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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
May 2015
Top CTBUH News
New York Conference:
Pace Confirmed as Diamond Sponsor

Pace Development, who are building the tallest tower in Thailand—MahaNakhon—are confirmed as a top Sponsor of the 2015 conference.
Job Opportunity:
China Office Associate Director

The new CTBUH China Office is seeking a talented candidate to work alongside the new Director in developing programs for the tall building industry in Asia.
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New Safety Norms Considered in India Following Nepal Earthquake
The recent earthquake in Nepal has brought earthquake safety norms into focus in India, where high-rises above 20 and 30 floors are quickly becoming the norm. Most buildings in India today use the minimum structural safety standards allowable by law. The Bureau of Indian Standards has agreed to draft a new code for seismic standards this year.
Proposed Superslim in New York City to Feature Floating Skygardens
A new 41-story skyscraper will feature six gaps in the façade—each filled with a full-floor, canopied green space that will wrap around the core of the tower. Floor plates will be one-third the size of those in 432 Park Avenue. The concept represents a challenge for the engineers and architects, who plan to construct the building with limited structural support around the perimeter.
Design Unveiled for Giant Rotterdam Wind Turbine
The 40-story building under construction at 888 Collins Street, Victoria Harbour, will be linked to the Bureau of Meteorology and light up every half-hour in a dazzling display that changes with the current weather. The tower will be illuminated by 50-meter-high vertical beams of LED light.
Antalya Tower to be Built in Turkey
Construction is due to commence later in 2015 on Antalya Tower, the winning entry of “The Expo 2016 Antalya Tower” competition. The completion of the observation tower will coincide with the “World Botanic Expo 2016,” to be held in the city. The tower is tripartite in form, comprised of three panoramic rooftop viewing decks tapering into a single shaft at the building’s base.
Construction Underway on Shenzhen Mixed-Use Tower
Construction is underway on a new tower in Shenzhen. The Hanking Center Tower was designed with the goal of rethinking the traditional commercial office building through an innovative approach to circulation, social, and work spaces. When completed, the tower will house retail, office, and residential space, with communal areas for use by all tenants.
UK’s Tallest Residential Tower Gets Final Green Light in London
Planning permission has been given for what would be the United Kingdom’s tallest residential building, to be sited in London Docklands. A 68-story and 36-story complex will be built, with construction expected to start in July 2016. The architects’ proposal has been dropped in height from the originally planned 73 floors.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Dennis Poon

