Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

United States Related Events/Initiatives

CTBUH Philadelphia Chapter Presents: The Camden Waterfront
29 Jan 2019, Philadelphia – Event Invite
Join the CTBUH Philadelphia Chapter for a presentation and tour of the Camden Waterfront and the new American Water corporate headquarters.
CTBUH Staff Reaches New Heights at Chicago's Vista Tower
14 Dec 2018, Chicago – Tour Report
To bring a successful year to a close, CTBUH staff enjoyed an extensive tour of the under-construction Vista Tower, a residential and hotel development in Chicago's Lakeshore East.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
12 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 New York Holiday Party
5 Dec 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chatper kicked off the holiday season with a fun, spirited party and celebration of a successful year.
10th World Congress Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting
27 Nov 2018, Chicago – Event Report
Plans for the 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress are now well underway, beginning with an initial meeting of the Steering Committee at the Chicago Architecture Center.
CTBUH New York Chapter Hosts Discussion on Health Care Design
14 Nov 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Future Leaders Committee hosted a discussion on strategies for healthcare resiliency, featuring architects, engineers, project managers and owners.
CTBUH New York: Overcoming Obstacles to Affordable Housing
18 Oct 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Future Leaders Committee hosted a panel discussion on "Obstacles to Affordable Housing" at the NYC Office of Grimshaw Architects.
Debate: Were Engineers Better In 1818 Or 2018?
21 Sep 2018, New York City – Event Report
On September 21, 2018 at Arup’s NYC office, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) partnered with co-sponsors CTBUH to host a friendly, spirited debate.
CTBUH New York Chapter Hosts: Data-Smart Cities
20 Sep 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter hosted a panel discussion on smart cities, the key systems that harvest data for planners, designers, policy makers and the general public.
CTBUH Contributes to New Skyscraper Exhibit in Chicago
31 Aug 2018, Chicago – Event
The Chicago Architecture Center celebrated its grand opening, the centerpiece of which is a skyscraper exhibit featuring numerous CTBUH contributions.
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.
Talking Tall: Engineering a Better Future
27 Jul 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Journal Paper
In the 2018 CTBUH Journal Issue III, Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, talks about her career highlights in high-rises and the support for more women in engineering.
CTBUH New York Chapter Hosts: Exporting Design
26 Jul 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter held an event focusing on how technology enables collaboration on international projects. Speakers used case studies to highlight innovative solutions.
CTBUH Atlanta Hosts Tall Timber Panel Event
26 Jul 2018, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta recently held an evening of panel presentations that addressed some of the challenges and opportunities associated with designing mass timber structures.
CTBUH New York Tours ARO
20 Jun 2018, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York attended a tour of the ARO building, known for its avant-garde approach to maximizing space and providing direct outdoor access for its residents.
2018 Middle East Conference Initial Keynote Speakers Announced
12 Jun 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
The three initial keynote speakers are just the first of twelve that will bring their unique perspective and expertise to the 2018 Middle East Conference.
CTBUH Seattle Tours Kiara
31 May 2018, Seattle – Tour Report
The CTBUH Seattle Chapter recently toured Kiara, previously known as 970 Denny Way, a mixed-use, high-rise development in Seattle.
CTBUH Ohio: Megalopolis 2050
11 Apr 2018, Columbus – Event Report
CTBUH Ohio participated in a panel discussion about growth and density in Columbus, a city poised to expand by 500,000 by 2050.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Travels to Hawaii
22-24 Mar 2018, Honolulu – Event Report
The CTBUH Trustees from Chicago, New York, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong gathered to attend the main annual Trustees meeting.
CTBUH Seattle Hosts Tour of West Edge Tower
22 Feb 2018, Seattle – Tour Report
CTBUH Seattle hosted a site tour of West Edge Tower in downtown Seattle on Thursday, 22 February, featuring a blend of completed and in-progress spaces throughout the tower.
CTBUH New York Chapter Plans for 2018
8 Feb 2018, New York City – Event
The New York Chapter steering committee met to get acquainted with new members, reflect on 2017 initiatives, and plan for 2018.
IIT Students Tour at SCB and Lurie Children's Hospital
7 Feb 2018, Chicago – Tour Report
As part of the CTBUH-IIT Academic Courses, a group of IIT architecture students visited the SCB Chicago Office on February 7.
Fourth Building Tall Lecture Series: Greening Tall
1 Feb 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and CTBUH hosted a panel discussion on the movement to incorporate green features into tall buildings.
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.
Cyclone-Glazing and Façade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region
15 Jan 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH has launched the second phase of the "Cyclone-Glazing and Façade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region" research project, kindly sponsored by Trosifol.
Tall Buildings: 2017 Year in Review
13 Dec 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH is pleased to release the interactive web portal for the 2017 Tall Building Year in Review data study.
CTBUH Founder, Dr. Lynn Beedle, at 100
7 Dec 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
The founder of the CTBUH, Dr. Lynn Beedle, a professor and eventually director of the Fritz Engineering Laboratory at Lehigh University, would have been 100 years old on December 7.
“Living Tall” Asks: “What Will Make Tall Buildings More Livable?"
16 Nov 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The third installment of the CTBUH / Chicago Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) joint skyscraper lecture series brought together a diverse group of tall building experts.
CTBUH New York Chapter Event Focuses on Modular Construction
16 Nov 2017, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter held an event focused on modular construction, which was hosted by FullStack Modular at its factory in Brooklyn.
CTBUH Façade Fire Performance Workshop at University of Sydney
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
One day before the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, delegates convened at the University of Sydney facilities in Darlington for the Fire Performance of Façades workshop.
CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum
10 Oct 2017, Seattle – Event Report
CTBUH Seattle held its 2017 Fall Forum, kindly hosted by CallisonRTKL, on the topic of Building Resiliency & Design Optimization.
55 Hudson Yards: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities
28 Sep 2017, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter kicked off its Fall networking series with an insightful evening spent examining the current progress of a historic development, Hudson Yards.
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.
CTBUH New York Hosts Summer Social
31 Aug 2017, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Young Professionals Committee (YPC) hosted a sold-out Summer Social, this year hosted by BuroHappold Engineering.
CTBUH Seattle YPC & Katerra Presentation: Cross-Laminated Timber
30 Aug 2017, Seattle – Event Report
CTBUH's Seattle Young Professionals Committee (YPC) hosted a Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) 101 presentation series at Katerra's Seattle offices.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
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.
CTBUH Florida Hosts Construction Tour of One Thousand Museum
29 Jun 2017, Miami – Tour Report
CTBUH Florida organized a site visit and series of presentations on the under-construction One Thousand Museum building in Downtown Miami.
Tall Timber: A Global Audit
26 Jun 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH has produced its latest Tall Buildings in Numbers research study, entitled "Tall Timber: A Global Audit."
CTBUH Seattle Hosts a Tall Timber Seminar
22 Jun 2017, Seattle – Event Report
The CTBUH Seattle YPC heard from industry experts at a tall timber presentation, followed then by a networking event.
CTBUH New York Hosts Tall Timber Event
22 Jun 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York held a presentation and panel discussion on the character and behavior of tall timber buildings, as well as the future opportunities with timber in New York and beyond.
CTBUH Joins Chicago Seminar on Mass Timber Buildings
8 Jun 2017, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH joined a CCHRB seminar on "The Heavy Timber High Rise: Building Tall with Wood in the 21st Century," focused on new applications of wood as a structural material.
CTBUH NYC Organizes One Vanderbilt Site Tour
6 Jun 2017, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH New York hosted a series of presentations and a tour at the construction site of One Vanderbilt, which will rise to 427 meters when completed in 2021.
Council HQ Welcomes Family of Lynn S. Beedle
25 May 2017, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH headquarters was proud to welcome the family of Council founder Lynn S. Beedle to their Monroe Building offices on Thursday, May 25.
Seattle YPC: Optimism Brewery Tour & Happy Hour
24 May 2017, Seattle – Tour Report
The CTBUH YPC of Seattle met to tour the Olson Kundig-designed Optimism Brewery building, formally an abandoned warehouse in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Partnered Event Explores High-Performance Skyscraper Design
24 May 2017, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH, ComEd, and Seventhwave partnered to host a breakfast seminar focused on high-performance building envelope design with the goal of identifying opportunities for energy savings.
Second CAF-CTBUH Event Examines Tall Building Safety
18 May 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH, in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), held the second of the four-part “Building Tall” lecture series, this time focused on "Securing Tall."
CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability
28 Apr 2017, Orlando – Event Report
The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando, convening a panel discussion investigating the sustainability of urban and suburban living patterns.
CTBUH Florida: Tall Building Damping Technologies
25 Apr 2017, Miami – Event Report
CTBUH Florida held a presentation on Tall Building Damping Technologies at the School of Architecture, University of Miami.
CTBUH Seattle Debates HALA’s Impact on Downtown Development
18 Apr 2017, Seattle – Event Report
The annual CTBUH Seattle Spring Forum featured a panel discussion examining and interpreting the impact of Seattle’s "HALA" on future downtown development.
CTBUH Executive Director Honored as ENR Newsmaker
13-14 Apr 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood was recognized by ENR as one of the "Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016," attending an event in New York to receive his honor.
CTBUH Seattle YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
10 Apr 2017, Seattle – Event Report
The CTBUH Seattle Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held their first board meeting at the office of Magnusson Klemencic Associates.
CTBUH Seattle Tours Tower 12
23 Mar 2017, Seattle – Tour Report
CTBUH Seattle's Young Professionals Committee (YPC) organized a tour of Tower 12, a 35-story, 386 foot tall residential tower in downtown Seattle.
First CAF-CTBUH Lecture Series Draws Crowd, Rave Reviews
16 Mar 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH, in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), held the first of the four-part “Building Tall” lecture series at the CAF lecture hall.
CTBUH Celebrates New Office Launch in Chicago
23 Feb 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH enjoyed a lively evening with friends and members in a celebration of its new office located downtown.
CTBUH NYC YPC Hosts "Cornell Tech The House & Passive House"
16 Feb 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Chapter, in association with the New York YPC and Handel Architects, hosted a building presentation titled “Cornell Tech: The House & Passive House.”
CTBUH Research Kick-off Meeting
27 Jan 2017, Miami – Event Report
The kick-off meeting for the CTBUH research project, “Cyclone-Glazing and Façade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region,” was held in Miami.
NYC YPC Continues Future of Construction Series
19 Jan 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Chapter, with the YPC and Akdo, hosted the second part in the Future of Construction lecture series, titled “Moving Parts: Modular Architecture in a Flat World.”
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.
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.
NYC YPC Winter Holiday Party
16 Dec 2016, New York City – Event Report
The New York Young Professionals Committee (YPC) hosted their Winter Holiday Party at the Milliken Carpet showroom, with games and activities and lots of good cheer.
CTBUH Florida Chapter Event: Holiday Social
7 Dec 2016, Miami – Event Report
To kick off the holiday season, the CTBUH Florida Chapter hosted a Holiday Social at a local Miami venue. The meet and greet session included a photo contest and tall building trivia.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Final Review
2 Dec 2016, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio final projects in Crown Hall.
Seattle YPC Tours Troy Block
1 Dec 2016, Seattle – Tour Report
The Seattle Chapter of the Young Professionals Committee hosted a site tour of Troy Block, providing significant insight into the relationship of the historical and new.
CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum
8 Nov 2016, Seattle – Event Report
CTBUH Seattle organized and held their annual Fall Forum, this year on “Digital Technology in the Built Environment.”
Pratt 5th Year Highrise Design Studio – Midterm Critique
8 Nov 2016, New York City – Event Report
NYC Young Professional Committee members volunteered as panelists for Pratt Institute's year-end review, after working with the students throughout the semester.
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.
Debating Tall: Regional Governments for Megacities?
16 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Journal Paper
In the CTBUH Journal 2016 Issue IV, two experts debate on what type of government body should be in charge of the issues that growing megacities face.
CTBUH Florida: Construction Tour of Brickell City Centre
30 Aug 2016, Miami – Tour Report
The CTBUH Florida Chapter hosted a construction tour of Brickell City Centre, a billion-dollar shopping and mixed-use project that spans five blocks in downtown Miami.
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.
NYC YPC Summer Social
11 Aug 2016, New York City – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee held their Summer Social event, hosted by FXFOWLE Architects in Manhattan, and met some of the people behind the 3 Hudson Boulevard development.
CTBUH Hosts ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition Jurors
29 Jul 2016, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH was pleased to host the esteemed jurors for the 2015–2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition as they deliberated winners for the annual program.
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.
Future of Construction: Manufacturing Buildings
9 Jun 2016, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter in collaboration with the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee held the first of its lecture series, “Future of Construction.”
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.
YPC Education Committee Meeting
5 May 2016, New York City – Event Report
NYC Young Professional Committee members volunteer as panelists for Pratt Institute's year-end review, after working with the students throughout the semester.
Aspect: Ratios
3 May 2016, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH NYC Young Professionals Committee welcomed over 150 design professionals for ASPECT:RATIOS, a seminar focusing on female perspectives in architecture.
CTBUH Seattle Hosts Spring Forum
14 Apr 2016, Seattle – Event Report
The CTBUH Seattle Chapter Spring Forum was hosted by CallisonRTKL and featured a panel discussion that examined opportunities to "Transform Downtown Seattle for Kids."
CTBUH NYC YPC: Spring Social at BIG
7 Apr 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Young Professional Committee held their annual Spring Social event at Bjarke Ingels Group's New York Office on April 7, 2016.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Educational Outreach Program
12 Feb 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC kicked off their educational outreach initiative with a mentorship program at Pratt Institute, to teach students how to unlock synergistic potential in their designs.
CTBUH 2015 Papers and Presentations Now Available for Free Online
21 Jan 2016, New York City – Conference Activity
All technical papers and PowerPoint presentations from the CTBUH 2015 New York Conference are now available to view and download for free.
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.
CTBUH Announces 100 Supertalls Completed Worldwide
13 Jan 2016, New York City – CTBUH-Related News
There are now officially 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world following the completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
Monroe Building Tour
18 Dec 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
As part of their annual holiday celebrations, the CTBUH staff was given a guided tour of the Monroe Building, an iconic turn-of-the-century high-rise along Michigan Avenue.
Insights and Innovations - The First 3D Printed Office Building
16 Dec 2015, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Chicago held a presentation that introduced current research and advances in the field of 3D printed building design.
Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes
15 Dec 2015, New York City – Event
CTBUH YPC organized a presentation and panel discussion for Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes to discuss some of the major enhancements to the 2014 NYC Codes
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
Tall Tales: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders
16 Nov 2015, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta held an event that offered perspectives on tall building issues relating to real estate design and development, wind engineering, and vertical transportation.
San Francisco Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, San Francisco – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured San Francisco and its architectural marvels, from new construction to old historic buildings.
Seattle Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Seattle – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Seattle, gateway to Asia and icon of the Pacific Northwest, where they witnessed a showcase of tall building and technological innovation.
Los Angeles Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Los Angeles – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Los Angeles buildings of many renown architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier, and Rudolph Schindler.
Miami Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Miami – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Miami, a city of urban complexities and cultural amenities that defy the old stereotypes.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
Chicago Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Chicago and its architectural marvels. From recently constructed skyscrapers to the modern marvel of Willis Tower, which held the tallest title for 25 years.
Eight Spruce Street Residential Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Eight Spruce Street which was the tallest all-residential building in North America at the time of completion.
World Trade Center: One WTC Office Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured One World Trade Center Office Building which is the current tallest building in the Americas.
Eleven Times Square Office Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Eleven Times Square Office Building which was the last building to be developed as part of the 42nd Street Development
Rockefeller Center Historical Building and Urban Habitat Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Rockefeller Center which the tour predominantly focused on discovering what happens “backstage” at one of the most famous tall building complexes.
Empire State Building Environmental Retrofit Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Empire State Building as the most iconic skyscraper and its retrofit into the today's environment-aware society.
Brooklyn Urban and Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured City Point Complex, Barclays Center, and 461 Dean Street which have impacted the cityscape of Brooklyn.
Woolworth Building Renovation Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Woolworth Building which was the tallest building in the world at its completion in 1913.
United Nations Secretariat Building Renovation Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the United Nations Secretariat Building which the tour guided the group of visitors through some of the most exclusive and famous parts of the building.
Brookfield Place Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured around Brookfield Place Building, originally the World Financial Center. The building has been the home of many American corporations.
7 Bryant Park Office Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 7 Bryant Park Office Building which sits on a block-long site fronting on the Avenue of the Americas between 39th and 40th streets.
30 Park Place Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 30 Park Place which will house the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Downtown New York.
High Line Urban Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured High Line, which have significantly changed the urban landscape of New York City, from its history to its near-future.
461 Dean Street Factory Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 461 Dean Street Factory which will be the World's tallest modular building containing 930 modules made up of 225 designs.
50 West Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured around the construction site of 50 West. The tower is unique for its rounded corners and high-quality glazing, which provide a futurist aesthetic.
400 Park Avenue South Residential Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
Delegates from the CTBUH 2015 New York International Conference visited the 400 Park Avenue South building, which was completed in 2015.
World Trade Center: 3, 4 and 7 Building and Construction Tours
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the World Trade Center: 3, 4 and 7, all of which are in the middle of construction.
56 Leonard Street Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured around the construction of 56 Leonard Street, which is set to be one of the top luxury residential towers in downtown Manhattan.
432 Park Avenue Residential / Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 432 Park Avenue which will be the future tallest all-residential building in the World.
World Trade Center: Infrastructure / Underground Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the infrastructure and underground of the World Trade Center complex which will house a variety of civic programs.
Hudson Yards Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Hudson Yards develoment which is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States.
4 Times Square + Bank of America Tower Sustainable Tech Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 4 Times Square and Bank of America Tower which are a fantastic look at two generations of towers that focus on sustainability and quality of environment.
World Trade Center: Urban Domain Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 30 Park Place which will house the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Downtown New York.
Vertical Campus Urban Tour – Fordham University
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Fordham University's law school and residence hall which houses the law school in the first 10 floors and a residence hall in the top 12 floors.
Jersey City Urban Tour & Reception
28 Oct 2015, Jersey City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Jersey City which will has been transformed from a post-industrial backwater to a mini-Manhattan across the Hudson.
Vertical Campus Urban Tour – Fiterman Hall
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall which is the southernmost piece of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) campus in lower Manhattan.
Closing Networking Reception
27 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Activity Report
The Hudson Yards Networking Reception took place on Tuesday evening in the incredible Time Warner Center, offering great views of Columbus Circle at the corner of Central Park.
Networking Reception at Empire State Building
26 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Activity Report
The reception provided attendees an opportunity to meet and network with their fellow delegates in the incredible setting of the 80th Floor of the historic Empire State Building.
Opening VIP Reception
25 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Activity Report
This special reception held on the eve of the Conference gave VIPs a unique opportunity to mingle in the fantastic setting of the new One World Trade Center.
432 Park Avenue: Design and Engineering
15 Oct 2015, New York City – Event Report
Presentations of the architectural and engineering design of 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.
What Makes Tall, Tall
29 Sep 2015, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta recently hosted an event focusing on the design and construction criteria unique to tall buildings, asking what makes tall, tall?
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.
Skin NY
27 Aug 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York, in association with the New York Young Professionals Committee hosted an event entitled Skin:NY that focused on high-rise façade design and construction
Wolf Point West Tower Tour
27 Aug 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH Chicago hosted a tour of Wolf Point West Tower, a new building currently under construction along the Chicago River.
The Current State of Slender Buildings in NYC
30 Jul 2015, New York City – Event Report
SHoP Architects welcomed a group of architects and engineers for a lively discussion and exchange of ideas about slender buildings.
VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development
9 Jul 2015, New York City – Event Report
At the Bank of America Tower in New York City, more than 200 professionals attended “VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development in Manhattan.”
Young Professionals Committee Holds Social Event at RAMSA
23 Jun 2015, New York City – Event Report
The YPC held an event at the RAMSA office in New York City, where attendees had an opportunity to network, and learn more the exciting projects RAMSA is developing.
YPC New York June 2015 Meeting
11 Jun 2015, New York City – Event Report
The YPC New York held a meeting in the offices of Rafael Vinoly Architects to discuss upcoming events and other items.
EMI Lead Chicago Tall-Building Study Trip
25-29 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
A group of 20 Belgian real estate professionals traveled to Chicago from May 25-29 to visit several tall buildings, and related developments as part of a CTBUH Belgium study trip.
CTBUH Chicago Tour the Ability Institute of RIC
28 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH Chicago hosted a tour of Gensler's Ability Institute of RIC which is currently under construction and set to become the sixth-tallest hospital in the world.
