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Canada Related Events/Initiatives

CTBUH Canada: Diagrid Structures Presentation
21 Nov 2019, Toronto – Event Invite
Join the CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Committee for a presentation on diagrid structures, an emerging technology merging structural solutions with aesthetically driven design ambitions.
CTBUH 2019 Global Walking Tour: 50 Forward | 50 Back
27 Jun 2019, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its sixth annual Global Walking Tours, which took place in 25 cities around the world.
CTBUH Canada Tours Monde Condominiums
13 Mar 2019, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH Canada hosted a construction tour of Monde Condominiums, a 44-story residential building designed by Safdie Architects and Quadrangle.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
Dec 2018 – CTBUH News Report
The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past decade continued in 2018, though the total number of completed buildings of 200 meters’ or greater height leveled off at 143, after hitting an all-time record of 147 in…
CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Tours RWDI Facilities
21 Nov 2018, Guelph – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Committee visited RWDI's facilities, including the company's model shop, wind tunnels, and water flume, and viewed several engaging presentations.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Discussion: Modular Design & Construction
12 Sep 2018, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter hosted a discussion on Modular Design and Construction, featuring an overview of existing modular implementations as well as future implications.
CTBUH Canada Conducts Construction Tour of Eau Du Soleil
29 Aug 2018, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH Canada hosted a tour of the ongoing construction of Eau Du Soleil, a twin-tower condominium development with unobstructed views of the lake and the city of Toronto.
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.
CTBUH Canada Hosts "Future Leaders" Committee Inaugural Event
25 Jul 2018, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada "Future Leaders" Committee held its inaugural event. Following a series of presentations, emerging professionals networked and planned future initiatives.
CTBUH Canada Tours YC Condos
21 Mar 2018, Toronto – Tour Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter held a construction tour of YC Condos, a 66-story tower development in downtown Toronto.
CTBUH Releases Research Paper on Toronto's Tall Buildings and Planning for Children Studies
Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Two studies, both completed for the City of Toronto, are focused on helping cities navigate the issues associated with high-rise growth. The first, the Downtown Tall Buildings study, developed a new vision for how tall buildings should fit in…
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.
CTBUH Canada: Supertall Toronto
29 Nov 2017, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held a breakfast event to showcase Toronto's first supertall, The One, which will stand at 307 meters tall and is currently under construction.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Construction Tour of 88 Scott, Toronto
19 Jul 2017, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH Canada held a construction tour of Toronto's 88 Scott, a 58-story condominium tower with ground-level retail and four levels of office space.
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.
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."
Canada Event Considers “The Story of Marketing Tall Buildings”
20 Jun 2017, Toronto – Event Report
Building up momentum for the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia, the CTBUH Canada Chapter held its most recent event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club.
CTBUH Canada Tours Massey Tower
2 Jun 2017, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH Canada’s Massey Tower tour was a great success, with approximately 40 people in attendance at the site tour and networking event.
Imports and Acquisitions: New Tall Buildings in Toronto
11 Oct 2016, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter organized and held its third in a series of seminars about new and imported technologies in high-rise buildings.
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.
The Harbour Plaza Construction Tour
18 Aug 2016, Toronto – Tour Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter hosted a construction tour of the Harbour Plaza mixed-use development, soon to be an anchor location in downtown Toronto.
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.
Toronto Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Toronto under the lead of CTBUH Canada. The highly successful tour led to many discussion on the lessons learned.
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.
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.”
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE April 2015
28 Apr 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The third issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE 2015 goes over the Parramatta analysis plan, abstracts for CTBUH New York Conference and the committee member's involvement around the world.
