Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Interviews
The "Talking Tall" feature involves prominent professionals discussing their personal vision on our future and what role tall buildings play or share their professional insights on topical matters. 

Towering Aspirations in Dubai and Beyond with His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar
CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV

His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, talks to CTBUH editor, Daniel Safarik, about his current project, Dubai Creek Tower, and reflects on his past developments in Dubai. 

Engineering a Better Future
CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue III

Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, is the recipient of the 2018 CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Medal. Through a 40-plus-year career, she has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the most significant high-rise buildings in the United States, and globally. She also started a mentorship...

Planning for a Taller London
CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue II

In the past decade, London has grappled with growing pains and critical questions about how its urban landscape should be developed. Jules Pipe is the lead person in the new administration responsible for the revision of the London Plan to reflect new guidance about skyscrapers in the capital.

Nation-Building, Singapore-Style: Better Living Through Density
CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue I

The CTBUH Awards program expands into the Tall + Urban Innovation Conference in 2018 and a new CTBUH Technical Guide on urban spaces is released, featuring Marina Bay and many other successful urban developments.

Humanizing the High-Rise
CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue IV

The under-design Quay Quarter Tower will create a stunning new building on the Sydney skyline that sets new benchmarks in office tower design globally and creates an exemplary international commercial address.

Birds, Planes and Bio-Blitzes
CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III

Having designed Aqua in Chicago, Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang, received considerable attention for what was then the tallest building ever designed by a woman-led firm. Daniel Safarik, spoke with Gang for her long-overdue Talking Tall interview.

Modular High-Rise: The Next Chapter
CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue II

Roger Krulak, CEO and Founder of Full Stack Modular. Full Stack Modular is a new company that has taken the assets and lessons from that project and plans to scale it up into a global business. Krulak outlined his plans in an interview with CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik.

Fusing History and Height in Modern China
CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue I

Albert Chan, Director of Development Planning and Design at Shui On Land, in this interview with CTBUH Journal Editor Daniel Safarik, Chan discusses his development philosophy and thoughts on the urban habitat.

Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses
CTBUH Journal 2016 Issue IV

Scott Duncan and Philip Enquist, both at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, spoke with CTBUH Journal Editor Daniel Safarik on the big issues that will face city-makers in the coming century.

Engineering China’s Skylines
CTBUH Journal 2016 Issue III

Dasui Wang, China Design Master and chief structural engineer for East China Architectural Design Institute (ECADI), sat with CTBUH Journal Editor Daniel Safarik to talk about his 52-year career and the tremendous amount of change he has seen during this time.

Local Context and Global Workfl ows: Designing Tall for Today and Beyond
CTBUH Journal 2016 Issue II

CTBUH Journal Editor Daniel Safarik spoke with Martin Henn, Design Director and Partner, HENN Architects, for an insight into how individual originality, economic imperatives, and local relevance can all be maintained in the contemporary global high-rise.

The Power of the Crowd Rises
CTBUH Journal 2016 Issue I

Rodrigo Niño, spoke to CTBUH Journal Editor Daniel Safarik about the inspiration and future plans for Prodigy Network, the New York-based real-estate crowdfunding platform.

Gaining Momentum at Hudson Yards
CTBUH Journal 2015 Issue IV

Jay Cross, President of Hudson Yards, a joint venture between the Related Companies and Oxford Properties, discusses the developers’ perspective on this massive project.

The Incredible “Shrinking” Washington Monument
CTBUH Journal 2015 Issue III

Dru Smith, chief geodesist of the NGS, provides specifics of the project to determine that the height of the Washington Monument which “shrunk” almost 10 inches (248 millimeters) when measured in February 2015.

The Vertical Garden City Grows Into the 21st Century
CTBUH Journal 2015 Issue II

CTBUH Journal Editor Daniel Safarik interviewed Hiroo Mori, Executive Vice President, Mori Building, who has led the construction of several critical projects in Japan, as well as the Shanghai World Financial Center in China.

Taming Tall Buildings’ “Autistic” Tendencies
CTBUH Journal 2015 Issue I

The CTBUH is actively expanding the “Urban Habitat” portion of its mission, which calls for tall buildings to be optimally integrated into human-scaled urban environments. Reflecting this mission, CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik recently spoke to Kees Christiaanse, principal of KCAP Architects & Planners.

