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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
December 2013
Top CTBUH News
Shanghai Conference: 2012 Papers, Presentations, and Videos Released
All 2012 event output is now available in one publication. Abstracts for the 2014 Conference are due January 17, 2014.
One WTC Ruling Garners
Global Media Attention

News outlets worldwide covered the Height Committee ruling, including front-page coverage in USA Today and Chicago Tribune.
Global Tall Building News
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UNStudio’s Ardmore Completed in Singapore
UNStudio recently completed the Ardmore Residence, a 36-story residential tower near the Orchard Road luxury shopping district in Singapore. Inspired by the lush gardens of the city, the Residence is organized around specific views and repeats a landscape theme through the entire tower.
Kinetic Sculpture Would Protect Museum from Tower's Glare
For two years, the owners of the Museum Tower in Dallas have been in a dispute with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center over an intense "hot spot" caused by the tower's highly reflective skin. Now, a team led by REX Architecture and Front has been commissioned to explore solutions to the phenomenon.
City Road Tower Gets Planning Nod
Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy has reportedly granted approval for the skyscraper project at 256-260 City Road. The 61-story tower, designed by Australian firm Hayball, will combine residential, retail and hospitality uses. The AU$120 million is due for completion in 2017.
Newest Tower Coming to South China Singapore City
CPG Singapore has launched construction on its Thrive United office tower at South China Singapore City in the Nanhai District of Foshan. The building project will be part of a multi-tower mixed-use complex, which will include residential, school, retail, hotel and office spaces.
Race Heats Up to Build Western Canada's Tallest
BCM Developments is proposing a new 71-story mixed-use tower at 101 Street and 105 Avenue in Edmonton, Canada. The skyscraper, called The Edmontonian, is proposed to attain 278 meters in height, which could make it the tallest building in Western Canada.
De Rotterdam Opens
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its colossal "vertical city" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. OMA designed the 44-story De Rotterdam complex for its home city, where the building sits on the Maas River. After a period of finishing and furnishing, residents will start to move in early 2014.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
David Malott

Why measure height at all? Because a skyline’s power to evoke – to elicit an emotional response – is an undeniable part of our built habitat.
CCTV Named “Best Tall Building Worldwide”
The skyscraper that redefined the contemporary typology took home the big prize at the CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Ceremony.
CTBUH Journal Issue IV Now Available
The latest issue features a case study of The Gate Towers, a reconsideration of The Monadnock, and an investigation of refurbishment vs. demolition of tall buildings.
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Membership Initiatives
The CTBUH’s top global leadership met in Chicago, with the primary goals of setting expectations of Country Representatives and the Advisory Group.
Tongji University/CTBUH Studio Visits Chicago
“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University and CTBUH, with the support of Permasteelisa, visited Chicago.
CTBUH Canada Gets
Inside Look at Aura Tower

The CTBUH Canada chapter hosted a tour of Canada’s future tallest residential building, drawing more than 50 participants.
Other Industry News
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UNStudio Wins Competition with Sustainable Tower...more
Seaport Redevelopment Plan Draws Opposition...more
Great Gulf Moves Forward on Long-Stalled Dallas Tower...more
Construction at 181 Fremont Begins...more
“Superman” Involved in Negligence Lawsuit...more
Developer Proposes UK's Tallest Housing Tower...more
Skyrise May Shine on Miami’s Shore...more
Solution Close for Walkie Scorchie...more
Controversial Tower Moves On...more
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E' Tower Completed in The Netherlands...more
Aggregate Paper Looks Deeply into 30 St Mary Axe's Design...more
One Dallas Center to Undergo Residential Conversion...more
Spire Developer Looks to Begin Anew...more
Lerch Bates to Design Façade Access System for China Supertall...more
Canada Water Project to Move Forward...more
Bloomberg Pulls His Rezoning Proposals...more
Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out...more
Four World Trade to Open Soon...more
Realtor Building Set for Demolition and Replacement...more
Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi...more
Armani Takes a Fashionable Approach to Apartment Design...more
Geologists Check If the Washington Monument is Sinking...more
Mövenpick Opens Sixth Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes...more
Approval Granted for Canberra's Tallest...more
Video: Skinny Is “In” for New York Skyscrapers...more
One Brickell City Centre Height Announced...more
Domino Sugar Factory Moves Forward...more
Infamous High-Rise “Fortress” Coming Down...more
Woolworth Updates Approved by Council...more
Pennsylvania Developer Launches FMC Tower...more
Conceptual Master Plan Employs “Harmonious” Module Construction...more
Garden State Grants Tax Incentive to Launch Development...more
Un-leaning the Tower of Pisa...more
RSH+P Completes Cross-Braced Building in Sydney CBD...more
600 Wall Street Resurrected Near Space Needle...more
New Members
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Abu Dhabi
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Field Blades
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Princeton University
Research Paper
Designing Tall Buildings to Promote Physical Activity in China
K. Day/M. Alfonzo/Z. Guo/L. Lin
A Tale of Tier-Two Cities
J. Cheung / T. Johnson
2012 Shanghai Congress Presentation
Upcoming Events
Competition: Singapore Architect’s Village Bamboo Skyscraper
Closing submission due December 2
The Future of Cities:
Dense or Dispersed?

Hyatt Regency Chicago & Fairmont Chicago -
February 13-17, 2014
2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series – James R Harris
Lehigh University, Bethlehem -
February 21
CTBUH Shanghai 2014 International Conference
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai -
September 16-19
CTBUH in the Media
Tallest Building Ruling: Willis Tower Loses to One World Trade Center
Architecture critic Blair Kamin covers the CTBUH Height Committee ruling.
Chicago Tribune, November 12
Rem “Kill the Skyscraper” Koolhaas Wins Tall Building Award
CCTV’s Best Tall Building Worldwide coverage includes Rem Koolhaas' comments.
dezeen, November 8
Size Does Matter, At Least in the Tallest Building Debate
Executive Director Antony Wood explains height criteria.
National Public Radio, November 8

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