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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
October 2011
Top CTBUH News
Korean Skyscraper Overview
To mark the upcoming Seoul Conference, the Council has published an overview of skyscraper development in Korea.
  Symposium Registrations Gather Pace
With the 10th Annual Awards Dinner now fully booked, 460 people are already registered for the Free Symposium, reserve your space now.
Global Tall Building News
Beijing to Begin Building Tallest Skyscraper
Beijing will begin building the city's tallest skyscraper in its central business district. The 108-story, 510-meter tall building , called "China Zun", is shaped like a zun, an ancient Chinese wine vessel, and will be completed within five years. The building is the latest in a surge of ambitious construction projects in the Chinese capital.
New "Core Wall" May Speed Skyscraper Construction
Researchers are perfecting a new technique that could speed construction of skyscrapers while also providing enough stiffness and strength to withstand earthquakes and forces from high winds. The research project aims to develop a new kind of "core wall," a vertical spine that runs through the center of skyscrapers.
Brookfield Saves in 'Big Megillah' Deck Plan for NY West Side Towers
Brookfield Properties is seeking to gain an edge in the construction of office space on Manhattan's west side by using bridge-building technology to cover a 65-foot railroad trench. The plan would employ a method never used with a building project, save 2 years of labor, and cut costs for a platform to about $300 million.
Japan Earthquake: Tokyo Loses Skyscraper Passion
None of Japan's skyscrapers fell in the massive earthquake that hit the country in March, but they shook violently - and with experts saying a big quake under Tokyo is overdue, the city's love affair with the high-rise lifestyle may be coming to an end. So it has forced Tokyo residents to confront the uncomfortable reality.
Sydney's New 1 Bligh Skyscraper is Australia's Greenest Office Tower
A high-rise in downtown Sydney that has earned the highest score in Australia's Green Star standard was recently unveiled. Inaugurated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the 1 Bligh office tower glows from within, with a 28 story-high atrium that stretches from the building's lobby to a massive skylight up top.
After 9/11: How to Build a Safer Skyscraper
The 9/11 attacks threw the architectural world into shock. "The age of skyscrapers is at an end," city planner Howard Kunstler declared just after the tragedy, and Donald Trump reduced the height of a planned tower in Chicago, citing security concerns raised by 9/11. But since, architects have used advances in construction materials and new designs to make tall buildings safer.
News from the Council
Leader's Message:
Sang Dae Kim

CTBUH Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim discusses the future of historical tall buildings in response to the growing awareness of the need for sustainability as long term investments.
CTBUH to Partner on New Fire Research Project
The project, aiming to address the threat of fires to tall buildings, will be steered by the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and is being funded by the EPSRC in the UK.
9/11 – Ten Years on: CTBUH Reflections
A number of articles reflecting on how the world of tall buildings has changed since 9/11 was published last month to mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of the WTC towers.
Chair-Elect Tim Johnson Visits CTBUH HQ
Tim Johnson of NBBJ, who will formally take over as CTBUH Chair at the 2011 Seoul Conference, visited CTBUH headquarters recently to develop plans for his tenure.
CTBUH Meetings: Indonesia, Russia, Thailand & Vietnam
CTBUH Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim has recently held tall building symposiums in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Russia organized by our Country Representatives.
CTBUH Makes New Leader Appointments
Two new Trustees, Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti & Steve Watts of Davis Langdon UK, and one new Advisory Group member, John Nipaver of John Portman & Associates.
