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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
June 2012
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH Launches New Research Journal
New journal spearheaded by Korean Chapter will offer academics and researchers an outlet for the latest papers on tall buildings.
  Four Hundreds Attendees Confirmed
See delegate list, which companies registered the most delegates and which company has registered 52 people. Book now! It's filling up!
Global Tall Building News
World's Tallest Telecom Tower to Rejuvenate Japanese Railway
The world's tallest telecom tower, Tokyo Skytree, which opened May 22 after four years of construction as the main attraction of a 34-story entertainment complex in Tokyo. The tower is expected to boost developer Tobu Railway Co.'s revenue by JPY 28.3 billion (US$352 million), according to Bloomberg.
Ethiopia Project could be Africa's Tallest Building
A Chinese developer is planning to build a 264-meter hotel in Ethiopia, which would be the tallest building in Africa. The Chuan Hui International Hotel will be part of a larger project planned by the Chinese developer Guangdong Chuan Hui Group in Addis Ababa, according to a release from the company.
Empire State Reports Millions in Savings from Energy Retrofit
The Empire State Building reports a $2.4 million reduction in energy costs in its first full year following an energy retrofit. The retrofit, completed a year ago, was intended to reduce energy use by 38 percent and save millions of dollars every year.
Spanish Housing Project Sells Energy back to Grid
A public housing project in Spain capped by a 20-story tower was able to conserve enough energy that it sold energy back to the grid, the architect says. Passive architectural methods and on-site generation also contributed to a "considerable reduction" in CO2 emissions.
Smith-Gill Unveils Design for Dancing Dragons Project in Seoul
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, designer of several of the tallest buildings in the world, has revealed the final design of their Dancing Dragons Towers in Seoul. The towers feature green design elements, including “breathing” scaled skin, which imitates reptilian methods of discarding excess heat.
Foundation Work Begins on US Tallest Residential Building
Work on the foundation of 432 Park has officially commenced, a major milestone for a project planned as the tallest residential tower in the United States. The building is projected to rise to 426 meters tall (1,398 feet), surpassing Frank Gehry's Eight Spruce Street by 161 meters (528 feet).
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Sang Dae Kim

CTBUH Vice Chairman Prof. Sang Dae Kim looks at the motivations and goals behind the new research journal and the role of academics in the Council.
CTBUH Featured in One WTC Coverage
Changes in the design to the top of One World Trade Center raised questions about the eventual height and generated a flurry of international media attention.
Survey Seeks Input on Research Priorities
Members representing different industry disciplines are asked to take a quick survey which will help create a roadmap for future research on tall buildings.
Free Student Workshop Planned for Venice
The CTBUH is supporting “Tall on the Water,” a free student workshop in Venice, focused on designing a tall building on the famed Venice lagoon.
Young Professionals Lead Tour of Roosevelt Tower
The Young Professionals Committee organized a tour of the Roosevelt University tower in Chicago, the latest edition to the city’s skyline, designed by VOA.
Korean Conference Report Now Available
A report on the CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul is now available, including a CD with the presentations from Adrian Smith, Daniel Libeskind and more.
Other Industry News
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Tokyo’s Shibuya Revitalization Kicks off with Hikarie Opening...more
Video: Chinese Company Constructs Building in Nine Days...more
World's Tallest LEGO Tower Completed by South Korean Children...more
South Sudan Launches Equatoria Tower...more
One World Trade Center Reaches Milestone...more
US High-rise Construction Slow, But Major Projects Moving Forward...more
Developer Proposes Ottawa's Tallest Building...more
Tower Design in Qatar Inspired by National Emblem...more
Hawaii Group Grants Variance for Tower...more
Georgia Presses Ahead with Lazika Proposal...more
Dallas Museum Seeks to Shade Tower’s Glare...more
First Images of Shanghai Bund Finance Centre...more
BIG Unveils Linked Tower Project in Seoul...more
Detroit Skyscraper Bought in Foreclosure...more
Abu Dhabi Developer Completes Reem Island Tower...more
Video: Empire State Building Gets Color Makeover...more
Three Workers Died after Falling from Thailand’s Tallest Building...more
Istanbul Financial Centre Master Plan Approved...more
Plan Unveiled for "Air-Cleaning" Development in China...more
Dubai 50-story Burjside Boulevard Tops out...more
Cornerstone Laid for Tallest Swiss Building...more
Kennedy Family Development in Chicago Sparks Protests...more
Ownership Stake in Eight Spruce Street for Sale...more
Group Buys Stake in New York’s Olympic Tower Development...more
NBBJ Updates Amazon Headquarters Design...more
Study: Shock Absorbers Limit Shaking During Earthquake...more
One World Trade Center Morse Code Beacon Cancelled...more
Construction Started on Two SOM China Skyscrapersmore
Chicago Tower Project Receives USD29.5 million City Subsidy...more
ASCE Award Goes to CTBUH Member, Lehigh Professor...more
Work Set to Begin on Los Angeles Residential Project...more
Houston Residents Stage "Park-In" to Protest High-risemore
San Francisco Tower Designers Add "People Mover"...more
Guinness Registers Dubai Tower as Tallest Residential...more
MSNBC Poll: Should Antennas Count in Height Measurements...more
Qatar-backed Shard in London to be Unveiled on July 5...more
New York: On the Highest Floors, Food Comes to the Workers...more
Video: Fire Consumes Sharjah Tower...more
New Members
Upgraded Donor
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc.
Parsons Brinckerhoff
LCL Builds Corporation
Profica Project Management
Building Case Study
Design Research
Culture Transcend, Shanghai
X. Huang / D. Jin / L. Yang
Harvard University/
Tongji University
Technical Paper
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-rise Typology
Rem Koolhaas
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award
Adrian Smith
2011 Awards
Upcoming Events
Skyscraper: Art and Architecture against Gravity
Museum of Contemporary Art,
Chicago - June 30–Sept 23
News Paper Spires
Skyscraper Museum,
New York - until July 15
Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
Museum of Modern Art,
New York - until July 30
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
Steps Unclear in Builders’ Race
Describes CTBUH’s role in One WTC's polemic and the Council's measurement criteria.
The Wall Street Journal,
May 13
CTBUH Shanghai Congress Draws China’s Tall Building Leaders
Top industry leaders confirmed to appear at CTBUH World Congress.
Southeast Asia Building,
Scraping a Little More Sky Downtown
CTBUH's Kevin Brass confirmed that One WTC is not yet the tallest in the U.S.
The New York Times, April 30

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