Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

China Related Events/Initiatives

CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter Inauguration
11 Apr 2019, Hong Kong – Event Invite
In celebration of the establishment of the CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter, the Council is excited to announce the Chapter's inaugural event.
2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference
8-10 Apr 2019, Shenzhen – Awards Event
The annual CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference explores and celebrates the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies, and construction practices.
CTBUH China Hosts Smart Technology Symposium
29 Jan 2019, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China hosted a symposium which explored the development of smart offices, addressing challenges brought by rapid technological advancements and growing populations.
One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7 Sky Concert Hall Signboard
29 Jan 2019, Shenzhen – Event Report
One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7 in Shenzhen, China installed a CTBUH Signboard recognizing its incorporation of the “World’s Highest Concert Hall.”
2019 Tall Building Predictions for the Year to Come
22 Jan 2019, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out our monthly predictions based on our industry intelligence to see what trends and milestones will shape the industry in the year to come!
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
Dec 2018 – CTBUH News Report
The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past decade continued in 2018, though the total number of completed buildings of 200 meters’ or greater height leveled off at 143, after hitting an all-time record of 147 in…
CTBUH China Participates in Vertical Marathon
25 Nov 2018, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China participated in the Shanghai Tower International Vertical Marathon, climbing to the 119th floor of the building.
CTBUH China Participates in Urban Vision Summit
16 Sep 2018, Wuhan – Event Report
CTBUH China participated in the 2018 Urban Vision of the Central Yangtze River International Summit focusing on transformative and integrated urban spaces.
CTBUH 2018 Seed Funding Winner Announced
29 Aug 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The winner of the CTBUH 2018 Research Seed Funding, sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, is Dr. Ye Yu, who will research the health impacts of public spaces.
CTBUH China Participates in Architecture Forum
28 Aug 2018, Hangzhou – Event Report
The event celebrated the anniversary of GOA, convening a panel discussion featuring CTBUH China Associate Director Jiaqi Qu.
2018 Global Walking Tour: Walking on Water Reports
2 Aug 2018 – Tour Report
This year's 2018 Global Walking Tour explored the role of tall buildings along waterfronts and other natural settings.
Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum
9 Jul 2018, Shanghai – Event
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” symposium held by CTBUH/Tongji with speakers including CTBUH Academic & Teaching Committee members.
CTBUH Participates in the China Zun Forum
22 Jun 2018, Beijing – Event
CTBUH participated in the China Zun Forum which explored how the China Zun tower can serve as an innovative model for the international tall building industry.
CTBUH Signboard Unveiled at Suzhou IFS
20 Jun 2018, Suzhou – Event Report
Suzhou IFS recently installed a CTBUH Signboard, recognizing the building as the eighth tallest building in mainland China and the tallest building in the Jiangsu province.
CTBUH China Hosts Tall Building Symposium
19 Jun 2018, Chicago – Event
CTBUH China held its board meeting at Tongji University in Shanghai, which was followed by a half-day symposium titled "The Future of Vertical Cities"
2018 China-Korea-Japan Tall Building Forum
15 Jun 2018, Busan – Event Report
The 2018 China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum was held on June 15th, 2018 at the Busan Haeundae Grand Hotel in Korea.
2018 Tall Building Predictions
17 Jan 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out all of our 2018 Tall Building Predictions, and dive into the full 2017 Tall Building Year in Review data report.
TBUH Issue 12 Released
19 Dec 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
CTBUH and TJUP are pleased to announce the release of Issue 12 of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official publication of CTBUH in China.
CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee Talks Competitions
17 Nov 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) co-hosted a symposium on “Gains and Losses in Tall Building Design Competitions.”
TBUH 11 Released
18 Oct 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
CTBUH and TJUP are pleased to announce the release of Issue 11 of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official publication of CTBUH in China.
CTBUH China Supports Vertical Urbanism Forum at Tongji University
17 Oct 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and CTBUH China co-organized a one-day symposium on Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
2017 International Design Workshop: Evolving DiverCity
16 Oct 2017, Qingdao – Event Report
The School of Architecture at Qingdao University of Technology and CTBUH China co-organized a symposium entitled “Evolving DiverCity - Towards Shared Vertical Urbanism."
Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration
12 Sep 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH partnered with Guinness World Records to identify the commercial building with the fastest elevator speeds and longest vertical runs.
Economic Drivers Research Report Now Available
24 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
In Economic Drivers: Skyscrapers in China, discover the underlying factors behind tall building construction in the country.
Research Roadmap Chinese Version Released
17 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Publication
The Chinese version of the Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings has been released and is available for purchase.
CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
3 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first board meeting at the Shanghai office of Gensler.
CTBUH China Symposium on Tall Building Performance + Book Launch
2 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Tongji University Press held a symposium on tall building performance on August 2, 2017, followed by a book launch.
CTBUH Latest Chinese Video Library Released
10 Jul 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH News
CTBUH has built Chinese video libraries on many media platforms, including Wechat public account, Youku Video and Tecent Video.
2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings
21 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its fourth annual Global Walking Tours, which took place in 15 cities around the world.
TBUH 10 Released
7 Jun 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
CTBUH and TJUP are pleased to announce the release of Issue 10 of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official publication of CTBUH in China.
TBUH Issue 09 Released
17 Apr 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
CTBUH and TJUP are pleased to announce the release of Issue 09 of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official publication of CTBUH in China.
CTBUH New WeChat Account Launch
5 Apr 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH News
CTBUH upgraded the Wechat account, it has a brand-new user interface, focus on the latest development of tall buildings and urban habitat of all over the world.
Ping An Finance Center Now Fourth Tallest Building in the World
27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Ping An Finance Center. At 599 meters it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, second tallest in China, and fourth tallest worldwide.
Sydney Conference Launched
30 Jan 2017, Sydney – Conference Activity
CTBUH has officially launched its 2017 Conference: Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure from 30 October – 3 November in Sydney, Australia.
Happy Chinese New Year
28 Jan 2017 – CTBUH News
The Chinese traditional new year is approaching now, and we would thus like to wish all our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year!
Executive Director Named Among ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016
18 Jan 2017, Chicago – CTBUH In the Media
Recognized by ENR for his contributions to the building industry, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood has been named among the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016.
SuperTEC Visit to CTBUH China Office
17 Jan 2017, Shanghai – Tour Report
The CTBUH China Office hosted a visit from SuperTEC, a consortium of researchers and practitioners from Korea University and Dankook University in Seoul.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016
10 Jan 2017 – CTBUH News Report
CTBUH has determined that 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2016 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions and marking the third consecutive record-breaking year.
TBUH Issues 6, 7 & 8 Released
5 Jan 2017, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The latest three issues of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Chinese-language edition of the CTBUH Journal, are now available for purchase.
CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide.
Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide”
4 Nov 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Awards Jury named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai as the “2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2016 Conference Tour
15-22 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Students from the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2016 CTBUH International Conference and toured Shenzhen & Hong Kong.
CTBUH 2016 Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong Conference
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference
There is perhaps nowhere on the planet that demonstrates the impact of urbanization as markedly as the cities of China’s Pearl River Delta.
Inaugural Program & Construction Management Working Group Meeting
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Program and Construction Management Working Group of the CTBUH held their inaugural meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shenzhen during the 2016 International Conference.
Inaugural Vertical Transportation Working Group Meeting
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Vertical Transportation (VT) Working Group met for the first time during the 2016 Conference to establish the content to be produced for their Technical Guide.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Intelligent Egress Workshop Tackles Tough Fire-Safety Issues
21 Sep 2016, Beijing – Event Report
Co-organized by CTBUH, UTRC (China), and Institute of Public Safety of Tsinghua University, this day-long workshop examined the issues and challenges accompanying ever-taller buildings.
TBUH Issues 3, 4, & 5 Released
25 Aug 2016, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The latest three issues of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Chinese-language edition of the CTBUH Journal, are now available for purchase.
Global Twilight Walking Tours
25 Aug 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH UH/UD Committee organized its third annual Global Walking Tours in 13 cities around the world, examining public spaces in a twilight setting.
Twisting Tall Buildings
18 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a study that looks at the recent proliferation of twisting towers creating a new generation of iconic buildings throughout the world.
2016 China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum
8 Jul 2016, Tokyo – Event
The third China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum was held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, on the topic of "Innovative Motion Engineering in Tall Buildings."
CTBUH Names Tall Building Award Winners and Finalists
22 Jun 2016, Chicago – Awards Event
CTBUH is proud to announce the winners and finalists for the CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards, chosen from a pool of 132 submissions vying for recognition.
CTBUH Hosts China Government Delegation
20 May 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH was honored to host a delegation of government officials from the Shanghai Huangpu District People’s Government.
2016 Conference Steering Meeting
16 May 2016, Hong Kong – Event Report
Preparations for the upcoming CTBUH 2016 Conference are now significantly advancing, following a Steering Committee meeting in Hong Kong.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
Bund SOHO named “China Best Tall Building Overall” for 2016
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Awards Event Report
The China Tall Building Awards Jury is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural China Best Tall Building Overall Award: Bund SOHO, Shanghai.
2016 China Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
The inaugural CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Awards were held at Shanghai Tower culminating with Bund SOHO winning China Best Tall Building Overall Award.
China Zun Visit
23 Apr 2016, Beijing – Tour Report
Nearly 20 local professionals came together for a visit to the under construction China Zun Tower, the future tallest building in Beijing.
TJAD Hosts CTBUH China for Year in Review Event
3 Mar 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China’s first 2016 event was a look back at a record-setting 2015, from the perspective of the country that contributed the greatest number of tall buildings 200 meters or higher.
CITAB-CTBUH Name 2016 China Tall Building Award Recipients
25 Feb 2016, Shanghai – CTBUH News
CITAB and CTBUH are pleased to announce the award recipients for the inaugural CITAB-CTBUH 2016 China Tall Building Awards.
Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Now Available!
18 Feb 2016, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The first two issues of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Chinese-language edition of the CTBUH Journal, are now available for purchase.
China Awards 2016 Jury Meeting
21 Jan 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
The inaugural China Tall Building Awards jury meeting was held in Shanghai, the culmination of many months of effort.
Inaugural Steering Committee Meetings in All Three Cities
10-20 Jan 2016 – Event Report
Plans for the 2016 CTBUH Conference are now well underway, beginning with initial meetings of the Conference Steering Committee in all three cities.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
2015–2016 Design Research Studio Final Reviews
15 Jan 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
Tongji students in the collaborative design studio, “Network Reshaping Downtown: Transit-Oriented Mega-Development,”presented their final designs.
Shanghai Tower Completes, Now the World's Second-Tallest Building
7 Jan 2016, Shanghai – CTBUH-Related News
Shanghai Tower has officially completed as the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world.
2015–2016 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in Miami
16-21 Nov 2015, Miami – Tour Report
“Network Reshaping Downtown,” a collaborative design studio undertaken by Tongji University with support from CTBUH, kicked off with a visit to Miami.
Computational Design Technology
19 Nov 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted a presentation and panel discussion focused on the current computational technology tools used today in architecture and how collaboration is enhanced in the profession
Future Places Workshop
18 Nov 2015, Beijing – Event Report
The second CTBUH Beijing Chapter workshop placed a particular emphasis on the subject of future workplaces and the importance of a robust marketing campaign for tall buildings.
Tall Buildings: From Design to Construction and Maintenance
15-16 Oct 2015, Seoul – Event Report
The 2015 Korea-China-Japan Tall Building Forum was held jointly between the CTBUH chapters of the three countries.
CTBUH, Tongji Press Sign Two More Publishing Agreements
18 Sep 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Zhi Wenjun, TJUP, and Daniel Safarik, CTBUH, recently signed an agreement covering several publications, including a Chinese language version of the CTBUH Journal.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
Interesting Results from Second Round of Megacolumn Tests
27-29 Jul 2015, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH research division members attended the second round of tests in Beijing related to the Megacolumn Research project, sponsored by ArcelorMittal.
CTBUH, Tongji Press Sign Publishing Agreement
16 Jul 2015, Shanghai – CTBUH News
CTBUH signed the first of several planned publishing contracts with Tongji University Press for the book related to the 2016 International Conference.
Panel Handles Mean, Green Questions at Architect @ Work in China
3 Jul 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
As part of its role as a strategic partner of the Architect @ Work China Conference in Shanghai, CTBUH hosted a panel discussion entitled “Greening the Vertical Habitat.”
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE April 2015
28 Apr 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The third issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE 2015 goes over the Parramatta analysis plan, abstracts for CTBUH New York Conference and the committee member's involvement around the world.
CTBUH Beijing Inaugural Event
22 Apr 2015, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH Beijing's inaugural event featured presentations: "The New Fire Code on Tall Building Design" and "The Development of Beijing’s Central Business District".
CTBUH China Office Kicks Off
18 Mar 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH China Office / Asia Headquarters officially launched at CAUP at Tongji University with the inaugural board meeting and a reception
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
First Composite Megacolumns Test a Big Success
5 Feb 2015, Beijing – Event Report
The large research team working on the composite megacolumns research project gathered in Beijing to start the test campaign on the first megacolumn samples.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
Chinese Architects Visit CTBUH Headquarters
19 Jan 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
Nine Chinese architects and landscape architects visited CTBUH headquarters as part of an academic mission to the US
“Network-3D” High-Rise Design Studio Culminates in Shanghai
18 Jan 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Final reviews concluded of a semester of intense work for the “Network-3D" studio undertaken by Tongji University students with support from CTBUH and KPF.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Composite Megacolumns Research Meeting Held in Beijing
15 Dec 2014, Beijing – Event Report
Megacolumns researcher goes to Beijing to explore the actual behavior (N-M curve) of large composite concrete/steel megacolumns with encased steel profiles.
2014-2015 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in New York
14-17 Nov 2014, New York City – Tour Report
Tongji University students took a week-long visit to New York City, which included design workshops at KPF, site studies, and tall building tours.
Suzhou Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Suzhou – Tour Report
The tour started at Suzhou Zhongnan Center and continued to one of the two International Fortune Plaza towers, which had just had its topping-out ceremony the day prior.
Nanjing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Nanjing – Tour Report
After getting the high speed train from Shanghai, delegates toured the Suning Gulou Ruicheng project, followed by a trip to the rooftop of one of its 250-meter office buildings.
Changsha Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Changsha – Tour Report
The tour began with the Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) campus including the New-Ark Hotel. The group also visited Broad’s construction site of a 59-story tower.
Beijing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Beijing – Tour Report
Attendees of the Beijing tour toured the new CBD development on the east side of town, projected to contain 15 towers, many of whose foundations were already visibly underway.
Shenzhen Regional Tour Report
21 Sep 2014, Shenzhen – Tour Report
In Shenzhen attendees toured the sky lobby of Ping An Finance Center. Attendees enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel before continuing to KK100.
Hong Kong Regional Tour Report
20 Sep 2014, Hong Kong – Tour Report
The tour began at Hong Kong’s One Island East, a 298-meter office building. After a day of activity and touring, the tour ended with an evening harbor cruise, on a Chinese junk.
Sinar Mas New Bund Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
Delegates for the Sinar Mas New Bund tour were given presentations by SOM & APP, who described the planning of the complex & the derivation of its organic form from the Magnolia flower.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference
The survival of humanity relies on a repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a connected Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The construction tour of the impressive Shanghai Tower allowed delegates to ascend to the 119th-floor observatory, as well as explore a finished 12-story atrium.
L'Avenue Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
Delegates met at the office entrance of the newly completed L’Avenue tower. The design of this structure was meant to reflect the luxury and high-end design of the building’s owners.
Jin Mao Tower Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Jin Mao Tower, adjacent to the conference venue, provided ample opportunity for exploring the lobby, office section, top floor, observation deck, refuge floor & the Grand Hyatt.
Tomorrow Square Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
Delegates toured the 37th floor of Tomorrow Square, which takes advantage of the building’s 45-degree plan shift by offering views in at least eight directions.
Taiping Finance Tower Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The tour of the Taiping Finance Tower revealed the surprise of full-height glazing in the lift generator rooms, which offered an excellent view of the city.
Jing An Kerry Centre Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
At the Jing An Kerry Centre, the overall sense of luxury was amplified by traveling through the lushly appointed lobby and convention spaces of the Shangri-La Hotel on-site.
Lujiazui Harbor City Development & Riviera Twin Star Square Tour
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Riviera Twin Star Square Tour was immediately followed by the Lujiazui Harbor City Development Tour, a development on the site of the Shanghai Shipyard Factory and Drydock.
Shanghai Arch Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The tour of the Shanghai Arch began with a brief look at the building’s exterior, followed by visiting the footbridge to the main entrance, the skygarden, and the Shanghai Arch Village.
Shanghai International Finance Center Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
At the Shanghai International Finance Center, attendees toured hotel spaces, an unoccupied office floor, technical facilities including a mechanical floor, and the top floor restaurant.
Wheelock Square Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The refined Wheelock Square played host to CTBUH delegates, who toured AECOM’s office on the 36th through 38th floors, a refuge / MEP floor, and the basement.
Shanghai World Financial Center Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
Delegates met at the lobby of the Shanghai World Financial Center for a tour, led by executives of Mori Building, of one of Shanghai’s most recognizable landmarks.
The Bund Finance Center Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The visit to the Bund Finance Center, a focal project of the Conference’s second plenary, included a side trip to the Jiushi Headquarters by Foster + Partners.
Fire & Life Safety Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The Fire & Life Safety Working Group hosted a productive technical workshop at the 2014 Shanghai Conference. Below are some highlights from the meeting.
Seismic Issues Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
Seismic issues tend to be the predominant controlling factor in tall building structural design, particularly along the Pacific Rim.
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.
CTBUH Trustees Meet Ahead of 2014 Conference in Shanghai
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The second Board of Trustees meeting of 2014 took place in the 83rd-floor conference room at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao in Shanghai, in advance of the 2014 CTBUH Conference.
Megacolumns Research – Update and First Deliverable
Sep 2014, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Progress is being made on the Composite Megacolumns research project, with a case study and laboratories selected for the destructive tests
China Special Issue of CTBUH Journal
Sep 2014, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
In conjunction with the 2014 Shanghai Conference, CTBUH published a special edition of the Journal that focused on China.
Asia Headquarters Office Opening This Summer
Aug 2014, Shanghai – CTBUH News
The CTBUH will establish its physical CTBUH Asia Headquarters Office within the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University.
CTBUH Well Represented at China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum
18 Jul 2014, Shanghai – Event
CTBUH’s Japan and Korea chapters, along with Tongji University organized the 2014 China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum on July 18th.
Whirlwind Tour Stirs Up More Interest in Shanghai Conference
7-13 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
On a second intensive journey inside six months, Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to China to make additional connections and develop further support.
CTBUH Interviews Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten from OMA
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), sat for an interview…
“Towards Zero Carbon” High-Rise Design Studio Final Review
9 Jan 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The final review marked the culmination of a semester of intense work for the students and tutors involved in the “Towards Zero Carbon,” a design studio undertaken by Tongji University.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade.
Rem Koolhaas from OMA Presents on CCTV
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Symposium Video
Rem Koolhaas, Founding Partner at OMA, presents on CCTV, the CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Asia & Australasia Winner at this year's awards symposium.
Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago
Nov 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University, CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology, made a week-long visit to Chicago in November.
Four-City Tour Generates Strong Shanghai Conference Support
14-18 Oct 2013, Shanghai – Tour Report
Preparations for the 2014 CTBUH Conference are now underway. Executive Director Antony Wood embarked on a four-city tour, meeting with more than 30 companies over the course of 10 days.
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
18 Oct 2013, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO.
Tongji University Hosts CTBUH Lecture
15 Oct 2013, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood delivered a lecture to approximately 120 people at Tongji University, the CTBUH’s partner institution in China.
Greenland Group Hosts Inaugural 2014 Steering Committee Meeting
14 Oct 2013, Shanghai – Event Report
Greenland Group hosted the inaugural steering committee meeting for the 2014 CTBUH Conference, consisting of more than 25 individuals from the local tall building industry.
Young Professionals Committee Hosts Shanghai Tower Presentation
22 May 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The designers of Shanghai Tower presented to a capacity crowd at the Chicago Architecture Foundation May 22, at an event hosted by the Young Professionals Committee.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Research
With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanizing population, China is developing tall buildings more than any other country globally.
Nanjing Regional Tour Report: Redeveloping the "Southern Capital"
22-23 Sep 2012, Nanjing – Tour Report
Nanjing, the venerable “Southern capital,” is in the midst of the type of redevelopment surge impacting many Chinese cities.
Hong Kong & Shenzhen Tour Report: Touring Two Tall Cities
22-23 Sep 2012, Hong Kong – Tour Report
Delegates from the Congress flew to Hong Kong to visit one of the tallest cities in the world. The second day included a side trip to Shenzhen, including a private tour of KK100.
Changsha Regional Tour Report: Behind the China Broad Group
22-23 Sep 2012, Changsha – Tour Report
Attendees enjoyed an exclusive tour of the China Broad Group Facilities and spent the night in the T30 Hotel. The tour covered the company's manufacturing and research facilities.
Beijing Regional Tour Report: Transforming China's Capital
22-23 Sep 2012, Beijing – Tour Report
Congress delegates who traveled to Beijing were treated to a snapshot of how tall buildings are transforming China’s capital.
2012 Shanghai Congress: Asia Ascending
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference
The Shanghai Congress drew a wide variety of industry professionals from all over the globe with over 800 attendees from 430 companies and 43 countries.
Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the tour of Shanghai Tower offered a unique glimpse into the construction of the megatall building.
Wheelock Square Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
An elegantly simple tower, Wheelock Square also incorporates inherent ideas of sustainability to create a unified design.
Jing An Kerry Centre Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
As a large mixed-use development, the Jing An Kerry Centre will provide a wide array of living and working spaces as well as amenities upon its completion at the end of 2012.
Jiushi Corporation Headquarters Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Jiushi Corporation Headquarters in Shanghai, now over 10 years old, still stands out within its urban context.
International Financial Center Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
The twin towers of the IFC, though not identical, create a unique dialog with the surrounding Shanghai context.
Jin Mao Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
Standing as an icon of the Shanghai skyline, the Jin Mao tower has been a landmark since its completion in 1999.
Shanghai World Financial Center Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
The current tallest building in China at 492 meters, the World Financial Center offers unparalleled views from its skybridge.
Riviera TwinStar Square Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
The mirrored towers of the Riviera TwinStar development have delicately articulated facades and extensive outdoor areas.
Tomorrow Square Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
As a unique architectural and structural addition to Shanghai's skyline, Tomorrow Square is distinguished among its neighbors.
China Special Issue of CTBUH Journal
Sep 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
In conjunction with the Shanghai 9th World Congress, CTBUH published a special edition of the Journal that focused on China.
NYU Team Wins First CTBUH Research Seed Funding
Sep 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Research
A research team from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has won the CTBUH’s first research seed funding grant for a research project based in China.
China to Dominate Tall Building Development
22 Aug 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Nine of the 20 tallest buildings currently under construction in the world are located in China, which is now leading the way in the development of supertall buildings.
Inside the China Broad Group
Aug 2012, Changsha – Tour Report
CTBUH’s Executive Director tours the headquarters of the company behind the 30-story tower erected in 15 days. Now they want to build the world’s tallest tower in nine months.
Shanghai Congress Important Steering Committee Meeting
Feb 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
A major meeting of the Shanghai Congress Local Steering Committee was held in the very appropriate setting of the Shanghai Tower construction site.
Shanghai 2012: Important Meetings
Feb 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Chair Timothy Johnson and Executive Director Antony Wood were in Shanghai recently for meetings with the Congress Steering Committee and other significant Congress partners.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
8 Dec 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters.
A Private View: CTBUH Tour of KK100 Tower
7 Dec 2011, Shenzhen – Tour Report
CTBUH held an exclusive insight and tour of the recently completed 442 meter Kingkey 100 Tower, hosted by the CTBUH Hong Kong Representative, Stefan Krummeck.
Path to the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress: Beginnings…
Jul 2011, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders recently traveled to China to attend a CTBUH-Tongji University workshop, and begin the planning of the anticipated 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
Chinese Monthly Tall Building Newsletter Launched
Apr 2011 – CTBUH News
The monthly CTBUH Tall Building Newsletter is translated into Chinese and distributed in the early part of each month.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the 600, 700, and 800-meter thresholds, 2010 has seen…
CTBUH Publishes Chinese Language Journal Issue
Oct 2010 – CTBUH Publication
The CTBUH Journal is an official periodic publication of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Published and circulated to the Council's worldwide membership on a quarterly basis, the Journal aims to document and publicize groundbreaking…
Shanghai Expo and Meetings Report
May 2010, Shanghai – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood visited China to attend and speak at the Shanghai Expo. While in China, the foundation was set for the CTBUH 9th World Congress.
CTBUH East Asia Country Representative Meeting
22-23 Jan 2010, Jeju – Event Report
CTBUH Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim convened a meeting of the three East Asia Country Representatives and himself.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
Dec 2009 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Trump International Hotel & Tower named tallest building completed in 2009; Successful year for the American high-rise. Over half of all buildings 200m or taller completed in the past twelve months were located in Asia, with some 36% being in China…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten…
Chris Abel Presentation at IIT: Foster in China
Oct 2008, Chicago – Event Report
Eminent academic and author Chris Abel presents a detailed overview of the Chinese work of architecture firm Norman Foster and Partners.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Journal Paper
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International Investment Group, is also regarded as the world’s tallest…
CTBUH / Nakheel Asia Tour Report
19-29 Apr 2007, Shanghai – Tour Report
CTBUH collaborated with the Dubai-based developer Nakheel and architects Woods Bagot to facilitate a 5-nation tour of seminal tall buildings in south-east Asia.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were…
2005 Nanjing International Symposium: Innovation & Sustainability
20-23 Nov 2005, Nanjing – Conference
Over 200 people attended this symposium held at Southeast University, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of civil engineering in China.
CTBUH Plaques & Signboards Initiative Begun
Oct 2004, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH believes public skyscraper signs are a powerful and lasting way to inform the world about the official recognition of the achievements and merits of new and existing tall buildings.
1992 Nanjing 2nd International Conference: High-Rise Buildings
20-22 Mar 1992, Nanjing – Conference
The 1992 International Conference was held in Nanjing, China on High-Rise Buildings from 21 - 23, March, 1992.
1990 Hong Kong 4th World Congress: Tall Buildings 2000 and Beyond
5-9 Nov 1990, Hong Kong – Conference
The Fourth World Congress was held in Hong Kong, China, November 5-9, 1990 on "Tall Buildings: 2000 and Beyond".
1989 Nanjing International Conference: High-Rise Buildings
25-27 Mar 1989, Nanjing – Conference
The 1989 International Conference was held from March 25 -27 in Nanjing, China, focused on "High-Rise Building".
1988 Hong Kong/Shanghai Conference: Design and Development
22-29 Apr 1988, Hong Kong – Conference
The Fourth International Conference in Hong Kong/Shanghai on Tall Buildings in 1988 on Design and Development of High-Rise Buildings.
1984 Guangzhou 3rd International Conference on Tall Buildings
10-15 Dec 1984, Guangzhou – Conference
The 1984 3rd International Conference on Tall Buildings was held from December 10-15 in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
1976 Hong Kong Conference: Tall Buildings and Urban Design
20-22 Sep 1976, Hong Kong – Conference
The 1976 Regional Conference on Tall Buildings and Urban Design was held in Hong Kong, China from September 20th-22nd.
1973 Hong Kong Regional Conference on Tall Buildings
23-24 Aug 1973, Hong Kong – Conference
The 1973 Regional Conference on Tall Buildings was held in in Hong Kong, China for a 2 day event, August 23-24.

