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September 2013
Top CTBUH News
Awards Symposium Speakers Confirmed
Several high-caliber speakers are now confirmed for the CTBUH Awards, Dinner, and Symposium on November 7. Secure your place, book now!
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One Blackfriars is Underway
Construction has reportedly begun on the Ian Simpson-designed tower at One Blackfriars Road, World Architecture News reported. Developed by St. George, the 52-story tower will include 274 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant space, a boutique hotel and a landscaped piazza.
Nation’s Towers Open, Featuring World's Highest Suspended Suite
The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel features what developers are calling "the world's highest suspended suite," including a sky bridge that connects the two towers.
One Thousand Museum Approved
One Thousand Museum Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has received unanimous approval from the Miami Urban Design Review Board. At 215 meters high, the development will be ZHA's first skyscraper in the western hemisphere.
Institute Recognizes World's First Passivhaus Skyscraper
The Raiffeisen-Holding Hochhaus office tower in Vienna has been certified as the world's first Passivhaus skyscraper. The Atelier Hayde Architekten building for Raiffeisen-Holding Group uses careful design strategies to reduce energy consumption to a fraction of conventional construction.
Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping Out to Worldwide Fanfare
Topping out ceremonies for the Shanghai Tower were held in the Jujiazui financial hub on August 2. The ¥15 billion (US$2.4 billion) tower, whose concrete core is now complete will measure 632 meters and feature the world's fastest elevators, traveling the building's entire height in one minute.
Israel's Tallest Approved as Part of Four-Tower Plan
The Tel Aviv Local Planning and Building commission has approved the Keren HaKirya plan for an 80-story mixed-use tower, which could be Israel's tallest skyscraper, The Globes newspaper reported. The building will be part of a four-tower development, including office, commercial and residential space.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
William Baker

We cannot wait to build the next project until we “know all there is to know.” But we must extend tall-building science.
CTBUH Melbourne Committee Launches
The latest CTBUH regional organization to form held its inaugural event at the Eureka Skydeck, drawing 70.
CTBUH Canada Chapter Tours Hullmark Centre
More than 40 people attended the Canada chapter’s first tall building tour to the Hullmark Centre – an under-construction mixed-use project in Toronto.
Talking Tall on Timber: Michael Green
In the upcoming CTBUH Journal Issue III, Michael Green talks about the case for building tall buildings using mass timber. Preview the Q & A here.
CTBUH Supporting Facades+ Symposium
CTBUH is a supporting sponsor of Facades+, Chicago, October 2425. CTBUH members receive Early Bird Special rate of US$275 before September 20.
Atlantic Yards B2 Presentation Report
The latest update on New York’s Atlantic Yards B2, at 32 stories the world’s next tallest modular tower, confirms 2013 as The Year of Prefab in the tall-building community.
Other Industry News
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Henry Cobb's Historic Images of Warsaw on Display...more
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Bloomberg Weighs In on the Next Tallest Tower...more
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New York Times Illustrates Bloomberg's Legacy in the Big Apple...more
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DOS Architects Wins GWA Tower Competition...more
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Video: Vibrant Vertical Farming in Tokyo...more
After 30 Years, First Canadian Centre to Gain Second Tower...more
Kansas City's Latest Tower Growing Taller...more
"Green" Tower Addition Will Rescue Old Stock Exchange...more
Hudson Yards Heavyweight Provides Insights into the Development Process...more
Building Boom May Come to Footscray...more
Residents Protest Rock Lair at the Top of a High-Rise...more
Shanghai Transformation Chronicled in Pair of Photos...more
Romanian Firm Proposes Feathered Eco-Tower...more
Comparing High-rise Living in London to New York...more
Exhibition Examines Unbuilt Skyscrapers...more
Digital Harbour to Build Hotel Complex in the Docklands...more
30 Park Place Revision Filed...more
Sydney Hotel Proposal Condensed From Two to One...more
Winnipeg Launches Pump House Redevelopment...more
South Quay Supertall to be Designed by Foster...more
U of C to Construct Three Student Towers...more
European Firm Develops Breathing Skyscraper for NYC...more
Mayor of London Supporting Elephant & Castle Tower...more
Latest Jade Signature Design and Construction Details...more
SHoP Towers to Dance in Manhattan...more
O'Donnell Launches "Wine-Glass" Riverside Tower...more
New York and Chicago: Each Pushes the Other to Build Taller...more
Court Denies Arsenal Proposal Again...more
SOM to Design Manulife – Brion Energy Tower in Calgary...more
Tokyo Building to Install Retrofit Dampers...more
Vista Land Launches New High-rise Complex...more
A Revision of Green Building Standards May Be in Order...more
Financing Secured for Vintage Hotel Project...more
Cousins Puts Faith in Texas Real Estate...more
Skyscraper Offers Unique Urban Camping Experience...more
Brookfield to Launch Western Canada's Tallest Building...more
Los Angeles Council: Fault Line Not a Factor in Millennium Project...more
Kenya's Tallest Building Stalled Again...more
Arup Making a Strong Impact in Mexico City...more
Church to Invest Millions in Pelli Tower Project...more
Tanzania Pushes for Healthy City Planning Practices...more
Richard Meier Tower Nears Completion in Tel Aviv...more
Major Rising Sun Complex Underway...more
Peter Wynne Rees Discusses His Skyscraper Legacy...more
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Upcoming Events
World Architecture Day
Center for Architecture, New York City - October 6-8
Facades+ Performance
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 24–25
CTBUH Awards Symposium, Ceremony, and Dinner
S.R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago – November 7
CTBUH in the Media
Jeanne Gang to Host 2013 Awards Symposium
Report on Jeanne Gang to lead the CTBUH Awards Symposium and Awards dinner.
High Rise Facilities, August 21
China's City in the Sky: Just a Fantasy?
CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik & past chair David Scott were interviewed on Sky City.
Christian Science Monitor, August 13
Skyscraper Ambitions: No Ego, Just Purpose
Melbourne City Representative Matthew Gaal was interviewed on the roles of skyscrapers in global communities.
Sourceable, August 8
Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping out
The Shanghai Tower's topping out ceremonies broadcast, featuring Executive Director Antony Wood.
Shanghai Television, August 2

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