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April 2011
Top CTBUH News
Student Design Competition Launched
The Council is pleased to announce its inaugural international student design competition based on the Seoul conference theme of "Why Tall?"
  2011 Awards Jury Announced
The seven member jury panel includes His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar of Emaar Properties. Tall Building Awards Submission Deadline is April 29.
Global Tall Building News
HL23 building in New York set to open
The residential tower by architect Neil Denari, should welcome its first occupants on June 1st, 2011 with interiors scheduled to be complete to coincide with the opening of Section 2 of the High Line. With a silhouette of patterned, brushed steel panels and glass, the building is designed to integrate itself into the public space.
Tokyo Sky Tree passes the 600 meter mark
Nikken Sekkei’s chainmail-style broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo is on its journey to becoming the second tallest freestanding structure in the world. The Tokyo Sky Tree may soar above its neighbors in Japan but resides firmly in the shadow of Burj Khalifa (828m).
Jerusalem reaches for the heavens
A new project to be built in downtown Jerusalem atop the ruins of the legendary Eden Cinema is seeking to recreate the success of the Mamilla Mall. Together with the well-known American Jewish architect, Daniel Libeskind, architect Yigal Levi is now designing the 24-story tower.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong: Countdown to world's tallest hotel opening
Hong Kong's getting ready for the opening of the "world's tallest hotel." It's housed in the International Commerce Center, a nearly 1,600-foot-tall skyscraper, and the hotel occupies floors 102-118. The Ritz-Carlton will have an outdoor rooftop bar and rooftop infinity pool claimed to be the "highest pool in the world."
French Spiderman ignores wind to ascend Burj Khalifa
Dubai: Crowds of people gathered on the Dubai Mall Boulevard faced great disappointment as rumors circulated Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, would not climb Burj Khalifa due to windy conditions. Yet at 6.10pm Robert took his first foothold on the world's tallest tower with one aim - to reach the top.
Skyscrapers climb ever higher
Despite ongoing economic woes, many "supertalls," which stretch at least 1,350 feet (about the Empire State Building's height), are chugging along and seem poised to be completed on schedule, according to the CTBUH which keeps tabs on them. Five of the top 11 supertalls now under construction are located in China.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Sang Dae Kim

Qatar: Expect Amazing. CTBUH Chairman reflects on his recent travels to the Middle East region, the Council's growing presence in the regions, and the future of the tall building.
2011 Seoul Conference Update
William Pedersen of KPF and David Scott of Arup are now confirmed as keynote speakers. Deadline for abstracts April 15. See the Conference Newsletter for more.
Isover Student Competition
The UK winners have been named in the 2011 Isover Competition in which several CTBUH people were involved. Students of CTBUH’s Philip Oldfield participated and came away with top prizes.
Korean Supertall Technologies Research Project
The Council has secured research project funding from Korea as part of the establishment of its new research division.
March 2011 Qatar Meeting
Held at The Oyster, the information center for the Pearl-Qatar, a Riviera style development on a series of man-made islands along the coast of Qatar, this fourth meeting of the Qatar Chapter had 58 guests in attendance.
CTBUH Presents at Suzhou Elevator Expo
CTBUH Communications Manager Jan Klerks presented on Global Tall Buildings Trends as part of the Elxpo Trade Fair in Suzhou, China. He also visited the Shanghai Tower site.
Other Industry News
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Earth Hour 2011...more
58 stories and counting: One World Trade Center rises above Ground Zero...more
Billion-dollar Wilshire Grand project could light up downtown Los Angeles with ads...more
Starchitects compete for Haikou supertall prize...more
Tian Fang Tower: New bio-diverse tower...more
Toronto: Step forward for green residential building...more
London: 20-story office block could be the key to Blackfriars Road skyscraper cluster...more
Phoenix: Construction resumes at Centerpoint Towers...more
Sustainable development vs. historic preservation...more
Modern skyscraper housing in Los Angeles earns Silver LEED designation...more
Plymouth: Work on £89 million city center skyscraper will start in December...more
Mumbai - High-rise: Go tall, but go safe...more
Rwanda's director of urban planning presents a vision for the city's future...more
Prefabricated tower may rise at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards...more
London: Heathside + Lethbridge redevelopment begins...more
New skyscraper for Houston’s downtown? Not just yet...more
Toronto: A post-modern strategy for city building...more
Construction commences on MVRDV’s Amanora Vertical City in Pune, India...more
New York University unveils revised plans for Village expansion...more
Chicago set for another box...more
Alter Studio’s Tower House is a refurbished zero emission landmark for Treviso, Italy...more
Tapping into New York City’s most liquid assets...more
Shenzhen Interchange: New landmark tower...more
Resident plans futuristic hotel near Mall of Georgia...more
Japan’s strict building codes saved lives...more
Gazprom may build Okhta Tower in northern St. Petersburg...more
Birmingham: New plans for Lee Longlands mooted...more
Rethink ordered for Canary Wharf skyscraper Columbus Tower...more
China attempts to deflate its unstable property bubble...more
Liberty Luxe renewable energy powered tower opens in Battery Park City NYC...more
Talles Towers proposed in Athens...more
Yanlord Landmark, Chengdu / NBBJ...more
New Nouvel tower rises In Nicosia...more
New York: Building escape device inspired by 9/11 debuts...more
Toronto: Let cities reach for the sky...more
RACO develops slender commercial building for local bank in Guadalajara...more
Tokyo takes step to assist potential "'high-rise refugees"' in case of major earthquake...more
Christchurch high-rise apartments now on a lean...more
Los Angeles: Developer unveils high-rise condos for site near Century City...more
Nashville: The Pinnacle at Symphony Place achieves gold LEED certification...more
New Members
Supporting Contributor
Al Hamra Real Estate Company
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Capital Group
Nanjing International Group Co. Ltd.
Siemens Industry
Sinosteel Ever Glory Co., Ltd.
S.K.S. Associates
Upgraded Members
Meinhardt Group International
Building Case Study
Broadcasting Place
Leeds, UK
Design Research
Wind Tower, Abu Dhabi
Arash Soleimani
University of Nottingham
Technical Paper
Sustainability and Tall Bldgs.
M. Ali / P. Armstrong
Tall Bldgs: The Last 10 Years
Compilation of Speakers
2010 Awards Interviews
Upcoming Events
How’d They Do That?!
Lecture by Ron Klemencic, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, USA, April 5, 2011
CTBUH China Workshop
Tongji University, Shanghai, China, May 16, 2011
Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA, Until July 20, 2011
The Skyscraper Museum, New York, Opening July, 2011
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference: Why Tall? Green, Humanity & Safety
COEX, Seoul, South Korea,10-12 October, 2011
CTBUH in the Media
Israel's Skyscrapers are Dwarfs
CTBUH Country Rep. Isreal
David quoted
Globes, March 11, 2011
Bring the City into the Sky
Antony Wood (CTBUH Exec. Director) authored paper
Modus, March 2011
Tallest 10 under Construction
CTBUH tallest database referenced
Infrastructurist, March 4, 2011

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