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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
October 2014
Top CTBUH News
2014 Shanghai Conference:
The Biggest Success Yet
The tall building event of the year outperformed all predecessors. More than 1,000 people attended three days of sessions.
Awards Speakers Confirmed;
Dinner and Symposium Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 CTBUH Awards Dinner and Symposium at Illinois Institute of Technology, Nov. 6.
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Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to Get New $1.4 Billion Royal Atlantis
Plans have been unveiled for a $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences with a design that is set to dominate the Palm Jumeirah skyline. The 800-room hotel will rise to 46 stories and will include 250 luxury residences and retail offerings. The project is scheduled for completion by 2017.
Argentina to Build Latin America’s Tallest Skyscraper
The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, announced on Sept. 10 the awarding of a contract to build the 335-meter “Polo Audiovisual,” which would become the tallest building in Latin America, exceeding the current title-holder, Torre Costanera, Santiago, Chile, by 35 meters.
MoMA Skyscraper in New York City Receives Air Rights
After nearly a decade of planning, developers are ready to begin building an 82-story skyscraper adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan on West 53rd Street. The tower, originally developed in 2007, will rise 320 meters and comprise 140 high-end condos.
Broadway Malyan to Design $1 Billion Manila Township Project
Broadway Malyan has been named the lead architect of McKinley West - an ultra-high-end township on a 34.5-hectare former JUSMAG (Joint US Military Assistance Group) property in Fort Bonifacio, adjacent to Forbes Park and Manila Polo Club in Manila, Philippines.
Architects Hand Over London’s Leadenhall Building for Fit-Out
The shell of the Leadenhall Building, also known as the Cheesegrater, is now complete and has been handed over to its future tenants for fit-out. With a height of 224 meters, it is best known for its tapered profile that pulls back to respect views of St Paul's Cathedral.
Aedas Releases Images of Heartland 66 Mixed-Use Project in Wuhan
Located on Jinghan Avenue in the bustling Qiaokou District of Wuhan, Heartland 66, designed by Aedas, is a mixed-use development that comprises a world-class shopping mall, a 300-meter Grade-A office tower, serviced apartments, and a series of outdoor terraces.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
David Malott

I am very honored to serve as your new Chairman. I believe in the tremendous ability of the Council to do good in this world – even save the planet.
Research Seed Funding
Grant Awarded

A team from the University of Southern California will study tall-building façade optimization, thanks to a $20,000 grant from CTBUH, sponsored by ECADI.
Student Competition
Winner Announced

Alex Balchin, winner of the ISA Architecture-sponsored CTBUH International Student Design Competition, was recognized in Shanghai.
Journal Issue III Released
The latest issue, also available in Chinese, features a case study of China Zun Tower and papers on skybridges, hybrid timber construction, sustainable MEP design, and more.
Leaders, Trustees Meet
At Shanghai Conference

Some 60 CTBUH leaders from around the world convened at the 2014 Conference to discuss how to improve the Council’s effectiveness.
CTBUH Melbourne
Hosts First Lecture

