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August 2009
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CTBUH Video Interview
Larry Ng, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 20th November, 2008

The "International" Skyscraper: Observations
Georges Binder

Beehive Tower
Rory Newel & Lucy Richardson, University of Nottingham
33rd IABSE Symposium on Sustainable Infrastructure
Bangkok, Thailand, 9-11 September, 2009
Infrastructure development in Southeast Asia and particularly in Thailand has sustained and supported fast economic growth and well being of the people over the past few decades. Investment in and construction of infrastructure have contributed to the development of the region...more
The Invention of the European Tower
Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris, France, until 4 October, 2009
The European Tower, born at the beginning of the 20th century in the wake of America's skyscrapers, has developed many specificities in order to find its place in Europe's towns, which this exposition, and the accompanying book, recount, describe and analyze...more
The Net-Zero Energy Buildings Conference II
McGraw-Hill Headquarters, New York, 7-8 October, 2009
Net-zero energy buildings are necessary and technically possible. But, because of cost and the technical sophistication required, few buildings have received this status. The conference presents advanced systems and materials, case studies, and speakers with unique points of view...more
CTBUH Chicago Conference 2009
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 22-23 October, 2009
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
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
CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference
Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. 3-5 February, 2010
Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age
This 3-day, triple-track conference and accompanying exhibition will debate the pressures on existing cities, and examine some of the new, sustainable cities that are being proposed. How can existing urban agglomerations re-invent themselves as sustainable cities of the future, and how can tall buildings contribute?...more
For a full list of upcoming and recent events, click here

By Geoff Craighead
CTBUH Exec. Director Antony Wood writes Foreword to High-Rise Security And Fire Life Safety, Third Edition,
July 24, 2009

SOM's Baker first American to receive Leonhardt Prize
William Baker, CTBUH Trustee honored
Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2009

Tall Buildings Council Taps Four Global Winners
CTBUH announced 2009 Award Winners
Engineering News Record, July 11, 2009

Light + strong concrete = tall, green buildings
CTBUH 2009 building study mentioned
Construction Week, July 8, 2009

