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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
November 2012
Top CTBUH News
First of New Wave of CTBUH Technical Guides Released
CTBUH Working Group Guidelines to Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings, and Outrigger Design for High-Rise Buildings, are now available.
  Hot Off the Press: 2012 Awards Book Features Top Projects
The richly-illustrated annual snapshot of global tall buildings award winners is now available for purchase here. Also, read reports on the actual Awards Events here.
Global Tall Building News
San Francisco's Transit Center Officially Receives Final Approval
San Francisco's Planning Commission gave its final approval to plans to build the 1,070-foot (326-meter) tall Transbay Tower. The 61-story tower, part of a 145-acre Transit Center District with commercial high-rises, residential towers, hotels and retail space, is set to become San Francisco's tallest building.
Kingdom Tower Signs Foundation Deal
Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. announced it signed a deal for the enabling works for Kingdom, the one-kilometer-tall tower planned for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Frankfurt Skyscraper Tops out as Construction Costs Soar
The European Central Bank has reported that its new Frankfurt headquarters, Skytower, is costing 41 percent more to build than expected, Bloomberg reports. The company blames the increase on higher prices for construction materials and "a number of unforeseen challenges."
Arabtec Wins Gazprom Contract
Arabtec has received a AED453 million (US$123 million) contract to build Europe's future tallest tower, the 463-meter (1,520-foot) Lakhta Center on the outskirts of Moscow. The long-delayed Gazprom project found new life when it was relocated to a more acceptable site after initial UNESCO opposition.
Infinity Tower Sao Paolo Reaches Completion
New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently completed the 28-story Infinity Tower in the financial district of São Paulo, Brazil. The 118-meter (387-foot) tall tower is reminiscent of a schooner under full sail, according to the project description.
Toronto's Tall Building Boom Continues with 'L' Tower Topping out
Studio Daniel Libeskind hosted a ceremony in Toronto to celebrate the topping out of the 58-story L Tower, the latest addition to Toronto's tall building boom. Toronto is home to more than 80 percent of Canada's tall building construction, according to the latest CTBUH data.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Sabah Al Rayes

As he prepares to leave the Board of Trustees, Sabah Al Rayes reflects on Fazlur Khan, Lynn Beedle and 40 years of service at CTBUH.
CTBUH Supports IIT Team for NCIIA Grant
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance has awarded IIT a grant to study methods to detect air leakage in tall buildings.
Qatar Chapter Hosts Regional Meeting
The CTBUH Qatar Chapter's latest event presented the pros and cons of using structural steel in tall buildings in the region, and an update on CTBUH activities generally.
Young Professionals Plan for Future, Expansion
After one year in operation, the Council's Young Professionals Committee met recently to plan an increase in the number of professional-related events and an expansion into other regions.
Shanghai Proceedings Offers Detailed Papers
The output from the 9th World Congress is an extraordinary 910 page document with papers detailing the state of tall buildings, crossing all disciplines, in English and Chinese.
CTBUH Presents Keynote at Mumbai Awards Event
Speaking to the CW Architects and Builders Awards, Public Affairs Manager Kevin Brass addressed the latest trends in the industry and challenges facing future development.