BCO Members Tour IIT Campus
22 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
As a supporting partner of this year’s British Council for Offices Conference, the CTBUH hosted more than 40 visitors from the BCO for an event on its home campus at IIT.
First Meeting for CTBUH Damping Technologies Research
19 May 2015, Chicago – Event Report
More than 40 industry and academic experts convened at CTBUH Chicago to mark the launch of the Bouygues Construction-funded damping initiative.
YPC New York May 2015 Meeting
13 May 2015, New York City – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee New York met to discuss upcoming events, educational programs, and the mission of the group.
Sky High and The Logic of Luxury
12 May 2015, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held its most recent event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, featuring a presentation by Carol Willis entitled “Sky High and the Logic of Luxury.”
Facades+ New York City
16-17 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood recently visited New York City to participate in the Facades+ conference hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper.
YPC New York Presents Pioneering Megatall: Ping An Finance Center
15 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
The inaugural CTBUH New York City Chapter event, held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, showcased the rising Ping An Finance Center.
CTBUH Atlanta Hosts Vertical Communities Panel Discussion
31 Mar 2015, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta hosted its inaugural event, a lively roundtable discussion featuring a cross-section of leaders in Atlanta’s development community
Trustees Meeting Heralds Bright Future For CTBUH
9 Mar 2015, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the year, reviewing 2014 accomplishments, 2015 plans, the New York Conference, and more.
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.
CTBUH Chicago Talks Tall Timber
25 Feb 2015, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Chicago and YPC held a lecture entitled “Tall Timber Buildings: Trends and Research” given by Benton Johnson, drawing 90-plus attendees.
Philip Oldfield Gives Talk on Rethinking the Tall Building
20 Feb 2015, Chicago – Event Report
Dr. Philip Oldfield delivered a presentation on "Rethinking the Tall Building: Opportunities in the 21st Century Metropolis" as part of the ongoing IIT Cloud Talk series.
Miami Grows Up
16-20 Feb 2015, Miami – Tour Report
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director & Journal Editor, visited Miami to engage with firms, welcome new members, and gain a understanding of a fast growing tall building market.
CTBUH Involved in Re-Measurement of Washington Monument Height
17 Feb 2015, Washington D.C. – CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH height criteria was used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geodetic Survey to determine the true architectural height of the Washington Monument.
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.
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.
CTBUH Staff Given Tour of Tribune Tower
19 Dec 2014, Chicago – Tour Report
Led by Blair Kamin, the architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, the CTBUH Staff enjoyed a tour of the local Tribune Tower as part of its annual holiday party tradition.
YPC Holds New York Chapter Initial Meeting
17 Dec 2014, New York City – Event Report
The first meeting of the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) – New York City Chapter was held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox.
CTBUH Helps Middle School Students Reach for the Sky
4 Dec 2014, Oak Park – Event Report
Students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School got a taste of what it’s like to be an architect when they were asked to design a mixed-use “skyscraper of the future”
New York Conference Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting
17-21 Nov 2014, New York City – Event Report
Plans for the 2015 Conference in New York are now well underway, beginning with an initial meeting of the Steering Committee at the Bank of America Tower Nov. 18.
One World Trade Center is Now the World’s Third-Tallest Building
17 Nov 2014, New York City – CTBUH News
The 541-meter (1,776-foot) One World Trade Center has now become the world’s third-tallest building, according to the height criteria set by the CTBUH.
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.
Young Professional Group Annual Meeting
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The annual meeting of the Young Professionals’ Committee took place at the CTBUH Awards Symposium where the group reviewed previous activities and planned future activities.
University of Southern California Team Wins Research Seed Funding
17 Sep 2014, Shanghai – CTBUH Research Report
CTBUH is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2014 International Research Seed Funding grant to a team led by the University of Southern California.
The Sustainability of Going Tall
28 Jul 2014, Seattle – Event
Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green lectures on “The Sustainability of Going Tall” as the first event in a series focusing on Seattle neighborhoods.
Young Professionals Tour Under-Construction OneEleven
17 Jul 2014, Chicago – Tour Report
The Young Professionals Committee toured OneEleven, a half-finished Chicago residential high-rise project that was restarted with a radically new design.
CCHRB Addresses Question: “Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?”
12 Jun 2014, Chicago – Event Report
A recent seminar of CCHRB, co-sponsored by CTBUH, thoroughly examined the question of how cities should deal with existing, outdated tall buildings.
CTBUH San Francisco Hosts Capacity Crowd for Transbay Discussion
3 Jun 2014, San Francisco – Event Report
A panel discussion featuring the two tallest buildings in San Francisco, Salesforce Tower and 181 Fremont Street, was attended by approximately 125 people.
CTBUH Visits 1WTC, 4WTC and 7WTC
21 May 2014, New York City – Tour Report
Just six months after CTBUH confirmed One World Trade Center's height, Executive Director Antony Wood and Events Manager Jessica Rinkel toured the building.
YPC Presents on Complex Chicago Mixed-Use Project
16 Apr 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee of CTBUH facilitated a roundtable discussion on Chicago’s under-construction mixed-use development 455 North Park Drive, at Crown Hall, Illinois Instit
CTBUH Seattle Holds Launch Event
25 Mar 2014, Seattle – Event Report
A new committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has been established in Seattle, and held its first public event at the Seattle offices of Gensler.
Lehigh Library Receives Grant for CTBUH Archives
Mar 2014, Bethlehem – CTBUH Research Report
The Special Collections department of the Lehigh University Library has received a grant to catalog its portion of the archives of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Trustees Meeting Reflects CTBUH’s Momentum
28 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees met February 28, setting the course for a number of strategic Council initiatives, including the Strategic Five-Year Plan.
YPC Roundtable Discussion: Hackable Cities and Work in the City
27 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted a discussion which introduced the concept of "hacking" the built environment to create pragmatic, yet dynamic, augmentations to the city.
Study on Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Location
Feb 2014, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH is conducting a research study aimed at understanding the contributing factors of “sustainability” in both urban and suburban contexts.
CTBUH Staff Given Tour of AMA Plaza
13 Dec 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
In keeping with its annual tradition, CTBUH staff enjoyed a tall-building tour as part of its holiday party, exploring the newly remodeled AMA Plaza.
CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height of 1776'
12 Nov 2013, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Height Committee reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters).
Leaders’ Meeting Focuses on Increasing and Energizing Membership
8 Nov 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The top global leadership of the CTBUH held the annual Leader Meeting in Chicago to discuss activating leaders around the world.
2013 Awards Symposium
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event Report
In its fourth year, the CTBUH’s free Awards Symposium was expanded to a full day event, bringing in presentations from four of the Finalist projects and the Innovation Winners.
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.
CTBUH S.F. Holds Panel On Livability/Walkability in Urban Design
24 Oct 2013, San Francisco – Event Report
A panel comprised of experts from the public and private sectors lead a discussion on issues within the changing landscape of living and working in San Francisco.
New York’s New Delirium
Oct 2013, New York City – Tour Report
At least five once-in-a-lifetime multi-acre projects are underway in New York. CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik reports on his journey to investigate further.
Young Professionals Tour Medical Tower Under Construction
12 Sep 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH’s Young Professionals Committee was treated to a tour of the under-construction Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Care Pavilion.
Atlantic Yards B2 – Modular on the Rise
24 Jul 2013, Chicago – Event Report
It seems increasingly evident that 2013 will be remembered as The Year of Prefab in the tall-building community. At 32 stories, B2 promises to become the tallest modular building.
CTBUH Visits ACME Plant Site, Furthering Recycling Knowledge
10 Jul 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems research team gained significant understanding of the steel recycling process after a meeting at the ACME Refining Plant.
CTBUH Gains Info on Concrete Recycling at Bluff City
10 Jul 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH research team visited Bluff City Materials to gain a greater understanding of the amount of energy that goes into recycling concrete.
CTBUH Researchers Uncover Cost of Steel Recycling Process at ACME
9 Jul 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH research team made a short trip to visit ACME Refining to collect more information regarding the energy involved in steel scrap and the processes employed in the facility.
CTBUH Visits Gerdau Ameristeel Facility
25 Jun 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH research team traveled to the Gerdau Ameristeel Facility to gain more information regarding the steel to be analyzed in the Life Cycle Assessment research project.
CTBUH Researchers Tour MBL Recycling Plant
24 Jun 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH research team made a visit to MBL Recycling to gather more information for the Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems research project.
S.F. Dir. of Planning Moderates Panel Discussion on Densification
14 May 2013, San Francisco – Event Report
More than 100 guests attended a panel discussion focusing on densification, specifically the challenges affecting San Francisco, the second densest city in the US.
CTBUH Researchers, Clark Construction Meet
27 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH research team met with Senior Project Manager Chris Phares of Clark Construction Group as part of the LCA Study.
YPC Holds Student Workshop on Coast at Lakeshore East
20 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted its first student workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Coast at Lakeshore East.
Trustees Meeting 2013, Chicago
4 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The board of trustees of the CTBUH held its annual meeting at IIT in Chicago on March 4. As a first order of business, the board welcomed three new trustees.
Young Professionals Student Workshop on Vertical University
4 Feb 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted a student workshop at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Tower.
Chicago Board of Trade Tour Report
14 Dec 2012, Chicago – Tour Report
The Chicago Board of Trade opened its doors to CTBUH staff offering a glimpse behind the scenes at one of the Windy City’s most famous buildings.
Helmut Jahn Discusses His Lifetime's Work
18 Oct 2012 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
Never predictable, never simplistic, Helmut Jahn has developed a complex portfolio of iconic buildings around the world. Standout projects include the Sony Center in Berlin, Xerox Center in Chicago, Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the MGM Veer…
2012 Awards Symposium
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event Report
In its third year, the annual free Awards Symposium was held the day before the Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony.
New York City Reps Stage First Event
31 Jul 2012, New York City – Event Report
More than 125 New York City professionals gathered on a rooftop terrace for the first event organized by the CTBUH’s New York steering committee.
CTBUH Leads Tour of MCA Skyscraper Exhibit
28 Jul 2012, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood linked the art and reality of tall buildings in a gallery tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago exhibition, Skyscraper.
Climbing the Coast: Tour Report of New Chicago Skyscraper
24 Jul 2012, Chicago – Tour Report
With only two floors left before topping out, the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee organized a tour last week of the Coast at Lakeshore East.
First Wave of City Representatives Appointed
1 Jul 2012, Chicago – CTBUH News
More than 35 City Representatives have been appointed in 13 countries as the CTBUH expands its network at a grass roots level.
CTBUH Celebrates First Exhibition
21 Jun 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Chicago Architecture Foundation event spotlights work of CTBUH and AS+GG with Illinois Institute of Technology students: “Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago.”
Inside the Roosevelt
9 May 2012, Chicago – Tour Report
Four days after the official opening of Roosevelt University’s new tower, guests of the CTBUH’s Young Professionals Committee were treated to a tour of the newest addition to the Chicago skyline.
Young Professionals Committee Holds Inaugural Event
4 Apr 2012, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH’s newly-established Young Professionals Committee staged their first event, a multi-disciplinary presentation on the creation of Aqua, the landmark Chicago tower.
Trustees Meeting 2012 Report, Chicago
19 Mar 2012, Chicago – Event Report
After one of the most successful years in the 43-year history of the CTBUH, the Board of Trustees gathered to review recent initiatives and discuss the Council’s long-term strategies.
Roosevelt University: Auditorium Building and New Vertical Campus Tower Tour
16 Dec 2011, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH staff observed history being made as Chicago’s past meets Chicago’s future in the two Roosevelt University buildings.
CTBUH Going Up!
6 Nov 2011, Chicago – Event
For the third year, some of the sports challenged staff members and friends of CTBUH participated in the SkyRise Chicago stair climbing race.
2011 Awards Symposium
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event Report
For the second year, the CTBUH has organized a free afternoon Awards Symposium to precede the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner.
Chair-Elect Timothy Johnson Visits CTBUH HQ
Sep 2011, Chicago – Tour Report
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ, due to take over as CTBUH Chair in October 2011, visited the CTBUH headquarters recently for meetings with Executive Director Antony Wood and CTBUH staff.
9/11 – Ten Years on: CTBUH Reflections
6 Sep 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
In the week that we mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 events and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers CTBUH reflected on the impact on tall buildings.
The Norman Ramsey Collection
9 May 2011, Chicago – Event
A fantastic collection of thousands of books, articles and postcards documenting decades of tall building history has been donated to the Council by Mr. Norman Ramsey.
Back to Bethlehem: Where it all began…
Apr 2011, Bethlehem – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood reflects on his trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he met with the Beedle family and visited Lehigh University, where it all began for the Council.
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…
Trustees Meeting 2011, New York
5 Apr 2011, New York City – Event Report
Of all Trustees meetings since the current Board formed, the New York gathering wins the "marathon event" prize! Getting down to business at 9am, the Board finally adjourned at 8pm.
Bank of America at One Bryant Park Tour Report
4 Apr 2011, New York City – Tour Report
Attendees toured the Bank of America Tower, the recipient of the CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas Award in 2010.
Time Warner Center Tour Report
4 Apr 2011, New York City – Tour Report
Located west of Columbus Circle across from Central Park, the Time Warner Center sits in one of the most strategic places in Manhattan.
World Trade Center Tour Report
3 Apr 2011, New York City – Tour Report
Almost ten years after the destruction of the twin towers, we can now see that the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site is in full swing.
New York by Gehry Tour Report
3 Apr 2011, New York City – Tour Report
New York City’s latest addition to the downtown skyline is a 76-story tall residential tower which, as the name suggest, has been named after the architect.
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…
Jewelers Building Tour
17 Dec 2010, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH participated in an exciting tour of Chicago's historic Jewelers Building situated along the Chicago River.
Visit to the 300 North LaSalle Tower, Chicago
3 Nov 2010, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH staffers participated in a tour of the recently completed 300 North LaSalle Building in downtown Chicago.
CTBUH 2010 Annual Leaders Meeting
22 Oct 2010, Chicago – Event Report
Following the CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony, the CTBUH Leadership team met again bright and early on the campus of the IIT in Chicago for their annual Leaders Meeting.
2010 Awards Symposium
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event Report
For the first time, the CTBUH organized an Awards Symposium for the winners preceding the annual Awards Dinner.
Marshall Gerometta Wins the 1st Annual CTBUH Golf Tournament
4 Jun 2010, Chicago – Event Report
The first CTBUH Annual Golf Tournament took place and after all score cards were turned in, CTBUH's database editor Marshall Gerometta emerged as the overall winner.
Mine the Gap Competition
15 May 2010, Chicago – Event Report
In May 2010, Chicago Architecture Club organized an international design ideas competition called MINE THE GAP.
Trump Tower Chicago, CTBUH Height Signboard Inaugurated
7 Apr 2010, Chicago – Event Report
On a rainy Wednesday the CTBUH gathered with members of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago team for the inauguration of the building signboard.
CTBUH Running Up Skyscrapers
27 Mar 2010, Chicago – Event Report
Jan Klerks and John Lindbloom participated in the annual Fight-For-Air Climb, involving all four skyscrapers of the Presidential Towers in Chicago, with a combined 2,340 steps.
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…
New CTBUH Trustees Peter Irwin and Tim J. Johnson
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Board of Trustees welcomes the support of two industry leaders: Peter Irwin, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., Canada and Tim J. Johnson, NBBJ, USA.
Willis/Sears Tower Tour
29 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Members of CTBUH staff had a unique opportunity to see the in and outs of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago.
2009 Chicago Conference: Evolution of the Skyscraper
22-23 Oct 2009, Chicago – Conference
Tall Buildings have enjoyed two decades of unprecedented development – built in greater number, height and geographical spread than at any time in history.
CTBUH 2009 Annual Leaders Meeting
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Preceding the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference, 55 leaders within the CTBUH organization gathered to discuss current developments, progress on projects, and new ideas and initiatives.
Legacy Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference toured The Legacy at Millennium Park, one of the newest addition to the downtown loop area residential stock.
Aqua Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Close to 60 attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference began their conference experience with a two-hour technical tour of the recently completed Aqua Tower.
CTBUH Presents Plaque to Trump Tower
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH presented a plaque to The Trump Organization recognizing Trump Tower as the tallest all-concrete building in the world and the 7th tallest building in the world.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Building Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference began their conference experience with a technical tour of the recent renovations to Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower.
Trump Tower Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
About 22 conference delegates had the opportunity to attend an educational pre-conference tour of Chicago skyline’s newest super-tall tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
One Museum Park West Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Delegates from the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference started their conference experience with a technical tour of One Museum Park West; a new 54 story residential tower in Chicago.
John Hancock Center Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference were lead by Brian Keaty through the entirety of Chicago's famous John Hancock Center.
Next CTBUH Chair visits CTBUH HQ
27-28 Aug 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University, due to take over as CTBUH Chair in October 2009, visited the CTBUH offices for a 2-day meeting.
CTBUH Summer Tour - Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower
17 Jul 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
The final tour of the CTBUH Summer Study Tour series was held at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters in downtown Chicago.
CTBUH Chicago Helicopter Tour
5 Jul 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH members toured many of the extensive Chicago skyscrapers as part of the Chicago Skyscrapers Summer Tour Program.
CTBUH Summer Tours - Aqua Tower
19 Jun 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
The crown jewel of Chicago’s Lakeshore East master planned community, Aqua Tower, was the subject for the second in the series of CTBUH Summer Tours.
CTBUH Trump Tower Tour
29 May 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH staff had a most informative tour of Chicago skyline’s newest feature, the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
CTBUH Summer Tall Tours Underway – Legacy at Millennium Park
22 May 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
The first of three CTBUH construction tours held in Chicago during the summer of 2009 was attended by 30 people, at the Legacy.
2009 Mock Firms Competition
8 May 2009, Chicago – Event
CTBUH staff Antony Wood, Jan Klerks and Philip Oldfield were involved in the reviews of the "Mock Firms National Skyscraper Challenge" organized by Chicago Architecture Today.
CTBUH Seismic Working Group Workshop
30 Apr-2 May 2009, Austin – Event Report
Michael Willford, Andrew Whittaker and John Hooper led a session at the 2009 ASCE SEI Congress in Austin, Texas, on the seismic design of high-rise buildings.
IIT and University of Nottingham Design Collaboration
Mar 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Students from the University of Nottingham recently visited Chicago as part of a tall building design studio collaboration with the ‘Remaking of Mumbai’ studio at IIT.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Inaugural Meeting
21 Jan 2009, Chicago – Event Report
The new CTBUH Board of Trustees met at CTBUH Headquarters for their inaugural meeting. The seven people who currently make up the board were all present at the meeting.
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…
CTBUH Aqua Tower Tour
17 Dec 2008, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH staff had the great opportunity to receive an educational tour of the Aqua Tower guided, by Jim Loewenberg of Magellan Development Group.
CTBUH Comments on NIST WTC7 Collapse Report
Oct 2008, Chicago – Conference Video Report
The CTBUH Comments on the “Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of World Trade Center Building 7 August 2007” Prepared and Issued by NIST.
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…
Trump International Hotel & Tower Tour
29 Oct 2007, Chicago – Tour
Lucas Tryggestad of SOM gave an tour of the Trump International Hotel & Tower as part of the design research studio held at the Illinois Institute of Technology by Antony Wood.
Chicago City Hall Tour
Aug 2007, Chicago – Tour
As part of the IIT's studio project’s initial research and site study period a field visit was undertaken of the Chicago City Hall.
2006 Chicago Conference: Thinking Outside the Box
25-26 Oct 2006, Chicago – Conference
The conference theme "Thinking Outside the Box: Tapered, Tilted, Twisted Towers" was addressed by many of the world's leading experts in architecture, engineering and construction.
2005 New York 7th World Congress: Renewing the Urban Landscape
16-19 Oct 2005, New York City – Conference
Renewing the Urban Landscape was set near one of America’s most complex and challenging rebuilding projects – the reconstruction of lower Manhattan.
2000 Los Angeles Conference: Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions
5-6 May 2000, Los Angeles – Conference
The 5th Conference on "Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions" was held on a two day event, in Los Angeles on May 5-6, 2000.
1997 Los Angeles Conference: Tall Buildings on Seismic Regions
9-10 May 1997, Los Angeles – Conference
The Fourth Conference on Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions for the 21st Century was held in Los Angeles from May 9-10, 1997.
1996 Chicago Conference: Tall Building Structures - A World View
15-18 Apr 1996, Chicago – Conference
The 1996 Conference on Tall Building Structures: A World View was held in Chicago, Illinois from April 15 -18.
CTBUH 1994 Los Angeles 3rd Conference on Seismic Regions
13-14 May 1994, Los Angeles – Conference
CTBUH held the Third Conference on Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions in Los Angeles in 1994 with the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council.
1991 Los Angeles Conference: Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions
16-17 May 1991, Los Angeles – Conference
The second conference for Tall Buildings on Seismic Regions was held in Los Angeles, CA from May 16 and 17, 1991.
1988 Los Angeles Conference: Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions
25-26 Feb 1988, Los Angeles – Conference
The first Conference on Tall Buildings in Seismic Regions was held in Los Angeles, CA from February 25-26, 1988.
1986 Chicago 3rd World Congress: Second Century of the Skyscraper
6-10 Jan 1986, Chicago – Conference
The 1886 3rd World Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois on the "Second Century of the Skyscraper" from Jan. 6-10.
1975 Honolulu Conference on Tall Buildings & the Growth of Cities
26-29 Jan 1975, Honolulu – Conference
The 1975 International Regional Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on "Tall Buildings & the Growth of Cities".
1972 Bethlehem 1st World Congress: Planning & Design
21-26 Aug 1972, Bethlehem – Conference
In 1972 the 1st World Congress on "Planning & Design of Tall Buildings" was held in Bethlehem, PA, United States.
1971 Chicago Conference: Planning & Design of Tall Buildings
29 Nov-1 Dec 1971, Chicago – Conference
The 1971 Fifth Regional Conference on Planning & Design of Tall Buildings was held in Chicago, Illinois from November 29-December 1st.

