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December 2015
Top CTBUH News
Registration Now Open: CTBUH 2016 Cities to MegaCities Conference
For the first time, the CTBUH conference will occur progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou & Hong Kong.
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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Vista Tower
Plans for a $1 billion hotel and condominium tower that would be Chicago's third tallest skyscraper easily won approval on November 19 from the Chicago Plan Commission. At 1,186 feet (361 meters), the glass-sheathed Vista Tower, would become the city's third tallest tower by height.
Master Plan Vision Adds Vertical Density and Extreme Height to Basra
AMBS Architects has revealed a vision for vertical high-rise living in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Home to a bulk of Iraq’s oil reserves, the area is becoming one of the fastest-growing business centers in the world. The new plan aims to maximize the city’s capacity by 2025.
Chinese Developer Launches Brisbane Apartment Complex
A Chinese developer has launched a AUS$400 million (US$285 million) apartment complex in South Brisbane to be called Brisbane 1, according to The Australian Financial Review. The newspaper reported that the Chinese group purchased the site in a deal worth AUS$46 million (US$33 million).
Work Set to Start on the Long-Delayed Copenhagen Gate Project
The city of Copenhagen has finally approved plans to build two skyscrapers joined by a pedestrian bridge at the entrance to the city’s historic northern harbor. The design unanimously won an international competition in October 2008, but construction has been delayed for economic reasons.
50-Story Naza Tower Launched in Kuala Lumpur
Naza Tower has been proposed in Kuala Lumpur, featuring a unique helical shape that makes the building appear to twist upwards. Each floor plan is similar to the other, but rotates by a few degrees clockwise, allowing a slightly different view of the city’s skyline.
Images Revealed for Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper
In June of 2014, JDS Development filed new building applications for a tower coming to 340 Flatbush Avenue Ext. in Brooklyn. Now, the first renderings for the SHoP-designed tower have been revealed. The tower will rise 305 meters, claiming the title of New York City’s tallest building outside of Manhattan.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Antony Wood

2015 was one of our busiest years yet, and the resolve to enable change in the tall building industry has only become more ingrained in the Council’s work.
Report: 14th Annual CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards
CTBUH recognized an array of projects, technical solutions, and industry leaders driving progress for tall buildings at the 2015 Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner.
Reminder: Submit Projects to CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Awards
Submission deadline is Dec. 14. Program will recognize extraordinary contributions to tall building and the urban environment in China.
Council Leaders Meet in New York to Outline 2016 Goals
Group leaders, regional representatives, trustees, committee chairs, and staff from around the world convened to discuss ways to move the organization forward.
2015 CTBUH Research Seed Funding Awarded
Associate Professor Jason Barr was awarded $20,000, sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, to investigate the drivers of tall building construction in China.
Student Design Competition Winners Announced
University of Nottingham’s Tianyi Geng and Teng Li were named the winners of the Plaza Construction-sponsored CTBUH International Student Design Competition.
