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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
June 2015
Top CTBUH News
Plaza Construction Sponsors Student Design Competition
Plaza Construction has been confirmed as sponsor for the 2015 Student Tall Building Design Competition, through their Gold sponsorship of the New York Conference.
CTBUH Damping Research Project:
First Meeting

More than 40 industry and academic experts convened at CTBUH Chicago to mark the launch of the Bouygues Construction-funded damping initiative and discuss goals.
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Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen
Developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center recently celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary structural element has been put in place. The KPF-designed building will not be architecturally topped out until it reaches its ultimate height (including parapets/spires).
London Mayor Rejects Calls for More Scrutiny Over Tall Buildings
London Mayor Boris Johnson has rejected calls by London Assembly's all-party planning committee demanding the creation of a Skyline Commission to assess the design quality and viability of dozens of new skyscrapers, and to ensure tall buildings were only permitted "in the right place," where they didn't have an "irreversible impact" on the city's skyline.
New York's 53 West 53rd Seeks Buyers for its Luxury Condominiums
The newest condominium tower in midtown Manhattan's richest neighborhood is ready to open its doors to buyers. The skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street will start marketing its 139 apartments, with prices starting at $3 million. The project now faces the challenge of competing with about a half-dozen other luxury condo towers under construction nearby.
Plans Announced for Luxury Tower Complete With Water Park in Doha
A Qatari developer has announced plans to build the country's first water park inside a luxury residential tower in Doha. The Amwaj Suites and Residences will be 29 stories tall and include several swimming pools, an artificial wave pool, and water rides. Construction is due to begin in 2015 and is projected to take three years to complete.
Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Completes in Rainforest Near Manaus
The Amazon rainforest has an extraordinary impact on the planet, producing about half of all the oxygen in the atmosphere. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) has been built deep in the Amazon to monitor chemical changes in the air that could shed new light on global climate change. At 325 meters, it is the tallest structure in South America.
Height Limits Overturned for 306-Meter Parramatta Tower
Parramatta building height limits have been overturned by New South Wales (NSW) Planning minister Rob Stokes in a bid to see a 306-meter, 90-story skyscraper built in Sydney’s second central business district in response to a request from the City Council. Before the limit was overturned for the Aspire project, buildings above 300 meters were prohibited.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Craig Gibbons

