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CTBUH in the Media, 2009 Archive
December/January, 'BbICOTHbIE' Russian Tall Buildings Magazine
Awards: Greens are Winning

The CTBUH named Linked hybrid by Steven Holl Architects erected in Beijing the “Best Tall Building Overall - 2009”. The award was bestowed at the 8th annual awards Dinner and Ceremony held October 22nd in Chicago, USA. As usual, the shortlist consisted of four designs, which appeared to be the best in Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia & Australasia...more

December 30, Times of India
ET Think Turf: Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age

With a population of around 16 million and growing daily, there is immense pressure on the infrastructure in the city of Mumbai. To discuss and debate the urban policy issues related to the development of infrastructure in lieu of the increased urban density, ET Think Turf organized a roundtable on 'Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age'. CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood participated...more

December 29, Chicago Tribune
The Burj Dubai: Just how tall is it? We'll find out next Monday

We know that the Burj Dubai (left), designed by Chicago architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be the tallest building in the world and the tallest free-standing structure on Earth, when it opens next Monday, January 4. What we don't know is exactly how tall it really is. One complicating factor is a recent change in the standard for measuring heights by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat...more

Burj Dubai set to be the world’s tallest building December 24, Reuters
Burj Dubai to be world's tallest building, how tall?

In the annals of tall skyscrapers, there is no doubt that the soon-to-open Burj Dubai will be the world's tallest. But how tall is known to only a few. CTBUH Trustee and engineer for the project, William Baker, and CTBUH Research & Communications Maganer Jan Klerks are quoted ahead of the building's January 4th, 2010 grand opening...more

December 22, Architectural Record
World’s Tallest Buildings Reconsidered

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has changed the way it measures building height. Announced on November 17, the Chicago-based organization now includes below-grade, open-air pedestrian entrances in its calculations; previously, measurements were made from the sidewalk outside the main entrance. CTBUH also eliminated a “height to roof” category due to increased use of spires, parapets, and other features...more

December 22, Its My Biz
Situations vacant: Indian town planners

There is a lot of confusion and lack of knowledge as to how to go about urban planning in India. Hence, the CTBUH is organizing a World Conference in Mumbai in February 2010 so that information can be shared and queries can be raised. This three-day conference will act as a planning school...more

December 16, Building
Tornado Tower named Best Tall Building in Middle East

The Tornado Tower in Qatar has been awarded the accolade for Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. As the world’s leading authority on the design, construction and development of tall buildings, the CTBUH recognises projects that "contribute to the advancement of tall buildings, bringing fresh ideas and innovative processes"...more

December 11, Its My Biz
Managing a Vertical City

With newer companies and businesses coming in all the time, Mumbai has come to be recognized as the next major hotspot for builders, developers, architects, planners and financiers across the globe. It was therefore an obvious choice in South Asia to host the CTBUH 2010 World Conference. The conference will revolve around Remaking of Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age...more

December 5, Times Property
Remaking Mumbai


Antony Wood of the CTBUH was in Mumbai recently to highlight the need for sustainable cities in a vertical age. In India ahead of the forthcoming World Conference - India: Remaking of Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age, scheduled to be held between Feb. 3-5, 2010. He spoke about the urgent need for remaking Mumbai into a vibrant and sustainable city...more

December 5, Top News
Can't be Shanghai

The policy makers’dreams to make Mumbai another Shanghai may remain unfulfilled. Antony Wood, CTBUH’s executive director, said that Indian cities were on the path to greater urbanisation, and to cope up with this, critical decisions aboutinfrastructure of cities like Mumbai ought to have been taken some 30-40 years ago...more

December 5,  Its My Biz
India is the next destination

Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director and Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, spoke with Its My Biz about the upcoming CTBUH World Conference, "Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age", scheduled to be held in Mumbai, India from February 3-5, 2010...more

December 4, Times Nation
Architecture has to be linked to nature

A tall building is not just about height, but the context in which it was built, proportion, way its measured and several other parameters. Chicago-based CTBUH, an authority on tall buildings worldwide, will soon set up an India chapter with architects, engineers, builders and other stakeholders in conceiving, designing, building and managing tall buildings . Antony Wood, the Council’s executive director, spoke to TOI. Excerpts...more

December 4, Times of India
Tall structures right remedy for Indian cities

With the intention of promoting tall buildings as the right solution to the increasing levels of urbanisation in the country, the CTBUH is set to open its India office early next year. Antony Wood, executive director of the Council told media persons on Thursday that the council will work as an organisation which will try and create public opinion,,,more

December 4, DNA Pune
Amchi Mumbai among the tallest 25 in the world

The CTBUH has ranked Mumbai as the 25th tallest city in the world. It has 118 buildings measuring over 100 meters. Revealing the findings at a press meet held in Pune, CTBUH executive director Antony Wood also announced the future launch of an India chapter of the CTBUH...more

