Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Second CTBUH Qatar Meeting
The last week of September 2010 saw much activity from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. The local CTBUH Chapter, headed by CTBUH Country Representative and Trustee Bill Maibusch and supported by CTBUH member Kerry Galbraith, organized their 2nd regional meeting with a seminar at the local branch of the Texas A&M University. Around the same time, CTBUH Communications Manager and Journal Editor Jan Klerks was invited to represent the Council as guest of honor at the TowerTech trade fair in the capital city of Doha, where he presented on the latest global developments of tall buildings.

Doha skyline at West Bay at night seen from the Corniche

2nd Regional Meeting of the CTBUH Qatar Chapter
The Qatar Chapter of the CTBUH held its second regional meeting on Monday September 27, following the inaugural meeting of May 31, 2010. The event was hosted by Texas A&M University in Doha at the campus location in Doha’s Education City.
This is an area in Doha which covers 14 square kilometers and houses educational facilities from school age to research level and branch campuses of some of the world's leading universities.Over 50 representatives of the tall building industry in Qatar gathered to listen to speakers from the faculty and staff of Texas A&M University and the Qatari office of event sponsor Davis Langdon.

Mr. Maibusch welcomed guests and presented briefly on the CTBUH's mission, history and activities, and explained the benefits of involvement with the CTBUH network of industry leaders. He invited Dr. Mark Weichold, the Dean and CEO of Texas A&M University in Qatar, onto the stage to welcome the attendees and briefly present on Texas A&M University and their role in Qatar.

The first speaker of the evening was Steven Humphrey, Director for event sponsor Davis Langdon, who spoke on the subject of form and function in relation to high performance buildings. The second speaker was Dr. John Bryant, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University in Qatar. Dr. Bryant spoke on the importance of studying a building's operating efficiency through the use of facility performance or post-occupancy evaluations.

Mr. Maibusch introducing the CTBUH Attendees at the buffet

After speaker presentations, staff of the Texas A&M University presented attendees with a tour of the facilities. The buffet of food and beverages during the concluding social and networking hour was kindly provided for by Davis Langdon.

Many participants commented on the informative presentations and the opportunity to get together again with other tall building industry leaders in their region and expressed anticipation for future events. The third meeting of CTBUH Qatar is tentatively scheduled for the end of November, with plans to feature CTBUH Chairman Prof. Sang Dae Kim.

CTBUH Guest of Honor at TowerTech
Just prior to the CTBUH Qatar meeting, on Tuesday, September 22, CTBUH Communication Manager and Journal Editor Jan Klerks represented the Council as the guest of honor during the Third International TowerTech trade fair. This annual three-day tower building technologies trade fair was staged at the Doha Exhibition Center and featured products and services, technologies and innovations, and trends and tendencies aimed at Middle East trade markets. Being the opening speaker of the seminar program, Mr. Klerks presented on the latest global developments in the field of tall buildings.

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Mr. Klerks (left) and Mr. Maibusch in the seminar room of the TowerTech Trade Fair

Mr. Maibusch and Mr. Klerks were also featured as special guests on QF Radio at Education City in Qatar. QF Radio, the official voice of Qatar Foundation, helps to stimulate education, scientific research and community development in the region by accessing the world’s foremost leaders and change agents who regularly visit Education City in Qatar.

While in Qatar, Mr. Klerks took the opportunity to conduct a number of interviews, such as with Mr. Abdul Rahman Jabir Jassim Sorour, Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Abdulla and Mr. Stan Wypych of the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning to learn more about town planning and urban development in the Gulf city. Mr. Klerks also visited the offices of Cico, architectural designers of the Tornado Tower in Doha, winner of the CTBUH 2009 Award for Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa.

Mr. Maibusch (left) and Mr. Klerks interviewed for QF Radio Cranes dominating the Doha skyline

Mr. Klerks and Mr. Maibusch also organized a tour of the Burj Qatar, one of the new skyscrapers standing along the Corniche in Doha’s West Bay area, architectural design by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. The tower has a remarkable façade which is composed of butterfly-shaped elements of steel and aluminum. Layers of the facade, all set at different scales, are super-imposed creating an overall pattern and shading that varies according to the building orientation and interior zoning requirements. The project architect Hafid Rakem was interviewed on the design of the tower. 

Multi layered second skin of the Burj Qatar In between the skins of the Burj Qatar

Mr. Klerks also visited the Bahrain World Trade Center. This 240-meter (787-foot) tall twin tower complex was one of the first in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. The twin towers are the winner of the CTBUH 2008 Award for Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa. Reports on these visits will be incorporated into future editions of the CTBUH Journal.

Bahrain World Trade Center Mr. Klerks on one of the turbine bridges

Mr. Klerks and Mr. Maibusch would like to thank all who participated in these most recent activities of the CTBUH in Qatar, making the meeting and trip another beneficial and worthwhile experience.