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July 2009

Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai, 5 March, 2008. Ole Scheeren, OMA

Restoring Mies van der Rohe's 860-880 Lake Shore Drive
Rico Cedro

Swadeshi Tower [Textile Tower]
Nishant Modi & Hiren Patel, Illinois Institute of Technology
The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum, New York
Summer 2009 Series of Book Talks
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. July 14: Loretta Lorance Book talk, August 4: Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel Book Talk...more
China Prophecy: Shanghai
24 June 2009 - Winter 2010
China Prophecy concludes Future City 20 | 21, a three-exhibit series that has examined parallels in the rapid urbanization and modernization of New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries...more
Skyscrapers: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs of the Early Twentieth Century
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA, until 1 November, 2009
Icons of modernity and testaments to human achievement, skyscrapers rose to towering heights in major cities across the United States. More than fifty prints, drawings, and photographs demonstrate the many ways artists chose to portray the new giants in their landscape...more
Chicago Model City Exhibition
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, until 20 November, 2009
How does a city as vast and complex as Chicago take shape? What are the consequences, intended and unintended, of urban planning? What challenges do planners face? Beyond its reputation as a global metropolis...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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Kim to be new CTBUH chair
CTBUH's New Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect Sang Dae Kim introduced
Emirates Business 24|7, June 1, 2009

The Rise of the Supertall
CTBUH's Philip Oldfield examines
Structure, June, 2009

Burj Dubai cranes to be down by August
CTBUH member Greg Sang,
Emaar interviewed
Emirates Business 24|7, May 27, 2009

