Monday 26th October
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference Success:
With 615 delegates representing 278 companies and 35 countries, and a program chock-full of world renowned speakers, the Chicago Conference, including the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Council and the 8th annual awards dinner in recognition of the 2009 Best Tall Buildings, was a smashing success!

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Monday 19th October
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference – pre-registrations now closed
With 570 delegates registered, representing 251 companies and 34 countries, advanced registrations for the 22nd/23rd October conference are now closed. Any colleagues still wishing to attend the conference can register on-site at the conference itself, on the morning of Thursday 22nd October at 8am. Click here for final program and here for attendance list…more

Monday 12th October
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference – 1 week to go / over 500 registered
With a little over one week to go to the event, more than 500 delegates are now registered to attend, representing 245 companies and 34 countries.  Please note that advance registrations will close this Friday 16th, October, though registrations on site will be accepted on both days of the conference itself.  The conference has recently been deemed by the AIA to be eligible for up to 14 hours of AIA CES continuing education credits for delegates, including Health Safety at Work (HSW) and Sustainability credits.
To see the final confirmed program, click here

To see who has already registered for the conference, click here
For more details on the conference generally, click here

Friday 2nd October
Slight change to program: Mayor Daley / Richard Tomasetti
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a small change to the published program. Mayor Richard M. Daley will now deliver his presentation “Chicago: 125 Years of Tall – reflections” in Session S6 on Day 2 of the conference, and Richard Tomasetti of Thornton Tomasetti will deliver his presentation “Chicago Spire: Technical Twisting and Turning” in the opening session S1 on Day 1. Click here to download the revised program.

Thursday 1st October
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference – only 3 weeks to go
With only 3 weeks to go to the event, more than 430 delegates are already registered, representing 208 companies and 30 countries.  Click here to see who will be attending. The final program is also now confirmed, as are all sponsors and exhibitors. Click here to go to conference homepage.

Friday 25th September
Delegates entitled to up to 14 Hours of AIA, HSW and Sustainability Continuing Education Credits
The AIA has recently approved the accreditation of the conference for AIA Continuing Education Credits. Virtually all sessions of the conference - including the pre-conference Technical Tours - qualify for Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design credits. Registered architects attending the full two-day conference plus one technical tour can now expect to accumulate up to 14 total hours of Credit. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to registrants upon request. For more on conference Continuing Education Credits, click here. To download the AIA/CES Conference Session Participation Form, click here.

Monday 21st September
Final Speakers all now confirmed, final program issued
The final speakers for the conference have now been confirmed. William Testa, Vice-President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will share the podium with Mayor Richard M. Daley and Eric Trump in the opening session, with a presentation entitled “Density, Height and Global Cities”. Guy Turner of Intelligent Engineering/SPS Floors will speak on Day 2 of the conference with a presentatuion entitled “Evolving Structural Solutions : A third way”. And Russell Gilchrist of Skidmore Owings and Merrill will speak in the final session of the conference with a presentation entitled “Towards Zero Energy in China: Pearl River Tower”. For the full final program, click here.

Friday 18th September
All Sponsors and Exhibitors now confirmed
All sponsors and exhibitors for the conference are now confirmed, with Dow Corning, Goettsch Partners and Hyundai taking the last three Silver Sponsorship positions, and Pollform USA taking the last exhibition table. For a full list of sponsors click here. For an overview of all exhibitors, click here.

Thursday 17th August
Fifth Conference Committee Meeting
The 5th and final meeting of the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference Organizing Committee was held on Thursday, 17 September, 2009 at the office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the Santa Fe Building, Chicago. Antony Wood reported, with 5 weeks remaining and nearly 350 delegates registered for the Conference, the registration numbers have more than doubled since last meeting. With the Conference Program nearly complete, final preparations and conference duties were determined. In attendance were: Jay Butler (Walsh Construction), Tom Fridstein (Perkins Eastman), Russell Gilchrist (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Barbara Gordon (Chicago Architecture Foundation), Amy Hawkinson (Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Leah Ray (Gensler), Patti Thurmond (CTBUH), Ines Tiu (Faithful & Gould), Lucas Tryggestad (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), and Antony Wood (CTBUH). Apologies were received from Joe Burns (Thornton Tomasetti), Jonathan Dennis (Catalyst Real Estate Advisors), Paul James (Bovis Lend Lease).