Featured Tall Buildings in United States

100 11th Ave

100 11th Ave, New York City

A crystalline architectural beacon along the shore of the Hudson River, 100 11th Avenue utilizes a multi-pane panelized façade system to impart its signature shimmer on Manhattan.

150 North Riverside

150 North Riverside, Chicago

Utilizing a unique core-supported structure with a very small footprint at grade, the design resolves considerable site challenges and provides a 54-story Class A office tower.

180 East 88th

180 East 88th, New York City

Rising high above the Upper East Side in Carnegie Hill, 180 East 88th is a luxury condominium with grand proportions. Its 48 residences feature precise detail.

1918 8th Avenue

1918 8th Avenue, Seattle

This 36-story office tower with a 9-story wing features optimized floor plates, which allow tenants to optimize space.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue, New York City

432 Park Avenue represents a new generation of superslim skyscrapers and is defined by its simplicity and large glass windows set in a regular grid of exposed concrete members.

56 Leonard

56 Leonard, New York City

56 Leonard's irregularly projecting floors, as well as the irregular spacing and location of the balconies throughout its 57 stories have nicknamed the building the "Jenga".

American Copper Buildings

American Copper Buildings, New York City

The American Copper Buildings present two bold and dynamic residential towers in New York City that are clad in copper, a living material that will patina gracefully over time.

Aqua Tower

Aqua Tower, Chicago

The signature cantilevered balconies are breathtaking and exemplary of where concrete technology can take tall building design today.

BG Group Place

BG Group Place, Houston

Located in central Houston, adjacent to the new metro system, BG Group Place yields a host of green features while providing a breath of fresh air to the Houston skyline.

BNY Mellon Bank Center

BNY Mellon Bank Center, Philadelphia

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the 54-story BNY Mellon Bank Center features an exclusive club under its instantly iconic pyramidal roof.

Baccarat Hotel & Residences

Baccarat Hotel & Residences, New York City

Baccarat Hotel & Residences form and craftsmanship is inspired by the eponymous luxury crystal brand that owns the building.

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower, Chicago

The design concept defined an initial building to serve a company’s immediate needs and planned for vertical expansion in the future.

Columbia Center

Columbia Center , Seattle

The 76-story Columbia Center features a famous public observatory and, at the time of its completion in 1984, was the tallest building on the West Coast.

Comcast Center

Comcast Center, Philadelphia

Taking the form of a faceted obelisk, the tower is clad in silvery high-performance glass with ultra-clear, low-iron glass at the building’s corners and crown.

Devon Energy Center

Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City

This building is remarkable, not only for its inherent design excellence, but for the seeming unlikelihood of its location.

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland

The renovation of this existing 1970s office tower was completed in 2013 and greatly reduced its energy usage.

Eight Spruce Street

Eight Spruce Street, New York City

A beautiful building, elegantly fitting into its Manhattan context, “New York by Gehry” at Eight Spruce Street uses the very latest in computer-enabled construction.

Eleven Times Square

Eleven Times Square, New York City

Eleven Times Square attempts to make a more sustainable model for an urban building.

HL23

HL23, New York City

The building addresses the adjacent High Line in a very successful way, rising from its ultra-compact site to create a very positive relationship with the elevated linear park.

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower, New York City

The Hearst Headquarters became the first New York City commercial office building to achieve Gold LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council.

One Liberty Place

One Liberty Place, Philadelphia

Though controversial when initially proposed, this 61-story tower completely transformed Philadelphia's skyline upon its completion in 1985, and has since become a famous city symbol.

One Madison Park

One Madison Park, New York City

One Madison Park is situated in a unique location on the Manhattan grid. The strong yet simple form rises from a seemingly impossibly small New York City site.

One Museum Park

One Museum Park, Chicago

Museum Park is a complex of multiple residential towers within the Central Station development at the southern edge of Grant Park across from Museum Campus.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, New York City

Part of the ambitious World Trade Center redevelopment, the symbolic 1,776-foot One World Trade Center rises on the northwest corner of the Lower Manhattan site.

Premier on Pine

Premier on Pine, Seattle

Located at Pine Street and Ninth Avenue just west of the Paramount Theater, Premiere on Pine has recently joined Seattle's skyline as one of the tallest residential towers in the city.

The Bank of America Tower

The Bank of America Tower, New York City

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park produces a high level of sustainability within the commercial market place, creating a strong identity for itself.

The John Hancock Center

The John Hancock Center, Chicago

Over forty years after its completion, the John Hancock Center has established itself as one of the world’s most recognized skyscrapers and an iconic example.

The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building, New York City

The New York Times Building is a 1.5-million-SF, 52-story building on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, anchoring the west side of the redevelopment of Times Square.

The Tower at PNC Plaza

The Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh

The Tower at PNC Plaza incorporates both highly technical green systems and channels for meaningful social interactions through a vertical column of two-story atriums.

Tree House Residence Hall

Tree House Residence Hall, Boston

Created on a limited public-university budget and an aggressive schedule, the Tree House represents a well-considered solution that announces itself as a foundry of inspiration.

