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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
March 2014
Top CTBUH News
Shanghai Sponsors Now 70% Confirmed
If you do wish to sponsor, now is the time! The early-bird registration deadline is also approaching: March 28.
Awards 2014: Call for Entries
The 13th annual CTBUH Awards program is now open for entries, with a new category this year – the Urban Habitat Award.
Global Tall Building News
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Auckland Announces Proposed Tallest Skyscraper
Mayor Len Brown welcomed Shanghai-based New Development Group’s NZ$350 million proposal for the 209-meter NDG Auckland Centre, which anticipates the title of “Auckland’s tallest building” upon completion.
Investor Bails Out Chicago Spire Project
Atlas Apartment Holdings plans to spend up to US$135 million to fully fund the reorganization of the Chicago Spire’s finances, which allows developer Shelbourne to resume construction of the Western Hemisphere's future tallest building.
Hong Kong Investors Bank on Dubai Pearl Project
Chow Tai Fook Endowment Industry Development (CTFE), a Hong Kong development group, has invested US$1.9 billion in the hopes of breathing life into the expansive, yet currently shelved, Dubai Pearl project.
Wilshire Grand’s Continuous Concrete Pour Breaks World Record
Construction of the supertall 335-meter Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles is began, filling a 30-meter foundation with concrete in one fell swoop on February 15. The project set a Guinness World Record for the largest continuous concrete pour.
Solution Planned for Walkie Scorchie’s Rays
The owners of 20 Fenchurch, more recently known as “the Walkie-Scorchie” because of its ability to bend and concentrate light toward the street below, have proposed a solution to the building’s reflective beam.
Proposed Supertall Tower in Beijing to Utilize Pre-Fab Modules
A 300-meter tower designed by Henn Architects adopts the latest advancements in architecture to redefine the stereotypically severe skyscraper into an elegant structure that is classic in form but efficient in function.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Bill Baker

Accommodating the world’s greatly expanding population requires the participation of an immense array of disciplines which CTBUH can support.
Journal 2014 Issue I
Now Available

The first issue of the 2014 Journal is available now. Content includes a Q & A with Rem Koolhaas and the 2013 Year-in-Review report.
Leading Structural Firms Assist Council Research
A dozen of the world’s best-known structural engineering firms helped CTBUH perform a fundamental part of its life-cycle assessment research.
Symposium Examines
Future Cities

The “Future of Cities” panel at the AAAS Annual Meeting, featured Antony Wood (CTBUH/IIT), Wiel Arets (IIT), and CTBUH Trustee Bill Baker.
CTBUH Sri Lanka Launches
The CTBUH Sri Lanka Chapter launched at the Fourth International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, led by Country Representative Shiromal Fernando.
With LEGOs, CTBUH Helps CAF Answer: "What Do You Mean by TALL?"
The Chicago Architecture Foundation and CTBUH hosted “What Do You Mean by Tall?, an adult-education program centered around LEGO towers.
Other Industry News
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Bangkok Tower Retail Podium to Open this Spring...more
Samsung Breaks Ground for Headquarters in Beijing...more
Parking Lot Paves Way for Paradise in Houston...more
Rising Land Costs Problematic for China's Growing Urban Population...more
Tall Buildings Ring Amsterdam to Preserve City Charm...more
Inside Look at Upcoming Park Avenue Tower...more
Ottawa Approves High-Rise in Little Italy...more
High-Rise Attempts to Escape Notice in Historic District...more
Jean Nouvel Bedecks Barcelona Hotel with Flowers...more
Waikiki Beach Tower Passes Green Inspection...more
Five Permits Granted in One Melbourne “Super Tuesday”...more
Jersey City Grows Tall from Urban Sprawl...more
Kingdom Tower Mobilizes Construction...more
Housing Tower Project to Rise in Yangon...more
Atypical Tower Re-development Revealed...more
Skyscrapers Double as Billboards with New Video Glass Technology...more
Unanimous Approval for New Comcast Tower in Philly...more
Approval of Skyscraper to Bring "Gotham" to London...more
Buildings Don Invisibility Cloak...more
Design Details Revealed for Hudson Spire...more
Building Tall in Bangalore...more
Floor-Area Ratio Stalls Austin High-Rise Approval...more
Forgotten Space Beneath Tower-Adjacent Bridge Transformed into Public Showcase...more
Design Revealed for Mormon Apartment Tower in Philadelphia...more
Tower Residences Launched on Palm Jumeirah Island...more
Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt...more
Tower Howl Heard Throughout Manchester...more
Rendering of Suburban Skyscraper Unveiled in Melbourne...more
Fog Phenomenon Returns to Transform Dubai Skyline...more
Mixed-Use Skyscraper Planned for Metro D.C....more
Manhattan West Reveals Residential Rendering and Redevelopment Plan...more
Science behind Falling Ice from One World Trade Center...more
Farrells Wins Competition to Build Shenzhen Development...more
Rosewood Sanya to Open at Haitang Bay...more
Leeds' City Council Enacts Its Own Solution for Bridgewater Place Downdrafts...more
Chengdu Opens "City within a City"...more
Metropolis Development in L.A. Awards Construction Contract...more
Miami Mega-Development Halted by Historic Hallowed Ground...more
Residential Tower Seeks to Claim "Brooklyn's Tallest" Title...more
High-Rise Development Carries On in Karachi...more
Why Does a Stunning Skyscraper's Interior Often Disappoint?...more
Historic High-Rise Retrofitted with Energy Efficient Glass...more
Millennial-Marketed High-Rise Breaks Ground in Tampa...more
Proposed Residential High-Rises in Muslim Community Opposed by Neighbors...more
Another Super-Skinny Tower Slinks Into Melbourne...more
Brutalist University Tower Blasted...more
Tall Gehry Wins Berlin Competition...more
Tall Buildings Clean Up Under Multi-City Energy-Efficiency Initiative...more
Mediterranean Coastal City Malaga Singularly Allows Skyscrapers...more
31-Story Vertical Garden Sprouts in Sydney...more
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Building Case Study
Sliced Porosity Block
Chengdu, China
Research Paper
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
Adrian Smith
A New Typology for the Skyscraper: CCTV HQ, Beijing
Rem Koolhaas
2013 Awards Presentation
Upcoming Events
2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series – Jon Magnusson
Lehigh University, Bethlehem - March 21
CTBUH Seattle: Plan for Growth
Gensler Office, Seattle -
March 25
2014 International Research Seed Funding
Deadline for submission -
May 12
CTBUH 2014 Student Competition
Deadline for submission -
July 1
CTBUH Shanghai 2014 International Conference
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai -
September 16-19
CTBUH in the Media
Designed in China, Made in Chicago
CTBUH data is cited in a three-part report that reveals Chicago's role in China's urbanization.
Chicago Tribune, February 23
The Vertical City
PBS consults CTBUH Leader Peter Irwin in its report on Shanghai Tower.
PBS, February 19
The Future Skyline
Podcast: Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee Bill Baker.
The New York Times, Feb 17

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