CTBUH ’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.
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 Canada Tours ICE Condos at York Center, Toronto
19 Nov 2014, Toronto – Tour Report
The CTBUH Canada chapter hosted a tour – ironically during an early winter snow storm – of the ICE Condominiums.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE November 2014
28 Oct-6 Nov 2014, Toronto – CTBUH News
The first CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and plans of the newly formed Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Event on Imports and Acquisitions
5 Nov 2014, Toronto – Event Report
More than 80 people attended the event which sought to answer the question, What new technologies and techniques are influencing the way we build tall in Toronto?
Tour of Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower
22 Aug 2014, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH Canada hosted a tour of Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower, currently under construction in the heart of the city’s business district.
Richard Witt on How Tall Skyscrapers Can Go
6 May 2014, Toronto – CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt talks with the Jerry Agar Show about the Kingdom Tower, the world's first kilometer high and future tallest building.
Canada Chapter Tours The L Tower
27 Feb 2014, Toronto – Tour Report
The Canada Chapter hosted a tour of The L Tower, the under-construction iconic residential building in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core.
Design, Cost and Return on Investment
23 Jan 2014, Toronto – Event Report
The chapter's fifth event included video presentations by Peter Rees, the Chief Planning Officer for London & a case study of The Gherkin by Kent Gardner, its owner.
Foster + Partners Present on The Bow
7 Nov 2013 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
The winner of the Best Tall Building Americas award, The Bow is stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint. It serves as a rare example of an iconic design resulting from the most practical, yet creative…
Inside Look at Aura Tower
29 Oct 2013, Toronto – Tour Report
The Canada chapter hosted a tour of Canada’s future tallest residential building, Aura. When completed, the building will be 272 meters tall.
The GTA, a Region in Transition
25 Sep 2013, Toronto – Event Report
Keynote speakers and authors of the Strategic Regional Research report, Iain Dobson and Glenn Miller, led a provocative discussion about high-rise trends in the Greater Toronto Area.
CTBUH Releases Case Study on The Bow
Sep 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The Bow is the latest and most ambitious high-rise development in the Canadian city of Calgary. The client’s aim was to create a world-class building that would be a defining landmark on the city’s skyline.
Tour of the Hullmark Centre
13 Aug 2013, Toronto – Tour Report
Michael Montgomery of Kinetica Dynamics and Andrea Calla of Tridel showed off the under-construction Hullmark Centre during a tour attended by more than 40 people.
CTBUH Canada Inaugural Meeting
2 May 2013, Toronto – Event Report
The first event organized by the newly formed CTBUH Canada Chapter was held at the University of Toronto on May 2, to a highly enthusiastic reception.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
CTBUH Releases Case Study on Absolute World Towers
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The CTBUH 2012 "Best Tall Building Americas" award-winning project is the result of a unique public-private partnership and international design competition.
CTBUH Research: Canada Grows Taller
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Research
Twenty-six buildings taller than 150 meters have been built in Canada since 2005 and it added four buildings taller than 200 meters in 2012, the most ever in a single year.
MAD Architects and Cityzen Development Present on Absolute Towers
18 Oct 2012 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
Joe Cordiano and Ma Yansong speak about the Absolute Towers at the 2012 CTBUH Awards Symposium.
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 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…
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.
KPMB Architects Present on Manitoba Hydro Place
22 Oct 2009 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by conferring international Best Tall Building Awards. In this special session we gain…
Paper on The Bow's Unique Diagrid Structural System by Halcrow Yolles
Mar 2008 – Conference Paper
The Bow features a distinctive design that not only caters to occupants and surrounding residents, but also reduces energy consumption compared to a conventional tower.
Halcrow Yolles Presents on The Bow
3 Mar 2008 – Conference Video
Barry Charnish, Halcrow Yolles presented the new 59 story “Bow” project for EnCana Corporation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Once complete, it will be the tallest building in Calgary and Western Canada at nearly 247 meters (or 810 feet)…
MAD Architects Presents on Absolute Towers
25 Oct 2006 – Awards Symposium Video
Yansong Ma & Yosuke Hayano, MAD Design focus on the competition winning high-rise project for Mississauga, Toronto, by MAD Design at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held at the Herman Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology. Also discussed are tall…

