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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
May 2011
Top CTBUH News
Search for New CTBUH Chair Launched
Professor Kim's tenure as CTBUH Chairman will be coming to an end at the Seoul conference this October, so the next Chair of the Council is now being sought.
  New Chinese-Language Resources
The Council has launched its monthly tall building newsletter – and other resources – in Chinese, as part of its push to better support the industry in China.
Global Tall Building News
London's Tallest Building: Inside the Heron Tower
The recently completed Heron Tower reaches 230 meters into the sky. It stands at one of London's most ancient junctions, a "strategic crossroads" where the Roman Bishopsgate meets London Wall. It will soon offer the capital's highest public restaurant and bar, at least until competing towers are completed.
Hong Kong: A property boom you can feel
Relentless hammering from new construction sites shakes the affluent streets of Mid-levels, a property hot-spot in a city that has become one the most expensive places for housing in the world. But for some Hong Kong residents who now find themselves on millionaire's row, the boom is more like blight.
Population Near Ground Zero Doubles Since 2000
After the September 11 attacks, there were grim questions about the future of the shaken, dust-covered neighborhoods around the World Trade Center in New York. The 2010 Census figures released show that the number of people living near ground zero has swelled by about 23,000 since 2000.
Sky High in Riyadh
Once a city known for just two iconic skyscrapers, Riyadh's skyline will soon contain a sea of tall buildings. AECOM, Gensler, Goettsch, SOM and Foster and Partners are all among the firms that have tall towers under construction in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD).
Green Light for Herzog & de Meuron's Paris Tower
First unveiled in 2008, Le Project Triangle has just received approval from the cross-party council of Paris for its construction. The incredible structure will rise 200 meters from the Porte de Versailles in Paris and its orientation will be optimized to take advantage of both solar and wind power.
Developer Steaming as Federation Tower Plans Crumble
It was to be the tallest building in Europe, now it looks like Moscow's Federation Towers will join the elephant's graveyard of half-built buildings around Russia's erratic construction capital, as Sergei Polonsky, the man behind the tower falls out of favor with city bosses.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
William Baker

The advent of the skyscraper was dependent upon the invention of two primary technologies: the elevator and the creation of the world's first high-rise structural systems.
CTBUH Journal 2011, Issue II now published
Featuring Moscow's Capital City Towers, a validation of the Burj Khalafa's dynamics and more, the latest Journal has been released and is available for purchase.
Tall & Urban Poster for sale
This study – now available as a poster – presents data on the tallest buildings and population in 32 countries containing buildings above 200 meters in height, as well as regional and global summaries.
Back to Bethlehem, where it all began…
A report on CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood's April visit to Lehigh University – where the Council was based from 1969-2004 – including a meeting with the Beedle family.
World Conference Seoul Update
With the Seoul Conference now five months away, almost 200 abstracts have already been received. See the latest Conference newsletter or visit the Conference homepage.
Research, Academic & Postgraduate Group Report
The third meeting of the Research, Academic & Postgraduate CTBUH Working Group, hosted by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, was held in New York City on April 4th.
Other Industry News
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France's Tallest Building Completes...more
Hong Kong: Skyscraper, Moneymaker...more
Work due to Start on Wales' Tallest Building...more
World Trade Center Transportation Hub Costs Increasing...more
Renzo Piano's "The Shard" Rising Over London...more
Shanghai Tower Growth Spurt...more
In Detail: One Madison Park, New York...more
Transparent Solar Windows See Advancement...more
Price Tower Nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site...more
Skyscrapers Play Havoc with Historic London Skyline...more
Theatre Park Toronto: a Confident Developer...more
A Piece of the Empire State Building...more
Iconic Buildings Display Japan's Colors...more
Veer Towers, Las Vegas...more
Burj Khalifa Dream Fulfilled for Brain Cancer Boy...more
BT Tower-sized Skyscraper Planned for Croydon Town Center...more
Emergency Response Drill Unfolds in Century City High-rise...more
Missing Floors: is Building 25 or 29 Stories?...more
Man Parachuting off Chicago High-rise Arrested...more
Belgrade Center for Promotion of Science...more
Developer Files Zoning Application for 48-Story Tower in Chicago...more
Mother Nature Lights Up the World's Tallest Building in Downtown Dubai...more
Gherkin Architect Declares End of London Skyscraper Boom...more
Devon Energy Center Headquarters Dominates the Oklahoma City Skyline...more
NZ Owners of Iconic London Skyscraper Launch Christchurch Fundraiser...more
Federal Land Builds Tallest Hotel in the Philippines...more
Another Adarsh-like Controversy Haunts Mumbai...more
Phoenix Rising 29 Stories and It's Oh So Thin...more
China Plans Ping-pong Hotel...more
Citigroup Tower Goes Up for Sale for More than GBP 1 billion...more
"Passive" Office Building in Aarhus Completed...more
HL23 (Near) Immaculate Conception in New York...more
Plan for Flat and Office Development for London's Centre Point Skyscraper...more
Winnipeg: Stalled Hotel Set to Rise...more
Studio Gang to Re-imagine Stalled Lexington Tower...more
Bangkok's Law on High-rise Buildings Needs Updating...more
Tallest Lego Tower in the World Built in Brazil...more
New Members
Supporting Contributor
Hyundai Development Company
Far East Aluminum Works (US) Corporation
Arch Design Institute of Tsinghua University
Infrastrutture Lombarde S.p.A.
Building Case Study
Capital City Towers
Moscow, Russia
Design Research
Eduscrape, London
X. He / Y. Luo / B. Minton
University of Nottingham
Technical Paper
Optimization: Struc. Design
M. Sarkisian / E. Long / C. Doo / D. Shook
William Pedersen Interview
William Pedersen, KPF
2010 Awards Interviews
Upcoming Events
2011 NASCC The Steel Conference
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, USA, May 11-14, 2011
CTBUH China Workshop
Tongji University, Shanghai, China, May 16, 2011
CCHRB 2011 Seminar on Tall Buildings
Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB), Chicago, USA, June 9, 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
Why Tall?
CTBUH 2011 Student Design Competition announced
Dexigner, April 07 2011
Skyscraper, Moneymaker
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood quoted
WSJ, April 12 2011
Skyscrapers Concentrated in 32 Countries
CTBUH Press Release discussed (in Spanish)
CNN Expansion, April 14 2011

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