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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
February 2015
Top CTBUH News
2014: Record-Setting Year
For Tall Building Completions
Ninety-seven buildings of 200 meters or higher completed in 2014, an all-time record. Play with the data here…
2015 New York Conference:
First Round of Sponsors Confirmed

Now confirmed: 31 sponsors, including some of the top developers, construction firms, and consultants internationally.
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Designs Revealed for New Jersey's First Supertall Building
The Jersey City Planning Board voted to amend the Colgate Redevelopment Plan to permit the construction of a 95-story, 990-foot (302-meter) residential tower at 99 Hudson Street. The tower’s height will make it the tallest in the city and the state upon completion.
Skyscraper With a Curving "Waist" Coming to Vienna
A Rotterdam-based firm has won a contest to design a new addition to the Vienna skyline by proposing a 110-meter tower with an "elegant, hourglass figure" that will reduce the impact of its shadow. The twist also serves to diffuse the wind and enliven the lower part of the tower.
London’s "Can of Ham" Back on Track After Six-Year Hiatus
London's skyline could be about to add another delicious-sounding skyscraper to its lineup. The "Can of Ham" building looks to be back on track after a six-year hiatus. The project received planning permission in 2008, but was delayed in the wake of the financial crisis.
Taichung Mayor Suspends Plans for City Landmark as Budget Surges
Taichung mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily halted development of Sou Fujimoto's tree-inspired 300-meter tower for the city, which he says is "problematic" in terms of structure, safety, and ballooning costs. Total costs are reported to have increased from $251 million to $472 million.
New York's B2 is Back in Business
As anticipated by the CTBUH in our tall building predictions for 2015, construction has finally resumed on the 32-story modular residential building next to the Barclays Center, after a five-month hiatus stemming from a legal dispute over the pre-fabricated design.
Beirut’s Credit Libanais Tower Approaches Completion
The $67 million Credit Libanais Tower is approaching completion in the Ashrafieh district of Beirut, Lebanon. The rocket-shaped glass building, which was designed to meet green construction standards, is topped out, fully clad, and will be ready to accept tenants in early 2015.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Steve Watts