Wednesday 16th September
Speakers for economics panel session confirmed
The four speakers for the economics panel session to be held on the second afternoon of the conference entitled: “The Future of Urban Tall in a World of Uncertain Economics”, and to be chaired by Norbert Young, President of McGraw Hill Construction, are now confirmed: Sandy Diehl, Vice President, Integrated Building Solutions, United Technologies; Richard Hanson, President, Mesa Development; Vickie Tillman, Senior Vice-President, Standard & Poor; and Ray Torto, Global Chief Economist, CB Richard Ellis. The panel will include discussion on the current financial crisis which started in the US sub-prime housing market, and quickly exposed the economic Emporer’s clothes across virtually the entire globe. Now, economic stimulus channeled into construction projects is seen as part of the savior against depression. This special panel session, involving four of the pre-eminent thinkers in the field, will debate the future of cities generally, and tall buildings specifically, in the context of the challenges of global climate change and recession...more

Monday 14th September
Welcome Reception bookings now closed
With 350 people now registered for the conference and Welcome Reception, the maximum capacity of the Trump Tower ballroom has been reached and thus bookings for the Welcome Reception are now closed. 28 countries and 180 companies are represented on the attendance list, with Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture registering the most delegates, at 12...more

Thursday 10th September
Aqua Tower and Trump International Hotel & Tower Tour now fully booked
Due to the popularity of the Aqua Tower and Trump International Hotel & Tower pre-conference tours bookings for both are now closed. The optional pre-conference tours are included as a part of the registration, however space is limited. To find out more about the four remaining tall building tours please click here.

Welcome Reception Tuesday 8th September
Welcome Reception bookings closing. Only 30 spaces left
There are now over 300 people registered for the conference, representing 28 countries and 164 companies. Due to maximum capacity of the Trump Tower ballroom facilities, bookings for the conference Welcome Reception will soon be closing. There are now only 30 spaces available, for those who are fully registered for the conference only. Book here.

Daley Friday 4th September
Mayor Richard M. Daley now confirmed for opening session
The Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, has now confirmed his intention to deliver a presentation as part of the opening session of the conference, entitled: Chicago; 125 years of Tall – reflections. In the city where tall buildings began, this presentation highlights the historical trends, drivers and challenges behind tall buildings and sustainable urban development; what can city governments can do to promote greener cities? In addition, Chicago, more so than any other US-city of the past decade, has witnessed a resurgence of the supertall building and a wealth of significant green development. As the city bids for the 2016 Olympic Games, how is tall urban sustainability being achieved Chicago-style? Click here to download a message from the Mayor for the conference program.

Monday 1st September
Speakers for 2009 Best Tall Building Award Presentations now confirmed
The speakers representing each of the CTBUH 2009 Regional Best Tall Building award winners are now confirmed. They are:
Stuart Allen & Frank Zabel, (CICO Consultants for Tornado Tower, Doha, Qatar: Middle East & Africa region)
Steven Holl (Steven Holl Architects for Linked Hybrid Building, Beijing, China: Asia & Australia region)
Bruce Kuwabara, (KPMB Architects for Manitoba Place, Winnipeg, Canada; Americas region)
Timothy Poell (Skidmore Owings and Merrill for Broadgate Tower, London, UK; Europe region)
Each speaker will have 10 minutes to portray the essence of the building...more
The Awards Dinner will immediately follow these presentations, during which one of these four buildings will be crowned ‘CTBUH 2009 Best Tall Building Overall’.

Eric Trump Thursday 27th August
Andy Weiss of Trump confirmed to speak alongside Eric Trump
The Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, Andy Weiss, will speak alongside Eric Trump at the conference, with a presentation entitled: Skyscrapers as Business Strategy: An international portfolio. Mr. Eric Trump will share the client’s perspective on the connection between tall buildings and the Trump Organization, and Mr. Weiss will give a detailed account of the latest addition to the Trump portfolio - The Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago...more

Tuesday 25th August
Speakers for CTBUH Reflective Panel session now confirmed
Current and previous CTBUH Chairmen; Charles DeBenedittis (Tishman Speyer), Gilberto DoValle, Ron Klemencic (Magnusson Klemencic), Shankar Nair (Teng), Les Robertson (LERA) and David Scott (Arup), are now all confirmed for this reflective session on the last 40 years of tall buildings. As the Council celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary, these seminal figures in the tall building industry will deliver some anecdotal moments from the past 40 years, including such important CTBUH moments as its formation as the ASCE-IABSE joint committee in 1969, the research that went into seminal buildings such as the Sears and Hancock in the 1970’s, and the controversial decision to award ‘World’s Tallest’ status to Petronas over Sears in 1996...more

