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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
May 2013
Top CTBUH News
Seminal CTBUH Books to Launch at London Conference
Two seminal CTBUH publications on tall buildings will be launched at a special breakfast event during the London Conference, June 11-13.
Next CTBUH Journal to Focus on Europe; Subscribe Now!
The next Journal issue, to be released at the London Conference, will focus on developments in Europe. Here’s how to subscribe.
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The Woolworth Building Celebrates a Century of Commerce
On April 24, New York celebrated the centennial of a building that changed its skyline: Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building. Originally planned to be 16 stories, when it reached completion in 1913 the 60-story building was the tallest in the world at 241 meters.
Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters
The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters in April, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao and the World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower is now the second tallest structure in China (after the 600-meter Canton Tower), and will become the tallest building when it reaches completion in 2014.
Qatar May Purchase Italy's Entire Porta Nuova
Qatar is considering buying some or all of Milan's under-construction Porta Nuova business district as Italy's economic crisis affects its US developer. The project has been developed by Hines Group and is estimated to have cost over €1.8 billion (US$2.4 billion).
Melbourne in Uproar over Possible Supertall Tower
Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is planning to ease height restrictions that prohibit building shadows on the Yarra River in order to allow a massive skyscraper. The 555 Collins Street site could be home to a 404-meter tower, which would be Melbourne's, and Australia’s tallest.
Pinnacle Scheme Officially Abandoned
Kohn Pedersen Fox completed a redesign of London’s Pinnacle to reduce the cost of its construction, originally estimated at around £1 billion due to the expense of the curved windows. The partly built Pinnacle is presently known as The Stump, since only seven of its 63 stories have been built.
Moscow-City's Resurrection
Russia has re-launched the Moscow-City development in an attempt to draw international business to the city. The real estate development, which has suffered a series of setbacks and delays since its launch in 2004, is home to Mercury City Tower, which will soon become Europe's tallest building upon completion.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
David Malott

The dialogue between urban planning and tall building design will be the most important issue facing our industry for the next several years.
Inaugural CTBUH Canada Event, May 2
The new Canadian Chapter of the CTBUH will focus its inaugural event on Canadian tall building trends, with Sam Crignano, President of Cityzen Development, speaking.
Diverse Research Proposals Received from 12 Countries
The CTBUH’s second annual research seed funding initiative, sponsored by ARUP, has generated 40 proposals from around the world.
CTBUH YPC Presents On Shanghai Tower
Multidisciplinary presentations of the Shanghai Tower design and construction process by Thornton Tomasetti, Gensler and Cosentini Associates.
Research Team Visit Clark Construction
The CTBUH research team met with Clark Construction to acquire data to be used in the ArcelorMittal-funded Life Cycle Assessment project.
CTBUH Video Now Available Via YouKu
Chinese members and others can now view Chinese-language selections from the CTBUH video catalogue on the popular YouKu service.
Other Industry News
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High-rise Demolitions are Wasteful, British Architects Conclude...more
Chicago Architect Seeks to Energize the West Loop...more
“Petite Crawler” Employed to Remove One57's Damaged Crane...more
Evacuation Slide Installed in Shanghai...more
KPF to Design Turkish Bank Towers...more
Bill Pedersen Receives Historic AIA Award...more
Porsche Design Launches Landmark Tower...more
Tripoli Towers “Back on Track”...more
British Architect Wins Montpellier Tower Residence Competition...more
High-rise Developers Cater to Families...more
Video: Palais Royale Documentary...more
Miami's Tallest is a Go...more
Addressing the Public Realm of High-rise Design...more
Icon Tower First to Test Height Limits...more
Tour Odeon May Have World's Most Expensive Penthouse...more
Architects Build Record Tall Lincoln Log Tower...more
Marseille to Welcome Residential Tower...more
Brooklyn's Rockwell Place Aims to Make a Statement...more
Honolulu High-rise Seeks ”Innovative” Residents...more
Jakarta Enacts Green Building Code...more
Frank Gehry to Share His Paperless Design Software...more
Dubai Developer Sells Unfinished Tower...more
British Developer Resurrects Chicago Post Office Scheme...more
CTBUH Leaders Contribute to Science Publication...more
Gold Coast to Scrap "View Tax"...more
San Antonio Tower to Rise on Top of Historic Building...more
Warsaw Bank Plans Skyscraper Headquarters...more
”Superman,” Rhode Island's Tallest, Is in Trouble...more
Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition...more
Hong Kong Developers Building Australian Tower...more
Philly Skyscraper Plays Part in Pong Projection...more
Artist Focuses on Hong Kong's Density...more
Nigerian Master Plan Creates Waterfront Destination City...more
The Race is On for Australia's Tallest...more
Diagonal Tower Exemplifies Skyscraper Efficiency...more
Cornerstone Plans 45-story Residential Tower...more
Three-story 1WTC Observation Deck Unveiled to Press...more
Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum...more
Developer Plans North Carolina Tower...more
Demolition may be the Greenest Option for Midtown Dinosaurs...more
Pinnacle Proposes Canada's Largest Development...more
Office Development Gets Competitive in Chicago...more
MAD Architects on the Creators Project...more
The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again...more
Kempinski Puts the Kibosh on Ryugyong Hotel...more
1WTC's Beacon was Engineered to be the Brightest...more
Pennsylvania May See 33-story Landmark Tower...more
Foster + Partners Tower Trio in London Approved...more
Desert Towers Generate Their Own Wind...more
Australian Development Breaks Height Restrictions...more
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Upcoming Events
Canada and the Global Movements in Tall: Trends, Drivers, Challenges
University of Toronto Faculty Club - May 2
2013 Structures Congress
Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh - May 2-4
CTBUH YPC Hosts Shanghai Tower Presentation
Chicago Architecture Foundation - May 22
Sixth Skyscraper Festival Frankfurt 2013
Frankfurt - May 25-26
CTBUH London 2013 International Conference
The Brewery, London -
June 11-13
CTBUH in the Media
World's Tallest Broadcast Tower Shows Tokyo's Green Push
Bloomberg references CTBUH statistics to compare Skytree with other skyscrapers.
Bloomberg, April 21
Reach for the Sky: Building Tall in Europe's Big Cities
CTBUH representatives speak on building tall in European cities
Science Omega, April 10
Spires on the West Coast
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood on U.S. West Coast spires
Eat Drink Explore, April 7

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