The continuing drumbeat of tall news since the CTBUH 2013 Conference in London affirms that we were ahead of our time, but a UK chapter is long overdue.
Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Formed
The Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee will explore critical issues of how tall buildings interact with the urban environment.
CTBUH Finland Launches With Seminar and Panel
CTBUH Chairman David Malott presented at the launch event in Helsinki, delivering much-needed information about tall buildings in the Nordic context.
New York YPC Launched, Chairs Inaugurated
The first meeting of the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) – New York City Chapter was held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox.
"Network-3D" High-Rise Studio Completes in Shanghai
The Tongji University CAUP-CTBUH-KPF high-rise studio was reviewed by CTBUH Chairman David Malott and several other leading professionals.
Chinese Architect Delegation Visits CTBUH
Nine Chinese architects visited CTBUH headquarters and the Illinois Institute of Technology as part of an academic mission to the US.
Other Industry News
Planning Awarded for 169-Home Lewisham Towers In London... more
Minneapolis Rejects 80-Story Tower Scheme... more
Judge Tosses Out Permit for Vancouver High-Rise... more
Foster’s London Towers to Feature One Bike Parking Space Per Bedroom... more
New York’s 30 Park Place Nears Topping-Out... more
Melbourne’s 57 Haig Street Seeks Extra Height... more
Renderings Revealed for New York’s Virgin Hotel... more
London’s Centre Point to Get New Lease on Life... more
Planned High-Rise to Bring 221 Rental Units to Calgary’s East Village... more
Reef Residence Coming to Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle... more
Miami’s Panorama Tower to Rise from the Ground in March... more
East FiftyFive Proposed to Grace Toronto’s Corktown... more
Developer Sought for Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center High-Rise Hotel... more
Frankfurt’s Flying Garden Tower Ready to Take Off... more
Work Begins on New York City’s 55 Hudson Yards... more
New Great Mosque of Algiers to Elevate African Continent... more
Related Sells Chicago’s OneEleven Tower at Record Price... more
Punggol Waterway Terraces Explore Future of Vertical Housing in Singapore... more
Dubai to Receive the Middle East’s First ME by Melia Hotel... more
Fire in Under-Construction Mumbai High-Rise Takes 14 Hours to Douse... more
Work Stopped on New York’s 432 Park Avenue After Pipe Falls From 81st Floor... more
CABE Gives Muted Backing to Rework Kidbrooke Plans in London... more
Work Begins on Toronto’s 101 Erskine... more
Developer Breaking Ground on Boston’s Tallest New Skyscraper in 40 Years... more
Tower Neighboring Leadenhall Building Unveiled in London... more
Heritage Watchdog Halts Construction of High-Rise in Manila... more
Planning Application Submitted for 171-183 Ferrars Street... more
London’s Leadenhall Building Loses Third Bolt in Three Months... more
FAA Pushes Back Against Miami High-Rises... more
Marketing Begins for Under-Construction Towers in Toronto’s Metrogate... more
Construction Begins on Johannesburg’s Zendai Development... more
Proposal Plans to Flank Calgary Tower With Two 33-Story Office Blocks... more
Skyscraper Project on Han River Bank in Da Nang Canceled... more
Broken Windows in Abu Dhabi’s Gate Towers “An Oddity”... more
New Proposal Promises 54-Story Tower for Cleveland... more
Stratosphere Scheme Underway in London... more
Kota Kinabalu Coast to Receive Mixed-Use Tower Development... more
The Mercer Approaching Completion in Toronto... more
London’s Walkie Talkie Skygarden Opens Amid Controversy... more
Proposal Envisions Paris as a “Smart City”... more
Plans Unveiled for Skyscraper Duo in Dallas... more
A Luxury Condo in Mumbai Will Have a Private Swimming Pool on Every Balcony... more
New York City’s 111 West 57th Street Receives Final Approval... more
Work Begins on Merchant Square Tower in London... more
Unique 26-Story "Origami" Tower in Vancouver Deemed “Too Tall”... more
Japanese Firm Snaps Up Controlling Stake in New York’s 55 Hudson Yards... more
Brighton Marina Opponents Pin Hopes on Appeal Hearing... more
Hyundai Motor Group Plans 100-Story Tower in Seoul... more
Condo Tower Coming to Downtown San Diego... more
Work Continues on Jakarta’s Pertamina Tower... more
1N4th Joins the Waterfront Residential Boom in New York City... more
Singapore Skyscraper Allows Residents to Park Their Cars in the Living Room... more
Chinese Developer Breaks Ground on Second Phase of L.A.’s Metropolis Complex... more
Work to Begin on Toronto’s Garrison Point Development... more
Alpha Square Plans Submitted for London’s Canary Wharf... more
Competing Plans For New Brisbane Casino Complex Made Public... more
Concept Developed for an Earthly Residential Tower in Taipei... more
Tapering Mixed-Use Tower Revealed for New York’s NoMad Neighborhood... more
Miami’s Billion-Dollar Brickell City Center Tops Off First Tower of Six... more
London’s Wandsworth Town Center Regeneration Scheme Approved... more
Construction Worker Found Dead at Lotte World Tower in Seoul ... more
New Members
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B+H Architects
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Canaan Shenhav Architects
Chang Minwoo Structural Consultants
Gru Comedil S.r.l.
Martin / Martin
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Murphy Façade Studio Ltd.
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Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust
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Building Case Study
The Interlace
Research Paper
Designing High-Rise Housing: The Singapore Experience
Elena Generalova & Viktor Generalov, Samara State University
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise
James von Klemperer
Kohn Pedersen Fox
Upcoming Events
Fazlur Khan Lecture Series 2015: William Pedersen
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA - February 20
Green Cities 2015
Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Australia - March 17-19
SoPlace World Summit
Putrajaya International Conference Center, Malaysia - April 10-16
CTBUH in the Media
CTBUH Media Roundup:
2014 Year in Review

A collection of the media coverage citing the 2014 Year in Review
World Media, January 26
World’s Longest Commute, by Elevator
CTBUH data quantifies annual vertical travel in tall buildings
The Wall Street Journal,
January 22
Talking Tall: CTBUH Dubai Inaugural Event
Dubai event reintroduces Council to high-rise city
ME Consultant, January

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