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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
September 2012
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH's Popular Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner Expands for 2012
Free Awards symposium will feature expanded lineup of presentations on finalist projects, as well as tributes to this year's best tall building winners.
  Industry Leaders Set to Gather in Shanghai for Historic World Congress
Only a handful of places left for the CTBUH 9th World Congress, which will bring together industry leaders on September 19 in Shanghai for the tall building event of the year.
Global Tall Building News
Gazprom's Long Disputed Tower May Move Forward
St. Petersburg officials have reportedly granted approval to Gazprom’s long-delayed Lakhta Centre, a 500-meter building on the city's outskirts, according to AFP. Previous attempts to construct the building failed, in part, due to preservation groups' opposition.
Woolworth Building to Get Residential Makeover
The top 30 floors of the historic Woolworth Building in New York will be converted into luxury apartments. Alchemy Properties paid US$68 million for the square footage and will invest about US$80 million more in order to convert existing office space into 40 residences in the landmark tower.
Firm Creates Massive Cultural Arts Center for China City
Austria-based firm Hans Hollein has finished the design for the Meixihu Lake International Culture and Arts Center in Changsha, China, designboom reports. The project, centered around three tall buildings of irregular shapes, may become one of the world's largest cultural centers.
Israeli Skyscraper District Mostly Approved
The Interior Ministry of Jerusalem granted initial approval to a major construction plan for the entrance to the city, including 12 skyscrapers. The project includes a number of towers that will house government offices, private businesses, hotels and residential apartments.
UNESCO Warns about Future Tall Building Developments
UNESCO has advised London to clamp down on high-rise developments over concerns about historic sites. In the latest salvo in a long-running debate, UNESCO has asked for a "review" of major projects, which it believes can affect views of existing landmark sites.
Shimizu Lays Claims to World’s Least CO2-Emitting Building
Japanese contractor Shimizu Corporation says its new headquarters is the world’s least carbon dioxide-emitting building. The Shimizu headquarters, located in Tokyo, emits 38 kilograms per square meters of CO2 per year, 62% less on average than conventional buildings in the city, the company said in a statement.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Steve Watts

Is the industry ready for the next big thing? CTBUH's Steve Watts argues tall buildings are ready for a big innovation that will transform construction of future skyscrapers.
Inside China’s Pre-fab Skyscraper Factory
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood recently toured China Broad Group’s facilities and discussed the company’s plans to build an 838-meter tower.
New York Reps Stage First Event
The CTBUH City Representatives in New York brought together more than 125 industry professionals for a networking event on the rooftop of Buro Happold’s local headquarters.
CTBUH Co-Sponsors Fire Safety Event
The Fire Protection Research Foundation is hosting "Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities" in Chicago, with Gordon Gill providing the keynote.
CTBUH Leaders Featured in WAN Series
World Architecture News spotlights a series of articles from CTBUH leaders in its Eco-in-the-City blog, focusing on sustainability and urban planning.
CTBUH Benefactor Norman Ramsey Passes Away
We are saddened to report the passing of Norman Ramsey, who donated his entire “Skylina Collection” of tall building-related materials collected over 70 years to the Council in 2011.
Other Industry News
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Rem Koolhaas Skyscrapers that Were Never Built...more
High-rises Sprouting in Seattle...more
Angry Citizens Push for Demolition of Half-Built Tower...more
Eiffel Tower Named Europe’s "Most Expensive Monument"...more
New Tower Approved for Tel Aviv Suburb...more
Commercial Skyscraper Opens in Brisbane...more
Check Out Future Skyscrapers of London...more
Developer Wants to Bring Tall Building to Idaho Town...more
Exploring the Future of Vertical Cities...more
Rogers Stirk Harbour Tower Approved for Vauxhall...more
Poorly Placed Developments May Cause Flooding...more
Proposed Towers Cater to Public Transit Riders...more
Different Perspectives on the Shard...more
San Diego Hotel Towers Submitted for Approval...more
Toronto Deals with the Complexities of New High-rises...more
Video: Maintenance Worker Goes Over the Edge of Burj Khalifa...more
Spider-webbed Glass Protects Birds...more
Approval for Liverpool’s Regeneration Project Is Delayed...more
Ambitious "Depth-scraper" Defies Earthquakes...more
Designers Propose Tree-Inspired Skyscraper...more
Site Names World's Ten Best Observation Decks...more
Melbourne Aims to Construct a Vertical City...more
Developer Seeks to Grace Nashville with Guitar-shaped Building...more
Houston High-rise Moving Forward...more
Details Released of Ian Simpson's Proposed Building...more
New Images Released of One World Trade Center...more
Landmark Houston Skyscraper for Sale...more
Broad Group CEO: “100 Percent” Two-kilometer Tower Will be Built...more
UNStudio Skyscraper to Join Waterfront City...more
Water Limitations for High-rises...more
Architect Proposes Self-Sustaining Algae-Covered Tower...more
Exclusive: New Shanghai Tower Images...more
The Emotional Impact of New Towers...more
New York Life Tower Opens in Mexico City...more
Construction Begins on Marriott's Third Grand Chateau Tower...more
Designers Conceive Skyscraper Made from Debris...more
Infinity Tower Progressing in Dubai...more
Building Featuring Tiny Apartments Breaks Ground...more
A Public Skyscraper Designed to Solve Social Problems...more
Niagara Falls Resort Approved...more
Damaged Tokyo Tower Antenna Removed...more
Developers Moving Forward with Vinoly Plan for Battersea Power Station...more
New Members
Supporting Contributor
Broad Sustainable Building
Upgraded Supporting Contributor
China State Construction Engineering Corp
Upgraded Donor
Tongji Architectural Design (Group)
DK Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
GCAQ Ingenieros Civilies S.A.C
Southern Land Development
Weiss Architects, LLC
Building Case Study
The Index
Design Research
Plymouth Tower, Chicago
C. Reddy / M. Byrne
Illinois Institute of Technology
Technical Paper
Developing Rotterdam's Skyline
F. van der Hoeven / S. Nijhuis
Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral?
Compilation of 2011 Awards Symposium Interviewees
Upcoming Events
CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai - September 19-21
World Architecture Day
Cannon Place, London - October 1
Architectural Record Innovation Conference
McGraw-Hill Headquarters, New York - October 4
Facades and Innovation Symposium
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 11 - 12
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 18
CTBUH in the Media
Living the High Life
The Wall Street Journal turns to the CTBUH to help examine residential skyscrapers.
The Wall Street Journal,
August 17
Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get?
CTBUH’s Timothy Johnson and William Baker speculate on the future heights of tall buildings.
The Atlantic Cities, August 16
Can China Build Its Burj Beater in 90 Days?
The CTBUH's Kevin Brass discusses plans to build a 838-meter tower in China., August 8

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