Trump International Hotel & Tower

Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago

Urbanistically and architecturally, Trump Tower represents a high standard of contextual design—fitting very well into the city.

UN Secretariat Building

UN Secretariat Building, New York City

The UN Secretariat symbolizes Modern architecture but required a renovation to bring technology and space into the current era.

VIA 57 WEST

VIA 57 WEST, New York City

West57 is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise development that includes over 24,000 sq. ft. of landscaped outdoor space.

Veer Towers

Veer Towers, Las Vegas

Veer Towers takes on the challenge of building a sustainable, all glass tower in the desert environment of Las Vegas through its exquisitely detailed facades.

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United States 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 United States, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Supporting Contributor

AI. AI.
ARCH
Autodesk Autodesk
COMP
Dow Chemical Company Dow Chemical Company
MATR
Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology
ACAD RES
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
ARCH URB INTR HIST TRAN
Otis Elevator Company Otis Elevator Company
VERC MATR VERS
Turner Construction Company Turner Construction Company
PMNG CON
Underwriters Laboratories Underwriters Laboratories
SEC FIRE ENVP OTHR

Patron

DeSimone Consulting Engineers DeSimone Consulting Engineers
STRC ENGO
Gensler Gensler
ARCH URB COST INTR MRKT
HOK, Inc. HOK, Inc.
ARCH URB ENGM FAC FACS SEIS STRC INTR COST FIN HIST PMNG
Kuraray America, Inc. Kuraray America, Inc.
COMP MATR
NBBJ NBBJ
ARCH INTR LAND MRKT
OJB Landscape Architecture OJB Landscape Architecture
LAND
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
ARCH URB INTR
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin
WIND ENGO ENVE
SL Green Management SL Green Management
OWN DEV PROP
Softwood Lumber Board Softwood Lumber Board
MATR
Studio Libeskind Studio Libeskind
ARCH URB INTR
The Durst Organization The Durst Organization
DEV OWN
Thornton Tomasetti Thornton Tomasetti
STRC SEIS FAC ENGO HIST INSU PMNG TRAN

Donor

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
ARCH URB INTR
AKF Group AKF Group
MEP OTHR COMP ENGO FIRE PROP
Altair Engineering Altair Engineering
ENGM
Architects Hawaii, Ltd. Architects Hawaii, Ltd.
ARCH INTR URB
Arquitectonica International Arquitectonica International
ARCH URB INTR LAND
BALA Engineers BALA Engineers
STRC MEP FIRE ENGO ENVE SEC
Bjarke Ingels Group Bjarke Ingels Group
ARCH URB
CBRE Group CBRE Group
PROP FIN
Enclos Corp. Enclos Corp.
FAC PMNG MATR
Halfen United States Halfen United States
MATR FAC
Jensen Hughes Jensen Hughes
FIRE
LeMessurier LeMessurier
STRC SEIS WIND HIST
Magnusson Klemencic Associates Magnusson Klemencic Associates
STRC CIV SEIS WIND
McNAMARA • SALVIA McNAMARA • SALVIA
STRC ENGO SEIS WIND
Nishkian Menninger Consulting and Structural Engineers Nishkian Menninger Consulting and Structural Engineers
STRC
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
ARCH URB INTR
Pickard Chilton Architects Pickard Chilton Architects
ARCH URB INTR
Severud Associates Consulting Engineers Severud Associates Consulting Engineers
STRC LEGL
Studio Gang Studio Gang
ARCH URB INTR
Syska Hennessy Group Syska Hennessy Group
MEP VERC SEC
Walter P. Moore and Associates Walter P. Moore and Associates
STRC FAC HIST SEIS WIND CIV
WATG URBAN WATG URBAN
ARCH URB INTR

Contributor

Advance2000 Advance2000
COMP
Alvine Engineering Alvine Engineering
MEP FIRE ENGO
ArcelorMittal ArcelorMittal
BACS MATR
Archilier Architecture Archilier Architecture
ARCH
Armstrong Ceiling Solutions Armstrong Ceiling Solutions
MATR
Barker Mohandas, LLC Barker Mohandas, LLC
VERC
bKL Architecture bKL Architecture
ARCH URB INTR
Cary Kopczynski & Company Cary Kopczynski & Company
SEIS STRC
CB Engineers CB Engineers
MEP FIRE COMP COST
Cermak Peterka Petersen Cermak Peterka Petersen
WIND ENVE LEGL
Code Consultants, Inc. Code Consultants, Inc.
FIRE ENGO
Cosentini Associates Cosentini Associates
MEP FIRE ENVE COMP
Cotter Consulting Inc. Cotter Consulting Inc.
CON PMNG COST
CS Group Construction Specialties Company CS Group Construction Specialties Company
MATR
DCI Engineers DCI Engineers
STRC SEIS
DDG DDG
DEV OWN ARCH CON PROP
Environmental Systems Design Environmental Systems Design
MEP FIRE BACS COST
FM Global FM Global
LEGL
Foster + Partners Foster + Partners
ARCH
FXCollaborative FXCollaborative
ARCH URB INTR
GEI Consultants GEI Consultants
GEO
GERB Vibration Control Systems (USA/Germany) GERB Vibration Control Systems (USA/Germany)
MATR SEIS
Gilsanz Murray Steficek Gilsanz Murray Steficek
STRC ENGO SEC
Glumac Glumac
MEP ENGO
Goettsch Partners Goettsch Partners
ARCH URB INTR
Hathaway Dinwiddie Hathaway Dinwiddie
CON
Heller Manus Architects Heller Manus Architects
ARCH URB TRAN
HKA Elevator Consulting HKA Elevator Consulting
VERC
Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P. Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P.
ARCH URB CIV INTR LAND
ITT Enidine ITT Enidine
MATR FAC
JAHN JAHN
ARCH URB INTR
Jaros, Baum & Bolles Jaros, Baum & Bolles
ENGM MEP BACS FIRE HIST PMNG SEC
John Portman & Associates John Portman & Associates
DEV ARCH URB
Kawneer Company Kawneer Company
MATR
Kinemetrics Inc. Kinemetrics Inc.
SEIS MATR OTHR
Larson Engineering, Inc. Larson Engineering, Inc.
ENGM STRC
Lendlease Corporation Lendlease Corporation
DEV CON PMNG FIN
Longman Lindsey Longman Lindsey
BMNT MEP
Nabih Youssef & Associates Nabih Youssef & Associates
STRC SEIS
National Fire Protection Association National Fire Protection Association
NONP FIRE RES
O'Donnell & Naccarato O'Donnell & Naccarato
STRC FACS
OLYMPIQUE Facade Access Consulting OLYMPIQUE Facade Access Consulting
BMNT FACS
Ornamental Metal Institute of New York Ornamental Metal Institute of New York
NONP MATR
Pavarini McGovern Pavarini McGovern
CON
Pepper Construction Company Pepper Construction Company
CON
Perkins+Will Perkins+Will
ARCH INTR URB HIST LAND
R.G. Vanderweil Engineers R.G. Vanderweil Engineers
MEP
Raftery CRE, LLC Raftery CRE, LLC
CON DEV
Rhode Partners Rhode Partners
ARCH URB INTR
Robert A.M. Stern Architects Robert A.M. Stern Architects
ARCH INTR URB
SHoP Architects SHoP Architects
ARCH
SilverEdge Systems Software SilverEdge Systems Software
COMP
Silverstein Properties Silverstein Properties
DEV OWN PROP
Spiritos Properties LLC Spiritos Properties LLC
DEV
Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates
STRC SEIS WIND
Stantec Ltd. Stantec Ltd.
ARCH URB INTR LAND
Steel Institute of New York Steel Institute of New York
NONP MATR
SWA Group SWA Group
LAND URB
Terracon Terracon
GEO OTHR
The Harman Group The Harman Group
STRC
Vidaris, Inc. Vidaris, Inc.
FAC

Participant

3Mix 3Mix
ARCH
ADG Engineering ADG Engineering
STRC ARCH ENGO INTR
ARK Studio Inc. ARK Studio Inc.
ARCH URB INTR
Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineering Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineering
STRC ENGO HIST INSU SEIS SURV WIND
BASF Corporation BASF Corporation
MATR
Baumann Consulting Baumann Consulting
ARCH ENGM
Beetrex, Inc. Beetrex, Inc.
ENGO
BKV Group BKV Group
ARCH ENGM INTR LAND
Boston Properties Boston Properties
DEV OWN PROP
Cardno Cardno
STRC FAC
Cast Connex Cast Connex
MATR
CDC Curtain Wall Design & Consulting CDC Curtain Wall Design & Consulting
FAC WIND ENGO COST LEGL STRC
CEES-Advisors CEES-Advisors
OTHR
COOKFOX Architects COOKFOX Architects
ARCH URB INTR
Coughlin Porter Lundeen Coughlin Porter Lundeen
STRC CIV SEIS
CS Associates CS Associates
STRC HIST COST
CTL Group CTL Group
STRC LEGL GEO
DLR Group DLR Group
ARCH
Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc. Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc.
STRC SEIS
Ennead Architects Ennead Architects
ARCH URB INTR
Extell Development Extell Development
DEV OWN PROP
Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association (FEMA) Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association (FEMA)
FIRE MATR
Fisher Marantz Stone Fisher Marantz Stone
OTHR
Fortune Shepler Saling Fortune Shepler Saling
VERC
Full Stack Modular Full Stack Modular
CON MATR
Giarratana, LLC Giarratana, LLC
DEV
GREC Architects, LLC GREC Architects, LLC
ARCH
Greenberg Traurig, LLP Greenberg Traurig, LLP
LEGL
Group PMX Group PMX
PMNG
GVK Elevator Consulting Services GVK Elevator Consulting Services
VERC PROP
Handel Architects Handel Architects
ARCH URB INTR
Harmon, Inc Harmon, Inc
FAC FACS
Hearst Corporation Hearst Corporation
OWN
Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers
FAC
Hill West Architects Hill West Architects
ARCH
Hines Hines
DEV PROP COST FIN
Interface Engineering Interface Engineering
ENGM
James McHugh Construction James McHugh Construction
CON
JCE Structural Engineering Group JCE Structural Engineering Group
STRC SEIS SEC
JDS Development Group JDS Development Group
DEV OWN PROP CON
Korda/Nemeth Engineering Korda/Nemeth Engineering
ENGM
Lerch Bates Lerch Bates
VERC FAC MATR
Magellan Development Group Magellan Development Group
DEV OWN
Magnetek Magnetek
VERC MATR
Martin/Martin Martin/Martin
STRC CIV SURV
Matthews Southwest Matthews Southwest
DEV PROP PMNG OWN
Meyer Borgman Johnson Meyer Borgman Johnson
STRC
MEYERS+ ENGINEERS MEYERS+ ENGINEERS
MEP ARCH ENGO
Michael Blades & Associates Michael Blades & Associates
VERC INSU PMNG
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
NONP MATR
NV5 NV5
ENGM
ODELL ODELL
ARCH
Optima, Inc. Optima, Inc.
ARCH DEV
Osborn Engineering Osborn Engineering
ENGM
Pappageorge Haymes Partners Pappageorge Haymes Partners
ARCH URB INTR
Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
CON LEGL
Postorino & Associates Engineering Postorino & Associates Engineering
STRC ENGM
Rafael Viñoly Architects Rafael Viñoly Architects
ARCH URB INTR
Richard Meier & Partners Richard Meier & Partners
ARCH INTR URB
Riggio / Boron Riggio / Boron
FAC BMNT CON OTHR
Safdie Architects Safdie Architects
ARCH URB INTR
See Robertson Structural Engineers, LLC See Robertson Structural Engineers, LLC
STRC
Sentient Law, Ltd. Sentient Law, Ltd.
LEGL
Skyline Windows Skyline Windows
MATR
smdp smdp
ARCH URB INTR
SOH Wind Engineering LLC SOH Wind Engineering LLC
WIND
Solomon Cordwell Buenz Solomon Cordwell Buenz
ARCH INTR URB HIST
Sowlat Structural Engineers Sowlat Structural Engineers
STRC
Telgian Engineering & Consulting Telgian Engineering & Consulting
FIRE
Thatcher Foundations / Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings Thatcher Foundations / Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings
NONP
The John Buck Company The John Buck Company
DEV PROP FIN INSU MRKT
The Skyscraper Museum The Skyscraper Museum
NONP
Thermafiber Thermafiber
MATR FIRE
TLC Engineering for Architecture TLC Engineering for Architecture
MEP STRC
TOBIN, PLLC TOBIN, PLLC
ARCH PMNG INTR FAC HIST
University of Chicago University of Chicago
ACAD
Uzun+Case Uzun+Case
STRC
Van Deusen & Associates Van Deusen & Associates
VERC
W.E. O`Neil Construction Co. W.E. O`Neil Construction Co.
CON
WMA Consulting Engineers WMA Consulting Engineers
MEP
XSPlatforms Americas, Inc. XSPlatforms Americas, Inc.
MATR BMNT ENGO

Academic

Penn State University Penn State University
ACAD
Pratt Institute Pratt Institute
ACAD
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
ACAD RES
Yale University School of Architecture Yale University School of Architecture
ACAD

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CTBUH Staff Reaches New Heights at Chicago's Vista Tower

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Liberty Property Trust, Philadelphia

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Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

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31 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews
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Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018

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Progressive Collapse of Steel High-Rise Buildings Exposed to Fire: Current State of Research

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3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Louis Nowikas, Hearst Corporation
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3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
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3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group
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3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
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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 –…
From San Diego to Guangzhou: The Story of Marketing Tall Buildings
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; William Murray, Wordsearch
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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
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CTBUH Video Interview – Jason Barr
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CTBUH Video Interview – Jon Pickard
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Jon Pickard of Pickard Chilton is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Jon discusses the local economic impacts of tall buildings.
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Structural & Geotechnic Engineering Q&A
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Vertical Futures: Technologies that will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF
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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
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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…
Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Sustainability
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Antony Wood, CTBUH
This research is focused on quantitatively investigating and comparing the environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in terms of embodied energy, operational energy use, and overall satisfaction with their quality of life in both…
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…
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…
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 Video Interview – Peter Brannan
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
Peter Brannan of Arquitectonica is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Peter discusses the Brickell City Center Development in Miami as well as design considerations for storm surges brought inland with the arrival of…
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…
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…
CTBUH Video Interview – Abrar Sheriff
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Abrar Sheriff, Turner International
Abrar Sheriff of Turner International is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Abrar discusses the planning and construction process for supertall and megatall building projects around the world.
Monthly Video: Bjarke Ingels
15 Apr 2016 – Monthly Video Series; Bjarke Ingels, BIG
Bjarke Ingels, BIG, discusses new building parameters and how they have influenced the design of two of New York City's most unique projects, 2 World Trade Center and VIA 57 West.
Monthly Video: Richard Cook
15 Feb 2016 – Monthly Video Series; Partner, COOKFOX Architects
Richard Cook, Partner, COOKFOX Architects, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the architecture of New York and the new approach to the fifth facade, the green roof, during the CTBUH 2015 New York Conference. View the extended interview here…
Interview: One World Trade Center
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Kenneth A. Lewis, Owings & Merrill; & Yoram Eilon, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Chicago, IL. Kenneth A. Lewis, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, & Yoram Eilon, Senior Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas Winner, One World…
A New Icon for an Evolving City: One World Trade Center, New York City
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Yoram Eilon, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Kenneth Lewis, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Yoram Eilon, Senior Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Kenneth Lewis, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, speak at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium in a presentation entitled "A New Icon for an Evolving City: One…
Social Infrastructure
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
With the rise of technological solutions, the practice of architecture is often divorced from the cultural, social, and environmental contexts where we build. Buildings have become closed systems, connected to life-support machinery that compensates…
Interview: Jon Kushner
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Jon Kushner, KRE Group
Jon Kushner of KRE Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. John discusses Journaled Square.
Interview: Robert Cotter
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Robert Cotter, Jersey City
Robert Cotter of Jersey City is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Robert discusses the development of Jersey City and the future of the city.
From New York to Busan: Reflecting Culture in Urban Design
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Daniel Libeskind, Studio Libeskind
Overpopulation, climate change, aging infrastructure: the threats facing tomorrow’s cities are, in many ways, design problems. The challenges of today’s world have to be solved with creativity that supports the development of an inspired, innovative…
Interview: Daniel Libeskind
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Daniel Libeskind, Studio Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind of Studio Libeskind is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Daniel discusses the design in the big picture.
Interview: Bjarke Ingels
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Bjarke discusses the design process for buildings in construction and the future of design.
Interview: Carol Willis
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Carol Willis, Skyscraper Museum
Carol Willis of Skyscraper Museum is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Carol discusses the luxurious slender high-rises unique to New York City.
The Logic of Luxury 2.0
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Carol Willis, Skyscraper Museum
This presentation recaps the “what and why” of the super-slender type and gives an abbreviated illustration of the mechanics of the “logic of luxury." The second part of the presentation considers the impact of the towers on the New York skyline, on…
The High Line Effect
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Craig Schwitter, BuroHappold Engineering
Density and development come in many forms – not all of them tall. One of the most successful development initiatives undertaken in New York City in the last decade has been a horizontal, rather than a vertical, project: the High Line. The…
Jersey City on the Rise
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Robert Cotter, Jersey City
Home to 7 of the 10 tallest buildings in New Jersey, and 16 of the top 20, Jersey City is the growth engine of North Jersey. Situated at a strategic junction between New York City and Northern New Jersey, Jersey City has attracted acceleration…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1e - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2015 New York Conference Session 1e Questions & Answers session with speakers Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization, Harry Macklowe, Macklowe Properties, James von Klemperer, KPF.
One Vanderbilt: Approving Midtown’s Tallest Office Building
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation traces the development of One Vanderbilt from early design through the complex city approvals process that is ultimately allowing for its realization. From the onset, the building was not only charged with creating state-of-the-art…
Efficient Energy Production for High-demand Tenants of Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization
Tall Buildings in urban landscapes present a unique challenge in the field of sustainable building. These structures tend to attract a tenant base of dynamic industries such as financial services, communications, technology and digital media. Such…
The Fifth Façade: Designing Nature into the City
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Richard Cook, COOKFOX Architects
New York’s most iconic buildings, the early 20th-Century high rises, were designed as aspirational symbols of urban life with carefully sculpted forms that mediate between the great height of the structure and life at street level. These stepped…
Developing Tall in the New York Context
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Gary Barnett, Extell Development Corporation
Ric Clark, Brookfield Properties
Joseph Moinian, Moinian Group
Larry Silverstein, Silverstein Properties

