The CTBUH Height Committee meeting was on May 24th, 2007 inside Rem Koolhaas’ McCormick Tribune Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Attended by 27 representatives from 5 countries, discussions were extremely lively and interesting; consensus on some issues was hard to reach, typifying the complex factors involved in the determining of height, and the title of ‘the world’s tallest’. As well as the debate on the role of spires, antennae and other rooftop features, discussion embraced the variable conditions at the base of tall buildings, the importance of ‘highest occupied floor’ in determining height and whether a building owner could change the height of a building after it was completed.
The issues arising out of the meeting will be discussed and refined amongst the committee, with a view to making a number of statements about future height definitions to the CTBUH community and international public. Special thanks to those meeting attendees who traveled a long way to attend the meeting, in particular Bill Maibush, CTBUH Country Leader for Qatar, Tom McCool, CTBUH Country Leader for Russia, Steve Watts, Davis Langdon UK and member of the CTBUH Steering Group and Georges Binder of Buildings Data, Belgium.
Find more information on the CTBUH Height Committee.