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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
December 2012
Top CTBUH News
First Speakers Named for London Conference: Height and Heritage
Some of the biggest names in the industry have already committed to speak at the upcoming 2013 London Conference, including Helmut Jahn, Peter Rees, Rafael Vinoly and Christoph Ingenhoven.
  CTBUH Starts US$300,000 Research Project on LCA of Structural Systems
Arcelor Mittal has commissioned the Council's research department to study the life cycle of structural systems in tall buildings. The kick-start meeting took place in Chicago in early November.
Global Tall Building News
Mile-high Monument to the Equator May Actually be Built
The provincial governor of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, is still planning to construct The Tower of the Sun, a mile-high Raphael Viñoly-designed skyscraper located directly on the equator. The project, which has been discussed for years, may cost as much as US$200 million.
Moscow Tower Overtakes The Shard
Construction on the 75-story Mercury City Tower in Moscow has surpassed the height of The Shard as the structure topped out at 339 meters in early November. The 306-meter Shard will become the tallest building in Europe when it is completed next year.
Dubai Announces Wind Code Revisions
The Dubai Municipality hopes to soon mandate the use of wind tunnel testing in the design of the region's tall buildings. The revised Wind Code requires designers to evaluate the impact of their buildings on the city and is based on international guidelines.
New Photos of Collapsed Crane in New York
Curbed New York and Construction Graffiti obtained some "vertigo-inducing" photos of the infamous collapsed crane perched on top of Manhattan's One57. The crane, which was finally secured November 4, collapsed in the 90-mile-per-hour winds of superstorm Sandy.
Paris Development Making Progress
Plans to build two of Europe's tallest towers in a Paris suburb are moving forward, despite community protests. The Russian developer expects to have financing in place for the Hermitage Plaza towers by January, according to a Reuters report.
Tall Tower Project Resurrected in Qatar
Qatar-based Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) has announced plans to restart work on the 112-story Doha Convention Centre Tower two years after its initial launch. The company has invited firms to submit bids for the construction of the 551-meter-tall project.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
William Baker

Recent events are a reminder of the tenuous nature of historical preservation. The London Conference will focus on the complexities of thinking "out of the box" in a historic context.
Council Seeks New Leaders for Board of Trustees
Three longtime supporters are retiring from the CTBUH Board of Trustees, creating openings for a new generation of leaders interested in helping to direct the Council's strategic focus.
Awards Symposium Presentations Available
Presentations and videos by the award winners and finalists from the 2012 Awards Symposium, Ceremony and Dinner are now available online, offering insights into the best in 2012.
Post-Congress Regional Tour Reports Now Available
From Shenzen to Nanjing, groups of delegates from the CTBUH Shanghai World Congress took advantage of free regional city tours after the Congress. Reports are also offered in Chinese.
CTBUH Supports Fire & Sustainability Event
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood moderated a panel of several CTBUH members focused on ways to connect safety and sustainability at this FPRF / NFPA conference.
Costa Rica Groups Organize Meeting on Tall Buildings
CTBUH's San José City Representative and the Costa Rica Architects and Engineers Consultants Chamber organized an event to discuss tall building development and urban issues.
Other Industry News
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New York Project Will Use Prefab System...more
Yoo to Design Manila Tower...more
London Residential Market Driving Tall Building Development...more
Permits Filed for New York Supertall...more
Australia 108 to Employ Prefabricated Structure...more
Ireland Saves Its First Skyscraper...more
KPF Commissioned to Design Tower...more
Boston Developer Adds More Units to Its Planned Tower...more
Jakarta to Receive a New Landmark Building...more
Related Moves Forward with Latest Tower...more
Construction Begins on Benguela 88...more
Melbourne's Tall Building Boom...more
Exclusive Slim Towers Brings High Profits to Luxury Apartment Towers...more
Architects Discouraged by San Francisco's Zoning Laws...more
Seattle Neighborhood May See Buildings Five Times Taller...more
Canadian Designers Continue to Pursue Wooden High-rises...more
Hudson Yards Announces December Ground Breaking...more
New York Tower is Foster + Partners' First Residential American Project...more
Officials Concerned About High-rise Earthquake Vulnerability...more
Optima Center Reaches Halfway Milestone...more
Ole Scheeren Reveals Singapore Towers Design...more
Developer Announces Oakland's Newest Tower...more
1WTC's "Antenna" Surrendered by Canadian Fabricator...more
Israel's Capital Encourages Vertical Projects...more
Radioactive Dirt Stalls Chicago Tower Construction...more
Washington DC Considers Lifting Height Restrictions Again...more
St. Mary's Tower Approved...more
Walkie Talkie Building Clinches Another Tenant...more
Asahi Shimbun Tower Celebrates Completion...more
San Diego Tower Sells for 25 Percent Markdown...more
Dangling Crane Generates Publicity for One57...more
AS + GG Wins Qintai Center Competition...more
Studio Gang Takes Aim at New York...more
Chicago Projects Going in Opposite Directions...more
Kennedy Family Revises Chicago Tower Plan...more
"Hotel of Doom" Announces Opening Date...more
Questioning Europe's "Small Plan Syndrome"...more
Broadway Malyan Plans India's Largest Development...more
London's South Bank May See New Development...more
Developers Plan 300-meter Tower in Delhi Area...more
Firm Abandons Fire Station Tower Proposal in UK...more
Qatar Aims to Become a Leader in Sustainability...more
Top Firms Compete to Redevelop Australia Site...more
2013 Venice Biennale Name Inspired by a DC Skyscraper...more
IGB to Build Taipei Twin Towers...more
Falling Out of Love with LEED...more
High-rise Demand Growing Rapidly in Minneapolis...more
UK's Future Fifth Tallest May be Cross-Shaped...more
Envisioning Grand Central's Revitalization...more
"Tower of Ring" Completed in China...more
Toronto Project May Include Supertalls...more
New Members
Supporting Contributor
Kingdom Real Estate Development
Pomeroy Studio Pte. Ltd.
Diar Consult
GEO Global Engineering Consultants
NW Project Management Limited
Manitoba Hydro
PLP Architecture
Schock USA Inc.
Building Case Study
Palazzo Lombardia
Design Research
Urban Forest, Shanghai
J. Zhao / Q. Luan / Y. Geng /
Y. Wang / C. Xue
Hefei University of Technology
Technical Paper
Finding Structural Solutions by Connecting Towers
A. Luong / M. Kwok
Innovation Award Winner:
Al Bahar Towers
P. Oborn / P. Chipchase
2012 Awards Presentation
Upcoming Events
Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s
Museum of the City of New York - opens December 4
DRUOT, LACATON & VASSAL - Transformation of a 1960s Residential High-rise
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt - until Jan 13, 2013
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
Art Institute of Chicago - until February 24, 2013
Ma Yansong: Between Modernity (Global) and Tradition (Local)
Museo ICO, Madrid - until March 3, 2013
CTBUH London 2013 International Conference
The Brewery, London -
June 11-13, 2013
CTBUH in the Media
Changsha Sky City Project Draws Critics
China Daily cites the CTBUH report on China Construction.
China Daily, November 29
Density Toronto: Why the Skyscrapers on Steroids?
CTBUH's Kevin Brass discussed Toronto's tall building boom.
The Toronto Star, October 26
Building Cities in the Sky
Antony Wood explored the vertical expansion of cities.
UBM's Future Cities,
October 23

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