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CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter
October 2015
Top CTBUH News
2015 Awards Symposium: Register FREE
The full-day Symposium will include presentations from all award-winners, including Santiago Calatrava, Douglas Durst, Hiroo Mori, Stefano Boeri, and many more.
New Leaders Join the Council
Following the recent “Call for Leaders,” two new Trustees, six Advisory Group members and numerous others are joining the CTBUH Leader groups.
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Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower Completes in Nanchang
American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Gaoxin, a growing high-tech district in Nanchang, China. The Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower's rectangular form is clad in a diagrid structure made of triangular aluminum fins. The brise-soleil helps shade the building during the day, while LED lights embedded in the system illuminate the tower at night.
Permission Granted for Two-Tower Paris Project
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc., one of Canada’s largest property investors, received permission from Paris City Hall to start building a two-tower development on the River Seine designed by architect Jean Nouvel. The Tours Duo complex will include 27-story and 39-story office buildings, an eight-floor hotel, a restaurant, and public gardens.
"Carved Tower" Proposed for Downtown Vancouver
Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a slender 40-story residential tower sited in Vancouver’s West End neighborhood, purchased by Westbank earlier in 2015 for $47 million. The tower’s striking façade features a combination of glass and polished anodized aluminum that will provide the structure with an almost checkered appearance.
Proposals for Portland, New York Win US Tall Wood Building Prize
US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, announced the winners of the US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. Two winning projects will each receive $1.5 million to fund their developments in Portland, OR, and New York City, respectively.
Two New Skyscrapers Proposed in Shibuya, Tokyo
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has approved plans for the redevelopment of the Sakura Gaoka neighborhood near Shibuya station, with the overarching goal of promoting the growth of businesses and cultural exchange. The redevelopment area encompasses about 2.6 hectares, and the project is divided into three distinct neighborhoods.
Preliminary Design of Burj 2020 Revealed at Cityscape Global in Dubai
A preliminary design was revealed for Burj 2020, a skyscraper that could potentially a height of reach up to 700 meters, with the top two floors operating as an observation deck. The master-planned Burj 2020 District will comprise seven towers and over one million square meters of built-up area. The complex's retail offerings will total over 100,000 square meters.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Chairman David Malott

As one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, and a global financial hub, New York is the perfect backdrop for the upcoming Conference.
CTBUH UK Right to Light Breakfast Seminar
This event featured Lesley Webber, Fieldfisher, Paul Smith, and GL Hearn, presenting on issues around access to sunlight in the urban canyon.
Five Student Competition Finalists Selected
The second-round jury has selected five finalists who will present their projects at the CTBUH New York Conference, as well as be featured in an exhibit on-site.
IJHRB 2015 Volume 4 No. 3 Published
With CTBUH Korea, CTBUH has released the next issue of The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, featuring seven papers from industry leaders.
CTBUH Australia Hosted “How are Cities Responding to Urbanism?”
The event included a half-day program of presentations from both local and international speakers, and a guided walking tour of the Brisbane CBD.
New Publishing Contract Reached with Tongji Press
Zhi Wenjun, TJUP, and Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Director, recently signed an agreement covering several publications, including a Chinese language version of the CTBUH Journal.