From Block to Blob and Back Again
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue IV

United Network Studio (UN Studio) is a Dutch architecture firm founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, which in the 2000s established offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, partly to accommodate the firm’s increasing number of highly detailed and demanding tall building projects on the Asian continent.

Learning From 50 Years of Hong Kong Skybridges
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue III

Hongkong Land was instrumental in developing Hong Kong’s famous network of skybridges between buildings. CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik spoke to James Robinson, Executive Director of Hongkong Land about the past, present, and future of skybridges.

Standing Out by Blending in: Tower Infinity
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue II

Tower Infinity quickly got picked up by the world’s media as the “invisible” tower, due to its clever use of an array of LEDs and HD cameras which give the ability to become “almost invisible.” CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik spoke to GDS principal Charles Wee about the plans for executing his audacious project.

The New Context of Tall
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue I

On the occasion of receiving the overall Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards ceremony for Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters, Rem Koolhaas, OMA, sat for an interview with Daniel Safarik, CTBUH.

“Joan of Architecture” and the Difficulty of Simplicity
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue IV

Phyllis Lambert, the daughter of the Seagram owner Samuel Bronfman, played an integral role in selecting Mies van der Rohe and Phillip Johnson to design the definitive International Style skyscraper, the Seagram Building.

Finding the Forest Through the Trees: Building Tall with Timber
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue III

Vancouver architect Michael Green has been singing the praises of using mass timber to build tall structures for years, and has just broken ground on what will be the tallest wood building in North America.

From “Dry and Safe” to “Tall and Sharp” / Owning an Icon
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue II

The owners of two of London’s most significant skyscrapers, Irvine Sellar of the Shard and Kent Gardner of the Gherkin, spoke with CTBUH about the challenges and rewards of building tall in a historic city.

Fast-growing Saudi Arabia Embraces Tall Buildings
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue I

Amid a rapidly changing cultural and economic landscape in Saudi Arabia, John Harris, co-head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Saudi Arabia office, discusses the shifts in the market and the Kingdom’s growing interest in building tall.

One of the Architecture World’s Fast Rising Stars has BIG Plans for Designing Tall Buildings
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue IV

OMA alumnus Bjarke Ingels has made a name for his Bjarke Ingels Group with innovative, paradigm-busting projects that blend nature and functionality with new twists on traditional forms.

An Insider’s View on Navigating the Approval Process for Tall Buildings in China
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue III

Brian Lee,
lead designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, discusses the complexities of designing buildings in China and the challenges of the approval process.

The Skyscraper Index
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue II

The Skyscraper Index, which links tall building construction to economic cycles. The Index is based on the completion of the world’s tallest building is inevitably a marker for the start of a global economic crisis.

A Future for Tall Building History
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue I

Looking at Chicago's or New York's skylines, one feature that sets apart the first skyscraper cities from the recent ones is the rich history of tall building architecture. These first cities are now facing the issue of what to do with vintage skyscrapers.

The CTBUH Chairmanship
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue IV

Assuming the Chairman’s position in a not-for-profit organization is always an honorable matter, and especially so when that organization is
focused on high-rise building.

The Global Impact of 9/11
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue III

Just as many Americans still remember exactly where they were when they heard the news that US president John F. Kennedy had been shot, most people will likely remember what they were doing on September 11, 2001.

So You Want a Tall Building?
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue II

Having devised tall building strategies for Rotterdam, Dublin and London, he is the kind of guy who is called in as cities start to think about adding tall buildings. As such, he has developed a broad expertise and an interesting set of opinions.

Ups and Downs in Russia
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue I

Faced with the possibility that his tallest project was to be shortened after it had been constructed to full height, Sergey Skuratov found himself making a defense that height is a substantial part of the architecture for one of the city’s tallest residential towers.

CTBUH Journal 2010 Issue IV

This past decade, “student skyscrapers” have re-emerged at or near university campuses and city centers. As such, the vertical dorm is making a comeback after a construction drought which started in the early 1970s.

Greening Supertalls
CTBUH Journal 2010 Issue III

The world’s tallest buildings have always been more about expression rather than necessity or a solution to any problem. Being the visible landmarks that they are, these towers have represented the aspirations of those who commissioned them.

Winy Maas Winy Maas, MVRDV
CTBUH Journal 2010 Issue II

The urban future of Chinese cities could take the shape of supersized parabolic structures in and around current cities. Imagine a range of various green hills with apartments and spacious terraces in the shell filled with industry and technology.