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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
November 2011
Top CTBUH News
IIT Seeks New Architecture Dean
The Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture – the premier institute for tall building education internationally and home of the Council – is now actively seeking a new Dean.
  First Annual Student Competition Results
The final judging of the CTBUH 1st annual student tall building competition took place at the Seoul Conference, with the judging panel including William Pedersen and Ron Klemencic.
Global Tall Building News
North Korea’s “Hotel of Doom” to Open 24 Years After Construction
Now, 24 years after it was first started, the hotel which once aimed to be the world's tallest tower will finally open its doors in the North Korean capital. Ryugyong Hotel, a glass tower spanning 105 stories and rising 1,080ft high, will partially open in April of 2012 following decades of delays, according to reports.
New Hotel Opens in China's Richest Village in Huaxi
Huaxi, also known as China's richest village, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the inauguration of a 328-meter-high skyscraper hotel. The Longxi International Hotel ranks as the 15th-highest skyscraper in the world, standing taller than Paris's Eiffel Tower (324 meter) and the Chrysler Building (319 meter) in New York.
Fumihiko Maki's United Nations Tower in New York Gets Green Light
Thanks to a breakthrough in bureaucratic red tape, Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki, whose design has been on hold since 2004, now has the green light to begin construction of a 35-story addition to the United Nations complex in New York City after 7 Years of stalling.
World’s Most Expensive Building Breaks Ground in Seoul
Construction began October 11 on the Yongsan Landmark Tower, which is expected to be the most expensive building in the world once it is completed, standing 100 stories tall. The tower will not quite measure up to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (162 stories) but will be the most expensive building per square unit.
Plan for Transbay Tower in San Francisco Raises Shadow Debate
Reaching 1,070 feet into the air, San Francisco's proposed Transbay Tower would be the tallest building west of the Mississippi. But if approved and built, it could also do something else, critics say: Its shadow, and the shadow of five other buildings proposed to rise would block the sun and turn the parks into shadowy wastelands.
How Europe Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Skyscraper
European cities aren’t short anymore. The growth pattern of European tall buildings is often different – planners usually either spread them around the city or designate a secondary skyscraper district rather than let them all crop up in the traditional downtown as is typical in the U.S. – but the height is still there.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

With the world’s population set to increase by 2 billion in less than 40 years, the Council’s new Chairman, Timothy Johnson, discusses the challenges and implications facing the tall building community.
Shanghai 2012 World Congress, Call for Papers
There has already been a huge expression of interest in the Congress, from potential speakers and sponsors alike, since the October 10 official launch. Deadline for abstracts: January 13, 2012.
New CTBUH Chairman Inaugurated
Timothy Johnson, of NBBJ, was officially inaugurated as CTBUH Chair on October 11, becoming the first architect to serve as Chairman in the Council’s 42 year history.
2011 Seoul Conference Report
800+ delegates from around the world joined us in Korea on October 10-12 for the 2011 World Conference Seoul. 145 papers were presented, as well as 53 posters and other events.
CTBUH Journal 2011, Issue IV Now Published
This issue of the Journal includes papers on Daniel Libeskind’s Hyundae I’Park Project in Busan, Humanizing High-rise Urbanism, the Subtropical Residential Tower and A New Demolition Method for Tall Buildings.
The Tall Stones of Venice: Workshop Results
A design research workshop, aimed at the design of a 200-meter tower to create a boundary between the urban areas of Mestre and Marghera, was recently held at IUAV University of Venice.
Other Industry News
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Paris Plans to Give Eiffel Tower a Face Lift...more
China’s Crowning Glory...more
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Lunch Atop A Skyscraper in London...more
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Head for Heights in Doha...more
New Members
Halfen USA
The British Land Company PLC
Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Ayala Land, Inc.
Kinetica Dynamics Inc.
ALT Cladding, Inc.
Building Case Study
Manitoba Hydro Place
Design Research
Skystone, Calgary
J. Akl / C. Ashe
University of Calgary
Technical Paper
A New Demolition Method for Tall Buildings
R. Mizutani / S. Yoshikai
Daniel Libeskind
Seoul World Conference 2011
Upcoming Events
SEAOI 2011 Structures Symposium
Maggiano's Little Italy, Chicago, November 2, 2011
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, November 3, 2011
Structural Engineers Foundation 2011 Fall Lecture
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, November 8, 2011
The Twin Towers and the City: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara
Museum of the City of New York, September 3 - December 4, 2011
Future Concrete 2011
Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, December 12-14, 2011
Fall 2011 Architecture Exhibitions: TOO TALL?
Harborfront Centre, Toronto,
Till December 31, 2011
CTBUH in the Media
Global Skyscraper Group Ventures into Research
Overview of CTBUH growth and future outputs.
ENR, October 31
Asia's Skyscraper Supremacy
CTBUH Journal Editor Jan Klerks and Jason Pomeroy were interviewed.
Global Post, October 12
Castles in the Air
CTBUH and CTBUH Leaders are sourced in this article on global skyscraper trends.
Scientific American, September

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