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September 2015
Top CTBUH News
2015 New York Conference:
Less Than 100 Places Remaining

We fully expect all registration places to be filled this week. See the nearly 1,100 people already registered to attend the event. Register for the Conference now before it’s too late!
Latest Publication Now Available:
Tall Buildings of China

This new CTBUH publication – available in both English and Chinese on the CTBUH Web Shop – showcases more than 100 skyscrapers in China across more than 25 cities.
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Glasgow’s Red Road Flats Are Set for Demolition
After becoming a byword for the failure of high-rise housing due to a range of social and structural problems, the Red Road Flats will finally come down. Two of the original eight blocks were razed in controlled explosions in 2012 and 2013. The six remaining structures will be brought down concurrently later this year, following a controversial proposal to demolish them on live television.
Damper at TAIPEI 101 Records Biggest Movement Ever
TAIPEI 101's mass damper moved by a full meter from its center position during Typhoon Soudelor on August 8, setting a new record for the internal mechanisms of the building. The building utilizes a tuned mass damper, an enormous weighted sphere suspended between the 87th and 92nd floors that sits on hydraulic cylinders and counteracts the building's movement.
Bahrain’s $650 Million Villamar Project to Restart
The developer of the long-delayed Villamar project – launched in 2007 close to the Bahrain Financial Harbour complex – said that work is restarting after the restructuring of the project’s finances. More than 50 percent of these apartments have already been sold, but once complete, the remaining funds from the development will be used to fit-out the interiors of the rest of the project.
New Renderings of The One in Toronto Revealed
The One, which will be Canada's tallest building upon completion, has undergone a number of design changes. Recent renderings reveal changes to the building's exterior façade. The updated design points to a more sensitive treatment of the public realm and a more engaged relationship with the street, with the addition of benches and trees to animate the sidewalk.
Construction Begins on Vietnam’s Tallest Tower in Ho Chi Minh City
British architect Atkins has started work on the 460-meter Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, set to become the tallest building in Vietnam upon completion. The 81-story skyscraper will surpass the Landmark 72 in Hanoi. The tower’s design will to include a hotel, serviced apartments, and retail space. Together with the landscaping the development is 241,000 square meters.
Smoke-Ring-Blowing Chimney Proposed for Copenhagen Power Plant
Bjarke Ingels has launched a public crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a 124-meter power plant chimney that will blow smoke rings to symbolize CO2 consumption. The power plant will convert waste to energy. The smokestack will use an elastic mechanism to release steam rings that measure 25 meters in diameter and three meters in height.
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News from the Council
Leader’s Message:
Mounib Hammoud