Featured Tall Buildings in China

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower, Beijing

The Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower’s distinct trapezoidal facade was developed to take advantage of the building’s site positioning and as a means to catch and refract sunlight.

Bund SOHO

Bund SOHO, Shanghai

Bund SOHO resolves a difficult site, historic surroundings, the requirements of the modern office building, and a high-profile waterfront location with a reserved distinction.

C&D International Tower

C&D International Tower, Xiamen

The C&D International Tower anchors a comprehensive project, with great potential to form the new Central Business District for Xiamen.

CCTV Headquarters

CCTV Headquarters, Beijing

The recently completed new headquarters of China Central Television contains the entire television-making process within a single building.

Chaoyang Park Plaza

Chaoyang Park Plaza, Beijing

Chaoyang Park Plaza’s single-curved, cold-bent, dark, reflective glass imitates Shan shui landscape painting by resembling a mountain naturally rising above the ground.

China Zun

China Zun, Beijing

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, the project team aim to use the latest in sustainable technology, materials and engineering concepts.

Eton Place Dalian

Eton Place Dalian, Dalian

Eton Place Dalian is located on a six-hectare site in the central city and features a mix of uses including office, hotel, retail, entertainment, convention, SOHO, and residential.

Greenland's Suzhou Center

Greenland's Suzhou Center, Suzhou

The Suzhou Center incorporates passive ventilation techniques in the the design to create a unique interior "lung" that appears as a large opening.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is a mixed-use tower located adjacent to a large central park and a subterranean retail concourse with transportation interchanges.

Guangzhou IFC

Guangzhou IFC, Guangzhou

Guangzhou IFC is a landmark tower which defines the emerging international strength of China’s third city and serves as a landmark for Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town’s main axis.

International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination.

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Nanchang

The Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza includes two identical towers clad in a sleek glass curtain wall whose shapes morph from base to top.

Jing An Kerry Centre

Jing An Kerry Centre, Shanghai

Jing An Kerry Centre draws upon the socioeconomic wellspring of public transit to activate an iconic mixed-use mega-project in Shanghai.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a new school of design building for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University which offers a creative and multidisciplinary environment.

KK100

KK100, Shenzhen

As part of the larger KK100 development, the new curved tower is a powerful addition to the Shenzhen skyline.

Linked Hybrid

Linked Hybrid, Beijing

Working well above the plane of purely sculptural architecture, the project embodies, on an urbanistic scale, where the future of tall buildings and urban cities is heading.

Manulife Plaza

Manulife Plaza, Hong Kong

Mnulife Plaza, a triangular shaped building, also known as 'The Lee Gardens' is a skyscraper in the Causeway Bay area, Hong Kong Island.

Pearl River Tower

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou

The building’s siting and its evocative curving shape are performance driven, and represent an example of a 21st century tower that responds responsibly to local climactic conditions.

Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center is located in the city’s Futian District and represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected.

Riviera TwinStar Square

Riviera TwinStar Square, Shanghai

This building has a fantastic balance and poise. The towers stand out for the new spatial dimension they give to the “emptiness” that lies between them.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

The Shanghai World Financial Center has become an icon of Shanghai and China, with its clear and elegant form and revolutionary structural design.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou

Located next to Nan Tai Lake in Huzhou, a city situated west of Shanghai and north of Hangzhou, the hotel provides views to Suzhou and Wuxi across the lake.

Sliced Porosity Block

Sliced Porosity Block, Chengdu

The buildings of Sliced Porosity Block, with their carefully shaped exteriors, bring the environmental needs of today into the cultural framework of local history.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing

Although non-traditional in appearance, the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel draws inspiration from a number of traditional Chinese concepts.

The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece, Hong Kong

This 257 meter tall skyscraper is home to the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, along with 345 residential units.

Zifeng Tower

Zifeng Tower, Nanjing

The triangulated, serrated façade treatment is interesting, adding depth and texture to the imposing form while allowing natural ventilation throughout.

iSQUARE

iSQUARE, Hong Kong

iSQUARE, a 28-story tall retail mall, achieves height with grace and transparency.

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China Members

The work of the Council is only possible through the support of its members, which include most of the world’s leading developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others connected with tall buildings and sustainable cities. Below is the list of current organizational members located in China, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Supporting Contributor

CCDI Group CCDI Group
China
ARCH STRC CIV BMNT COST ENGO ENVE GEO INTR LAND MEP PMNG URB
CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD. CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD.
China
CIV DEV MRKT PROP FIN OWN URB
EFC Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd EFC Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd
China
FAC
Ping An Real Estate Co Ltd Ping An Real Estate Co Ltd
China
DEV PROP OWN FIN
Schindler Schindler
China
VERC MATR VERS
Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
China
ARCH OWN DEV CON FIN PROP
Shenzhen Parkland Group Co.,Ltd Shenzhen Parkland Group Co.,Ltd
China
DEV OWN PROP
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
China
DEV OWN
Suzhou Gao Long Property Development Co., Ltd. Suzhou Gao Long Property Development Co., Ltd.
China
DEV
Tongji University Tongji University
China
ACAD RES
Yuanda Group (CNYD) Yuanda Group (CNYD)
United Kingdom
MATR

Patron

East China Architectural Design & Research Institute East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
China
ARCH STRC MEP ENVE GEO PMNG RES URB
Hongkong Land Hongkong Land
China
DEV OWN PROP FIN
ISA Architecture ISA Architecture
China
ARCH URB STRC COST MEP PMNG SEIS
Jaeger Kahlen Partners Architects Ltd. Jaeger Kahlen Partners Architects Ltd.
China
ARCH URB INTR FAC LAND
Rider Levett Bucknall Rider Levett Bucknall
China
COST PMNG SURV
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin
Canada
WIND ENGO ENVE
Tishman Speyer Tishman Speyer
China
OWN DEV PROP FIN

Donor

Aedas Aedas
China
ARCH URB INTR LAND
Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China University  of Technology Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China University of Technology
China
ARCH
Arquitectonica International Arquitectonica International
United States
ARCH URB INTR LAND
Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd. Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.
China
MATR
China Construction Eighth Engineering Division China Construction Eighth Engineering Division
China
ARCH CON DEV
China Construction Steel Structure Corp. Ltd. China Construction Steel Structure Corp. Ltd.
China
MATR
China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd. China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd.
China
MATR
China State Construction Engineering Corporation China State Construction Engineering Corporation
China
CON STRC
CITYGROUP DESIGN CO., LTD CITYGROUP DESIGN CO., LTD
China
ARCH URB
Country Garden Country Garden
DEV
EID Architecture EID Architecture
China
ARCH INTR URB
Front Inc. Front Inc.
United States
FAC
Hanking Group Hanking Group
China
PROP
Hill International Hill International
China
CON COST FIN INSU LEGL PMNG
Hubei Yitian Architecture & Decoration Design Co., Ltd. Hubei Yitian Architecture & Decoration Design Co., Ltd.
China
INTR FAC LAND
LWK & Partners LWK & Partners
China
ARCH
Shanghai Construction (Group) General Shanghai Construction (Group) General
China
CON
Shenzhen Aube Architectural Engineering Design Co., Ltd Shenzhen Aube Architectural Engineering Design Co., Ltd
China
ARCH URB LAND
Shenzhen Capol International & Associates Co. Ltd. Shenzhen Capol International & Associates Co. Ltd.
China
ARCH CON
Tongji Architectural Design Group Tongji Architectural Design Group
China
ARCH CIV STRC MEP URB

Contributor

Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects Ltd. Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects Ltd.
China
ARCH INSU URB
Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University
China
ARCH CIV HIST INTR LAND MEP STRC
Armstrong World Industries (China) Co., Ltd. Armstrong World Industries (China) Co., Ltd.
China
MATR
Benoy Benoy
China
ARCH BACS INTR URB
Broad Sustainable Building Co. Broad Sustainable Building Co.
China
BMNT DEV MATR CON SEIS
CCD / Cheng Chung Design CCD / Cheng Chung Design
China
INTR
China Architecture Design & Research Group China Architecture Design & Research Group
China
ARCH CIV CON COST ENGO ENVE INTR LAND PMNG URB
China Southern Glass China Southern Glass
United Arab Emirates
MATR
China State Construction Overseas Development Co., Ltd. China State Construction Overseas Development Co., Ltd.
China
CON DEV ENGM
CHONGQING JINKE DESIGN RESEARCH INSTITUTE CHONGQING JINKE DESIGN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
China
LAND
Craft Holdings Limited Craft Holdings Limited
China
FAC FACS MATR PMNG
GOA GOA
China
ARCH LAND MATR STRC
Guangzhou Design Institute Guangzhou Design Institute
China
ARCH BACS INTR LAND SURV URB
Guangzhou Jianke Citiexpo Co.,Ltd Guangzhou Jianke Citiexpo Co.,Ltd
China
CON OTHR
Guangzhou Yuexiu City Construction Jones Lang LaSalle Property Management Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Yuexiu City Construction Jones Lang LaSalle Property Management Co., Ltd.
China
PROP
Inhabit Group Inhabit Group
China
BMNT FAC STRC
Jotun Jotun
United Arab Emirates
ENVE FAC MATR
M Moser Associates M Moser Associates
China
INTR ARCH MEP ENGO OTHR
Mori Building Company Mori Building Company
Japan
DEV PROP URB
Qingdao Conson Hai Tian Center Construction Co., LTD Qingdao Conson Hai Tian Center Construction Co., LTD
China
DEV CON
Ronald Lu & Partners Ronald Lu & Partners
China
ARCH INTR
Savills Property Services Co. Ltd. Savills Property Services Co. Ltd.
China
DEV PROP
Voice Architecture Lab Voice Architecture Lab
China
ARCH
VS-A Group VS-A Group
China
FAC

Participant

10 DESIGN 10 DESIGN
China
ARCH INTR URB
3Mix 3Mix
United States
ARCH
Access Advisors Ltd Access Advisors Ltd
China
BMNT FAC FACS
AET Flexiblespace AET Flexiblespace
China
MATR
Baidu, Inc. Baidu, Inc.
China
COMP
Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
China
ARCH URB INTR CIV COMP COST LAND PMNG
Buro Ole Scheeren Buro Ole Scheeren
China
ARCH INTR URB
CHAO Hotel CHAO Hotel
China
OWN
Chengdu Wide Horizon Investment Group Chengdu Wide Horizon Investment Group
China
DEV
China Academy of Building Research China Academy of Building Research
China
RES PMNG
China Construction First Group Construction & Development Co. Ltd. China Construction First Group Construction & Development Co. Ltd.
China
CON
China Jin Mao Group Co. Ltd China Jin Mao Group Co. Ltd
China
OWN
China Resources Shenzhen Bay Development Co.,Ltd China Resources Shenzhen Bay Development Co.,Ltd
China
DEV
China Southwest Architecture Design and Research Institute Corp.Ltd China Southwest Architecture Design and Research Institute Corp.Ltd
China
ARCH
CL3 Architects Ltd CL3 Architects Ltd
China
ARCH
DLN Architects Limited DLN Architects Limited
China
ARCH URB INTR
Far East Aluminium Works Co., Ltd. Far East Aluminium Works Co., Ltd.
China
MATR FAC PMNG STRC
Farrells Farrells
United Kingdom
ARCH URB INTR
Glory Harvest Group Holdings Glory Harvest Group Holdings
China
DEV OWN PROP FIN OTHR
Gravity Partnership Gravity Partnership
China
ARCH URB INTR
GroupGSA GroupGSA
China
ARCH CON INTR LAND URB
Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd.
China
DEV
Hong Kong Housing Authority Hong Kong Housing Authority
China
DEV OWN PROP
Horoy Holdings Limited Horoy Holdings Limited
China
OWN
J. Roger Preston Group J. Roger Preston Group
China
MEP ENGO FIRE VERC
Jiang Architects & Engineers Jiang Architects & Engineers
China
ARCH ENGO
Kingold Group Companies LTD. Kingold Group Companies LTD.
China
DEV PROP TRAN
Leigh & Orange Leigh & Orange
China
ARCH URB INTR TRAN
Melco Crown Entertainment Melco Crown Entertainment
China
DEV
Modern Land (China) Co.,Limited Modern Land (China) Co.,Limited
China
DEV
New World Development Company Limited New World Development Company Limited
China
PMNG FIN OWN
P&T Group P&T Group
China
ARCH STRC ENVE MEP PMNG
RBS Architectural Engineering Design Associates RBS Architectural Engineering Design Associates
China
ARCH STRC
Sandu Environmental Signage (SES) Sandu Environmental Signage (SES)
China
COMP INTR
Schmidlin Energy Technologies Schmidlin Energy Technologies
China
FAC
Shenzhen Energy Company Shenzhen Energy Company
China
OWN
Shui On Group Shui On Group
China
CON DEV
Stefano Boeri Architetti Stefano Boeri Architetti
China
ARCH INTR URB
Swire Properties Swire Properties
China
DEV OWN PROP
Syntegrate Syntegrate
China
BACS CON FACS
Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd. Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd.
China
URB ARCH INTR LAND
Walton Design & Consulting Engineering Co., Ltd. Walton Design & Consulting Engineering Co., Ltd.
China
ARCH INTR LAND
WT Partnership WT Partnership
China
COST
Zhongtian Urban Development Group Zhongtian Urban Development Group
China
DEV OWN
Zhubo Design Zhubo Design
China
ARCH

Academic

Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch)
China
RES STRC
Chongqing University Chongqing University
China
ACAD BACS
Qingdao University of Technology Qingdao University of Technology
China
ACAD
Shandong Jianzhu University Shandong Jianzhu University
China
ACAD

Media Institute/Association

ArchiCreation ArchiCreation
China
ARCH

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CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter Inauguration

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2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference

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The Axis Mundi of the Pearl River Delta Megacity

31 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference
Felix Wu, Ping An Financial Center Const. & Dev; Robert Whitlock, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Greening the Streetscape and the Skyline

31 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference
Edwin Chi Wai Chan, New World Development; Janette Wan Ming Chan, P & T Group

Linked-Up Thinking Drives the Design of a Tech Company’s Headquarters

31 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference
Jiang Ling, Tencent Technology; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ

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Skybridges: A History and a View to the Near Future

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Analysis of Multiple Network Accessibilities and Commercial Space Use in Metro Station Areas