Featured Tall Buildings in Canada

Absolute Towers

Absolute Towers, Mississauga

The Absolute World Towers are the result of a public-private partnership and an international design competition, which chose a new Chinese firm doing its first work in North America.

Jameson House

Jameson House, Vancouver

The Jameson House continues a pattern of high density mixed-use living and working environments now prevalent in Vancouver.

Manitoba Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg

Designed to be site specific, this building could not be transplanted to another city in the form we see here; making it the perfect response to the homogenization of skylines.

The Bow

The Bow, Calgary

The Bow is both stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint, especially in the context of a harsh northern climate.

Canada 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 Canada, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Patron

HOK, Inc. HOK, Inc.
United States
ARCH URB ENGM FAC FACS SEIS STRC INTR COST FIN HIST PMNG
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin
Canada
WIND ENGO ENVE

Donor

A&H Tuned Mass Dampers A&H Tuned Mass Dampers
Canada
MATR
Bosa Properties Inc. Bosa Properties Inc.
Canada
PROP DEV OWN MRKT
Quadrangle Architects Quadrangle Architects
Canada
ARCH URB

Contributor

architectsAlliance architectsAlliance
Canada
ARCH URB INTR
Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory
Canada
WIND ENGO
Canderel Management Canderel Management
Canada
DEV OWN PROP
DIALOG DIALOG
Canada
ARCH URB INTR ENGO LAND
Gradient Wind Engineering Inc. Gradient Wind Engineering Inc.
Canada
WIND ENGO STRC
Graziani + Corazza Architects Graziani + Corazza Architects
Canada
ARCH INTR
Hariri Pontarini Architects Hariri Pontarini Architects
Canada
ARCH URB INTR
HOK Architects Corporation HOK Architects Corporation
Canada
ARCH
Kinetica Kinetica
Canada
STRC SEIS
LCL Builds Limited LCL Builds Limited
Canada
CON
RAW Design RAW Design
Canada
ARCH URB INTR
RJC Engineers RJC Engineers
Canada
ENGO FAC STRC
Stantec Ltd. Stantec Ltd.
United States
ARCH URB INTR LAND
WZMH Architects WZMH Architects
Canada
ARCH URB INTR

Participant

Adamson Associates Architects Adamson Associates Architects
Canada
ARCH URB INTR TRAN
B+H Architects B+H Architects
Canada
ARCH INTR LAND
Broccolini Broccolini
Canada
CON PMNG DEV
CadMakers CadMakers
Canada
COMP
Cityzen Development Cityzen Development
Canada
DEV CON OWN
Core Architects Inc. Core Architects Inc.
Canada
ARCH INTR
Cortel Group Cortel Group
Canada
DEV
Cresford Developments Cresford Developments
Canada
DEV
Dream Unlimited Dream Unlimited
Canada
DEV FIN
Entuitive Entuitive
Canada
STRC
Great Gulf Great Gulf
Canada
DEV
H&W Development Corp. H&W Development Corp.
Canada
DEV
Ivanhoe Cambridge Ivanhoe Cambridge
Canada
DEV PROP FIN
Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada
Canada
FIRE
Kirkor Architects + Planners Kirkor Architects + Planners
Canada
ARCH URB
KPMB Architects KPMB Architects
Canada
ARCH URB INTR
Ledcor Construction Limited Ledcor Construction Limited
Canada
CON TRAN ENVE
Morrison Hershfield Limited Morrison Hershfield Limited
Canada
ENGO
Mulvey & Banani Int'l Inc. Mulvey & Banani Int'l Inc.
Canada
ENGO MEP
RDH Building Science Inc. RDH Building Science Inc.
Canada
FAC
Residential Construction Council of Ontario Residential Construction Council of Ontario
Canada
NONP CON
Smith and Andersen Smith and Andersen
Canada
MEP BACS CON
Starlight Group Property Holdings Inc. Starlight Group Property Holdings Inc.
Canada
PMNG PROP
Stephenson Engineering Limited Stephenson Engineering Limited
Canada
STRC
The Moro Group Builders Inc The Moro Group Builders Inc
Canada
CON
Tricon Capital Tricon Capital
Canada
PROP DEV OWN
Tridel Tridel
Canada
DEV
VICTAULIC VICTAULIC
Canada
OTHR
Walters Group Inc. Walters Group Inc.
Canada
CON
Zeidler Architecture Inc. Zeidler Architecture Inc.
Canada
ARCH

Academic

University of British Columbia University of British Columbia
Canada
ACAD
University of Toronto Building Tall Research Centre University of Toronto Building Tall Research Centre
Canada
ACAD RES