At our largest event to date, CTBUH Conference delegates will enjoy a detailed look at some larger-than-life projects around the world in New York this fall.
Awards Symposium Speaker Program Confirmed
This year’s program features prominent speakers, including Santiago Calatrava, Douglas Durst, and Mun Summ Wong. Register now for the FREE November 12 event!
Cardiff University Program Accredited by CTBUH
A new course focusing on the sustainable analysis and design of “mega-buildings” aims to train students for the role of planners and designers of large-scale urban buildings.
CTBUH Journal Issue III Published
The third 2015 issue features a Case Study on Frankfurt’s European Central Bank, and papers ranging from Sustainable Retrofitting to Fire Safety for Penthouse Designs.
Great Turn-out for CTBUH Sydney’s “Design Excellence” Gathering
Ivan Harbour (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) addressed a sold-out house at “Tall Storeys,” on his experience judging design competitions.
CTBUH Megacolumn Tests Reveal Interesting Results
CTBUH Research Division members attended the much-anticipated second round of tests in Beijing as part of the Megacolumn Research project, sponsored by ArcelorMittal.
Other Industry News
20-Story High-Rise Apartment Building Proposed for Sandton... more
Leak Discovered at World Trade Center Basement in New York City... more
The Shard is Nearly 70 Percent Leased with Some of the Highest Rents in London... more
Investors Plan $2.2 Billion Casino Complex in Vladivostok... more
40-Story Jollibee Tower Proposed in Ortigas... more
26-Story Hotel Proposal Faces New Orleans Planning Commission... more
Sharjah Unveils $5 Billion Waterfront City... more
Emerald Park Condos Approaching Completion in North York, Toronto... more
Redevelopment Plans Revealed for Fenix 1 Warehouse in Rotterdam... more
Singaporean Developer Proposes Brisbane’s Tallest Skyscraper... more
Barbican’s Blake Tower in London Remodeled to Include Luxury Apartments... more
Downtown Pittsburgh’s Tower at PNC Plaza Set for October First Opening... more
Demolition Begins on London’s Pinnacle... more
Sydney Residential Tower Launched for International Buyers... more
Shanghai Joint-Venture Under Construction in Jingan District Renamed... more
Construction Begins on Dollar Bay Residential Tower in London... more
56-Story Tower Proposed for Long-Vacant Jersey City Lot... more
Vijayawada Tower Will Feature Modular Elements That Residents Can Personalize... more
28-Story Tower Proposed for Northeast Minneapolis... more
Mumbai Gets 90-Meter Snorkel to Combat High-Rise Fires... more
Singaporean-Backed Park Hotel Adelaide Could Be City’s Newest Skyscraper... more
New Residential High-Rise Proposed in Los Angeles... more
Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council Green Lights Slew of High-Rise Projects... more
Construction Begins on One Thousand Museum in Miami... more
Lagos Plans to Build West Africa’s Answer to Dubai, Eko Atlantic... more
Fire Breaks Out in Sharjah High-Rise... more
High-Rise Chicago Retirement Community Begins Extensive Upgrades... more
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ Latest Skyscraper Destined for Shenzhen... more
Potential Buyers Bemoan Price of Living in Singapore’s Sky Habitat... more
“Containerscraper” Poses Housing Solution for Mumbai... more
2016 Start Determined for Manchester’s St. John’s Neighborhood... more
Construction Ready to Begin on Pricey Chicago Condo Tower... more
Miami’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower Announced... more
Civic Centre Tower Completes in Lagos... more
Beirut-Based Firm Wins $78.5 Million Contract in Gurgaon... more
JAHN Designing Tower Planned for South Michigan Avenue in Chicago... more
Tallest Tower in Birmingham Approved by City Council... more
Brooklyn May Soon Get a Supertall Tower... more
Skyscraper Plans Raise Fears for Durban Beachgoers... more
Mies Van Der Rohe’s Lafayette Park Complex in Detroit Named National Landmark... more
Plans in Place to Make London’s Millbank Tower Taller... more
Tallest Tower Completes in Petaling Jaya Township... more
25-Floor Tel Aviv Mixed-Use High-Rise Approved... more
Ennead Unveils Plans for Shanghai’s Taopu Sci-Tech City... more
Construction Set to Start on Long-Delayed Philadelphia High-Rise... more
Megatall Tower to Anchor Proposed Mega-development in Dubai... more
Construction Underway on 35-Story Apartment High-Rise in San Francisco... more
Court Challenges South Perth Tower... more
Plans Submitted for London Fringe Tower... more
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Building Case Study
Al Hilal Bank Tower
Abu Dhabi
Research Paper
Climate Change in Hong Kong: Mitigation Through Sustainable Retrofitting
K. Wan, G. Cheung & V. Cheng, Arup
The Tropical Skyscraper: Social Sustainability in High Urban Density
Mun Summ Wong, WOHA
Upcoming Events
ChiDesign Competition Submission Deadline
Chicago – September 9
CTBUH UK: Right to Light
London – September 10
CTBUH Urban Habitat Group: Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours
16 Cities – September 17
CTBUH 2015 Conference
New York – October 26–30


Chicago – November 5–6
CTBUH Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
Chicago – November 12
CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH Media Round-Up: 2015 Best Tall Building Awards
View a selection of international media coverage of the CTBUH Awards
June 22–August 17
CTBUH Executive Director Shares His Thoughts on Meydan One
Antony Wood interviewed on new high-rises in Dubai
The Times, August 5
Skyscraper Center Editorial Board Member Awarded NEH Grant
Judith Dupré awarded funding
to write a biography of
One World Trade Center
NEH, July 29

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