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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
May 2012
Top CTBUH News
Pre-Congress Workshops Announced
Industry leaders will gather for committee meetings and technical workshops before the start of the Shanghai Congress. Register now!
  Annual InfoArchive Ready for Release
The CTBUH’s exhaustive compilation of coverage of the tall building industry in the past year is ready for distribution.
Global Tall Building News
Time-lapse Video of One World Trade Center Construction
Video from ABC News illustrates development of One World Trade Center, which began six years ago on the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site. The building sit where the original eight-story 6 World Trade Center building stood before the 9/11 attacks.
Fire Hits Moscow’s Federation Tower Complex
The top of one of the Federation Tower buildings under construction in Moscow was engulfed in flames Monday night, creating a dramatic and scary spectacle visible for miles. No one was hurt in the fire, which happened at 250 meters above ground level.
Shard's Spire Now in Place
The highest part of what will become Europe's tallest building has been lifted into place in London. The Shard, near to London Bridge in Southwark, now reaches 310 meters high. The final piece of steel – a spire weighing about 500 tons which is 66 meters tall – was craned into place at the top of the building.
Shape Shifting in Vancouver
Bjarke Ingels Group is moving into North America in a big way (excuse the pun). In addition to a 600-unit residential project in New York, BIG has designed a 49-story, cantilevering tower on a difficult site in Vancouver, which could develop as a new icon for the fast-growing city.
Melbourne’s Second-tallest Residential Tower Receives Approval
A 71-story tower with 592 apartments and 566 car parking spaces at the site of the Queensbridge Hotel, Southbank has been approved by the regional planning minister. It’s a AU$275 million Bates Smart-designed high-rise tower that at 276 meters high will be Melbourne's second-tallest building.
Kumkang Penterium IT Tower, Seoul
Perkins Eastman, in collaboration with the Korean architectural firm Hanwon Forum Design Group, was commissioned by Kumkang Housing Company to create a landmark mixed-use office complex in Anyang City in an industrial neighborhood 16 kilometers south of Seoul's city center.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
William Baker

CTBUH Trustee William Baker discusses Asia’s ascent in the global marketplace, focusing on China, home to 85% of the world’s 20 tallest buildings and more than half the world’s population.
Research Seed Funding Deadline Approaching
Submissions in response to the AECOM-sponsored research seed funding program are due by May 15. US$20,000 of funding for one project is available, in any discipline.
Young Professionals Committee Inaugural Event
The Young Professionals Committee hosted its first student workshop, as it embarks on an ambitious agenda to work with the next generation of industry leaders.
Developing a Finnish Vernacular High-rise?
Antony Wood reports on his recent visit to Finland, to speak at a KONE-organized symposium and meet with the mayors of Helsinki and Espoo to discuss the high rise plans for their cities.
CTBUH Leads Discussions at Cityscape Abu Dhabi
CTBUH Public Affairs Manager Kevin Brass chaired the Middle East Real Estate Summit, the annual event for the regional property industry. Industry leaders focused on how and why projects are getting built.
Fantastic Response to Call for City Representatives
Last month’s appeal for members interested in serving as City Representatives attracted an overwhelming response. The goal is to create a new network of affiliates to grow the Council on a grass roots level.
Other Industry News
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Tokyo’s Shibuya Revitalization Kicks off with Hikarie Opening...more
Leaning Towers of Paris are Approved...more
Richard Meier Tower Still Under Discussion in San Francisco...more
Video: An Aerial View of The Shard...more
New University Tower Adds Sizzle to Chicago's Skyline...more
Brooklyn’s City Point Phase Two...more
Charlotte: The Vue Condo High-rise Headed Toward Foreclosure...more
Melbourne: The Long and Short and Tall of a City Feeling Pressure for Change...more
Helm Building, Fresno's First Skyscraper, is Sold...more
Chicago Board of Trade Building Purchased...more
Planning New York's Next Iconic Building...more
Urban Transformation: Restoring “Factory Defaults”...more
Cambridge: High-rise Jail for Sale...more
King’s Reach Tower, London: Giant Ads Blocked...more
Seattle's Iconic Space Needle turns 50...more
Manchester Skyscraper Tops Out...more
Earthquake Training Planned for Building Operators in Jakarta...more
Developer Planning Two High-rises at Downtown Austin's Southeast Edge...more
Tokyo: World's Tallest Communications Tower Will Survive Quakes...more
San Diego: UCSD Shakes Five-story Tower in Major Quake Test...more
Prince Alwaleed: World's Tallest Building Finished in 2017...more
Architect Unveils Plans for Yiwu City Project...more
“Spiderman” Sets World Record with Doha Feat...more
Liverpool’s Tallest Building, Beetham's West Tower, to Go on Sale...more
Azerbaijan Aims to Build World's Tallest Building...more
What Price Height and Light?...more
Houston: 20-story Tower Planned for Energy Corridor...more
Charlotte’s Skye Tower Finally Tops off...more
London to Add “the Cucumber” to Its Skyline...more
Delayed Bahrain Project to Restart...more
Tall and Thin the New Fashion for Melbourne’s Developers...more
Auckland’s Takapuna High-rise Project Scaled Back...more
Tribute to Venezuela Founder Draws Criticism...more
America's Romance with Sprawl May be Over...more
Firm Unveils Design Scheme for South China Project...more
Three More Residential Towers Planned in New York...more
Mandarin Oriental Hotel to Build Chengdu's Tallest Skyscraper...more
New Members
Rafik El-Khoury & Partners
HAEAHN Architecture, Inc.
Silvercup Studios
Tandem Architects (2001)
Electra Construction Ltd.
Building Case Study
Aldar Headquarters
Abu Dhabi
Design Research
Eco-void Skyscraper,
New York

D. Kim / Y. Lim / S. Han / Y. Kim
Korea University
Technical Paper
Greening Urban Habitat: Singapore
Jason Pomeroy
The Construction of
Burj Khalifa
K. J. Kim
2010 Awards Interview
Upcoming Events
CCHRB 2012 Seminar on Tall Buildings
Harris Bank Building,
Chicago - June 14
Advances in Steel Concrete Composite & Hybrid Structures 2012
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore - July 2-4
IE/TUG 2012 Summer School
IE School of Architecture,
Madrid - July 6-13
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
Al Maryah Island Takes Shape in Abu Dhabi
CTBUH Public Affairs Manager Kevin Brass commented on Abu Dhabi’s Sowwah Square progress.
The National, April 24
CTBUH Presents "Asia Ascending: Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City"
CTBUH announces 2012 Shanghai World Congress.
ArchDaily, April 9
City Life, Recreated in the Sky
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood discusses sustainable growth in urbanizing cities.
The Atlantic Cities, March 28

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