Mar 2019 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 8 Number 1
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An Urban Quarter, Integrated into the Local Context
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Shaping Skylines Through Engineering Innovation
30 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference; Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti
Aine M. Brazil is a leading structural engineer who has been instrumental in shaping the skylines of cities across the globe. In her 40-plus year career, she has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the most significant high-…
Bringing Office Space Up into the Light
30 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference; Stephen Wang, Poly Real Estate Development; Javier Arizmendi, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Poly International Plaza is an office and trade center development consisting of two towers, each coupled with a low-rise podium that accommodates exhibition and retail uses; the below-grade spaces include an exhibition hall and trade center. The two…
A Bold Icon Communicates a Global City’s Identity to the World
May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference; Hiroo Mori, Mori Building; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is a symbol of commerce and culture that speaks to the city’s emergence as a global capital. Located in Shanghai’s Pudong District, the mixed-use SWFC is a vertical city, containing offices from the 7th to…
Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm
28 Mar 2018 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Sara Beardsley, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Molly Meyer, Omni Ecosystems; Yibo Xu, Stefano Boeri Architetti China
Thursday, February 1, 2018. Chicago, United States of America. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) held the fourth of the four-part “Building Tall” series, closing out a successful…
Urban Policy Towards Tall Buildings Globally: The Architect’s Perspective
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre
Tall buildings have an important role in defining the character of the City and they help reduce urban sprawl. However, when a building rises above the others on the skyline, it has a duty to provide architectural excellence. This presentation…
Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first lecture of the series Building Tall features presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Plenary 7: Technical & Social Issues Q&A
20 Dec 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Vijay Jayachandran, Otis Elevator Company; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Musuem; Ada Y.S. Fung, Hong Kong Housing Authority; Kwok-chung Choi, Hong Kong Fire Services Department
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Vijay Jayachandran of Otis Elevator Company; Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City; Ada Y.S. Fung of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and Kwok-chung Choi of the Hong Kong Fire Services…
Interview: Wuhan Tiandi
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Ellen Lou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2016 CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner, Wuhan Tiandi Site A, Wuhan, during the 2016 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois…
A Vernacular Megatall: Shanghai Tower
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler
As the tallest building in China upon completion, Shanghai Tower has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for…
Interview: Shanghai Tower
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler
Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D, & Grant Uhlir, Managing Director, Gensler, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, the 2016 CTBUH Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Winner and 2016 CTBUH Best Tall…
Design for All Scales: Wuhan Tiandi
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Ellen Lou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The Wuhan Tiandi Site A master plan is none other than a social triumph, an unprecedented exercise in transforming a core area of one of China’s largest interior cities. The plan wisely incorporates a variety of elements at all heights, from the…
Skyscrapers in Hong Kong
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Eric Ma, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Eric Ma of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 6: Hong Kong Developments
West Kowloon Cultural District – Hong Kong’s Ultra-Connected Cultural Hub
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Duncan Pescod, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Duncan Pescod of West Kowloon Cultural District presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 6: Hong Kong Developments There is a growing global landscape of cultural districts across the world. The…
Singularly Slender: Sky Living in New York, Hong Kong, and Elsewhere
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 7: Technical & Social Issues This presentation highlights a new 21st-century skyscraper typology –…
Challenge of Height
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; kwok-chung Choi, Hong Kong Fire Services Department
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Kwok-chung Choi, of the High Angle Rescue Team, Hong Kong Fire Services Department presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 13: Technical & Social Issues
Quality Public Housing in a Vertical City
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Ada Y.S. Fung, Hong Kong Housing Authority
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Ada Y.S. Fung of the Hong Kong Housing Authority presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 13: Technical & Social Issues. The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA) provides affordable public rental…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Plenary 6: Hong Kong Developments Q&A
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Antony Wood, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Eric Ma, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Tony Tang, Sun Hung KaiProperties Limited; Duncan Pescod, West Kowloon Cultural District
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Antony Wood of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Eric Ma of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Tony Tang of Sun Hung KaiProperties Limited and Duncan Pescod of West Kowloon Cultural…
ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Tony Tang of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 6: Hong Kong Developments Standing at 484 meters, Sun Hung Kai's ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong and…
Pearl River New Town: From New Guangzhou City Center to CBD
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Qifeng Yuan, Sun Yat-Sen University
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Qifeng Yuan of Sun Yat-Sen University, presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: "Guangzhou Developments" As the project leader of the Pearl River New Town responsible for its final…
Superdensity: A New Model for Vertical Urbanism
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Tickle, HASSELL
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Daivid Tickle of HASSELL, presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 5: "Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings" Hong Kong has been, for decades, one of the world’s most fascinating urban experiments. In…
Local Urbanism - High-Rise Building Design in the Development of High Density Cities
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Yang Ni, Architectural Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology
This project is located in the Tianhe district of Guangzhou, which is the area with the highest density in the city. There are Linhe village and high-rise residential buildings around the project site. At the beginning, the design is focused on…
CTF Guangzhou - Efficiency in Mixed-Use Supertall
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Gaungzhou, China. Florence Chan of Kohn Pedersen Fox presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: "Guangzhou Developments" Since the reformation in 1980s, Central Business Districts have been popping up in…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: Guangzhou Developments Q & A
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Eddie Chung, New World Development Company Ltd; Qifeng Yuan, Sun Yat-Sen University; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yang Ni, Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China Univ
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Eddie Chung of New World Development Company, Ltd., Qifeng Yuan of Sun Yat-Sen University, Florence Chan of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Yang Ni of Architectural Design and Research Institute of South…
From San Diego to Guangzhou: The Story of Marketing Tall Buildings
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; William Murray, Wordsearch
One of the keys to attracting buyers and tenants for a contemporary tall building is a succinct marketing strategy and a robust understanding of how to brand real estate and architecture through print and digital media. With the advent of new tools,…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Plenary 5: Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings Q&A
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Vince Pirrello, Woods Bagot; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre; William Murray, Wordsearch; David Tickle, HASSELL
Wendsday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Vince Pirrello of Woods Bagot; Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre; William Murray of Wordsearch and David Tickle of HASSELL, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Plenary 5: Beyond…
Exploring Geometry and Form in Tall Buildings
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre, presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 5: "Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings" Using four tower designs on four continents – the Guangzhou International Finance…
Shenzhen Bay Development Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Kui Zhuang, CCDI Group; Chongguang Xu, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co, Ltd
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Kui Zhuang, CCDI Group; Chongguang Xu, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co, Ltd, Maianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
Skyscrapers and Skylines: The Case of China
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Jason Barr, Rutgers University
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Jason Barr of Rutgers University, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 6c: Economic Considerations. Since 1978, when China instituted economic reforms, cities have embraced skyscraper…
One Shenzhen Bay – Breakthroughs and Innovations in a Premier Urban Complex
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co., Ltd
Today’s super high-rise buildings not only present the height of buildings, but also play more important roles of integrating into the development of cities, coexisting with them, promoting the efficiency of them and enhancing regional value to a…
Public Realm Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Javier Quintana de Una, IDOM; Albert Chan, Shui on Land Limited; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Martin Henn, Henn
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Javier Quintana de Una, IDOM; Albert Chan, Shui on Land Limited; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Martin Henn, HENN, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session 6a:…
Lighting the Next Tallest Building in the World, the Jeddah Tower
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Pierre Marcout, Prisme Entertainment
Following experience around the world with tall buildings and monuments, Pierre Marcout has sought to transmit his passion for highlighting monuments for new constructors and their iconic buildings. After testing monuments such as the Burj Khalifa…
Major Issues for the Implementation of an Effective Cost Management for Super High-Rise Buildings
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Stephen Y.F. Lai, Rider Levett Bucknall
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Stephen Y.F. Lai of Rider Levett Bucknall presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 6c: Economic Considerations. Developers of super high-rise buildings in China often engage international designers…
The Economy of Iconic Tall Towers
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Brian Ringley of Woods Bagot, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 6c: Economic Considerations. Iconic tall towers often require non-standard forms to convey their messages, but ambitious…
Tall Buildings and Context: Appropriate High Rise Vernaculars
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; Winy Maas, MVRDV; Yan Meng, Urbanus; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Jerry Yin, SOHO China Co. Ltd.
The issue of skyscraper form and expression being appropriate to cultural and social context is currently a hotly debated topic in China, as well as other parts of the world. Some believe that skyscrapers are starting to homogenize cities…
What’s Next?: How Do We Make Vertical Urban Design?
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Winy Maas, MVRDV
It seems sometimes as if the further away from the ground we rise, the more architectonic and less urban our buildings become. Skyscrapers have always been about power, but they should also be about society. As our global society increasingly becomes…
Jeddah Mall: The Connection Between Jeddah Tower and the Urban Environment
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects
The Jeddah Economic City Mall and Exhibition Center is a multi-functional installation that rises up to the challenge of making the city walkable around the Jeddah Tower. This presentation featured a discussion of what makes this project unique,…
Urban Development and Tall Buildings in Shenzhen
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Chongguang Xu
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Chongguang Xu of Shenzhen Municipal Government, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7b: Shenzhen Bay Development. This presentation explored the current situation and future of super high-rise…
Towards a Forest City
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti
Shijiazhuang, the capital of the Hebei province in northeastern China, is a metropolis of three million people. It forms part of the immense developing megalopolis the Chinese call Jing-Jin-Ji, which is expected to accommodate more than 130 million…
The Haikou Tower - Signifier and Signified
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Martin Henn, HENN
When designing the “Haikou Towers,” our aim was to go beyond an architecture of mere function or form, but to construct an architecture of meaning. We tried to integrate all defining parameters of the design (context, program, structure, circulation…
The Impact of Tech Companies in Rethinking the High-Rise Workplace
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Limited; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
While tech companies have traditionally located in suburbia due to lower property costs and the perceived security of intellectual property, they are now increasingly investing in cities to boost recruitment and stimulate innovation. As people and…
CTBUH Video Interview – Andrew Nicholson
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE
Andrew Nicholson of CBRE is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Andrew discusses the building management of the Shanghai Tower.
CTBUH Video Interview – Albert Chan
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Albert Chan, Shui On Land Limited
Albert Chan of Shui On Land Limited is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Albert discusses the master planning of the Wuhan Tiandi project.
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 3: Cities to Megacities: The Future Q & A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti; Winy Maas, MVRDV
October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China.Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Musuem; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Limited; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti; Winy Maas, MVRDV, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 6c: Economic Considerations Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Eric Lee, JLL; Stephen Y.F. Lai, Rider Levett Bucknall; Jason Barr, Rutgers University; Brian Rignley, Woods Bagot
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Eric Lee of JLL; Stephen Y.F. Lai of Rider Levett Bucknall; Jason Barr of Rutgers University; Brian Rignley of Woods Bagot answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Session 6c: Economic…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Panel,"Tall Buildings and Context: How High Can We Go and Why Should We?"
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup present in the 2016 China Conference…
CTBUH Video Interview – Yangsong Ma
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Yangsong Ma, MAD Architects
Yangsong Ma of MAD Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Yangsong discusses the importance of incorporating cultural and local context during the design process for new buildings in China.
A World-Class City Calls for World-Class Architecture (One Shenzhen Bay)
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Marianne Kwok of Kohn Pedersen Fox, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7b: Shenzhen Bay Development. Research and data indicate that Shenzhen is becoming a world-class city. Then, in this…
Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Albert Chan, Shui On Land Limited
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Albert Chan of Shui On Group, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 6a: Public Realm. The explosive urban growth of China has defied almost every prior notion of human scale. Considering the fact…
CTBUH Video Interview – Stefan Krummeck
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Stefan Krummeck, Farrells
Stefan Krummeck of Farrells is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Stefan discusses the high density development patterns of Hong Kong and the sustainability of mixed-use vertical urbanism.
CTBUH Video Interview – Stefano Boeri
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti
Stefano Boeri of Stefano Boeri Architetti is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Stefano discusses the development of Bosco Verticale and other concept designs with vertically integrated vegetation.
CTBUH Video Interview – Francis Au
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Francis Au, Arcadis
Francis Au of CBRE is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Frances discusses the development trends of tall buildings in China.
CTBUH Video Interview – Yan Meng
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Yan Meng, Urbanus
Yan Meng of Urbanus is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Yan discusses the design process of the Shum Yip Upperhills complex in Shenzhen, China.
CTBUH Video Interview – Jonathan Ward
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
Jonathan Ward of NBBJ is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Johnathan discusses the design process behind the Tencent Seafront Towers in Shenzhen, China.
CTBUH Video Interview – James Parakh
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
James Parakh of the City of Toronto Planning Department is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. James discusses the design elements of successful public spaces.
CTBUH Video Interview – Jason Barr
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jason Barr, Rutgers University
Jason Barr of Rutgers University-Newark is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Jason discusses the economics, demand and desirability of constructing tall buildings.
Structural & Geotechnic Engineering Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; William O'Donnell, DeSimone Consulting Engineers; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; SawTeen Seen, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. William O'Donnell, DeSimone Consulting Engineers; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; SawTeen Seen, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session Session 4c:…
Structural Design Challenges of Minmetals Capital Tower, Shenzhen
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Steel braced frames combined with a concrete services core are widely used in tall building design. To meet the special architectural design challenges in the Minmetals Capital South China Tower in Shenzhen, such as the large, column-free spaces at…
Shifting Urban Gravity, from “Central to Core” Business Districts
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Tim Blackburn, Swire Properties
In the age of the multi-million inhabitant city, the concept of a single, concentrated Central Business District is increasingly becoming unsustainable. As we are seeing in megacities as dispersed as Shanghai, New York and London, the concept of…
Panel Discussion: Future Cities: What are the Biggest Threats and Opportunities?
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Rui Gu, CAPOL; Ray Shick, Gensler; Chris Yoshii, AECOM
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. A panel discussing the challenges of growing urban populations throughout the globe.
Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Samuel So, JLL
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Samuel So, JLL, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 3c: Building Operation. China is the global epicenter of mankind’s mass urbanization and the exploding growth of global cities. China is the…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization project, and to observe the effects of multi-core, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This presentation / presentation…
Panel Discussion: Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Zhizhe Yu, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen, Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang, Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu, Ping An Financial C
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Zhizhe Yu of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen of Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang of Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu of Ping An…
Megacities - Setting the Scene Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session 2b: Megacities - Setting the Scene
X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation outlined X-Information Modeling or XIM, a method of data-driven decision-making for the design of tall buildings. Developed over its application on more than 200 projects worldwide, XIM comprises a set of digital evaluation tools…
Welcome - Conference Opening
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Jingtang He, Architectural Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Jingtang He, Architectural Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology gave the welcome speech during the opening of the 2016 CTBUH Conference.
The Largest Megacity in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding and shaping this trend. The Pearl River Delta, with over 55 million people, is one…
The Sustainability of Density & Vertical Urbanism Q & A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF; long Xiu, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. long Xiu, Chairman, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Opening Plenary: The Sustainability of…
The Roots of Tall Buildings: Connecting the City
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
This presentation investigated the integration of tall tower, mixed-use developments and how they connect with the city and the public when they meet the ground. Critical challenges have to be overcome in resolving the lower horizontal components of…
CTBUH Video Interview – ZhaoHui Jia
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; ZhaoHui Jia, Greenland Group
ZhaoHui Jia of Greenland Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. ZhaoHui discusses the economics of developing tall buildings in China and the focus of investing in second and third tier cities.
CTBUH Video Interview – Chao (Ivan) Wan
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Limited
Chao (Ivan) Wan of Tencent Holdings Limited is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Ivan discusses the design process for Tencent Seafront Towers and shaping it around the needs of the fast growing technology company…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 3a: Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 2a: Development Drivers Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference;
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Andy To, CBRE; Stanley Wu, New World Development Company Ltd; Tim Blackburn, Swire Properties; Jovi Chu, Shum Yip Land Company Ltd, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session 2a:…
CTBUH Video Interview – Claude Bojer Godefroy
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Claude Bojer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects
Claude Bojer Godefroy of Henning Larsen Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Claude discusses the design process for interior public spaces at elevated positions and the interlinking of buildings with…
CTBUH Video Interview – Hang Xu
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Company, Ltd.
Hang Xu of Parkland Real Estate Development Company is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Hang discusses the design process of the One Shenzhen Bay complex.
CTBUH Video Interview – Peter Kindel
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Peter Kindel of Skidmore, Owings & Merill is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Peter discusses the urbanization of the Pearl River Delta and strategies to mitigate environmental impacts caused by continued growth…
CTBUH Video Interview – Mun Summ Wong
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Munn Sum Wong, WOHA
Mun Summ Wong of WOHA Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Mun Summ discusses the garden city concept with integrated green spaces and connectivity between buildings at multiple levels.
CTBUH Video Interview – Keith Griffiths
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Keith Griffiths, Aedas
Keith Griffiths of Aedas is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Chris discusses the concept of city hubs and the methodology of developing outlying high-density, mixed-use urban nodes.
CTBUH Video Interview – Jianping Gu
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Jianping Gu of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Jianping discusses the economics of constructing a megatall building and the design features of the Shanghai Tower.
CTBUH Video Interview – Jovi Chu
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jovi Chu, Shum Yip Land Company Limited
Jovi Chu of Shum Yip Land Company Limited is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Jovi discusses the design process of the Shum Yip Upperhills Project in Shenzhen, China and why the decision to build two supertall…
A Cultural Brand’s Journey Toward Building A Better New World
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Stanley Wu, New World Development Company Limited
New World Development Company Limited (NWD) has been a listed property developer in Hong Kong for nearly half a century. With businesses encompassing property development, retail, hotels and serviced apartments, infrastructure, and services, spanning…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4c: Structural & Geotechnic Engineering. As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global…
City Hubs
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Keith Griffiths, Aedas
Our lives are adapting to a convenient, vibrant, and connected live-work dynamic, and our cities must change and respond to those new requirements. Much of the urban population prefers to live in smaller apartments in high-density inner urban areas,…
China's Architecture Guidelines in the New Era
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Long Xiu, Architectural Society of China
This presentation endeavors to establish guidelines for a new era of architecture in China, setting forth principles on improved policy implementation to promote the development of forward-thinking design practices throughout the region. By analyzing…
CTBUH Video Interview – SawTeen See
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
SawTeen See of Leslie E. Robinson Associates is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. SawTeen discusses the design process of structural engineering, the standardization of building codes and the aesthetics of…
Intelligent Advances in Ping An Tower
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
This presentation discussed client requirements on both functional and aesthetic aspects for four mega-scale gates on the Ping An Financial Centre (PAFC) north tower. The PAFC north tower is a 600-meter-tall super high-rise building located in the…
Green Work Space in High-rise Building through Openness and Connection
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Zhao Ming Wang, CCDI
Five years ago, CCDI put forward the concept of outdoor green work space in the high-rise building. These buildings vertically grew and interconnected with structural refuge floors as nodes. This concept was subsequently implemented in the Baidu…
Do We Need 700 Meter High-Rise Buildings?
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Jovi Chu, Shum Yip Land Company Limited
Through analysis of dense urban high-rise building complexes as well as research on the relationship of those structures to a city's social organization, this presentation puts forward a thesis that the source and vibrancy of high-density cities…
From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The Greater Pearl River Delta region emerged as a result of China's 1979 reform policies. Within the last 20 years, the GPRD has grown from a population of less than 10 million people on 4500 sq km of land to over 42 million people on 7000 sq km of…
CTBUH Video Interview – Moira Moser
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Moira Moser, M Moser Associates
Moira Moser of M Moser Associates is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Moira discusses the planning of modern work spaces and how the integration of technology has altered the traditional notion of what the interior…
CTBUH Video Interview – Tim Neal
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Tim Neal, Arcadis
Tim Neal of Arcadis is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Tim discusses the benefits of locating mixed-use projects near transportation nodes, project management and the development trends occurring in London.
CTBUH Video Interview – Robert Pratt
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer Properties
Robert Pratt of Tishman Speyer Properties is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Robert discusses the economics of tall buildings around the world and the focus of developing around newly constructed infrastructure in…
Ping An: Insurance and Tall Buildings
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Wai Ming Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
The Ping An Finance Center is located at the commercial center of the Futian District in Shenzhen, on the southwest intersection of Fuhua Road and Yitian Road, next to a shopping center and opposite the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. The…
Mediating Scale, Performance and Iconicity: A 21st Century Supertall Tower for Guiyang
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Kai Li, Zhongtian Urban Development Group; Colin Koop, SOM
A series of challenging site constraints prompted an innovative structural solution for the Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower (GCP), through which a new performance-based expression was created for Guiyang’s skyline. This presentation explores the…
Interview: Hiroo Mori
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Hiroo Mori, Mori Building
Hiroo Mori of Mori Building is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Hiroo discusses some of Mori Building's projects .
Macro-Policy to Micro-Implementation: Responses to China’s Inward Migration in Guiyang’s City Center
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates
This presentation explores the nature of investment in China’s interior as a result of the 12th Five-Year Plan’s imperative towards medium-size western cities and away from the major coastal mega-cities, a marked change in migration patterns from the…
Interview: Moshe Safdie
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects
Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Moshe discusses about the design of skyscrapers.
Designing a Non-coplanar Exoskeleton Supertall Tower that Transforms the Skyline of Chengdu
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
The city of Chengdu is quickly becoming the center for high-rise development in southwest China. The focal point of this new vertical landscape will be the Chengdu Greenland project with its 468-meter mixed-use main tower. The tower’s complex…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1a - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2015 New York Conference Session 1a Questions & Answers session with speakers Scott Duncan, SOM, Greg Yager, RTKL, and Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates.
ICC Hong Kong: Exemplary Performance
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Patrick Leung, Sun Hung Kai Properties
The International Commerce Centre (ICC) is a landmark skyscraper located in Hong Kong. It is the tallest building in Hong Kong with office spaces, fine dining restaurants, an observation deck and a world class hotel. ICC has firmly established…
High-Density, Mixed-Use Developments and the Guiyang Riverside Theatre Project
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Greg Yager, RTKL
This presentation examines the strategies necessary to create responsible and profitable high-density, mixed-use developments, specifically in the Asian market. Using the Guiyang Riverside Theatre project as a case study, the challenges of optimal…
Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Scott Duncan, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are ever increasing - particularly for a highly-engineered building type like the…
Ping An Finance Center
Jun 2015 – Other Videos; Shenzhen Ping An Financial Centre Construction and Development Co. Ltd.
The Shenzhen Ping An Financial Centre Construction and Development Co. Ltd. examines Ping An Finance Center and it's construction progress.
JLL Joins Founding Sponsor Group for CTBUH Asia Headquarters
24 Feb 2015 – Other Videos; Alastair Hughes, JLL
JLL APAC CEO Alastair Hughes comments on the evolving skyscraper landscape in Asia and the company’s role as one of the seven Founding Sponsors of CTBUH’s Asia headquarters in China.
BFC Walk-Through
25 Nov 2014 – Other Videos; Bund Finance Center
A 3D animated walk-through exploring many elements of the The Bund Finance Center
Tall Building Performance Award Management + Measurement = Performance: International Commerce Centre
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Dakki Hui, Kai Shing Management Services Limited
At 98 percent occupancy, the International Commerce Centre houses some of the most prominent financial institutions in the world. The building is routinely recognized as a paragon of good management, from a commercial, environmental, and community…
Monthly Video: International Commerce Centre
6 Nov 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Dakki Hui, Kai Shing Management Services Limited
Thursday, 6th November 2014. Chicago, USA. Dakki Hui, Senior Property and Facility Manager, Kai Shing Management Services, discusses International Commerce Centre, the Performance Award Winner in the 2014 CTBUH Awards. View the extended interview…
Interview: International Commerce Centre
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Dakki Hui, Kai Shing Management Services Limited
Thursday, 6th November 2014. Chicago, USA. Dakki Hui, Senior Property and Facility Manager, Kai Shing Management Services, discusses International Commerce Centre, the Performance Award Winner in the 2014 CTBUH Awards.
Interview: Peter Kok
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Peter Kok, Associate General Manager, Shum Yip Land
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Peter Kok of Shum Yip Land is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Monthly Video: Five Minutes with Peter Kok
6 Nov 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Peter Kok, Associate General Manager, Shum Yip Land
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Peter Kok of Shum Yip Land is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Rethinking the Skyscraper in the Ecological Age: Design Principles for a New High-Rise Vernacular
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Antony Wood, CTBUH
This presentation investigates tall buildings from an aesthetic and social, as well as commercial and environmental, viewpoint; as contributing elements in the fabric of a city. Against a backdrop of the large-scale homogenization of cities…
Shanghai International Financial Center: Future City Vision
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Sergio Valentini, JAHN
JAHN’s Archi-Neering –integrated design approach- is broadly displayed in the future Shanghai International Financial center, in Pudong, which consist of 3 towers physically connected by a 130 meter long bridge and by a sunken theater at the heart of…
Psycho-Analysis of Tall Building Habitants in Mumbai
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Vinda Dravid, Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services
India is poised to embrace high-rise buildings as it leaves behind traditional low-rises to make room for the growing population. Due to the re-development boom, a substantial part of Mumbai’s population is undergoing a transition from low-rises to…
Sky Bridges – Pedestrian Circulation Through the Urban Fabric
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Bashar Kayali, Al Ghurair Construction
Interconnecting sky bridges provide the building occupants and pedestrians an alternative to using vehicles as a way of transport in the urban fabric. In extreme climate environments the added advantages of linked networks are immediately apparent as…
Operational Stage BIM – Monitoring of Structural Safety
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Joost Kuckartz, SODIS LAB
Building information modelling (BIM) is omnipresent, but known to be efficient for design and optimizing construction. The premise of BIM however is its use throughout the lifetime of a building: during its design, construction and operation. BIM use…
Power, Elevators & Customer Oriented Sustainability Strategies: PAFC
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Tony Lau, JRP Limited
This presentation outlines the engineering design solutions that were used for the Ping An Finance Center in order to provide a reliable power supply, expedient elevator service, and user-oriented sustainability. The solutions for these challenges…
Structural Design Challenges of Zhongnan Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yi Zhu & Paul Fu, Thornton Tomasetti
This presentation will give an overview of the following solutions used to address the structural challenges of the Zhongnan Center: a foundation to support the heavy tower on soft soils, an efficient lateral system, a floor system that meets…
Interview: Nengjun Luo
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Vice General Manager, CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD.
Thursday 18th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Nengjun Luo of CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD. is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Measuring Tall Buildings: Has CTBUH got its Height Criteria Correct?
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peter Weismantle, CTBUH Height Committee Chair / AS+GG; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; James Parakh, Toronto City Planner; Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji
One of the roles of the CTBUH is to be a “voice of reason” as the arbiter of building height claims, and to be consistent in the application of its criteria. Every few years, a question that provokes a review of the appropriateness of the criteria…
Next Level – Public Transport and Density in Metropolitan Jakarta
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Prasetyo Adi, PDW Architects
Jakarta, with a population of more than 10 million, has been rapidly growing since the 1970s. However, in the metropolitan area, Jabodetabek (consisting of 14 municipalities) has a population of more than 28 million, sprawling in an area of about 6,…
Unique Aspects of Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yi Zhu, Thornton Tomasetti
In order to construct an unprecedented building like the Shanghai Tower, creative structural solutions are required in order to distribute loads evenly and optimize the building’s lateral systems. The tower’s innovative and economically efficient…
Study on Lateral-Load Resisting Efficiency of Mega-Frame Structures Above 450M
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design Group
Super high-rise buildings will cost large natural resources and social energy which results in their sustainable development as one of the most important issues including structural design. This presentation introduces mega-frame structural system as…
Interview: James Robinson
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; James Robinson, Hongkong Land
James Robinson of Hongkong Land is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. James discusses the urban habitat of tall buildings.
Urban Density and the Porous High Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
September 18, 2014. Shanghai, China. James von Klemperer from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "Urban Density and the Porous High Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City – From…
Would Software Replace Engineers?: A Case Study on the Structural Design of Beijing "China Zun" Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peng Liu, Arup
In the past, engineers have used hand calculation to carry out structural design, usually with a simplified model. Finite element analysis was then broadly used on a comprehensive digital model. The latest engineering software encapsulated those…
Zhongnan Center Elevator System and Elevator Evacuation Design
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xiaomei Lee & Frederick Liu, Gensler
Because super high-rise buildings are a very recent phenomenon, there are no specific building codes written for them. For any building over 50 stories, direct elevator service creates a huge and unwieldy core, so alternative systems must be…
The Tropical Skyscraper: Social Sustainability in High Urban Density
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mun Summ Wong, WOHA
Asia’s rapidly growing metropolises demand an alternative strategy for city planning and architecture that addresses the need to live appropriately and sustainability with our tropical climate and urban densities. This presentation discusses WOHA’s…
The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David Gianotten, OMA
David Gianotten from OMA presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV."
Sustainability Certification as a Tool for Design Optimization
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek Group
The presentation examines the performance of high-rise buildings according to two green building / sustainability rating tools. It reviews the potential these tools have for improving the performance of high-rise buildings, both with regard to the…
Sustainable High Density Neighborhoods
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects Limited
The creation of sustainable, high-density communities starts with comprehensive master planning that strategically leverages the scale of the site. This presentation addresses how designers, developers and city planners can create high density…
The Challenges of Constructing and Project Managing Tall Buildings in Asia
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Abdo Kardous, Hill International
Michael Doring, Turner Construction
Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells
Chia Pan, Ronald Lu & Partners

