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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
February 2014
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH 3rd Student Design
Competition Launched
ISA Architecture is supporting US$21,000 in prize money, plus five winning students to attend the Shanghai Conference.
Deadline: July 1.
Shanghai 2014: Record Abstracts & Sponsors Confirmed
Shanghai 2014 has already set a record for the most abstracts received, and early sponsors confirmed, for a CTBUH Conference.
Register today!
Global Tall Building News
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Comcast to Build New Supertall in Philly
By 2017, Comcast Corp. will surpass the height of its own Philadelphia HQ in a new skyscraper development that will accommodate its expanding workforce. The 341-meter tower, designed by Foster + Partners, is set to become the tallest building in the US outside New York and Chicago upon completion.
Guangzhou Graced by Glazed Doughnut
Guangzhou Circle, a skyscraper that appears to some as a doughnut, has opened in its namesake city, maintaining an iconic connection to place. Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale of AM Progetti, S.r.l. emphasized the importance of local context to the design.
Vida Residence Launched in Downtown Dubai
Emaar Properties has launched a swanky new 57-story residential tower in downtown Dubai. The fully-serviced 320-unit apartment complex targets the changing demographic of the city. The tower connects to the existing Vida Hotel, which provides full services to the residents, via a glass bridge.
Greenland Investing in Two London Towers
Chinese real-estate giant Greenland Group is planning to build two high-rises in London, one of which will be the tallest building in Canary Wharf; the other is part of a mixed-use project that will replace a centuries-old defunct brewery in the southwestern borough of Wandsworth.
North America’s Tallest Hotel Opens
The Marriott Hotel chain has opened what it is calling the “tallest all-hotel building” in North America, at 1717 Broadway in New York. At 229.7 meters, the Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 7 meters taller than the Detroit Marriott, its nearest rival on the continent.
Solar Sheath Revealed on Equator Tower
REX Architecture of New York has revealed plans for an unusually pliable retractable sunshade for its Equator Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Because of the tower’s location near the equator, each side of the 80-story, 380-meter building will receive full solar saturation for at least part of the year.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Bill Maibusch

As 2014 initiatives get underway, it’s important to remember the “you” in “CTBUH.” I strongly encourage you to get more involved in CTBUH.
Seed Funding:
Call for Proposals

The 2014 CTBUH International Research Seed Funding initiative is now accepting proposals. The submission deadline is May 12.
Research Roadmap
Now Available

The Roadmap identifies priority research topics and gaps in the field of tall buildings, acting as a guide to assist the planning of future research and funding.
2013 Tall Buildings Data Research Report
Last year was the second-busiest year in history for buildings of 200 meters and taller with 73 completions. Read the report.
“Towards Zero Carbon” Studio Reviewed
Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s collaborative design studio, supported by CTBUH and Permasteelisa Group, received its final review.
CTBUH Canada Hosts “Design, Cost, and ROI”
The CTBUH Canada Chapter held its fifth event on January 23. Featuring speakers from KPF, Hines, Oxford Properties Menkes and Evans Randall, the event drew a record crowd.
Other Industry News
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One St. George Wharf Complete...more
Two Meier Mexico City Towers Revealed...more
Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure...more
Second Calgary Tower in the Works as Demand Outpaces Construction...more
Callebaut Proposes 132-Story Urban Farm...more
Chicago to Become "North America's City of Lights"...more
FKI Tower Features External Wall Advances to Maximize Energy...more
Australia 108 is Back Under New Owners, and a Little Shorter...more
China's High-Tech Vertical Campus to Foster Collaboration...more
Artificial Island Proposed to Support Eco-City off Nigerian Coast...more
Manhattan West Breaks Ground, Integrates Infrastructure and Architecture...more
Skyscraper Planned for Manchester City Center...more
L.A.'s Grand Avenue Redesign Gains County Approval...more
Renderings of 220 Central Park South Stoke Billionaire-Needle Rivalry...more
Smog in China Might be Reduced by Skyscraper Sprinkler System...more
New Light Shines on High-Rise Fire Safety...more
Downtown Tower Gets Green Light...more
Fruits and Vegetables Skyscraper Fresh in Singapore...more
"Bikescraper" Planned in Portland...more
Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower...more
Auckland High-Rise Brings Public Street to the Sky...more
Nordstrom Tower Part of Cantilever Trend...more
Saskatoon Skyline Takes Cue from Shanghai...more
Shaoxing City Tower Photos Unveiled...more
Hudson Yards Site Could Host Supertall...more
Tallest Woodscraper Moves Closer to Reality...more
Marbella Skyscraper Scheme Stopped...more
Skyscraper Approved for Be’it Maariv...more
Site Acquired, Permit Issued for Third Avenue Tower...more
Plans Advance to Cut Bridgewater Place Gales...more
Fulton Street Tower to be Partially Crowd-Funded...more
Skinny Tower Hits the Beach...more
One Death, Multiple Injuries in High-Rise Fire...more
Fairmont Nanjing Opens in Jinao Tower...more
Lavenue Crown to Rise in Vietnam...more
Wacker Tower Cited as Gloom-Breaker on Skyline...more
Huijin International Center Project Receives Luban Award...more
Melbourne Southbank to Get a Superslim...more
Burrard Gateway Tower Approved...more
Sequis Centre Tower Breaks Ground...more
Al-Bidda Workers Going Hungry...more
Curving High-Rise to Reference Rose Bud...more
Empress State to be Converted to Residential Use...more
Transbay Block 6 Breaks Ground...more
New Members
Sinar Mas Group - APP China
Upgraded Donor
McNamara / Salvia, Inc.
CTSR Properties Limited
Jones Lang LaSalle
Wirth Research Ltd.
Alpha Glass Ltd.
Shanghai EFC Building Engineering
Sino-Ocean Land
Sowlat Structural Engineers
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Building Case Study
Sowwah Square
Abu Dhabi
Research Paper
Thermal Breaks and Energy Performance in High-Rise Concrete Balconies
D. Hardock / P. Roppel
The Leadenhall Building: Developed for London
Richard Pilkington
2013 CTBUH London Conference
Upcoming Events
The Future of Cities:
Dense or Dispersed?

Hyatt Regency Chicago & Fairmont Chicago -
February 13-17
2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series – James R Harris
Lehigh University, Bethlehem - February 21
ICE Tall Buildings 2014
Institution of Civil Engineers HQ, London - March 18
CTBUH Shanghai 2014 International Conference
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai -
September 16-19
CTBUH in the Media
The Biggest Change in Elevators Since 1853
CTBUH Leader Johannes de Jong is recognized in
ENR's Top 25.
ENR, 23 January
Tallest Hotel in North America Opens in New York
CTBUH data on tall hotels worldwide is cited.
International Business Times, January 8
Festive Feature: Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik talked about the state of the industry in 2013 and looking ahead to 2014.
World Architecture News, December 23

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