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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
February 2013
Top CTBUH News
New Group of Leaders Joins the CTBUH Board of Trustees
Three new leaders have been named to the Board of Trustees, charged with helping to grow the Council and direct strategy.
Growth of the Council Creates Three New Job Opportunities
An international operations manager to head a new China office and an editor/writer are among the open positions.
Global Tall Building News
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Manhattan West Development Begins Construction
The US$4.5 billion Manhattan West development, which will be built above part of the West Side Rail Yards, began construction mid-January. The development will include two commercial towers built over the railroads, as well as a third residential building built on land.
Helicopter Crash Puts Scrutiny on Tall Buildings
In the aftermath of London's recent helicopter tragedy, Mayor Boris Johnson has tentatively called for a re-examination of tall building safeguards in the city. The city's current regulations include a 1,000-foot height limit for buildings, warning lights and airman notification lists.
Miami Set for Construction Uptick
Construction is starting to pick up in Miami after a six-year slide. Several large projects are moving forward, led by residential towers. The list of new projects includes the Millecento, a 42-story tower with 382 units, the 28-story MyBrickell and BrickellHouse, a 46-story, 374-unit project.
India State Inaugurates 122-meter Tower in New Business District
Officials in the India state of Gujarat this week formally inaugurated a 122-meter tower that is part of the Gujarat International Financial Tec-City. The tower is the first project to launch in the center, which is planned to include 110 towers.
Controversial Tower in Melbourne Receives Approval
Melbourne's Planning Minister Matthew Guy has secured approval for a tall residential tower in the city's bourgeoning CBD. The 226-meter (741-foot) Tower Melbourne was designed by Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser.
Developer Seeks to Crowdfund Skyscraper Projects
The Prodigy Network, the New York-based real estate marketing company which crowdfunded the Colombian skyscraper BD Bacatá, is expanding its efforts to solicit thousands of small investors to buy slices of an American skyscraper in exchange for a share of rents.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

The CTBUH Chairman reflects on the end of a transitional year for the industry and looks ahead to the London Conference and the important challenges cities face in the future.
RIBA and BCO Join List of London Partners
The Royal Institute of British Architects and British Council for Offices have confirmed as supporting partners for the London 2013 Conference, adding to an impressive list of sponsors.
Research Seed Funding Initiative Launched
The 2013 International Research Seed Funding program, sponsored by Arup, will award US$20,000 to an early-stage research project to help acquire more substantial funding.
Year in Review: Tall Building Trends of 2012
The number of tall building completions fell in 2012 compared to the record number finished in 2011, but there are signs that the market is picking up in many regions.
Work Starts on Structures Research Project
Meetings in the CTBUH offices of stakeholders from around the world kickstarted work on an Arcelor Mittal-backed research project, which will examine the lifecycles of different tall building structural systems.
Qatar Chapter Hosts Façade Technology Workshop
The latest regional meeting presented by CTBUH Qatar focused on façade technologies, with presentations on glass and steel envelopes by representatives of Gartner Steel and Glass GmbH.
Other Industry News
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Real Life Lord of the Rings Tower Sold...more
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Long-Discussed Chelsea Barracks Project Put on Hold...more
Multimedia: Hong Kong's Skyline Timeline...more
Window Aperture Design Attempts to Mix Nature and Technology...more
London's Tall Buildings Under Scrutiny...more
One of Three Wolf Point Towers Approved...more
Herzog & de Meuron to Design Signature Tower at Wood Wharf...more
Fire Breaks out in Moscow City Construction Site...more
Las Vegas "Dinners in the Sky"...more
Church's Planned Tall Buildings to Rejuvenate Surrounding Real Estate...more
Pakistan's Tallest Nears Completion...more
Skyscrapers Reflect Photographer's Artistic Vision...more
New York Times Examines Unfinished Luxury Tower...more
Interactive 2013 Skyscraper Map...more
Stalled Skyscraper Back On a Schedule...more
Sony Tower Sells for "Aggressive" Price...more
Second Tallest Building in Japan Sold...more
Chicago River Point Tower Construction Begins...more
Proposal for Towers Saves Historic Hotel...more
Video: KL Tower Base Jumping Mania...more
"Scalpel" Skyscraper Approved...more
Richard Meier Architects Wins Hamburg Competition...more
Video: Demolishing a Building Floor by Floor...more
Historic LA Hotel Hits the Market...more
Video: One World Trade Escalators...more
Grand Avenue Ground Breaking...more
Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out...more
Plans Submitted for 75-Story Tower in Isle of Dogs...more
A Look at "World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings"...more
New York Crane Collapses, Injuring Seven...more
Japan Looks at Skyscraper Demolition Techniques...more
Emaar Moving Forward with Dubai Hotel...more
Combining the World's Great Skyscrapers into One Skyline...more
Urban Planner Discusses the "Walkable City"...more
Investor Continuing Tall Building Buying Spree in Detroit...more
Video: Magazine Launches "Framed in Steel" Series...more
Waldorf Astoria Opens in Berlin Tower...more
China Company Breaks Ground on 560-meter Tower...more
Project Accused of "Pirating" Zaha Hadid Design...more
Video: World's Tallest Building Celebrates New Year...more
CTBUH: Top Ten Tall Building Stories of the Year...more
Oregon Developers Rejuvenate Development...more
Celebrating Jakarta's Five Tallest...more
Brisbane Government Launches Tower Project...more
BIG Phoenix Observation Tower...more
New Members
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Building Case Study
Absolute World Towers
Design Research
Woven, Chicago
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North Carolina State University
Technical Paper
Aerodynamic Performance of Tall Buildings
D. Menicovich / J. Vollen / M. Amitay / C. Letchford / E. DeMauro / A. Rao / A. Dyson
Fazlur R. Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal Winners
C. Thornton / R. Tomasetti
2012 Awards Presentation
Upcoming Events
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
Art Institute of Chicago - until February 24
Ma Yansong: Between Modernity and Tradition
Museo ICO, Madrid - until March 3
America's World's Fairs of the 1930s
Museum of the City of New York - until March 31
CTBUH London 2013 International Conference
The Brewery, London -
June 11-13
CTBUH in the Media
Study Shows Fall in Tall Building Construction
A+D writes about CTBUH's Tall Trends 2012.
Architecture and Design, Jan 12
The Few, the Proud, the Supertall: 2012's Largest New Skyscrapers
Reviews on CTBUH's annual tall buildings review.
Wired, January 11
Broad Sets Pace of Green Construction
CTBUH's report on China Broad headquarters is quoted.
China Daily, January 4

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