Even as Asia is a staging ground for many of the world’s most ambitious urban construction projects, there are many realities on the ground that can throw up obstacles on the road from vision to realization. In the panel “The Challenges of…
The MEP Design Challenges of a Mega Tall Building in China – the Suzhou Zhongnan Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Design challenges from MEP perspective for the Zhongnan Center arise from the need for a safe, reliable, high tech, green, sustainable, user-friendly building. The devised solutions that achieve these results include the design of two high-efficiency…
The Core Concept Behind the Bund Finance Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yang Wu, Bund Finance Center
Only architecture infused with culture can give a city its soul. We underpin sustainable concepts with a respect for history and culture to avoid ending up with yet another rehashed project. As an innovative new concept in urban development, the BFC…
Several Points about the Practical Application of BIM Technology in Projects
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Bin Zhao, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development
The 632-meter Shanghai Tower began construction in 2008 and is expected to begin operation in 2015. Throughout the growth of this building, building information management (BIM) technology was used to reduce design errors, improve design quality,…
Analysis of Pile Foundations and Loading Test of Suzhou Zhongnan Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jiangbin Wu, ECADI
The Zhongnan Center is located on soft soil deposits in Suzhou, China and is currently under construction. This presentation describes the pile design and the static loading tests of the supertall tower and its deep basement. The design, construction…
A Case Study for Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Richard Mann, Ecosytem Architecture & Andrew Johnson, Arup
This presentation explores a range of design principles for achieving a socially sustainable residential community in a very tall environmentally responsive building. The goal of this study is the exploration of possibilities for both high-rise and…
A LEED Platinum Global Model for Vertical Urbanism
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus Architects
Every key aspect of sustainable urbanism is incorporated and integrated into the tallest mixed use, LEED Platinum tower on the west coast of North America, 181 Fremont. The exoskeleton structure is an advanced tuned design that is notched to create…
A Review of the Shanghai Tower Structural Performance Monitoring Project
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Weining Song, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower features performance monitoring systems that help dynamically observe risks, quality levels, and structural states under extreme weather conditions – both during construction and throughout the life of the building. This valuable…
Air Filtration for Better IAQ and Energy Saving
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Ronald A. Wood, Innovative Plant Technology
Tall buildings and the quest for super energy efficiency can lead to a dislocation of building occupants from the natural environment, emphasizing the necessity to incorporate interior landscapes for building occupants to access a form of the natural…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 5 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 5 Questions & Answers session with speakers Xiaomei Lee & Frederick Liu, Gensler, Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and LiJun Cao, Environmental…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Shanghai Tower Room, S4 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Room, S4 Questions & Answers session with speakers Duanxue Shi, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd., Zhijun He, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., and Haochuan Lang, Shanghai Jianke…
Innovation Management in the Supervision Process of Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Haochuan Lang, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co Ltd.
This briefing outlines the creative management methods that were used by supervision personnel during the construction of Shanghai Tower. Specifically, this discussion will target key management criteria for megatall buildings, acceptance criteria,…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 10 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 10 Questions & Answers session with speakers Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; Sudhir Jambhekar, FXFOWLE Architects; and Vinda Dravid, Sterling Engineering.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 11 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 11 Questions & Answers session with speakers James Robinson, Hongkong Land; Bashar Kayali, Al Ghurair Construction; and Sergio Valentini, JAHN.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 15 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 15 Questions & Answers session with speakers Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek Group; Joost Kuckartz, SODIS LAB; and Weiping Shao, BIAD.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 13 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 13 Questions & Answers session with speakers Prasetyo Adi, PDW Architects; Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus Architects; and Julian Chen & Claude Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 14 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 14 Questions & Answers session with speakers Elena Giacomello, Universita Iuav di Venezia; Richard Mann, Ecosystem Architecture; Andrew Johnson, Arup; and Ronald A. Wood, Innovative Plant Technology.
Engineering Contractor Management
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhengkai Huang, China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Second Company
Designing and planning for the construction of the Ping An Finance Center required a number of innovative engineering solutions regarding vertical shipping, labor allocation, large massing, noise control, and more. To address these needs, the project…
Examining King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Julian Chen & Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects
The quality of space between buildings has become increasingly determinative in the success of any new urban district. This presentation explores the viability in creating a sustainable high density urban quarter in a desert environment, and in…
High-Performance Sustainable Ultra High-Rise: Case Study of Ping An Finance Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Sai Yau (Vincent) Cheng, Arup
The Ping An Finance Center that has adopted a low energy, high-performance sustainable building model. With a focus on effective elevator systems, an efficient façade, and high-volume indoor environmental quality, substantial energy savings were made…
Beyond Icons: Developing Horizontally in the Vertical Realm
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; James Robinson, Hongkong Land Limited
If the horizontal growth of cities is considered unsustainable in terms of land use, infrastructure, energy use and pollution creation, then cities need to grow denser, and in many cases more vertical, to cope with the triple effects of global…
Human Scale in Vertical Urbanism
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Sudhir Jambhekar, FXFOWLE Architects
As global cities continue their horizontal sprawl, climate change bears down on our finite natural resources, and energy costs and population growth soar, it is imperative that we look to verticality in urban design to create dense, sustainable, and…
Foundation Pit Support Design and Environment Protection Measure of Suzhou Zhongnan Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Qiping Weng, ECADI
The Suzhou Zhongnan Center excavation site is very large, very deep, and has complex surrounding environmental conditions. Hydrogeological conditions and other unfavorable factors have brought many difficulties to the engineering of the foundation…
China Zun: Shaping the Future Skyline of Beijing
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Weiping Shao, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Due to the site location, China Zun has been a high-profile project from the very beginning. The new height of 528m would make the China Zun the new landmark for the historical city of Beijing without any doubt. This presentation presents the China…
Construction Technology and Management Innovation in Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Duanxue Shi, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd.
The extreme height and unusual shape of the Shanghai Tower are factors that require additional considerations in terms of construction feasibility. By performing extensive data collection, utilizing innovative construction technologies, and employing…
DfMA: Engineering the Future
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; John Gradwell, Laing O’Rourke
Two main themes are addressed in the presentation, namely: (1) The application of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) to the construction industry and (2) improving the building project’s contribution to society as a whole. It is shown that…
CTBUH Research Seed Funding Project 2013 – Green Living Façade for Tall Buildings: The Bosco Verticale
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Elena Giacomello, Iuav University of Venice
The possibility of creating green surfaces over the structures is an opportunity which is seen with increasing interest by planners and investors, due to the appreciation expressed by users. Nowadays, however, the knowledge of green living…
Design for Sustainability in Super High Rise Buildings
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; LiJun Cao, Environmental Market Solutions, Inc.
Over recent years, green building technology has developed at a rapid pace. The key objective of this presentation is to explore the way towards sustainable design for super high rise buildings through the review of various sustainable design…
Design of CWSS of Shanghai Tower Based on Buildability
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhijun He, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Due to the varying distance from the exterior curtain wall to the main structural system of the Shanghai Tower, the building’s curtain wall support structure (CWSS) is inherently complex. The analysis and design method used to create the CWSS will be…
Brief on the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Project Development
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Targeted for completion in 2016, the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center is a project that represents a significant triumph for the Ping An Group, who will make the building its headquarters. This briefing provides an overview of the tower and highlights…
Comparative Study of Zhongnan Center – Earthquakes and Wind
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Weiguo Chen, Zhongnan Group
A comparative study was conducted for the structural design of Zhongnan Tower for seismic action and wind loading. The analysis parameters, design methodology and structural responses for both seismic action and wind loading were addressed and…
Architectural Design for Vertical Inhabiting – The Suzhou Zhongnan Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Elizabeth Michalska, Gensler
Aspiring to be the tallest tower in China, the Suzhou Zhongnan Center was designed with a balance of aesthetics and cutting-edge technology – striving to become a role model for tall building developments around the world. This presentation will…
Belt Truss Stiffness Analysis and Optimization for Mega Structures
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Li Cao, Zhongnan Group
Belt trusses are one of the key structural members of tall structures. The performance of the belt truss depends greatly on its stiffness. This briefing addresses the belt truss stiffness analysis that was performed for the Zhongnan Center. Four belt…
A New Skyline Vision: CTF Towers in Guangzhou and Tianjin
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wing Ip (David) Ho, New World Development Company Limited
This presentation presents the thinking behind the design of the two supertall towers of Chow Tai Fook Enterprise– the Guangzhou CTF Finance Center and the Tianjin CTF Finance Center. With similar mixed-use programs for Office/Hotel/Serviced…
Core Structural Design and Optimization for Super Tall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Guangjing Sha, Zhongnan Group
Due to its excellent lateral stiffness and space flexibility, the mega frame-core wall structure is widely applied in super tall buildings. The efficiency of the central service core is critical for the optimal design of the mega frame-core structure…
Application of Performance Based Fire Safety Design in Shanghai Tower
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Youdi Shen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
There are three general categories of fire safety design in tall buildings: fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire safety engineering. Based on the characteristics and functions of Shanghai Tower, a performance-based approach was used to…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Rather than attempting to radically redefine how contemporary skyscrapers are designed, KPF architects prefer to adopt an approach of continuous refinement; drawing from successful high-rise prototypes to inform the design of the Ping An Finance…
Cost Planning and Control of Tall Buildings: The Case of Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Kenneth Kwan, Rider Levett Bucknall
For tall buildings to be financially viable, effective cost planning and control of construction costs is essential in determining project feasibility. As demonstrated in the construction of the Ping An Finance Center, this involves correctly…
Green Vertical Transportation: More Than Just a Concept
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Robert Boog, Schindler Elevators
The environmental impact of high-rise buildings becomes a growing consideration as they multiply at an unprecedented scale to face the growing demands of global urbanization. The current pace set by urban developments, especially in emerging markets…
A New Level of Integration of Design and Construction Solutions
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dr. Hongyu Li, AECOM
The Dazongli mixed use development in the center of Shanghai city encounters an array of challenges which result from existing buildings on site and city metro tunnels crossing the site as well as design changes during the course of the project.…
From Utopia To Reality: Group-Form Megastructure
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yiru Huang, Tongji University
In the evolution of mega structure, the ideas mainly remain as utopian rather than putting the research into practice. In the present time which mega is becoming a reality, exploration of design issues towards practical application is needed. Based…
Emerging Urbanization and High-Rise Design Philosophy in China
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Bin Niu, ECADI
This presentation analyzes the latest exploration of international urbanization developments, as well as the development of China’s urbanization strategy and policy background. It compares the guidance and issues from the “National New-type…
CTBUH Research Project: The Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations – Initial Report
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peng Du, CTBUH / IIT & Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University
It is widely accepted that the concentration of people in denser cities – sharing space, infrastructure, and facilities – offers much greater energy efficiency than the expanded horizontal city, which requires more land usage as well as higher energy…
Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff
This presentation describes the MEP and VTS design challenges of the tallest buildings in three major cities in China; namely, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. The 530m Guangzhou CTF (East Tower), is a mixed use building with office, luxury hotel,…
Designing a Supertall for the Venice of China
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dennis Poon & Guoyong (Paul) Fu, Thornton Tomasetti
In this presentation, attendees will learn about the unique structural elements that support Suzhou Zhongnan Center, including the “Core-Outrigger-Megaframe” lateral system; the foundation system, which helps support the massive tower and control its…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 01 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 01 Questions & Answers session with speakers Toon Ming Chua, Sinar Mas Group - APP China, Wing Ip (David) Ho, New World Development, and Zhaohui Jia, Greenland Group.
21st Century Metropolis and the System Thinker
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The world is accelerating into the 21st century and will continue to be stressed by population increase. The metropolis must be part of the solution since 75% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Status quo design will not provide…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 02 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 02 Questions & Answers session with speakers Craig Gibbons, Arup, Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren, and Yosuke Hayano, MAD Architects.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 03 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 03 Questions & Answers session with speakers Robert Boog, Schindler Elevators; Johannes de Jong, KONE Elevators; and Zbigniew Jerry Piech, Otis Elevator Company.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 2 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 2 Questions & Answers session with speakers Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti, Yuqi Zhou, CSCEC1B, and Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd., David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates…
“C.I.T.I.E.S.” of the Future: Sinar Mas Center as Exemplar
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Toon Ming Chua, Sinar Mas Center
In a rapidly transforming environment, vertical urbanism seems to be the direction most developed and developing nations are pursuing as a result of the demands of mass urbanization. The challenge of this presentation is to move the dialogue about…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Opening Plenary - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Opening Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director / IIT / Tongji University, Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd., Wai Ming (Thomas)…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, S3 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, S3 Questions & Answers session with speakers Wing Kan (Ken) Wong, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction and Development, Tak Hung (TH) Yung, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 04 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 04 Questions & Answers session with speakers Bin Niu, ECADI, Enfang Liu, ISA Architecture, and Yiru Huang, Tongji University.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 05 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 05 Questions & Answers session with speakers Sam Cuccurullo, CBRE; Susanna See, WSP; and Peter Kok, Shum Yip Land.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 2 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 2 Questions & Answers session with speakers Jiemin Ding, TJAD, Weiguo Chen, Zhongnan Group, and Guangjing Sha, Zhongnan Group.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 3 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 3 Questions & Answers session with speakers Li Cao, Zhongnan Group, Moukui Xu, Zhongnan Group, and Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Shanghai Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Jiang Wu, Tongji University, Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler , and Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.,…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 09 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 09 Questions & Answers session with speakers Vincent Tse and Herbert Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; and Xiaoxin Man, CSCEC.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 06 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 06 Questions & Answers session with speakers Hongyu Li, AECOM; Lianjin Bao, ECADI; and Zhong Fan, China Architecture Design & Research Group.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 07 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 07 Questions & Answers session with speakers Kazunari Kano, Mori Building, Paul Scott, Make Architects, and Moshe Tzur, Moshe Tzur Architects Urbanists.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 08 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 08 Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University; Luke Leung, SOM; and Christopher Drew, AS+GG.
Greenland Group’s Perspective on Commercial Space in High-Rise Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhaohui Jia, Greenland Group
This article will focus on the hybrid development trend of commercial spaces in Ultra High-Rise buildings during the urbanization process in China. The case studies will focus on the related projects developed by Greenland Group in recent years. From…
Shaping the Environment of the Urban Complex from the Urban Point of View
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peter Kok, Shum Yip Land Company Limited
This presentation begins with a discussion of the relationship between “architecture, environment and people” and suggests that the shaping of the environment in urban-complex projects should be developed from a more macroscopic perspective. The…
Suzhou Zhongnan Center: Rising Above Engineering Challenges
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dong Shen, Zhongnan Group
Suzhou is only 30 minutes by train from Shanghai, but has a rich history and identity all its own, soon to be augmented by the Zhongnan Tower, a 700-meter structure that could become the world’s tallest building outside the Middle East. The so-called…
Tall Buildings as International Investments
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer Properties
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Council
Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ
James Robinson, Hongkong Land

The investment landscape for tall buildings varies considerably around the world, as was indicated by the diversity of perspectives in the panel “Tall Buildings as International Investments.” Mounib Hammoud, new CTBUH Trustee and CEO of Jeddah…
Tapered Profile and Structural Design of Supertall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Lianjin Bao, ECADI
As supertall buildings become higher and higher and its function turns to be more and more comprehensive, huge challenges are brought to the structural design. This presentation describes the relation between tapered profile and structural design of…
Sustainable Vertical Urban Agglomeration
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Enfang Liu, ISA Architecture
This presentation, with the project case designed by Institute of Shanghai Architectural Design & Research (Co. Ltd.), from the agglomerate character of the development of super high-rise buildings in China, describes the rise and development of the…
Sustainability with a View
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Susanna See, WSP
All truly great outcomes are the result of collaboration. In a building’s life cycle, collaboration between designers, owners, builders and users can result in improved long-term performance. Tall building energy-use is heavily weighted on the…
Some Aspects of Construction Management in Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Tak Hung (TH) Yung, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction and Development
There are several valuable construction management experiences from the Ping An Finance Center that are worth sharing. This presentation will discuss several studies performed for the development, including: a comparative study on excavation and…
Space Formations
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren
As architecture keeps expanding vertically – with ever taller buildings to emerge across the world, and with the skyscraper having long become the predominant typology of architectural production in most geographic regions of hyper-growth, we need to…
Supertall Buildings Infrastructure: Designing Vertical Cities
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mehdi Jalayerian, ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.)
This presentation explores the methodology behind designing a supertall building where it concerns system configurations that support sustainable construction; the ways in which the design interacts with the environment; coordinating within the…
The Application and Management of BIM in Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Fang Xie, CCDI
BIM (Building Information Management) is an emerging technology that gives engineers a new way of expressing complex spatial representations in high-rise buildings. The Ping An Finance Center used a series of BIM application explorations that…
The Differences in Developing Tall Buildings in Cities in China
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Junjie Zhang, ECADI
ZhaoHui Jia, Greenland Group
Nengjun Luo, CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD.
Yin Tang, Broad Group