The CTBUH Australia Chapter’s Melbourne Committee held its first public lecture, drawing more than 120 people to a discussion on high-rise steel and concrete.
Other Industry News
Damaged Medellin Tower Blocks Imploded... more
“French Spiderman” Scales Yekaterinburg Skyscraper... more
Emaar’s Five-Bedroom High-Rise Penthouse in Dubai Sells for $6.2 Million... more
Cladding Begins on 10 Hudson Yards in New York City... more
Middle East Buyer Mulls Purchase of iSTMarina in Istanbul... more
Plans Submitted for Canary Wharf Residential Twin Towers in London... more
Elevator Free Fall in Hanoi’s Lotte Center Terrifies Riders Inside... more
Park Place Breaks Ground in Wuhan... more
Permits Filed for 101 Murray Street in New York City... more
The Curtain Will Rise in Sydney... more
Proposed Financial District Tower Could Alter Boston’s Skyline... more
New Phases to Enhance Emerald City Community in Toronto... more
A New Shape-Shifter Planned for Sydney... more
White Sails Hospital to be Realized in Tunisia Economic City... more
Painting Inspires Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai... more
Amorepacific HQ Breaks Ground in Korea... more
Permits Filed for the Hudson Rise Hotel in New York City... more
Sale of a Landmark Madrid Skyscraper Puts Spain on the Map for Chinese Investors... more
Riyadh Tower Showcased at Cityscape Global... more
Silvercup’s Tower Expansion Makes a Comeback in New York City... more
Salford’s Tallest Ready to Rise... more
Mixed-Use Hub Planned for Ningbo... more
Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Begins Construction Near Manaus... more
Work to Resume on Nakheel’s Palm Gateway in Dubai... more
Fire Engulfs High-Rise Building in Krasnoyarsk... more
New Blackfriars Road Tower Plans Unveiled in London... more
São Paulo Skyscraper Inspired by Luxury Cars... more
Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane... more
Amazon’s Seattle Campus to Acquire Warmth From Data Center Waste Heat... more
Undulating Housing Complex Completes in Arcueil... more
Swiss Cottage Tower Thrown Out by Camden Planners in London... more
Nanjing Office Complex Proposal Encapsulates Multi-Modal Connectivity... more
Tower at New York's 1 Manhattan West to Seek Supertall Status... more
London’s Pinnacle Design Has Been Scrapped... more
Plans Unveiled for Apartments in Dubai’s Maritime City and Business Bay Areas... more
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 4 East Elm in Chicago... more
Construction Underway on Microcity V Lesu in Moscow... more
Plans Released for Aarhus Island Promenade... more
Design Updates Revealed for Tower at New York City’s 250 Ashland Place... more
Heygate Estate Redevelopment Plan Submitted in London... more
Developers Secure Financing to Build Portland Residential High-Rise... more
Super Skinny Residence Designed for São Paulo... more
Competition Entry Revealed for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan... more
Perth Apartment Tower Planned for Northbridge... more
Block 37 Apartments Confirmed: 649 Units Coming to Chicago’s Loop... more
Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta... more
Planning Applications Have Been Submitted for Melbourne’s 63 Exhibition Street... more
Chicago Biomedical Research Tower Gets New Look... more
Melbourne Bends “Sacrosanct” Tower Rules for 455 Collins Street... more
Highest Floors in Dubai’s Marina 101 Go On Sale... more
Air Plant Experiment Happening Atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower... more
New York City's One Vanderbilt to Include 65-Story Tower and Transit Improvements... more
Elevator Crash Halts High-Rise Construction in Istanbul... more
Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals... more
Planning Granted for South London Towers... more
Nordstrom Tower in New York City Receives Updated Designs... more
Work on Lulu Cyber Tower 2 to Begin Soon in Kochi... more
Emaar Unveils BLVD Heights in Downtown Dubai... more
Plans for High-Rise Student Residences in Portsmouth Given Green Light... more
New Orleans’ Plaza Tower, Vacant for More Than a Decade, Has Been Sold... more
Firm Presents Master Plan for Jinan Business District... more
New Members
Upgraded Contributor
ARDI Tsinghua University
CB Engineers
Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)
Heller Manus Architects
KEO International Consultants
Schock USA, Inc.
TMG Partners
WOHA Architects
WZMH Architects
Y.A. Yashar Architects
New Contributor
Project Planning and Management Pty Ltd
New Participants
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Poly Real Estate Group
SKA Elevator Consulting Group
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Upcoming Events
Structural Design of Tall Buildings Conference
Hilton London Tower Bridge, London - October 23, 2014
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago - November 6, 2014
Media Partner:
CTBUH in the Media
Timothy Johnson on NYC Development
CNN gets former chairman Timothy Johnson’s take on high-rise development in New York
CNN, Sep. 4
Bringing Down the House
The Economist interviews Research Manager Dario Trabucco to understand the techniques to demolish tall buildings
The Economist, Sep. 6
Nottingham Students Shortlisted for Skyscraper Prize
Architects’ Journal covers finalists of the CTBUH 2014 Student Design Competition
Architects' Journal, Sep. 10

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