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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
October 2013
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH 2014 Conference: Get Involved!
Call for Papers, Sponsors & Committee Members for Shanghai 2014, Sept. 16-19.
Awards Dinner: Only a Few Tables Left
We expect a full house – reserve today! Free Symposium attendance is still available.
Global Tall Building News
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Cheongna City Tower Infinity Receives Approval
GDS Architects has achieved planning approval for its "invisible" Cheongna City Tower Infinity at Incheon, just outside of Seoul, South Korea. GDS collaborated with Samoo Architects and A&U Engineering. The group's proposal was awarded first prize in a national design competition held by Korea Land Housing in April 2011.
Norway's Future Tallest to Boast Cradle-to-Cradle Principles
The Urban Mountain team has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal that includes the refurbishment and extension of Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14 in central Oslo, creating Norway's tallest building. The design team will employ Cradle-to-Cradle principles as well as other sustainable strategies.
Plans Unveiled for UN Office Tower
Plans have been unveiled for a United Nations skyscraper designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki. The tower was designed to consolidate the UN's scattered operations into a single structure on First Avenue, containing office space for as many as 2,700 UN employees on the upper floors.
London's Newest Tower Proposal Already Has Its Nickname
Henderson Global Investors has revealed plans to build an 84,500-square meter office tower at 40 Leadenhall Street in the City of London. Plans for the 170-meter building dubbed "The Toast Rack" also include 1,900 square meters of space for shops, cafés and restaurants on the ground floor.
Anonymous Buyer Nabs David Stott Building for a Low Price
The 19,500-square meter David Stott Building in downtown Detroit has been sold at auction for US$8.95 million. The reddish-brown, art-deco skyscraper had a starting bid of US$3.5 million and was part of an online sell-off at, along with the former Detroit Free Press Building which sold for US$4 million.
SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top, creating a shape that optimizes sun-lighting in the office units in the tower.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Dennis Poon

Instead of worrying about individual projects’ “success,” the tall building industry should be thinking of how modular can benefit us from multiple angles.
Vanity Heights Report
Gets Media Blitz

The CTBUH Tall Buildings in Numbers report on Vanity Height has been taken up extensively by global media outlets.
YPC Tours New Medical Tower in Chicago
The CTBUH Young Professionals Committee toured the under-construction Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Care Pavilion, a 25-story new-build facility.
CTBUH Qatar: Technology and Tall Buildings
Ahmad Abdelrazaq of Samsung C&T Corp. will present Technological Advances in Tall and Complex Building Design and Construction: Case Studies & Best Practices on Oct. 2.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Talk On Toronto’s Transition
Around 50 people attended the CTBUH Canada’s breakfast meeting, The GTA, a Region in Transition, featuring analyst Iain Dobson.
CTBUH Increases WAD Role
CTBUH increases involvement at World Architecture Day to include a panel discussion hosted by Executive Director Antony Wood. CTBUH members are eligible for a 15% discount.
Other Industry News
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City Provides Major Funding for Northwestern Mutual Tower...more
Video: Chronicling the Creation of 432 Park...more
Timber Tower Gets Times Treatment...more
Millennium Tower Boston Breaks Ground...more
Classic Brutalist London Tower Set for Major Transformation...more
Soon-to-be-Launched Dallas Arts District Tower is First of Three...more
Adrian Smith for Design Intelligence...more
Helsinki Plans Major Skyscraper Hub Competition...more
Kansas City to Get Tall Residential Infusion...more
More Than Supertall, We're Talking Galactic Heights...more
Parisian Skyscraper Pair May Move Forward...more
Detroit Sees First Glimmer of Office Development in Years...more
McCormick Place Marriott Hotly Contested...more
Chinese Curtain Wall Company to Join One the Elephant Project...more
Proposed Skyscraper to Grow in LA's Historic Core...more
CTBUH Credited with Coining New Term...more
Developer Plans North Dakota's Tallest...more
Harbin's Twin Towers to Serve as Northern Gateway...more
Yansong Continues Mountain Tower Theme...more
Forbes Launches Global Media Tower Initiative...more
Newcastle Hastens Gold Coast Tower...more
Tribune Features CTBUH Reports, Leaders on One WTC, Vanity Height...more
Winnipeg's Tallest Gets Taller...more
Falling Iron Halts Work in Calgary...more
Latest SkyHouse Project Launched in Dallas...more
“Living Building” Attracts Tenants with Zero Net-Energy Goals...more
JDS Plans Another Skinny Tower on West 57th Street...more
Zigzagging Tower “Twilts” to Optimize Solar Energy...more
Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud...more
Windy Leeds Tower Solution Delayed...more
Designer Imagines the Toronto of the Next Decade...more
200 N. Michigan Nods to Art-Deco Neighbor...more
Walkie Talkie Glare May be Melting Neighboring Vehicles...more
New York Should Continue Its Tall-Building Tradition, Times Op-Ed Argues...more
Obituary: Lake Point Tower's George Schipporeit Dies...more
Lawsuit Attacks Millennium Towers' Integrity...more
Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont...more
MAD in Europe...more
Farrells Master-Plans Pair of Major Developments in Shanghai...more
Tema to Build Helical Hermann Place Tower...more
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Shanghai Tower: Re-thinking the Vertical City
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2013 Shanghai World Congress
Upcoming Events
CTBUH Qatar: Technology and Tall Buildings
Mövenpick Tower & Suites, Doha - October 2
World Architecture Day
Center for Architecture, New York City - October 6-8
Richard Rogers: Inside Out
The Royal Academy Burlington Gardens, London -
until October 13
Facades+ Performance
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago - October 24–25
CTBUH Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago – Nov 7
Media Partner:
CTBUH in the Media
Aspiring to the Highest Heights
Blair Kamin discusses the One WTC’s ultimate height, drawing on the recent CTBUH’s Vanity Heights study.
Chicago Tribune, September 10
United Arab Emirates has “Vainest” Skyscrapers in the World
CTBUH Trustee Steve Watts explains latest study on vanity heights.
NBC World News, September 5
Chicago's Next Supertall Building?
CTBUH’s Antony Wood was interviewed on the future of supertall construction in the city of Chicago.
WBEZ, August 26

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