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October 2009
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Lotte Engineering and Construction

CICO Consulting Architects and Engineers

Heerim Architects & Planners Co., Ltd.

Werner Voss + Partner

BAUM Architects, Engineers & Consultants, Inc.

China Academy of Building Research

Delft University of Technology

Hamza Associates

Thermafiber Inc.

Rene Lagos y Asociados

Takenaka Corporation

Advances in Elevator Technology
Johannes De Jong, CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai, March 3, 2008

Performance-Based Evalulation for the 450m Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Main Tower
Charles M. Besjak, Brian J. McElhatten and Preetam Biswas

Tom Stroud, Mark Hall, Wing Ngai & Ben Stuart, University of Nottingham
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
TowerTech Qatar
Doha, Qatar, 12-15 October, 2009
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager Jan Klerks and Trustee William Maibusch will represent the CTBUH during the 2009 edition of TowerTech. This is an annual tower building technologies trade fair, organized in Doha, Qatar...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
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
Build Boston 2009
Boston, USA, 18-20 November, 2009
Past CTBUH Chair Ron Klemencic to speak at Build Boston 2009 on "Succeeding abroad: insights into international practice". The show is the one of the largest regional tradeshow and convention for the design and construction industry in the US...more
2010 Khan Lecture Series at Lehigh University
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, various dates, 2010
The Khan Lecture Series honors Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan's legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture.
1st Lecture: ZDENEK P. BAZANT "Progress Engendered by Collapses of Record Setting Structures" - Friday, February 26, 2010 - 4:10 pm...more
2nd Lecture: RON KLEMENCIC "Outrageous!" - Friday, March 19, 2010 - 4:10 pm...more
3rd Lecture: JOHN E. BREEN "The ABCD's of Bridge Building" - Friday, April 16, 2010 - 4:10 pm...more
For a full list of upcoming and recent events, click here

Floor 124 of Burj Dubai to be Open
to Tourists

Shaun Killa member of the Council on the importance of observation decks
Khaleej Times, September 23, 2009

Building the city of dreams
Article on the joint 2010 Mumbai conference of RoMF and CTBUH
Economic Times Mumbai, August 31, 2009
To see more CTBUH in the Media articles, click here.
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference - only 3 weeks to go CTBUH Journal 2009 Issue III now
With only 3 weeks to go to the event, more than 430 delegates are already registered, representing 208 companies and 30 countries. Click here to see who will be attending. The final program is also now confirmed, as are all sponsors and exhibitors. Click here to go to conference homepage.
The third issue of the CTBUH Journal 2009 includes articles on the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, a humanist approach to tropical high-rise in Southeast Asia, tall buildings policies and zoning in the Netherlands, and several features such as a statistical overview of tall buildings and embodied energy...more
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The Interlace by OMA, Singapore
Architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has unveiled new images of a residential project for Singapore, comprising long low apartment blocks stacked in hexagonal configurations. Entitled Interlace, the project will consist of 31 interconnected six-storey blocks stacked around communal gardens, containing 1,040 apartments...more
Off With Its Top! City Cuts Tower to Size, New York
Does Manhattan have a future as a great metropolis? If you hope the answer is yes, you will be disheartened by the City Planning Department's decision to chop off 200 feet from the top of a proposed tower on 53rd Street in Manhattan. Designed by Jean Nouvel the building would have been as tall as the Empire State Building minus its antenna...more
Gazprom Wins Final Approval to Build Disputed Petersburg Tower
Gazprom, Russia's natural-gas exporter, won final approval from the city of St. Petersburg to build what may become Europe's tallest skyscraper, overcoming objections from local residents and UNESCO. St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko awarded Gazprom exemptions that allow for the 400m (1,300ft) Okhta Center project to proceed...more
Hong Kong's old airport set for multibillion-dollar takeoff
It's probably the most valuable strip of derelict land in the world. The defunct Kai Tak airport sits right in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour and is estimated to be worth up to 40 billion dollars - the equivalent, experts say, of around 30 of the world's tallest skyscrapers. "It is a jewel," said Nicholas Brooke, chairman of Hong Kong-based Professional Property Services...more
BIG to design sustainable skyscraper in Shenzhen, China
BIG, in collaboration with ARUP and Transsolar, was awarded first-prize in an international competition to design the regional headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company. The purpose of the competition was to find a sustainable and efficient solution for the office headquarters. The winning proposal was selected by the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau...more
MVRDV: Construction begins on DNB NOR Headquarters, Oslo
In 2003, MVRDV, together with Norwegian firms Dark and A-lab, won the competition for the Bjorvika waterfront development and designed a dense urban master plan along Nyland Alle, the Oslo Barcode, that will be developed and realized by OSU in phases. The foundation and the basement floor of the headquarters are under constructio...more
Click here to go to the CTBUH news archive for more international tall buildings news coverage
Chairman's Message
It is with a considerable mix of emotions that I write this message, which will be my last as Chairman. It has been a great honor to lead the Council during the last 3 1/2 years and I am incredibly proud of what we have managed to achieve in this time. We have met all of the strategic objectives set out in the Council's 5 year plan. The Council has grown substantially and is functioning effectively at many new levels...more
CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference
Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age.