The desire to build ever taller on smaller parcels of land is giving rise to ever slimmer towers; these new towers are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved.
CTBUH Japan Launch Symposium
Over 100 colleagues joined the CTBUH Japan Chapter launch event at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. Speakers included Peter Rees, David Malott, and Kai-uwe Bergmann.
CTBUH Journal 2015 Issue II is Now Available
The second journal issue of 2015, with a special focus on Japan, has been released, featuring a Case Study on the country's tallest building, Abeno Harukas, in Osaka.
Chicago: Continuing Home of the Skyscraper
British Council for Offices members visited IIT-CTBUH for presentations from Dirk Lohan and Antony Wood, and participated in an exclusive IIT campus tour.
CTBUH is Supporting Partner of Upcoming Architect @ Work in Shanghai
This two-day event will feature a panel moderated by CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik entitled "Greening the Vertical Habitat: Implications for China."
CTBUH Beijing Considers the Future of China's Capital
Attendees at the Beijing chapter event discussed new fire codes for tall buildings and the development plan for public space in the city's central business district.
Other Industry News
Land-Pooling Policies in Delhi Set the Stage for High-Rise Developments... more
Lotte World Tower to Use GNSS Technology for High-Accuracy Construction... more
Renderings Revealed for 1 Park Lane in New York City... more
San Diego Condo Developer Offering Contest to Name Its Next Downtown Tower... more
Emaar to Launch New Downtown Dubai Tower Project... more
Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Luxury Condo Tower in Downtown LA... more
Auckland to See First Commercial High-Rise in Over a Decade... more
13-Story Timber Tower to Built in Quebec City... more
Italian Bank Tower in Turin Opens to the Public... more
UAE Companies in Race to Build Second Tallest Tower in Dubai ... more
New Mixed-Use, High-Rise Development Coming to Downtown San Diego... more
Demolition of Damaged High-Rises Becomes Tall Order for Nepal... more
ICE Condos East Tower Nearing Completion in Toronto... more
Next Phase of Goodman Fields Scheme Approved in London... more
Riverside Center Tower Proposed in New York City ... more
New Plans Revealed for Office Headquarters in Hangzhou... more
Mecca Soon to Host Another Mega-Hotel Development... more
Developers to Build 110-Meter Office Tower in Frankfurt... more
Qatari Fund Reportedly Acquiring Vietnam's Tallest Building for $800 Million... more
State Government Approves Plans for a 68-Story Melbourne Tower... more
Transit Oriented Tower Rising in Bangkok... more
Apartment Tower Set to Replace Restaurant in Chicago's River North... more
Design Team Grows for $1 Billion Oceanwide Plaza in Los Angeles... more
London High-Rise Begins Construction Without Securing Tenants... more
Revised Proposal in the Works for Theatre District Condos in Toronto... more
Nordstrom Tower Could Become Tallest in New York, Report Says... more
Lotte Officially Reopens Facilities at Seoul Skyscraper... more
Toronto's Studio on Richmond Nears Phase One Completion... more
Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah's Kingdom Tower... more
Historic Sydney Church to be Dwarfed by New $205 Million Skyscraper... more
Plans for 320-meter Skyscraper in Shenzhen Cut due to Aviation Requirements... more
Waterfront Megaproject in New York City Gets New Renderings... more
Proposal Released for 56-Story Brutalist Tower in Toronto... more
Melbourne Tower Scheme Approved After Four Years Following Redesign... more
High-Rise Complex Breaks Ground Near Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles... more
Micro Tower Proposal in London Prioritizes Place Over Space... more
Vancouver High-Rise to Have Separate Entrance for Social Housing... more
$4 Billion Malaysian Mega-Casino Breaks Ground in Las Vegas... more
Toshima Ward Office, Residents to Share New High-Rise in Tokyo... more
New York Architects Win Approval for Stratford Hotel in London... more
Transit-Oriented Development High-Rise in Chicago Gains Approval, New Name... more
Melbourne Apartment Boom Drives Twin Skyscraper Plan for Queen Street Site... more
Precious Stones Inspire New Dubai Hotel at Jumeirah Beach Residence... more
57th Street Developers Look to Continue Superslim Trend in New York City... more
Ancient Coptic Orthodox Church Develops High-Rise Parish in Melbourne... more
Construction of Malmö Cultural Center Completes... more
Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel Opens Its Doors... more
New Renderings for Miami Innovation Tower—Residents Remain Concerned... more
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Next Tokyo 2045: A Mile-High Tower Rooted in Intersecting Ecologies
David Malott, Keisuke Hiei & Heidi Werner, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA
Examining King Abdullah Financial District
Julian Chen & Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects
Upcoming Events
CTBUH Philadelphia: The New Tall: Re-thinking Our Vertical Habitat
Philadelphia – June 2
CTBUH Dubai: Technical Tour of Cayan Tower
Dubai – June 9
CTBUH Melbourne: Making High-Rise Work
Melbourne – June 11
NFPA Conference & Expo
Chicago – June 22-25
Architect @ Work
Shanghai – July 2-3
CTBUH in the Media
Trustee Mounib Hammoud Gives Interview on Kingdom Tower
Hammoud discusses residential sales in the megatall building
Gulf News, May 10
Council Publishes Interactive Features Using New Data
Original CTBUH research sheds light on history of Japanese skyscrapers
Arch Daily, May 7
CTBUH China Office Director Discusses Global Skyscraper Trends
Daniel Safarik weighs in on the evolution of tall building construction
Nonstop Gulfstream, May 6

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