Friday 21st August
Fourth Conference Committee Meeting
The Conference Organizing Committee met on Friday, 21 August at the office of Thornton Thomasetti, in the 300 N Wabash building in Chicago. Antony Wood was delighted to report on the fine progress of the conference. With speakers, sponsorship, and exhibitors nearly complete, the main work of the committee will now focus on conference registration. In attendance were: Joe Burns (Thornton Tomasetti), Jay Butler (Walsh Construction), Jonathan Dennis (Real Estate Consultant), Tom Fridstein (Perkins Eastman), Russell Gilchrist (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Paul James (Bovis Lend Lease), Leah Ray (Gensler), Patti Thurmond (CTBUH), and Antony Wood (CTBUH). Apologies were received from Barbara Gordon (Chicago Architecture Foundation), Ines Tiu (Faithful & Gould), and Lucas Tryggestad (Skidmore Owings & Merrill).

Thursday 20th August
Early Bird registration date fast approaching,
registrations pass 130
With two months still to go to the conference itself, more than 130 delegates are already registered, representing 78 companies from 23 countries. Gensler have currently registered the most delegates from a single company, with 8 colleagues attending. For a list of the registered delegates, click here. The early bird registration deadline of 4th September is fast approaching - register now to learn, business network and earn up to 12 AIA/CES Continuing Education Credits.

Sponsorship Tuesday 18th August
Most major conference sponsors now confirmed
In addition to Viracon as the Main Platinum sponsor, the four Gold sponsors for the conference are now confirmed: CICO Consulting Architects & Engineers as Gold + Welcome Reception sponsors; KONE as Gold + Flash Drive sponsors; Woods Bagot as Gold + Day 1 lunch sponsors, and SPS Floors as Gold + Day 2 Lunch sponsors. There are now only 3 silver sponsorship packages remaining, complementing Samoo Architects & Engineers, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and Thornton Tomasetti at the Silver level...more

Thyssen Krupp Thursday 6th August
Thyssen Krupp confirmed as Exhibitors
The worldwide technologies firm and elevator manufacturer Thyssen Krupp have confimed as exhibitors at the conference. They will join the confirmed exhibitors so far:  Arup, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, CICO Consulting, CTBUH, KONE, McGraw Hill Construction, Samoo Architects & Engineers, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, SPS Floors, Thornton Tomasetti, Viracon, Walter P. Moore and Woods Bagot. There are now only 6 exhibition places remaining...more

The Architect's Newspaper Monday 27th July
Architects Newspaper confirmed as a Media Partner
The  New York-based ‘Architect’s Newspaper’ has confirmed as the second Media Partner for the conference, alongside McGraw Hill. The Architect’s Newspaper will be promoting the conference in both its east coast and west coast editions in advance of the event, in return for distribution of the soon-to-be-launched Mid West edition of the newspaper at the event itself...more

Viracon Wednesday 22nd July
Viracon confirmed as main Platinum sponsor
The global glass manufacturing firm Viracon have confirmed as the main Platinum sponsor of the conference. Russ Huffer, CEO of Apogee (Viracon's parent company), will deliver a presentation at the conference on: “Envelope as Environmental Filter”. Viracon will also be an exhibitor at the conference, and be a VIP table sponsor at the 8th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 22nd October. For information on other conference sponsorship opportunities, click here.

CTBUH Conference Committee Meeting Wednesday 22nd July
Third Conference Committee Meeting
The Conference Organizing Committee met on Wednesday 22 July at the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Whereas the prior organizing committee meetings were intended to focus on Conference product (program and speakers) and sponsorship ideas, this meeting centered on Conference promotion. In attendance were: Joe Burns (Thornton Tomasetti), Jay Butler (Walsh Construction), Jonathan Dennis (Real Estate Consultant), Tom Fridstein (Perkins Eastman), Barbara Gordon (Chicago Architecture Foundation), Paul James (Bovis Lend Lease), Leah Ray (Gensler), Jennifer Thomas (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Patti Thurmond (CTBUH), Ines Tiu (Faithful & Gould), and Antony Wood (CTBUH). Apologies were received from Russel Gilchrist (Skidmore Owings & Merrill) and Lucas Tryggestad (Skidmore Owings & Merrill).