Gary Barnett, Extell Development Corporation; Ric Clark, Brookfield Properties; Joseph Moinian, Moinian Group; and Larry Silverstein, Silverstein Properties, discuss development in New York City and answer audience questions at the 2015 New York…
Interview: Rafael Viñoly
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Rafael Viñoly of Rafael Viñoly Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Rafael discusses about how future skyscrapers should be designed and developed.
Interview: Ric Clark
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Ric Clark, Brookfield Properties
Ric Clark of Brookfield Property Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Ric discusses developing along the urban fabric.
Interview: Richard Cook
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Richard Cook, COOKFOX Architects
Richard Cook of COOKFOX Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Richard discusses the architecture of New York and the new approach to the fifth facade, the green roof.
Interview: Michael Adlerstein
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Michael Adlerstein, United Nations Capital Master Plan
Michael Adlerstein of United Nations Capital Master Plan is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Michael discusses the retrofitting process of the UN buildings.
Interview: Joseph Moinian
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Joseph Moinian, Moinian Group
Joseph Moinian of Moinian Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Joseph discusses about developing in New York City.
Interview: Gary Handel
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Gary Handel, Handel Architects
Gary Handel of Handel Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Gary discusses the development of Jersey City and the housing market for Jersey City and New York City.
Interview: Harry Macklowe
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Harry Macklowe, Macklowe Properties
Harry Macklowe of Macklowe Properties is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Harry discusses 432 Park Avenue.
Interview: James von Klemperer
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; James von Klemperer, KPF
James von Klemperer of KPF is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. James discusses the process of designing high-rises for international locations.
Interview: Anthony Malkin
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Anthony Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust
Anthony Malkin of Empire State Realty Trust is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Anthony discusses the modern Empire State Building.
Interview: Alexander Durst
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization
Alexander Durst of The Durst Organization is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Alexander discusses developing the co-generation system.
The Complex Path to Simple Elegance: The Story of 432 Park
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Harry Macklowe, Macklowe Properties
This presentation chronicles the development and design of 432 Park Avenue, New York, which, when it opens will be the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the world’s most luxurious. The extraordinary building is…
Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
In urban centers dominated by tall buildings, access to outdoor space is important. We will explain how two urban office building developments provide valuable outdoor open space in different ways. In Chicago, the development involves transforming an…
The New Supers: Super-Slender Towers of New York
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Silvian Marcus, WSP Group
432 Park Avenue, the MoMA Tower and Steinway Tower at 111 West 57th Street are the first of a new generation of supertall buildings in New York City. 432 Park Avenue will stand as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere; MoMA Tower…
S. R. Crown Hall Roundtable: Tall Buildings
3 Oct 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Antony Wood, IIT/CTBUH; Luke Leung, SOM; et al.
IIT Architecture hosted a series of four roundtables on October 2nd and 3rd to celebrate the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The third roundtable focused on the question: "Is Chicago still the “Silicon Valley” of Tall Building Expertise…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Medal: A Career of Foresight: Douglas Durst
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Douglas Durst, The Durst Organization
Douglas Durst is the chairman and a member of the third generation to lead The Durst Organization, one of New York’s oldest and most respected privately held owner-builder-managers of commercial and residential real estate. Its portfolio now…
Monthly Video: Douglas Durst
6 Nov 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Douglas Durst, The Durst Organization
Douglas Durst is the chairman and a member of the third generation to lead The Durst Organization, one of New York’s oldest and most respected privately held owner-builder-managers of commercial and residential real estate, including One World Trade…
Monthly Video: U.N. Secretariat Building Retrofit
6 Nov 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Michael Adlerstein, United Nations Capital Master Plan; John Gering, HLW International
Thursday, 6th November 2014. Chicago, USA. Michael Adlerstein, United Nations Capital Master Plan & John Gering, HLW International, discuss the retrofit of the United Nations Secretariat Building, a finalist in the 2014 CTBUH Awards. View the…
Interview: U.N. Secretariat Building Retrofit
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Michael Adlerstein, United Nations Capital Master Plan; John Gering, HLW International
Thursday, 6th November 2014. Chicago, USA. Michael Adlerstein, United Nations Capital Master Plan & John Gering, HLW International, discuss the retrofit of the United Nations Secretariat Building, a finalist in the 2014 CTBUH Awards.
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Modernist Optimism Reconfigured for a New Century: The UN Secretariat
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Michael Adlerstein, United Nations Capital Master Plan; John Gering, HLW International
When the multi-billion dollar renovation of the UN campus started, the Secretariat, which has never ceased to operate as a functional government building, was plagued by severely outdated fixtures, deficient life safety features, and a leaky curtain…
Interview: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Leslie Shepherd, General Services Administration; James Cutler, Cutler Anderson Architects
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. Leslie Sheppard, General Services Administration, and Jim Cutler, Cutler Anderson Architects, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building America Winner, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt…
Best Tall Building Americas: Concrete Monolith to Green Machine: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Leslie Shepherd, General Services Administration; James Cutler, Cutler Anderson Architects
The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building is an office tower, completed in 1974. The building no longer met the functional or the energy and conservation requirements of the contemporary US government, so a major renovation project was…
Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers
Peter Irwin, one of the founding partners of Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI), has led wind engineering on many of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, Burj Khalifa, the Trump International Hotel &…
Interview: Douglas Durst
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Douglas Durst, The Durst Organization
Douglas Durst is the chairman and a member of the third generation to lead The Durst Organization, one of New York’s oldest and most respected privately held owner-builder-managers of commercial and residential real estate, including One World Trade…
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…
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.
The Logic of Luxury: New York’s New Super-Slender Towers
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Carol Willis, Skyscraper Museum
September 18, 2014. Shanghai, China. Carol Willis from The Skyscraper Museum presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "The Logic of Luxury: New York’s New Super-Slender Towers."
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…
Life Cycle Analysis: Are We There Yet?
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Donald Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
To help advance Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for building systems, this presentation reviews the history and state of LCA practice in the U.S. from a structural engineering perspective. The recently released Revit LCA module “Tally” is utilized for case…
The 8x8 Tower: Sustainable Citizenship for the 21st Century
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Michael Bischoff, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
The 8X8 Tower addresses challenges created by our increasingly populated, dense and vertically extruded urban environment by creating a socially and environmentally sustainable residential community in a memorably iconic form appropriate for the…
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…
Interview: Mehdi Jalayerian
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design
Mehdi Jalayerian of Environmental Systems Design is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Mehdi discusses the possibilities of net-zero high-rises and the retrofit of older buildings.
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;…
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…
Curtainwall Lifecycles: Evaluating Durability and Embodied Energy
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mic Patterson, Enclos
Durability is an often-overlooked consideration of materials, components, assemblies, buildings, and cities, and a fundamental attribute of sustainability. The concept of differential service life recognizes that each of the components that comprise…
Energy-Efficient Elevator Solutions for High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Patrick Bass, ThyssenKrupp
Maximizing capacity with smart and energy-efficient elevator solutions for the high-rise buildings of the world’s inaugural metropolitan century.
Embodied Carbon in Our Future Cities
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Innovative planning for cities of the future is essential. Cities are the solution to responsible habitation as issues of the environment gain increasing importance. Even early at planning stages, cities, districts, parcels, and buildings can be…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: A Lifetime's Work
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Awardee Henry Cobb's career is remarkable because of his ethical and forward-thinking approach to the design of tall buildings and their place in the urban fabric. Transforming the efficiencies of International…
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal: Geotechnics for the World’s Tallest
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Clyde N. Baker, Jr., AECOM
Clyde Baker has performed geotechnical engineering for seven of the 16 tallest buildings in the world, and a major portion of the high-rise buildings built in downtown Chicago. Mr. Baker has developed an international reputation in the design and…
Interview: Tree House Residence Hall
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; B.K. Boley, ADD Inc
B.K. Boley of ADD Inc discusses the Tree House Residence Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, a Finalist for Best Tall Building Americas. The artful and organic addition to the school was inspired by a painting and features a collaborative design process…
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Tree House Residence Hall: Students in the Sky
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; B.K. Boley, ADD Inc
Created on a limited public-university budget and an aggressive schedule, the Tree House achieves environmental conservation goals while still providing a memorable environment for students. It is indeed notable that a project can result in such an…
Interview: Emerging Corporate Mobility
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group
Carmine Bilardello of Willis Group is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Carmine talks about emerging corporate mobility and the impacts of tall buildings, including the Willis Tower in Chicago…
From London to Chicago: The Willis Group and Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group
From the 1970’s seminal Willis Faber Dumas Ipswich building, through 51 Lime Street London (winner of the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Europe award), to the Willis (ex-Sears) Tower in Chicago, there are few companies that have an association with…
2013 CTBUH YPC Presentation
4 Feb 2013 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Roosevelt Tower Student Workshop
The Young Professionals organized a Student Workshop at IIT to cover the design and construction of Roosevelt Tower. The presentation was led by: Joe Dietz, VOA Associates; Matthew Streid, MKA Associates; and Pete Huey, Power Construction, all…
Fazlur Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal: A Lifetime’s Engineering Collaboration
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Charles Thornton & Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti
The partnership between Charles Thornton and Richard Tomasetti has provided the backbone for many of the most dramatic and innovative tall buildings around the world. Their legacy includes Taiwan’s Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: Archi-neering Tall
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn
Never predictable, never simplistic, Helmut Jahn has developed a complex portfolio of iconic buildings around the world. Standout projects include the Sony Center in Berlin, Xerox Center in Chicago, Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the MGM Veer…
Best Tall Building Americas: Eight Spruce Street: Getting Under the Skin: Façade Innovation
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Joseph A. Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; John Bowers, Gehry Partners
The façade of "New York by Gehry" at Eight Spruce Street is designed to create a draping fabric-like quality and gives the building its landmark signature look. Inside each unique floor plate was carefully planned to efficiently marry the plan to the…
Vertical Expansion Leads to Innovative Solutions
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The 300 East Randolph building establishes a new standard for innovation in the Chicago skyline. Responding to the programmatic need to accommodate flexibility for future growth, the 57-story, 2.35 million-square-foot project was divided into two…
One World Trade Center: A New Icon Rises at Ground Zero
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Nicholas Holt, SOM
Nicholas Holt from SOM New York presents on re-establishing the culture grid after the effects of September 11th. He speaks on the master plan, how 7 World Trade Center was built as quickly as possible and how it served as a precedent to One World…
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…
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal: The Skyscraper and the Structural Process: 40 years of engineering the Supertall
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Professor Ysrael Seinuk, Ysrael A. Seinuk; Presentation by Professor Seinuk's Daughter, Beatriz Seinuk-Ackerman
Prof. Seinuk is known as a worldwide authority on the design and construction of high-rise concrete and steel buildings. A reflection of his life's work will include significant towers such as: O-14 (2010), 785 Eighth Avenue (2009), Trump World Tower…
Best Tall Building Americas: The Bank of America Tower: High Performance Design, Health & Productivity
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Lisa Shpritz, Bank of America; Richard Cook, Cook + Fox Architects
Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Bank of America, and Richard Cook, Partner, Cook + Fox Architects. Bank of America Tower has produced a high level of sustainability within the commercial market place, creating a strong identity for itself and…
Chicago: 125 Years of Tall – Reflections
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago
In the city where tall buildings began, this presentation highlights the historical trends, drivers and challenges behind tall buildings and sustainable urban development; what city governments can do to promote greener cities. In addition, Chicago,…
Decarbonization of Our Central Cities
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Much of the consideration of sustainable design is being focused on new and future buildings. However, arguably, the greatest difference to cutting energy and carbon expenditure would be had in the upgrade of existing buildings. This is especially…
Chicago: A City Re-Invents Itself
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; William Testa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Tall Buildings have enjoyed an unprecedented renaissance internationally in the past decade or two that has seen their number and height increase across much of the globe. Chicago has been no exception to this, with the downtown core seeing an…
Skyscrapers as Business Strategy: Trump International Hotel and Tower - Chicago
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Eric Trump & Andy Weiss, The Trump Organization
The Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago completes this year as the tallest building in the US built in 35 years, since Sears Tower. In addition, it has set new records for what can be achieved with phased occupancy whilst construction…
Chicago Spire: Technical Twisting and Turning
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti
For the best part of a decade, Asia eclipsed the U.S. as the leader in the world’s tallest buildings. In the mid-2000s, however, a number of U.S. cities once again proposed supertall buildings in a bid to rebrand U.S. skylines and encourage urban…
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…
American Commerce Center
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Garrett A. Miller, Hill International Real Estate Partners
US cities such as Chicago, New York and San Francisco have attracted much of the US attention for skyscrapers in the boom of the past decade or so. As proposals in many of these cities become stalled, however, Hill International announced proposals…
Founder and First Chairman 'Lynn Beedle'
2 Nov 2008 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; CTBUH 2008 Leader Presentation Video
Biography about Lynn Beedle and the Council on Tall Buildings, narrated by his son David and shown during the first annual awards dinner. For his 30 years of dedicated service to the Council and contributions to the profession Dr. Beedle was…
Tall, Gray, and Green: Reinforced Concrete Construction in the Pacific Northwest
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Martin Maingot, Cary Kopczynski & Company
Martin Maingot, Cary Kopczynski & Company, presented four case studies of how structural engineers at his firm have contributed to green building design in the Pacific Northwest at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Savings in materials, cost,…
Tall Structural Sustainability in an Island Context: The Hawaii Experience
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Steve Baldridge, Baldridge Associates
The presentation includes an examination of high-rise projects in an island context from the most remote large city in the world Honolulu, Hawaii at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. From a social standpoint there is some local opposition to…
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…
Hearst Headquarters: Innovation and Heritage in Harmony
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ahmad Rahimian, Yoram Eilon & Bart Sullivan, WSP Cantor Seinuk
Bart Sullivan, WSP Cantor Seinuk, presented the new $500million Hearst Corporation headquarters at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. This 46-story, 600 ft tall, glass and steel skyscraper sits on a 6-story base landmark art deco building. The…
A Statement in Steel: The New York Times Building
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Thomas Z. Scarangello, Kyle E. Krall & Jeffrey A. Callow, Thornton Tomasetti
Kyle E. Krall, Thornton Tomasetti presented some of the challenges driven by aesthetic, erection, and fabrication considerations of the exterior steel of the New Yotk Times building at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. One of the principal…
San Francisco: Promoting Tall Buildings Through Sustainable Incentives
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Jeffrey Heller, Clark Manus & Craig Nikitas, Heller Manus
Jeffrey Heller & Clark Manus, of Heller Manus, talked about San Francisco as an interesting and prototypical example of what is and will be happening to important second tier cities at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The change of attitude…
Tall Buildings: Sustainable Design Opportunities
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Akbar Tamboli, Thornton Tomasetti
Akbar Tamboli from Thornton Tomasetti, focused on the incorporation of sustainable structural designs at the CTBUH 8th World Congress. The three major tall buildings he discussed were the Taipei 101, Taiwan; the Petronas Towers, Malaysia; and the…
A Tale of Two Cities: Collaborative Innovations for Sustainable Towers
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; John Lahey & Martin Wolf, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Ron Klemencic & Ola Johansson, MKA
John Lahey, Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates presented two of their collaborative projects at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. In Chicago, 340 on the Park is the city’s first and tallest all-residential…
Chicago: Building a Green City
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Sadhu Johnston, City of Chicago
Sadhu Johnston from the office of Mayor Richard Daley, City of Chicago, highlighted the city's tradition of innovation in architecture from balloon-frame houses to steel skyscrapers to today’s green buildings at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai…

