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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
July 2011
Top CTBUH News
2011 Award Winners Announced
The Council has announced the winners of its 2011 "Best Tall Building" and lifetime achievement awards. These awards recognize four tall buildings and two individuals.
  New CTBUH Fellows
This year, three individuals are being recognized for their contribution to the Council over an extended period of time; Ron Klemencic, Brett Taylor & John Zils.
Global Tall Building News
Wuhan to Build World's 4th Tallest Building
AS + GG Architecture has won an international competition to design Wuhan Greenland Center which, at 606 meters (1,988 feet), will likely be China's third tallest building and the fourth tallest in the world when completed in about five years. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
For Sale: Willis Tower, The Nation's Tallest Building
The group that owns Willis Tower is testing investors' appetite for a piece of the nation's tallest building. The owners have hired two brokerages to market the 110-story building, either for an outright or a partial sale. "The market is extremely strong for high-quality, highly leased properties."
Melbourne: a Skyscraper-sized Portrait
To honor the city's indigenous heritage, a skyscraper is planned that, when glimpsed at from certain angles, depicts a portrait of Aboriginal clan elder William Barak on its façade. Once the Carlton Brewery, the building will live a second life as a high-end residential apartment tower by 2014.
Index Tower: Top Honors for Keeping Cool in Dubai
Set in the crowded avenues of Dubai, the supertall Index Tower has stood out to win the 2011 award for the Best Building in the Middle East and Africa, bestowed by the CTBUH. The skyscraper has multiple layers of heat-reducing elements but still allows daylight to penetrate deep into the interiors.
Goettsch Partners to Design New District Site in Guangzhou
A master plan by Goettsch Partners (GP) has been selected as the winning scheme in the design competition for a prominent site in the new Pazhou district in Guangzhou, China. Three urban parcels form the triangular site, which is planned for seven buildings totaling 428,000 square meters.
Abandoned Bangkok Skyscraper: Fifty Levels of Empty Building
Just 14 years ago, the Sathorn Unique was being built, destined to become one of the city's fanciest residential addresses. Now, it is an abandoned building. Never completed, it remains as yet another "ghost tower" of Bangkok. A tangle of trees and vines are beginning to take over the lighter parts of this monolith.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Professor Sang Dae Kim

CTBUH Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim discusses the international endeavors of the Council, particularly focusing on recent and ongoing events in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
Tornado Tower Signboard Installed
Doha's Tornado Tower, winner of the CTBUH Best Tall Building for the Middle East & Africa in 2009, has installed a signboard which commemorates this award in both English and Arabic.
CTBUH-IIT Design Studio
The CTBUH-Illinois Institute of Technology's latest tall building studio, based on a real site in Seoul, is now ready for viewing. The studio consisted of twelve students working in pairs on six individual designs.
Seoul Conference Early Registration Deadline
The deadline for early bird registration, July 10th, is approaching, register now and receive the best conference rates! Click here for the latest Conference newsletter.
One Nation Under Construction
CTBUH's Antony Wood and others discuss the John Hancock Center and other tall subjects in the Chicago Architecture Foundation's new video library, "One Nation Under Construction"
Former CTBUH Chairman Receives IABSE Award
Former Chair Leslie Robertson, LERA, has been awarded the International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.
Other Industry News
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Construction of Lotte Super Tower to Begin...more
Gazprom Seeks Consent for Tower on St. Petersburg Outskirts...more
Princess Tower, Dubai Completes Superstructure...more
Mixed-use Center in Zhangjiagang...more
Empire State Building Elevator Upgrade...more
Tallest Residential Condo in Philippines to be Built in Makati...more
Chinese Village of 35,000 Boasts Skyscraper...more
D.C's Tysons Tower...more
Beijing Chooses Design for 288-meter Icon...more
Pixelated Stadskantoor Skyscraper in Rotterdam...more
The Pinnacle: Tennessee's First Gold LEED Skyscraper...more
Chicago Board of Trade Building Up for Sale...more
Energy-generating Vertical Neighborhood in New York...more
Quebec-backed Office Tower Finally Filling up...more
The New York City that Never Was...more
Winnipeg: The Green Bar is Stunningly High...more
China Home to World's Greenest Skyscraper...more
Barwa Financial District, Doha...more
Skybridge Will Accommodate Swaying of Connected Towers in Toronto...more
City Building Toward Construction Boom...more
Hilton Surfers Paradise Prepares to Open on the Gold Coast...more
Chicago's Streeterville Tower Gets Planners' OK...more
Vertigata / VOX, Stockholm...more
Old Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago, added to Most Endangered List...more
Downtown Projects Sell Oklahoma City with Urban Success...more
Christchurch's Clarendon Tower Must Go...more
Flame Towers, Baku to Open Next Year...more
RAK Properties begins delivery of Julphar Towers, Abu Dhabi...more
Czech Republic's Scholzberg Tower Built by Students...more
3Beirut: Foster & Partners Break Ground on First Green Roofed Tower in Lebanon...more
Design of Skyscraper Cities Leads to More Pollution...more
San Jose Needs a Single Iconic High-rise...more
China's Skyscraper League by Cities...more
Iconic Calgary's Bow Skyscraper Looking for High-end Retailers...more
Flinders Towers, Adelaide Sparks Fears for Church...more
Manchester's Beetham Tower: the 554-foot Sundial...more
Sugar Rush in Williamsburg...more
High-class Living at P2.5-B Condo Project in Manila...more
Spectacular Photo Moment for Manhattan's Grid...more
New Members
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Clean Urban Energy, Inc.
Mesa Development, LLC
SOMA Architects
JV "Alexandrov -Passage" LLC
Upgraded Members
The Durst Organization
Building Case Study
Pinnacle @ Duxton
Design Research
Education Tower, Seoul
S. Brummer / K. Ford
Illinois Institute of Technology
Technical Paper
Real Life Data: Supporting Environmental Claims
J. Gonçalves / K. Bode
Aqua Tower
J. Loewenberg / B. Lake
2010 CTBUH Interview
Upcoming Events
The Tall Stones of Venice
Venice Architectural Association, Venice, Italy, July 11–29, 2011
2011: Why Tall? International Student Competition
International, Submission Deadline August 31, 2011
CTBUH Seoul Conference: Why Tall? Green, Humanity & Safety
COEX, Seoul, South Korea,10-12 October, 2011
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner
S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago USA, 3 November, 2011
CTBUH in the Media
The Rise of the Supertalls
CTBUH Chair, Professor Kim, discusses upward trends
Big Project, June
Burj Architect Gets Award
Adrian Smith receives significant CTBUH Award
Construction Week, June 16
Foster y Gehry triunfan en los cielos
2011 CTBUH Award Winners profiled (in Spanish)
CNN Expansion, June 15

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