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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
July 2015
Top CTBUH News
Trustees Bestow Lifetime Awards
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards go to Nick Billotti of Turner International, and the late Minoru Mori of Mori Building for their illustrious contributions to the industry.
Speakers Revealed for 2015 Conference!
The fantastic full program of speakers for this year’s Conference has just been released. Registration is filling up quickly, so reserve your spot today!
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Architect Selected to Design the World’s Tallest Office Tower in Dubai
Tall building specialists Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) have been chosen by the master developer of Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district to design the Burj 2020 tower, which is set to be the world’s tallest office tower. AS+GG has also designed Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower - the one-kilometer-high tower to be completed in 2019.
Passive House Tower Breaks Ground on Roosevelt Island in New York
Construction began in June on an apartment tower on Roosevelt Island that will be the tallest passive-house high-rise in the world when it is completed in 2017, according to the Passive House Institute in Germany. The tower will rise 270 feet (82 meters), and house about 530 graduate students, faculty, and staff on a new 12-acre (5-hectare) campus for Cornell Tech.
High-Rise Investors Overwhelm the Small, Crowded Alleyways in Hanoi
High-rise buildings and apartments are beginning to crowd small alleyways and residential areas in Hanoi, and as a result, investors are putting immense pressures on already weak infrastructure systems, Builders target alleyways for new developments because they are conveniently located, and tend to have an established neighborhood of shops, restaurants, and schools.
New Development to Breathe New Life into Gold Coast’s Chinatown
The Gold Coast borough of Southport is set for a major expansion as a developer prepares to build an Asia-influenced supertall that would dwarf Surfers Paradise’s Q1. The development will include two towers, with the largest expected to top 88 stories, while its smaller counterpart is expected to be around 38 levels.
Johannesburg’s Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol of Urban Revitalization
Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s, Ponte Tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg’s urban revitalization. The tower’s aura is far from glitzy but its strict office manager is optimistic. She states, “Our goal is to get it back to where it was.”
Three Office Towers Planned for Rome’s Tor di Valle District
Designs have been revealed for three office towers for the city center of Rome, forming a new urban district adjacent to the A.S. Roma stadium. Arranged in a triangular formation upon a 3,000-square-meter public piazza, the trio of towers – which vary in height up to 220 meters – work in conversation with one another, as if cut from a single stone block.
News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Vincent Tse

The success of a well-designed megatall building can be measured by how well building professionals, developers, and operators work together.
New Vertical Greenery Publication on CTBUH Shop
Vertical Greenery: Evaluating the High-Rise Vegetation of the Bosco Verticale, Milan, a result of Seed Funding sponsored by Arup, is now on sale.
CTBUH Launches New Chapter in United Kingdom
CTBUH UK held an opening event at the top of London’s BT Tower, where guests enjoyed city views and learned about the Chapter’s mission.
CTBUH Launches New Chapter in Scandinavia
CTBUH Scandinavia, with Henning Larsen Architects, hosted “The Future of Tall Buildings in Scandinavia,” a symposium on tall buildings.
IJHRB 2015 Issue II Released
With CTBUH Korea, CTBUH has published the next issue of The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, featuring eight papers from industry leaders.
Student Competition Deadline Approaching
Registration closes August 3. Participation is free, and all university-level students may enter.