This panel considered whether Shanghai’s supertall buildings will characterize those undertaken in other Chinese cities and the key development drivers behind development further inland. Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI, began the session by asking the…
Vertical Community: Achieving a Harmonious Mix
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Sam Cuccurullo, CBRE
This presentation explores the definitions of mixed-used supertall and community and probes into the prerequisites of harmony community within supertall. By reviewing China’s top 12 completed supertalls, it was discovered that number of uses within…
Vertical Reality – How To Design Viable Vertical Urbanism
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Paul Scott, Make Architects
In many ways, the technical design of tall buildings is straightforward. The real challenge is how to create successful vertical urbanism that forms part of an adaptable and authentic city. This presentation tells Make’s story of designing vertical…
High Performance Design of Floor System for Super Tall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
The floor system is an important part of tall building structures. It not only supports the vertical load, but also connects the lateral load resisting system as a whole to work together. In this discussion, the key points of the design and…
Urban Design and Nurturing Cities
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Kazunari Kano, Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Mori Building meets the challenges of times by designing and constructing “Vertical Garden City”. This concept is the creation of compact cities that integrate land subdivides over previous decades and erect high-rise structures that open up green…
Ultra-Low Energy Consumption in Upper Floors of Skyscrapers
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Man Xiaoxin, China Construction Engineering Design Group
Based on the simulation of the outdoor Climate Vertical Distribution in Dalian, this presentation analyzes the regularities of gradient distribution from ground to 1000 meter in terms of temperature, humidity, and wind speed. In summer, the climate…
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As supertall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
The Making of a Vertical Intelligent Community
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Qi Hu, Jiankun Information & Technology
Advanced technology is used in the design and construction of buildings, but it can also play an important role during building operations. Using the latest technology, the Shanghai Tower will use an intelligent control system to collect large…
The ROI of User Experience
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler
Although there has been much research on the performance of double skin façades, there are still arguments that challenge their costs-effectiveness. Using the Shanghai Tower and The Tower at PNC Plaza as case studies, a counterargument will be made…
Towards 2050 – The Challenge for Tall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Craig Gibbons, Arup
The continuing increase in urbanization creates significant challenges for our cities and the tall buildings within them. This includes the demand for space, consideration of the environmental constraints and societal expectations. The presentation…
The Structural Health Monitoring System for Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong
The Ping An Finance Center contains breakthrough structural health monitoring systems that make the building an important test platform for: the verification of various damage identification methods, the location of sensor equipment within the…
Monthly Video: Five Minutes with Luke Leung
17 Sep 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Luke Leung, Director, SOM
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Luke Leung of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Luke talks about China's current climate crisis and what is being done…
Introduction of the Suzhou Zhongnan Center Project
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Chenggang Yao, Interbrand
Learn about the iterative process taken to arrive at the branding for Suzhou Zhongnan Center by way of a wide array of prior Interbrand projects, including the Burj Khalifa, Tokyo Sky Tree, One World Trade Center, Taipei 101, Shanghai World Financial…
Key Technologies for the Structure Construction in the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yuqi Zhou, CSCEC1B
This presentation will introduce the key technologies used for the structural construction of the 660-metertall Ping An Finance Center: the deep foundation pit, large diameter piles, massive concrete mat, climbing formwork of core wall and mega…
Making Shanghai Tower the World’s Tallest Green Building
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jihong Han, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences
The Shanghai Tower represents a breakthrough for sustainable high-rise development in China. A technical overview of the building’s green infrastructure will be provided, along with a discussion of the challenges that must be addressed in order to…
Introduction of Shanghai Tower’s Electromechanical Key Technologies
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhenghong Liu, Shanghai Tower
The 632-meter Shanghai Tower targets both Green 3-Star and LEED Gold certifications, requiring inventive solutions in the design of the building’s electromechanical systems. These systems will be discussed along with their relationship to the…
Interview: David Malott
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; David Malott, KPF
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
The Shanghai Tower establishes a new paradigm for tall buildings and vertical urbanism. This presentation provides an overview of the strong role that innovation and new technology play in the superlative aesthetic, structural and environmental…
Innovative Elevator Technologies To Future Proof Your Building
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Johannes de Jong, KONE
Urbanization is driving accelerated growth of cities. Buildings are becoming more complex and smarter. Integration of intelligent building systems and integration of multiple buildings is becoming more common. The latest elevator integration…
Interview: Luke Leung
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Luke Leung, Director, SOM
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Luke Leung of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Luke talks about China's current climate crisis and what is being done…
Interview: Dong Shen
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Dong Shen, Zhongnan Group
Dong Shen of Zhongnan Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Dong discusses about developing tall.
Ping An Finance Center: The Development and Construction of a Megatall
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
The extraordinary megatall tower adopts extraordinary shape-optimization techniques and requires unprecedented levels of coordination to achieve its unique form.
Ping An IFC: Economical & Efficient Solutions
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
With the completion of the 500m+ Ping An Finance Center, our era presents the question of whether traditional structural systems and design approaches are still applicable, and whether new design tools can improve the performance and sustainability…
Rethinking Skyscrapers in China and Elsewhere
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yosuke Hayano, MAD Architects
The rapid process of urbanization in China is more striking and archetypal than anywhere else in the world, and the practical problems arising from it also deserve the deepest reflection and the most demanding criticism. The pursuit of height is…
Moving Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co., Ltd.
To ensure the delivery of a comfortable and harmonious commercial atmosphere, special attention was paid to building management practices in the Shanghai Tower. This presentation will give an overview of the property management services that will…
Shanghai Tower Panel Discussion
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Discussion
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Panel Discussion session with speakers Bin Zhao, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development, Yadong Li, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd., Jiliang Chen, Tongji Architectural…
Project Management Outline and Difficulties of Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wing Kan (Ken) Wong, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction and Development
The project management requirements for supertall (300-meter) and megatall (600-meter) projects are vastly different – often requiring additional considerations in terms of construction costs, construction speed, construction technology, quality…
Performance Based Design and Optimization for Supertall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jiemin Ding, TJAD
Performance-based structural design often includes performance requirements for safety, health, serviceability, energy efficiency and environmental impact. Building performance is an indicator of how well a structure supports the defined needs of its…
Permanent Magnet Machines For Elevators In Super High-Rise Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zbigniew Jerry Piech, Otis Elevator Company
This presentation introduces the new approach to design and construction of permanent magnet elevator machines targeting super high-rise buildings. The increased demand for high-rise buildings poses challenges to designers, manufacturers and…
Multi-Constrained Outrigger Optimization for Super Tall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Moukui Xu, Zhongnan Group
Recently, the outrigger system has been widely employed as an efficient structural lateral load resisting system in super tall buildings. The optimization of the outrigger system is desirable because it can significantly increase structural lateral…
New Type of Shear Wall and its Application in High-Rise Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhong Fan, China Architecture Design & Research Group
The frame core tube structure is the main form of super high-rise building. The core tube wall bear large vertical gravity load, but also bear the wind load and horizontal seismic action. Although the compressive bearing capacity of the concrete wall…
Research on Wind-Induced Vibration of the Steel Tower on High- Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yaming Li, ISA Architecture
An analysis on dynamic characteristics and wind-induced response of a high-rise building with a steel tower on the roof was conducted by ANSYS. It shows that the wind direction have a great influence on the steel tower. When the frequency of vortex-…
Relationship Between Periods and Structural Heights
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Congzhen Xiao, China Academy of Building Research
Natural vibration period is an important parameter for a high-rise building; based on four hundred and fourteen high-rise buildings that are existing or have passed over-limit evaluation in China, the distribution law of natural vibration periods is…
Proposed Changes to the Recommendations for the Seismic Design of High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; John Viise, Halvorson and Partners
John Viise presents on buckling restrained braces (BRBs), and fluid viscous dampers (FVDs). These alternate approaches provide superior energy dissipation under dynamic loading while avoiding the large localized forces associated with conventional…
Solutions for Fire & Life Safety at Extreme Heights
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Simon Lay, AECOM
The world currently only has two “megatall” buildings. However, more are planned and some potential schemes will push beyond “megatall” to “hyper-tall”. As construction technology considers such schemes, how can we ensure that they are safe? This…
Seismic Action Reduction in Supertall Building Design
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Chunhe (Henry) Li, Buro Happold
Per building design practice in China, structural engineer will carry on more detailed analysis in design development stage when schematic design is approved. For a supertall building, when its height exceed the code limitation, a structural engineer…
Modernization: Renewing the Lifecycle of Vertical Transportation
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Franz Arnold, Schindler Elevators
Traditionally much of the focus in the tall building sector has been centered on the ground breaking technology being put in place for the pioneering “Skyscrapers of Tomorrow.” However, as these landmarks continually develop the ranks of “yesterday’s…
Monthly Video: Matthew Clifford
16 Sep 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Head of Energy & Sustainability Services, JLL
Tuesday, 16th September 2014. Shanghai China. Matthew Clifford, Head of Energy & Sustainability Services, JLL, discusses green design and sustainability trends, particularly in China. View the extended interview here.
Managing the Risk of Fire in Future Tall Building Environments
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Russ Timpson, Horizonscan
As urban communities become more densely populated and emergency access potentially more problematic, there will be a growing need to address the risks associated with fire, evacuation and post trauma disruption to residents. This presentation…
Stainless Steel Claddings for High-Rise Architecture
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dr. Jörn Teipel, Outokumpu
Especially during the last 20 years stainless steel has become an approved and much valued cladding material for sophisticated architecture. Starting with the first architectural application of stainless steel (the Chrysler Building) this…
Optimizing the Form of Tall Buildings to Urban Environments
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Ahsan Kareem, University of Notre Dame
The future of tall building design lies in defining structures that interact with their surroundings in order to create a harmonious, efficient, and sustainable urban habitat. One facet of this overarching goal is to define structures that respond…
Optimizing the Structural Design of the 151 Story Incheon Tower
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T
The 151 story super high-rise building located in an area of reclaimed land constructed over soft marine clay in Songdo, Korea. The focus of this presentation is: 1) the structural engineering techniques utilized to optimize the structural and…
The Passive Design of High-Rise Envelope
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jia Yin, Shanghai Elite Façade Consultants
From the perspective of the application of the high-rise envelope technology, this presentation attempts to quantify the effectiveness of passive measures, and provide the adequate basis for architects’ decision. A project in Wuhan is analyzed in…
The Vertical Campus
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jason Haase, LMN Architects
Tech companies of all sizes are leaving the loft and heading to the high-rise. As small startups grow larger and set their sights on attracting the best talent available, it is often the case that a ping pong table and free snacks are not going to…
Using Supplemental Damping Systems on High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xiangdong Du, RWDI
A considerable number of supplemental damping system implementations are for wind induced motion control of skyscrapers and their performance has been validated through full scale monitoring during wind storms or seismic events. Among the passive…
Use of Elevators During Emergencies
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David McColl, Otis
This presentation explores evacuation improvement opportunities achieved through inter-operation of various systems in tall buildings. Tall buildings comprise many highly intelligent systems that can be interconnected to provide an efficient and…
The Evolution of Building Evacuation Design in China
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Fang Li & James Antell, RJA Group
As a result of the events of September 11th and other natural and man-made disasters, building owners, designers and fire officials have become increasingly aware of the need to consider a wide variety of scenarios when evacuating tall buildings. As…
Sustainability and High-Rise Buildings – 56 Leonard Street
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Hezi Mena, WSP
56 Leonard, a new 57-story residential development, totaling 480,000 GSF rises 825 feet from street level. At about 78’ in width, the slenderness ratio is about 10.5. Tall slender buildings present many challenges while allowing vertical cities to…
Taipei 101: Tall Building Operation Towards Sustainability
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
To take TAIPEI 101 TOWER as an example that will showcase the various aspects of managing a tall building, satisfying tenant requirements, stakeholders expectations, and as an example of a cities’ achievements. One, Explore the essential elements for…
Tall and Supertall Atria for Sustainable Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Ervin Cui, AON FPE
The continual increasing height of supertall buildings is being accompanied by interior sky gardens interspersed throughout the heights of the buildings. Increased urban density and verticality make these atria essential alternatives to using…
Innovative Designs for Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Kevin Peddie, Windtech Consultants
Consideration of energy efficient design strategies has become one of the primary considerations by leading architectural firms during the conceptual design phases and is an essential element for sustainable design. Architects are realizing that…
Balanced Fire Protection in Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Alfredo Ramirez, Underwriters Laboratories
The presentation will focus on fire protection techniques used to establish a balanced fire protection scheme consisting of passive and active components. A history of and overview of Installation Code and product standard requirements used in…
All Things are Not Equal: Responsive Façades for Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jeffrey Holmes, Woods Bagot
This presentation explores how data-driven parametric design enables the creation of enclosures that respond to highly specific environmental, behavioral and urban inputs. In the wake of massive technological transformations, there is a vast amount…
Blades of Steel: Understanding the Limits of Metal Façade Design
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Patrick Loughran, Goettsch Partners
Metal claddings frequently skin our tall buildings. They provide the texture and shine that help distinguish one glass tower from the next. Like the fabric on a well-tailored suit, metal claddings provide the pleasing lines that ornament our façades…
BRB and FVD Alternatives to Conventional Steel Brace Outriggers
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; John Viise, Halvorson and Partners
Tall buildings are often stiffened by providing large steel outrigger braces to link a central core to the perimeter columns. As an alternative to this approach, this study considers two other member types for use at the outrigger locations: a…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 04 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 04 Questions & Answers session with speakers Don Davies, MKA; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Dario Trabucco, CTBUH / Iuav University of Venice; Mic Patterson, Enclos; and Maurice Hermens, Royal…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 03 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 03 Questions & Answers session with speakers Stanley Yee, Dow Corning; Jeffrey Holmes, Woods Bagot; Jörn Teipel, Outokumpu; Patrick Loughran, Goettsch Partners; and Jia Yin, Shanghai Elite…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 02 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 02 Questions & Answers session with speakers Michael Montgomery, Kinetica; Kevin MacLean, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.; Hezi Mena, WSP; John Viise, Halvorson and Partners; Ahmad Abdelrazaq,…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 01 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 01 Questions & Answers session with speakers Matthew Clifford, JLL; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center; Jason Haase, LMN Architects; Victor Madeira Filho, Madeira Valentim & Alem Advogados;…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 05 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 04 Questions & Answers session with speakers Ervin Cui, Aon FPE; Simon Lay, AECOM; Fang Li, RJA Group; Alfredo Ramirez, Underwriters Laboratories; and Russ Timpson, Horizonscan.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 06 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 06 Questions & Answers session with speakers Kanokpat Chanvaivit, Bouygues – Thai Co. Ltd.; Chunhe (Henry) Li, Buro Happold; Mario Lafontaine, Rene Lagos Engineers; Davy Sukamta, Davy Sukamta…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 07 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 07 Questions & Answers session with speakers Patrick Bass, ThyssenKrupp; Franz Arnold, Schindler Elevators; Janne Sorsa, KONE Elevators; David McColl, Otis Elevator Company; and Glen Pederick…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 08 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 08 Questions & Answers session with speakers Xiangdong Du, RWDI; Yaming Li, ISA Architecture; Kevin Peddie, Windtech Consultants; Peter Soddy, Wirth Research; and Ahsan Kareem, University of…
Elevator Use During Construction Time of Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Janne Sorsa, KONE
The efficiency of construction work is affected by the time required to transport workers between ground level and their work sites. Usually, exterior construction hoists are installed outside the building for the transportation of construction…
High-Rise Harmony – Legal Issues Unique to Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Victor Madeira Filho, MVA Advogados; Arthur Wellington, Thornton Tomasetti
This article aims to discuss the construction of tall buildings in both emerging and established urban centers, highlighting aspects related to large urban centers and raising the points of impact from such constructions in the cities. Since there is…
Interview: Matthew Clifford
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Head of Energy & Sustainability Services, JLL
Tuesday, 16th September 2014. Shanghai China. Matthew Clifford, Head of Energy & Sustainability Services, JLL, discusses green design and sustainability trends, particularly in China.
How Vertical Transportation is Helping Transform the Modern City
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Glen Pederick, Meinhardt Group
Elevators are the most important service in modern high-rise buildings, occupying more space than any other service. With increasing land and construction costs and the need to be economically sustainable, the pressure to increase building floor…
Diversity and Change in Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Moshe Tzur, Moshe Tzur Architects Urbanists
The living city is ideally composed of elements in an ecologically dynamic relationship with the urban environment. Environmental function measured over time constitutes a seminal characteristic of a viable and sustainable urbanism. The tower form,…
Delivering and Managing Sustainable Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Matthew Clifford, JLL
This presentation examines best practices to develop a framework for the effective management of high-performance sustainable tall building. 1) Utilizes relevant case studies and workshop participation. 2) Discusses the current and future trends in…
CTBUH Research Project: A Whole LCA of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dario Trabucco, CTBUH
This presentation illustrates the tasks completed so far and the initial findings of the first part of a 24-month long, US $300k research project on the Life-Cycle Assessment of tall building structures. The research is aimed at investigating the…
Developments in CFD Responding to the Increased Demands of Taller Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peter Soddy, Wirth Research
Accurate analysis of the aerodynamic effect of tall buildings is vital for the sustainable development of the vertical urban habitat. The established analysis methods are wind tunnels and low-resolution CFD. Wind tunnels are unable to operate at…
Design of a Slender Building with High-Performing VE Dampers
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Michael Montgomery, Kinetica & Kevin MacLean, Read Jones Christoffersen
A slender tower in downtown Toronto was identified early on in the design process as having wind dynamic motion issues and additional structural damping was required. The developer’s mandate for this project was to maximize sellable space and…
New Chapter of Earthquake Resistance
Jul 2014 – Other Videos; Broad Sustainable Buildings
Broad Sustainable Buildings 30-story test building withstands a 9-magnitude earthquake test.
New Ark Hotel
Jul 2014 – Other Videos; Broad Sustainable Buildings
Time lapse of the New Ark Hotel being constructed in 6 days.
Building The Broad Pavilion
Jul 2014 – Other Videos; Broad Sustainable Buildings
Time lapse of the the construction of The Broad Pavilion in one day for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
History Rewritten (T30 Hotel)
Jul 2014 – Other Videos; Broad Sustainable Buildings
Time lapse of T30 Hotel being constructed in just 15 days.
Interview: C&D International Tower
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership
Roy Liu discusses the C&D International Tower, one of the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist. During the interview Roy talks about the area in which the building is placed and the influence it had on the design of the structure including the…
Tall Building Innovation Award: BSB Prefabricated Construction Method
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Shuguang Wang, BROAD Group
Never before has an entire prefabricated building system been developed to this degree. The BSB Method is a clear and innovative way of fundamentally rethinking tall building construction, and holds great promise for the future.
Interview: CCTV Headquarters
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
Rem Koolhaas discusses CCTV Headquarters, the Best Tall Building Worldwide and Asia & Australasia Winner. Rem discusses his views on architecture and the issues with adapting to change while addressing the distinctive shape of the CCTV Headquarters…
Interview: BSB Prefabricated Construction Method
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Shuguang Wang, BROAD Group
Shuguang Wang discusses the Broad Sustainable Building Prefabricated Construction Method, a Tall Building Innovation Award Co-Winner. He talks about the innovative new pre-fabrication technology and the use of it to build Sky City, which aims to be…
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: CCTV Headquarters: A New Typology for the Skyscraper
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
CCTV Headquarters singlehandedly paved the way from the height-obsessed, set-back skyscraper of the past to the sculptural and spatial skyscraper of the present, at the scale of the urban skyline.
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: C&D International Tower: Piercing the Xiamen Skyline
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership
The C&D International Tower achieves a compelling presence on the skyline while affording ample accommodation at the ground level. Designers executed a clear strategy around limiting urban heat islands, supporting greenery, and channeling natural…
Sky City: World's Next Tallest
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Zhang Yue, BROAD Group
The China Broad Group captured the imagination of the entire world with the time lapse video of their 30-story pre-fabricated tower being erected in just 15 days in China. Similarly, the world’s attention is now on their latest plans, for the next “…
Interview: Sky City
12 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Zhang Yue, BROAD Group
Zhang Yue of China Broad Group is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Zhang talks about Sky City, the Broad Group's 838m tower planned to be constructed in only 9 months.
Matching Occupier and Landlord Needs: Supply and Demand in Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Nigel Biggs & Nigel Smith, CBRE
As employee habits increasingly change and alternative workplace solutions become a reality, what do tenants want from their tall buildings and how is this affecting demand globally? Drawing on a wide global experience of leasing and managing tall…
Interview: The Livable City
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Ellen Lou, SOM
Ellen Lou of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Ellen discusses what makes a livable city and which city is the most livable city in the world.
Interview: Urban Habitat in Shanghai
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Ron Klemencic, MKA
Ron Klemencic of Magnusson Klemencic Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Ron discusses the Council and China including the urban habitat problems with the city of Shanghai.
Interview: Prefabrication in the Tall Building Industry
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting
Andy Davids of Hyder Consulting is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Andy discusses the 838-meter BROAD Group Sky City project and what the prefabrication of major portions of buildings will…
Taipei 101: Striving to be a Sustainable Skyscraper
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
In 2009 Taipei 101 embarked on an ambitious environmental upgrade, aimed at achieving the LEED-EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Building Operation and Maintenance) certification at Platinum Level. Taipei 101 has now…
Comparative Study of the Urban Complex in Shanghai and Hong Kong
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University
This presentation analyzes the financial value, space value and urban value of urban building complexes in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The complexes will be examined via three levels: direct synergy, indirect synergy and space synergy. Similar projects…
Interview: Hong Kong's Role in the History of the Chinese Skyscraper
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Christine Bruckner, AIA Hong Kong
Christine Bruckner of AIA Hong Kong is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Christine talks about Hong Kong and its role in the history of the Chinese skyscraper.
A Sustainable Solution for Urbanization in China
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation examines a design solution for a new high-density vertical City in China for 100,000 residents sharing a live-work environment in a total built up area of 1.3 km2. The philosophy for the City has been to provide a highly walkable…
Interview: Broad Sustainable Building
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Ying Tang, BROAD Group
Ying Tang of Broad Sustainable Building is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Ying Tang discusses the current projects by Broad Sustainable Building Group, and the motivations behind building…
Supertall Building Difficulties and Control Points
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; ZhaoHui Jia, Greenland Group
This presentation examines one of the world’s tallest buildings, the 450-meter Zifeng Tower, as a case study and integrates the speaker’s significant management experiences gained through being involved in more than ten supertall buildings in order…
The New Value of Placemaking and Icon for Mixed-Use in China
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture
In the context of China’s 1.3 billion consumers and limited land and resources, mixed-use high-rise developments have become the standard form of development for a rapidly urbanizing China. Developers are now realizing that their best position for…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott, KPF; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center will join an elite group of megatall buildings. This presentation discusses using the Ping An Finance Center and other buildings as examples of how the optimization of building shape impacts…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, AS+GG
On track to become the 7th tallest building in the world, Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter megatall tower in China. The project’s structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated…
A Tale of Tier Two Cities
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
The migration of Chinese residents to cities presents great challenges and opportunities. Large developments near the city core represent the best solution to the challenges of this urban migration, but the superblock must be configured with a strong…
Interview: Greenland Group Suzhou Center
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; ZhaoHui Jia, Greenland Group
ZhaoHui Jia of Greenland Group is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. ZhaoHui Jia discusses several Greenland Group projects, including the mixed-use Suzhou Center designed by SOM.
Interview: China's Future Tallest
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; David Malott, KPF
David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. David discusses two of China's future tallest buildings, the 660-meter Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen and…
Guangzhou Finance Centre: an Elegant Simplicity of Form
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
When a tower rises above the cityscape, it has a responsibility to make a positive contribution and a grouping of towers should make a visually acceptable composition. The design for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre makes the case for an…
Shanghai Tower: Re-thinking the Vertical City
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
More important than Shanghai Tower’s shear height is the innovation it delivers - in its twisting, crystalline form; in the vertical zones of rich multi-functions; in the communal skygardens throughout its height; in its unique environmental…
Spatially Suspending and Twisting Curtain Walls’ Design Essentials
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; BaoLiGao MengGen, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry
Due to the multi-level flexible suspension system in the Shanghai Tower, as well as the project’s complex and twisting form, the requirements of the curtain wall design were particularly challenging. This presentation discusses the systematic problem…
Shanghai Congress Welcome/Opening Ceremony
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Timothy Johnson, Jun Shen, Kong Qing Wei, Guo-Qiang Li, & Antony Wood
Timothy Johnson (CTBUH Chairman) and special guests welcome Congress delegates and officially open the event.
Key Technologies in the Structure of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group
The Shanghai Tower, at 121 floors and 632 meters, will be the tallest building in China when completed in 2015, and likely the second tallest building in the world. The project’s innovative design solution required the development of an equally…
Interview: The Growth of China
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; John Portman, John Portman & Associates
John C. Portman, III of John Portman & Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. John explains Portman's early success in China and the recent trend of construction of major projects in…
Structural Design Challenges of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti
The team behind Shanghai Tower faced a number of unique structural challenges which required innovative solutions in the design and construction of the 632m-tall tower. In this presentation we learn of some of these challenges and solutions,…
Structure Design of Sino Steel International Plaza
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Xue Yi Fu, CCDI
Sino Steel (Tianjin) International Plaza is the world’s first example of a hexagonal grid structure system implemented as the exterior tube of a supertall building. Research has shown the hexagonal grid structure to be able to efficiently withstand…
Track 1: The China Context for Tall Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
The Track 1 panel consisting of: Junjie Zhang, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI); Brian Lee & William Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Chicago; and Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren, take questions from delegates.
Track 2: Shanghai Tower in Detail Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Panel consisting of: Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti; Jiemin Ding, Tongji Architectural Design Group; and Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group take questions from delegates.
Interview: Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Jiemin Ding, Tongji Architectural Design Group
Jiemin Ding of Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co. is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Jiemin Ding discusses his involvement in the design of the Shanghai Tower and the multiple issues…
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower’s Form and Façade
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The realization of one of the most sustainable supertall towers in the world was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This presentation is centered around the Shanghai Tower as a case study…
An Overview of Modern Supertall Development in China
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Junjie Zhang, ECADI
While China is without doubt the largest developing market for tall buildings, with a multitude of towers under construction and in planning, we can forget that the country also has an established track-record for delivering not only tall buildings,…
Asia Agenda
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren
With Asia's unparalleled and continued pace of growth fueled by economic development, the world order has shifted eastwards, and China in particular has risen as the defining place to shape the future of our world and the built environment. There is…
Interview: Marketing of Tall Buildings
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; William Murray, Wordsearch
William Murray of Wordsearch is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. William discusses the marketing of tall buildings and the importance of skyscrapers to the cities they inhabit. He also…
30 Years in China: An Architect/Developer’s Perspective
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; John Portman, John Portman & Associates
The Portman Companies were one of the first foreign entities to establish business relations in China, and have since become recognized for quality building design and development not only in China but also throughout the world. In this presentation…
Interview: Design of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Jian Ping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Jian Ping Gu of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co Ltd. is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Jian Ping Gu discusses several motivations behind the design of the Shanghai Tower and…
Innovative and Sustainable High-Rise Façade Systems in Asia
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Thomas Winterstetter, Werner Sobek Group
The variety of architectural ideas, the need to save energy and the specific demands of high-rise construction, different locations, locally available construction techniques and climate conditions require customized solutions. Current Asian projects…
Design of Flexible Hanging Curtain Wall Support Structures
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jiemin Ding, CEO, Tongji Architectural Design Group
Shanghai Tower’s unique inner and outer curtain wall system, which creates an inhabitable “double-skin” zone, made the technical aspects of the façade a challenging task. This presentation discusses the many varied aspects of the envelope system,…
Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Brian Lee & William Baker, SOM
The rapid development of Chinese cities has provided unique opportunities to create architecture that either responds to its context or, in the case of emerging cities, creates new urban identities. These opportunities have yielded some of the most…
Developing High Profile Branded Commercial Projects in China
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jerry Yin, SOHO
This presentation examines SOHO China’s process of developing and realizing ideas and strategies, from the client’s perspective. Market analysis, urban relationship, design parametric, sustainability methodology and construction advancement are just…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation presents the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, from Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, completed in 1999, to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia…
Interview: Tall Construction in China
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Timothy discusses the future of tall construction in China and the role the Council will play in this expanding economy.
Interview: Jin Mao Tower
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; William Baker, SOM
William Baker of SOM is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. William discusses the Jin Mao Building and it's place in the history of the Chinese skyscraper.
Interview: Shanghai Tower and Ping An Finance Center
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Dennis discusses two megatall towers under construction in China, the 632 m (2,073 ft) Shanghai Tower and the 660 m (2,…
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: Guangzhou IFC: Towards An Elegant Simplicity
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Michael Kwok, Arup
The tallest of the four regional winners this year at 440 meters, the Guangzhou International Finance Center utilizes the world’s tallest constructed diagrid structure, whose inherent stiffness resists acceleration and sway, while the aerodynamic…
Interview: Guangzhou IFC
3 Nov 2011 – 2011 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Chris Wilkinson & Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Michael Kwok & Craig Gibbons, Arup
Chris Wilkinson & Dominic Bettison of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Michael Kwok & Craig Gibbons of Arup are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2011 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. The winner of the 2011 Best…
Chongqing International Trade and Commerce Centre
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Andrew Luong, Arup
At 440m, the Chongqing International Trade and Commerce Centre will become one of the tallest buildings in south-west China. The presentation will highlight the structural engineering and state-of-the-art design of this super-highrise, whilst…
Movements in The Worlds Tallest Double Skin Building
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Marshall Strabala, 2DEFINE Architecture
The Shanghai Tower: the world’s tallest double skin building creates a challenge that needs to accommodate an unprecedented amount of movement. This presentation will be on the perceived movement of the tower and the actual impacts of real movement…
Curtain Wall Design and Construction of Shanghai Tower
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Tony Wang, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminum Industry Engineering
An introduction to the curtain wall of the landmark building in Shanghai named Shanghai Tower, including the building composition; design key points, application of BIM system, construction method as well as some other aspects in this project.
The Challenges for Supertall Building Structural Design and Sustainability Issues
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Dennis CK Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2014, the Ping An Tower will be the tallest tower in China, and the centerpiece of the growing Shenzhen skyline located just a few minutes north of Hong Kong. Implementing LEED requirements for design, construction and life cycle…
Shanghai 2014: Vertical, Sustainable and Humane
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Benedict J. Tranel, Gensler
Density, complexity and sustainability are intricately interconnected in developing Chinese cities. Current horizontal development is destructive and unsustainable. Tall buildings have a significant role to play in more effective development model;…
Structural Implementation of Sculptural Raffles City Hangzhou
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Michael Kwok, ARUP
Raffles City Hangzhou is a mixed-use development consisting of two 250m tall twisted towers and a 10-storey retail podium enclosed by multiple curved building envelopes. The towers and the podium are linked by four link bridges to form a huge…
Innovative Tall Buildings Design – The Story of International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Yau Chun Yee, Arup
The presentation describes the contribution of various engineering experts in overcoming the difficulties faced during the design process. Innovative engineering solutions applied in this project are summarized with comments on how those creative…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: From New York to Shanghai: A Lifetime of Tall
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Pedersen, KPF
William Pedersen, Partner, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Mr. Pedersen’s approach to design has been one that weds formal and technical originality with a modesty informed by a deep respect for spatial and historical context. Mr. Pedersen discussed…
Protection of Elevators for Building Evacuation
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Aaron Vanney, RJA
This presentation identifies the past code requirements of the International Building Code and the Building Construction and Safety Code for the protection of elevators. These requirements will also be compared to those adopted in Europe (EN 81),…
Taipei 101: Greening the World’s Tallest
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
Taipei 101 was completed as the world’s tallest building at the end of 2004, at 509 metres. Recently it announced plans for a complete environmental upgrade of the building, to achieve LEED Gold status. The fact that such a building, only 5 years old…
The Future of Sustainable Urban Design on a Large Scale: Guangzhou
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Jeff Heller, Heller Manus Architects
Recently, China’s central government has developed an advanced and progressive sustainable policy. Guangzhou, China’s third largest city, has made a commitment to aggressively adopting this program in order to redevelop its urban core. In this…
Sustainable Strategies for High-Rise Buildings
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Russell Gilchrist, SOM
High rise buildings present opportunities for passive and active sustainable strategies that are not so readily available to their less tall counterparts. This presentation demonstrates through Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s current project work how…
Symbiosis: Supertalls and Future Cities
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; James von Klemperer, KPF
KPF has designed some of the most iconic tall buildings around the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Centre which won the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Award. With super-talls at heights of 500-meters and above completed or underway in…
Sustainable World Cities: Shanghai Looking Forward
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Michel St. Pierre, Gensler
While the world notes Shanghai’s prosperity, the city’s vision may provide a model for other global cities to follow. The Shanghai 2010 expo theme emphasizes sustainability and livability. The challenge for Shanghai’s 21st Century planning and urban…
Towards Zero Energy in China - Pearl River Tower
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Russell Gilchrist, SOM
The Pearl River Tower was conceived as a ‘net zero energy’ operating skyscraper i.e. it would generate enough energy to offset its own demand. With the tower nearing completion now, that ambition will not be fully realized, in part due to the…
Shanghai Tower: Completing a Supertall Trio
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Arthur Gensler, Gensler
Located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in the heart of Shanghai’s Pudong neighborhood, Shanghai Tower rises to complete a trio of towers including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. Together, these three will form…
A Lifetime of Tall, From an Architect-Developer’s Perspective
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; John Portman, John Portman & Associates
John Portman is the recipient of the CTBUH 2009 Lynn S. Beedle lifetime achievement award, which will be conferred at the awards dinner during the conference. John’s work spans five decades and much of the globe, from the major regeneration projects…
2009 Best Tall Building Award Winners: Linked Hybrid Building, Beijing, China
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by conferring international Best Tall Building Awards. In this special session we…
Foster in China
31 Oct 2008 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Chris Abel
Eminent academic and author Chris Abel presents a detailed overview of the Chinese work of architecture firm Norman Foster and Partners at S. R. Crown Hall at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
David Malott, KPF and Leslie Robertson, LERA, presented the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong. The focus of this presentation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress was to highlight the collaboration between…
Towers and Urbanism in the Context of China
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Stefan Krummeck, Terry Farrell & Partners
Stefan Krummeck, Terry Farrell & Partners examined the interconnection between tall buildings and urbanism at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Taking a look at Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Dubai, London, and New York and…
Building Brand Identity: Sustainable yet Iconic High-rise Design for China’s Power Companies
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture
Ming Zhang, Mulvanny G2 Architecture, presented four successful Chinese power company designs that the firm designed at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The presentation also explored the five key factors of success including: 1. low cost,…
Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou: Fire Protection Strategies for an Energy Efficient High-Rise Building
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Fang Li, James Antell & Martin Reiss, RJA
Fang Li and James Antell, Rolf Jensen & Associates, discussed the 71 stories Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The building features numerous design strategies to reduce energy demand from the local grid, which…
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ole Scheeren, OMA
Ole Scheeren from the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, presented some of the strategies utilized by OMA to challenge preconceptions of the tall building typology at the CTBUH 8th World Congress. He also examined the possibility of re-thinking the…
Towards Zero Energy: Case Study of the Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Roger Frechette & Russell Gilchrist, SOM
Roger Frechette, SOM talked about the meaning of ‘carbon neutral’ in the context of building design at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The presentation examined the challenges of achieving a net zero energy building, both from an energy…
Urban Development To Combat Climate Change
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Head & Gary Lawrence, Arup
Gary Lawrence of Arup discussed the potential of an integrated urbanism approach at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Drawing on lessons learned from the planning and development of a new, low-carbon eco-city on an island opposite Shanghai in…