3-5 Feb. Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. Speakers are now being confirmed for this 3-day, triple- track conference which will debate the pressures on existing cities, including architect Ken Yeang, Shyam Sunder of NIST, representatives from FX Fowle, Gensler, KPF, Mulvanny G2, Samsung, SOM...more
Singapore Visit, August 2009
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood shares his thoughts on the island state following a recent visit there, including commentary on the implementation of social-urban policies over the past few decades that many cities now keenly aspire to. A city worthy of visit and study...more
Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize - Call for Nomination
This international award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the creation of vibrant, livable and sustainable urban communities. It will be awarded in June 2010 during the World Cities Summit 2010 in Singapore...more
40 Years of the CTBUH - Chairman Reflections
For its 40th anniversary, the CTBUH has collected the reflections of some past chairmen, which will be published in a commemorative brochure to be distributed at the Chicago conference. In their writings, these notable individuals demonstrate the mutual respect and admiration that serves as a cornerstone to the Council's collaborative structure...more
CTBUH Study on Tall Buildings and Embodied Energy
This interesting study, just published in CTBUH Journal 2009 Issue III, examines the energy/carbon implications of building materials compared with operating energy/carbon, with some surprising results e.g. the embodied energy of cyclical fit-out of an office building is roughly equivalent to a quarter of operating energy over the building's lifetime...more
Putting Greenwich Street Back Together (New York)...more  
NPS Eyes HSBC London Building...more  
Construction sites a hanging threat to HCMC residents (Ho Chi Minh City)...more  
Arabtec wins Russian supertall tower contract (St. Petersburg)...more  
Groundbreaking Starts On Wuhan Supertall...more  
Towering ambiguity: Trump's Chicago tower...more  
Five Partners Split from KPF London...more  
Council OKs high-rise plan amid protest (Austin)...more  
Venus Towers launched in Lebanon...more  
Pain in the glass: Cleaning the Burj Dubai...more  
224-story skyscraper would be high point for architect (Abu Dhabi)...more  
Bay St. landmark to lose its marble (Toronto)...more  
Keith Williams wins Vauxhall tower approval (London)...more  
Major re-design for China's 3rd largest city (Guangzhou)...more  
Russian tower plans cause alarm (St. Petersburg)...more  
A sneak peek at the Trump Tower penthouse (Chicago)...more  
Butler Serviced Hotels Come To Kuala Lumpur...more  
Beacon of US$7billion project revealed (Jeddah)...more  
Istanbuls Spiraling Almost Supertall...more  
Condo developers: Sales of downtown San Jose high-rises picking up...more  
Vetro Aspires To Be Belfasts Tallest Hotel...more  
PNC unveils six-story green wall (Pittsburgh)...more  
The Mile High Skyscraper...more  
Bishops Place Design Revisions Filed (London)...more  
Iconic Mexican Skyscraper to House Hotel (Mexico City)...more  
Don't Look Down: 10 Peculiarly Precarious Modern Buildings...more  
Bio-Fuel Growing Eco Pods Rejuvenate Stalled Boston Project...more  
Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham by Associated Architects...more  
Alberta House Site Sees Construction (London)...more  
Dubai star developers return to property fair...more  
505 North State nearing completion (Chicago)...more  
Intercontinental And Benmore Set For Skyscraper (Manchester)...more  
Sta. Lucia launches first high-rise project in Metro Manila (Philippines)...more  
W, by BIG (Praque)...more  
The logic of high rise condos (San Francisco)...more  
Howard wants to sell high-rise sites (Surfers Paradise)...more  