Other Industry News
New Megatall Skyscraper Planned for Kuala Lumpur... more
Superstructure of Mumbai’s World One 70 Percent Complete... more
Brighton Marina Campaigner’s Appeal Rejected... more
Telus Garden in Vancouver Opens its Doors to Employees... more
Six-Tower Vertical Village Planned for Manchester... more
Chicago Apartment Project Secures $160 Million in Financing... more
As Economic Confidence Grows in Warsaw, Złota 44 Tower Relaunched... more
Goettsch Partners Design 185-Meter “Park Tower” for San Francisco... more
Belfast Skyscraper to become 200-Room Hotel... more
Twin Towers to Rise in Gold Coast as Part of Billion-Dollar Development Boom... more
Sky Condo in New York Incorporates a Vertical Farm into its Design... more
TAIPEI 101 to Replace External Lighting With LEDs... more
Tall Tower Replaces Octopus Design Scheme in London... more
Austin Proper Residences Unveiled, Financing Begins... more
Coal Stacks to Make Way for Tower Blocks in Helsinki... more
The Atmosphere Residential Complex in Kolkata Nears Completion... more
Cincinnati Decorates Skyscraper with Mustachioed Man... more
Sri Lanka Says Chinese-Funded Colombo Port City May Go Ahead After All... more
Bishopsgate Goodsyard Scheme Gets More Height Reductions in London... more
New York’s Nordstrom Tower Expected to Have Highest Roof in the US... more
Zurich Building Incorporates the Façade of a Century-Old Warehouse... more
Abu Dhabi Unites Developers, Unveils New Al Reem Island Plan... more
Concrete Spalling Concerns Loom Over Gold Coast High-Rises... more
Philippine Supreme Court Stops Rise of Torre de Manila... more
Plans for London’s 22 Bishopsgate Presented to the Public... more
New Designs Revealed for 125 Greenwich Street in New York City... more
Koryo Hotel Catches Fire in Pyongyang... more
Ole Scheeren Reveals Plans for a Geometrically Extruded Skyscraper in Vancouver... more
Proposed Detached Art Tower Would Be Tallest in Hobart, Tasmania... more
Le Meridien Urban Resort Project in Zhuhai Names Design Firm... more
New 45-Story Apartment High-Rise Proposed for Chicago... more
Oriental DreamWorks Moves Forward on a New Complex in Shanghai... more
Ground Broken on 40-Story Skyscraper in Downtown Denver... more
Torre Cube II Redefines Office Typology in Zapopan... more
Tower Complex to Stimulate Economic Growth in Addis Ababa... more
High-Rise Developments Proposed for Sliema... more
Jeddah Municipality Accused of Obstructing Skyscraper Construction... more
New Designs Revealed for New York’s 2 World Trade Center... more
Former Nestle Headquarters in London Set for Radical Makeover... more
Toronto Developers Bring New Tower to 150 Redpath... more
Jersey City Borrows from Las Vegas with this 95-Story Waterfront Casino Proposal... more
UK Engineering Consultancy Wins Tower Project in Maputo... more
Residents Oppose High-rise Development in Kuala Lumpur... more
Post-Earthquake Inspection Finds Two Kathmandu High-Rises Unsafe... more
New Renderings Released for 75 Nassau Street in New York City... more
Triple-Tower Development Proposed for Edmonton... more
Paris Skyscrapers Becoming More Prominent After 2010 Planning Change... more
JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton Hotels Open in Macau... more
Sales of Reem Island Apartments in Abu Dhabi Aimed at Mid-Income Residents... more
Large Redevelopment Planned for Hollywood’s Famous Crossroads of the World... more
Bungled High-Rises Reveal North Korea Building Woes... more
Kolkata’s Future Tallest Residential Skyscraper Formally Launched... more
One World Trade Center Observation Deck Opens in New York... more
World’s Tallest Wood Building Proposed in Paris... more
Tokyo Skyscraper Gets Vibration Control System... more
Developers Design New Tech District for Miami... more
KPF Submits Plan for 45-Story Tower next to Broadgate in London... more
New Tower Unveiled in Dubai’s Business Bay... more
New Designs Revealed for Toronto’s The One... more
Melbourne Buildings Audited for Non-Compliant Cladding... more
New Members
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New Patron
Empire State Realty Trust
New Donor
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New Participant
Cityzen Development Group
Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc.
Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates
MBMpl Pty Ltd
Rodrigo Carazo Arquitectos S.A.
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Building Services and Achieving Sustainable Vertical Urbanization
Malcolm Laverick, AECOM
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Upcoming Events
Architect @ Work
Shanghai – July 2-3
2015 Korea-China-Japan Tall Building Forum
Seoul – July 9–10
Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fundraising Dinner
Chicago – July 16
2015 AA São Paulo Skyline
São Paulo – July 18–25
CTBUH in the Media
CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings
Council announces four regional winners for 2015
ArchDaily, June 22
BBC Business Daily Interviews Antony Wood
Wood comments on race to build the world’s tallest towers
BBC, May 25

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