Other Industry News
Mixed-Use Tower Complex Proposed for Bahrain Bay, Manama... more
Virgin Hotel Breaks Ground on Tower in New York City... more
Development Application Submitted for 30-Story South Bank Tower in Brisbane... more
Sales Launched for Makati Office Tower... more
Chicago’s South Loop Boom Continues with Proposed 48-Story Tower... more
Mixed-Use Scheme Could be the Tallest in Luxembourg City When Completed... more
Trio of Towers Planned for Ho Chi Minh City... more
Height Added to 45 Park Place in New York After Design Update... more
Developer Plans 2016 Start for River Street Tower in Manchester... more
Stantec Tower in Edmonton Set to be Canada’s Tallest Outside Toronto... more
New Amsterdam Office Building Claims to be World’s Most Sustainable... more
Proposed Beijing Office Tower Would Have World’s Tallest Atrium... more
Phase One of Roche’s Basel HQ Opens With 41-Story Office Tower... more
Goldin Finance 117 Tops Out in Tianjin... more
Helmut Jahn Designing 86-Story South Loop Residential Tower in Chicago... more
At 101 Stories, Proposed Seattle Skyscraper Would Be West Coast’s Tallest... more
Builder Pulls Out of Meena Plaza Project in Abu Dhabi "After Not Being Paid"... more
“55 Timeless” Xin-Yi Residential Tower Underway in Taipei... more
Tower Proposal Could Be Chicago’s Tallest in the South Loop, Could Be a Twin... more
Designs Unveiled for Phase One of Brisbane Mixed-Use Project... more
Richmond’s Newest Skyscraper Celebrates Grand Opening... more
Nha Trang Officials Seeking Permission to Build 60-Story Skyscrapers... more
Images Revealed of Moshe Safdie’s First New York Project... more
Pascal Residential Tower Explores Various Living Styles in São Paulo... more
Consent Granted for Student Housing Towers in Liverpool... more
Builder Appointed for Australia 108 in Melbourne... more
95-Story Supertall Planned for Jersey City Waterfront at 55 Hudson Street... more
Casino Canberra Redevelopment Planned for Australian Capital... more
Moscow Class A Office Building Offers Inventive Façade Design... more
Permission Sought for Dublin’s Tallest Office Block... more
41-Story New York Office Building to be Expanded into Supertall Skyscraper... more
Tai’an Hotel Opens With 283 Guest Rooms... more
Design Update for 52-Story Rosedale on Bloor Condos in Toronto... more
US Firm to Build 100-Story Convention Center in Dhaka... more
Redesigned 245-Meter Tower Proposed for Midtown, New York City... more
Topping-Out Ceremony Held at 200 George Street in Sydney... more
Architecture Competition Will Overhaul a Notorious Parisian Skyscraper... more
Melbourne Gets New Limits on Skyscrapers... more
US Construction Hit by Curtain Walling Crisis... more
Bogotá’s Crowdfunded Skyscraper Architecturally Tops Out... more
Multi-Tower High-Rise Complex Proposed for Sofia... more
24-Story Tower Proposed in Chicago’s River North... more
Abuja’s World Trade Center Expected to Complete in 2016... more
Twin Towers Proposed for the Dubailand Mega-Development... more
190-Meter Tower Proposed for London’s Docklands... more
Sales Launched at Tower at Pier 27 in Toronto... more
Ultra-Luxury Tower Proposed in Gold Coast... more
Approval of 75 Howard Street Continues San Francisco Skyline Transformation... more
Now Arriving: New Condos at Vancouver Train Stations... more
Landlord Plans to Wedge 41-Story High-Rise Next to Millennium Park... more
Sky Towers in Kiev Intended to Raise the Economic Profile of the City... more
Building Design Magazine Bestows Notorious Award to London’s Walkie Talkie... more
Hotel Operator Named for Jumeirah Business Bay Tower... more
Brighton’s Vertical Cable Car Tower Topped Out in 10 Weeks... more
Condo Project Aimed at Students Set to Launch in Ottawa... more
Owners of Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel Battle for Tower Permit Extension... more
Japan’s Tallest Building Planned Near Tokyo Station... more
New Members
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Forest City Ratner Companies
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Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects
Cottee Parker Architects
HKA Elevator Consulting
Probuild Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd
Rhode Partners
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Taisei Corporation
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Arkitema Architects
Consultancy Company Limited of University of Civil Engineering
Extell Development
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Upcoming Events
CTBUH UK: Does London Need Tall Buildings?
London – October 7
2015 Korea-China-Japan Tall Building Forum
Seoul – October 16
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Chicago – October 17–18
CTBUH 2015 Conference
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CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH Featured in NBM&CW
CTBUH were recently invited to steer the August issue of New Building Materials & Construction World
Sep. 16
Former CTBUH Chairman Revisits Twin Towers on 9/11 Anniversary
Timothy Johnson reflects on what made the towers unique contributions to the skyline, Sep. 11
CTBUH Qatar Representative Wins Engineer of the Year
Shaukat Ali was recognized for his work at KEO International Consultants
Construction Week, Sep. 10

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