, 214-key business hotel in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As a design-build assignment, Saudi Oger is serving as the contractor, selected by developer Rayadah Investment
UN studio: Grand Hyatt Hotel Frankfurt
UN studio has been selected to design the Grand Hyatt hotel in Frankfurt. The new tower will house a 5-star-plus hotel with 405 rooms, a ballroom, spa, various restaurants, and a public sky lounge on the top floor, and the possibility of an adjacent congress center. The hotel tower consists of 22 floors at a height of approximately 110
Toronto's Ambitious Tower Renewal Project
Much like every big city, Toronto has an aging array of inefficient Post WW-II high rise apartment buildings. Rather than tear the towers down to start anew, the Mayor and City of Toronto want to use this vast resource of buildings and revitalize the city to become a more sustainable, walkable, greener
Tower scheme for Seoul riverfront
Studio Daniel Libeskind has won an international design competition to transform the center of the South Korean capital into an international business district. The $20 million project will create a new large-scale district on the Han River that is to include a cluster of residential, office and retail neighborhoods in an extensive urban
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Chairman's Message
In many ways May was a very good month, both for the Council and for the industry as a whole. While the world economy is still shaky and nervous, there appears to be encouraging signs that some of the markets are starting to bounce back...more
Record Number of Awards Submissions now in
As the deadline for submissions passes, we have had a record number of entries for the best tall building and lifetime achievement awards. The now confirmed jury will deliberate in the coming weeks, with an announcement of winners on 1st July ...more
CTBUH Summer Tall Tours underway
Friday 22nd May saw the first of three CTBUH construction tours attended by 30 people, at the Legacy Chicago. With further tours planned, it is hoped that this inaugural program will become a template for other CTBUH tour programs in cities across the world...more
Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai - Final Review and Exhibition
Members of the tall building community attended the final reviews following a semester of intense work for the students and tutors involved in the CTBUH-IIT 'Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai' architectural studio...more
Tallest Database
As part of the ever-expanding database on tall buildings, new lists have been added to the CTBUH website recently, including Kazakhstan, Scandinavia, Belgium, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. CTBUH is also currently working on an interactive version of the tallest database...more
CTBUH involved in Skyscraper Competition
CTBUH staff Antony Wood, Jan Klerks and Philip Oldfield were involved in the reviews of the 'Mock Firms National Skyscraper Challenge' organized by Chicago Architecture Today and held at the Illinois Institute of Technology...more
Dubai Tall Emblem Structure...more  
First look: Trevor Horne's Birmingham tower...more  
Mumbai to Join Asia Mega-City Club with 100 Storey Skyscraper...more  
Building Re-Skinning Competition...more  
Arthur Erickson dies at 84; architect of California Plaza towers in L.A....more  
Integrated sustainability design (South Africa)...more  
Lose the Traffic. Keep That Times Square Grit (New York)...more  
Burj Dubai cranes to be down by August...more  
Foster wins battle for Slussen (Stockholm)...more  
Piercy Conner launch second phase of steel home design (Kolkata, India)...more  
Clinton Climate Initiative, USGBC set Climate Positive Development Program for 14 cities...more  
Godrej Garden City project onsite (Mumbai)...more  
High Rise Condos Hammered by Slow Market (Las Vegas)...more  
Madrid's 'Distrito C' Self Shading Solar Office...more  
Vancouver's landmark Bentall 5 building sells for $300 million...more  
Houston Regent Square Set For 2010 Coronation...more  
Co-op Unveils 16 Story Manchester Building...more  
Skyscrapers Going Up For Sale Fall Far In Price, Amid Distress (New York)...more  
Shard observation deck to be Europe's highest (London)...more  
Century-old Winnipeg skyscraper getting $27M makeover (Winnipeg, Canada)...more  
New Artist Quarter Proposed In London's East End (London)...more  
Nouvel MOMA Tower Gets Height Boost (New York)...more  
Organic Student Tower Planned in Southwark (London)...more  
Houston MainPlace...more  
RMJM and Simpson Pen Major Glasgow Hotels...more  
A new front (Miami)...more  
East Liberty building imploded without a hitch (East Liberty, Pittsburgh)...more  
SOM Return To International Style In Manila...more  
Shard builder Mace sets sights on two more major contracts (London)...more  
Flight of fancy (New York)...more  
Mayor blocks market development (London)...more  
Empire State Building to be Retrofitted (New York)...more  
Skyscrapers splitter local politicians (Stockholm)...more  
CABE Gives Eileen House A Guarded Thumbs Up (London)...more  
SMPI readies P3-B Makati high-rise apartment (Makati City)...more  
Work starts on green CBD skyscraper (Sydney)...more  
Skyscraper plan for City Center (Birmingham)...more  
Stepped Brooklyn Tower Tops Out (New York)...more  
PGMA breaks ground for construction of first "green" high-rise building in Asia (Manila)...more  
50m high-rise hotel gets go-ahead (Hull, UK)...more  
Port Authority wants to dump three of five proposed skyscrapers for WTC site (New York)...more  
Interview with Dickson Despommier, Professor, Columbia University (New York)...more  
Sharp Scifi Design For Shiraz (Shiraz, Iran)...more  
New Residential Building in Brasov (Brasov, Romania)...more  
Trump's towering toothpick; The Donald's too-skinny, prominent spire calls to mind a plastic toy (Chicago)...more  
Cedar Island (Lebanon)...more  
Four in Five Big Cities Put High Value on Sustainability Goals: Report (US)...more  
Concord plugs a new high-rise project (Vancouver)...more  
Rincon Hill condo tower canceled; Turnberry seeks $8.4M refund (San Francisco)...more  
High-rise on back burner (Takapuna, New Zealand)...more  
Longgang Business Centre, China by Mecanoo architecten (Shenzhen)...more  
Luxury LED design (Singapore)...more  
Public Architecture + Communication: 2030 Challenge Architectural Competition (Vancouver)...more  
Changing the goal posts (Dubai)...more  
PolyU's Mega-Structure Diagnostic and Prognostic System gains international recognition (Hong Kong)...more  
Singapore Scrapers With Gardens In The Sky...more  
Huge Skyscraper Planned For LA Wilshire Grand...more  
Harvest Green Project (Vancouver)...more  
Zuellig to construct 33-story green building (Makati, Philippines)...more  
A high-rise headache (San Diego)...more  
Vinoly's revised Walkie Talkie tower granted planning permission (London)...more  
High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires (US)...more  
New for Green Buildings: City Parks in the Sky (San Francisco)...more  
Norwegian Banking Giant Plans New Local HQ (Stavanger)...more  
Republic Square (Almaty, Kazakhstan)...more  
St. Petersburg master plan revealed...more  
Trump spire on way to completion (Chicago)...more  
Come clean on Ground Zero: Port Authority must end secret talks with builder (New York)...more  
Future home address: 204 N Robinson, 33rd floor, Oklahoma City...more  
Supreme Court overturns approval of Burlington high-rise (Burlington)...more  
Historic Bartlett building could have new life as hotel (Cincinnati)...more  
Duke tower will soon have its top: They're getting to the point (Durham, NC)...more  
AIA Partners with Mayor to Select 'San Francisco's Greenest'...more  
Ken Yeang to design Shanghai eco-city in the sea...more  
A glass-bottom Skydeck for Sears Tower (Chicago)...more  
Foster and Rogers WTC Towers Hit A Bump (New York)...more  
Rue de la loi master plan (Brussels)...more  
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