A skyscraper for the birds: Aqua gets an award (Chicago)..more  
Bargain Basement Prices For High-Rise Condos (Oregon)...more  
Building out of the Recession (New York)...more  
Seager Distillery At Last About To Rise (London)...more  
Fort Point high-rise has topping-off fete (Boston)...more  
777 Third Avenue Installs Two Backup Generators (New York)...more  
57th Street Skyscraper Up in the Air (New York)...more  
Bio-fuel Producing Tower Designed (Zagreb)...more  
Contractors appointed to world's tallest residential tower set for Dubai...more  
Studio Pei Zhu: Ningbo Tower (Ningbo, China)...more  
Swim off the edge (Singapore)...more  
A Cheap Fix for Climate: Retrofitting (New York)...more  
UAE shelves Rs102b tallest building project in City: Pervaiz (Lahore, Pakistan)...more  
Alabama Condo Developer Works Out Payment Plan Balance on $140M High-Rise...more  
Adrian Smith: Building toward the stars like never before (Chicago)...more  
Eight years on, this is what Ground Zero looks like (New York)...more  
World Capitals Of The Future...more  
Skyburbs: Bringing the Burbs to the City...more  
Regal Tower Height Revealed (Brimingham)...more  
Fall architecture preview: Tall towers at center stage as the 'Year of Big' goes on...more  
New lease of life for Moscow's skyscrapers...more  
InterContinental Aims For Lagos New Tallest (Lagos, Africa)...more  
Rotterdam Plans Most Sustainable Building in the Netherlands...more  
Visions of Chicago's future..more  
Surge in high-rise sales on Coast (Gold Coast)...more  
Colorado businesses chasing a new "green" (Denver)...more  
Lewisham high-rise scheme goes in for planning (London)...more  
A Tale of Two Rebuilding Efforts at Ground Zero (New York)...more  
Algae-Covered Buildings Boost Biofuel Production...more  
SOMs Tide Is High (London)...more  
New river, new city (Seoul)...more  
The Green Case for Cities...more  
Extra San Francisco skyscrapers a mixed blessing...more  
Tokyos Latest Blocky Tower...more  
Pentominium reflects Dubai's soaring skyscraper ambitions...more  
Solar panels to be mandatory for highrise buildings (Bangladesh)...more  
Toronto Twin Skyscrapers Begin Marketing...more  
An American perspective: skyscraper architecture goes modular in the UK...more  
Safety concerns for 82 New York buildings...more  
Glasgow Luxury Hotel Developer Seeks CPOs...more shows progress since Loma Prieta (California)...more  
Jakarta high buildings have earthquake resistance by 10 on the Richter scale...more  
Kakaako high-rise development plan approved by state (Hawaii)...more  
New skyline on the horizon (Karachi)...more  
The Big Question: Why does Alain Robert climb the world's tallest buildings, and how does he do it? (Kuala Lumpur)...more  
How Termites Inspired Mick Pearce's Green Buildings (Zimbabwe)...more  
Shoreditch developers see The Light in skyscraper scheme (London)...more  
Dongtan: the eco-city that never was...more  
Cheongna City Tower (Incheon, South Korea)...more  
Contemporary urbanism (Jaipur, India)...more  
'Spiderman' held after Malaysia Twin Towers climb (Kuala Lumpur)...more  
Falling glass from Calgary high-rise remains a puzzle...more  
Penobscot Building: Detroit's image-defining skyscraper...more  
Goettsch Partners Hotel With A Hole (Riyadh)...more  
Remaking Mumbai the redevelopment way...more  
Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label (New York)...more  
Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid threatens Gropius landmark...more  
Hybrid technique tests earthquake building collapse (Buffalo)...more  
Legendary Manhattan House converted to condominiums (New York)...more  
Structures that absorb carbon emissions to fight climate change (UK)...more  
Cities weigh green features vs. expense in new buildings (Minneapolis)...more  
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