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Skybridges: A History and a View to the Near Future
Mar 2019 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 8 Number 1; Antony Wood & Daniel Safairk, CTBUH
As many architects and visionaries have shown over a period spanning more than a century, the re-creation of the urban realm in the sky through connections between buildings at height has a vast potential for the enrichment of our cities. To many it…
Study of a Three-Dimensional and Multi-Functional Urban High-Rise Complex in the High-Density Environment
Mar 2019 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 8 Number 1; Linxue Li & Miaomiao Hou & Qi Zhang, Tongji University
Facing the challenges of urban form and space quality in a high-density environment, the paper puts forward the development trend of three-dimensional and multi-functional design for an urban high-rise complex, and analyzes the design methods of…
Analysis of Multiple Network Accessibilities and Commercial Space Use in Metro Station Areas
Mar 2019 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 8 Number 1; Lingzhu Zhang, Yu Zhuang
Against the background of the rapid development of the Shanghai Metro network, this paper attempts to establish an analytical approach to evaluate the impact of multiple transport network accessibilities on commercial space use in metro station…
The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2018
Jan 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I; CTBUH Research
In 2018, 143 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This is a slight decrease from 2017’s record-breaking total of 147, and it brings the total number of 200-meter-plus buildings in the world to 1,478, marking an increase of 141…
China Zun: Beijing’s New Icon, 2018’s Tallest
Jan 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I; Wuren Wang, CITIC HEYE Investment Co. Ltd.
At 528 meters, China Zun was the tallest building completed in 2018, and became the new tallest building in Beijing. It is the anchor of a 30-hectare new central business district (CBD) established on the east side of the city, where more than 20…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
Dec 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I; CTBUH Research
The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past decade continued in 2018, though the total number of completed buildings of 200 meters’ or greater height leveled off at 143, after hitting an all-time record of 147 in…
Developments of Structural Systems Toward Mile-High Towers
1 Sep 2018 – International Journal of High-rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 3; Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University School of Architecture
Tall buildings which began from about 40 m tall office towers in the late 19th century have evolved into mixed-use megatall towers over 800 m. It is expected that even mile-high towers will soon no longer be a dream. Structural systems have always…
The Preliminary Research on the Relationship between Carbon Emissions and Typical Floor Design
Jul 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 2; Dong Zhixin, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.; Chen Yi, Tongji University
The greenhouse effect caused by human activities is becoming increasingly serious. The building industry, which is directly related with carbon emissions, has the responsibility and potentiality to reduce carbon emissions. Recently, Chinese and…
Taking the Corporate Campus Vertical
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Jiemin Ding, TJAD; Tim Etherington, Gensler
The Tencent Seafront Towers bring a novel concept – the “vertical campus” – to Shenzhen. In housing the corporate headquarters of the fourth-largest internet company in the world, the two-tower, interlinked design breaks away from the typical…
Cyclone-Glazing and Façade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region: Market and Code Study
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II; Angela Mejorin, Dario Trabucco, CTBUH; Reisuke Nakada, Malvinder Singh Ruprai & Ingo Stelzer, Trosifol World of Interlayers
This paper summarizes the Stage 1 results of the CTBUH Research Division’s project “Cyclone-Glazing and Facade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region.” The project was possible thanks to a US$202,000 sponsorship by Trosifol World of Interlayers/…
Designing the High-Rise Building from the Inside/Out
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1; Timothy Johnson & Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
For over 100 years, the tall building has largely advanced in technological innovation; however very little has been done in the terms of understanding the changing needs of the occupant needs and experience. The vast changes occurring due to…
Applying Ancient Structural Principles To a New Prefabricated Steel System
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; Derry Yu, Ivan Kong & Michael Lu, New World China Land Limited
Numerous ancient timber structures located in high seismic zones of China are still standing today, long after experiencing strong earthquakes over hundreds of years. One of the important factors in their longevity is the adoption of the mortise-…
2017: Skyscraper History’s Tallest, Highest- Volume, and Most Geographically Diverse Year
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I
This 2017 Tall Building Year in Review / Tall Buildings in Numbers data analysis report shows that more buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed in 2017 than in any other year, with a total of 144 completions. Notably, 2017 was also…
The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017
Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; CTBUH Staff, CTBUH
In 2017, 144 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This is the fourth record-breaking year in a row, and it brings the total number of 200-meter-plus buildings in the world to 1,319, marking an increase of 12.3% from 2016, and a…
Designing High Performance MEP Systems for Supertall Buildings: A Review of Challenges and Opportunities
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Craig Burton, Interface Engineering, Inc.
The design and construction of supertall buildings has grown dramatically in recent years. This area of practice has traditionally fallen within the purview of a very small group of architects and engineers, but this is rapidly changing, as…
Sustainable Design and Its Cost: Case Study of Nanning China Resources Tower
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Stephen Y. F. Lai, Rider Levett Bucknall Limited
Sustainability is becoming more and more important in our everyday lives. Thus, it is apparent that more sustainable initiatives are incorporated in a building design concept to reduce operation costs and environmental impacts. However, will the…
Multi-Dimensional Hybrid Design and Construction of Skyscraper Cluster
Sep 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 3; Aaron J. Wang, CapitaLand China Corporate
Designed by star architect of Moshes Safdie, Raffles City Chongqing includes a total of 6 mega high-rise towers 250 to 380m tall, a sky conservatory, a 5-storey high shopping mall and a 3-storey basement car parking. Located at the confluence of the…
Site | Structure | Architecture – Projects that Create Change
Sep 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 3; Leo Chow & Mark P. Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
China’s rapid growth has created great opportunities for design and construction of projects that not only transform sites but cities. This work combines local, national, and international expertise in developing memorable designs that seek to…
Ten Significant Tall Buildings, and the Significant Women Behind Them
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Leading Women in Tall Buildings
Recently, there has been a growing and overdue recognition in the architecture discipline that women are under-represented, not just in terms of leadership positions held, but also in terms of receiving credit for the work they have done. The tall…
Micro-MACRO Living in the Global High-Rise
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Mimi Hoang & Ammr Vandal, nARCHITECTS
What housing models should dense urban cities pursue to address population rise, housing shortages, and changes in demographics? As cities seek to address large discrepancies between their housing stock and their population, many developments opt for…
Frontiers in High-Rise Outrigger Design
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Hi sun Choi & Leonard M. Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti; SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates; Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
In 2012, CTBUH published the first Outrigger Design for High-Rise Buildings Technical Guide. In 2016, the CTBUH Outrigger Working Group felt it would be beneficial to update the design guide with variations of outrigger systems and tall building…
The Spatial Performance of Multi-Level Shopping Clusters
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Wang Haofeng & Rao Xiaojun, Shenzhen University; Zhang Yupeng, Shanghai Construction Design & Research Institute Co.,LTD.
With the intensification of urban development in Chinese cities, mixed land use in urban centers extends vertically into 3-D and expands its scale from a single building to commercial clusters. The multi-level pedestrian system in city centers also…
Transport and the Megacity: Improving Vitality with Connectivity
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; John Prevc, Future Spaces Foundation
There is no easy answer to ensuring the world’s rapid urban population growth is managed sustainably and in a manner that promotes economic growth, social cohesion, and health and wellbeing. However, densification of existing urban areas is…
Indoor Environmental Quality Improving and Energy Saving Potential of Phase-Change Material Integrated Facades
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Qian Jin, Tongji University
The conflict between indoor environmental quality and energy consumption has become an unneglectable problem for highrise office buildings, where occupants’ productivity is highly affected by their working environment. An effective façade, therefore…
An Analytical Approach to Measuring the Degree of Urbanity of Urban Building Complexes
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Shuchen Xu, Yu Ye & Leiqing Xu, Tongji University
The importance of designing urban building complexes so that they obtain ‘urban’ power, rather than become isolated from the surrounding urban context, has been well recognized by both researchers and practitioners. Nevertheless, most current…
Capturing the Underlying Structure of a ‘Segment-line’ City
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Michelle Xiaohong Ling, South China University of Technology
Analyzing morphological evolution over a long period of time is deemed an effective way to identify problems occurring in the process of urban development, in addition to achieving a fundamental understanding of socio-cultural changes and growth…
Raffles City in Hangzhou China - The Engineering of a ‘Vertical City’ of Vibrant Waves
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Aaron J. Wang, CapitaLand Limited
This mixed-use Raffles City (RCH) development is located near the Qiantang River in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, located southwest of Shanghai, China. The project incorporates retail, offices, housing, and hotel facilities and marks…
Impact of Air-side Economizer Control Considering Air Quality Index on Variable Air Volume System Performance
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Sang-Hyeon Cho, Joon-Young Park & Jae-Weon Jeong, Hanyang Univeristy
The objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a modified air-side economizer in improving indoor air quality (IAQ). An air-side economizer, which uses all outdoor air for cooling, affects the building’s IAQ depending on the outside…
Engineering of Guangzhou International Finance Centre
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Michael Kwok & Alexis Lee, Arup
The Guangzhou International Finance Centre (IFC) is a landmark building that symbolizes the emerging international strength of Guangzhou, China’s third largest city. It is also one of the dual iconic towers along the main axis of Guangzhou Zhujiang…
Foundation Differential Settlement Included Time-dependent Elevation Control for Supertall Structures
1 Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Xin Zhao, Tongji University; Shehong Liu, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Due to the time-dependent properties of materials, structures, and loads, accurate time-dependent effects analysis and precise construction controls are very significant for rational analysis and design and saving project cost. Elevation control is…
Fusing History and Height in Modern China
1 Feb 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I; Albert Chan, Shui On Group
Albert Chan is the Director of Development Planning and Design at Shui On Land, based in Shanghai. Shui On Land is the developer of several successful “Tiandi” (“heaven and earth”) mixed-use projects throughout China. Its Wuhan Tiandi project…
From Unseen to Iconic: Contextual Designs For China’s Large-Scale Mixed-Use Complexes
1 Feb 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I; Quanhong Li, CallisonRTKL
As the high-rise phenomenon moves from first- to second- and third-tier cities in China, high-density vertical urban developments are shaping the future identities of these cities by way of their strategic locations, massive scale, significant…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016
10 Jan 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Annan Shehadi, Shawn Ursini & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2016 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions and marking the third consecutive record-breaking year.
Goldin Financial Global Centre, Hong Kong, China
Jan 2017 – Corporate Publication
Situated in Hong Kong's Kowloon Bay, the new central business district in the east part of Kowloon Peninsula, Goldin Financial Goldin Centre stands as the new corporate headquarters location of the client, offering commercial office space with a view…
International Youth Cultural Centre, Nanjing, China
Jan 2017 – Corporate Publication
Located in the west of Nanjing Jianye Business District along the banks of the Yangtze River, the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre development rises as two twin towers of varying heights, forming a shared podium. The Centre was opened in…
SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM
China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been practicing in China for more than two decades,…
Skyscrapers and Skylines: The Case of China
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jason Barr & Jingshu Luo, Rutgers University-Newark
Since 1978, when China instituted economic reforms, cities have embraced skyscraper construction. Despite the importance of these structures, little is understood about what has been driving their heights and frequencies. This work explores to what…
Singularly Slender: Sky Living in New York, Hong Kong, and Elsewhere
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum
This paper highlights a new 21st-century skyscraper typology – the very tall and slender residential tower – and analyzes the economic, engineering, and urbanistic forces that shape them. Once built exclusively in Manhattan and Hong Kong, “pencil…
Shifting Urban Gravity, from “Central” To “Core” Business Districts
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Tim Balckburn, Swire Properties
In the age of the multi-million inhabitant city, the traditional concept of a single Central Business District (CBD) is becoming increasingly unrealistic. As we are seeing in megacities as dispersed as Shanghai, New York, and London, the concept of…
Structural Design Challenges of Minmetals Capital Tower, Shenzhen
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; SawTeen See, Zhaohui Ding, Edward Roberts & Ma Ge, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Steel braced frames combined with a concrete services core are widely used in tall building design. To meet the special architectural design challenges in the Minmetals Capital South China Tower in Shenzhen, such as the large, column-free spaces at…
Superdensity: A New Model for Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Tickle, HASSELL; Richard Palmer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Hong Kong has been, for decades, one of the world’s most fascinating urban experiments. In one year alone (following the 2nd world war) the city grew by 50%, with a quadrupling over the next decade. Rapid growth, within the constraints of physical…
Structural Performance Upgrading and Optimization of Supertall Residential Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jiemin Ding, Xin Zhao & Yue Yang, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.; Liwei Ye, Xiamen Fukang Economic Development Co. Ltd.
Due to huge investment amounts, supertall residential buildings are commonly developed as luxury properties whose building performance requirements are high. Typical requirements include large interior spaces, broad vision, expansive balconies, and…
Tall Buildings and Polycentricity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Greg Yager, Carolien Gehrels & Maren Striker, Arcadis / CallisonRTKL
Dwindling land reserves, water and food shortages, climate change, diminishing air quality, environmental degradation – these are all among the intractable challenges we face in cities the world over. Transit, engineering and architectural planning…
Shifting Urban Gravity, from “Central to Core” Business Districts
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Tim Blackburn, Swire Properties
In the age of the multi-million inhabitant city, the concept of a single, concentrated Central Business District is increasingly becoming unsustainable. As we are seeing in megacities as dispersed as Shanghai, New York and London, the concept of…
New World Centre Remodeling – Sustainable Building Design and Next-Generation Mixed-Use Developments
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jeff Tung, New World Development Company Limited
As one of the most concentrated metropolises in the world, Hong Kong developers and architects face some unique challenges on sustainable building design. The Hong Kong Buildings Department launched the Sustainable Building Design (SBD) Guidelines in…
Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Samuel So, Colin Dowall & Michael George, JLL
China is the global epicenter of mankind’s mass urbanization and the exploding growth of global cities. China is the unrivaled leader in the development of tall buildings on an unprecedented scale in terms of their number, geographic distribution,…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This paper establishes the criteria…
Next-Generation Supertall Tower Form Determinants: A Study of the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Brian Lee, William Baker, Inho Rhee & Ronald Johnson, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
This paper puts forth the elements of an integrated design approach to mixed-use supertall towers that is based on rationally creative strategies that encourage efficiency, functionality, and beauty. SOM’s Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre…
Overcoming MEP and VT System Design Challenges in Three of the Tallest Buildings in China
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Vincent Tse, Herbert Lam, Kenneth Li & Michael Sung, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
This paper will address the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and drainage, and vertical transportation system (MEP/VTS) design challenges encountered during the design development of three unique, iconic megatall and near-megatall buildings in three…
Shenzhen Shum-Yip Tower One: A Case Study – A-E Integration – A Broad New Vision
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Charles Besjak, Gary Haney, Preetam Biswas & Chung Yeon Won, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Conventional legacy systems in the design of supertall towers employ belt trusses, outriggers, and perimeter-bracing to achieve the required tower performance at the expense of open architecture. The Ladder-Core System developed at SOM presents a…
Research and Design of a Complex Connected Structure Consisting of Three Super High-Rise Towers
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Da-sui Wang, Wen-wei Jiang, Ming-guo Liu & Qi Yu, ECADI
Currently under construction, Golden Eagle Plaza is slated to be the highest rigid-connected building in the world. The building consists of three supertall towers of over 300 meters, which are connected at the height of approximately 200 meters by…
Raffles City Chongqing Conservatory: Studies For a New Bridging Building Type
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jeffrey Huggins, Safdie Architects
One of the outgrowths of dense vertical urbanism is the challenge of interconnecting tall buildings at multiple levels in the sky. In order to have the super-connected urban whole, pathways between the vertical nodes must be equally advanced along…
Tall Versus Old? The Role of Historic Preservation in the Context of Rapid Urban Growth
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Kate Ascher & Sabrina Uffer, BuroHappold Engineering
As cities aspire to become global metropolises, older low-rise structures are getting torn down to make room for new, often tall, buildings and neighborhoods. What does this mean for preservation? This paper investigates historic preservation in New…
The Impact of Tech Companies in Rethinking the High-Rise Workplace
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent
Tencent, one of the world’s largest internet companies, is creating a high-rise headquarters in Shenzhen, China that overcomes the challenges of the traditional tall building. To do this, Tencent and the Corporate Headquarters design team abandoned…
Tencent Seafront Tower – A Case Study on Façade Engineering as Functional Patterns
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; CK Dickson Wong, Hugh Brennand & Vincent Ng
A methodology that façade engineers commonly use to understand and detail a façade element is to break it down into “functional patterns” – principles that are analogically applied where certain relationships between tectonic elements are identified…
Unpacking Composite Construction: Global Trends
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Terri Boake, University of Waterloo
There has been a marked shift away from the use of steel as the primary structural system that had long been the Western standard for skyscrapers, towards a preference for reinforced concrete that is being quickly caught by the use of “composite…
Transport and the Megacity: Improving Vitality with Connectivity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; John Prevc, Make Architects
The world’s urban population already accounts for more than half of the total population and is predicted to rise to 66% by 2050. Given that the majority of these urban dwellers still currently reside in cities with populations of fewer than one…
Transparency in Urban Environment
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Luke Leung, Yue Zhu, Stephen Ray & Adri Jevtic, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
A generation of tall buildings has been dominated by International Style with full height glazing that is often vision glass. Large glass was intended to bring the outside in, to allow a connection to the natural environment, and to promote…
Towards a Forest City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architects
Shijiazhuang, the capital of the Hebei province in northeastern China, is a metropolis of three million people. It forms part of the immense developing megalopolis the Chinese call Jing-Jin-Ji, which is expected to accommodate more than 130 million…
Using Parametric Simulation and GIS to Design a Stormwater Solution for a Chinese Sponge-City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Christopher Drew, Patrick Keeney & Xi Yi, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
One of the predicted effects of climate change in Central China is an increase in precipitation and in extreme rainfall intensity. In 2015, the Chinese government approved the development of 16 model “sponge cities,” one of which is Wuhan, where we…
Utilization of BIM and Façade Optimization via Computer Technology in a Super High-Rise
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Christopher King, New World Development Company Limited; Guan Ting, Gehry Technologies; Yawu Su, China Construction 8th Engineering Division
Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre (TJCTF) is a mixed-use development with a total gross floor area (GFA) of 389,980 square meters. This 530-meter-tall building is expected to be opened in 2019. This article will provide an overview of the…
Wind Induced Structure Responses Study on RCCQ Project
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Xiangdong Du, Jon Galsworthy & Greg Thompson, RWDI; Aaron Wang, CapitaLand China
The Raffles City Chongqing project is one of the largest developments in the world. Located between Chao Tian Men Square and Jiefangbei in Yuzhong District, Chongqing China, it is a curved line of eight towers 182–310 meters tall, bent to resemble…
What’s Next?: How Do We Make Vertical Urban Design?
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Winy Mass, MVRDV
It seems sometimes as if the further away from the ground we rise, the more architectonic and less urban our buildings become. Skyscrapers have always been about power, but they should also be about society. As our global society increasingly becomes…
The Way for a Super Complex to Make a City More Convenient and Beautiful
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Today’s super high-rise buildings not only present the height of buildings, but also play more important roles of integrating into the development of cities, coexisting with them, promoting the efficiency of them and enhancing regional value to a…
The Vertical Renewal of the Megacity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Enfang Liu, Jianing Pan, Dapeng Sun & Youlong You, Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design and Research
This paper elaborates the positive effect and unique advantages of supertall high-rise buildings along with their inherent problems throughout the urbanization of Shanghai, a megacity, against the background of a new round of urban renewal to be…
The Haikou Tower - Signifier and Signified
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Martin Henn, HENN
When designing the “Haikou Towers,” our aim was to go beyond an architecture of mere function or form, but to construct an architecture of meaning. We tried to integrate all defining parameters of the design (context, program, structure, circulation…
The Façade Lighting of Ping An Finance Center
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Yuanhuan Meng, Panli Deng, Yongqiang Chao & Linbo Wang, Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.
Our Company, as the general contractor of the façade lighting engineering for this project, created a series of optimization designs in the process of implementation specifically according to the project requirements. We integrated products with…
Tencent Seafront Tower: Practice on Binding Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Ping Sun, Shenzhen Tongji Architects
This paper compares the differences between a binding building and a link building, defining the concept of a “Binding Building.” It analyzes the architectural and structural features of Tencent Seafront Tower and interprets the gigantic-frame-…
The Continuous City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Paul Whalen, Grant Marani, Bina Bhattacharyya & Chen-Huan Liao, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
A high-density urban habitat must engage the public in a walkable setting that unfolds as a coherent but multifaceted experience. In our work at a variety of scales we look to the most admired places in the best cities worldwide and combine their…
The Largest Megalopolis in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Peter Kindel, Ellen Lou & Lingyue Anne Chen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding and shaping this trend. The Pearl River Delta, with over 55 million people, is one…
The New Super Skinny Skyscraper Trend: Some Wind Engineering Considerations
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stefano Cammelli, Sara Bisio & Yiqing Wang, BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
A new and almost unprecedented model for skyscrapers is currently being explored within the Manhattan real estate market: these are the so-called super slender ultra-luxury residential tall buildings, towers with relatively compact floor plates and…
The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division
This paper is intended to introduce the upcoming CTBUH technical guide titled “The Space Between,” which investigates the importance of publicly accessible spaces surrounding tall buildings. Urban spaces featured in the technical guide range in scale…
