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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
January 2014
Top CTBUH News
Top 12 Tall Happenings of 2013
It was a banner year for skyscrapers – here are our picks for the top story from each month.
Conference Abstracts Due January 17
The deadline to submit abstracts for Shanghai 2014 is approaching – don’t miss out!
Global Tall Building News
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London’s Pinnacle Lives to Fight Another Day
The “unbuildable” Pinnacle may soon return to life. The development of the 63-story skyscraper had been halted in 2011 due to concerns about its constructability and £1 billion ($1.64 billion) price tag. The new design is said to retain the complex twisting shape of the exterior, but significantly changes interior spaces.
World’s Tallest Vertical Garden to Grow in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will be the next nation to vie for the title of the “world’s tallest plant-covered building,” if construction keeps pace at Clearpoint Residencies. The 46-story, 164-unit tower would give each apartment its own garden terrace, such that residents can still get the advantage of ground-floor living in proximity to greenery.
Ground Broken for Indonesian Supertall
Indonesian energy company Pertamina has started construction of the 530-meter, 99-floor Pertamina Energy Tower project. Commencement of the project was marked by groundbreaking ceremony, led by Pertamina president/director Karen Agustiawan and the management of Pertamina in Rasuna Episentrum, South Jakarta.
Hancock Center Considers Tilting Glass Deck Extension
Seeking to boost its visitor levels, Chicago’s John Hancock Center Observatory is considering building The Tilt, a glass-enclosed extension of its 94th-floor viewing area that would rival the thrill factor of its wildly successful neighbor, The Ledge on the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor.
Bund Finance Centre Begins Construction in Shanghai
Foster + Partners and Thomas Heatherwick have unveiled images of the Bund Finance Centre, which is now under construction in Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River. The 420,000-square meter complex will feature two 180-meter office towers at the end of Shanghai's waterside street, The Bund.
High-Rise Columbarium for Hong Kong?
Hong Kong may soon enter the small but growing “deathscraper” club. The 20-story columbarium, dubbed “Le Faberge” due to its egg-like shape, would include 50,000 niches for crematorial urns on 12 floors, with the rest of the building housing a library and museum.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Timothy Johnson

I hope that 2014 will lead us to more substantial innovation and increased performance in tall buildings and the urban habitat. Together, let’s take on this challenge.
Best Tall Buildings 2013 Book Available
Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2013 Skyscrapers, chronicling the CTBUH annual awards process and tall-building activity worldwide, is now available.
New York’s New Delirium
CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik reports from the New York development scene, where multiple megaprojects and superslims are in full swing.
CTBUH Steers IIT Cloud Research Studio
The participants in “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” received a challenge: “What contributes to the sustainability of cities?”
CTBUH Staff Tours
AMA Plaza

The CTBUH staff was treated to a top-to-bottom tour of the AMA Plaza, the Mies van der Rohe-designed former IBM Building.
CTBUH Canada to Get Gherkin Presentation
On January 23, the CTBUH Canada Chapter will hear from Kent Gardner, representing 30 St. Mary Axe, London.
Other Industry News
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Fire Engulfs Jianye Mansion...more
Munich Hotel Does Some Fancy Tricks...more
BAM South Tower Moving Ahead...more
Mumbai High-Rise Fire Kills Seven, Exposes Wide Safety Issues...more
Eiffel Tower Lit for Mandela...more
Seaglass Tower Proposed for Jacksonville...more
Skyline Writer Honored...more
Sydney's Next Tallest Expected to Sell Out...more
First B2 Module Stacked...more
Historic LeVeque Tower to be Renovated...more
Regency Tower Revived...more
Marriott to Open Japan’s Highest Hotel Suite...more
22 Thames Street Renderings Revealed...more
Atkins, Joy Air Launch New Town for 110,000 in Fuzhou...more
Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower...more
Yangon Considers Limits on High-Rises...more
New Skyscraper May Surpass Melbourne’s Tallest...more
Seattle’s Next Tallest Planned...more
Toronto Triple Towers Purchased...more
Turkish Tower Shortlist Revealed...more
Wings Oando Takes Flight...more
Kingdom Tower Piling Work Completes...more
Tower Proposed for Convention Center Site...more
After Nearly a Century, Renovation Makes High-Rise Vogue Again...more
Philadelphia Takes Scientology to Court over "Abandoned" Skyscraper...more
Vertical Cemetery Proposal Alleviates Dead-Space Problem...more
New Gotham Tower Sells in Hell's Kitchen...more
Permission Granted for Irish Odyssey Development...more
Video: Rem Koolhaas Explains De Rotterdam Complex...more
Worst-Kept Secret: Observation Decks Can Generate Huge Revenues...more
RSH+P Takes School of Economics Student Tower Competition...more
Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower...more
New Members
ADD Inc.
Altitude Façade Access Consulting
Gravity Partnership Ltd.
Ortiz Leon Arquitectos SLP
PTI Architects
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Building Case Study
The Shard
Design Research
High Life
Philipp Langner
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Research Paper
Confronting the Question of Demolition or Renovation
D. Trabucco / P. Fava
Future-Proofing Tall
Ken Shuttleworth
2013 CTBUH London Conference
Upcoming Events
Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
The Center for Architecture, New York - until January 18
Design, Cost, and Return on Investment
University of Toronto Faculty Club - January 23
The Future of Cities:
Dense or Dispersed?

Hyatt Regency Chicago & Fairmont Chicago -
February 13-17
CTBUH Shanghai 2014 International Conference
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai -
September 16-19
CTBUH in the Media
Rare Air: Origins of the CTBUH
The original home of CTBUH traces its roots.
Lehigh University, December 2
Inhabiting the Clouds
CTBUH Middle East data is adapted by local paper.
Qatar Today, December
Who Decides What Building is Tallest? An Expert Explains
Chairman Timothy Johnson discusses the Council’s work.
November 13, National Geographic

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