Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Leader's Message

 September 2011

William Maibusch
CTBUH Trustee
Turner International

This month we mark the 10th year anniversary of an event that shook the world. The terrorist attacks on the USA September 11, 2001 were not just an assault on America, but had a global impact as well. I am reminded of that every time I prepare to travel and make my way through the various gauntlets of airport security. I am privileged, and unfortunately old enough, to remember back in the 1960s when there were no security lines because there were no metal detectors or baggage screening, and you didn’t have to put all your liquids in a clear sealable plastic bag, or remove your shoes and belt!

There are also changes within our collective industries and professions that have resulted from what happened 10 years ago. New code requirements on egress from tall buildings is one immediate change that comes to mind. There are more subtle changes as well. Many clients, both public and private, now employ specialist consultants in vulnerability and threat assessment for their new or existing buildings. Security consultants are also used regularly. Now we design and build projects with active and passive design elements incorporated into their designs that, just like airport security, are here to stay. It is indeed a different world we live in today than we did 10 years ago.

I hope you have had an opportunity to read our third issue of the 2011 CTBUH Journal, which focuses on where we stand 10 years after September 11, 2001. There are many excellent articles that discuss not the disaster, but rather the impacts and aftermath that the disaster has had on our professions, industries, and societies as a whole. There are also case studies on the new World Trade Center Tower 1 fast approaching topping out, and the wider Lower Manhattan redevelopment.

This is part of the mission of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: to disseminate multi-disciplinary information about tall buildings and the built environment. I think you will find we have done this quite well in this journal issue, and you will not be disappointed.

To continue and expand on that mission statement, we are also preparing to launch a new research journal in 2012. The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings will be published quarterly and provide an international forum for a broad range of technical papers on tall building research and its applications. There is more information about this on our website. I encourage you to learn more about it.

A reminder that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will be holding its 2011 world conference from October 10-12 in Seoul, Korea. The theme of the three-day conference is “Why Tall? Green, Safety & Humanity.” It is expected to be well attended and offer some great presentations to those in attendance.

Council Chairman Prof. Sang Dae Kim has done a fantastic job of leading the effort to prepare for this important event. I hope you can make plans to join us.

I hope you will also make plans to join us in Chicago, USA on November 3 for the annual awards symposium and dinner as we celebrate projects and people that have been selected as the best. This is always a grand time to come together to see old friends and colleagues, and recognize the best.

Finally, we welcome Tim Johnson as our new Chairman of the Council. Tim has been active with the Council for many years, previously serving as a member of the Advisory Group and Chair of the Annual Awards Committee, and more recently on the Board of Trustees. I have had the pleasure of serving with Tim on the Board of Trustees for the past two years, and look forward to his leadership as Chairman. Tim will be inducted as Chairman during the Seoul conference in October.

We must also thank and wish the best to Prof. Sang Dae Kim, outgoing Chairman of the Council, and the great job he has done over the last two years. Under his leadership, we have made tremendous progress with the increase in the number of international companies who have joined as organizational members. He has also gotten the word out globally to many countries about the Council and its mission. We thank you for your service and dedication, Prof. Kim, and look forward to your continued involvement as Vice Chair of the Council.

All the best,

Bill Maibusch