Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Upcoming Events

SKY HIGH & The Logic of Luxury
The Skyscraper Museum, New York, until April 19

SKY HIGH examines the recent proliferation of super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These pencil-thin buildings constitute a new type of skyscraper in a city where tall, slender structures have a long history.

Constructing Europe: 25 Years of Architecture
Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Until
April 20, 2014

An exhibition featuring the the winning entries of
the European Union Prize for contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013. The exhibition is hosted in cooperation with Fundacío Mies van der Rohe/Barcelona.

Lagos Architecture Forum 2014
Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, May 14–17

The theme this year will focus on High-Density Architecture and Tall Buildings, the future of Real Estate in Lagos, which is the vehicle to creating sustainable and liveable cities that have vibrant economies.

CTBUH Qatar – Creating an Iconic Building
The Torch Hotel at Aspire Zone, Doha, April 23

Please join the CTBUH Qatar chapter at its regional meeting where guests will be treated to a special presentation “The Design and Construction of Aspire Tower,” by representatives from Six Construct.

CTBUH Sydney – "Design Excellence" at Parramatta Square
8 Chifley Square, Sydney, April 30

CTBUH Headquarters encourages you to attend the regional Sydney Committee launch event, a Pecha-Kucha-style evening exploring the concepts and thinking from the short-listed designers of the recent Parramatta Square.

The Brits Who Built the Modern World
The Architecture Gallery, London, Until May 27

Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models the RIBA tells the fascinating story of why and how British architecture developed globally from 1750 to the present.

New British Works: Today – Tomorrow
First Floor Gallery, RIBA, London, Until May 27

Featuring new international projects by a range of practices, and guest contributions from experts and commentators, this exhibition explores the characteristics that have made British creativity such a potent force.

London’s Growing… Up!
New London Architecture, The Building Centre, London, April
3 – June 12

NLA is conducting an Insight Study into tall buildings in the capital, researching the major changes that are impacting the capital's skyline, analysing why this growth is taking place and looking at the response of the planning system.

Existing High-Rise – Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?​
Harris Bank Building, 115 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, June 12

The strategy of retrofitting existing buildings will play a critical role in meeting the sustainability challenges facing the 21st century American city. This half day seminar is focusing on the issue.

2nd International Conference on Tall Buildings Fire Safety
University of Greenwich, London, June 17-19, 2014

In the recent past there have been a number of notable fires in Tall Buildings and these have resulted in a number of occupant and firefighters fatalities.This will be covered in the conference. CTBUH members will receive a 10% discount.

CTBUH 2014: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
3rd CTBUH International Student Design Competition
Deadline for submission July 1

This competition is open to all students at the University level. Top-five Finalists will be selected to present their projects to the jury at the CTBUH 2014 Conference in Shanghai and compete for cash prizes.

Landmarks of American History and Culture:
Workshops for School Teachers

Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, July 6-12 / July 20-26

This week-long workshop will examine the significance of the skyscraper in Chicago, it will also explore how to use primary source buildings as teaching tool.

CTBUH Shanghai 2014 International Conference
Grand Hyatt Jin Mao, Shanghai, September 16-19, 2014

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will hold its next international conference in Shanghai, China. Entitled Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism, the conference will focus on holistic thinking around buildings and cities.

Supertall! CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, November 6

The CTBUH 13th Annual Awards, Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner will recognized  the four regional best tall building winners. The new "Urban Habitat Award" winner will also be chosen and announced.

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 22 – May 10, 2015

Uneven Growth seeks to challenge current assumptions about the relationships between formal and informal, bottom-up and top-down urban development, and to address potential changes in the roles architects and urban designers might assume vis-à-vis the increasing inequality of current urban development.

Recent Events

CTBUH YPC Student Workshop
S.R. Crown Hall, Chicago, April 16

A roundtable discussion focused on the development of 455 North Park Dr. Brief presentations will be given by Joe Fox, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Robbie Chung, Environmental Systems Design & Matt Streid, Magnusson Klemencic Associates.

2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series
Charles H. Thornton, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April 11, 2014

As part of the Khan Lecture Series, honoring Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture,
Charles H. Thornton will present the topic of “Renaissance, Rebirth and Disruptive Innovation.”

The Sustainable Tall Building: Myth or Reality?
The Pod, Nottingham, April 9

CTBUH Working Group Chair Phil Oldfield will deliver an evening talk on sustainable tall building as part of the Nott: Just A City public architectural exhibition held for two weeks in the center of Nottingham.

Press Pass: Designed in Chicago, Made in China
Chicago Architecture Foundation, April 9

Architecture critic Blair Kamin will lead China architecture and urban development experts in a discussion about the fascinating issues that arise when Chicago’s world-class architecture meets China’s rapid urban development. 

