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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
December 2014
Top CTBUH News
Meetings Mark Momentum
Of New York City 2015 Conference
The initial Steering Committee meeting, and many more with important New York firms, pave the way for the 2015 Conference.
Awards Herald Green Projects,
Lifetime Achievements

At the 13th Annual Awards event, CTBUH honored tall building projects and leaders making a positive impact on cities.
Global Tall Building News Follow Us:   
One World Trade Center Now World’s Third-Tallest Building
With the move-in of anchor tenant Condé Nast, One World Trade Center has opened its doors. Having met the CTBUH criteria for “completion,” the 541-meter (1,776-foot) building has now become the world’s third-tallest building and the tallest building in North America.
Trump International Hotel & Tower in Baku Set for 2015 Completion
The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Baku, Azerbaijan, is on schedule to complete in 2015. The 33-floor landmark will be located on Hasan Aliyev Street in the Nasimi District, and will feature 72 luxury residences and 189 hotel rooms with views of the city and Caspian Sea.
Damac Towers Continue Upward Rise in Dubai
One of the largest construction projects in Dubai is now heading skywards. The $1 billion Damac Towers by Paramount resort is to include more than 1,800 units, with 1,000 one, two-, and three-bedroom serviced suites and an 800-room 5-star Paramount Hotel when it is completed in 2016.
Dundas Square Project Announced for Toronto
Dundas Square Gardens is a newly announced high-rise project that seeks to capture the condominium market as well as the student housing market, owing to its close proximity to Ryerson University. The development will consist of two volumes: a 47-story tower and a smaller 17-story building.
Paris City Council Rejects Tour Triangle Skyscraper
The Paris City Council voted 83-78 in a secret ballot against the Tour Triangle, which would be the second-highest tower in Paris after the Montparnasse Tower. The mayor immediately rejected the vote as invalid after several council members disclosed how they voted.
KPF’s London “Jenga” Tower Approved After Minister’s Decision
Lambeth council has approved Kohn Pedersen Fox's proposal for a 50-story block of 450 flats in Vauxhall after an eleventh-hour decision by the Communities Secretary not to force a public inquiry. New Bondway North Tower has been dubbed “Jenga” Tower due to its unique design.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Antony Wood

The past year has seen the Council move from strength to strength, which gives me great optimism about the next.
Journal Issue IV Released
Featuring One Central Park, Sydney as its case study and full coverage of the Shanghai 2014 Conference, Journal Issue IV is now available.
Height Committee
Tackles Tall Issues

The CTBUH Height Committee met in Chicago Nov. 7. Co-joined towers, composite construction and completion criteria were on the agenda.
First CTBUH Demolition Working Group Meeting
Meeting for the first time in Amsterdam, the group discussed an entire spectrum of possibilities for demolition, focusing on sustainability of techniques.
CTBUH Brazil Hosts
First Tower Tour