Media Institute/Association

Bosa Development Corporation, Inc. Bosa Development Corporation, Inc.
Canada
CON

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CTBUH Canada

CTBUH Canada: Diagrid Structures Presentation

21 Nov 2019, Event Invite – Join the CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Committee for a presentation on diagrid…

CTBUH 2019 Global Walking Tour: 50 Forward | 50 Back

27 Jun 2019, Tour Report – The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its sixth annual Global…

CTBUH Canada Tours Monde Condominiums

13 Mar 2019, Tour Report – CTBUH Canada hosted a construction tour of Monde Condominiums, a 44-story…

More Canada Related Events/Initiatives

Richard Witt

Chair

Richard Witt
Quadrangle Architects, Toronto

Jon Barratt

Vice-Chair

Jon Barratt
RWDI, Vancouver

Michael Montgomery

Treasurer

Michael Montgomery
Kinetica, Toronto

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Richard Witt

Chair

Richard Witt
Quadrangle Architects, Toronto

Anton Davies

Vice-Chair

Anton Davies
RWDI, Toronto

Phillip Quach

Treasurer

Phillip Quach
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd, Toronto

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Jon Barratt

Chair

Jon Barratt
RWDI, Vancouver

Mourad Eldeeb

Chapter Board Member

Mourad Eldeeb
Bosa Development Corporation, Inc., Vancouver

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CTBUH Canada Representation

CTBUH Resources on Canada

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Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?

22 Oct 2018 –
Chair: Steve Watts, alinea Consulting; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Koon Hean Cheong, Housing & Development Board; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales; and Peter Murray

Improving Steel Connections for Better Safety and Economy

31 May 2018 –
Carlos de Oliveira, CAST CONNEX

Two-Way Point-Supported CLT

31 May 2018 –
Robert Jackson, Fast+Epp

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Low-Rise to High Density in 15 Years: Inversion and the Toronto Exurb

Jan 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I
Richard Witt & Les Klein, Quadrangle Architects

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018

Dec 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I
CTBUH Research

Helping Cities Plan High-Rise Growth

Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I
David Pontarini, Orson Sedmina, Hariri Pontarini Architects

