Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH in the Media, 2011 Archive

December 30, China Daily
The High-rise Future is Here Now

Modern high-rise buildings originated in the US, and they quickly became a world-wide phenomenon. The CTBUH says that 10 years ago there were 286 buildings over 200 meters tall; now 634. Today, high-rise buildings should reflect the flexibility and variability of the architecture, structure, and technology.

December 21, WGN Radio 720
The World's Tallest Buildings

Three skyscraper experts - Antony Wood (CTBUH), William Baker (SOM), and Richard Fencl (Gensler) - project the "megatall" future of the skyscraper. Where will they be & how tall? And perhaps most importantly, WHY so tall?

December 21,
Western Hemisphere's Tallest Residential Building

CTBUH Production Coordinator Nathaniel Hollister discusses the criteria for an all-residential building and where is the tallest all-residential building located in the United States.

December 14, TheMarker
The Sky is No Longer the Limit

On a recent trip to Israel, CTBUH executive director Antony Wood is interviewed by the semi-annual real estate magazine, TheMarker. He speaks on a time when it will be common for life to be lived in the sky. Note: Article is translated from Hebrew.

December 12, Engineering News-Record
Korean Creations - Seoul & Incheon

Nadine M. Post, reporter of ENR magazine, writes about supertall towers and smart cities being built in Korea after visiting the technical tour at the CTBUH Seoul Conference 2011.

December 8, Engineering News-Record
'Megatall' Joins Dictionary of Tall Buildings Council

The Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat is adding a new noun to its dictionary—a megatall—which it defines as a building 600 m or taller. As of 2020, there will likely be eight megatalls, says the council.

December 8, designMENA
China to construct the most ‘megatall’ buildings by 2020

By 2020 China will contain the largest share of buildings over 600m, according to a study by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). It predicted that, by 2020, China will own 10 of the world’s 20 tallest towers while the Middle East will contain five.

December, surface
CTBUH's Design Competition: Why Tall?

Entries from CTBUH's 1st Annual Student Design Competition were featured in surface. These entries
seeked to find innovative ideas to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.

December, Conservation
Top This: A Skyscraper Cemetery

The Moksha Tower was recently featured in Conservation. Designed for the Illiniois Institute of Technology/CTBUH 2010 Tall & Green Studio: The Remaking of Mumbai II, it reduces land needed for burials while creating new green space.

November 17, domus
KfW Westarkade building awarded Best Tall Building

Sauerbruch Hutton's KfW Westarkade building, completed in 2010, has been announced as the World's Best Tall Building 2011 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

November 11, Daily Commercial News
Building tall to fight urban sprawl

Next year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat plans to publish five design guidelines on natural ventilation, foundations, column shortening, performance-based seismic design, structural outriggers and wind-tunnel testing.

November 8, Architect's Newspaper
The World’s Best Tall Building Doesn’t Have to be the Tallest

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) sought out a deep understanding of sustainability and contextualization in selecting the Best Tall Building of 2011. This year’s worldwide winner, while hardly as tall as last year’s winning Burj Khalifa, went to the KfW Westarkade tower in Frankfurt Germany.

November 8, World Architecture
Colorful, eco-friendly masterpiece takes CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide gong

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced KfW Westarkade (Frankfurt, Germany) by Sauerbruch Hutton architects as the 2011 Overall ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’ at its 10th Annual Awards Ceremony.

November 4, World Architecture
Rare opportunity at IIT

In 2004 the current Dean, Donna Robertson, struck up a strong relationship with influential body the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH). Sadly Dean Robertson has announced that 2011 is to be her final year in this authoritative position.

November 1, bustler
Results of the 2011: Why Tall? Student Tall Building Competition

Winners have been announced at the first annual CTBUH International Student Design Competition "2011: Why Tall?". From more than 200 projects submitted, 32 finalists were displayed and judged during the 2011 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) World Conference in Seoul.

November, Competitionline
2011: Why Tall? CTBUH Annual International Student Design Competition

Competitionline summarizes results of the 2011 CTBUH international student competition. The 1st prize went to students including Xiaokai Huang; Dong Jin & Lingyun Yang; from Harvard University and Tongji University.

October 31, Engineering News-Record
Global Skyscraper Group Ventures into Research for the First Time

Next year, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat plans to publish five design guidelines on wind-tunnel testing, structural outriggers, performance-based seismic design, column shortening, foundations and natural ventilation.

