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November 2009

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CTBUH Biography - Founder and First Chairman 'Lynn Beedle'
New York, September 26, 2002

Condenser Typology: open envelope vertical farming, the extremes of tower urbanism
Matthew Wilson

Sativa Ecologica
Azween Ramli, Michelle Yeung, Lin Wang & Darren Sai Wa Li, University of Nottingham
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
The Skyscraper Museum: Shanghai Skyline Lecture Series
Baruch College, New York,
various dates, 2009
In conjunction with its exhibition CHINA PROPHECY, The Skyscraper Museum will present a lecture series that explores the sensational growth of Shanghai's skyline over the past three decades.
4th Lecture: WILLIAM BAKER & ROSS WIMER "Preserving Shanghai Modernizing Urban Identity" - Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 6:30 pm...more
5th Lecture: BENJAMIN WOOD & WILLIAM G. TUNG "Outrageous!" - Tuesday, November 24, 2009 -6:30 pm...more
2nd International Conference in Highrise Safety 2009
Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan,
24-26 November, 2009
Modern architectural ideas are soaring to new heights - cities are growing taller and taller, rapidly posing new questions which demand new responses. The conference has its goal to involve highly skilled specialists in cooperation with government agencies to improve the safety of high-rise structures...more
International Housing Conference 2010 Singapore
Singapore, 26-29 January, 2010
The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is celebrating 50 years of public housing in Singapore. HDB contributed to Singapore's nation building process and transformed the way Singaporeans live, work, learn and play. The conference aims to bring together experts and practitioners to look at sustainable development, with a focus on housing...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
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

India is in need of 10 million new housing units a year
Antony Wood, CTBUH Exec Director talks about the CTBUH 2010
Mumbai Conference
Construction World, October, 2009

CTBUH recognize John Portman with Lifetime Achievement Award
CTBUH named John Portman as 2009 Lynn S. Beedle Award Winner
Go Structural, October 22, 2009

A Chicago conference to debate the future of the skyscraper
The CTBUH presents the 2009
Chicago Conference
Reuters, October 13, 2009