The technical tour of the Camargo Corporate Towers development was the first of what will hopefully be many successful Brazil events.
CTBUH Israel at Project Management Conference
CTBUH Israel participated in the 7th Project Management Conference in Tel Aviv, drawing a full house for presentations by local and international experts.
Other Industry News
Manhattan West Platform Completed in New York City... more
High-Rise Resort in Zhengzhou to Open in 2018... more
New Proposal for Glengall Bridge Revealed... more
Construction Starts on Chengdu Greenland Tower... more
Samsung C&T to Build $310M High-Rise Complex in Kuala Lumpur... more
New Tower Breaks Boxy Mold in New York's Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood... more
Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland... more
Cambodia’s Tallest Tower Fully Open for Tenants... more
Goettsch Partners Celebrate Opening of Grand Hyatt Dalian... more
Folded Slabs of Columbia Medical Center Take Shape in New York City... more
Sales Launch for Sydney by Crown... more
Updated Design Revealed for 425 Park in New York City... more
Two Years Later, Cost to Repair Fire-Damaged Dubai Tower Soars to $21M... more
Miami Megaproject to Include 60-Story Tower... more
World Trade Center Nanjing Complex Progresses, Main Tower Lagging Behind... more
Milwaukee’s Couture Tower in the Works... more
Tower 5 Up for Approval in Melbourne... more
Hotel and Office Tower Slated for Nashville... more
Planning Approved for 37-Story Tower in Vauxhall, London... more
Design Update Adds Floors to Seattle’s Rainier Square... more
New 27-Story Tower Block Destined For Manchester City Center... more
New Renderings Depict Tower Trio Proposal in New York City... more
First 60-Floor Residential Skyscraper in Japan to Go on Sale in January... more
Three Skyscrapers Approved for Isle of Dogs in London... more
Plans Revealed for 5M Project in San Francisco... more
New Team Set to Take Over London’s Stalled Pinnacle... more
Studio Completes High-Rise Study Project in Lima... more
CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014... more
Brookfield Multiplex to Deliver Sydney’s Tallest Residential Tower... more
The Durst Organization Tops-Out Bjarke Ingels’ 137-Meter West57... more
Piano Wins Planning For Shard’s “Little Sister” in London... more
European Pension Fund Breaks Ground on Seattle Residential High-Rise... more
Renderings have been released for a skinny residential tower, 338 Queen Street... more
London Tower Plans Spell End for Make’s Chiswick Octopus... more
Jury Selection Begins for Las Vegas Tower Trial... more
Developers Moot Plans for Dubai Twin-Tower Record Breakers... more
Chicago Spire Scheme Laid to Rest... more
Delayed Rogers Tower in London to Get Underway in 2015... more
Port Authority Loses $175M Hudson Yards Tower Deal in New York City... more
Chennai Looks to the Skies... more
Nik Wallenda Tightrope-Walks Between Chicago Skyscrapers – Twice... more
BretFred Founder Backs 5+Design Salford Towers Scheme... more
Cyprus Tower Promotes Hellenic Culture... more
Greenland GIC Design Unveiled in Chengdu... more
Vizag Considers Design Reinforcement for Forthcoming High-Rises... more
New York’s 551 Tenth Avenue Begins Upward Climb... more
PLP Works Up Alternative Vauxhall Cross Towers in London... more
The Guardian Covers China’s Vertical Climb via CTBUH ... more
Foundation to be Laid on World’s Tallest Temple in Vrindavan... more
Cladding Nearly Complete on Toronto’s Heathview South Tower... more
New Design Boosts Height of New York's One Vanderbilt... more
South Quay Plaza Recommended for Approval in London ... more
Construction Begins on AKH Tower in Dammam... more
Toronto’s One Bloor Installs High-Speed KONE JumpLifts... more
Norwegian Firm Wins High-Rise Job in San Francisco... more
Construction on Manchester Residential Tower Quartet to Begin in February 2015... more
Aurora Melbourne Central Receives Green Light... more
Chicago High-Rise Fire Safety Ordinance Deadline Approaching... more
Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Dubai’s Marina 101... more
New York’s One World Trade Center to Complete in November... more
Trump Casino Opening Sparks Panama City Property Market... more
New Members
New Supporting Contributor
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
New Patron
Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town
New Donor
Upgraded Donor
Walsh Construction Company
New Contributor
Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Upgraded Contributor
Cubic Architects
Werner Sobek Group
New Participant
AET Flexible Space (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Airmas Asri
Arabian MEP Contracting
Heintges & Associates
Robert Bird Group
Wacker Ingenieure
Search Members by Expertise
Building Case Study
Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building
Research Paper
The Competition for the Tallest Skyscraper: Implications for Global Ethics and Economics
Christopher Michaelson
University of St. Thomas
The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
David Gianotten
Upcoming Events
U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition
December 8 (deadline)
CTBUH Finland Launch: Tall Buildings as Part of the Urban Habitat
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland - January 14
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference: Global Interchanges
Call for Abstracts - January 30 (closing)
Fazlur Khan Lecture Series 2015: William Pedersen
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA - February 20
CTBUH in the Media
Council on Tall Buildings Putting a Bigger Emphasis on Sustainability
ENR tracks the growth and direction of CTBUH.
Engineering News-Record, November 11
Sydney’s One Central Park Wins World’s Best Tall Building Award
Newspaper profiles CTBUH award to a groundbreaking project.
The Guardian, November 11
Elevators Race to Top as Technology Matches Skyscraper Growth
Editor Daniel Safarik remarks on significance of elevator technologies.
Financial Times, November 6

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