CTBUH Brazil – Towards Sustainable Verticalism
Milenium Centro de Convenções, São Paulo, April 8

CTBUH Brazil and Fiabci/Brasil invite you to attend the launch of the CTBUH Brazil Chapter through the event “Towards Sustainable Verticalism,” covering the tall building industry’s push toward a more sustainable environment.

Design Dialogues: Bill Baker
Chicago Architecture Foundation, April 8

Join Metropolis magazine Publisher/Editor in Chief Susan S. Szenasy for a conversation with CTBUH Trustee Bill Baker, structural and civil engineering partner and head of the engineering team at SOM Chicago.

Plan for Growth
Gensler Seattle, March 25, 2014

Please join CTBUH for this Seattle inaugural event featuring a panel of guests speaking on growth in the 21st Century.

Study Trip to the UAE
Executive Master Immobilier, Abu Dhabi & Dubai, March 22-27, 2014

CTBUH Belgium Country Leader and Fellow Georges Binder, founder, Buildings & Data, in collaboration with Executive Master Immobilier, is orchestrating a study trip  for interested professionals to the United Arab Emirates.

2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series
Jon D. Magnusson, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, March 21, 2014

As part of the Khan Lecture Series, honoring Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture,
Jon D. Magnusson will present the topic of “Structure Becoming Architecture: Case Studies of Aesthetics, Form, and Efficiency.”

Drinks + Design in the Studio: What do you mean by TALL?
Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 19

CAF is continuing its new series of hands-on programs for adults. With participation from CTBUH, the series will use the LEGO® Architecture Studio to let adults explore the playful side of design.

Emerging Technology – 1 William Street
ACTBUH, March 5

The first seminar in the Emerging Technology series will be discussing CBus Property's 1 William Street Development.

BOMA Suburban Office & Commercial Real Estate EXPO 2014
Drury Lane – Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, February 27

CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik will deliver the pre-EXPO keynote presentation:
“Is Tall All? Aesthetic, urbanistic, and economic: Arguments for and against skyscrapers."

L-Tower Tour
CTBUH Canada, Toronto, February 27

Join CTBUH Canada in the first of Its 2014 building and urban site tour series as the group visits the under construction L-Tower.

Lecture: Rafael Viñoly
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, February 24

In conjunction with SKY HIGH & the Logic of Luxury exhibition, Rafael Viñoly will discuss the design of 432 Park Avenue in the context of his high-rise work and design philosophy.

2014 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Challenge
Closing date for submission, February 22

With the theme of "Strength to Soar," aspiring young design professionals will be challenged to produce an iconic super-tall for Seoul, South Korea (collegiate) and Dallas, Texas (high school).

Michael Wolf: Architecture of Density
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, until February 22

An exhibition of iconic works from acclaimed photographer Michael Wolf.
The large scale works depict the vibrant city of Hong Kong from an inimitable perspective.

Direct Displacement-based Seismic Design of Buildings Seminar
Federal Reserve Bank of Los Angeles, February 21

This seminar will introduce participants to displacement-based seismic design and demonstrate how it can be implemented in the design office as a simple and rational alternative to current prescriptive methods of seismic design.

2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series
James R. Harris, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, February 21

As part of the Khan Lecture Series, honoring Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture,
James R. Harris will present the topic of “The Evolution of Building Design to Resist Earthquakes.”

Drinks + Design in the Studio: What do you mean by TALL?
Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 19

For Engineers Week, CAF is launching its new series of hands-on programs for adults. With participation from CTBUH, the first program in the series will use the LEGO® Architecture Studio to let adults explore the playful side of design.

Kevin Ratner: High-Rise Modular
Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, February 19

Kevin L. Ratner is President of Forest City West, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
Ratner and his team are currently involved with several mixed-use, developments focusing on technology and today’s innovation economy.

The Future of Cities: Dense or Dispersed?
Hyatt Regency Chicago and Fairmont Chicago, February 14-17

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, in partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology, will facilitate a symposium at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2014 Evolo Skyscraper Competition
Closing date for submission, January 20, 2014

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size.

Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
The Center for Architecture, New York, until January 18, 2014

Practical Utopias presents a body of recent work by American and other international firms in five cities across East Asia.

Supertall, Supergreen - Judith Dupré, Adrian Smith, Rick Cook - Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event
New York Public Library, New York, January 15, 2014

Join architectural historian Judith Dupré and renowned architects Adrian Smith and Rick Cook to explore the latest environmental innovations in skyscrapers.

People Building Better Cities
The Center for Architecture, New York, until January 4, 2014

People Building Better Cities is a traveling exhibition showing in 12 cities and 8 countries throughout 2013 to promote dialogue on participation and inclusive urbanization.

AIAS Forum
Chicago, December 29, 2013 - January 1, 2014

AIAS FORUM is the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students and the global gathering of the architecture and design students.

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