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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
August 2015
Top CTBUH News
New Tours for New York Conference
The recently added technical building tours include the “Empire State Building Environmental Retrofit Tour.”
2015 CTBUH Fellows Announced
The Board of Trustees has named three new fellows for 2015: Simon Lay, William Maibusch, and Robert Pratt.
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New 88-Story Tower Planned for Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast
A Hong Kong-based developer has taken the next step in its push to build a new $700 million Surfers Paradise tower by lodging a development application with the Gold Coast Council. The new 88-story mixed-use tower, to be built on a 3,500-square-meter site, will house 693 apartments on 85 levels and a three‑story podium.
Berlin Saves the Communist-Era High-Rises of Alexanderplatz
Berlin has just said “yes” to Communist-era blocks and “no” to more new skyscrapers. On July 13, the city announced that it was listing some key Communist-era structures in Alexanderplatz, East Berlin’s central square, as historical monuments. The decision is a contentious one: the new monuments just confirmed are in a late-1960s modernist style that many people still dislike.
Construction Continues on Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters
Construction continues on the 220-meter KEO-designed Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters, which is inspired by four elements rooted in traditional Islamic design – the courtyard, sustainability, the mashrabiya, and traditional geometric shapes. The tower is lifted six floors above ground level, and the podium appears to slip through it.
Architects Release Casablanca Finance City Tower Design
Designs for the Casablanca Finance City Tower in Morocco have been released. The building's crown, coupled with the way the building interacts with ground-level public space, creates an "inverted double-crown." Slated for completion in 2017, the 226,042-square-foot (21,000-square-meter) building broke ground in December of 2014.
First Figure-Eight Ferris Wheel Nears Completion at Studio City
An innovative figure-eight Ferris wheel has been implemented as the iconic centerpiece to the topped-out $3.2 billion Studio City complex in Macau. Towering at 130 meters, the Golden Reel is located at the center-point between the resort's twin hotel towers within the structure itself. The Ferris wheel is embedded within the structure of the building.
New Renderings Revealed for Related’s 35 Hudson Yards Project
Construction is proceeding swiftly across the entirety of the Eastern Yards within Related’s greater Hudson Yards plan. Now, new renderings for 35 Hudson Yards have been released. The tower is expected to rise 308 meters and 79 floors, and the renderings show that the tower will be mixed-use, housing condominiums and a hotel.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Joseph Chou

As tall buildings become the norm, the challenge to building owners and users now shifts toward creating community life within the vertical habitats.
Call for New CTBUH
Leaders to Join

We invite our members to get involved with the Council in a variety of capacities. Your contributions strengthen the organization!
CTBUH Supporting
CAF Ideas Competition