CTBUH Welcome Reception in Trump International Hotel & Tower Monday 20th July
Trump Tower confirmed as venue for Welcome Reception
The 16th floor banqueting facilities of the Trump International Hotel & Tower have been confirmed as the venue for the conference Welcome Reception, to be held on the evening prior to the conference, Wednesday 21st October, from 6-8pm. Poised along the Chicago River at the juncture of the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, attendees will enjoy unparalleled views from the 16th floor ballroom venue of the 100+ years of tall buildings that have made Chicago famous. Soaring ninety-two stories, the Trump International Hotel & Tower’s elegant structure of polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass is a showcase of bold style and engaging design, and a fitting venue for the CTBUH 2009 conference welcome reception...more

McGraw Hill Construction Thursday 16th July
McGraw Hill confirmed as Media Partners for the conference
The New York-based media company, McGraw Hill Construction, have been confirmed as the main Media Partners for the conference. Parent company to such seminal publications as Architectural Record and Engineering News Record, McGraw Hill will be supporting CTBUH in promotion of the conference through their print and digital publications. McGraw Hill President, Mr Norbert Young, will chair the panel discussion session on Day 2 of the conference, entitled: “The Future of Urban Tall in a world of uncertain economics”. McGraw Hill will also be an exhibitor at the conference. In return, CTBUH will be assisting with the co-promotion of two upcoming McGraw Hill events: the Net Zero Energy Conference II in New York, on 7-8 October 2009, and the 2010 Global Construction Summit, 7-8 April 2010, New York...more

SOM Monday 13th July
SOM confirmed as Silver sponsor
The global architectural and engineering firm, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, have confirmed as a silver sponsor of the conference. SOM will sponsor specifically the morning coffee break on the first day of the conference,  as well as take a table within the conference exhibition. Reknowned structural engineer William Baker will chair a conference session. Two of SOM’s most significant recent skyscraper projects; the Burj Dubai and Trump International Hotel & Tower, will be presented at the conference by building owners His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar of Emaar and Eric Trump of the Trump Organization respectively...more

Arup & Walter P Moore Thursday 9th July
Arup  and Walter P. Moore confirmed as Exhibitors
The worldwide engineering firm Arup and reknown structural engineers Walter P. Moore, have both confirmed as exhibitors at the conference. They will join the confirmed exhibitors so far:  The American Institute of Architects, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, Chicago Architecture Foundation, CICO Consulting, CTBUH, McGraw Hill Construction, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Thornton Tomasetti and Viracon. There are now only 10 exhibition places remaining...more

Thornton Tomasetti    Monday 6th July
Thornton Tomasetti confirmed as Silver sponsor
The global engineering firm, Thornton Tomasetti have confirmed as the first major sponsor of the conference, at the silver level. Thornton Tomasetti will sponsor specifically the breakfast on the first day of the conference,  as well as be involved in the conference exhibition. A director from the company will chair a session of the conference, and company founder Richard Tomasetti will deliver a presentation on the Chicago Spire entitled: “Chicago Spire: Technical Twisting and Turning”. For information on other conference sponsorship opportunities, click here.

John Portman Wednesday 1st July
John Portman, CTBUH 2009 Award Winner, confirmed
John Portman, Founding Principal of John Portman & Associates, has confirmed his involvement in the conference, following the news that he 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 of his home city of Atlanta, to major tall projects in China and Korea. We will hear the unique perspective of both an architect and a developer on building tall over the last 40 years from John through his presentation: “A lifetime of tall, from an architect-developer’s perspective”, with commentary on where we’re heading into the future. For more on the other 2009 CTBUH award winners, click here.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tuesday 30th June
Chicago Architecture Foundation confirmed as Conference Promotional Partner
The Chicago Architecture Foundation has been confirmed as a promotional partner for the conference, helping specifically to reach out to the Chicago professional and public community. CAF will also be involved in the conference exhibition. A special discounted registration rate has been introduced for CAF docents (for more on this, contact CTBUH Manager of Operations Geri Kery at gkery@ctbuh.org).

