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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
October 2012
Top CTBUH News
Shanghai World Congress Closes to Rave Reviews
More than 850 attendees from 43 countries packed the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao for the tall building event of the year.
  Few Spots Available for Awards Symposium, Dinner
Only a few days left to register for the star-studded 2012 edition of the CTBUH Awards Dinner & Symposium.
Global Tall Building News
Eleven Years Later: A WTC Status Report
Eleven years after terrorist attacks brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center, efforts to rebuild the site continue at an uneven pace, slowed by politics, finances and local disputes. However, several of the key projects are coming to fruition.
Tameer Delivers World's Tallest Residential Tower
Real estate developer Tameer has announced the delivery of Princess Tower, which the CTBUH now officially recognizes as the World's Tallest Residential Building. At 413.4 meters (1,356 feet), the Princess moves past its Dubai neighbor, the 393-meter (1,289-foot) 23 Marina.
Vertical Slum Exhibit Takes Golden Lion Award
The top prize at the Venice Biennale went to a project featuring La Torre de David, the abandoned skyscraper that was invaded by squatters. "Squatters" who now live in the unfinished tower structure have created a vibrant community, including small businesses and community space.
New Residential Tower Planned for Kenya
Developers unveiled a 22-story mixed use tower intended for Nairobi, Kenya's capital. The new KES3.5 billion (US$41.5 million) project, Le Mac, was launched by Mark Properties Limited and will reportedly be the city's first residential tower. It is scheduled to open in 2015.
One Raffles Place Celebrates Opening
Tange Associates launched the 209-meter (688-foot) One Raffles Place Tower 2 in Singapore's CBD. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, officiated the grand opening of the 38-story tower. Tower One was completed in 1986.
Timber High-rise Tops Out
Lend Lease's 10-story cross-laminated timber (CLT) building, Forté, located in Victoria Harbour, celebrated its topping out, Architecture Source reports. This building is slated to be the tallest timber building in the world, according to the builders.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

As we catch our breath from the Shanghai Congress, it is time to reflect on the themes, issues and presentations that helped make the event a soaring success.
NYU Group Earns CTBUH Seed Grant
Researchers from New York University won the first CTBUH research seed funding grant. The money goes toward studying impacts of tall buildings on physical activity in China.
Belgian Student Wins Design Competition
KIT Karlsruhe student Alexis De Bosscher earned first place honors in the CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition for his project "Mosaic Habitat."
Members from Israel Form New Group
Industry professionals from Israel used the Shanghai Congress to promote the formation of a new chapter, designed to promote the Council and best practices in tall building development.
New Issue of CTBUH Journal on Sale
The special edition of the CTBUH Journal focuses on China, with special reports on the SOM-Greenland tower in Wujiang, façades systems and details on China's unique linked towers.
CTBUH Supports Facades and Innovations Symposium
Several CTBUH members will be speaking at the Collaboration: The Art and Science of Buildings façade conference in Chicago, October 11-12, sponsored by The Architect's Newspaper.
Other Industry News
RSS News Feed
Financial Times Features China Broad Group...more
Qatar Professionals Question the Need for Tall Buildings...more
CTBUH Featured on World Architecture News...more
Video: Parking Your Car in Your Living Room...more
Ancient Cham Tower Unearthed...more
New York City Plan Approved After 50 Years...more
Gazprom Sets Date for Lakhta Center Construction...more
Botswana Leader Pushes for High-Rises...more
Video: English Royal Abseils Down the Shard...more
Mitsubishi Plans to Harness Hot Springs for Hotel...more
Pierre Cardin Fighting Critics of His "Palace of Light"...more
Millennium Tower Approved in Boston...more
Major Apartment Planned for New Zealand Capital...more
Emirates Plan Building Codes...more
Canadian City Debates High-rise Development...more
Japan Tower Tops Out...more
Video: Demolition of Two Riverside Buildings...more
The Chinese are Spending Enormous Amounts of Money on Skyscrapers ...more
Architects Express Concern Over Nepal's High-rise Safety...more
Tobu Reports a Tourist Deluge at the Skytree...more
Building Tall is a Necessity in Land-Scarce Bangladesh...more
Vying for the World's Tallest Gate...more
KPF's New Insurance Tower...more
Obit: Jack Cermak, Wind Engineering Pioneer...more
Durst Tower in New York Will Pass on LEED Rating...more
Pakistan President Promotes Consensus on High-rise Construction...more
Alaska Cracks Down on Derelict High-rise...more
Goettsch Partners Releases New Al Maryah Design...more
Resurrected Tower in Toronto Celebrated by Critic...more
Are Tall Buildings Safer After NIST WTC Report?...more
High-Rise to Replace Traditional Housing Co-op in India...more
Progress Report on Belarusian Skyscraper...more
Skyscrapers as Symbols of "Economic Disparity"...more
CTBUH Trustee Bill Baker Joins University’s Faculty...more
New York Times Looks at China Tall Building Issues...more
Beyond DC: Tall Buildings are Coming to the District...more
Warsaw Trade Tower for Sale...more
Emaar to Build Hotel Near Burj Khalifa...more
Man Proposes Enormous Chinatown Tower...more
Developers Plan to Redevelop Dallas Tower...more
Pair of Towers Approved in Boston...more
Sears Tower's Master Builder Passes Away...more
Indonesian Apartment Tower Plans Move Forward...more
New Renderings Released for Amazon's HQ...more
New Members
Supporting Contributor
Eton Properties Group
Saudi Binladin Group/
ABC Division
Shanghai Jingang North Bund Realty
Ellumus LLC
Living Architecture
Eight Partnership Ltd.
Building Case Study
Greenland Suzhou Center
Design Research
Solar Slice, New York
M. Myrianthous / M. Sajjadian / A. Sehizadeh
University of Nottingham
Technical Paper
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
T. Al-Maiman
What do you think is the best tall building in existence today?
Compilation of 2011 Awards Symposium Interviewees
Upcoming Events
Architectural Record Innovation Conference
McGraw-Hill Headquarters, New York - October 4
Facades and Innovation Symposium
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 11 - 12
The 7th Annual CWAB'Y Awards
Hotel Taj Lands End in Bandra, Mumbai - October 12
Richard Hassell WOHA Lecture
The Skyscraper Museum, New York - October 15
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 18
CTBUH in the Media
Asia Ascending – Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City
Summarizes CTBUH Congress and speeches concerning the age of sustainable skyscrapers.
World Architecture News,
September 24
Mile-high Towers Possible as Ego Fuels Race to Top
Bloomberg discusses mile-high towers with Timothy Johnson at CTBUH Congress.
Bloomberg, September 19
CTBUH -IIT Team Researching Green Wall Facades
Payam Bahrami describes studying green walls and building energy consumption.
Sky Gardens, September 13

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