December, Building Design + Construction
Amchi Mumbai among the tallest 25 in the world

At more than 2,600 feet high, the Burj Dubai can still lay claim to the title of the world’s tallest building-although like all other super-tall buildings, its exact height will have to be recalculated now that the CTBUH announced a change to its height criteria. CTBUH is the international body that arbitrates on tall building height and determines the title of “The World’s Tallest Building.” ...more


November 30, Times of India
CTBUH & RoMF proudly announce CTBUH 2010 World Conference India

Indian cities are poised to grow exponentially. The question is how? Every country and city is unique and will have to find its own answers. There are many examples of great planning and sustainable development, the conference seeks to pick up on the best of this knowledge, expertise and experience in the world to make the right decisions for India's cities,,,more

November 29, Earth Times
2010 Installment of Student-Based Mock Firms Skyscraper Design Competition Begins

Registration is currently underway for the 2010 Mock Firms Skyscraper Challenge - an international student-based architectural design competition. The prior year's jury included Antony Wood - Executive Director of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats...more

November 28, Times of India - Bombay
Towards a vertical age: A mega event for developers, builders, architects and planners will be held in Mumbai this February

With newer companies and businesses converging into Mumbai, this city has come to be recognized as a major hotspot for builders, developers, architects, planners, and financiers across the globe. It was therefore an obvious choice to host the CTBUH 2010 World Conference here...more

November 23, Chicago Tribune
The height of hairsplitting: Does the Freedom Tower still stack up to 1776 feet?

Is the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center still going to be 1776 feet tall? And does it matter if it isn't? when the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced last week that it was changing its standard for measuring the height of skyscrapers, new questions arose about the height of Freedom Tower...more

November 19, HAARETZ
Tel Aviv 50th in number of skyscrapers

Tel Aviv has 59 skyscrapers more than 100 meters tall and ranks no. 50 in terms of high-rises among world cities, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international organization.CTBUH Country Representative for Israel, Mr. Israel David discusses highrises in the city...more

November 18, Chicago Tribune
Trump Tower a little more towering

Donald Trump's Chicago skyscraper just moved up one notch on the list of the world's tallest buildings. And the developer and reality TV star hasn't done a thing to his 92-story hotel and condo tower. The Chicago-based CTBUH, the widely recognized arbiter of height standards, announced Tuesday that it has changed its criteria for measuring the height of skyscrapers...more

November 18, Chicago Sun-Times
Trump Tower up to No. 6: Benefits from new way of measuring buildings, but it soon will fall to No. 7

Chicago's Trump International Hotel & Tower is now officially the world's sixth-tallest building - a distinction it can claim for about six more weeks. Early next year the world's tallest skyscraper, by about 1,000 feet, is expected to open in Dubai...more

November 18, Trade Arabia
CTBUH changes height criteria

The CTBUH Height Committee has determined that the previous description of where to measure tall building height from -“Height is measured from the sidewalk outside the main entrance to…” - is now no longer sufficient. 'This will have an impact on both the height of tall buildings and their relative international height rankings,' it added...more

November 17, Building Design + Construction
CTBUH changes height criteria; Burj Dubai height increases, others decrease

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)—the international body that arbitrates on tall building height and determines the title of “The World’s Tallest Building”—has announced a change to its height criteria, as a reflection of recent developments with several super-tall buildings...more

November 14, Times of India Property
Mumbai on the rise, but will locals shine?

Studies conducted in dense high-rise area of cities across the world show different results. Will Mumbai and its citizens be able to benefit from this data - that is the big question. To discuss various suggestions and solutions related to Mumbai's planning, India's infrastructure development and technology used in global skyscrapers, CTBUH is organizing its World Conference 3rd-5th February 2010...more

November 10, AME Info
Al Hosn University joins US conference on impact of recession and global warming on high-rises and urban habitats

Al Hosn University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, joined the Illinois Institute of Technology and CTBUH conference on the effects of the global recession and climate change held recently in Chicago, Illinois, US...more

November 4, Architectural Record
At Least 50 Tall Buildings Now on Hold

Construction of at least 50 tall buildings is on hold after initiation of foundation work, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Of the tallest 20, eight are in the Middle East, and six are in Latin America. Projects in the U.S. also are taking a hit. Foundations are complete for the 2,000-foot-tall Chicago Spire, by Santiago Calatrava, but work has been halted...more

October 29, e-architect
International Architecture Awards: Steven Holl Architects Win Best Tall Building Overall 2009

CTBUH Names Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid "Best Tall Building Overall - 2009" The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl Architects as the "Best Tall Building Overall" for 2009...more

October 29, World Architecture News
Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid reins supreme