Other Industry News
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CTBUH: Dennis Poon Honored by University of Texas at El Paso...more
China Broad Chairman says 838-meter Tower is Moving Forward...more
Gehry Tabbed for Redesign of Toronto District...more
Norman Foster's Winning Park Avenue Design Released...more
Fabricator Withholds One World Trade Center Structure...more
In the Glare of the Spotlight, Museum Tower Announces Opening Date...more
High-rise Apartment Dwellers Increasing in Canada...more
Gordon Gill Featured in Wall Street Journal...more
Nashville Developer Hopes to Corner Rental Market with New Design...more
Window Falls 36 Floors from Vancouver High-rise...more
Flammable Paneling Issues Raised for Tall Buildings in the UAE...more
High-rises Required to Use Solar Energy...more
Learn More About the Marilyn Monroe Towers...more
New York's One57's Future 51-Story Neighbor...more
Staten Island Plans World's Tallest Ferris Wheel...more
Financing Secured for Chicago Tower...more
Tips for Building Slender Buildings...more
Real Estate Trust Plans to Buy Guangzhou IFC...more
Colombians Try to "Crowdfund" a Skyscraper...more
Pakistan Desires Tall Buildings in City Center...more
Milestone Reached for Approval of Milwaukee's New Prize Tower...more
Inside the Tower of Doom...more
Advertisers Consider Moving into 3WTC...more
Bamboo Tower Design Addresses China's Housing Shortage...more
Students Create a Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper for Beijing...more
Video: Rem Koolhaas Talks CCTV...more
Future Tallest Hotel Tower in New York Tops out...more
Gehry Tries His Hand at Renovating a Mies-Inspired Building...more
Bloomberg Calls for New Height Limits in New York City...more
"Robust" Demand is Increasing Tower Sales...more
ZHA Hong Kong Innovation Tower Tops out...more
Oregon Abandons Sustainable Skyscraper Dream...more
Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street...more
New York Plans its Densest Development yet...more
Photographic Exhibition of Detroit...more
Top Buyers Tour the Tops of Top Towers...more
Work Begins on Miami's Stalled Tallest Tower...more
SOM Master Plans Cornell's Roosevelt Campus...more
Detroit Celebrates Two Imminent Residential Openings...more
Philly's Chinatown to Redevelop Vacant Lot with a Revitalizing Tower...more
Moscow Development Plans to Build 14 Skyscrapers...more
Developers Upset Ministers by Selling without a Permit...more
Australian School Considers Selling Property for High-Rise Project...more
Union Station Renovation Ideas Create Dynamic Public Spaces...more
Jeanne Gang Tries to Save Prentice Hospital...more
425 Park Shortlisted Designs on Display...more
Photos Released of Burj Khalifa in a Fog...more
Monaco's New Tallest Tower in the NYT...more
Willis Tower Exhibit Celebrates its Omnipresence in the City...more
Ian Simpson Designs to Face Judgment in Manchester...more
People's Daily HQ Nears Completion in Beijing...more
Devon Tower Celebrates Grand Opening...more
Developers Say Progress Continues on South Africa's First Green Building...more
Korean Air Begins to Clear Site for LA's Second Tallest Building...more
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Hyder Consulting (Shanghai)
Liberty Properties Group
Terrell Group
ASL Sencorp.
bKL Architecture LLC
Degraeuwe Consulting
ENAR Envolentes Arquitectonicas
Ziegler Cooper Architects
Building Case Study
Doha Tower
Design Research
Mosaic Habitat, Istanbul
Alexis De Bosscher
KIT Karlsruhe
Technical Paper
The Emergence of Advanced Façades in China
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J. Rechichi / J. Bowers / C. Webb
2011 Awards Video Interview
Upcoming Events
Fire Safety and Design Symposium
The Courtyard Marriott, Chicago - November 7-8
Structural Engineers Foundation 2012 Fall Lecture
Chicago Architecture Foundation - November 13, 2012
Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s
Museum of the City of New York - opens December 4
URBAN FABRIC: Building New York's Garment District
The Skyscraper Museum, New York - until January 20, 2013
2013 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series - R. Shankar Nair
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA - February 15, 2013
CTBUH in the Media
Doha Tower Named World's Best by CTBUH
Architect's Newspaper writes about the CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Awards.
Architect's Newspaper,
October 20
Tall Stories in China's Glitzy Cities
The National explores China's megatalls accomplishments with CTBUH leaders.
The National, October 14
World's Tallest City? Shanghai Skyscrapers Soar
Timothy Johnson and Adrian Smith interviewed about Shanghai's growing skyline.
Bloomberg TV, October 8

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