United States Related Papers/Research

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
12 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…
Progressive Collapse of Steel High-Rise Buildings Exposed to Fire: Current State of Research
Dec 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 4; Jian Jiang & Guo-Qiang Li, Tongji University
This paper presents a review on progressive collapse mechanism of steel framed buildings exposed to fire. The influence of load ratios, strength of structural members (beam, column, slab, connection), fire scenarios, bracing systems, fire protections…
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…
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/…
Dynamic Interrelationship between the Evolution of the Structural Systems and Façade Design in Tall Buildings
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1; Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University School of Architecture
The emergence of tall buildings in the late 19th century was possible by using new materials and separating the role of structures and that of non-structural walls from the traditional load-bearing walls that acted as both. The role of structures is…
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…
A Tall Building Ethos of Integration
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1; Brian Lee, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The last decade has seen great design opportunities for tall building construction around the globe. The best designs represent a new generation of skyscrapers that go beyond willful preconceptions of building form and iconography, trying instead to…
The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I
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…
Reconstruction as Research: Digital Modeling of Key Postwar Skyscrapers
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; Saranya Panchaseelan, Shawn Barron & Thomas Leslie, Iowa State University; Paolo Orlando, substance architecture
The 2016 CTBUH Student Research Funding Program, kindly sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories, allowed researchers to use digital reconstructions from extant drawings and publications to research and illustrate the evolution of key cladding and…
Lotte World Tower: Seoul’s First Supertall
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Lotte World Tower became the world’s fifth-tallest building upon completion in 2017, and is currently the only supertall building (300 meters or higher) in Seoul. As it is located a fair distance from other tall buildings, the project’s designers…
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…
Why Healthy Workplaces Matter
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Robert S. Best, JLL
Employers are realizing that workplaces have an immense impact on productivity. And, because people typically represent about 90% of a company’s costs, even a slight improvement in productivity hits the bottom-line in a very big way. The focus is…
The Ultra-Modern FKI Tower
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti
A modern and highly-sustainable addition to the skyline of Seoul, South Korea has been completed; the Federation of Korean Industries Headquarters (FKI). The signature saw-toothed exterior wall of the 245-meter tall tower and the contrasting smooth…
The Path to Life Cycle Carbon Neutrality in High Rise Buildings
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Chris Drew & Natalia Quintanilla, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Across the world, building energy codes are becoming stricter, demanding higher levels of energy performance with each issuance. Some locations have taken initiatives to eliminate operational emissions altogether by requiring buildings to be carbon…
Multitasking Façade: How to Combine BIPV with Passive Solar Mitigation Strategies in a High-Rise Curtain Wall
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper outlines the processes and strategies studied and selected by the team during the design stages of the project for the incorporation of BIPV into the tower’s façade. The goal was to create a system that helps reduce internal heating and…
Rethinking CTBUH Height Criteria In the Context of Tall Timber
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; Robert M. Foster, University of Queensland; Michael H. Ramage, University of Cambridge; Thomas Reynolds, The University of Edinburgh
Recent developments in the design and construction of progressively taller buildings using engineered timber as a structural material raise important questions about the language that is used to describe tall buildings. This paper discusses the role…
Empirically Evaluating the Livability Of Local Neighborhoods and Global Cities
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; Christian Derix, Lucy Helme, Fabio Galicia & Alexander Kachkaev, Woods Bagot
CIVITAS is a search engine for urban conditions, developed to allow stakeholders to identify qualities of livability and urban experiences that suit their tacit desires and explicit requirements. While using CIVITAS to study three global cities for…
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…
Birds, Planes and Bio-Blitzes
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects
Having designed the 262-meter Aqua in Chicago, which completed in 2009, Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, received considerable attention for what was then the tallest building ever designed by a woman-led firm. The…
ASPECT: RATIOS – Voices of Women In the Tall Building World
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Ilkay Can-Standard, GenX Design & Technology; Martina Dolejsova, Studio Libeskind
ASPECT: RATIOS is the outgrowth of a program developed by the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee in New York, beginning in 2016. The purpose of the lecture series, and of this special edition, is to showcase some of the exemplary work done by women…
Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
This paper presents the initial findings of a ground-breaking two-year CTBUH-funded research project investigating the real environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in a number of high-rise residential towers in downtown Chicago…
Debating Tall: Replace the Thomson Center?
28 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Mir Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chicago’s drum-shaped, 17-story James R. Thompson Center, with its soaring atrium and extensive glazing, has been criticized for poor temperature control and spatial inefficiency, and maintenance has been deferred. The State of Illinois has proposed…
Modular High-Rise: The Next Chapter
20 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II; Roger Krulak, Full Stack Modular
In 2016, 461 Dean Street, the world’s tallest volumetric modular building, was completed in New York City (see Figure 1). As few such projects had ever been attempted, let alone in a construction market with New York’s constraints, the project’s…
River Beech Tower: A Tall Timber Experiment
20 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II; Jeff Sanner & Todd Snapp, Perkins+Will; Alejandro Fernandez, Thornton Tomasetti; et al.
The Chicago River Beech Tower is a collaborative research effort with the goal of identifying challenges and opportunities associated with designing increasingly tall mass timber structures. This paper represents the team’s findings to date on these…
Vertical Shortening Considerations in the 1 km Tall Jeddah Tower
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; John Peronto, Robert Sinn & Matthew Huizinga, Thornton Tomasetti
Jeddah Tower will be the first man-made structure to reach a kilometer in height upon its completion in 2019. From conception, it was clear that an all-concrete superstructure would present many advantages for a building of such unprecedented height…
Effects of Perimeter to Core Connectivity on Tall Building Behavior
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas, Georgi I. Petrov, et al., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The Pertamina Energy Tower (PET) and Manhattan West North Tower (MWNT) are two supertall towers recently designed and engineered by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The structural system for both buildings consists of an interior reinforced concrete…
A Structural Engineer’s Approach to Differential Vertical Shortening in Tall Buildings
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Sami S. Matar & William J. Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Vertical shortening in tall buildings would be of little concern if all vertical elements shortened evenly. However, vertical elements such as walls and columns may shorten different amounts due to different service axial stress levels. With height,…
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.
Stability of Diagrid Structures
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4; Ahmad Rahimian, WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff
Efficiencies in the strength and stability of truss systems have been understood since the Middle Ages. The major impetus for widespread use of the truss system however, came in the 19th century with its implementation in bridge construction, early…
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…
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…
Sustainable Integration of Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat for the Megacities of the Future
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Mark Lavery, BuroHappold Engineering
Tall buildings increasingly dominate our skylines as an almost inevitable response to urbanisation. They often do not integrate well with the urban habitat in which they are located however, a must for long-term social, environmental and commercial…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Toward the Future City: An Ethical Design Philosophy for Urban Habitats
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jared Gilbert, COOKFOX Architects
Ever taller skyscrapers, increased density, and global interconnectivity are creating new pressures and complexities in both the urban environment and the public space. Contemporary attitudes toward shared environmental and social resources are…
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 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 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…
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…
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…
Cyclone Resistant Glazing Solutions
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jennifer Schneider, Trosifol
As urban areas become developed in regions prone to severe weather, the risk of financial and human loss increases. Severe weather such as hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons have caused billions of dollars of damage and thousands of deaths globally.…
Application of “Big Data” for Intelligent Fire Safety Emergency Operations and Management
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Fang Li & Martin Reiss, Jensen Hughes International
High-rise buildings are incredibly complicated structures. Many contain mixed-use programs and/or are located in multi-building complexes. They include large spaces; intricate fire detection, alarm and control functions; and difficult firefighting…
Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
This paper presents the initial findings of a ground-breaking two-year CTBUH-funded research project investigating the real environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in a number of high-rise residential towers in downtown Chicago…
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…
Nimit Langsuan: High Performance High-Rise – Columns of Curved Glass
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Richard Shonn Mills, Ramboll Group; Vanich Nopnirapath, Beca Group
Nimit Langsuan Residences project, located in Bangkok, Thailand, is a 210-meter-tall high end residential with over 50,000 square meters of accommodation. The tower will be unique in the Bangkok landscape and is characterized by a three-dimensional…
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…
Remodel, Recycle or Rebuild? - Addressing the Fire Safety Challenges of Repurposing Skyscrapers
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk
Some of our established world cities are already facing the challenge of older tall building stock that is no longer relevant to the most commercially attractive uses. One of the biggest challenges faced by any re-purposing of high-rise buildings is…
Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses
17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
As this issue and the International Conference are focused on the megacity phenomenon, this edition of Talking Tall features two people who have designed tall buildings, large projects, and entire urban areas in some of the world’s largest and most…
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…
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…
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,…
Debating Tall: Should Tall Buildings be Demolished For Non-Safety Reasons?
28 Jul 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue III; Arthur Wellington, Thornton Tomasetti; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering
In several developing nations recently, skyscrapers were found to have been constructed in violation of local laws, and have been ordered demolished. In some cases, these are safety-related violations; in others not. Considering the expense, safety…
Three Points of the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects
In this paper we discuss the terms “exo-spatial design,” “solar carving,” and “bridging” as strategies for creating more socially connective tall buildings. As a typology, high-rise residential buildings have a unique set of challenges to becoming…
The Economics of Skyscraper Construction in Manhattan: Past, Present, and Future
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Jason Barr, Rutgers University
This paper discusses the economics of skyscraper construction in Manhattan since 1990. First the paper reviews the economic theory of skyscraper height. Next it documents the frequency and heights of skyscraper construction in the last 25 years. Then…
A Whole LCA of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2; Dario Trabucco, IUAV University of Venice; Antony Wood, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Olivier Vassart & Nicoletta Popa, ArcelorMittal
This paper summarizes the results of a two-year-long research project conducted by the CTBUH on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of tall building structural systems. The research project was made possible thanks to a $300,000 contribution from…
Designing a Data-Driven, Humanistic High-Rise
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Ben Tranel & Hao Ko, Gensler
Much attention has been given to how data and “the cloud” will revolutionize the workplace. Indeed, the way we work is rapidly changing, though many of the demands and challenges we must address are still very much physical. The case of the Tower at…
Challenges and Opportunities in Vertical Healthcare Design
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Douglas King, VOA Associates
Vertical healthcare design is an emerging field with its own particular set of benefits and challenges. This building type will become more desirable and popular, particularly in North America, due to the location of healthcare facilities in urban…
The Damped Outrigger - Design and Implementation
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Rob Smith, Arup
The use of outriggers with dampers (the damped outrigger concept) has been shown to be a cost effective method of adding structural damping to a high rise building, and has been described in previous work by the author. This paper further develops…
Wilshire Grand: Outrigger Designs and Details for a Highly Seismic Site
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Leonard M. Joseph, C. Kerem Gulec, and Justin M. Schwaiger, Thornton Tomasetti
The 335 m tall Wilshire Grand Center tower under construction in Los Angeles illustrates many key outrigger issues. The tower has a long, narrow floor plan and slender central core. Outrigger braces at three groups of levels in the tower help provide…
New Heights for Renewables: The US Tall Wood Building Competition
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Thomas Robinson, LEVER Architecture; Anyeley Hallova, project^; Jeff Spiritos, Spiritos Properties; Michelle Roelofs, Arup
In a continuing effort to support the Obama Administration’s climate strategy, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, announced the US Tall Wood…
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.
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…
Jersey City on the Rise
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Robert Cotter & Jeff Wenger, Jersey City
Home to seven of the 10 tallest buildings in New Jersey, and 16 of the top 20, Jersey City is the growth engine of North Jersey. Situated at a strategic junction between New York City and Northern New Jersey, Jersey City has attracted acceleration…
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…
Tall Buildings and the Sabbath Elevator
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; David Pilzer, Israel Ministry of the Interior
The commandment to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest appears in the Bible many times. Jewish law prescribes an intricate set of rules regarding which activities may be performed and which are prohibited. A Sabbath elevator is an elevator which…
Tel Aviv’s Midtown/Azrieli North Development as an Integrated Complex of Tower Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Moshe Tzur & Robert Oxman, Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners
Tel Aviv’s Midtown/Azrieli North Complex is the new hub of the northern central business district (CBD) that functions to connect the activity centers of the historic city to the emerging urban developments in the north and east. The project is a…
The Boutique Hotel Concept
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Ian Schrager, Ian Schrager Company
In addition to the 207 residential units in the tower, the MahaNakhon will feature the Bangkok EDITION, a 159-room boutique hotel catering to a growing global clientele that seeks unique accommodations served by responsive, down-to-earth staff. The…
Successful Sky Life
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Paul Scott, Make
There is no doubt more tall buildings are required to accommodate global population growth. However, the taller a building, the greater the disconnect between occupants and nature leading to a potential detrimental impact on wellbeing. Integrating…
Structural Challenges of Twisting Towers
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Vincent DeSimone, Luis Ramirez & Abdul Mohammad, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC
This paper investigates challenges of designing buildings to accommodate challenging twisting architecture. The foremost challenge is to resist the torsion generated due to twisting geometry Grove at Grand Bay feature two towers rising 20 stories…
One Vanderbilt: Approving Midtown’s Tallest Office Building
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This paper traces the development of One Vanderbilt from early design through the complex city approvals process that is ultimately allowing for its realization. From the onset, the building was not only charged with creating state-of-the-art Class A…
Rags to Riches: How Chicago’s 111 West Wacker Finally Got Built
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Gary Handel & Stephen Matkovitz
With 25 floors and 40,000 cubic yards of concrete in place, 111 West Wacker stood for nearly 4 years on its prominent Chicago River site as a reminder of the recession that brought construction across the city and around the nation to a standstill.…
Securing the Vibrant Future of our Cities: Decision Making Principles for Aspirational Projects
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Matthew Melrose, Daniel Sesil & Michael Hopper, P.E., Leslie E. Robertson Associates
There is a tension between aspirations and risks in the development and delivery of any building project. Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building (CUMGEB) was designed to revitalize Columbia’s Washington Heights campus by creating…
Steel and the Skyscraper City: A Study on the Influence of Steel on the Design of Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Shelley Finnigan, ArcelorMittal; Barry Charnish, Entuitive; Robert Chmielowski, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
At the turn of the century, building design began to evolve. Improvements included indoor plumbing, the advent of escalators, and creation of the “Chicago window.” Perhaps the most notable change was the development of the skyscraper. Innovations in…
Challenges of Building Brickell CityCenter : a True Mixed use Mega Project Downtown Miami
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Christophe Bilaine, Bouygues Bâtiment
The paper illustrates the true mixed-use sides of this mega project, and what it encompasses in terms of transportation, sustainability, logistics, and all innovation features included in the scope and in the management of the job.
Chicago – “The” Four Corners
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Michael F. Kaufman, Goettsch Partners
GP was selected to Renovate or Adapt “The” prime corners of Michigan Avenue on both sides of the Chicago River, all within a two year period. The buildings include The Wrigley Building, The London Guarantee Building, 333 N. Michigan Avenue and 401 N…