Steven Holl Architects' Linked Hybrid in Beijing has been named by the CTBUH as the “Best Tall Building Overall” for 2009. The 220,000 sq m Linked Hybrid complex is a mixed-use facility formed of eight towers linked by a ring of eight sky bridges consumed within a 'twenty-first century porous urban space', inviting public use...more

October 28, Engineering News Record
Boosters Try To Stay Upbeat During Slump: At skyscraper conference, architect unveils holistic urban ‘decarbonization’ planning effort

Adrian Smith presented at the CTBUH 2009 conference on “Evolution of the Skyscraper: New Challenges in a World of Global Warming and Recession.” The conference was held Oct. 22-23 in Chicago and drew 613 people from 35 nations....more


October 28, The Dirt
Interview with Sadhu Johnston, Chicago’s Chief Environment Officer, on the City’s Climate Action Plan

Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environment Officer, Chicago city government, and CTBUH Sustainability Working Group Co-chair, discusses Chicago’s forward-thinking and comprehensive climate action plan at its one-year anniversary...more

October 27, Archi-Europe Group
“Linked Hybrid” by Steven Holl Architects now also Named 2009 “Best Tall Building Overall”

In early July, Bustler reported that Steven Holl Architects’ “Linked Hybrid” towers in Beijing, China had been named 2009 “Best Tall Building” in the regional category ‘Asia & Australia’ by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Award recipients had to possess seamless integration of architectural form, structure, and building systems...more


October 27, Design Boom
Steven Holl Architects: Linked Hybrid Receives Award for Best Tall Building

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has named Steven Holl Architects
recently completed 'Linked Hybrid' complex in Beijing, as winner of the CTBUH 2009
Best Tall Building Award. Annually, the CTBUH recognizes one outstanding tall building from each of four geographical regions: Americas, Asia & Australia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa...more


Chicago Conference

October 23, ABC 7 News Chicago
Experts meet at skyscraper conference

Nearly 600 architects, engineers and others involved in building skyscrapers are meeting in Chicago where the skyscraper was born. Mayor Richard Daley was among the speakers on Friday at the annual conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Those attending the conference are looking back at the last 20 years of skyscraper construction and exploring what tall buildings need to become...more


October 22, Go Structural
CTBUH recognize John Portman with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named John Portman, Founder and Chairman of John Portman & Associates, the 2009 Lynn S. Beedle Award Winner. The award was presented on October 22, 2009 at a special awards dinner hosted as part of the CTBUH’s annual conference held this year in Chicago...more


October 21, Reuters
John Portman Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named John Portman,
Founder and Chairman of John Portman & Associates (PORTMAN), the 2009 Lynn S.
Beedle Award Winner. The award was presented on October 22, 2009 at a special
awards dinner hosted as part of the CTBUH`s annual conference held this year in
Chicago...more


October 16, Chicago Tribune
A Chicago conference to debate the future of the skyscraper in the age of global recession and climate change

There's an important conference coming up in Chicago. It's called "Evolution of the Skyscraper: New challenges in a world of global warming and recession." "I think it's not only a good time [for the conference], but an absolutely necessary time," the council's  executive director, Antony Wood, said...more


October 15, Access Atlanta
CTBUH award winner John Portman talks on his retrospective exhibition

While mayors come and go, John Portman is forever. Thus it was, with the air of a host guiding a weekend visitor on a brief tour of the grounds, that Portman walked Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin through the High Museum this week, exploring three floors of models, drawings, paintings, sculpture and photographs detailing his career...more


Chicago Conference

October 13, Reuters
CTBUH Presents the 2009 Chicago Conference

The CTBUH at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) presents the 2009 Chicago Conference, "Evolution of the Skyscraper: New challenges in a world of global warming and recession," on October 22-23, in IIT's Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal St., Chicago. Key conference speakers include Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the owner of Burj Dubai, and Arthur Gensler, the chairman of Gensler, San Francisco...more


Chicago Conference

October 13, SkyscraperNews.com
CTBUH Conference - One Week To Go

With a little over a week to go until the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitation (CTBUH) annual conference it's a last chance to book tickets for the event which will take place in Chicago. This years conference entitled Evolution of the Skyscraper will focus on how the global credit crisis and an increased call for environmentally sustainable buildings affects the future of tall buildings....more


October 13, Guardian
When skyscrapers signal a downturn: Soaring towers could mean that recession is on the way

It's surprisingly hard to decide on the tallest building in the world. The people at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, who adjudicate on these matters, have had to ban all kinds of exceptions, from enormous radio masts to metal "guy-ropes" holding up towers that would otherwise collapse in strong winds...more


October 05, World Architecture News
Best building in the Americas: Manitoba Hydro Place opens

Manitoba Hydro Place, a new corporate headquarters for Canada’s fourth largest energy utility, is poised to become the county’s most sustainable building. The 695,000 sq ft tower, which opened yesterday, is earning high praise for its aggressive stance on energy conservation. It was recently named the Best in the Americas by the Council for Tall Buildings and is a contender for the organization's Best Building in the World prize to be awarded later this month...more


