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February 2012
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue I Now Published
The first issue of the year is now available, with papers on the Hansar Bangkok, Hybrid Mass Dampers in Canton Tower, and a debate on whether the Supertall has a future in the US.
  Shanghai Congress: Record Number of Abstracts Received
The Council has received an overwhelming response to the Call for Abstracts, with over 300 submissions for the 72 speaker slots. Meanwhile, more major sponsors have been confirmed.
Global Tall Building News
30 Stories Built and Finished in Fifteen Days
Reality inched closer to Sim City last month when China's Broad Corporation built a 30-story hotel prototype- the Ark Hotel – using prefabricated materials in 360 hours. The Ark Hotel was built on Dongting lake, in the Hunan Province. It was built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake, as tested by the China Academy of Building Research.
Three Large Buildings Collapse in Rio de Janeiro
Three buildings suddenly collapsed in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The buildings, which were 20, 10, and 4 stories high, were mostly used for office space during the day and were almost empty at the time of the disaster. Officials speculated that illegal construction work damaged the structure of the 20-story building and caused it to crumble.
One Kilometer-high Building Planned for Azerbaijan
An Azerbaijani developer has announced plans to build the world's highest building on an artificial island in the Caspian. The Azerbaijan Tower will be 1,050 meters high with 189 floors. The complex, called Khazar Islands, plans to include 41 islands about 25 kilometers south of the capital Baku.
Kampala: 200-Meter Tower in Africa
Capita Symonds has unveiled plans for a new development in the Ugandan capital Kampala. The company has designed the proposed Kampala Tower, a 222-meter-high commercial building and public square that will be a new landmark for the city. At 60 stories, it would be one of the tallest towers in Africa.
Three World Trade Center could be Capped at Seven Stories
Developer Larry Silverstein has threatened to cap the planned 80-story office tower known as Three World Trade Center at a paltry seven stories if he can't secure at least one major office tenant to commit to the building — and he's nowhere close to finding one.
Frankfurt's Tower 185 Completed
The Tower 185 in the Frankfurt Europaviertel has been completed following a construction period of just 33 months – on time and within budget. At 200 meters, the high-rise is one of the tallest office buildings in Germany. Now, following the building completion, the building hopes to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Dennis Poon

CTBUH Trustee Dennis Poon discusses the challenges of the tall building industry in the era of "taller, greener, and curvier" trends.
CTBUH Video Interview Series
Seven interviews were conducted in conjunction with the 2011 Awards Symposium. Interviewees include: Adrian Smith (AS+GG), and more.
Research Seed Funding: Call for Proposals
The CTBUH, with the kind support of AECOM, is pleased to announce its 2012 initiative to develop innovative research ideas, with a US$20,000 award.
Research Grant Secured from Furthermore Publishing
The grant has been awarded to assist the development of the next edition of the CTBUH's Tall Building Reference Guide, with new features and expanded content.
"Tallest in 2011" Poster Available
The highlights of the recent CTBUH study on tall building completion during 2011 is now available in poster format, in the form of the "Tallest 20 in 2011."
CTBUH Seminar in India Discusses Technology
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson and CTBUH member Ahmad Abdelrazaq, recently spoke at a CTBUH seminar in New Delhi.
Other Industry News
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Making Waves in Croydon...more
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Future Holyland Towers to be Smaller than Planned...more
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Richard Meier Reveals Mexico Tower...more
Christchurch: "Vulnerable" Shear Wall Led to Partial Collapse of Hotel...more
Honolulu: Kakaako High-rise Project Moves Forward ...more
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Dubai's Silver Tower...more
Europe's Tallest Living Wall Rises over London's Digby Road Apartments...more
New Tower to Dwarf Istanbul's Minarets...more
Heliport Crowns Atkins' Planned Ad Astra Tower in Batumi...more
Barwa Eyes Handover of US$659 million Doha Project in Q2...more
Jakarta: World's Fifth Tallest Building...more
Chicago: City Urging High-Rises to Make Safety Upgrades...more
New York's Eleven Times Square Files to Go Condo...more
Doha's Hotel Boom...more
Chicago: Hotel Reportedly in Works...more
Glass Walkway to Connect Dubai's Burj with Metro...more
Prudential Building in Houston Demolished in 17 Seconds...more
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Hollywood: Are Taller Buildings the Future?...more
FXFowle Designs Istanbul Tower ...more
New Members
C.Y. Lee & Partners
Bates Smart
Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore
DBI Design
PositivEnergy Practice
SIP Project Managers
JMB Realty Corporation
Roosevelt University
Building Case Study
The Hansar
Design Research
Cloud Skyscraper, Chicago
S. Jang / H. Choi / Y. Jo / Y. Kim / S. Son / H. Lim
Yonsei University / Konkuk University
Technical Paper
International Applications of Elevators for Fire Service Access
Richard Bukowski
The Index Passive Design
T. Wiegand / T. Blunt
2011 Awards Symposium Presentation
Upcoming Events
Spring 2012 Fazlur R. Khan Lecture Series
Ross B. Corotis, Lehigh University, February 17, 2012
2012 ICE Americas Convention
New York Academy of Sciences, March 22-24, 2012
2012 Structures Congress
Fairmont Chicago, March 29-31, 2012
ENR Global Construction Summit 2012
The McGraw-Hill Companies Corporate Headquarters, New York, April 11, 2012
CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai, September 19-21, 2012
CTBUH in the Media
Open Space: An Asset without a Champion?
CTBUH's Antony Wood talks on quality urban space between buildings.
WAN, January 2012
Nine 200m+ Towers built in Abu Dhabi in 2011
A coverage on CTBUH's latest report – "A Year in Review: Trends in 2011."
Construction Week, January 24

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