The Sky is not the Limit
Icons around Asia including CTBUH Criteria for Tall
Silkwinds, May/June, 2009
To see more CTBUH in the Media articles, click here.
CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference CTBUH Journal 2009, Issue II
Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age. 3-5 February, 2010. Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai
This 3-day, triple- track conference and accompanying exhibition will debate the pressures on existing cities, and examine some of the new, sustainable cities that are being proposed. How can existing urban agglomerations re-invent themselves as sustainable cities of the future, and how can tall buildings contribute? CTBUH members are invited to express an interest in speaking at this event to
The second issue of the CTBUH Journal includes articles on the Nakheel Harbour & Tower in Dubai, the conceptual use of condenser technology within tall buildings in arid climates, the performance based seismic evaluation for the 450m Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Main Tower and several features such as the World's Tallest 50 Urban Agglomerations. Further it contains an article celebrating the Council's 40th anniversary looking at the history of CTBUH publications, totaling around 53,000 pages...more
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MahaNakhon by OMA, Bangkok
Beginning in Fall 2009, the city of Bangkok - home to 15 million people - will start to embrace an unprecedented new architectural manifestation of its extraordinary 'inner world' when construction begins on MahaNakhon, a dazzling tower designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, Partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)...more
Rogers rethinks office design, Mexico City
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 was to replace the existing facade and to provide innovative internal space solutions...more
Crystal Clear by C.F.Moller and Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter, Oslo
C. F. Moller Architects, with Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter, won a major competition to design a spectacular landmark project in the city of Oslo. The project, which has been dubbed "Crystal Clear", consists of three towers, which grow organically from the ground to form a sculptural cluster, and are composed of stacked, prismatic volumes...more
Fresh start: Wilkinson Eyre's Guangzhou tower
Called the Guangzhou International Finance Centre (GIFC), it is 432m high and the second tallest building in China. The tower consists of 69 storeys of offices and a 33-storey Four Seasons hotel. It features an atrium at its centre which helps get natural light down into the hotel. The building is all glass with a diagrid structure that tapers towards the top...more
Axis Mundi unveils conceptual design for MoMA tower
Axis Mundi have designed a conceptual alternative to Jean Nouvel's design for a 73-storey tower next to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His design is an attempt to rethink the New York skyscraper for the post-boom era, expressing the diversity of uses within instead of "one-note architecture that makes a singular visual image"...more
Regnum Tower for Istanbul Features BioClimatic Architecture
Istanbul has historically been considered the ornate centerpiece of Turkey. Today, it has become a focus for investors and talented international architects alike. One such design is Park Associati's Regnum Tower, with its bioclimatic architecture, sculptural design, and the rigor to meet the highest standards of sustainability...more
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In Passing - Alan G. Davenport
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Alan Davenport. Dr. Davenport will be remembered, not only as a pioneer in the application of boundary layer wind tunnels, but as a long-time friend and supporter of CTBUH...more
Evolution of the Skyscraper CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference
22-23 Oct. With the speakers and several of the main sponsors now confirmed, delegate registrations are starting to roll in. Viracon are confirmed as the main Platinum sponsor, and McGraw Hill Construction the main Media Partner for the event...more
As part of the extensive Chicago Skyscraper Summer Tour Program, CTBUH members toured the Legacy, Aqua, Blue Cross / Blue Shield and Trump Tower projects. CTBUH staff also had the opportunity to view these projects from the air during a helicopter tour.
CTBUH launch new Tall Building Height Calculator
The CTBUH have developed a tall building height calculator to assist in estimating tall building heights when only the story count is known. To use this calculator, and to find out more about how it was designed and developed, click here
New Donations for CTBUH Tall Building Library
The Council would like to thank the following people for their recent donations to the CTBUH Library: Thomas Gantard, Ecole d'Architecture, Nantes; Karla Loring, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Professor Jose Calavera; INTEMAC S.A.; and Christoph Ingenhoven; Ingenhoven Architects...more
Latest VAST Design Research work on CTBUH website
Convened by Professor Chris Abel at the University of New South Wales, this design studio is based on the concept of the vertical garden city. The studio challenges conventional models of low-rise, low-density garden cities that have shaped Australia's settlement patterns...more
The Austonian: Dog friendly high-rise touted to become tallest residential building in North America (Austin)...more  
A Grander Concourse (New York)...more  
Taller, greener, better (India)...more  
Officials, developers penalized for high-rise collapse in Shanghai...more  
Milan Announces the World's Largest Solar Rooftop Array...more  
Competition: Five copies of EcoMasterplanning to be won...more  
OIC Headquarters / WMA (Jeddah)...more  
Chongqing Supertalls Vie For Tallest Title...more  
Nation Towers Wind Along The Gulf (Abu Dhabi)...more  
A Hotel's Past vs. a City’s Future (Los Angeles)...more  
As Trade Center Plans Falter (New York)...more  
BUJ Designs For 40 Marsh Wall Revealed (London)...more  
Dallas' Cityplace Tower undergoes $7 million overhaul...more  
BUJ Designs For 40 Marsh Wall Revealed (London)...more  
Taller Is Smaller? (New York)...more  
5 Aldermanbury Square, London, by Eric Parry Architects...more  
In Passing - Alan G. Davenport...more  
Gambling on success (Macau, China)...more  
PNC Bank Building Largest Green Living Wall in U.S. (Pittsburgh)...more  
Experts surprised by audacity of proposed Hanoi master plan...more  
Zaha Hadid Tapped For Two Cairo Projects...more  
KPF London Plan Split...more  
Mixed Use Tower - Moho Architects...more  
Aberfeldy Estate Faces Demolition (London)...more  
Families down on high rise (Gold Coast)...more  
Foster and Koolhaas selected for Hong Kong project...more  
Conversation with Werner Sobek (New York)...more  
Bermuda broker Willis gets its name put on America's tallest building (Chicago)...more  
Proposals For Guangzhou East Tower Unveiled...more  
Brickell office tower's windows exceed Florida building codes (Miami)...more  
International Conference for Highrise Towers and Tall Buildings 2010 (Munich)...more  
Medina Tower high rise development in Tripoli (Libya)...more  
Flame Towers in Seismic Zone (Baku)...more  
UNstudio: Raffles City, Hangzhou, China (Hangzhou)...more  
Edifice complex as two towers compete to be the Brooklyn's biggest...more  
Six high-rise Jeddah projects get the go-ahead...more  
Sears Tower renamed Willis Tower in ceremony (Chicago)...more  
Greening the future in Ankara...more  
Wrenches Put In Tower's Works (Abu Dhabi)...more  
Moonrocks Hotel Faces Demolition (Los Angeles)...more  
Chicago's Aqua Tower in fact made of concrete and glass...more  
The Billyburg Bust (New York)...more  
Downtown Los Angeles high-rise approved by City Council...more  
Reaching new heights (Tel Aviv)...more  
Winners of the 'Gotong Royong City' Competition (Jakarta)...more  
Golf And Skyscrapers Come To Tunis...more  
Almeisen Tower is a Solar Concentrating Skyscraper (Dubai)...more  
Wilkinson Eyres Beagle House Evolution (London)...more  
Greening the grid (Dallas)...more  
Investors go for high-rise buildings in Jaffna (Sri Lanka)...more  
Burj Dubai hit by three-month delay (Dubai)...more  
La Defenses Tour Fiducial Unveiled (Paris)...more  
De Rotterdam by OMA...more  
RMJM Architects: Ankara Hotel (Istanbul)...more  
Heron Plan 149m Tall Luxury Hotel (London)...more  
Ramping Up Green (Singapore)...more  
Benidorm In Tempo (Spain)...more  
Tornado Tower Features Energy Generating Facade...more  
As Unbreakable as ... Glass? (Chicago)...more  
Urban High-Rise Design Meets Water Conservation Goals (New York)...more  
Shadow falls on tallest skyscraper as planners throw out scheme (London)...more  
Designers who see more than an empty lot (San Francisco)...more  
Future Vision Banished to the Past (Tokyo)...more  
SPACE Architects' Efizia Tower LEEDs Mexico City in Green Design...more  
Real estate bellwether: 11 Times Square (New York)...more  
Manitoba Hydro Place, Tornado Tower among world's 'best tall buildings'...more  
Lyon Set For Tallest Outside Paris...more  
Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl Architects Named 2009 "Best Tall Building" in Asia & Australasia Category...more  
Iconic skyscrapers find new luster in green tech (New York)...more  
Hong Kong Bamboo Scaffolding...more  
Chicago Model City Exhibition Open at Chicago Architecture Foundation...more  
SOM to masterplan vast GBP 49 billion Saudi Arabian city...more  
Planned Manhattan Skyscraper to Help Fix Healthcare? (New York)...more  
No, it's not a police lineup; just pick out your favorite skyscraper (Chicago)...more  
Vision 2030 by MVRDV (Almere)...more  
Builders give tour of tallest building (Austin)...more  
Seven designs that were never built...more  
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