October, Lobby
The 21st Century Tower: To Exist it must be thinking in Context

CTBUH Country Representative for Belgium, Georges Binder, and CTBUH Awards Committee Chairman, Gordon Gill are featured in the Belgian article. The article mentions the CTBUH Awards and the Council's role as a place for those concerned with tall building design to come together around...more

October, Obras
Cover Story: Burj Dubai - Conquerors of Heaven

This article, from a Spanish based magazine, features CTBUH Trustee, William F. Baker of SOM, and CTBUH Advisory Group member, Ahmed Abdelrazaq, of Samsung, in its feature on the Burj Dubai. For months William Baker looked for the answer to deceive the wind, the worst enemy of building the Burj Dubai tower...more


October, Construction World
CTBUH Mumbai Conference

Antony Wood, Executive Director of the CTBUH, is a leading expert on sustainable design of tall buildings. He talks to Construction World on the CTBUH 2010 World Conference - Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age, to be held in Mumbai, which will provide insights on how to re-make existing cities in a sustainable way and also debate on urban and policy issues...more


September/October, Southeast Asia Building
Four skyscrapers named regional "Best Tall Buildings" for 2009 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The CTBUH announced the winners of its annual "Best Tall Building" awards for 2009, recognizing one outstanding building from each of four geographical regions: Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa...more

September 23, Khaleej Times Online
Floor 124 of Burj Dubai to be Open to Tourists

There will be an observation deck on the 818-metre Burj Dubai, on the 124th floor of the 160-floor building, officials have announced. In addition, an open-air balcony will also be available. Shaun Killa, a Dubai architect and member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, said that observation decks were the most important part of any giant skyscraper...more


September 12, Times Property
Remaking Mumbai: The upcoming CTBUH World Conference will examine Mumbai’s various problems and focus on solutions for the city

Antony Wood is Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and Executive Director of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Times Property spoke to him about the CTBUH World Conference, scheduled to be held in Mumbai, India from February 3-5, 2010....more


September, Lifestyle
A whole new Mumbai

The upcoming CTBUH World Conference will examine Mumbai's various problems and focus on solutions for the city. Antony Wood, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, is also Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and spoke about the CTBUH World Conference, scheduled to be held in Mumbai, India from February 3 to 5, 2010...more


August 31, Economic Times Mumbai
Building the city of dreams

Mr. Mayank Gandhi, Remaking of Mumbai Federation (RoMF) secretary, spoke of inner city redevelopment in Mumbai stating that the federation is working very closely with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Chicago, to revamp the inner city of Mumbai to save lives and make Mumbai a world-class city...more


August 24, Times of India
India is the Next Destination

Antony Wood, Executive Director of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the world's leading expert on sustainable design of tall buildings, is interviewed abut the upcoming CTBUH World Conference, scheduled to be held in Mumbai, India from February 3-5, 2010...more


August 22, Times of India
At a glittering ceremony in Mumbai

The CTBUH has a history of transforming urban areas into high quality living and working neighborhoods. The most notable thing to happen to our own Mumbai is that the CTBUH is organizing their 41st year extravaganza in 2010 in Mumbai in conjunction with Remaking of Mumbai Federation (ROMF)...more


New hydro building competing for prestigious award

August 10, Journal of Commerce
Winnipeg skyscraper earns tall tower award

A Toronto architectural firm's unique design approach helped a Winnipeg skyscraper win the title of the year’s best tall building in the Americas. Manitoba Hydro Place is a 23-storey, energy-efficient building on Winnipeg’s Portage Avenue and it earned the award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)...more


August, Civil Engineering Magazine
Council Names 2009's Best Tall Buildings

The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has announced the names of the tall buildings it regards as the best of 2009. Winners were named in four geographical regions: the Americas: Manitoba Hydro Place, Asia & Australasia: Linked Hybrid, Europe: The Broadgate Tower, and Middle East & Africa: Tornado Tower...more


Conversation with Werner Sobek

July 21, McGraw Hill Construction Video Library
Conversation with Werner Sobek

Structural engineer, architect, and academic Werner Sobek (CTBUH Member and 2006 Fazlur Rahman Khan Medalist) defines green architecture and what it takes to become an international leader in sustainable practices and technology, specifically in lightweight structures...more


SOM's William Baker is first American to receive Leonhardt Prize in structural engineering

July 20, Chicago Tribune
SOM's William Baker is first American to receive Leonhardt Prize in structural engineering

Structural engineer William Baker (CTBUH Trustee), a partner at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, received the Fritz Leonhardt Prize in recognition of his engineering accomplishments, which include many of the tallest skyscrapers of our time...more