The Practice of TOD in the Urban Eco-Renaissance-CADRE Skyscraper & New GZ North Railway Station
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Huijing Huang, Guangzhou Design Institute
The scarcity of land in the downtown area, in addition to the deterioration of urban environments, has led to urban sprawl and a lack of development in an old city zone. The planning and development mode of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD)…
The Roots of Tall Buildings: Connecting the City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
This paper investigates the integration of tall tower, mixed-use developments and how they connect with the city and the public when they meet the ground. Critical challenges have to be overcome in resolving the lower horizontal components of these…
The Design Strategy for Functional, Efficient, Curved Super High-Rise Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Yu Wang, Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University
This paper explores the corresponding design strategies of skyscrapers curved figures. It discusses the stacked functions in a single building and presents the methods of how curved figures can adapt functions by battering shapes and changing plan…
Coupling of Urban-Value & Mega High-Rise: Ping An Finance Center
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Fang Xie & Xia Ai, CCDI Group
If the city is seen as a giant business, what is driving its market value? The height of the building is clearly one of the factors. Shenzhen was the pioneer of reform and openness, and has since gained global recognition as a “city of design.“ In…
Climate-Responsive Exterior Enclosure Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Keith Boswell & Michael Duncan, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
In this paper, three different solutions in three different regions of China illustrate best practices for the design and execution of optimized building enclosure systems. Poly International Plaza in Beijing features a dual-wall enclosure that is…
City of Dreams, Macau: Maintenance Design in Ultra-Complex Structures
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Isabella Pallavicini, Gianpaolo Apollonio & Luca Rizzotti, Fly Service Engineering
The issue of developing a safe and efficient access strategy considering the context of a complex shape is addressed. In these cases, all envelope and structure maintenance operations need careful engineering strategies and planning to develop safe…
Affordable Housing Under Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Elena Generalova, Viktor Generalov & Natalia Potienko, Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Rapid urbanization causes major problems of urban sprawl and social stratification, and at the same time it opens up new opportunities of shaping dense vertical urbanism and searching for innovative models of affordable high-rise housing. To improve…
A Cultural Brand’s Journey Toward Building A Better New World
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Ho, New World Development Company Limited
New World Development Company Limited (NWD) has been a listed property developer in Hong Kong for nearly half a century. With businesses encompassing property development, retail, hotels and serviced apartments, infrastructure, and services, spanning…
21st Century Vertical Lifestyles - Intergenerational, Integrated Communities
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects Limited
How does the 21st Century youth culture of social media integrate and merge with an ever increasing tech savvy senior population? As our cities and urban environments become increasingly dense and tall, the challenges and opportunities for vertical…
Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Albert Chan, Shui On Group
The explosive urban growth of China has defied almost every prior notion of human scale. Considering the fact that the nation has more than 150 cities of 1 million or more people, and plans to move some 250 million additional people into cities in…
An Integrated Solution to Enable Safe Evacuation of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Zhen Jia, Murilo Bonilha, Bill Li & Geeta Bora, United Technologies Corporation
Implementing real-time, efficient, and intelligent tall building egresses that ensure human safety in cases of emergencies can be extremely difficult. Most current egress strategies are pre-designed and based solely on the usage of stairs; therefore…
City Hubs
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Keith Griffiths, Aedas
Our lives are adapting to a convenient, vibrant, and connected live-work dynamic, and our cities must change and respond to those new requirements. Much of the urban population prefers to live in smaller apartments in high-density inner urban areas…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
Are China’s Future Tall Buildings About to Enter a New Age?
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Francis Au, Pak Hung Lai & Jim Sheerin, Arcadis
Greater China has experienced unprecedented economic growth, resulting in the development of some of the world’s tallest and most iconic buildings. Many view these engineering marvels as part of a local government strategy put their cities on the map…
Density Our Strength: The Linear City in Practice
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stefan Krummeck & Ben MacLeod, Farrells
Hong Kong is unique as a linear city. More than 7 million people reside, mainly in high-rise buildings, in a series of highly dense coastal settlements. These are well served by a metro and other modes of public transport, contributing to a low car…
Humanizing the Giants
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Swinal Samant, National University of Singapore
The rise in sustainable skyscrapers and large-scale mixed-use buildings has seen the proliferation of atria and sky-courts worldwide due to their ability to simultaneously contribute to aesthetic, socio-cultural, economic and environmental functions.…
How High Could Beijing Reach?
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Long Ma, Jing Huang & Cheng Hou, BIAD
Can we still save our city? How high can buildings in Beijing arise? Beijing has so many ancient buildings; can they coexist harmoniously with skyscrapers? This essay will present the results of our research through the following four aspects: The…
How Big is Too Big? The Implications of Building Tall
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; May Wei, CallisonRTKL
Advances in technology and engineering have made it feasible to build truly awe-inspiring structures. But as the push to densify increases the pressure to build ever taller, it is important not to lose sight of the impact that tall buildings have on…
Grounded Development an Essential Protocol for Tallness
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, JAHN
Tallness is superficial, unless it is literally and physically rooted to the dynamics of context and culture. Tallness has become relevant as our instrument to track technological progress and innovation in many fields, but paradoxically also banal…
High Intensity Urban Order
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects
Density via high-rise structures remains a primary agenda in our era of urban concentration. It is crucial to understand the societal forces that drive concentration: the communication requirements of Post-Fordist Network Society. In contrast to…
ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Standing at 484 meters, Sun Hung Kai’s ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong and currently the 7th tallest in the world. ICC does not only add to the stock of the tall buildings in Hong Kong, it also helps to transform the once barren West Kowloon…
Integrated Transport Networks, Communities and the Design of Mixed-Use Developments
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Zaballero, Arquitectonica
The paper examines the importance of integrated public and private transportation in mixed-use developments within the city and how this affects and improves our lives. The proximity and accessibility to major transport nodes has a critical impact…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Dennis Poon & Larry B. Giannechini, Thornton Tomasetti
As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global influence, emerging markets seek to develop salient markers of success and hope. This paper explores the trend of defining an icon with a mixed-use development, and…
Major Issues for the Implementation of an Effective Cost Management for Super High-Rise Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stephen Lai & Wei Qing Wang, Rider Levett Bucknall
Developers of super high-rise buildings in China often engage international designers for preliminary and schematic design, while Local Design Institutes in China are responsible for the design of the construction drawings. The construction drawings…
Jobsite Safety Management: Potential of Navigated Inspection
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Pin-Chao Liao, Xiaoyun Wang & Xinlu Sun, Tsinghua University; Youssef Khalife, United Technologies Corporation
Unsafe behaviors are one of the most critical leading indicators of construction accidents; therefore, timely identification of unsafe behaviors, and understanding the rationale behind them, facilitate rectification, which mitigates the probability…
Intelligent Advances in Ping An Tower
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
This paper presents client requirements on both functional and aesthetic aspects for four mega-scale gates on the Ping An Financial Centre (PAFC) north tower. The PAFC north tower is a 600-meter-tall super high-rise building located in the Futian…
Green Work Space in High-Rise Building Through Openness and Connection
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Zhaoming Wang & Xia Ai, CCDI Group
Five years ago, CCDI put forward the concept of outdoor green work space in the high-rise building. These buildings vertically grew and interconnected with structural refuge floors as nodes. This concept was subsequently implemented in the Baidu…
Do We Need 700 Meter High-Rise Buildings?
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jovi Chu, Shum Yip Land Company Limited
Through analysis of dense urban high-rise building complexes as well as research on the relationship of those structures to a city’s social organization, this paper puts forward a thesis that the source and vibrancy of high-density cities arises from…
Designing a Bamboo Shaped Suptertall Tower in Hefei
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu & Zheng Gui Ma, Thornton Tomasetti
The Evergrande International Financial Center, located in Binhu New Area CBD in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, consists of one iconic108-story, 518m tall tower, one single story podium with 23.3m roof height, and one 4-story basement. The unique tower…
Design to Fabrication: Fifth Hotel City of Dreams, Macau
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Viviana R. Muscettola, Zaha Hadid Architects
This paper presents the unique collaboration among architects, engineers and contractors for the 5th Hotel at the City of Dreams in Macau. Our methodology centers around a comprehensive 3D model that was iteratively optimized to refine the…
Engineering Properties of Composite Mega-Columns with Separately Encased Hot Rolled Steel Profiles
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Congzhen Xiao & Chen Tao, China Academy of Building Research; Fei Deng, Tsinghua University; et al
This paper presents an experimental study on the behavior of composite mega-columns with separately encased steel profiles. Ten scaled composite columns were designed, including six 1/4-scaled test specimens and four 1/6-scaled test specimens tested…
Exploring Geometry and Form in Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Using four tower designs on four continents – the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China, the Crown Sydney Resort Hotel in Australia, 45 Bay Street in Canada, and 150 Leadenhall Street in the UK – Chris Wilkinson will explain Wilkinson Eyre’…
From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The Greater Pearl River Delta region emerged as a result of China’s 1979 reform policies. Within the last 20 years, the GPRD has grown from a population of less than 10 million people on 4500 sq km of land to over 42 million people on 7000 sq km of…
From Icon to Community: The Repositioning of the Mega Tower in the City Context
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Bryant Lu & Guymo Wong, Ronald Lu & Partners
Historically, mega-towers were frequently labelled “egocentric displays of power,” becoming iconic symbols of a city or an individual. In today’s age of global hyper-urbanization, supertall towers are, for the first time in history, becoming more…
Extending the Public Realm Into the Sky
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Claude Bøjer Godefroy & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
The design of tall buildings in our megacities is going through an exciting paradigm shift: globally, we are observing new trends towards greater numbers of publicly accessible towers. Tall buildings are increasingly developing features of a semi-…
Façade Construction in China: Journey to Lean Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Allan Chung, Gensler; Ivan Mutis, Illinois Institute of Technology
There is a recent trend in the construction industry to implement “lean concepts,” a management strategy based upon the Toyota Production System philosophy. While the construction industry mainly focus on lean strategy for production in both the shop…
Debating Tall: Regional Governments for Megacities?
16 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Thomas Wright, Regional Plan Association of New York
The 2016 CTBUH Conference, “Cities to Megacities,” explores the phenomenon of already large cities merging together to form megacities, in parallel with many cities and their suburbs becoming increasingly polycentric. This creates myriad issues,…
The Structural Design of “China Zun” Tower, Beijing
Sep 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 3; Liu Peng, Cheng Yu & Zhu Yan-Song, Arup
The “China Zun” tower in Beijing will rise to 528 meters in height and will be the tallest building in Beijing once built. Inspired by an ancient Chinese vessel, the “Zun”, the plan dimensions reduce gradually from the bottom of the tower to the…
Evolution of Seismic Engineering and Design of Ultra Tall Buildings in China Innovations and Sustainability
Sep 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 3; Aaron J. Wang, CapitaLand Management
With the booming of construction and property industries in China, the demand for high-rises and mega-scale buildings with more integrated building functions, open- and tailor-shaped outlooks, better connections to municipal infrastructures, and…
Research on the Effect of High-Rise Commercial Building Construction on Land Value of Shanghai in the 1920s
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Le Sun, Tongji University
When the tall office building first appeared in the street of Chicago in the end of Nineteenth Century, this building type has become a commodity in the development of real estate and been defined as a machine that makes the land pay. With the…
Pedestrian Distribution in High-Rise Commercial Complexes
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Leiqing Xu, Tongji University; Zhengwei Xia, Changzhou Institute of Technology
One of the key problems in the design of high-rise commercial complex is how to guide reasonable pedestrian distribution in commercial space. In this study, pedestrian distribution in three high-rise commercial complexes in Shanghai and Hong Kong was…
High-Rise Urban Form and Environmental Performance - An Overview on Integrated Approaches to Urban Design
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Feng Yang, Tongji University
High-rise as a building typology is gaining popularity in Asian mega-cities, due to its advantages in increasing volumetric density with limited land resources. Numerous factors contribute to the formation of high-rise urban form, from economical and…
Exploring Synergistic Effect in Metro Station Areas: A Case Study of Shanghai, China
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Yu Zhuang & Lingzhu Zhang, Tongji University
In the process of exploring sustainable development, major cities in China are expanding metro systems as a strategy to reduce the negative environmental and social consequences of fast-paced motorization. A metro station is not only a transportation…
The Evolution of Outrigger System in Tall Buildings
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Goman Wai-Ming Ho, Arup
The structural efficiency of tall buildings heavily depends on the lateral stiffness and resistance capacity. Among those structural systems for tall buildings, outrigger system is one of the most common and efficient systems especially for those…
The Other Side of Tall Buildings: The Urban Habitat
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
A growing number of tall buildings recognized by the CTBUH, through its international awards programs and research, are noteworthy not so much because of their sheer height or engineering feats, but because of their contribution to the urban habitat…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
Numerical Simulation of Temperature Gradients for the Mass Concrete Foundation Slab of Shanghai Tower
Dec 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 4; Jian Gong & Xiaoping Wu, Shanghai Construction Group; Weijiu Cui & Yong Yuan, Tongji University
Crack control remains a primary concern for mass concrete structures, where the majority of cracking is caused by temperature changes during the hydration process. One-time pouring is a useful construction method for mass concrete structures. The…
Deep Foundations for High-Rise Buildings in Hong Kong
Dec 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 4; James Sze, Arup
Hong Kong is a renowned small city with densely placed skyscrapers. It is no surprise that heavy duty or even mega foundations are built over the years to support these structures. To cope with the fast construction pace, several heavy deep…
Mediating Scale, Performance and Iconicity: A 21st Century Supertall Tower for Guiyang
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd; Charles Besjak, Daniel Cashen & Colin Koop, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
A series of challenging site constraints prompted an innovative structural solution for the Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower (GCP), through which a new performance-based expression was created for Guiyang’s skyline. A design solution that values…
Macro-Policy to Micro-Implementation: Responses to China’s Inward Migration in Guiyang’s City Center
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates; Daniel O'Shaughnessy & Collin Koop, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd
Investment in China’s interior has shifted as a result of the 12th Five-Year Plan’s imperative towards medium-size western cities and away from the major coastal mega-cities, which marks a change in migration patterns typical of the past three…
New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Joern Teipel, Outokumpu
Stainless steel is a key material in modern skyscraper architecture, exploiting the material’s sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. After an outline on some general features of stainless steel this article provides an overview of current…
It’s Not About the Skyline, It’s About the Base Condition
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Terri Boake, University of Waterloo
The rapid densification of cities is a fairly recent phenomenon and seems in many cases to be progressing without regard to important already established urban theory regarding the design of successful cities. More effort needs to be placed into the…
Three-dimensional Exterior Bracing Systems for Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Rupa Garai, Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias & Andrew Krebs, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
The use of outriggers with and without belt trusses has become an expedient of choice for harnessing the three dimensional potential of tall buildings to resist lateral loads. Outrigger components typically link core structures to perimeter…
Novel High-rise Typologies – Towards Vertical Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Martin Henn & Moritz Fleischmann, HENN Architekten
How can we translate the urban qualities of the horizontal city into the vertical tower? Here, we present four projects that embody design strategies to address this issue. The aim is to show how a strategic approach towards the integration of…
The Inevitability of Global Adaptation: Eastern and Western Developers Practicing Internationally
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Samuel Luckino & Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
For architecture and engineering firms serving development clients who build large-scale urban projects in various corners of the world, the effort is often facilitated by regional satellite offices to ensure that the visions for each of the client’s…
Interconnectivity of Design and Construction for Complex Towers in Relation to Movement Issues
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Mark Lavery, Tim Kelly & Anil Hira
As the trend for complex architectural forms continues, the relationship between design and construction has become ever more interdependent. Where this interdependency was once limited to distinct elements, such as outriggers, and vertical…
The Construction of a High-Rise Development Using Volumetric Modular Methodology
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Phillip Gardiner, Irwinconsult
The SOHO Tower is a 29-level modular building in Darwin, in the far north of Australia, a cyclonic region. The building was designed to incorporate a basement and eight floors built with conventional reinforced concrete followed by 21 levels of…
The ASeismic Design and Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of a 350m High Braced Steel Frame
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Ziguo Xu, Chongcui Ren & Congzhen Xiao, China Academy of Building Research
Using nonlinear time history analysis to investigate the seismic performance of tall building structures has been more widely implemented in recent years as china new generation national codes for seismic design were promulgated in 2010, in which the…
Ping An: Insurance and Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development; Stephen Yuan, Ping An Casualty & Property Insurance Company of China, Ltd.
The Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen will become one of the most significant tall buildings in China and the world when completed in 2016. As the headquarters of a major insurance company, in a prominent location subject to intensive weather…
Raffles City Chongqing: A Skyscraper City within a Development
Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Andrew Luong, Michael Kwok, Patrick McCafferty, & Penny Cheung, Arup
Raffles City Chongqing is a comprehensive mixed-use development with an overall gross floor area of approximately 1,100,000 square metres. The development encompasses a transportation hub, luxury residential, high end serviced apartments, offices,…
Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower establishes a new paradigm for tall buildings and vertical urbanism. Innovation and new technology play a strong role in the superlative aesthetic, structural, and environmental achievements of this “disruptive” building, while…
High-Density, Mixed-Use Developments and the Guiyang Riverside Theatre Project
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Greg Yager, RTKL
Guiyang Riverside Theatre project illustrates the strategies necessary to create responsible and profitable high-density, mixed-use developments that capture the full potential of a site, specifically in the Asian market. Some of the challenges faced…
Developing Tall Buildings and Urban Spaces, in Japan and Elsewhere
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Hiroo Mori, Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Skyscrapers and their surrounding developments are critical factors in determining a city’s global competitive advantage relative to other cities. These building projects are in fact the “tools” that can greatly increase a city’s economic…
Integrated and Intelligent Buildings: An Imperative to People, the Planet and the Bottom Line
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Kelly Romano, Mead Rusert & Hayden Reeve, United Technologies Corporation
With the impact of urbanization, larger cities, operating pressures and the rise of megatall skyscrapers, today’s new and existing buildings are increasingly being engineered as integrated systems, linking heating, ventilation and air conditioning (…
Dense Urbanism: The High-Rise Tower as a Building Block for the Public Realm
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Moshe Safdie & Jaron Lubin, Safdie Architects
Though the skyscraper has been with us for a century, we are yet to discover how to deploy it as an effective building block for contemporary urbanism. Before the age of towers, we could take for granted that buildings aggregated to create boulevards…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
Base Instincts
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Tom Ford & Russell Gilchrist, Gensler
Recent development has included significant advancement in the development of tall buildings. While the design achievement and skyline contributions have been significant, there has been a considerable lack of execution in the design at the base of…
Designing a Non-coplanar Exoskeleton Supertall Tower that Transforms the Skyline of Chengdu
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu, Paul Fu & Jianhai Liang, Thornton Tomasetti
The city of Chengdu is quickly becoming the center for high-rise development in southwest China. The focal point of this new vertical landscape will be the Chengdu Greenland project with its 468-meter mixed-use main tower. The tower’s complex…
High-rise construction in Russia: Asian way vs. Middle-Eastern way
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Elena Shuvalova, Lobby Agency
A new period of flourishing of high-rise construction in Russia began in the 2000s. The data of this study show that 64% of the tallest buildings in Russia (ie, above 109 m.) was built during the abovementioned period. This happened due to the…
ICC Hong Kong: Exemplary Performance
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Patrick Leung & Howard Yeung, Sun Hung Kai Properties
The International Commerce Centre (ICC) is a landmark skyscraper located in Hong Kong. It is the tallest building in Hong Kong, with office spaces, fine dining restaurants, an observation deck and a world class hotel. ICC has firmly established…
Global Cyclical Resurgence and Clustering of Office Skyscrapers
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Sofia Dermisi, University of Washington
Skyscraper development has been linked with financial extremes; this paper explores this relationship by analyzing global construction trends for office skyscrapers with a height of at least 600ft, through GIS and econometric modeling. The spatial…
Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Scott Duncan, Brant Coletta & Rami Abou-Khalil, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd
The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall-building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are always increasing – particularly for a highly-engineered building type like the…
Tall Buildings as Extensions Of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Peng Du, CTBUH; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University; Elie Gamburg, KPF
This paper reviews the 2014 Network 3D High-Rise Design Studio, which was undertaken by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, with assistance from the CTBUH and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The project site…
Innovative Technologies and Their Application on the Construction of a 100-Plus-Story Skyscraper
Sep 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 3; Ye Haowen, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Experience on the construction of several 100-plus-story skyscrapers including Guangzhou West Tower, Guangzhou East Tower, and Shenzhen’s KK100 is described considering the increasingly strong development trend of 100-plus-story skyscrapers in China…
The New Structural Design Process of Supertall Buildings in China
1 Sep 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 3; Bao Lianjin, Chen Jianxing, Qian Peng, et al., ECADI
By the end of 2014, the number of completed and under-construction supertall buildings above 250 meters in China reached 90 and 129, respectively. China has become one of the centers of supertall buildings in the world. Supertall buildings in China…
Climate Change in Hong Kong: Mitigation Through Sustainable Retrofitting
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Kevin Wan, Gary Cheung & Vincent Cheng, Arup
Recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have raised public awareness of energy use and its environmental implications. There are more than 41,000 existing tall building blocks in Hong Kong. Future projections indicate…