October 24,
CTBUH Asia Ascending - Call For Papers

Looking towards the booming emerging superpower of China, which currently has under development more supertall towers than the rest of the world put together, the CTBUH has made a call for papers for the 2012 conference, Asia Ascending.

October 17, New York
A housing project that soars

"Combine the words government housing and high-rise and most people think disaster. But the Pinnacle@Duxton has these significant sky bridges that are basically parks in the sky for the residents," says Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

October 17, Princeton School of Eng. and Applied Science
Tall Buildings

The collection of video lectures on skyscrapers includes interviews with three giants in the field of structural engineering -- Bill Baker (CTBUH Trustee), Leslie Robertson (
Past CTBUH Chairman), and others.

October 17, La Capitale
"It is often necessary to repair the mistakes of the past"

CTBUH Country Representative for Belgium, Georges Binder, is in a Brussels paper everyday for the week and comments on 1971 vs 2011 Brussels aerial views. Note: article is in French.

October 14, Engineering News-Record
Wood Is Tall Buildings Council's Energizer Bunny

Antony Wood has been the executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat since October 2006. Wood, 41, is also a professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, which is where the council is headquartered.

October 14, Architecture & Design
Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) conference calls for futurist architects

Joint group managing director at Woods Bagot, Ross Donaldson, shared the futurist view of embracing design trends of tomorrow at the 2011 Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) World Conference in Seoul.

October 12, Architects Newspaper
Architect Jeanne Gang Wins A MacArthur Fellowship

In mid-September, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation announced their 22 new fellows, including Chicago architect Jeanne Gang. Best known for the Aqua Tower, the Gang's firm has generated innovative solutions for various architecture projects.

October 12, Global Post
Asia's Skyscraper Supremacy

CTBUH Journal Editor Jan Klerks
and Jason Pomeroy, who serves on the CTBUH Journal Editorial Board, were interviewed regarding Asia's current undertaking of tall buildings and the impact of these developments for future skyscrapers

October 5, The Construction Index
First Brit Picked for Tall Buildings Council

Steve Watts, who is global head of tall buildings for Davis Langdon, is the first person based in Europe to be named to the Council's nine person board. He joined Davis Langdon in 1997 and during his time with the business he has worked on towers in and outside of the UK, including the Shard at London Bridge.

October 5, 4-Traders
Coffey International Limited

Australian Woman becomes Co-chair of the Foundations Working Group for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The Foundations Working Group is currently completing a set of guidelines for mega- structures that will present a rational approach to the design of foundations for high rise buildings.

October 1, Construction Week
Head for Heights

Philip Oldfield,
Co-Chair of the Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group, and William Maibusch, Country Representative of Qatar, discuss global trend and future skyline of tall buildings.

September 29, Gulf News
Bruxelles à la mode verticale

Georges Binder, CTBUH Country Representative for Belgium, is quoted in an article about emerging skyscrapers in Brussels. Many people in this city are starting to live in high-rise buildings. Note: The article is in French.

September 23, Le Vif
Bruxelles à la mode verticale

Georges Binder, CTBUH Country Representative for Belgium, is quoted in an article about emerging skyscrapers in Brussels. Many people in this city are starting to live in high-rise buildings. Note: article is in French.

September 15, The National
Desert-smart towers carry their own sunscreen

The Al Bahr Towers have been featured on the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's "Innovative 20" list of buildings that "challenge the typology of tall buildings in the 21st century".

September 15, Citybiz Real Estate
Thornton Tomasetti’s Dennis Poon Named to the Council on Tall Buildings

Thornton Tomasetti​ Vice Chairman Dennis C.K. Poon, P.E., who is based in New York City, has been named to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Board of Trustees.

September 11, Fox News
After 9/11: How to Build a Safer Skyscraper

Antony Wood, the executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, suggests alternative evacuation routes which can be provided by skybridges for skyscrapers.

September 9, ABC 7 News
Chicagoans construct new skyscraper standards

Bill Baker, partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, was part of a team called to Ground Zero to learn why the twin towers collapsed. Civil engineer Gene Corley was also part of the team with Baker that examined the World Trade Center collapse.

September 9, Global Atlanta
Portman VP Named to Tall Buildings Advisory Council

John Nipaver, vice president at John Portman & Associates, has been invited to join the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Advisory Group. In his role, Mr. Nipaver will support the council’s mission of disseminating multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments.