Tall Buildings Council Taps Four Global Winners

July 11, ENR Online
Tall Buildings Council Taps Four Global Winners

Tornado Tower awarded the 2009 prodigious accolade for Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa. Bestowed on it by the Awards Committee of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the world's leading authority on the design, construction and development of tall buildings, it is one of four tall buildings in the world to receive this recognition...more


New hydro building competing for prestigious award

July 10, Winnipeg Free Press
New hydro building competing for prestigious award

Manitoba Hydro Place has been named the best tall building in the Americas for 2009 by the prestigious Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. It is in the running with buildings in Beijing, London and Doha for the rights to be called 2009's best tall building in the world at an event in Chicago in October...more


July 8, Construction Week Online
Light + strong concrete = tall, green buildings

As cutting costs remains the overwhelming pre-occupation for construction industries throughout the globe, maximising space by building tall offers an attractive solution. A 2009 study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) shows that more tall buildings were completed in 2008 than ever before...more


July 6, Building Design + Construction
Manitoba Hydro Place, Tornado Tower among world's 'best tall buildings,' according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the winners of its annual “Best Tall Building” awards for 2009, recognizing one outstanding tall building from each of four geographical regions: Americas, Asia & Australia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa...more


July 6, Artdaily.org
Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl Architects Named 2009 "Best Tall Building" in Asia & Australia Category

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named Steven Holl Architects’ Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing the recipient of the “Best Tall Building” in Asia and Australia award. Annually, the CTBUH recognizes one outstanding tall building from each of four geographical regions...more

July 5, Building Design + Construction
CTBUH conference on future of tall buildings set for October 22-23, 2009 in Chicago

The world’s leading experts will convene at this conference to outline their reflections on the successes and excesses of the past two decades, and outline their thoughts on what tall buildings need to become. Will the skyscraper rise up to meet the challenges of the future? ...more


July, BizNews Asia
Green is Gold

Felino Palafox Jr., CTBUH Country Representative for the Philippines, aims to become the country's No. 1 Green Architect with his keen focus on reducing carbon footprint in his designs. He says that in reducing greenhouse gases you can make money while saving the environment for the next generations...more


High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, Third Edition

July, High-Rise Security And Fire Life Safety, Third Edition
Foreword

CTBUH Exec. Director Antony Wood has written the foreword of the third edition of the High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety book. This is a comprehensive reference for planning, executing, and managing security and safety operations within tall buildings. Among others the book discusses the characteristics of skyscrapers and the type of security and safety systems...more


June 5, Chicago Sun-Times
President Obama recognizes CTBUH Former Chair Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan

In his address to the Muslim world Thursday, President Obama said "American Muslims have enriched the United States."  One of the accomplishments he listed was that an American Muslim "built our tallest building."  He was referring to Fazlur Rahman Khan, the visionary - and legendary - structural engineer who designed the 110-story Sears Tower...more

June 1, Emirates Business 24|7
Kim is new CTBUH chair

Korean Professor Sang Dae Kim will be its next chair, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced following a rigorous nomination and review process. He will now take up the position of vice-chair on the CTBUH board of trustees, and will take over the full position from current chair David Scott at the CTBUH conference in Chicago in October...more

June, Structure
The Rise of the Supertall

This article, by CTBUH Research Coordinator, Philip Oldfield, examines the recent trend in supertall construction. From the first supertall to be constructed (The Chrysler Building, 1930) to date, there have only been 37 such structures completed, by the end of 2010 this number is expected to more than double...more

May/June, Silkwinds
The Sky is not the Limit

Skyscrapers may have been invented in the United States, but they have been perfected in Asia, home to eight of the 10 tallest buildings in the world. This article takes a look at some architectural icons around Asia including the CTBUH Criteria for Defining and Measuring Tall Buildings...more

May 27, Emirates Business 24|7
Burj Dubai cranes to be down by August

The cranes atop the Burj Dubai will be dismantled by August this year, according to a senior Emaar executive. "The project is expected to open by the end of the year," said Greg Sang, Project Director at Emaar Properties. "But we are still looking at all of the programming elements. After lowering all the cranes in August, we still have to finish all the fitouts...more


May 22, Le Soir
Georges Binder, alias "Mr. Towers"

Brussels authorities are about to approve several new towers which represents a major shift in how they now see high-rise projects in a more positive way. Journalists interviewed CTBUH Country Leader for Belgium, Georges Binder, about the reasons to build tall buildings in Brussels, their relation to the environment and about mixed-use towers...more


MMRDA India

May 21, The Times of India
MMRDA's priorities are wrong

MMRDA plans to set up a 101-storey iconic commercial tower in Wadala, India. CTBUH is quoted on the development of tall buildings in the last two decades and current threat from global climate change and severe international economic recession...more


May 12, World Architecture News
WTC faces threat from within

Plans being considered by the Port Authority to remove one of the World Trade Center Towers and to reduce Lords Foster and Rogers’ towers to stumps have been released to the New York Daily News. CTBUH's Jan Klerks comments on the situation...more