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Canada Related Videos

Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?
22 Oct 2018 – Presentation at ; Chair: Steve Watts, alinea Consulting; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Koon Hean Cheong, Housing & Development Board; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales; and Peter Murray
Numerous cities are now developing along polycentric lines, with several urban “nodes” focused around tall building clusters that often compete for commerce, attention and investment within the same city. This dispersed approach to urban density…
Improving Steel Connections for Better Safety and Economy
31 May 2018 – Presentation at ; Carlos de Oliveira, CAST CONNEX
The design of structural steel connections is one area where innovative manufacturing techniques can better facilitate the design and fabrication of heavily loaded connections in high-rise towers. CAST CONNEX High Integrity Blocks are specially…
Two-Way Point-Supported CLT
31 May 2018 – Presentation at ; Robert Jackson, Fast+Epp
The TallWood House at Brock Commons is an 18-story, 400-bed student residence on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Reaching 53 meters, it has been recognized as the tallest hybrid mass-timber building in the world. It stands as a…
Energy Company Headquarters is an “Open Book” on Sustainable Design
30 May 2018 – Presentation at ; Mark Pauls, Manitoba Hydro; Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects
Manitoba Hydro, a government-owned utility company, gets nearly all its electricity from self-renewing water power. Its headquarters tower, Manitoba Hydro Place, integrated time-tested environmental concepts with advanced technologies to achieve a “…
Urban Policy Towards Tall Buildings Globally: The Architect’s Perspective
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at ; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre
Tall buildings have an important role in defining the character of the City and they help reduce urban sprawl. However, when a building rises above the others on the skyline, it has a duty to provide architectural excellence. This presentation…
Exploring Geometry and Form in Tall Buildings
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at ; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre, presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 5: "Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings" Using four tower designs on four continents – the Guangzhou International Finance…
Public Realm Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at ; Javier Quintana de Una, IDOM; Albert Chan, Shui on Land Limited; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Martin Henn, Henn
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Javier Quintana de Una, IDOM; Albert Chan, Shui on Land Limited; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Martin Henn, HENN, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session 6a:…
One Yonge: A Case Study for Complete Vertical Communities
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at ; David Pontarini, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Pontarini of Hariri Pontarini Architects, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7a: Urban Environmental Issues. The City of Toronto is experiencing rapid growth, with the second largest…
The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at ; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This presentation was 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…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 7a: Urban Environmental Issues Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at ; Christine Bruckner, M Moser Associates; Dan Kaplan, FXFowle; Jay L. Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; David Pontarini, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Christine Bruckner of M Moser Associates; Dan Kaplan of FXFowle; Jay L. Berman of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and David Pontarini of Hariri Pontarini Architects answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
CTBUH Video Interview – James Parakh
18 Oct 2016 – James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
James Parakh of the City of Toronto Planning Department is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. James discusses the design elements of successful public spaces.
Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest
6 Nov 2014 – 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 &…
Monthly Video: Five Minutes with James Parakh
18 Sep 2014 – James Parakh, Toronto City Planner
James Parakh of the City of Toronto is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. James talks about Toronto's Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) program and how cities can react to urban sprawl.…
Interview: James Parakh
18 Sep 2014 – James Parakh, Toronto City Planner
James Parakh of the City of Toronto is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. James talks about Toronto's Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) program and how cities can react to urban sprawl.
Best Tall Building Americas: The Bow: Curvature, Sky Gardens & Diagrids
7 Nov 2013 – Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners
The winner of the Best Tall Building Americas award, The Bow is stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint. It serves as a rare example of an iconic design resulting from the most practical, yet creative,…
Interview: The Bow
7 Nov 2013 – Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners
Jack Matthews and Nigel Dancey discuss The Bow, the Best Tall Building Americas Winner. The stunning form is discussed as a response to the site and program needs as well as to the green strategies employed in the building to make it an icon of the…
Best Tall Building Americas: Absolute World Towers: Anthropomorphic Iconography
18 Oct 2012 – Joe Cordiano, Cityzen Development; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects
Joe Cordiano and Ma Yansong speak about the Absolute Towers at the 2012 CTBUH Awards Symposium.
Interview: Absolute World Towers
18 Oct 2012 – Joe Cordiano, Cityzen Development; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects
Ma Yansong and Joe Cordiano discuss the iconic nature of the Best Tall Building Americas, Absolute Towers, including the exciting competition and design processes involved with their development. Known as the 'Marilyn Monroe' buildings, the unique…
2009 Best Tall Building Award Winners: Manitoba Place, Winnipeg, Canada
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at ; Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects
Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by conferring international Best Tall Building Awards. In this special session we gain…
The Bow: Unique Diagrid Structural System for a Sustainable Tall Building
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at ; Barry Charnish & Terry McDonnell, Halcrow Yolles
Barry Charnish, Halcrow Yolles presented the new 59 story “Bow” project for EnCana Corporation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Once complete, it will be the tallest building in Calgary and Western Canada at nearly 247 meters (or 810 feet)…
Out of the Box in China and Toronto
25 Oct 2006 – Presentation at ; Ma Yansong & Hayano Yosuke, MAD Design
Yansong Ma & Yosuke Hayano, MAD Design focus on the competition winning high-rise project for Mississauga, Toronto, by MAD Design at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held at the Herman Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology. Also discussed are tall…