Tuesday 30th June
Second Organizing Committee Meeting
The second meeting of the Conference Organizing Committee took place on June 30th 2009, at the Gensler office in Chicago. Discussions centered on the two venue options for the Welcome Reception, promotional strategies for the Conference and sponsorship opportunities. In attendance were: Joe Burns (Thornton Tomasetti), Jay Butler (Walsh Construction), Russell Gilchrist (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Tom Fridstein (Perkins Eastman), Jan Klerks (CTBUH), Leah Ray (Gensler), Patti Thurmond (CTBUH), Ines Tiu (Faithful & Gould), Antony Wood (CTBUH). Apologies were received from Jonathan Dennis (Real Estate Consultant), Paul James (Bovis Lend Lease), Lucas Tryggestad (Skidmore Owings & Merrill).

Skyscraper Museum New York Friday 26th June
Carol Willis confirmed with presentation on the Logic of Vertical Density
Carol Willis, director of the New York Skyscraper Museum and author of several key skyscraper texts, amongst them the 1995 title “Form Follows Finance”, has confirmed her involvement in the conference with a presentation entitled: “Skyscraper Cities: The Logic of Vertical Density”. The world’s future is clearly cities. As China especially is demonstrating at dazzling speed and scale, urbanization and modernization seem inevitably to result in high-rises. A historical perspective suggests that the evolution of a successful city moves towards higher uses and land values that produce high-rise buildings. This presentation will explore how vertical density is an expression of a city’s affluence and the implication of that idea for the future of cities...more

London Bridge Tower Thursday 25th June
Presentation confirmed on “The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use”
Steve Watts, Partner and Tall Buildings Leader at Davis Langdon London has confirmed his involvement in the conference with a no doubt fascinating presentation on the economic impliations of both sustainability and mixed-use in tall buildings. Davis Langdon’s cost model for tall buildings is a seminal reference tool in the industry. In addition, a complimentary reference for sustainable-economics in the context of tall is being developed as part of the CTBUH Sustainability working group. Steve updates us on both these initiatives, in the context of projects such as the mixed-use London Bridge Tower – now moving full-steam ahead towards becoming Europe’s tallest...more
Final Program Confirmed. Click here.

Wednesday 24th June
AIA confirmed as Conference Promotional Partner
The American Institute of Architects has been confirmed as a Promotional Partner for the conference. Reflecting the involvement of long-standing CTBUH member and AIA Vice-President / President-elect Clark Manus in the conference, through his anticipated presentation on “West Coast / East Coast Tall – commonalities and differences”, staff at AIA and CTBUH have crafted an agreement where the AIA will help publicisize the event throughout its network, and CTBUH will reciprocate with the 2010 AIA Convention. “Hopefully this will be the start of a long-lasting, productive dialogue and collaboration between AIA and CTBUH”, said Mr Manus...more

Monday 22nd June
Presentation on “What Every Tenant Wants”
Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability at Jones Lang LaSalle has confirmed as a speaker at the conference on the important subject of what tenants are driving in tall buildings. Drawing on Jones Lang La Salle’s involvement in the Empire States Building retrofit amongst other case studies, the presentation will also examine how the global recession is affecting the trend towards sustainability. In parts of the world, higher levels of sustainable building performance is being driven by legislation. In other parts, including the US, it is primarily being driven by tenant and market demand. As the heat of both the office and residential market cools considerably in the current market, how is sustainability faring? Are the early shoots of green buildings being dealt a death blow in their infancy, or are greener developments faring better than most? We hear from one of the world’s largest real estate services firms on what agendas are being driven by tenants...more

Thursday 18th June
Arthur Gensler of Gensler confirmed for presentation on the Shanghai Tower
Arthur Gensler, Chairman of global design consultancy Gensler has been confirmed to speak at the conference about the tallest building currently under construction in China, with a presentation entitled “Shanghai Tower: Completing a Super-Tall Trio”. Located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in the heart of Shanghai’s Pudong neighborhood, the Shanghai Tower will rise to complete a trio of towers including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. Together, these three will form a new icon on Shanghai’s skyline. In a country powering towards developed status and witnessing massive rural to urban migration, we hear about this project in the context of Chinese super-tall proposals generally, and how these have been affected by the global recession...more

Tuesday 16th June
New Technical Tour added: seminal Hancock Tower
The grand-daddy of true mixed-use, high rise architecture, and for many, the best tall building in Chicago – the John Hancock Tower – has been added to the pre-conference technical tour options. Expected to be popular with out-of-towners and delegates attending the conference from overseas, the tour of this 1969, 100-storey classic skyscraper will include access to the high-level observatory and a typical office floor, as well as back-of-house areas such as mechanical plant rooms...more