From New York to Jakarta, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out. I look forward to celebrating our contribution to this positive move.
CTBUH India Examines Seismic Draft Code
Especially relevant in light of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, structural engineers at the recent India chapter event focused on seismic issues.
Awards Now Closed, Jury Announced
The Council is pleased to announce the 2015 Awards Jury, led by Chair Mun Summ Wong of WOHA Architects, Singapore. Winning buildings will be announced starting in June.
CTBUH New York Event Showcases Ping An Tower
CTBUH Chairman David Malott and Trustee Dennis Poon gave presentations emphasizing the innovative and sustainable design of Ping An Finance Center.
Research Seed Funding Deadline, May 29
The winner will be awarded $20,000 to conduct their research, and be recognized at the CTBUH Conference in New York. Submit now!
CTBUH Qatar Leads Convention Center Tour
Attendees explored one of the largest exhibition halls in the world, featuring vast column-free spaces of up to 96 meters, unprecedented in the region.
Other Industry News
Renderings Revealed for 40-Story Tower in New York City... more
Rolfe Judd Wins Planning for Millharbour Tower in London... more
Toronto Developer Looks to Build Two-Tower Condo Project in Calgary... more
Stella Maris Tower Coming to Dubai Marina... more
Japanese Skyscrapers Could be at Risk Due to Substandard Earthquake Dampers... more
Wilkinson Eyre Reveals 40-Story Tower for City of London... more
Ahuja Towers Launch Sales in Mumbai... more
Planned 304-Meter Miami Tourist Tower Sparks Political Scrum... more
High-Rise Project to be Delivered in Brisbane... more
Park Royal High-Rise Decision on Hold in Vancouver... more
Origami-Like Tower in Chicago Would Have Fifth-Floor Skygarden... more
Architect Defends Contentious Tower Proposal in Reading... more
Architects Envision 450-Meter “Vertical City” in the Moroccan Sahara... more
Renderings Released for Nordstrom Tower in New York City... more
Developer Launches Horizon Towers in Abu Dhabi... more
Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights... more
Deal Could Resurrect 2 World Trade Center in New York City... more
Berlin's Alexanderplatz Goes High-Rise as Property Prices Soar... more
Designs Put Forward for Miami River Towers... more
Canary Wharf Group Secures Approval for Two Towers in London... more
New Design Submitted for Luxury High-Rise Development in Chengdu... more
Winthrop Square Proposals Aim to Add Height to Boston’s Skyline... more
Star City Residential Complex in Yangon Begins Second Phase of Development... more
The Independent in Austin to be Tallest Condo Tower West of Mississippi... more
New High-Rise Development Coming to Dubai in Anticipation of Expo 2020... more
Twin Towers Proposed for the Heart of King’s Square in Perth... more
Design Unveiled for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung... more
“French Spiderman” Scales Dubai’s Cayan Tower... more
Ankara’s Partially-Built Republic Tower to be Demolished... more
Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China in Xinxiang... more
Suburban Skyscraper Faces Opposition in Melbourne... more
Construction Contract Awarded for London's One Nine Elms... more
Another Supertall is Destined for New York's Financial District... more
Melbourne's Australia 108 Has Most Expensive Penthouse in the Country... more
High-rise Buildings to Alter Eldoret's Skyline... more
Parkhouse Harumi Towers Take Shape in Tokyo... more
Emaar Launches Downtown Views Linked to Dubai Mall... more
Tensions Rise in South Perth Over Tower Plans... more
Luxury Tower Planned for New York City's Sutton Place... more
Unfinished Skyscraper Still Looms Over Guangzhou After 16 Years... more
Construction on Brisbane's Tallest Tower Set to Begin... more
Two Art-Clad Towers Proposed in Toronto... more
Beach Road Towers Take Shape in Singapore... more
Cascina Merlata in Milan Represents New Take on Social Housing... more
Proposed 107-Meter High-Rise Slated for San Francisco’s SoMa... more
Work Begins on Wanda Ridong Jewel Hotel in Gold Coast... more
Bandra Kurla Complex Emerging as Epicenter of Mumbai’s Bustling Financial District... more
Giarratana Lands More Money For Nashville Skyscraper – With A New Look... more
Strong Winds Send Elevated Platform Flying at Shanghai WFC... more
Designer Labels Draw High-Rise Home Buyers in Miami... more
Fortune to Complement Fort York Development in Toronto... more
Minton Housing Provides Amenities Laden With Natural Appeal In Singapore... more
Metro Vancouver Malls Reach For The Sky... more
NYC’s MTA Vote Clears Path For Planned Tallest Tower In Queens... more
Architects Plan Large-Scale Topographical Structure in Erbil... more
Construction Surpasses 100th Story in Seoul’s Lotte World Tower... more
One Vanderbilt Clears Another Hurdle in New York City... more
New Members
New Supporting Contributor
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Hutchinson Builders
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Housing and Development Board
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Rethinking Skyscrapers in China and Elsewhere
Yosuke Hayano, MAD Architects
Upcoming Events
CTBUH Canada: Sky High and The Logic of Luxury
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada – May 12
CTBUH Qatar: Sustaining Our Structures
Oryx Rotana Hotel, Doha, Qatar – May 13
Chicago BCO Conference
Chicago, USA – May 20–22
Inaugural CTBUH
Scandinavia Symposium

Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 28
CTBUH in the Media
CTBUH Data Links Tall Buildings and Economic Development
CTBUH height data illuminates historical skyscraper trends
The Economist, April 24
Proposed Skyscraper to be Among City’s Tallest
CTBUH to weigh in on Wanda Vista’s height relative to other high-rises
Chicago Tribune, April 14
Year of the Woodscraper Predicted by Council
Timber chosen for growing number of high-rises
Sourceable, April 8

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