Canada Related Papers/Research

Low-Rise to High Density in 15 Years: Inversion and the Toronto Exurb
Jan 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I; Richard Witt & Les Klein, Quadrangle Architects
Toronto’s most significant urbanization occurred in the automobile era, with a typical downtown business core and periphery of low-rise bedroom communities. But population growth, greenbelts, and changing attitudes point toward multiple high-rise…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
Dec 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I; CTBUH Research
The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past decade continued in 2018, though the total number of completed buildings of 200 meters’ or greater height leveled off at 143, after hitting an all-time record of 147 in…
Helping Cities Plan High-Rise Growth
Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; David Pontarini, Orson Sedmina, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Two studies, both completed for the City of Toronto, are focused on helping cities navigate the issues associated with high-rise growth. The first, the Downtown Tall Buildings study, developed a new vision for how tall buildings should fit in…
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…
One Yonge: A Case Study for Complete Vertical Communities
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Pontarini, Hariri Pontarini Architects
The City of Toronto is experiencing rapid growth, with the second largest concentration of high-rise buildings under construction in North America, surpassing Chicago and coming in just under New York City. Provincial strategies have encouraged this…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
Design of a Slender Building with High-Performing VE Dampers
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Michael Montgomery, Kinetica; Kevin MacLean & Tibor Kokai, Read Jones Christoffersen; Constantin Christopoulos, University of Toronto
A slender tower in downtown Toronto was identified early on in the design process as having wind dynamic motion issues and additional structural damping was required. The developer’s mandate for this project was to maximize sellable space and…
Sustainable High Density Neighborhoods
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects Limited
The creation of sustainable, high-density communities starts with comprehensive master planning that strategically leverages the scale of the site. This paper will address how designers, developers and city planners can create high density…
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…
“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.
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.
Building Tall with Timber
Sep 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III; Michael Green, Michael Green Architecture
CTBUH Editor Dan Safarik interviews Michael Green about the critical role wood will play as a practical and sustainable building material.
Case Study: The Bow, Calgary
Sep 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III; James Barnes, Foster + Partners; Jonathan Hendricks, Yolles
The Bow is the latest and most ambitious high-rise development in the Canadian city of Calgary. The client’s aim was to create a world-class building that would be a defining landmark on the city’s skyline.
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Kevin Brass, Antony Wood & Marty Carver, CTBUH
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
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.
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…
Case Study: Absolute World Towers, Mississauga
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV; Bas Lagendijk, MAD Architects; Anthony Pignetti & Sergio Vacilotto, Dominus Construction Group
The CTBUH 2012 "Best Tall Building Americas" award-winning project is the result of a unique public-private partnership and international design competition.
Canada Grows Taller
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
Twenty-six buildings taller than 150 meters have been built in Canada since 2005 and it added four buildings taller than 200 meters in 2012, the most ever in a single year.
A New Leader for Telecom Towers
Jun 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II; CTBUH Research
With the recent completion of two megatall telecommunication/observation towers it is perhaps time to review these structures and also explain why they are distinguished from buildings in the Council’s official tallest lists.
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…
The Bow: Unique Diagrid Structural System for a Sustainable Tall Building
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Barry Charnish & Terry McDonnell, Halcrow Yolles
The Bow features a distinctive design that not only caters to occupants and surrounding residents, but also reduces energy consumption compared to a conventional tower.
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…

Featured Tall Buildings in Canada

Manitoba Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg

Designed to be site specific, this building could not be transplanted to another city in the form we see here; making it the perfect response to the homogenization of skylines.

The Bow

The Bow, Calgary

The Bow is both stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint, especially in the context of a harsh northern climate.

Jameson House

Jameson House, Vancouver

The Jameson House continues a pattern of high density mixed-use living and working environments now prevalent in Vancouver.

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Canada Facts

Population 33,476,688 (2011)
Area 9,984,670 km² • 3,855,081 mi²
GDP $1.54 trillion (2013)
150m+ Buildings 103 Completed55 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings None Completed • 1 Under Constr.
Tallest City Toronto
Global Ranking #8 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #2 in North America by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Place Ville Marie (188 m, 1962)
Average Building Age 14 Years
Most Common Function Residential (51%)
Most Common Material Concrete (84%)

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings in Canada

1   The One 2022 306 m Toronto
2   YSL Residences 2022 299 m Toronto
3   First Canadian Place 1975 298 m Toronto
4   The St. Regis Toronto 2012 277 m Toronto
5   Scotia Tower 1988 275 m Toronto
6   Aura at College Park 2014 272 m Toronto
7   Brookfield Place 1990 261 m Toronto
8   One Bloor Street East 2017 257 m Toronto
9   Stantec Tower 2019 249 m Edmonton
10   Brookfield Place Tower One 2017 247 m Calgary
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.