May 1, AIArchitect
Clark D. Manus Elected 2010 AIA First Vice President/2011 President-elect

CTBUH Member, Clark D. Manus, FAIA, AIA San Francisco, has been elected AIA First Vice President and 2011 President-elect. Manus has served as AIA national vice president, 2007-2009; chair, National Strategic Planning, 2009; chair, National Board Advocacy, 2008; and as a member of the National Governance Task Force, 2008-2009...more


May, Architectural Record
As economy sinks, skyscrapers soared ever higher

A recent study by CTBUH research coordinator Philip Oldfield shows that more tall buildings - and taller ones - were completed in 2008 than ever before. The Council expects 2009 to be another record year...more


April/May, 'BbICOTHbIE' Russian Tall Buildings Magazine
Aftereffects and Prospects 2008

A research article by Antony Wood and Philip Oldfield examines the link between skyscrapers and economic cycles. The article suggests how the current economic crisis will affect tall building developments in the next decade or so. The article is supplemented with the CTBUH Tallest 10 in 2008 and Tallest 20 in 2020 lists...more

April/May, 'BbICOTHbIE' Russian Tall Buildings Magazine
Delicate Balance of Lime Street & Gray Lady of Times Square

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat provides information on 51 Lime Street in London and The New York Times Building to the Russian Tall Building Magazine. Antony Wood, Executive Director of CTBUH, comments on Foster's amazing palette of design work...more

April 24, The National
Why the only way is up

Next month Dubai Municipality, together with competition organizers from ThyssenKrupp Elevator, will unveil the winning design from among 2,967 entries submitted for its iconic structure to be built in Zabeel Park. The design criteria were that it had to be emblematic, unique and most important, it had to be tall. CTBUH's Jan Klerks comments on the trends that are driving designing tall...more


April 20, The New Yorker
The Vertical Tourist

Alain Robert, a forty-six year old Frenchman, is a free-solo climber who scales tall buildings. Alain has climbed five of the ten tallest buildings in the world. CTBUH Chairman, David Scott, comments on how these 'wall climbers' cannot be a consideration in the design of tall buildings...more


April 9, World Architecture News
Empire of green

New York's most iconic building has announced a $20million eco-refit as an addition to its $500million renovation efforts to attract new tenants. As the Art Deco Empire State Building undergoes these drastic efforts, industry experts, including CTBUH's Jan Klerks, comment on what implications eco-retrofitting will have on the architecture profession...more

April 2, Architectural Record Online
As Economy Sank, Skyscrapers Soared Ever Higher

Although 2008 brought a financial crisis that stretched unemployment rolls and slowed production lines across the globe, it was a superlative year for skyscrapers. According to a recent study by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), more tall buildings—and taller ones—were completed in 2008 than ever before. The council expects 2009 to be another record year....more

April 2, Emirates Business 24|7
Study on Mass Evacuation of Tall Buildings

The CTBUH has begun a new research initiative into the potential for different egress systems to be used to rapidly and efficiently evacuate an entire building. Meanwhile, the round of nominations are now closed for the CTBUH Chairman position. Current Chair, David Scott, will be stepping down in October 2009...more

April, Architectural Products
Art in Architecture: New-Age Look, Age-Old Design

Architects and engineers are using integrated engineering as a cure for the common structure and as a way to push the envelope of building design. New construction that looks like contemporary sculpture rather than an office building suggests that we may be entering a new era of architecture, but there is more to the origins and resolutions of such towers. David Scott comments...more

March/April, The Big Project 
A Bumper Year for Skyscrapers

Tall buildings are inextricably linked to the confidence inspired by a buoyant market and are often conceived at the height of a market. Antony Wood writes on the irony of the visual products of an economic boom, amid the stark realities of an economic bust...more

March/April, Science Illustrated
Building Toward the Clouds

The next generation of skyscrapers will be twice the height of the Empire State Building, thanks to powerful computer models, smarter uses of materials and economic muscle. CTBUH Tallest 20 in 2020 list is referenced and CTBUH Trustee, William Baker of SOM, is quoted...more

March 29, UK Times
Buildings mimic nature to cut running costs

Green buildings are all the rage but they are old hat to architect and CTBUH Advisory Group member, Ken Yeang, whose Great Ormond Street Hospital in London will generate 20% more power that it uses, through innovations such as a ventilation flue that does away with the need to heat or cool the building for much of the year...more

March 24, The Brown and White
Engineer stress simple design

The chief structural engineer of the world's tallest building, William Baker of SOM (CTBUH Trustee) visited Lehigh University on Friday to speak on the design and construction of the Burj Dubai, the skyscraper located in the United Arab Emirates. The Burj Dubai is expected to be the tallest skyscraper in the world when completed....more

