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November 2015
Top CTBUH News
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference an Outstanding Success
With 1,200 delegates from 45 countries, the conference featured world-class presentations and fantastic networking receptions.
Best Tall Buildings Awards Symposium in Less Than Two Weeks!
The Symposium will feature all 2015 CTBUH Awards winners, including Santiago Calatrava, Stefano Boeri, Hiroo Mori, and many more!
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First Building in New York’s Hudson Yards Structurally Tops Out
10 Hudson Yards has officially structurally topped out. However, more work needs to be accomplished before the 52-story commercial building reaches its full height of 268 meters. The angular glass building will be home to major tenants like Coach, L'Oréal USA, SAP, and social media agency VaynerMedia.
Proposed 67-Floor All-Residential Tower Would be Tallest in London
Chinese developer Greenland Group has submitted plans to build a 67-floor residential skyscraper at the western end of the north dock in Canary Wharf. The redevelopment of Hertsmere House at West India Quay will deliver 869 flats within a 241-meter-tall building, designed by architect HOK.
Proposed Dubai Tower Complex Would Feature an Artificial Rainforest
Dubai is set to get a new tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. Located in Al Thanyah First, The Rosemont Hotel & Residences is coming up on approximately 13,000 square meters of land, said ZAS Group.
Singaporean Developer Enters Australian Market
Singaporean developer Tong Eng Group is seeking approval for a high-rise residential tower in Melbourne, which would be the developer’s first project in Australia. The proposed building is subject to a planning application which would retain the original façade of the current heritage building on-site.
Hill International Named Project Manager for Baku Tower
Hill International announced that it has received a contract from Azvil Tikinti MMC to provide project management consulting services during construction of the Baku Tower located in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 49-story tower will be the tallest building in Azerbaijan when completed.
Construction Begins on the Thu Thiem Development in Ho Chi Minh City
The first of the mega-developments planned for Thu Thiem in Ho Chi Minh City broke ground, signaling the peninsula’s evolution from swampland to modern urban center. Empire City, a 14.5-hectare area next to the mouth of the Thu Thiem tunnel, is set to include several infrastructure projects.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Craig Gibbons

I have seen a significant increase of the global reach and recognition of the the Council in recent years.
CTBUH-CITAB China Tall Buildings Awards Launched
Awards will recognize outstanding contributions to tall buildings and urban environments in China.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours: 16 Cities
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized concurrent tours that shared through social media.
CTBUH UK Hosts “Does London Need Tall Buildings?”
More than 160 professionals gathered for an engaging panel discussion on the effect of tall buildings on London.
Council Releases New Tall Buildings in Numbers Study
“World's Highest Observation Decks”examines observation decks around the world through interactive graphic features.
CTBUH Atlanta Hosts “What Makes Tall, Tall”
A large group gathered for a series of presentations from MEP, architecture, and engineering professionals.
Other Industry News
First Phase of Icône Condos Tops Out in Montreal... more
Chinese Contractor Signs Deal to Build London Residential Tower... more
Construction Begins on Aurora Melbourne Central... more
Shard Stakeholders Propose 224-Meter London Skyscraper... more
City Council Gives Nod to Brisbane CBD Tower... more
28-Story Hotel Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles... more
Vancouver Hit with Court Challenge That Aims to Block a 21-Story West End Tower... more
Chevron Seeks to Defer Tower Development in Perth’s Elizabeth Quay Precinct... more
First Rendering Revealed for 1500 Mission Residential Tower in San Francisco... more
Plans Submitted for Controversial 90-Story Hotel in Melbourne... more
Architects Selected to Design New Financial Center in Xiamen... more
Illinois Governor Announces Plans to Sell Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center... more
Work Begins on Australia 108 in Melbourne... more
FAA Approves Two Miami Supertall Towers... more
One in Two South Koreans Visited Seoul's Lotte World Tower in the Last Year... more
252 East 57th Tops Out in New York... more
Proposed Kangaroo Point Development in Brisbane Would Include Three Towers... more
New Renderings Show Fresh Views of New York’s One Vanderbilt... more
Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Project Named Top Influencer for Luxury Development... more
Huge Docklands Scheme Scrapes Through Approvals in London... more
Wooden Skyscraper Coming to Vancouver... more
Proposed 42-Story Building Could be the Tallest in Melbourne’s Docklands... more
Twin Tower Development Brings 596 Condominium Units to Downtown Montreal... more
Developer Must Demolish Upper Portion of High-Rise in Hanoi... more
Three-Tower Development Proposed for City of Amsterdam... more
Green Light for $291 Million Elizabeth Quay Towers in Perth... more
Proposed Boston Skyscraper Seeks to Reconnect Neighborhoods... more
Three High-Rises Approved for Tel Aviv Seafront Redevelopment... more
Metlife Takes Majority Stake in New San Francisco Office Tower... more
Brisbane’s 130-Meter Spire Sets Sales Record... more
Apartment Towers Proposed for Chicago’s Clybourn Corridor... more
Adelaide Reaches New Heights with Kodo Building... more
Massive Redevelopment Planned for Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto... more
Construction Contractors Named for the Palm Tower in Dubai... more
Council Set to Refuse Rocket-Shaped Tower in London... more
New Jersey’s Tallest Residential Tower Tops Out... more
Central Park Tower Development Approved in Sydney... more
Green Light for KPF’s 45-Story Tower in London... more
285-Meter Gold Coast Development Wins Approval... more
Fire Erupts at Sharjah High-Rise... more
Two Skyscrapers Proposed for Camden Waterfront Development... more
Mixed-Use Tower Complex Proposed for Bahrain Bay, Manama... more
Virgin Hotels Breaks Ground on Tower in NYC’s Burgeoning NoMad Neighborhood... more
Development Application Submitted for 30-Story South Bank Tower in Brisbane... more
Sales Launched for Makati Office Tower... more
Chicago’s South Loop Development Boom Continues with 48-Story Proposal... 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 $267 Million Meena Plaza 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
Permission Granted for Two-Tower Paris Project... more
Designs Unveiled for Phase One of Brisbane Mixed-Use Project... more
Richmond’s Newest Skyscraper Celebrates Grand Opening... more
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CTBUH In the Media
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Dr. Antony Wood illuminates factors driving recent Chicago tall building proposals
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