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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
April 2012
Top CTBUH News
Call for New City Representatives
City Representatives will serve as leaders in their community and work to expand the Council’s presence on a grass roots level.
  Speakers Announced for Congress
Top industry leaders have been confirmed as speakers for the Shanghai Congress, as the Early Bird Registration deadline approaches.
Global Tall Building News
Amazon's Plan for a Three-Skyscraper Headquarters in Seattle
The public will get its first taste of the Amazon HQ vision at a meeting with city planners next week. Paperwork filed with the Seattle Design Review Board show a three-block complex of 37-story office towers, doubling Amazon’s current office space.
Malmö's Turning Torso Landmark Put up for Sale
Swedish housing cooperative HSB has announced that it plans to sell the Turning Torso skyscraper in Malmö, one of the city's most prominent landmarks and a symbol of its recent regeneration process. HSB Malmö has no plans to move from its head office in the landmark tower and plans to maintain its base there.
Vancouver Architect Plans Wood Skyscraper
Architect Michael Green envisions a 30-story tower made of composite wood, which he argues is an eco-friendly alternative to steel and concrete. By using super-strong composite wood, wood towers can go even higher, says Mr. Wood, the latest advocate for using wood for tall buildings.
Plan Revived for San Francisco’s Tallest Tower
New plans have been submitted for the long-dormant Transbay Tower, which would be the tallest building in San Francisco. Plans submitted to the city call for a 60-story tower with an obelisk form and a see-through crown. But many of the flourishes of the original design have been dropped.
China Cities Facing a Sinking Problem
Beijing, Shanghai and Xian are among 50 cities in China that are slowly sinking, according to new geological survey partially released last week. Shanghai has sunk 2 1/2 meters in the last century, the study suggests. New government agencies have been formed to address the issue.
SOM Completes ‘Shrouded Figure’ in Kuwait
SOM’s curling Al Hamra Firdous Tower in Kuwait City is officially complete. The 412-metre tower, the 13th highest in the world, according to CTBUH’s Skyscraper Center, features three glass ‘veil’ walls wrapping a near-opaque stone wall on the south side, blocking the sun.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
CTBUH Chairman

Timothy Johnson's love for skyscrapers began with a trip to Chicago. Now his focus is on China and the lessons learned from the Chinese approach to building vertical cities.
CTBUH Young Professionals to Host Workshop
The CTBUH Young Professionals Committee will host a student workshop on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, April 4, to discuss the latest trends in the industry.
CTBUH and IIT Win Research Grant
An interdisciplinary team from the CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology has been awarded a grant to study the effects of green wall façades on building performance.
Jury Named for 11th Annual Awards Program
A prestigious group of industry leaders have been confirmed as jury members for the CTBUH’s 11th Annual Awards program, which adds two new awards this year – innovation & performance.
University of Tehran Hosts CTBUH Workshop
CTBUH country representative Dr. Peyman Nejad brought together students and professors from around Iran for a detailed discussion on the design and construction of tall buildings.
Board of Trustees Talk Strategy
After one of the most successful years in CTBUH history, the nine member Board of Trustees met March 19 in Chicago to discuss strategic initiatives for the years ahead.
Other Industry News
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Good News for Construction of Tall Buildings in Seismic Zones...more
Tower Planned for Vancouver Suburb...more
Two 47-story Towers Win Approval in New Jersey...more
Paris Project is Model for Retrofitting...more
Plans Revealed for Israel’s Tallest Office Tower...more
French “Spiderman” Climbs Jakarta Tower...more
New York University Plans “Crescent-Shaped” Towers...more
Unusual Residential Tower Planned for India...more
Developer Plans USD500 million Project in Austin...more
Seattle’s Historic Smith Tower Sold...more
Chinese Couple Resists Skyscraper Developers...more
Developer Plans to Remake Vacant Downtown Cleveland Office Building...more
After Seven-Year Debate, Berkeley May Get Tall Buildings...more
Plan Unveiled for Brooklyn’s Tallest Tower...more
Billions Earmarked for Aeon Towers in Davao City...more
Are Toronto Condo Towers Slums in the Making?...more
Infinity Tower Project Has Definite End in Sight...more
New Jersey's Revel Takes New Approach to Casino...more
Devon Employees Begin Moving into Oklahoma City Tower...more
Empire State Building Celebrates Anniversary...more
International Gem Tower Tops Out...more
Sahid and Pikko to Build Jakarta Tower...more
Major Changes for Wilshire Grand Project...more
Architect Chosen for First Hudson Yards Residential Tower...more
Seattle Developers Plan Tower...more
Japan Property Tycoon Minoru Mori Dies at 77...more
Moscow Looks to Rein in Skyscraper Construction...more
New Tower Set to Rise in Boston’s Chinatown...more
Paris Towers Win Approval...more
Group Developing Guidelines for Fire Safety in Tall Buildings...more
Warsaw Developer Building New Office Tower...more
Glimpse at New Jean Nouvel Project...more
Four-tower “Superblock” Planned for Portland’s Lloyd District...more
Parking Issues Plague Saigon’s High-rise Buildings...more
Hearst Tower Turns Green Efforts into Gold and Platinum...more
Bangkok Moves to Install Sprinklers in Old Buildings...more
City Council Approves Controversial Liverpool Waters Project...more
Jordan Tower Projects Struggling...more
Neighbors Protest Seattle Tower Plan...more
Kingdom Tower Designers Apply Lessons from Burj Khalifa...more
Empire State Investors Sue to Block IPO...more
Czech City Restores Iconic Mies Villa...more
Portman Shanghai Tower Topped Out...more
Japan Finishes Tallest Communications Tower...more
Hotel Company Planning Boston Tower...more
New Members
HOK, Inc.
Benoy Limited
RAW Design Inc.
Bakkala Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Dam & Partners Architecten
IECA Internacional S.A.
Building Case Study
Heron Tower
Design Research
Undulating Tower, New York
D. Encheva / T. Haralampieva / S. Markovska
New Bulgarian University
Technical Paper
Hybrid Mass Damper for Canton Tower
P. Tan / Y. Liu / Z. Fu Lin /
J. Teng
Guangzhou IFC -
Wilkinson Eyre / Arup

C. Wilkinson / D. Bettison /
M. Kwok / C. Gibbons
2011 Awards Interview
Upcoming Events
CTBUH Students Workshop
Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - April 4
CTBUH Chairman to Speak at ENR Global Construction Summit 2012
The McGraw-Hill Companies Corporate Headquarters,
New York - April 11
CCHRB 2012 Seminar on Tall Buildings
Harris Bank Building,
Chicago - June 14
CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai - September 19-21
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 18
CTBUH in the Media
Toronto Condo Towers now City's Tallest Buildings
CTBUH's Kevin Brass discusses "megatall" – the growing trend towards mixed-use buildings.
Toronto Star, March 22
Skyscraper Completion Reaches New High
CTBUH's Antony Wood and Nathaniel Hollister report on the tall building new markets.
The Indian Concrete Journal, March 2012
Laing O’Rourke Headhunts Arup Skyscraper Expert
Laing O’Rourke has signed up skyscrapers expert and former CTBUH Chairman David Scott.
Construction Enquirer, March 6

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