 

March 23, Emirates Business 24/7
Nominations invited for tall buildings' awards

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has invited nominations from architectural and construction firms for its 2009 annual awards. Considered to be one of the prestigious awards in the industry, CTBUH recognises excellence in design and construction by awarding two lifetime achievement awards and five Best Tall Building awards....more

March 16, SF New Developments
One Rincon Hill among world's "Best Tall Buildings" for 2008

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has recognized One Rincon Hill as one of the Best Tall Buildings for 2008 in the Americas category – one of only 5 in North America to receive the distinction....more

March 10, World Architecture News
Still rising - Podcast

Heading the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Antony Wood holds a strong insight into architecture today - he shares this with WAN in one of their weekly podcasts to reveal that buildings need not shrink amidst the financial chaos...listen here

 

March 7, The Economist
Revolutionary Buildings

CTBUH Executive Director is quoted in this article that examines clever construction techniques could usher in a new architectural era in which entire buildings are capable of rotating, such as the proposed Dynamic Tower which would have 80 independently rotating floors...more

  

February/March, Cityscape
The Sky's The Limit

Several Middle Eastern developers are battling to build the world's tallest tower. The shift in the geographic location of skyscrapers has precipitated a dramatic increase in height.  CTBUH Chairman, David Scott examines the motives behind this quest and addresses the issues of wind, building size and skyscraper economics...more

 

February 27, CNN
Sears to lead the way in high rise upgrade

Antony Wood, Executive Director of the CTBUH talks to CNN News Chicago about the Sears Tower improvement plans and explains why the 40 year old tower needs to be upgraded to accomodate energy strategies that will improve the performance of the historic skyscraper in today's challenging environment...watch the video

 

February 25, NBC 5 Chicago
A Silver Sears Tower

NBC 5 Chicago visits IIT’s campus to capture its view of the Sears Tower being re-covered in silver to help save on energy costs and describes the university as “one of the great schools of architecture.” CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood explains why he feels the Sears Tower makeover should take place...watch the video

 

February 25, Real Estate Weekly
Economy may be down, but height of skyscrapers going up

Sure 2008 wasn't pretty. A worldwide economic crisis reared its head, complete with job losses, market collapses and stalled construction projects. But According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, there was a silver lining: It was the most successful year for tall building construction...more

 

February 23, ENR
Babel's Tower, Rome's Roads

Craig Barner gains inspiration from the CTBUH "10 Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008" list and reflects on the history of tall buildings in ancient Europe with special reference to the Tower of Babel. CTBUH announced earlier this year that the average height of the 10 Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008 was 1,048ft.....more

 

February 18, BBC Radio World Service
World's Skylines Heading Up

The world's tallest building currently in use is just over five hundred metres high. But within a few years it's expected a building at least twice that height will be constructed. Vincent Dowd looks at why -- and where -- the world's skyline is heading upward, Executive Director Antony Wood is interviewed as part of the discussion...more

Shanghai World Financial Center  

February 17, National Real Estate Investor
High-Tech Engineering Helps Skyscraper Developers Reach Record Heights

Developers completed more skyscrapers in 2008 than in any previous single year, adding four super-tall buildings that brought the number of structures exceeding 300 meters (984 ft.) in height to 38 globally. That’s according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which publishes a list of the tallest buildings completed each year...more

 

February 16, Emirates Business 24/7
CTBUH Seeks Nomination for Next Chair

The CTBUH is seeking nominations for the next chair who will serve for two years starting from second half of 2009. The current Chair David Scott's tenure will come to an end during 2009. The plan is that the successful candidate will be elected as Vice-Chair by summer 2009 so that there are a few months overlap before the formal hand-over...more

   

February 13, Archi-Tech
Council Predicts Buildings will Increase Significantly in Height by 2020

The Chicago-based CTBUH recently released data demonstrating that, despite the economic downturn that overtook the world in 2008, it was the single most successful year for tall building construction in history, both in terms of skyscrapers built and average height achieved. Furthermore, iconic structures are expected to continue to rise across the globe, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, to the point that the world’s current tallest building – the Taipei 101 – is likely to be in 20th place worldwide by 2020....more

 

February 11, The Mercury
American Commerce Center Philly skyscraper project battles cloudy economy

The proposed American Commerce Center, a 1,510-foot skyscraper in Philadelphia, faces huge challenges in the current financial crisis, but its developers are optimistic about moving the project forward. CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood is quoted...more

   

February 10, JoongAng Daily
Soaring Skyscrapers in Dark Economic Times

Tall buildings go up as the economy goes down, according to the skyscraper index that came to prominence in 1999 in a report penned by Andrew Lawrence, a former researcher at Deutsche Bank. Lawrence argued that skyscrapers preceded economic downturns. CTBUH Tallest 20 in 2020 diagram is cited in article...more

 

February 9, TV 9 Mumbai News Bulletin
The Remaking of Mumbai

Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director and associate professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, talks to TV 9 Mumbai News regarding the partnership of architecture students from Chicago and architects from RoMF on the C-ward project in Mumbai...watch the video

 

February 9, Times of India
We must demystify cities, says US prof.

