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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
March 2012
Top CTBUH News
2012 Best Tall Building Awards
Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the CTBUH’s 11th Annual Awards program. In addition to the regional Best Tall Building Awards, the Council announces two new awards: Performance & Innovation.
  Council Launches Groundbreaking Skyscraper Site
The Council has launched "The Skyscraper Center," a site that will serve as the most comprehensive resource for information and images for thousands of tall buildings around the world including the new megatalls.
Global Tall Building News
Kingdom Tower Project in Jeddah Gets Final Go-ahead
The plan to build the tallest tower in the world in Jeddah has been given the final clearance by local authorities, according to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company. The SR4.6 billion Kingdom Tower will rise to more than 1,000 meters and serve as the centerpiece of the Kingdom City development.
Bow Skyscraper Nearing Completion in Downtown Calgary
Calgary’s biggest office tower project, The Bow, is nearing completion. Tenants are expected to begin moving in to the iconic 58-story skyscraper in the next few weeks. Energy companies Cenovus and Encana will be the primary occupiers of the 2 million square feet of office space.
Group Begins Work on “Vertical Farm” in Sweden
Plantagon recently broke ground on its very first vertical farm in Linkoping, Sweden. This prototype building will be called the International Centre of Excellence for Urban Agriculture, and it will serve as a facility for scientists to test new technologies aimed at improving urban farming.
Bank of America Plaza Becomes Atlanta's Priciest Repo
One of the biggest emblems of Atlanta's real estate boom is now an emblem of its bust. Bank of America Plaza, the South’s tallest skyscraper and an Atlanta skyline icon, was taken back by its lender at a foreclosure auction. The 55-story tower, bought for a record price in 2006, is metro Atlanta’s priciest repossession.
New CBD Tower in Singapore to Have “Cool” Space
Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) is set to get another green building. CapitaGreen, a 40-story office tower to be built on the site of the former Market Street Carpark, will be property developer CapitaLand's second environmentally-friendly building in the CBD, following One George Street, which opened in 2004.
Ultra-high-speed Elevator for Skyscraper
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. gave an overview of its ultra-high-speed elevator developed for the 632-meter Shanghai Tower under construction in Shanghai, China. To realize the world's fastest speed of 1,080 meters per minute, Mitsubishi used new technologies to increase safety, lifting height, and comfort.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Peter Irwin

CTBUH Trustee Peter Irwin calls for the thoughtful development of ecological spaces within urban habitats, paying careful attention to what makes the environment truly sustainable.
CTBUH Hires Industry Veteran
Veteran building industry journalist Kevin Brass has joined the Council to direct communications strategy, create outreach programs and act as the CTBUH Journal's Editor.
New Façade Access Working Group
The latest CTBUH working group has been developed to further the successful integration of facade access system with tall buildings. The group will focus on the production of a technical guide for façade.
Shanghai Congress Meetings
CTBUH Chair Timothy Johnson and Executive Director Antony Wood were in Shanghai recently for meetings with the Congress Steering Committee and other significant Congress partners and sponsors.
Height Signboard Installed in the Philippines
The BSA Twin Towers recently inaugurated a CTBUH signboard recognizing its position as the tallest twin towers in the Philippines. CTBUH Chair Tim Johnson attended the ceremony.
New Donations for CTBUH Tall Building Library
The Council would like to thank the following people for their recent donations: The Architectural Society of Shanghai China, ECADI, ARC Studio, SOM & Deutsches Architekturmuseum.
Other Industry News
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Pakistan’s Tallest Building Inaugurated in Karachi...more
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Developer Plans Large-scale Town Center Projects in Houston...more
Architect Chosen for the Design of 10 Towers on Chinese Island...more
WTC Construction Site Narrowly Avoids another Tragedy...more
Melbourne Plan Calls for Skyscrapers in Suburbs...more
Deal Signed to Build Renzo Piano Complex in Paris...more
New High-rise Planned for Victory Park in Downtown Dallas...more
Rotating Tower Architect Now Targeting London...more
M&R Wins R1.6 billion Deal for Cape Town Skyscraper...more
Developer Plans 52-story Residential Tower For Downtown Brooklyn...more
Vancouver May Get BIG Building With a Twist...more
“Fortress of Glassitude” Ready to Move Forward in New York...more
Empire State Building Owner to Go Public...more
Bangkok: New City Plan Speeds up Development of Condominiums...more
Leeds Council Faces Charge over Skyscraper Gale Horror...more
Exelon Lays out Plans for New Baltimore Headquarters...more
Toronto: Suit Seeks to Protect Birds from Office Buildings...more
Los Angeles: Cells Help Power Constellation Place Skyscraper...more
North Korean Skyscraper to Open Two Decades Late...more
New York: A Tower Grows at 4 World Trade...more
Construction of WOCICC Officially Launched in Xiamen...more
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai to be One of the World's Tallest Hotels...more
Tokyo’s High-rise Condominium Living Brought Back Down to Earth...more
Florida Waterfront Condos Create Their Own Weather...more
Gateway Skyscraper will Mark the Entrance to Ras Al Khaimah, UAE...more
A Closer Look at Chicago’s Hyde Park...more
Vancouver: Proposed 32-story skyscraper...more
Taller Buildings will Revitalize the Adelaide’s City Center...more
Israel's Tallest Skyscraper to be Built in Tel Aviv Suburb...more
Trader-turned-developer has Big Idea for Streeterville Site...more
Dubai's Princess Tower Soon to Become Tallest Residential Tower...more
New Members
Upgraded - Patron
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National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Tameer Holding Investment
Building Case Study
New York City
Design Research
Vertical Neighborhood,
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Daniel Sacristán Contreras
Escuela Tecnica de Arquitectura de Madrid
Technical Paper
Developing Skyscraper Districts: La Defense
Maria Scicolone
KfW Westarkade / Sauerbruch Hutton
A. Hinterthan / M. Sauerbruch
2011 Awards Symposium Presentation
Upcoming Events
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
13th Annual Structural Engineering Conference
I-Hotel & Conference Center, Champaign, April 17, 2012
CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai, September 19-21, 2012
CTBUH in the Media
A New Global Skyscraper Database from CTBUH
The CTBUH unveiled "The Skyscraper Center."
Chicago Tribune, February 23
Tests Prove Mettle of Tower's Shear-Wall Core “Sandwich”
Former CTBUH Chairman Ron Klemencic discusses benefits of dual-plate composite sheer walls on tall building.
ENR, February 13
Executive Director Antony Wood looks at the trends in tall building construction.
The Urbanist on Monocle 24, February 12

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