Georges Binder, alias "Mr. Towers"
CTBUH Country Representative Georges Binder comments
Le Soir, May 22, 2009
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Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
2009 Best Tall Buildings & Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced Evolution of the Skyscraper
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference
This year's regional 'Best Tall Building' winners are: Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg (Americas); Linked Hybrid Building, Beijing (Asia & Australasia); Broadgate Tower, London (Europe); and Tornado Tower, Doha (Middle East & Africa). The 'Best Tall Building Overall' will be announced at the awards dinner on Thursday 22nd October. Lifetime achievement awards go to John C. Portman Jr. and Dr. Prabodh Banavalkar...more
22-23 Oct. Numerous high-profile speakers now confirmed, as delegate registrations begin to roll in: His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar of Emaar Dubai; Eric Trump of the Trump Organization; Garret Miller of Hill International; AIA President-elect Clark Manus of Heller Manus architects; John Portman of Portman Holdings; Arthur Gensler of Gensler; Richard Tomasetti of Thornton Tomasetti, etc. AIA also confirmed as Promotional Partner...more
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Saudi's Kingdom hires Emaar for kilometre-high skyscraper, Jeddah
Kingdom group signed Dubai-based Emaar to develop and supervise the construction of a kilometre-high tower in Jeddah. The Jeddah Kingdom City and Kingdom Tower will comprise 23 million sq m (247 million sq ft) of commercial, residential and office space on 530 hectares of land near Jeddah's international
What Will Happen to Charity Hospital and Other Endangered Projects?
After decades of gaining strength as a movement, the battle lines have been drawn again, with a significant structure in peril. The Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, popularly known as Charity Hospital, now faces a more insidious foe-abandonment-together with the demolition of more than 120
Zaha Hadid lands Cairo Expo competition, Cairo
Zaha Hadid Architects has seen off competition from Norwegian firm Snohetta to land its second major Egyptian project. The 450,000 m2 Cairo Expo City near the airport will comprise a major international exhibition and conference centre with business hotel. A further office tower and a shopping centre are also
A nod to containers, Rotterdam
Set in the prime location on Wijnhaven Island, located between Rotterdam's city centre and the river Maas, The Red Apple is a nod towards the shipping industry of Rotterdam. Its design presents the vision of stacking containers. The 124 m high design encompasses 231 apartments, offices, retail and
Bumps Building by Sako Architects, Beijing
The Bumps complex on the Chaoyang District of Beijing was designed by Sako Architects. The project integrates residential and commercial uses in a square-shaped layout, rotated at 45 degrees off the city's north-south axis. The design, which developed over a year's time, cleverly moves away from the conventional straight-lined
The Octave, Make's 149m tower for Vauxhall, London
Located on a brownfield site adjacent to the Vauxhall transport interchange, the proposed 149m tall building supports the planned regeneration of the Vauxhall, Battersea and surrounding areas and is within a zone allocated for a cluster of new tall buildings. The space within the scheme will be divided 10% commercial and 90%
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Chairman's Message
Despite the very tough economic climate I am pleased to report that the Council is doing okay and generally maintaining the financial support of our member organizations and individuals. This is a testament to our increasingly high profile in the construction industry...more
CTBUH former-Chairman cited by Obama
In an address to the Muslim world, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the American Muslims who have enriched the United States, including CTBUH Former Chair Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan who "built our tallest building"...more
The Observation Deck Podcast, Program 3
Shaun Killa of Atkins and Partners in Dubai is interviewed about the Bahrain World Trade Center and Ian Whitby of Norman Foster and Partners talks about 51 Lime Street in London's financial district. Both buildings were regional winners in the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Awards...more
Mumbai Studio Review
The final designs from this CTBUH/IIT collaborative studio show a fantastic diversity of approach, according to the individual design-agendas informed by the cultural, climatic and/or physical aspects of Mumbai, and yet all are clearly part of one common scheme...more
Inaugural Fire & Safety meeting report
The CTBUH's Fire & Safety Working Group convened for a one and a half day meeting on 18th-19th May, to discuss the direction and intended output of the group. Co-Chairs Dan O'Connor and Jose Torero led the meeting that was well attended...more
Discovering Asia, from Moscow
Elena Shuvalova, CTBUH Country Representative for Russia reports on the 4th Russian Intellectual Business-Tour devoted to High-Rise buildings "Asian Pearls: Shanghai & Hong Kong", which was organized by the Moscow-based Lobby Agency with support from the CTBUH...more
Tower Hamlets Refuses Columbus Tower Permission (London)...more  
MMRDA relaxes norms for bidders of iconic building (Mumbai)...more  
Sears follows Empire State example (Chicago)...more  
World's tallest skyscraper to be built in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)...more  
'Shanghai 2035' concept design...more  
Architecture overview: The utopian dream...more  
FDNY raps 7 'Bravest' for poor inspections at Deutsche Bank in months before fatal fire (New York)...more  
Highrise hope for Hatirjheel losers (Dhaka)...more  
Building the New New Detroit (Dallas)...more  
O'Connell East Architects design24-story modular (Manchester)...more  
A Bubble of Diplomats and Officials Is Set to Pop...more  
An artistic view (Philadelphia)...more  
Vertical Aspirations (Mumbai)...more  
Butterworth-Heineman Releases High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety Third Edition (Boston)...more  
1million sq ft tower for Dalian (China)...more  
Double whammy for Humphreys...more  
Moho Architects: Mixed Use Tower in San Jose de Costa Rica...more  
Phase 1 Of Woodberry Down Revised (London)...more  
Police to Probe High-Rise BII Fire in Surabaya (Indonesia)...more  
Wadala highrise will be an aviation nightmare (Mumbai)...more  
Dubai development may be down, but it's not out...more  
Mexico's Gold Mine (Santa Fe)...more  
In Suburbia, a Megaproject Offers Hope (New York)...more  
750000 Sqm Scheme Planned In Mumbai...more  
Qatar Gets Back On The Supertall Bus...more  
David Chipperfield City of Justice (Barcelona)...more  
500-m skyscraper faces height hurdle (Mumbai)...more  
Sustainable Spire: Twisting Ivory Observation Tower for Dubai...more  
Economy scuttles plans for billion-dollar complex near Galleria in Dallas...more  
Done Deal: City Finalizes Purchase Of Chevron Building (New Orleands)...more  
Latest look: Feilden Clegg Bradley's rusty Leeds landmark...more  
The Allure Is Half Finished With Construction (Honolulu)...more  
Silver Tower in grand opening phase (Chicago)...more  
No deal on NY World Trade Center rebuilding impasse...more  
Gensler Pen Nanjing WTC...more  
Zagreb's new tower...more  
Monolab: Rotterdam City Tower...more  
Praguescape: Building up (Prague)...more  
Developer's proposal has interesting story (Kansas City)...more  
Summer Comes To Shenyang...more  
Lost but not forgotten (London)...more  
Remaking Paris...more  
A (Radical) Way to Fix Suburban Sprawl (Tysons Corner)...more  
Building on a building (Toronto)...more  
Russia Tower Site To Become Car Park (Moscow)...more  
Kumho to Buy AIG Building in NY...more  
A Paris Plan, Less Grand Than Gritty...more  
Plan could clear way for O.C.'s tallest skyscraper (Santa Ana)...more  
Quick Response Prevented Blue-Cross Crane Collapse (Chicago)...more  
KONE to supply elevators for world's tallest twisting skyscraper in Dubai...more  
The Folly of Building-Integrated Wind...more  
Tallest Brooklyn Building Yet Has Topping Out (New York)...more  
Rosarios Slice Of High Rise Tropical Paradise (Santa Fe)...more  
Highrise: Sanction likely soon for five-star hotel, which could also be tallest building (Mumbai)...more  
ECADIs 210m Tall Indian Tower (Gandhinagar)...more  
Luxury high-rise near Dilworth Plaza dedicated (Philadelphia)...more  
Worst over as high-rise sales hit rock-bottom (Gold Coast, Australia)...more  
Baku Skyscrapers Burn High (Azerbaijan)...more  
Co-Op Canyon: Ecotopia Inspired by Anazazi Cliff Dwellings (USA)...more  
Make Plan Almost-Skyscraper In Vauxhall (London)...more  
Developer Drops Gehry's Design for Brooklyn Arena (New York)...more  
A model city: Chicago displayed in miniature...more  
Lotte Will Be Liable for Aircraft Collision...more  
Pune skyline on a high rise (Maharashtra, India)...more  
Work Begins On Africas Largest Skyscrapers (Lagos, South Africa)...more  
Greenhouse 'skyscrapers' could blunt urban food crunch (Stockholm)...more  
Astragal reveals final height of the Burj Dubai...more  
Golden Gate University eyes new high-rise (San Francisco)...more  
Concertinaed Skyscraper Begins In Kuala Lumpur...more  
Next Loss in A Hard Fall: AIG's Iconic Skyscraper (New York)...more  
Skyscraper Trio from KPF, SOM & Pelli (San Francisco)...more  
Praca Do Natal by ZerOgroup and Unique (Natal, Brazil)...more  
RMJM Pen Xiamen Cluster...more  
Fire-sale prices for luxury Center City condos (Philadelphia)...more  
City Council approves Century City high-rise without debate (Los Angeles)...more  
Commanding design for sea resort (Budva, Montenegro)...more  
Dallas to Revitalize Downtown With Nation's First 'Off The Grid' Urban Block...more  
Vertical Park: Stackable Solar Skyscraper for Mexico City...more
Former Macklowe-owned skyscraper to be sold-source (New York)...more  
Six firms tender for Pinnacle skyscraper concrete job...more  
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