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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
July 2013
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH 2013 Awards: Best Tall
Building Winners Announced
Four regional tall building winners,
11 finalists, and two lifetime achievement awards have been announced.
The Tall Building Reference Book:
Fundamental Resource Now Available

The Tall Buildings Reference Book, at 512 pages one of the most significant outputs in CTBUH history, is now available.
Global Tall Building News
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Chinese Company Makes Major Property Moves in UK
Dalian Wanda Group, one of China's largest property developers, announced it will launch a two-tower hotel and apartment complex in western London as part of a multi-billion dollar international property expansion. The skyscraper project will cost around £700 million (US$1.1 billion).
Court Strikes Down Gazprom's Tall Plans
A St. Petersburg court has struck down the exemption which previously granted Russian oil giant Gazprom permission to build its Okhta Center. The site, which contains remains of an ancient Swedish fortress from the time of Peter the Great's rule, is now on the city's cultural heritage protection list.
Gehry Updates Highly-Anticipated Toronto Project
A newly updated plan for the Mirvish + Gehry development on King Street West in Toronto was released by developer Projectcore. Originally announced last October, three Frank Gehry-designed towers will replace low-rise brick warehouse office buildings and the Princess of Wales Theater.
Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans for Kingdom Tower in Jeddah are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express interest in building a higher tower as tall as one mile (1.6 kilometers). The board of directors of Jeddah Economic Company met in Riyadh to discuss progress.
Astaka Project to Include Malaysia's Tallest Residential Building
Developers are planning Malaysia's tallest residential building, a 301-meter (988-foot) luxury tower in the city of Johor Baru. The Astaka tower is phase one of a MYR4 billion (US$1.2 billion) development that will ultimately include three office towers, two additional residential towers and a major shopping mall.
GM Building Stake Sale Breaks Its Own Record
A pair of foreign real estate developers has acquired a 40 percent stake in the General Motors Building in New York. The stake sold for $1.4 billion, valuing the property at $3.4 billion. The transaction is the highest valuation for a property in the US since the GM Building sold in 2008.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

The London Conference is behind us. But with research, new publications, awards, and chapter activity in Southeast Asia, there is no summer slowdown for the Council.
London Conference Draws Tall Buildings’ Best
The CTBUH 2013 Conference was a resounding success, gathering more than 750 professionals for enlightening sessions, networking and technical tours.
Wind Tunnel Testing Guide Now Released
Wind Tunnel Testing of High-Rise Buildings establishes testing guidelines for tall buildings and eases results comparisons.
Board of Trustees
Names Two Fellows

Two individuals have been named as Fellows of the CTBUH: Ahmad Abdelrazaq and Felino Palafox Jr.
Italian Team Wins Research Seed Funding
A research team from IUAV University of Venice, Italy, won the CTBUH’s second research seed funding grant.
CTBUH Helps KONE Launch New Hoisting Technology
KONE launched its UltraRope technology, which doubles potential lift shaft height, ahead of the London Conference.
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OMA Tapped for Tors Torn...more
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Hollywood Towers Cut to Frame Capitol Records Building...more
Brooklyn Tower to Save Public Library...more
432 Park Hits $1 Billion in Sales...more
Oxford Launches New Toronto Project...more
Should Skyscrapers be Protected from Other Skyscrapers?...more
'Oculi Solution' to Museum Tower Glare Rejected...more
Sweden May Be Home to the Future Tallest Wooden Building...more
Elevators Fail in Princess Tower...more
Willis Tower Struck by Lightning...more
The Christian Science Tower Gets Taller...more
Sandy Inspires New York Safety Guidelines...more
NYFD Saves Hearst Tower Maintenance Workers...more
UNESCO Stomps Its Foot Again...more
NYCHA Looks to Raise Money by Building Towers...more
Hudson Yards Tower to Ask Above Market Rents...more
Wells Fargo Center Sale is Seattle's Largest...more
Cincinnati Welcomes Grocery Tower...more
London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate...more
Infinity Tower is Renamed at Opening Ceremonies...more
Melbourne Encourages Including Schools in High-rises...more
Fourth Philip Johnson Tower Sold This Year...more
Plan Resurrected for Malta's Tallest...more
New York's Tall Building Boom, As Seen By the Times...more
Video: Watch the Climb to the Top...more
New York Was Once Under an Enormous Mountain Range...more
Major Malaysian Project to Launch Next Month...more
Six New Boston High-Rises to Replace Parking Garage...more
New High-rise Condo Project Planned in Houston...more
The Bow Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Calgary...more
Construction Begins on BIG's Luxurious Miami Towers...more
Jerusalem Makes a Move Toward Becoming a Vertical Metropolis...more
Growing Minnesota City to Get 25-Story Tower...more
Chorophyll Tower Could Scrub Manhattan’s Air...more
JPA Plays Major Role in San Diego’s Makers Quarter...more
SOM Joins the Timber Tower Party...more
Public Library to Form Podium of Baccarat Tower...more
PRP Moves Forward with Royal Arsenal Homes...more
Manhattan Tower Deal Marks Largest Commercial Sale in Three Years...more
Canary Wharf Group Pursues Next Tower...more
The Empire State is Going Public...more
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Upcoming Events
CTBUH Indonesia Chapter Regional Meeting
Signature Tower Project Office, Jakarta, Indonesia - July 5
Woolworth Building @100
The Skyscraper Museum - until July 14
Bollinger + Grohmann – Behind the Scenes
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt - until Sept. 1
Charles Correa: India's Greatest Architect
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London - until Sept. 4
CTBUH in the Media
Conference Circuit
The radio show interviews leaders and delegates about the London Conference.
Monocle 24 - The Urbanist, June 20
International Experts Meet in London for CTBUH Event
WAN covers the London Conference extensively
World Architecture News, June 18
World’s Tallest Tower in China Ready by March 2014
China Broad Group Chairman Zhang Yue presents to London Conference.
Emirates 24/7, June 17
English Heritage Leader Slams Planning Approval for Elizabeth House
Simon Thurley presented his doubts about Elizabeth House at the London Conference.
Architects' Journal
(registration required), June 17
The Other Mile-High Club
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood describes KONE's UltraRope system.
The Economist, June 15

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