Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Chicago Conference 2009 – Video Highlights

The video highlights profile some of the more memorable messages from the 2009 Conference and includes footage of the social-networking events and other aspects of the conference. Videos of the full presentation can be viewed in the Speakers & Presentations section.

View individual presentation videos here

View Plaque & Ceremony videos from the Conference here

Conference Overview

The theme of the conference was "Evolution of the Skyscraper: New challenges in a world of global warming and economic recession." This video includes an overview of the entire conference, including: a review of the conference topic, key speakers, technical tours, welcome reception, awards dinner, exhibition and networking, and conference statistics.

Session 1: "Chicago – City of Big Shoulders”

This opening session of the conference took a closer look at the host city's recent tall building endeavors and local economics. Eric Trump and Andy Weiss presented on the recently completed Trump Tower Chicago, Richard Tomasetti presented the Chicago Spire, and William Testa from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago presented on the local economic make-up of the city.

Session 2: "The Changing Economics of Tall Sustainability”

This session widened perspectives to include economic and community issues.  Steve Watts examined the economic argument of whether sustainable and mixed-use tall buildings are viable. Dan Probst spoke on the growing awareness of sustainability among office tenants. And Garrett Miller presented a case study on the American Commerce Center.

Session 3: "Tall Buildings: Adopting an Icon”

This session explored the idea of the tall building as an icon. Arthur Gensler presented the Shanghai Tower, now under construction in Shanghai. Tony Kettle presented his firm’s Gazprom Tower, a proposal for the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. And Clark Manus compared the differing attitudes towards height and tall buildings as seen on the east and west coasts of the US.

Session 4: "40 Years of CTBUH / 2009 Awards”

This session focused on the CTBUH specifically. In honor of the Council’s 40th Anniversary a panel session of past CTBUH Chairman gave their reflections. Then the CTBUH Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achivement Award winner, John Portman presented on his life’s work. And presentations were given on each of the four regional 2009 Best Tall Building award winning projects.

Session 5: "Quest for the World’s Tallest”

This session examined supertall buildings. His Excellency Mohammed Ali Alabbar presented his soon to be completed Tallest Building in the World, the Burj Dubai. Mark Mitcheson-Low presented on the kilometer high Nakheel Tower which had started construction on site. And Eric Khune presented on his proposal for the 1001-meter Burj Mubarak Al Kabir tower in Kuwait.

Session 6: "Urban Technical & Environmental Advances"

This session sought to take a closer look at both the macro and micro levels of sustainable decision making. The Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, presented on the bigger picture, and how the city has acted to promote green development. Russell Huffer then presented on Glass Wall systems, and Guy Turner presented a new structural material called SPS Floors.

Session 7: "The Future of Urban Tall”

This session looked at tall buildings more generally in the context of the larger city. Carol Willis talked about the densities of several major cities and coined the term “Vertical Density”. Adrian Smith presented on a carbon study on the downtown Chicago area. And a panel session with Sandy Diehl, Richard Hanson, and both Willis and Smith further debated the topic of Urban Tall.

Session 8: "Developing Markets; Trends, Drivers, Challenges”

This last session dealt with tall buildings in an Asian context. Mun Summ Wong presented his firm’s latest organic projects. Russell Gilchrist presented the Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou which seeks to be the world’s most energy efficient high-rise structure. And Rama Rachaprolu presented on the city of India as a lead in to the Council’s next Conference held in Mumbai Feb. 2010.

Welcome Reception

The event was held at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago on the evening before the Conference. The evening included a welcome message from a representative of the reception sponsors CICO Consultants, Stuart Allen; and a plaque presentation to the Trump Organization recognizing the significant height achievements of the Trump Tower Chicago.

Awards Dinner

The four regional Best Tall Building award winners were recognized: Manitoba Hydro Place, Americas; Linked Hybrid, Asia & Australasia, The Broadgate Tower, Europe; and Tornado Tower, Middle East & Africa. Linked Hybrid was also awarded the Best Tall Building Overall. Lifetime achievement winners were John Portman and Prabodh Banavalkar.

Closing & Credits

The CTBUH Chicago Conference was titled, "Evolution of the Skyscraper: New challenges in a world of global warming and economic recession." This video includes an excerpt from CTBUH Chairman Sang Dae Kim’s closing remarks, all conference sponsors and exhibitors and delegate feedback statistics and comments that were collected after the conference.