Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Congresses & Conferences

The CTBUH typically holds at least one international conference per year and a world congress every four to five years. These events are held in relevant cities around the world and provide presentations from the world's leading experts in all disciplines of tall buildings. 

Conference & Congress Archive
World Congress Archive

     Middle East CTBUH 2018 International Conference
Dubai & Abu Dhabi, October 20-25, 2018

The era of the traditional Metropolis, fanning out in waves of decreasing density from a single core central business district, may be coming to an end. As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, ideally all offering something slightly different to the urban inhabitant.

Australia CTBUH 2017 International Conference
Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, October 30-November 3, 2017

The age of the tall building as a single iconic piece of sculpture, standing in isolation from its surroundings, must now come to an end. We have a responsibility to ensure that these permanent urban structures engender a future-oriented urban response to the greatest challenges of our time.

CTBUH 2016 International Conference
Shenzhen → Guangzhou → Hong Kong, October 16-21, 2016

Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism, took place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, which are effectively merging together into the world’s single largest “Megacity.”

New York CTBUH 2015 International Conference
Grand Hyatt, New York City, October 26-30, 2015

After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent. Yet the flow of capital enabling many of these projects is complex, and shows an interconnectedness of our cities way beyond what was evident even just a short decade or two before.

Shanghai CTBUH 2014 International Conference
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai, September 16-19, 2014

The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a connected, maximized, Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.

London CTBUH 2013 International Conference
The Brewery Conference Center, London, June 11-13, 2013

In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities traditionally seen as “anti-tall.”

CTBUH Shanghai 2012 World Congress
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai, September 19-21, 2012

That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.

Seoul CTBUH 2011 World Conference: "Why Tall? Green, Safety & Humanity"
COEX, Seoul, South Korea, 10-12 October 2011

The CTBUH 2011 World conference took place in Seoul – the heart of the rapidly developing country of South Korea. It aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the modern society from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.

 CTBUH 2010 World Conference - Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age

CTBUH 2010 World Conference: "Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age"
Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Mumbai, India
3-5 February, 2010

Rapid urbanization of developing countries such as India and China over the past decade have resulted in almost 200,000 people migrating from rural to urban regions somewhere on the planet every day (United Nations statistics).

Chicago Conference    
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference: "Evolution of the Skyscraper: New Challenges in a World of Global Warming and Recession"
Hermann Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
October 22-23, 2009

Tall Buildings have enjoyed two decades of unprecedented development – built in greater number, height and geographical spread than at any time in history. That position is now under threat from the twin challenges of global climate change and a severe international economic recession.

Moscow Gaining Height "Moscow Gaining Height"
Conference Focused on Information and Cultural Exchange
Moscow, October 22 - 24, 2008

Held in the prestigious setting of the Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel Moscow, the 120 delegates in attendance were treated to an inspiring three days of information and cultural exchange. Organized by the Lobby Agency and TSNIIEP, with the CTBUH as international conference partner.

8th World Congress, Dubai   CTBUH 8th World Congress: "Tall and Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future"
Dubai, March 3 - 5, 2008

This was a record event for the Council, with 954 delegates attending, representing 43 separate countries. The Congress hosted presentations, seminars and workshops covering virtually every aspect of tall building development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.

Chicago, 2006: Thinking Outside the Box
     CTBUH Chicago Conference: "Thinking Outside the Box: Tapered, Tilted, Twisted Towers"
Chicago, October 25 - 26, 2006

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, with detailed investigations into many different aspects of these unusual articulated towers.