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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
January 2012
Top CTBUH News
2012 International Student Competition Launched
The 2nd Annual International Student Tall Building Design Competition, sponsored by KONE, with prizes totaling US$27,000 in value, has a theme of “Reimagining Tall: Considering Context, Sustainability & Efficiency.”
  Major Sponsors Confirmed for Shanghai Congress
Several major sponsors are now confirmed for the 2012 Congress, including the Shanghai Tower Construction Group as the top Diamond Sponsor. Deadline for abstracts swiftly approaching: January 13!
Global Tall Building News
The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi Hotel Opens
Abu Dhabi’s iconic Capital Gate Tower is already in the Guinness Book of World Records for its 18 degree lean – more than four times that of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It now adds one more star to its name, the Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel, which occupies floors 18 through 33 of the building – and it's open for business.
Developer to Keep “Twin Towers” Design
Developer DreamHub says it will not alter the design of a twin-tower project despite complaints in the United States that it mimics the explosions at New York's World Trade Center Towers in 2001. The towers will be built at the entrance to Seoul’s redeveloped Yongsan business district by 2016.
Rafael Vinoly's Supertall in New York
Have a sneak peek at the model of NYC’s soon-to-be-tallest residential tower in Midtown East. The tower will be named the Drake Hotel, designed by Rafael Vinoly. The architectural plans show the 1,300-foot tall skyscraper located at a 56th Street / Park Avenue site, costing approximately US$1 billion.
Jerusalem Municipality Gives First Approval for Two Skyscrapers
The face of downtown Jerusalem is set to change dramatically after two major projects for tall buildings were recently approved by various municipality committees. The larger project, Eden Center, a 120-meter tall building designed by Daniel Libeskind, will include hotels, stores, apartments and movie theaters.
Boston: Should Sunlight Preservation Override Local Control?
Boston markets itself as a “walking city,” but visitors shouldn’t expect to walk in the sun, a diminishing resource downtown and in Back Bay. Boston is no longer a low-rise city, and its high-rise skyline comes at a cost. “Downtown spaces are not just for buildings; they’re for buildings and people”
Five Top Tips for Skyscraper Construction
How can you most effectively design a skyscraper so that the solution is viable structurally, architecturally and economically? The following includes the top five tips in tackling a project of this nature. Mark Hennessy, Meinhardt Australia’s Structural Director, explains.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson looks back on 2011, and discusses the 2012 outlook for the construction industry globally.
“Tallest 20 in 2020” Poster Available
This poster, based on the recent CTBUH study, displays the 20 projects set to become the world’s tallest buildings in 2020.
Prince Charitable Trusts Research Grant Secured
The Prince Charitable Trusts has awarded CTBUH a grant to move forward its ambitious plans to increase the funding and frequency of research on high-density urban developments.
Roosevelt University Tower: Technical Tour
CTBUH recently toured Louis Sullivan’s historic Chicago Auditorium Building, now housing Roosevelt University, as well as the new vertical campus tower nearing completion next door.
CTBUH Qatar Meeting
On December 11, CTBUH Qatar held another successful regional meeting, focused on tall building impact, sustainability & professional responsibility.
Kingkey 100/Shenzen Tour
TFP Farrells Hong Kong partnered with CTBUH recently to provide an exclusive tour of Kingkey 100, the world’s tallest building completed in 2011.
Other Industry News
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Once the Towering Jewel of Memphis, Sterick Building Rehabbing Poses Tall Order...more
World’s Future Second Tallest Building Getting Ready in Shanghai...more
New York: Sky-High Costs...more
Green Visionary...more
Pune May Soon Have Buildings as High as 150 meters...more
Chicago: Plans for New Retirement Buildings Move Forward...more
Taller Towers Raise the Stakes for Toronto’s Harbourfront...more
St. Regis Continues Asia Expansion with Shenzhen Property...more
Chart of the Week: Growing Taller...more
Toronto: Does a 34-story Building Belong in the Distillery District?...more
Master Plan Effect: High-rises Along New Delhi’s Metro Corridor...more
Cash-flow Problems Delay Dubai Skyscraper...more
New York: Two Buildings Become City Landmarks...more
Kuala Lumpur: Work on Project Starts mid-2012...more
Skyscraper Gets Go-ahead for Downtown Calgary...more
Melbourne’s HarbourOne Finishes Early...more
Urbanites’ in Manila Refuge from the Concrete Jungle...more
Christchurch: Hotel to Reopen in Red Zone...more
Fire at 33-story Hanoi Office Tower Injures Workers...more
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall...more
Future Tallest Building in Bucharest...more
Hotel to Open in Whitney Building, Detroit...more
Developers Launch Battle of Brooklyn...more
Safdie Building will Bring New Sophistication to East Bayfront, Toronto...more
Chicago: AMA Moving to Former IBM Building...more
Rising High Flouting Rules in Gulshan...more
Redeveloped LHT Tower Ready to Rejoin Central Hong Kong’s Precious Stock...more
“Silicon Tower” to be Built in London...more
Cambodia Plans High-rise Building...more
Taizhou: Leaning Tower Torn Down...more
Planned Seattle’s Stadium Place Tower...more
Energy Savings for New Jersey High-rise Apartment Building...more
Last Aerial Dish from London ‘s Iconic BT Tower is Removed...more
High-rise Fires Cause Quarter Billion Dollars of Property Damage a Year...more
New Tower Proposed for Taiwan...more
Studying How Skyscraper Foundations Stand up to Earthquakes...more
Two Controversial High-rises in Ottawa Approved by Planning Committee...more
State Grant Money Approved for Martin Tower...more
A Floor Completed in just Three Days: New reality of Indian Realty...more
Old Fourth Ward, Another Atlanta Green Building...more
Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi Inaugurated...more
Staten Island: Economic Revival, without the Fancy Cheese?...more
Smart Building Yields Sharp Savings in Dallas...more
Downing Seeks Planning Approval for 32-story London Student Tower...more
Plans for New High-rise Condo near Ala Moana, Honolulu...more
Vacant Townsend Tower in Syracuse to be Converted into Housing...more
New Members
Upgraded Supporting Contributor
Woods Bagot
Daelim Industrial
Hiranandani Group
Jiangs Architects & Engineers
SsangYong Engineering & Construction
Beazley Group Plc.
King Saud University
Mace Group
Building Case Study
Riviera TwinStar Square
Design Research
MultipliCITY, Shanghai
X. Huang / D. Jin / L. Yang
Harvard University / Tongji University
Technical Paper
Humanizing High-rise Urbanism
Vinayak Bharne
Eight Spruce Street:
Façade Innovation

J. Rechichi / J. Bowers
2011 Awards Symposium Presentation
Upcoming Events
Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment
Museum of the City of New York, until January 22, 2012
Spring 2012 Fazlur R. Khan Lecture Series
Ross B. Corotis, Lehigh University, February 17, 2012
2012 Structures Congress
Fairmont Chicago, March 29-31, 2012
Tall Buildings as Part of Sustainable Urban Environment
Helsinki Music Center, April 3, 2012
CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai, September 19-21, 2012
CTBUH in the Media
World's Future Tallest
Antony Wood (CTBUH), William Baker (SOM) & Richard Fencl (Gensler) interviewed.
WGN Radio 720, December 21
Western Hemisphere's Tallest Residential Building
CTBUH’s Nathaniel Hollister discusses the tallest all-residential building in the US., Dec 21
“Megatall” Joins Dictionary of Tall Buildings Council
Review of the CTBUH Tallest in 2020 study.
ENR, December 8

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