World’s Highest Observation Decks
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; CTBUH Research
Perhaps no element of a tall building is more closely related to the pure pleasure of standing high in the sky and taking in the view of one’s surroundings than observation decks. Often adding an important source of revenue for the structures that…
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox
As the skyscraper matures as a building type, its role in actively connecting to, and reinforcing, major threads of urban fabric becomes increasingly more important. The creation of public spaces inside of and adjacent to tall buildings allows for…
Townscape in a High-rise: Imageability and Accessibility of Vertical Malls in Hong Kong
1 Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; Zheng Tan, Tongji University
The increasing integration of public space and consumerism in Hong Kong has yielded new urban forms. The emergent vertical malls in Hong Kong and other East Asian metropolises have overturned the existing vertical order of the city. This vertical…
Research on Vertical Space System of Mixed-Use Complex
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; Zhendong Wang and Yinpu Wang, Tongji University
As the predominant mode of vertical urban development in China, mixed-use complexes provide the optimal case for the research of sustainable and vertical urbanism. This paper reviews three typical mixed-use complexes with various vertical space…
Genesis of a Vertical City in Hong Kong
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; Stephen S. Y. Lau and Qianning Zhang, National University of Singapore and Tongji University
A vertical city with multifunctional land use turns out to be the most viable solution for an urban condition characterized by increasing density due to population expansion, topographical limitation of buildable land, economic development and the…
Structural Health Monitoring of Shanghai Tower Considering Time-dependent Effects
1 Mar 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings 2015 Number 1; Qilin Zhang, Bin Yang, Tao Liu & Han Li, Tongji University; and Jia Lv, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.
This paper presents the structural health monitoring (SHM) of Shanghai Tower. In order to provide useful information for safety evaluation and regular maintenance under construction and in-service condition, a comprehensive structural health…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
The Competition for the Tallest Skyscraper - Implications for Global Ethics and Economics
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Christopher Michaelson, University of St. Thomas
An iconic skyscraper has aesthetic significance that may have meaning for other aspects of human experience – serving, for example, as an expression of cultural and ethical values and a symbol of economic power. This study examines the competition…
The Emergence of Asian Supertalls
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Jonathan Hsu & Cynthia Chan, CBRE Asia-Pacific Headquarters
Within Asia, a high density of tall buildings is viewed as being synonymous with being a successful financial hub. It is widely believed that constructing supertall office buildings can enhance the competitiveness of a city’s business environment.…
Dream Deferred: Unfinished Tall Buildings
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
Without big dreams, there would be no tall buildings. Conceiving, financing, designing, and constructing a skyscraper is no simple feat, even under the best of conditions. Many projects have had torturously slow gestation periods; many more have…
From Block to Blob and Back Again
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Ben van Berkel, UNStudio
United Network Studio (UN Studio) is a Dutch architecture firm founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, which in the 2000s established offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, partly to accommodate the firm’s increasing number of highly detailed…
Rethinking Skyscrapers in China and Elsewhere
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Hayano Yosuke & Cheng Ye, MAD Architects
The rapid process of urbanization in China is more striking and archetypal than anywhere else in the world, and the practical problems arising from it also deserve the deepest reflection and the most demanding criticism. The pursuit of height is…
Relationship Between Periods and Structural Heights
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Congzhen Xiao, Peifu Xu & Jianhui Li, China Academy of Building Research
Natural vibration period is an important parameter for a high-rise building; based on four hundred and fourteen high-rise buildings that are existing or have passed over-limit evaluation in China, the distribution law of natural vibration periods is…
Research on a Vertical Space System of the Mixed-use Complex
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Zhendong Wang, Yinpu Wang & Qiang Hu, Tongji University
As the key method and important way to realize the vertical urban development in China, the mixed-use complex becomes the real case for the research of sustainable and vertical urbanism. Based on synergy perspectives, this paper reviews three typical…
Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower establishes a new paradigm for tall buildings and vertical urbanism. This paper provides an overview of the strong role that innovation and new technology play in the superlative aesthetic, structural and environmental achievements…
Seismic Action Reduction in Supertall Building Design
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Chunhe (Henry) Li & Yiyuan Zhang, Buro Happold
Per building design practice in China, structural engineer will carry on more detailed analysis in design development stage when schematic design is approved. For a supertall building, when its height exceed the code limitation, a structural engineer…
Property Management: Moving Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
As the highest tower in Shanghai, and at the forefront of a new generation of supertall towers nationwide, Shanghai Tower will anchor the city’s Lujiazui district, which has emerged as one of East Asia’s leading financial centers. The following…
Shaping the Environment of the Urban Complex from the Urban Point of View
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Peter Kok, Shum Yip Land Company Limited
This paper begins with a discussion of the relationship between “architecture, environment and people” and suggests that the shaping of the environment in urban-complex projects should be developed from a more macroscopic perspective. The interaction…
Shanghai International Financial Center: Future City Vision
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Sergio Valentini & Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, JAHN
JAHN’s Archi-Neering –integrated design approach- is broadly displayed in the future Shanghai International Financial center, in Pudong, which consist of 3 towers physically connected by a 130 meter long bridge and by a sunken theater at the heart of…
Project Management Outline and Challenges
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Wing Kan (Ken) Wong, Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang & Qi Ming (Andy) Liang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Design requirements between skyscrapers of 600 meters and 300 meters high are different, including construction costs, construction speed, construction technology, quality control and assurance, and safety precaution measures. Shenzhen Ping An…
MEP Design Challenges
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse, Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Ho-Yin (Vincent) Leung & Yong Mao, Parsons Brinckerhoff
The Suzhou Zhongnan Center is a megatall building of a mixed-used nature, including international Grade-A offices, a seven-star hotel, an observation deck, deluxe apartments, small-office home-offices (SOHOs), conference facilities, and retail. The…
Making the World’s Greenest Tall Building
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Jihong Han & Hongwu Fan, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences
Shanghai Tower is poised to become the world’s tallest green building after receiving the Chinese 3-star green building design label and the U.S. LEED-CS Gold Pre-qualification. This chapter will introduce how to realize similar achievements in the…
Multi-Constrained Outrigger Optimization
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Moukui Xu & Muyuan Yang, Zhongnan Construction Group Co., Ltd.; XinZhao, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.; Xiang Jiang, Department of Civil Engineering, Tongji University
The outrigger system has been widely employed as an innovative and efficient structural lateral-load resisting system in supertall buildings in recent decades. The optimization of the outrigger system is desirable because it can significantly…
Practical Application of BIM Technology
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Bin Zhao, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Using Shanghai Tower as an example, this chapter introduces the effective applications of BIM technology in project design and construction along with the positive results achieved. The chapter also summarizes some problems encountered during the…
Power, Elevator and Customer-Oriented Sustainability Strategies
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Tony Lau, J. Roger Preston Limited
Being a world-class skyscraper with international corporate tenants, reliable power supply, expedient elevatoring service and customer-oriented sustainability pose formidable challenges on a building like PAFC. Some of the engineering solutions to…
Ping An Finance Center: The Development and Construction of a Megatall
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Financial Center Construction & Development
The extraordinary megatall tower adopts extraordinary shape-optimization techniques and requires unprecedented levels of coordination to achieve its unique form.
Performance Based Design and Optimization
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Jiemin Ding, Xin Zhao, Kun Ding & Fang Xu, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Performance-based structural design often includes performance requirements for safety (structural safety, fire safety, earth quake resistance and so on), health, serviceability, energy efficiency and environmental impact. Building performance is an…
The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas & Sylvia Chan, OMA
Through the designs of Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, the paper illustrates the potential of skyscrapers in creating public meaning. This paper argues that the skyscraper typology can be constantly reinvented to…
Stainless-Steel Cladding
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Dr. Jörn Teipel & Gert Weiss, Outokumpu EMEA GmbH
Especially during the last 20 years, stainless steel has become an approved and much-valued cladding material for sophisticated architecture. This chapter introduces the embossed stainless steel applied within the façade supplied for PAFC by…
Learning from Hong Kong: Why High Density TODs Spell the Future for Asia’s Most Populous Cities
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Bryant H.Y. Lu, Andy K.M. Leung & Anthony M.C. Cheung, Ronald Lu & Partners
The paper utilizes examples in Hong Kong and Shanghai to demonstrate why high- density Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs) spell the future for Asia’s most populous cities. By using LOHAS Park in Hong Kong and a Shanghai mixed-use development…
The Payoff for Investing in the Human Experience
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler
In this chapter, Shanghai Tower is introduced along side The Tower at PNC Plaza, to posit that economic propositions for double-façade design solutions must go beyond energy considerations and incorporate the value of human experience. The design…
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower’s Form and Façade
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The Shanghai Tower was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This paper is centered around the project as a case study on the parametric design platform utilized by the design team to bring…
The Passive Design of High-Rise Envelope
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Jie Zhang & Jia Yin, Shanghai Elite Façade Consultants
From the perspective of the application of the high-rise envelope technology, this paper attempts to quantify the effectiveness of passive measures, and provide the adequate basis for architects’ decision. A project in Wuhan is analyzed in this paper…
The Structural Health Monitoring System
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Qiusheng Li & Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong; Wang Hui & Kailin Ju, Hunan University
A sophisticated and comprehensive structural health monitoring (SHM) system was designed to monitor the Ping An Finance Center (PAFC)’s continuous static and dynamic response to conditions in real time. This chapter outlines all seven subsets of the…
Urban Mega-Structure – Vertical Landscape of Hangzhou Civic Center
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Linxue Li & Jie Wu, Tongji University
Based on the design practice of Hangzhou civic center, the paper defines the “Urban Megastructure”, a new typology for the urban high-rise known as super high-rise block, as well as describes strategies in vertical-scape design. By analyzing Hangzhou…
Unique Structural Design Aspects
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Qing (Steve) Zuo & Paul Fu, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
This chapter discusses the unique structural solutions for the 632m tall Shanghai Tower. An innovative “Core-Outrigger-Mega Frame” lateral system is adopted to meet China’s conservative code requirements for lateral stiffness and member capacities to…
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox
As the skyscraper matures as a building type, its role in actively connecting to, and reinforcing, major threads of urban fabric becomes increasingly more important. The creation of public spaces inside of and adjacent to tall buildings allows for…
The Making of a Vertical Intelligent Community Through Information Systems
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Qi Hu, Jiankun Information and Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tower is devoted to creating a vertical intelligent community. From the detailed demands of the stakeholders, the owner’s team clarified the direction of intelligent applications, demonstrated the rational top-level design architecture,…
Sustainable Vertical Urban Agglomeration
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Enfang Liu, Jianing Pan, Dapeng Sun & Ying Liu, ISA Architecture
This paper, with the project case designed by Institute of Shanghai Architectural Design & Research (Co. Ltd.), from the agglomerate character of the development of super high-rise buildings in China, describes the rise and development of the…
Sustainability Strategy
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Li Jun Cao, Environmental Market Solutions, Inc.; Hai Tao Li, Zhongnan Group
This chapter explores methodologies and approaches for achieving sustainable design for megatall buildings, through the review of various sustainable design elements that will be implemented in the Suzhou Zhongnan Center. Based on the stipulations of…
Structural Design Challenges
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Paul Fu & Zhenggui Ma, Thornton Tomasetti
Built on soft soils, Suzhou Zhongnan Center relies on concrete bored piles with post-grouting to support the massive tower. An efficient lateral system, namely the “Core-Outrigger-Megaframe” system, provides enough lateral stiffness and strength to…
Study on Lateral-Load Resisting Efficiency of Mega-Frame Structures Above 450M
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Jiemin Ding, Honglei Wu, Yue Zhang & Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design (Group)
Super high-rise buildings will cost large natural resources and social energy which results in their sustainable development as one of the most important issues including structural design. This paper introduces mega-frame structural system as it is…
Suzhou Zhongnan Center: Rising Above Engineering Challenges
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Dong Shen, Zhongnan Group
Suzhou is only 30 minutes by train from Shanghai, but has a rich history and identity all its own, soon to be augmented by the Zhongnan Tower, a 700-meter structure that could become the world’s tallest building outside the Middle East. The so-called…
The Core Concept Behind the Bund Finance Center
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Yang Wu & Lynn K. Lin, Bund Finance Center
Only architecture infused with culture can give a city its soul. We underpin sustainable concepts with a respect for history and culture to avoid ending up with yet another rehashed project. As an innovative new concept in urban development, the BFC…
The Evolution of Building Evacuation Design in China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Fang Li, James Antell & Martin Reiss, RJA Group
As a result of the events of September 11th and other natural and man-made disasters, building owners, designers and fire officials have become increasingly aware of the need to consider a wide variety of scenarios when evacuating tall buildings. As…
The Construction Supervision Process
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Yadong Li, Haochuan Lang, Jing Sun & Xiangdong Xu, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.
This chapter summarizes innovative management methods in the construction supervision process of Shanghai Tower, outlining the implementation process and application results. It includes key steps of the construction supervision process, acceptance…
The Application and Management of BIM
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Fang Xie & Jiang Qian, CCDI Group
BIM is increasingly being used in the architecture and engineering industries. Its three-dimensional representation, digital information management, as well as the platform model-sharing mode, brings fresh opportunities to the entire industry,…
Tall Building Seismic Design Case Study per China and U.S. Codes
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Shaw (Xiaozhe) Zhang, Jorge Rivera, Aldrin Orue & Lin Han, KPFF Consulting Engineers
A sound structural design for buildings is important to make a seismic resilient society, especially for future cities with an increasing population density. A technologically advanced building code based on the most current research is one of keys…
Construction Technology and Management Innovation
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Zhenfeng Gao & Duanxue Shi, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd.
This project adopts a double glass curtain wall system. A vertical atrium is formed between internal and external curtain walls which cause the external curtain wall system to be operated in midair. The height of concrete rises more than 600 meters,…
Belt Truss Stiffness Analysis and Optimization
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Li Cao & Guangjing Sha, Zhongnan Construction Group Co., Ltd.; Xin Zhao & Kun Ding, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Megastructures have come into widespread use in supertall buildings in recent decades, due to their high efficiency in satisfying diversified building performance requirements. Belt trusses are one of the key structural members of megastructures.…
Application of Performance-Based Fire Safety Design
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Youdi Shen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
It is well known that fire problems in super high-rise buildings are common issues throughout the world. Fire technology covers fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire safety engineering. The application of science and engineering principles can…
Analysis of Pile Foundations and Load Tests
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Jiangbin Wu, Weidong Wang, Yuting Huang, Xiangjun Wang & Shubo Nie, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.
This chapter describes the pile design and the static loading tests of the megatall Suzhou Zhongnan Center tower and its deep basement. Large-diameter and super-long bored piles were adopted to support the main tower. Full-scale loading tests of four…
Beyond Icons: Developing Horizontally in the Vertical Realm
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; James Robinson, Hongkong Land Limited; Antony Wood, CTBUH
If the horizontal growth of cities is considered unsustainable in terms of land use, infrastructure, energy use and pollution creation, then cities need to grow denser, and in many cases more vertical, to cope with the triple effects of global…
Comparative Study of Zhongnan Center Under Earthquake and Wind
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Weiguo Chen & Guangjing Sha, Zhongnan Construction Group Co., Ltd.; Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
A comparative study of seismic action and wind loading was conducted for the structural design of the Suzhou Zhongnan Center. The analysis parameters, design methodology and structural responses for both seismic action and wind loading were addressed…
China Zun: Shaping the Future Skyline of Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Weiping Shao, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Due to the site location, China Zun has been a high-profile project from the very beginning. The new height of 528m would make the China Zun the new landmark for the historical city of Beijing without any doubt. This paper will present the China Zun…
Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far above its surroundings and become one of the most prominent icons of the city.
Building Services as A Force for Achieving Sustainable Vertical Urbanism in China
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Malcolm Laverick, AECOM
The introduction of vertical urbanism, with its necessary increase in population density per square kilometer of ground surface area, has a significant impact upon the primary engineering networks and building services required to support such…
Advantages of Early Design Consultant and Contractor Coordination
16 Sep 2014 – Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Ping An Finance Center required a tremendous effort to coordinate design/engineering and construction trades. This began very early in the design process and will continue beyond the completion of construction. From contract administration, to…
Learning From 50 Years of Hong Kong Skybridges
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; James Robinson, Hongkong Land
Hongkong Land was instrumental in developing Hong Kong’s famous network of skybridges between buildings. CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik spoke to James Robinson, Executive Director of Hongkong Land about the past, present, and future of skybridges.
“C.I.T.I.E.S.” of the Future: Sinar Mas Center as Exemplar
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Toon Ming Chua, Sinar Mas Group - APP China; Eric Schall, SOM
In a rapidly transforming environment, vertical urbanism seems to be the direction most developed and developing nations are pursuing as a result of the demands of mass urbanization. The challenge of this paper is to move the dialogue about high-…
A New Level of Integration of Design and Construction Solutions
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Dr. Hongyu Li & Frankie Nip, AECOM
The Dazongli mixed use development in the center of Shanghai city encounters an array of challenges which result from existing buildings on site and city metro tunnels crossing the site as well as design changes during the course of the project.…
A New Skyline Vision: CTF Towers in Guangzhou and Tianjin
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Wing Ip (David) Ho, Chung (Eddie) Yuk Fai, Hung (Annie) Lo & De Ming (Derry) Yu, New World Development
This paper presents the thinking behind the design of the two supertall towers of Chow Tai Fook Enterprise– the Guangzhou CTF Finance Center and the Tianjin CTF Finance Center. With similar mixed-use programs for Office/Hotel/Serviced Apartment/…
A Hypothesis in Future Development of High-Rise Buildings in China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Wen Wu, ISA Architecture
The so-called infinite challenge to building height is in fact only a matter of technology, having gradually deviated from people’s consideration concerning the sustainable exploitation of available resources. China has its own characteristics: there…
A Balancing Act for the Curtain-Wall Design
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Joe Theodore Khoury, ALT Limited
This chapter provides a general overview of designing the curtain wall system of a high-rise structure. The past years have borne witness to the transformation of the construction industry - from conventional to modern and more importantly to…
A Review of the Structural Performance Monitoring Project
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Song Weining, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Through a comprehensive discussion of the systematic application of structural performance monitoring in construction, operation and maintenance of the Shanghai Tower, the author illustrates that structural performance monitoring and information…
Economical & Efficient Structural Solutions
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu, Steve Pacitto & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
With the completion of the Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) in 2016, one of the tallest towers in China and the world will be unveiled. As more and more tall buildings exceeding 500 meters are designed, we are entering a new age of megatall buildings…
Greenland Group’s Perspective on Commercial Space in High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Zhaohui Jia, Jing Hu & Min Tang, Greenland Group
This article will focus on the hybrid development trend of commercial spaces in Ultra High-Rise buildings during the urbanization process in China. The case studies will focus on the related projects developed by Greenland Group in recent years. From…
Engineering Contractor Management
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Jian Zhong & Zhengkai Huang, China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Second Installation Company
Megatall high-rise projects face difficulties that require innovative solutions in terms of material coordination, allocation of labor resources, large massing, complex multi-system engineering, noise control, net height control, multi-process…
Emerging Urbanization and High-Rise Design Philosophy in China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Junjie Zhang, ECADI
This paper analyzes the latest exploration of international urbanization developments, as well as the development of China’s urbanization strategy and policy background. It compares the guidance and issues from the “National New-type Urbanization…
Core Structural Design and Optimization
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Guangjing Sha, Zhongnan Construction Group Co.; Xin Zhao & Fang Xu, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., Ltd.; Tao Shi, Department of Civil Engineering, Tongji University
Due to its excellent lateral stiffness and space flexibility, the megaframe-core wall structure is widely applied in supertall buildings. The efficiency of the central service core is critical for the optimal design of the megaframe-core structure.…
High-Performance Floor System Design
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Xin Zhao, Kun Ding, Fang Xu & Rong He, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
The floor system is important part of a supertall building structure. It not only supports the vertical load, but also connects the lateral-load resisting system as a whole. In this chapter, the key points of the design and optimization of high-…
Key Aspects of Construction Management
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Tak Hung Yung, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
In general, construction management embraces topics such as programs, progress, quality control, and construction methods, all of which somehow correlate to each other. During the construction of the Ping An Finance Center, some experiences on…
Introduction of MEP Technologies
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Zhenghong Liu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
This chapter explains that, in addition to Shanghai Tower’s peculiar height and unique architectural style, the project also targets a Green 3-Star and a LEED Gold certification. The complexity of its electromechanical system required advanced…
Key Construction Technologies
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Yuqi Zhou, Ruohui Sun, Gang Xue & Qiang Zuo, China Construction First Division Group Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
This chapter introduces the key technologies for the structural construction of the Ping An Finance Center from six perspectives regarding the deep foundation pit, large diameter piles, massive concrete mat, climbing formwork of core wall and mega…