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…
Buildings Finally Get A Brain: Di-BOSS
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Michael Rudin, Eugene Boniberger & John J. Gilbert, Rudin Management Company, Inc.; Roger Anderson, Prescriptive Data LLC
Di-BOSS is the world’s first Digital Building Operating System that acts as a “Brain” for buildings. All subsystems are integrated into a Systems Integration Facility that archives all past operational data such as energy consumption, occupancy, and…
Apartments in Skyscrapers: Innovations and Perspectives of their Typology Development
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Elena Generalova & Viktor Generalov, Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering
The paper proposes to reflect on the questions: what does the typology of apartments in contemporary high-rise construction mean and whether it is consistent with the high-rise buildings of the future? What impact do demographic, economic, social,…
A Landmark Sustainability Program for the Empire State Building
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Anthony Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust
This paper underscores the extraordinary commitment that Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. has made to establish the Empire State Building as one of the most energy efficient buildings in New York City. Just as extraordinary as ownership’s commitment…
A Model Modernization: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building and GSA’s Mid-Century Inventory
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Leslie Shepherd, General Services Administration
Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) is an 18-story federal office designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and constructed in downtown Portland, Oregon, in 1975. In May 2013 the tower’s owner, the U.S. General Services Administration,…
A Tale of Towers and Cities: A Contextual Approach to Vertical Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Louis Becker & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
While the ever increasing global interchange of capitals and ideas have created immense opportunities and growth in cities around the world, the physical manifestation of this energy in the urban habitat risks becoming generic in the face of growing…
A Whole Life Cycle Assessment of the Sustainable Aspects of Structural Systems in Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Dario Trabucco & Antony Wood, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Olivier Vassart & Nicoletta Popa, ArcelorMittal
During a dedicated two-year-long research effort, the CTBUH analyzed all life phases of a tall building’s structural system: the extraction and production of its materials, transportation to the site, construction operations, final demolition of the…
Debating Tall: Luxury Superslims: Bane or Boon?
26 Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Michael Stern, JDS Development Group; Mary Rowe, Municipal Art Society of New York
The recent prevalence of extra-thin and tall “superslim” towers in New York, which mostly contain luxury apartments, has been controversial. We felt it was time to air out the pros and cons, by asking, “Do we need to change the approach to building…
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…
Horizontal – Vertical, Defining the Ground
Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Michel Mossessian, Mossessian & Partners
Why is it that cultural and educational buildings that deal with creativity and innovation are horizontal, whilst those dealing with land value are vertical? And how can we inject creativity and culture into tall buildings, which they need, in order…
How New Generations, Industries and Workplace Paradigms Are Redefining the Commercial High-Rise
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
This paper will provide a data-driven analysis of building performance from three eras: the early 1900s, mid-twentieth century, and today. This longitudinal analysis will illustrate how buildings from each era speak to a particular aesthetic and…
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 (…
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…
From New York to Busan: Reflecting Culture in Urban Design
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Daniel Libeskind & Carla Swickerath, Studio Libeskind
Overpopulation, climate change, aging infrastructure: the threats facing tomorrow’s cities are, in many ways, design problems. The challenges of today’s world have to be solved with creativity that supports the development of an inspired, innovative…
Efficient Energy Production for High-demand Tenants of Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization
Tall Buildings in urban landscapes present a unique challenge in the field of sustainable building. These structures tend to attract a tenant base of dynamic industries such as financial services, communications, technology and digital media. Such…
Engineering Without Engines
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
With the rise of technological solutions, the practice of architecture is often divorced from the cultural, social, and environmental contexts where we build. Buildings have become closed systems, connected to life-support machinery that compensates…
FaçadeRetrofit.org: An Online Database Resource for the Façade Renovation of Existing Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Andrea Martinez, Karen M. Kensek & Douglas Noble, University of Southern California; Mic Patterson, Enclos Corp.
Much of the existing tall building stock is burdened with aging and underperforming façades, resulting in opportunities to substantially improve building performance through façade retrofit. Deep-energy whole-building retrofits, with the façade as an…
Fire/Life Safety in High-Rise Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Carrigan, Brian Blicher & Laura Bennett, SYSKA Hennessy Group; Chief Ronald Spadafora, New York City Fire Department
Syska Hennessy Group and the Fire Department of the City of New York propose a paper and presentation detailing an overview of Fire/Life Safety in High-Rise Buildings in New York City. The paper will focus on a history of notable high-rise building…
The Resilient Urban Skyscraper as Refuge
Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Ilana Judah, FXFOWLE; Fiona Cousins, Arup
This paper investigates the role of the Urban Skyscraper with respect to climate change resilience. Large urban centers are now experiencing the consequences of climate change, and are facing colossal social and economic impacts. As buildings that…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and ultimately, its future.
The Skyscraper of the Future: Integrating a Flexible Program with Energy Innovation
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stanford Chan, John Hannum, William Logan & Marissa Vaish, Vidaris, Inc.
New York is a city that’s experienced more than 125 years of skyscraper development. The rich history of tall-structure development here creates both a cautionary tale and learning opportunity for the development in the rest of the world. Where…
Three Points of the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects
In this paper we discuss the terms “exo-spatial design,” “solar carving,” and “bridging” as strategies for creating more socially connective tall buildings. As a typology, high-rise residential buildings have a unique set of challenges to becoming…
United Nations Secretariat: Renovation of a Modernist Icon
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Michael Alderstein, United Nations
Michael Adlerstein shares his insights into how the United Nations Secretariat Building, an aging icon of Mid-century Modernism, was renovated to meet the security, efficiency and sustainability requirements of the 21st century, while at the same…
The Complex Path to Simple Elegance: The Story of 432 Park Avenue
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Harry Macklowe, Macklowe Properties, Inc.
This paper chronicles the development and design of 432 Park Avenue, New York, which, is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the world’s most luxurious. The extraordinary building is deceptively simple in appearance…
Urban Open Space - A Tower in the Park and a Park in the Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
In urban centers dominated by tall buildings, access to outdoor space is important. We will explain how two urban office building developments provide valuable outdoor open space in different ways. In Chicago, the development involves transforming an…
The Rise of One World Trade Center
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Ahmad Rahimian & Yoram Eilon, WSP Group
One World Trade Center (1WTC) totaling 3.5 mil square feet of area is the tallest of the four buildings planned as part of the World Trade Center Reconstruction at Lower Manhattan in New York City. Currently it is the tallest building in the Western…
The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects
This paper will reveal the importance of integrating the Ground Plane, Mid-Level and Rooftop Urban Public Spaces in the City. We will explore the NYLON New York/London axis of Urban Design, with London now emerging as a 21st C skyscraper city with…
The High Line Effect
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Kate Ascher & Sabina Uffer, BuroHappold Engineering
Density and development come in many forms – not all of them tall. One of the most successful development initiatives undertaken in New York City in the last decade has been a horizontal, rather than a vertical, project: the High Line. The…
The Fifth Façade: Designing Nature into the City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Rick Cook & Jared Gilbert, COOKFOX Architects
New York’s most iconic buildings, the early 20th-Century high rises, were designed as aspirational symbols of urban life with carefully sculpted forms that mediate between the great height of the structure and life at street level. These stepped…
The Economics of Skyscraper Construction in Manhattan: Past, Present, and Future
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Jason Barr, Rutgers University
This paper discusses the economics of skyscraper construction in Manhattan since 1990. First the paper reviews the economic theory of skyscraper height. Next it documents the frequency and heights of skyscraper construction in the last 25 years. Then…
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…
The Logic of Luxury 2.0
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum
This paper recaps the “what and why” of the super-slender type and gives an abbreviated illustration of the mechanics of the “logic of luxury.” The second part of the paper considers the impact of the towers on the New York skyline, on streets and…
The Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This paper investigates the Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings, the Tall Building as Place Makers how Tall Buildings meet the street. As contributing elements in the fabric of the City, Tall Buildings often have associated Urban…
The New Supers: Super-Slender Towers of New York
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Silvian Marcus, WSP Group
432 Park Avenue, the MoMA Tower and Steinway Tower at 111 West 57th Street are the first of a new generation of supertall buildings in New York City. 432 Park Avenue will stand as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere; MoMA Tower…
The Economics of Manhattan Skyscrapers
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Jason Barr, Rutgers University
The skyline, as a collection of skyscrapers, is inherently an economic phenomenon. The heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes of skyscrapers are driven by the costs and benefits of their construction. Government policies, such as zoning, which…
Reinventing Woolworth: Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Skyscraper
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Gary Steficek & Petr Vancura, Gilsanz Murray Steficek
This article presents a case study of structural and logistical issues involved in the adaptive reuse of an early 20th-century skyscraper, and outlines the case for achieving sustainability through such repurposing. Through skillful structural design…
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…
Perspectives on the Skyscraper City
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; New York 2015 Conference Special
To commemorate the CTBUH 2015 International Conference, some of the most prominent voices in the New York tall building industry today – all of whom are speaking at the conference – offer their perspectives on the big issues that have emerged as the…
Manhattan’s Last Frontier Becomes a Mini-City
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Hudson Yards is a mixed-use development built over rail yards on the west side of New York’s Manhattan Island. As the largest real estate project ever undertaken in the United States, its unprecedented scale and sophistication provide a model for…
Gaining Momentum at Hudson Yards
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Jay Cross, Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development ever undertaken in the United States. The site, built over a working rail yard, will eventually hold more than 1.57 million square meters of commercial and residential space, with five…
New York: The Ultimate Skyscraper Laboratory
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
A timeline of skyscraper completions in New York uncannily resembles the boom and bust cycles of the United States in the 20th and early 21st centuries. The most active year was 1931, when the final excesses of the Roaring ‘20s were thrown skywards…
Myth-busting: The Incredible “Shrinking” Washington Monument
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Dru Smith, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
In February 2015, the Washington Monument “shrunk” almost 10 inches (248 millimeters), when the United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) used CTBUH height criteria to determine the…
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…
Sustaining a Historic High-Rise Structure
Feb 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Nina A. Mahjoub, Megan Stringer & Bill Tremayne, Holmes Culley
One of the tallest seismic retrofits in North America was undertaken in the heart of San Francisco. The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company headquarters was an achievement of architecture of its day when completed in 1925, and it remains an emblem…
Debating Tall: Tall Timber in 10 Years?
28 Jan 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Carsten Hein, Arup; Carl Baldassarra, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Interest is growing in using wood as a building material for skyscrapers. Several 10-story-plus buildings have been constructed, and numerous academic, industry, and government research projects have been initiated recently to further study the…
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…
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…
Sustainability and High-Rise Buildings – 56 Leonard Street
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Silvian Marcus, 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…
Sustainability with a View
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; 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…
Modular Tall Building Design at Atlantic Yards B2
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; David Farnsworth, ARUP
The Atlantic Yards B2 Modular Residential Tower will be the tallest volumetric modular building in the world when completed in early 2015. In January 2011, Forest City commissioned an integrated team of architects (SHoP), engineers (Arup), and…
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…
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 Logic of Luxury: New York’s New Super-Slender Towers
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum
The recent exhibition “SKY HIGH & the Logic of Luxury” at The Skyscraper Museum examined a dozen super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These pencil-thin buildings--all 50 to 90+ stories--constitute a new typology of…
The 8x8 Tower: Sustainable Citizenship for the 21st Century
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Michael W. Bischoff, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
The 8X8 Tower addresses challenges created by our increasingly populated, dense and vertically extruded urban environment by creating a socially and environmentally sustainable residential community in a memorably iconic form appropriate for the…
The Vertical Campus
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; 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…
CTBUH Research Project: The Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations – Initial Report
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Peng Du & Antony Wood, CTBUH
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…
A LEED Platinum Global Model for Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; 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…
High-Rise Harmony – Legal Issues Unique to Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Victor Madeira Filho, MVA Advogados; Arthur D. 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…
Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; CTBUH Research
The latest CTBUH technical guide, Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings, provides a thorough investigation of the methods used around the world for implementation of vertical vegetation at height. In commemoration of the release of this important guide…
Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities. In the face of unprecedented global population growth, urbanization, pollution increase and climate change, it is no longer enough to simply create buildings…
Debating Tall: Is There a Height Threshold For Optimum Sustainability?
28 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Jason McLennan, International Living Future Institute; Antony Wood, CTBUH
As increased density has become more accepted as necessity, the scale of that density is still under debate. Thus we ask, “Is the threshold for optimum sustainability in a dense urban form significantly below the typical height of today’s skyscrapers…
Highest Helipads
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; CTBUH Research
In this installment of Tall Buildings in Numbers, CTBUH considers how helipads are used on skyscrapers, and which are the highest in the world. The results were somewhat surprising, with 114 buildings over 200 meters having helipads globally, across…
Is Net-Zero Tall Possible?
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; Neil Chambers, Chambers Design, Inc.
Are Net Zero tall buildings possible in dense city cores? Or are cities destined to lose ground on sustainable innovation to less-compact suburban areas? These are two questions asked at the onset of an ambitious research project undertaken by…
Debating Tall: Should Tall Buildings in Cold Climates be Designed Specifically to Stop Falling Ice?
28 Apr 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; Michael Carter & Roman Stangl, Northern Microclimate
Recent media attention in major urban centers such as New York City and Chicago has brought the issue of falling ice from tall buildings to the forefront. In an effort to bring clarity to the subject, we have asked the authors of a previously…
Case Study: Tree House Residence Hall, Boston
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; B. K. Boley & Tamara Roy, ADD Inc
The Tree House, a 20-story residential tower for 493 freshmen, is inspired by Gustav Klimt’s painting, The Tree of Life. It is clad in more than 5,000 composite aluminum panels of various widths and depths, resulting in an organic, colorful…
Skyscrapers and Skylines: New York and Chicago, 1885–2007
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Jason Barr, Rutgers University
This paper investigates skyscraper competition between New York City and Chicago from 1885 to 2007. Skyscraper rivalry between these cities is part of US historiography, yet little work has explored the veracity of this belief. Using a newly created…
Midcentury (un)Modern
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Bill Browning, Alice Hartley, Travis Knop & Christopher Starkey, Terrapin Bright Green; Curtis Wayne, CB Wayne
The genesis of PlaNYC, New York City’s ambitious sustainability agenda, was the need to accommodate an estimated one million more people by 2030 within the existing urban fabric. First released in 2007 with an update in 2011, PlaNYC sets its sights…
Debating Tall: Antennas vs. Spires
28 Jan 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Larry Silverstein, Siliverstein Properties Inc.; Dario Trabucco, IUAV University of Venice
The CTBUH’s Height Committee ratified the architectural height of One World Trade Center last November, touching off massive media coverage and opening up complicated mixed feelings in Chicago, New York, and across the world. Now that the dust has…
Low-energy Tall Buildings? Room for Improvement as Demonstrated by New York City Energy Benchmarking Data
1 Dec 2013 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 2 Number 4; Luke Leung & Stephen D. Ray, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
This paper proposes a framework for understanding the energy consumption differences between tall and low-rise buildings. Energy usage data from 706 office buildings in New York illustrates expected correlations from the framework. Notable…
“Joan of Architecture” and the Difficulty of Simplicity