CAF’s CHIDESIGN is soliciting visions for an imagined learning campus in downtown Chicago, the Architecture, Design + Education Center (CADE).
CTBUH-ASHRAE Joint Publication Now Available
The ASHRAE guide has been fully revamped since the 2004 edition with a broadened scope and updated content, reflecting current standards and industry practices.
New Publishing Agreement Reached with Tongji Press
Zhi Wenjun, Tongji University Press, and Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Director, signed the first of several planned publishing contracts.
Panel Fields Tough Questions in Shanghai
As part of its partnership with Architects @ Work, CTBUH hosted a panel discussing the role tall buildings play in the environmental future of cities.
Other Industry News
Construction Progressing Smoothly on Exhibit Residences in Toronto... more
57-Story Canary Wharf Tower Approved for London... more
Boston’s John Hancock Tower Renamed “200 Clarendon”... more
Indian Real Estate Development Group Agrees to Invest in Sri Lankan Tower... more
Fuzhou Apartment Tower with Rippled Façade Completes... more
Proposed 33-Story Building Would be Vancouver’s Tallest Office Tower... more
Topping-out Ceremony Held in Rottweil for ThyssenKrupp Test Tower... more
Student Housing Demand Driving Unique Amenities at Grid Condos in Toronto... more
Condo Tower Proposed in Johor Baru... more
BT Tower’s Revolving Restaurant in London Opens Again for First Time in 35 Years... more
Gold Coast Apartment Tower Breaks Ground in Chicago... more
Development Firm Outlines Four Projects for Dubai... more
Jerusalem’s Downtown to get Pyramid-Shaped High-Rise... more
London’s Millharbour Village Project Rejected by Planning Council... more
Owner of Madrid’s Landmark Edificio España Wants It Torn Down and Rebuilt... more
A Flurry of Building Proposals Submitted in Melbourne Prior to New State Levy... more
Plans Scrapped for Wind Turbine on Brighton i360... more
Italian Architect Unveils Vision for Vertical City on the Sea in Doha... more
Chicago’s Aon Center Skyscraper Sold for $712 Million... more
273-Meter Tower Planned for Heritage-Listed Site in Melbourne... more
Two High-Rise Projects Proposed for San Diego’s East Village... more
Design Proposed for Avaza Aqua Park in Turkmenistan... more
Work Continues at One at Palm on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah... more
Downtown Airport Closure Gives Rise to Edmonton’s Changing Skyline... more
The Westin Hamburg to be Housed Within the Elbphilharmonie... more
New Casino Proposal Could Reshape Brisbane’s Central Business District... more
Bordeaux Tower Blocks Reclad With Sliding Translucent Windows... more
FL 4300 Complex Emphasizes Public Space in São Paulo... more
Brooklyn Library and Condo Development Moves Forward in New York... more
High Court Restricts Developer from Constructing Illegal High-Rises in Mumbai... more
Three-Tower Development Given Initial Approval in London... more
Nishi-Nippon Railroad to Open First Overseas Hotel in Seoul... more
Foundations for Sky City Used as Fish Farm in Changsha... more
Transit Oriented Development Policies Approved in Delhi... more
New Designs Revealed for Wolf Point Towers in Chicago... more
Towering Media Center Proposed for Phnom Penh... more
Hundreds of Units in London Tower Sell Within Hours of Launching... more
Mixed-Use Tower Planned on Tiny Downtown Boston Site... more
Battle to Build The Couture in Milwaukee Could Be Nearing End... more
Henning Larsen Architects Reveals a New Landmark Hotel in Sønderborg... more
Chicago’s Marina City Will be Considered for Landmark Status... more
1,500 New Apartments Slated for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne... more
Innovative Project Would be Seattle’s Second Tallest Building... more
60-Story Pixelated Skyscraper Proposed for Downtown Vancouver... more
Video Explores Singapore’s Next Tallest Building... more
Walkie Talkie Wind Complaints Prompt City Clampdown... more
New York’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza Rebranded as the Comcast Building... more
Interactive Light Façade Activates São Paulo Hotel... more
Tokyo Unveils Plans for Skyscraper Observatory in Shibuya... more
Tower With Shifting Floor Plates Proposed in Frankfurt... more
Paris Gives Go-Ahead for Tour Triangle Skyscraper... more
New Members
New Supporting Contributor
ARK Studio West | Architect Reza Kabul
New Patron
Hoboken Brownstone
New Donor
The Jotun Group
New Contributor
Façade Tectonics
GERB Vibration Control Systems
Kajima Design
South China University of Technology
Upgraded Contributor
wh-p Weischede, Herrmann and Partners
New Participant
BLT Architects
Holcim Costa Rica SA
NCC Construction Danmark A/S
WT Partnership
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Building Case Study
Siamese Ratchakru
Research Paper
MahaNakhon Tower and the Use of CTBUH
Seismic Guidelines

Kanokpat Chanvaivit, Bouygues
Sydney Greenland Centre Design Competition
Manuelle Schelp,
Studio Schelp
Upcoming Events
CTBUH New York: Façades Symposium
New York – August 28
CTBUH Australia: How Cities Respond to Urbanism
Brisbane – September 1
CHIDESIGN Competition Submission Deadline
Chicago – September 9
CTBUH 2015 Conference
New York – October 26–29
CTBUH Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
Chicago – November 12
CTBUH in the Media
CTBUH Announces 2015 Performance and Innovation Award Winners
Chifley Tower wins Performance and HOLEDECK wins Innovation Award
High Rise Facilities, July 9
CTBUH Confirms Proposed Tower Could be Fifth-Tallest on West Coast
CTBUH Fellow Ron Klemencic interviewed about Seattle high-rise
Seattle Times, July 8
Council Report Examines the Pros and Cons of
Vertical Greenery

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood gives ASCE interview
ASCE, June 30

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