Other Industry News
Study Explores the Next Evolution of the New York City Skyline... more
High-Rise Greenwich Peninsula Plan Gets Green Light in London... more
Safety Concerns over Crane Holding Up Completion of L Tower in Toronto... more
Warsaw’s Tallest Tower Given Green Light... more
Fire Breaks out in Chicago’s Hancock Center... more
42-Story Cardiff Building Could be Tallest Residential Tower in Wales... more
Suburban Canberra Development Given Green Light... more
Designs Unveiled for Urban Neighborhood Master Plan in Pittsburgh... more
Plan Submitted for 43-Story Foster + Partners Design in Toronto... more
NatWest Tower Demolition Underway in Birmingham... more
New Renderings Released for Tower Complex in Gatineau Outside Ottawa... more
Fire Halts Construction of Myanmar’s Tallest Building... more
Luxury Miami Beach Condo Completes... more
New Jersey Awards $93 Million in Tax Breaks to Journal Square Tower... more
London’s 22 Bishopsgate Set for Approval... more
New York Skyscraper Proposal Includes Private Gardens... more
Adelaide’s Tallest Residential Building Tops Out... more
Bosco Verticale Wins CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award... more
Skyscraper Proposed for Prime Collins Street Block in Melbourne... more
Dubai to use Jetpacks for High-Rise Firefighting... more
Ontario Considers Regulations to Protect Birds from Striking Tall Buildings... more
Foster + Partners Wins 35-Hectare Cairo Master Plan... more
Dual Hotel Tower Proposed in Response to Melbourne Hotel Shortage... more
18-Story University of Luxembourg Building Completes in Esch-sur-Alzette... more
Mechanical and Electrical Contract Awarded for London’s One Blackfriars... more
IKEA Real Estate Division Proposes Office Complex in Bucharest... more
Vertical Forest Tower Proposed for Lausanne... more
58-Story Rental Tower Proposed in Toronto’s St. James Town Neighborhood... more
Plans Unveiled for Twisted Tower in Downtown Seattle... more
ThyssenKrupp Premiers World’s First Rope-Less Elevator System in Gijón... more
Renzo Piano Unveils Plans for Glass Tower on Miami Beach... more
CapitaLand Pulls out of Talks to Buy Singapore’s Asia Square Tower 1... more
Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete to Keep Seattle Skyscraper Stable... more
Yet Another Architecture Firm Takes Over “Chiswick Octopus” Site... more
More Details Emerge on the Bay Park Centre Development in Toronto... more
Brooklyn Heights Library Tower Gets Green Light from NYC Planning Commission... more
Strong Demand Expected for the Omnia in Sydney... more
Qatar Investment Authority Joins Brookfield’s Manhattan West Project in New York... more
Ho Chi Minh City’s Neglected Thuan Kieu Plaza to get Upgrade with New Ownership... more
Civil Defense Authorities to Increase Building Inspections in Sharjah... more
Construction Progresses on The Exchange in Vancouver... more
Conservationists Petition Against Millbank Tower Plans in London... more
50-Story Tower to Replace TCF Bank Building in Downtown Minneapolis... more
New Images Released of New York Skyscraper in Anticipation of Sales Launch... more
Iconic Adelaide Office Tower Goes On Sale... more
Construction Progresses on the Brighton i360 Tower... more
Dubai’s Most Expensive Apartment on the Market for $74.5 million... more
New Micro-Housing Tower Proposed for East London... more
Japanese Construction Firm Admits to Faulty Construction in Yokohama... more
Barcelona’s Sagrada Família Enters Final Stage of Construction... more
Skyscraper Foes Raising Money to Fund Review for Sutton Place Rezoning Plan... more
Plans Called Off For Kuala Lumpur Skyscraper... more
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
New Members
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Wirth Research Ltd.
New Donor
Zaha Hadid Limited
Upgraded Donor
New Contributor
Brookfield Property Group
Elevating Studio
Pepper Construction
New Participant
Archilier Architecture
Argent LLP
Barre Levie Architects & Urban Planners
Deborah Berke Partners
Degraeuwe Consulting
Mercury Invest
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Building Case Study
Research Paper
A Tale of Towers and Cities: A Contextual Approach to Vertical Urbanism
L. Becker & J. Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
Vertical Reality – How To Design Viable Vertical Urbanism
P. Scott, Make Architects
Upcoming Events
Kandy – December 13
CTBUH Chicago: Innovative 3D Printed Technology
Chicago – December 16
CTBUH In the Media
Tall Building Council Reinvented
ENR examines CTBUH's recent history, exploring how the Council has grown
Bosco Verticale Wins CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide
Boeri Studio’s Milan building celebrated as example of “metropolitan reforestation”
CTBUH Affiliates Discuss Seattle Supertall
Council asked to weigh in on trend of supertall construction in the US

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