Antony Wood, associate professor in the college of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, leads a group of architecture students to carry out a survey of the highly-congested C ward in Mumbai at the invitation of the Remaking of Mumbai Federation. The team is creating a "high-rise" vision for the 30-acre block in C ward...more

 

February 6, AIArchitect
Eleven Tapped for Honorary AIA Membership

CTBUH Chairman, David Scott, is one of eleven given an honorary AIA Member. Despite disparate roles, they all are people who, although not architects by profession, have offered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences and thus have made all of our lives richer...more

  February 6, Commercial Property News
Radio News Update

Managing editor for Commercial Property News, Amanda Metcalf, mentions the CTBUH Tallest 10 completed in 2008 and Tallest 20 in 2020 lists  in her  weekly commercial industry update...listen here

  February 4, DNA Mumbai
City, US students have designs on C ward

Students of the JJ and Rizvi colleges of architecture, along with those from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago, are all set to design a model for the redevelopment of the city's C ward. CTBUH Executive director, Antony Wood, also a professor at IIT will be leading the IIT studio...more

  February 3, Times of India
RoMF collaborates with IIT & CTBUH for the redevelopment of 'C' Ward

An announcement by The Remaking of Mumbai Federation on the launch of their collaboration with CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology for a 'Tall and Green' Architectural Design Studio which will consider the redevelopment of Mumbai's dilapidated 'C' ward...more

  February 2, Architects Journal
Tall trend set to shrink soon

The world's skyscrapers are getting taller, despite the global recession, new research has revealed – but ultra-high projects are expected to tail off soon According to the international research group Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the average height of the top ten tallest buildings completed in 2008 rose to 319 meters – 31 meters above the previous highest average, set in 1998...more

  February, Building Design + Construction
2008 Record Year for Skyscraper Construction

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has released data demonstrating that, despite the economic downturn that overtook the world in 2008, it was the single most successful year for tall building construction in history, both in terms of skyscrapers built and average height achieved...more

January/February, Southeast Asia Building
Shanghai World Financial Center named 'Best Tall Building Overall'

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named the Shanghai World Financial Center as the 2008 Best Tall Building Overall at the 7th Annual Awards Dinner held at Crown Hall in Chicago, on 20 November 2008...more

Shanghai World Financial Center   January 29, Skyscraper News
The CTBUH 2008 Top Ten

The lovely people at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, or CTBUH for short, has come up with a list of 2008 tallest completed buildings. The criteria that must be met for buildings to qualify is quite relaxed but the building must fulfill all of the criteria in order to be included...more

  January 29, Chicago Tribune
Burj Dubai reaches its final height; would 2,683 feet be enough for you?

Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, references the CTBUH Tallest 20 in 2020 research in his article on the Burj Dubai reaching its final height of 818 meters (2,683 feet) making it the world's tallest structure...more

  January 27, AIArchitect
Crest of a Wave, or Valley of a Shadow?

In what is perhaps best considered a measurement of the overheated pace of post-millennial development, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has released a report that says more tall buildings were constructed in 2008 than in any other year in history. ...more

  January 26, Architectural Record
World's 10 Tallest Buildings of 2008

Some surprising news from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: 2008 was a recordbreaking year for skyscrapers. According to a report released today by the Chicago-based organization, the number and height of tall buildings finished in 2008 was greater than any other year in history...more

Shanghai World Financial Center   January 23, AIA
Council on Tall Buildings Rewards Sustainability in 2008 Skyscrapers

This year’s Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Best Tall Building Awards focused on sustainable projects. It selected KPF’s Shanghai World Financial Center as the best tall building in 2008 and honored William Baker of SOM with the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal and Cesar Pelli with the Lynne S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award...more

 Top 25 Newsmakers   January, ENR
Top 25 Newsmakers in 2008

The editors of ENR have chosen Ron Klemencic, CTUBH Vice-Chair and Shaun Killa, CTBUH member among other individuals of the construction industry for innovations and achievements featured in their stories in 2008...more


  January, Cityscape
One Size Fits All

CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood and Research Coordinator, Philip Oldfield are quoted in this article that explores whether or not skylines of cities in emerging markets reflect their indigenous environments, or if they are just copies of their western counterparts...more

Shanghai World Financial Center   January, Architectural Record
Tower in Shanghai named "Best Tall Building"

The Council on Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat has named the Shanghai World Financial Center the “Best Tall Building Overall” for 2008. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and completed last year, the building was chosen from among four “Regional Tall Building” winners...more


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