Eric Trump to represent the Trump Organization on Trump Tower
Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions for The Trump Organization, and son of Donald Trump, Mr Eric Trump, will deliver a presentation at the conference entitled: “Skyscrapers as Business Strategy: An international portfolio”. 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 continues unabated above. As one project in a portfolio of significant international skyscrapers now built and under development, we hear from the Trump Organization on the motivations behind these projects...more

Thursday 11th June
AIA President-elect will speak at conference
AIA Vice-President, 2011 AIA President-elect, and long-standing CTBUH member Clark Manus (Principal of Heller Manus Architects) has agreed to deliver an intriguing  presentation at the conference entitled “West Coast / East Coast Tall – commonalities and differences”. There is a healthy rivalry between the different regions of the US, that extends to construction and tall buildings. Increasingly with climate change in recent years, we have seen this rivalry manifest itself in several cities competing for the hypothetical title of “America’s greenest city”. In this presentation, we hear from the future President of the American Institute of Architects on the commonalities and differences in construction and urban planning across different US cities, evolving green building policy in a changing economic environment and perhaps some indication of those laying claim to the title of the “greenest” and “most sustainable”...more

Thursday 11th June
First conference exhibitor confirmed
The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel have confirmed as the first exhibitor for the CTBUH 2009 conference. Long-standing CTBUH members, the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel group also exhibited at the CTBUH 8th World Congress Dubai in 2008. There will be 20 table-top exhibitors in Chicago, with the exhibition located in the foyer area directly outside the auditorium where all presentations will be given. The poster exhibit will also be housed in the foyer space, contributing to what will no doubt be a lively space!


Wednesday 10th June
Metropolitan Commissioner of Mumbai confirmed
The Metropolitan Commissioner of  the Mumbai Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency, Mr. Ratnakar Gaikwad, has confirmed his involvement in the conference with a presentation entitled “The Remaking of Mumbai in the Sustainable Age”. India, along with China, is widely recognized as one of the largest emerging / developing markets in the world. Indian cities are witnessing massive growth and enormous strain on existing infrastructure. Tall Buildings are envisaged as part of the equation. As a precursor to our February 2010 CTBUH Mumbai Conference ‘The Remaking of Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age’, we hear from the Metropolitan Commissioner of the MMRDA on plans for Mumbai, including the recent announcement of a 101-storey tower in Wadala district...more

Friday 7th June
New Technical Tour added: One Museum Park West
Considering that most of the technical tours already on the program will be virtually complete and occupied by the time of the conference, the organizing committee have established the addition to the tour program of the under-construction One Museum Park West project. Part of the complex of new residential towers built adjacent to Chicago’s Museum Campus at the southern edge of Grant Park, this prominent grouping of buildings enjoys a separation from the dense tall clusters of the Chicago loop. Topped out by the time of the tour, delegates will experience a typical Chicago concrete-frame building under construction, as well as the unrivalled views back on the Chicago skyline. The tour will be led by colleagues at main contractors Bovis Lend Lease and architects Pappageorge Haymes. All technical tours will take place the day before the conference, on Wednesday 21st October, from 2-4pm, and be capped at approximately 20-30 people per tour...more

Chicago Spire Thursday 6th June
Richard Tomasetti to present on the Chicago Spire
Richard Tomasetti, founding Principal of Thornton Tomasetti Inc, will speak at the conference on the Chicago Spire project, with a presentation entitled: “Chicago Spire: Technical Twisting and Turning”. For the best part of a decade the US sat slightly aloof to the ongoing quest to build the world’s tallest buildings, relinquishing that competition to Asia in the 90’s. In the mid-2000’s however, a number of US cities announced proposals to once again build supertall buildings, in a bid to rebrand US skylines and encourage urban revitalization. The Chicago Spire has led these efforts on the world stage for Chicago. We hear from the engineer of record on the project about the considerable technical challenges and solutions, which can apply to other projects...more

Tuesday 2nd June
Organizing Committee Inaugral Meeting
The 10 members of the organizing committee, plus CTBUH staff, held its first formal meeting in the offices of Perkins Eastman Chicago, primarily to take stock of speaker confirmation and invites, finalize details of the technical tours, and agree a strategy for promotion of the conference. In attendance were: Joe Burns (Thornton Tomasetti), Jay Butler (Walsh Construction), Jonathan Dennis (Real Estate Consultant), Russell Gilchrist (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Tom Fridstein (Perkins Eastman), Katharina Holzapfel (CTBUH), Jan Klerks (CTBUH), James Paul (Bovis Lend Lease), Leah Ray (Gensler), Ines Tiu (Faithful & Gould), Lucas Tryggestad (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Antony Wood (CTBUH)