When skyscrapers signal a downturn: Soaring towers could mean that recession is on the way
How the Council defines height criteria for tallest building in the world
The Guardian, October 13, 2009
To see more CTBUH in the Media articles, click here.
Linked Hybrid Building named CTBUH 2009 Best Tall Building Overall CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference
3rd-5th February, 2010
380 guests were in attendance to witness Mr Steven Holl collect the award at the star-studded CTBUH 2009 8th Annual Awards dinner. Other awards included regional awards for Manitoba Hydro Place (Americas), Broadgate Tower (Europe), and Tornado Tower (Middle East & Africa). John Portman and Dr. Prabodh Banavalkar received lifetime achievement awards...more
On the back of the hugely successful 2009 Chicago conference (see below), the CTBUH team is now ramping up to the 2010 Mumbai conference. Entitled "Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age", Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai, confirmed speakers include: David Nelson of Foster + Partners, Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Shyam Sunder of NIST...more
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Ground broken at Digital Media City tower in South Korean capital
AAt 640 m high, Digital Media City Landmark tower in Seoul, South Korea will be around 180m shorter than the Burj Dubai, but it is projected to be the second tallest building in the world when it completes in April 2015. The Samoo-designed tower costing 3.3 trillion Won (1.9billion Euro), will rise 133 floors in height...more
Skyscrapers okay for Liverpool's World Heritage waterfront
Airport and docks group Peel Holdings has welcomed a decision by Liverpool planners to allow skyscrapers in the World Heritage site buffer zone. It paves the way for the city's biggest-ever regeneration project, a 5.5 billion GBP proposal to build high-rise buildings in the city's northern Central Docks area...more
On the takeaway menu soon: high-rise flats, Melbourne
Australians are familiar with takeaway Chinese food, but future buyers into a northern suburbs high-rise could be the first to get takeaway apartments. A Melbourne developer is poised to ship almost 100 ready-made apartments - complete with kitchen appliances, built-in wardrobes, and carpets - from China to be stacked together for a revolutionary project...more
SOM Wins Competition to Create Beijing's Sustainable City Center
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill have been awarded the contract to create a new Central Business District in Beijing. The project will integrate into the existing downtown urban district and will improve transportation infrastructure while introducing energy-efficient buildings green public space. The plan also provides a framework for new sustainable growth in the future...more
KCAP's towers are on the edge, Rotterdam
While the harbor city of the imagination is an exciting metropolis with a lively waterfront, such cities frequently prove, in reality, to be introspective places. This is certainly true of Rotterdam, a city where a band of dykes and quay structures have precluded any possibility of building on the edge of the River Maas...more
New York: A Gehry Tower Rises
To anyone who treks west over the Brooklyn or Manhattan bridges each morning, a quick glance to the area just south of the Municipal Building will reveal a new addition to the Lower Manhattan skyline: a skinny, tiered concrete skeleton that's rapidly climbing...more
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New CTBUH Chair takes over
Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University has formally taken over the Chairmanship of the Council from David Scott, with the handing of the gavel at the 8th annual awards dinner. For the new Chairman's first message and 2-year plan click here.
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference Success
With over 600 delegates and a program chock-full of world renowned speakers, the Chicago Conference, including the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Council and the 8th annual awards dinner in recognition of the 2009 Best Tall Buildings, was a smashing success!...more
CTBUH 2009 Annual Leaders Meeting
Preceding the 2009 CTBUH conference, 55 leaders within the CTBUH organization, representing 23 countries and various working groups and committees, gathered to discuss current developments, progress on projects and new ideas and initiatives...more
CTBUH presents plaque to Trump Tower
Preceding the conference Welcome Reception, CTBUH presented a plaque to Eric Trump of the Trump Organization recognizing the Trump Tower as the tallest all-concrete building in the world, the 7th tallest building in the world, and the tallest building built in the US in the last 35 years...more
Doha Tower Tech
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager Jan Klerks and Trustee William Maibusch represented the CTBUH as the guests of honor during the TowerTech fair in Doha, Qatar between October 12 and 15. During the opening session, they presented on global developments and sustainable tall buildings...more
CTBUH Commemorative Brochure: 40 Years of the Council (1969-2009)
