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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
July 2012
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH Inaugural Exhibit at Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Council's first external exhibition, "High-Rise, Lo-Carb," features work from IIT students with CTBUH and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
  Full Speaker Program Confirmed for Shanghai World Congress
All speakers, as well as 500 delegates, confirmed. Click here to see full program and who, what, when for presentations.
Global Tall Building News
Talk of Pre-Fab Skyscraper Attracts International Media Attention
Reports that Chinese pre-fab specialist Broad Group is planning to construct the world’s tallest building in nine months has sparked international media coverage, including a detailed report in the Wall Street Journal. The tower, named Sky City, would reach 838 meters, passing the Burj Khalifa (828 meters), Broad Group says.
Controversy over Plans for Africa's Tallest Building
Controversy continues regarding South African project Symbio-City, a three-tower development that, if completed, will include the continent's tallest building. Following the announcement of this project last month, locals have voiced a series of objections concerning its necessity and consequences.
Groundbreaking Milan Tower Project Takes Step Forward
Foundation work has finished on the first tower in the CityLife development in Milan, an initiative to create a business district on the site of the historical Milan Fair. The USD2.6 billion development includes towers designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Studio Daniel Libeskind, which created the master plan for the project.
Russian Radio Tower in Danger
Moscow's historic Shukhov Radio Tower has fallen into disrepair and may soon be lost permanently, argues Vladimir Shukhov, the great-grandson of the tower's designer. The 90-year-old tower was built during the Russian Civil War and is an archetype of the Russian avant-garde movement.
CTBUH Releases Telecom Tower Study
With the completion of the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest telecommunications and observation tower in the world, the CTBUH research team reports on the latest trends in unoccupied buildings.
Trump Penthouse Listed at USD32 Million
The penthouse on the 89th floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago has hit the market with an asking price of USD32 million. The penthouse is reportedly the most expensive real estate listing in the city, according to media reports.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson takes stock of the first half of 2012, including the winners of the annual awards and preparations for the CTBUH World Congress, the tall building event of the year.
Council Names Three New Fellows
Council veterans Nick Billotti, Georges Binder, and James A. Robinson have been named CTBUH Fellows, recognizing their contributions to the CTBUH, as well as their work in the industry.
CTBUH Journal Issue II Available for Purchase
The new issue of the CTBUH Journal is now available, featuring papers on building security, developing skylines, the UNESCO debate and a study of observation /telecommunications towers.
Awards Honor First Time Winners
This year’s winners demonstrated new ideas about form and sustainability, with projects in Italy and Australia earning honors for the first time.
First Wave of City Representatives Appointed
More than 35 City Representatives have been appointed in 13 countries as the CTBUH expands its network at a grass roots level. Committees are organizing in New York, Dubai, Toronto and Melbourne.
Seed Funding Drive Attracts 50+ Applicants
CTBUH’s first research seed funding initiative, sponsored by AECOM, has generated ideas from around the world, including researchers from top companies, foundations and academic institutions.
Other Industry News
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Tallest Building in Israel Planned for Tel Aviv...more
Four World Trade Center Tops out...more
London Student Tower Approved...more
Manhattan Tower Sells for USD360 million...more
Ontario Moves to Protect Citizens from Falling Glass...more
Sony Corp. may Sell Classic NYC Tower...more
Polish MVRDV Building Unveiled...more
Mumbai Committee Endorses Construction of 78 Skyscrapers...more
Tower Proposed for Shakespeare Site...more
Two Tall Buildings Planned for MOMA Neighborhood...more
Detailed Map of Skyscrapers under Construction in New York...more
New York Times Details Changes in World Trade Center Design...more
Dubai Developer Offers Free Yacht with Purchase...more
Video: Building the Shard...more
New High Rise Proposed for Stalled Boston Site...more
Apartment Tower Brings New York to Saudi Arabia...more
New Photos of Singapore's Supertrees...more
New Pictures from Europe's Next Tallest Residential Tower...more
Parkway Properties Buys Charlotte Tower...more
Vancouver Suburb to Get New Tall Building...more
Wrigley Building Receives Landmark Status...more
New Tower Opens in Belgium...more
San Francisco Voters Support Coit Tower Preservation...more
Video: How High can We Build?...more
Skyscraper Plan Submitted for Long-vacant Chicago Lot...more
Detroit Building Sold for Discounted Price...more
Burj Khalifa in Supertall Mega Research Project...more
Dallas Tower Sells for USD23 million...more
Fire at One World Trade Center...more
Miami Sky Mansion Listed for USD4.2 million...more
Melbourne High-rise Ignites Controversy...more
Exploring the Psychology of Tall Buildings...more
Seismic Sensor Network Installed in San Francisco's Tallest Residential Building...more
Companies Consider Renting Space in the Shard...more
Plans for Africa's Tallest Building Sparks Debate...more
Shanghai Tower Reaches Milestone...more
Preliminary Drawings Released for Three-tower Project in Chicago...more
Western Australian Town Opens First High-rise...more
Safdie to Design Sri Lanka's Tallest Building...more
Plans Progress to Complete Uganda's Tallest Tower...more
New Members
Upgraded Donor
Schindler Elevator Corp.
The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York
Upgraded Contributor
PDW Architects
Camara Consultores Arquitectura e Ingeneria
China Construction First Division Group
Stauch Vorster Architects
Building Case Study
Capital Gate
Abu Dhabi
Design Research
Co2ngress Gateway, Chicago
D. Mui / B. Sahagun
Illinois Institute of Technology
Technical Paper
Securing Iconic Structures
S. Ahrens / S. Yas
What are limiting factors that may prevent a mile-high tower?
Compilation of 2011 Awards Symposium Interviewees
Upcoming Events
Lafayette Park: The Settlement Shape
S.R. Crown Hall, Chicago -
until July 29
CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai - September 19-21
Skyscraper: Art and Architecture against Gravity
Museum of Contemporary Art,
Chicago - until September 23
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 18
The Unseen City: Design for A Future Chicago
Chicago Architecture Foundation - until November 4
CTBUH in the Media
Tall Buildings, A Cut above the Rest
Antony Wood was interviewed about the recent release of the 2012 Best Tall Building Awards.
NPR Science Friday,
June 22
Canada's "Marilyn Monroe" Among Award-Winning Skyscrapers
CTBUH Best Tall Buildings, picked up by over 100 publications.
Reuters, June 13
One World Trade Center Rises above Empire State Building
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson discusses the 1WTC.
The Monocle Daily, April 30

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