Thursday 28th May
CEO of Emaar, His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar, confirmed
His Excellency Mr. Alabbar will present on the seminal Burj Dubai project, with a presentation entitled "The World’s Tallest as Economic Stimulus". As the Burj Dubai nears completion, the Burj has been well documented in both design and technical terms. Envisaged as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of a much larger urban development however, and as a very varied mixed-use building, the financial and marketing story behind this building is not as well documented. In today’s climate of several stalled supertalls, the story of the rationale and motivations behind the Burj – told by the owner-developer – is a vital one...more

Monday 25th May
Hill International to present on their American high rise portfolio
Garrett Miller, President of Hill International Real Estate Partners will present at the conference on "The American Commerce Center and other projects". 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 for a tower in Philadelphia that could be the tallest in the US. We hear from Hill International about the fundamentals of this and other projects in the Hill portfolio...more

Tuesday 19th May
Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers: Building skylines of the future
Eric Kuhne, Founder of Eric Kuhne Associates has confirmed his involvement in the conference with a presentation of the above title. Tall Buildings seem to have taken on an additional agenda in recent years. Whereas throughout history they have been used to project the vitality of corporations, skylines are now being used to also project the vitality of cities on a competitive world stage. We hear from the architect behind one of the ‘tallest in the world’ proposals on the drawing board – the Burj Mubarak al-Kabir in Kuwait City – about the motivations driving these projects...more

Tuesday 12th May, 2009
Russia’s Gazprom Tower presentation confirmed
Tony Kettle, International Group Design Director of RMJM Architects and lead designer of the Gazprom Tower, confirms his involvement in the conference with a presentation entitled: “Gazprom Tower: The politics of High Rise”. The subject of intense debate when proposed in the historic city of St. Petersburg, the headquarters tower for the Russian energy giant Gazprom seems to be successfully chartering a difficult political and economic path towards fruition. In this presentation we will hear how super-tall projects can be realized in Russia, and also learn about the low-energy aspirations of the project...more

Friday 8th May, 2009
Adrian Smith presentation on upgrading existing high rise
Adrian Smith, founding partner of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Chicago confirms his paper for the conference, with the title: “Re-energizing existing high rise; Sears, Jin Mao and other cases”. 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 true of existing high rise, with their high committed embodied energy, often inefficient operating procedures, and the issues to be tackled in demolition. This presentation will reflect on the upgrade of several iconic high rise structures – a reality that eventually all tall buildings will face...more

Monday 4th May, 2009
Presentation confirmed on kilometer-high tower, Dubai
Mark Mitcheson-Low, Managing Director of Woods Bagot Middle East, will present at the conference on the Nakheel Harbor and Tower project Dubai, with a presentation entitled – “Kilometre-High Tower: Fact or Fiction?” . The project was officially launched in October 2008 – just as the world’s economy went into meltdown. Several years of significant work by both the developer and the consultant team have got this project to the first stage of reality – with foundations and basement works started on site. Currently on hold, this presentation will disseminate the considerations behind designing a building almost three times the height of the Empire States Building...more

Wednesday 29th April, 2009
Seminal Singapore project to be presented
Wong Mun Summ, founding director of WOHA Singapore, has confirmed his involvement in the conference with a presentation entitled “Newton Suite and other endeavors: High Rise and the Organic Realm”. As many projects struggle to justify the economic implications of ‘going green’ in the eyes of many developers, still others seem loaded with sustainable technologies that, in many cases, become the dominant aesthetic appearance. Increasingly, however, the value of reintroducing organic material back into the city is being recognized. This presentation on the Newton Suites and other projects will demonstrate how a small number of buildings are pushing the boundaries of organic possibility far beyond the norm...more


   Wednesday 15th April, 2009
Conference Organizing Committee Confirmed
The initial members of the organizing committee, under the conference co-chairing of CTBUH Chairman David Scott and Executive Director Antony Wood, is now confirmed. These include Joe Burns of Thornton Tomasetti, Jay Butler of Walsh Construction, Tom Fridstein of Perkins Eastman, Paul James of Bovis Lend Lease, and Leah Ray of Gensler. The organizing committee’s role is to steer the general direction of the conference, and assist with speakers, topics, technical tours, social events and promotion...more