To commemorate the 40 years since its inception, the CTBUH has released this brochure which takes a look back at some of the Council's history as well as provides a snapshot of where the Council is today while drawing the historical connections to the past 40 years...more
"Linked Hybrid" by Steven Holl Architects now also Named 2009 "Best Tall Building Overall" (Beijing)...more  
The greening of Arabia (Abu Dhabi)...more  
Ricardo Bofill - Taller de Arquitectura - W Barcelona Hotel...more  
Tiff stops Bangalore's vertical growth...more  
Plans roll on for 200m-tall tourist trap for Birmingham...more  
They Might be Giants...more  
Gazprom Skyscraper Debate Sees Rare Rift in Russian Elite (St. Petersburg)...more  
The future is now (New York)...more  
UPI-2M: biooctanic...more  
Architecture Firms Go East for Work...more  
Stone's New Skin (New York)...more  
Government listing decision paves way for Make's Battersea towers (London)...more  
SOMs Bifurcated Dublin Tower...more  
New hotel to revitalize Downtown Dallas...more  
Pinnacle to stick with KPF (London)...more  
Zorlu Centre Restarts In Istanbul...more  
Trump It's Not (New York)...more  
Design Complete for Tallest Building in Asia (Seoul)...more  
John Portman Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award (Chicago)...more  
A new luxury condo building for New York's Upper East Side...more  
London Plan: view framework and social housing proposals draws fire...more  
Dubai's crown jewel...more  
Jupiter Realty Company Announces 'Topping Off' of 215 West Apartment Tower in Chicago...more  
Dubai skyscraper symbol of S. Korea's global heights...more  
Los Angeles: Sources say bank will return portion of deposits to group of homebuyers...more  
Chelsea Creek Sees 128m Tower Planned (London)...more  
A Chicago conference to debate the future of the skyscraper in the age of global recession and climate change...more  
John Portman retrospective: "I'm not a look-back guy"...more  
Boston: Chiofaro Chopped...more  
A high rise for high society in Toronto...more  
Irish builder faces eviction in the US as Chicago skyscraper plans stalled...more  
Construction of Asia's Tallest Building Starts (Seoul)...more  
Wales may be on the up if plans for tower go ahead...more  
Curtainwalls best suited for highrise condos (Toronto)...more  
Will 'Hotel of Doom' ever be finished? (Pyongyang, North Korea)...more  
Stirling Prize Video: 5 Aldermanbury Square (London)...more  
Industries Qatar plans to build a 460 meters tall skyscraper in the West Bay area...more  
The Coming Energy Revolution (Germany)...more  
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Presents the 2009 Chicago Conference...more  
A Rare Building Boom Up North (Toronto)...more  
Standard New York...more  
La Defense Rises as a Big Part of Paris's Business Arsenal...more  
Brisbane: Foreign bank throws Vision Tower a lifeline...more  
Step up Jerwood - Culture deslivered to Ipswich waterfront...more  
Fosters 3 Millharbour Plans for London...more  
Turner Construction's High-Rise Affordable Tower in San Diego Tops Out...more  
Eco Towers for Hamburg by Greeen! Architects...more  
London: Secretary of State blocks Allies and Morrison's 1bn GBP Waterloo Towers...more  
Delhi Set For Grand Arch...more  
Developer: Wall Street Tower Moves Ahead (Omaha, Nebraska)...more  
Leaner but greener (UAE)...more  
Chicago Spire awaits the next twist; reports of tower's death premature...more  
London: Fresh twist takes Heron tower rivalry to new heights...more  
France's spiderman scales Paris skyscraper with no ropes...more  
Amanda Levetes Zoomorphic Thai Tower, Bangkok...more  
Manchester: First BREEAM Communities status awarded...more  
London Mayor Approves Tower as Tall as Canary Wharf...more  
NL Architects: Landmark MV2 - Container Tower in Rotterdam...more  
Graft Lab's Vertical Village in Dubai Has Spider Web of Solar Panels...more  
Skyhouse Clone Planned In Istanbul...more  
Abu Dhabi: Living on the Lagoon...more  
Who's To Blame for Faulty Foster Tower in LA?...more  
REX Architecture: Sitra - Low2No Sustainable Development, Helsinki...more  
London: Trellick Tower masterplan revealed...more  
Lima Golf's Tower by Hackenbrioch Architekten...more  
Work to resume on Charlotte condo high-rise...more  
English Heritage gives up fight against Doon Street tower, London...more  
Developer to open part of Burj Dubai by year's end (Dubai)...more  
HSBC sells New York City office for $330m...more  
Eileen House in London Gets Another Height Cut...more  
Dubai: Green shoots for Jumeira Gardens...more  
Faulty glass caused Calgary highrise mishap, says city...more  
NBBJ Selected to Design Russell Investments' Seattle Headquarters...more  
Saudi CMA starts pre qualifying contractors to build 400 meters tall building in Riyadh...more  
Atkins wins Engineering Firm of the Year at the 2nd Annual Middle East Architect Awards...more  
Foster goes Dutch (Amsterdam)...more  
Foreclosure suit hits Chicago's X/O condo site...more  
Stalled Honolulu high-rise gets new owner...more  
World's top architect backs Dubai Cityscape...more  
Hundreds of London tower blocks not fire checked...more  
Libeskinds Toronto L Tower Not So Bootiful Now...more  
He's back--not MJ, SC (Santiago Calatrava); Spire architect returning to Chicago...more  
Construction Watch New York: Mondrian Soho Getting Dressed...more  
Chongqings MOCO Center Rises...more  
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