Other Industry News
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Houston Skyscraper Could Smash Price Record...more
Future of Tall Buildings Debated by Buro Happold's London office...more
Detroit's Riverfront Towers Faces Foreclosure...more
Mecca for the Rich: Islam's Holiest Site "Turning into Vegas"...more
High-rise Hotel for Grenfell Street, Adelaide...more
London: Arsenal's Wavy Tower Block "Too Tall"...more
Standing Tall Defying All Rules, Gangtok Buildings Flout Norms in Seismic Zones...more
"The Mall" in Karachi to be the Country's Tallest...more
Crystal Palace: Slovenia's Tallest Green-roofed Skyscraper...more
Architect's Nunavut Journey Inspires Unique Arctic Skyscraper...more
Opus Planning USD100 million Tower on Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis...more
Towering over Switzerland – The High-rise Trend...more
Threat of Fresh Delays for Dubai's Twisting Skyscraper...more
Developer Exits Twarda High-rise Project in Warsaw...more
Devon Tower Marks Major Milestone for Downtown Oklahoma City Skyline...more
Architect Jeanne Gang of Chicago Gets "Genius Grant"...more
Abu Dhabi's Desert-smart Towers Carry Their Own Sunscreen...more
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Burnaby's Tallest High-rise...more
Chicago's Wrigley Building Buyers Plan an Overhaul...more
US Architects Win Deal for Phase 4 of Doha Mega Project...more
New Heart for Haikou...more
I'll Make Manhattan...more
Atrium Village, Chicago Gets Greener...more
Frank Gehry's First Hong Kong Project: "The Building Designed Itself"...more
Xiamen Calls for Check on Skyscraper Glass Curtain Walls...more
Gold Coast: Hilton Surfers Paradise opens...more
NY's Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification...more
Bionic-Arch is a Futuristic Green Skyscraper for Taichung / Vincent Callebaut...more
City board gives controversial Brentwood condo high-rise project the green light...more
Mumbai: Construction Progresses on India's Second Tallest...more
Over Objections, New Brooklyn Historic District Is Created...more
London: Heron Tower Developer Blocks New City Skyscraper...more
Developer to Present Plans for 19-Story Apartment Tower Next to Broad Museum, LA...more
September 11 Memorial at World Trade Center in New York Opens to Public...more
Best BIM Award for Leadenhall Tower, London...more
Vertical Slums Rise to New Heights in Mumbai...more
Caracas: Venezuela's Squatter City...more
Would the Sears Tower Have Survived 9/11?...more
Jakarta to Limit Population to 12.5 million by 2030...more
Architecture after 9/11: Still Building Skyscrapers...more
Trump Tower to Rise in Makati...more
Huaxi – China's Richest Village Completes Controversial Skyscraper...more
The Skyscraper as a Pillar of Confidence...more
Breathtaking Pictures of The Shard Soaring over London's Skyline...more
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York Seeking Permission for Face-Lift ...more
Tower Town, Taichung, Taiwan...more
How Has Skyscraper Design Changed since 9/11?...more
Singapore's Five Best Rooftop Views...more
Fountain Place Honored by Texas Architects...more
Firm to Get Skyscraper Project Off the Ground in Beijing ...more
Is the Bank of America Tower "The World's Greenest Skyscraper?"...more
Fifty-five Story Croydon Tower Got the Nod...more
Dutch Engineers Mull over 2,000 meter Tall Man-made Mountain...more
WTC Tower 3 Architect Calls for Push on Stalled Scheme...more
Tower of Strength: The Arcelor Mittal Orbit...more
Reaching New Heights in Southern California...more
Calcutta is Set for a Walk in the Clouds...more
Blackpool Tower Reopens to Public after 20 million GBP Restoration...more
China Unveils World's Highest Ferris Wheel on 450 meters Tall Skyscraper...more
Solar OLED Tiles Transform Skyscrapers Into Zero-Energy Displays...more
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New Members
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HOK, Inc.
Ayling Consulting Services Inc.
EEI Corporation
Kalpataru Limited
United Elevator Consultants, Inc.
Building Case Study
Haeundae I'Park
Design Research
Noin Tap (Elderly Tower), South Korea
M. Abbott/R. Bloom
Illinois Institute of Technology
Technical Paper
Structural System for Northeast Asia Trade Tower
K. Chung/D. Scott/D. Kim/I. Ha/K. Park
The Rechensia Tower, Bucheon, South Korea
Jong-Soo Kim
CTBUH Conference Video
Upcoming Events
The Skyscraper Museum, New York, USA, July 2011 - January 2012
High-rise: Idea and Reality
Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich, Switzerland, August 31, 2011 - January 2, 2012
CTBUH 2011 World Conference Seoul: Why Tall?: Green, Humanity & Safety
COEX, Seoul, South Korea, October 10-12, 2011
2011 CTBUH-IUAV 2nd Tall Building Conference
Ca' Badoer, Aula Tafuri, Venice, Italy, October 21, 2011
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner
S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago USA, November 3, 2011
Structural Engineers Foundation 2011 Fall Lecture
Chicago Architecture Foundation, November 8, 2011
Future Concrete 2011
Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, UAE, December 12-14, 2011
2012 Structures Congress
Fairmont Chicago, Millenium Park, March 29-31, 2012
ASCCS 2012
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore, July 2-4, 2012
CTBUH in the Media
Chicagoans Construct New Skyscraper Standards
CTBUH Trustee Bill Baker and Advisory Group Member Gene Corley interviewed.
ABC 7 News, Sept 9
Slow Progress in Applying Lessons after 9/11
CTBUH Vice-Chair David Scott & Progressive Collapse Working Group Chair Robert Smilowitz.
New Civil Engineer, Sept 8
Living and Working in Tall Buildings after 9/11
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood interviewed.
WBEZ 91.5, Sept 8

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