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; Phyllis Lambert, Centre Canadien d'Architecture
Phyllis Lambert, the daughter of the Seagram owner Samuel Bronfman, played an integral role in selecting Mies van der Rohe and Phillip Johnson to design the definitive International Style skyscraper, the Seagram Building.
The Monadnock Building, Technically Reconsidered
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; Thomas Leslie, Iowa State University
Far from being the world’s last and largest “masonry skyscraper,” the Monadnock was a profoundly transitional structural achievement, making important advances in steel construction while still relying in part on the well-proven strength and…
Confronting the Question of Demolition or Renovation
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; Dario Trabucco & Fava Pablo, Università IUAV di Venezia
Crumbling façades, asbestos, and outdated elevators are often cited as reasons to tear down tall buildings and create new skyscrapers. However, renovating a tall building is often a better option than demolition and reconstruction.
Debating Tall: The Pros and Cons of Reaching for the Sky
1 Mar 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I
This issue’s cover story on Kingdom Tower details the latest quest for the industry to reach new heights. However taller doesn’t always lead to better. This month’s debate topic, “Should buildings go taller?”
Duke Energy Center, USA
13 Jan 2013 – Corporate Publication
The Duke Energy Center is recognised for its uniquely chiselled upper quadrant and crossbeam more than 20 metres above roof level. Architects Thompson, Ventulette, Stainback & Associates designed a glass and aluminium curtain wall, all of which…
Increasing Problems of Falling Ice and Snow on Modern Tall Buildings
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV; Michael Carter & Roman Stangl, Northern Microclimate
High performance façades have improved internal thermal performance, but increased the conditions for forming ice on building skins. This paper sheds light on the issues, describing the factors that contribute to icing and hazardous ice and snow…
One of the Architecture World’s Fast Rising Stars has BIG Plans for Designing Tall Buildings
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
OMA alumnus Bjarke Ingels has made a name for his Bjarke Ingels Group with innovative, paradigm-busting projects that blend nature and functionality with new twists on traditional forms.
Tall Buildings in Future Development of Metropolitan Universities
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates; Jon DeVries & John McDonald, Roosevelt University; Ron Klemencic, MKA
In the future, the University will need to consider vertical models to co-exist within their urban cores and create a living and working balance. With the rise of commercial real estate values and densities in many major metropolitan areas, the…
3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers, the role of cities in providing solutions to these issues becomes more pronounced…
Performance Based Seismic Design – State of Practice 2012 in the United States of America
1 Sep 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 3; Ron Klemencic, J. Andrew Fry, John Hooper, et al., Magnusson Klemencic Associates
This paper presents a summary of the state of the practice for Performance Based Seismic Design (PBSD) in the United States. While it is not included in the prescriptive provisions of the United States’ building codes, the PBSD procedure has been…
Debating Tall: A Supertall Future in the US?
27 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Paul Beitler, Beitler Real Estate Services LLC
In 1990, only 11 buildings in the world could be counted as a “supertall” (defined as a building over 300 meters tall), and all but one could be found in the United States. By the end of 2011, the number of supertall buildings in the world had risen…
A Future for Tall Building History
Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Raymond Hartshorne & Paul Alessandro, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Looking at Chicago's or New York's skylines, one feature that sets apart the first skyscraper cities from the recent ones is the rich history of tall building architecture. These first cities are now facing the issue of what to do with vintage…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
18 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
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 (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Humanizing High-rise Urbanism: Design Strategies and Planning Tools
Nov 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue IV; Vinayak Bharne, Moule & Polyzoides
From a global standpoint, the high-rise city remains a negotiated territory, a juggling act between private interests, political processes and public good. But while private entities might be entitled to seek their advantage in the urban fabric, the…
What Came First?... the Tall Building or the Urban Habitat
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Robert M. Lau, CTBUH; Jon DeVries & John F. McDonald, Roosevelt University
This paper will examine the question, 'Did the Tall Building produce urban density or did the Urban Habitat of CBDs, with the creation of urban transit/transportation systems and stations that allowed the daily movement of large numbers of workers,…
In-Building Fire Department Auxiliary Radio Communication System
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Capt. Mike Stein, FDNY, Garden City Park (Ret)
The most evident shortcoming for firefighters on that fatal day of September 11, 2001 was the inability to communicate with the Fire Command Center in the lobby of the Twin Towers in New York City. Ten years have passed and NYC has specified a code…
Case Study: One World Trade Center
Oct 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Kenneth Lewis & Nicholas Holt, SOM
The world knows what happened in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The twin towers of the World Trade Center and several other buildings were damaged or destroyed, and more than 3,000 people were killed. The ground smoldered for months.
The Global Impact of 9/11
Sep 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Leader Interviews by Jan Klerks, CTBUH
Just as many Americans still remember exactly where they were when they heard the news that US president John F. Kennedy had been shot, most people will likely remember what they were doing on September 11, 2001.
Debating Tall: Are the Twin Towers Missed?
7 Sep 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker
A 2011 poll found that, 10 years on, a majority of people missed the World Trade Center twin towers, which had been destroyed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. CTBUH asked two industry professionals the same question.
Revitalizing Lower Manhattan: World Trade Center in Context
Aug 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Jan Klerks, CTBUH
Almost 10 years after the destruction of the Twin Towers, the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site is in full swing. One World Trade Center, which is discussed in the case study paper in this Journal, will be the largest and tallest…
Planning The World Trade Center: 40 Years Apart
Aug 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Jan Klerks, CTBUH
Once completed the new World Trade Center, currently under construction, will grace New York well over 40 years since the completion of the original Twin Towers that soared over Lower Manhattan. A look at the planned development and the previous one…
New York City Scrapers
Aug 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Nathaniel Hollister, Jan Klerks & Antony Wood, CTBUH
New York’s dramatic skyline, over a century in the making, has for years been the envy of cities around the world. From the very birth of the tall building typology, New York has been at the forefront of the scene. Even as recently as the 1970s, New…
From Eyesore to Urban Asset: The Transformation of Abandoned Railroad Structures in American Cities
May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Robert Lau, Roosevelt University
The high-line is a new 1.5-mile long public park built on an abandoned elevated railroad stretching from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan.
The High Life: Residential Towers in Central Business Districts
May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Peter Noone, Gary Klompmaker & Crista Sumanik, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)
These buildings serve growing segments of the population who desire amenity-rich lifestyles and safe urban homes. They serve cities that desire significant real estate tax revenues, as well as local businesses, which desire purchasing power of new…
Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; CTBUH Research
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…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; CTBUH Research
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…
Greening Supertalls
Nov 2010 – Paul Rode, Johnson Controls; Harace Lin, Taipei Financial Center Corp.
The world’s tallest buildings have always been more about expression rather than necessity or a solution to any problem. Being the visible landmarks that they are, these towers have represented the aspirations of those who commissioned them.
Historical Evolution of the Service Core
Feb 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I; Dario Trabucco, IUAV University of Venice, Italy
The service core is the distinctive feature of a tall building: it provides the skyscraper with structural solidity, room for elevators, and other amenities, and constitutes the main network for utility services, power and data.
Case Study: The Standard Hotel, New York
Jan 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I; Todd Schliemann, Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre & Megan Miller, Polshek Partnership; et al.
The building is a destination, both visually and experientially, realizing the client’s conceptual goal to create a "living room for the neighborhood," a public place where hotel guests and pedestrians can co-mingle in a variety of spaces.
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
Dec 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I; CTBUH Research
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…
Case Study: Trump International Hotel & Tower
Aug 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue III; William Baker & Richard F. Tomlinson, SOM; Paul James, Bovis Lend Lease; Andrew Weiss, The Trump Organization
Chicago, a city known worldwide for its tall buildings, welcomed a new supertall tower to its skyline this year. Bookended by the 442-meter (1,450-foot) Sears Tower to the south and the 344-meter (1,128-foot) John Hancock Center to the north.
Restoring Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive: When Less is Not Enough
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Rico Cedro, Krueck & Sexton Architects
Mies van der Rohe's 860-880 Lake Shore Drive (1948-51) is one of the supreme monuments of modern architecture. With this pair of apartment buildings, Mies first realized his vision of the steel and glass high-rise.
Tall Buildings in the Global Recession: 2008, 2020 and Beyond
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Philip Oldfield & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The year 2008 will long be remembered as the start of an economic crisis that has gripped the entire globe - a year that may also have brought to an abrupt end the worldwide construction boom that has seen ever-denser cities containing ever-taller…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; CTBUH Research
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…
The Tallest Buildings in the World: Past, Present & Future
Jun 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Over time, the average height of the 100 tallest buildings in the world has been steadily increasing. However, by 2010, this average height will have jumped to 349 meters, up from 286 meters in 2000, an increase of 22%. This is almost double the…
The “International” Skyscraper: Observations
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Georges Binder, Buildings & Data SA
While using tall buildings data, the following paper aims to show trends and shifts relating to building use and new locations accomodating high-rise buildings.
San Francisco: Promoting Tall Buildings Through Sustainable Incentives
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Jeffrey Heller, Clark Manus & Craig Nikitas, Heller Manus Architects
The past decades have shown some major changes in our urban settlements. The globalization of our societies and economies has brought change to cities. This inevitable push skyward, a manifestation of the pressures of urban growth, has come to San…
Tall Buildings: Sustainable Design Opportunities
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Akbar Tamboli, Leonard Joseph, Umakant Vadnere & Xiao Xu, Thornton-Tomasetti Group
This paper describes three major tall buildings focusing on their incorporation of sustainable structural designs.
Evolving Technology for Design and Construction of Tall Concrete Structures
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Hanns U. Baumann, Baumann Research and Development
With the placement of over 2000 metric tons of single piece Welded Reinforcement Grid confinement reinforcement in a sixty-story building in San Francisco, California USA, a milestone will be reached in the twenty year development of WRG technology.
A Statement in Steel: The New York Times Building
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Thomas Z. Scarangello, Kyle E. Krall & Jeffrey A. Callow, Thornton Tomasetti
This paper will outline some of these challenges, focusing on those driven by aesthetic, erection, and fabrication considerations of the exterior steel used on the New York Times Building.
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
The skyscraper was born over 100 years ago, when the elevator made it possible to have access to previously unimaginable levels of a building. This paper examines strategies utilized by OMA to challenge the preconceptions of the tall building…
Chicago: Building a Green City
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Richard M. Daley & Sadhu Johnston, City of Chicago
Chicago has a tradition of innovation in architecture from balloon-frame houses to steel skyscrapers to today’s green buildings. Chicago was one of the first cities to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system and today…
The “International” Skyscraper: Observations
Feb 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue I; Georges Binder, Buildings & Data SA
While using tall buildings data, the following paper aims to show trends and shifts relating to building use and new locations accommodating high-rise buildings. After decades of the American office building being dominate, in the last twelve years…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Research
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…
The Wind Engineering of the Burj Dubai Tower
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Peter Irwin, RWDI
The Burj Dubai tower will be the world’s tallest building by a wide margin when completed. Wind is the dominant lateral load and thus governed many aspects of the architectural and structural design. In order to optimize the design for wind an…
Manhattan’s Mixed Construction Skyscrapers with Tuned Liquid and Mass
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Akbar Tamboli, Thornton-Tomasetti Group
This paper presents important details, layout, design considerations, commissioning, operation guidelines and benefits of the Tuned Liquid Column Dampers (TLCDs), water-filled custom-shaped tanks, used at Random House Tower. These details can provide…
Mass Transit: The Key to Urban Development, Urban Renewal, and Sustainable Cities
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Porie Saikia-Eapen, MTA-NYC Transit; Robert E. Paaswell, City College of New York
This paper argues mass transit is the key to urban development, urban renewal and sustainable cities with New York City as the case study.
Rising High in Manhattan, Trump World Tower, The Tallest Residential Building in the World
Nov 2004 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2004; Ahmad Rahimian, WSP Cantor Seinuk; Kenneth A. Hiller, Bovis Lend Lease
This paper presents the pioneering colutions in the design and constructuon of the Trump World Tower.
What Could be the Correct Design Focus for the Supertall Buildings?
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Stephan S. Huh, Parker Durrant International
This paper is about the correct design focus/design approach for future tall buildings. Our quick answer to this question is “safety, safety, safety” because of the fear invoked by 9/11. However, we all know that this maybe today’s top priority but…
WTC Towers: Innovative Design Features and Structural Modeling
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; H. S. Lew & Fahim Sadek, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is undertaking the federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster.
Developments in US Building Codes for Seismic-Resistant Steel Buildings
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Michael D. Engelhardt & Taichiro Okazaki, University of Texas at Austin
This paper will provide an overview of significant changes that have occurred over the last several years in design and construction practices and in building code regulations in the US for seismic-resistant steel buildings. Emphasis will be placed…
Times Square Skyscrapers: Sustainability Reaching New Heights
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Sudhir Jambhekar, Fox & Fowle Architects
Times Square has seen the development of more than 15 new high-rises in the past two decades. The firm that has designed the most of them, Fox & Fowle Architects, will present an overview of the recent development and highlight case studies of two…
Building and Fire Safety: Responding to the World Trade Center Disaster
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; S. Shyam Sunder, National Insitute of Standards and Technology
In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated a formal federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster on August 21, 2002.
On the Emerging Role of GPS in Structural Health Monitoring
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Tracy Kijewski-Correa & Michael Kochly, University of Notre Dame; James Stowell, Leica Geosystems, Inc,
The following study discusses the application of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in an existing full-scale monitoring program focused on several tall buildings in the City of Chicago.
Integrated Design of Safe Skyscrapers: Problems, Challenges and Prospects
Oct 2003 – CIB / CTBUH Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Mir M. Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) resulting in the collapse of the two major icons of New York City has been a world-shaking event. This paper reflects on this disaster and then explores the multi-faceted issues involving…
High-rise with Cable Net Facade for the 21st Century!
Oct 2003 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2001; Abbas Aminmansour, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
This article offers a synopsis of some of the unique features of the building and offers an insight into the collaboration between team members involved in the design and construction of the building.
Cost Comparison Between North American Codes and British Collapse Measures
Oct 2003 – CIB / CTBUH Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Barry Charnish, Halcrow Yolles
This paper will provide a review of the specific code clauses an estimate of the structural cost premium, based on a normalized design, with costs provided by Canadian, American, and British Contractors and Sub-contractors. These costs will be…
Shoring Wall and Subsurface Structural Systems: IDX Tower, Seattle, Washington
May 2003 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2003; David G. Winter, Shannon & Wilson; Douglas E. Loesch, MKA; Robert Hollister, Hines
This paper reports on the performance of the excavation shoring. The new building is supported on a mat footing that varies in thickness from 6 to 14 feet. This paper also discusses the design of the mat, and the building core wall support.
Progress in Construction Robotics in the U.S.A.
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, University of Maryland
This review discusses examples of the latest developments in robotics technologies in the United States that may be of interest to construction robot systems developers. Both theoretical, far-reaching research such as collaborative robotics as well…
The South of Market Area (SOMA) San Francisco: From Dross to Gloss
Feb 2001 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2000; Carol C. Georges, International Architectural Consultant
A large area of downtown San Francisco adjacent to the Financial District, usually called SOMA (the South of Market Area) is undergoing a transformation that appears to be accelerating every week.

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United States Facts

Population 317,518,000 (2013)
Area 9,629,091 km² • 3,717,792 mi²
GDP $16.72 trillion (2013)
150m+ Buildings 779 Completed70 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 21 Completed12 Under Constr.
Tallest City New York City
Global Ranking #2 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #1 in North America by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Metropolitan Life Tower (213 m, 1909)
Average Building Age 32 Years
Most Common Function Office (55%)
Most Common Material Concrete (46%)

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