September 9, Chicago Reader
Would the Sears Tower have survived 9/11?

The new issue of the CTBUH Journal, published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat at the Illinois Institute of Technology, is devoted to 9/11, and structural engineers Gene Corley and David Drengenberg say about the Willis Tower's structural stability against terrorist attacks.

September 8, New Civil Engineer
Experts admit slow progress in applying lessons after 9/11

CTBUH Vice-Chairman David Scott and Progressive Collapse Working Group Chair Robert Smilowitz speak on the week that marks 10 years since the shocking terrorist attacks.

September 8, WBEZ 91.5
Living and working in tall buildings after 9/11

The events of September 11th had many unforeseen effects on the world. Antony Wood, the executive director for the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat discusses how skyscraper culture changed in the last decade.

September, Elevator World
CTBUH Names "Best Tall Buildings"

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) named the Regional "Best Tall Buildings" for 2011. The awards include: "New York by Gehry", Guangzhou International Finance Center, KfW Westarkade, and The Index.

September, Elevator World
Dubai Tower Receives CTBUH Recognition

Dubai is now home to The Index, an 80-story tower located on a corner site within Dubai International Finance Centre. Designed by Foster + Partners, the tower was named Regional "Best Tall Building," Middle East & Africa, by the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat.

September, Scientific American
Castles in the Air

CTBUH and colleagues are sourced and quoted numerous times in this article which discusses global trends in skyscraper construction, including the continued increase in construction a decade after 9/11.

August 30, iit magazine
Pavements in the sky

Antony Wood, executive director of the IIT-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and a studio associate professor at IIT College of Architecture, talks about what has happened in the last 10 years in the tall building industry after everyone expected 9/11 would have killed tall buildings.

August 26, ArchiTravel
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner

The CTBUH 2011 award winners will be recognized and awards conferred at the CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner. The event will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at the Hermann Hall Auditorium and S.R. Crown Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology.

August 13, Construction Week
King of skyscrapers

It is perhaps unsurprising that Adrian Smith’s practice was chosen to design the cloud-piercing Kingdom Tower. The Chicago architect has amassed a lofty high-rise portfolio from almost 40 years at Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and five years at AS+GG, including the world’s current tallest building.

From above: pros and cons of high-rise

The architect Adrian Smith has revealed the design of Kingdom Tower which, at 1001 meters, will be the tallest in the world. The tower reflects the new spirit of Saudi Arabia, he said.

August 5, HP DE TIJD
The new Kingdom Tower: it may be even higher?

Jan Klerks, Communications Manager at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago and tall-building enthusiast, is asked how tall buildings can be built.

August 3, Construction Week Online
Skyscraper expert says 2km tower is now possible

It is structurally feasible to build a tower that is twice the height of Jeddah’s 1km-tall Kingdom Tower, according to the Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Sang Dae Kim.

August 3, Haaretz
Two Tel Aviv high rises nominated for international 'Tall Building Award'

Two new residential high rises in Tel Aviv have been nominated for the Best Tall Building Award, presented annually by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based in Chicago, Illinois.

August 3, Chicago Tribune
Chicago firm's design towers over the rest

The competition to design a new skyscraper in Saudi Arabia had a simple but lofty rule: The tower had to be the world's first kilometer-tall building. The design submitted by Chicago architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill.

August 3, The Wall Street Journal
Saudis Plan World's Tallest Tower

Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Coucil on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, is quoted, highlighting some of the reasons for building the world's tallest buildings. Building the tallest has never been for making the maximum financial return.

August, The Big Project
The Big Players

The article has the inside track on the region's biggest projects, including exclusive interview with Adrian Smith, Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Recipient of 2011 CTBUH Annual Awards.

August, Master Class
How Sustainable Is Sustainable High-rise?

CTBUH Communications Manager and Journal Editor Jan Klerks wrote an article on sustainable strategies in tall building development for a high-rise special of Dutch real estate magazine Master Class. The article is written in Dutch.

July 31, O Globo
American Organization's Contest Chooses the Best Skyscrapers in the World

Chicago organization, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, recognizes the best tall buildings of the year. Steve Henry, Publications Coordinator of CTBUH, is quoted on the award's criteria. [View English translation]

July 27, AM New York
The Man Behind the Towers: His Buildings Lost, But Not His Faith

For one New Yorker, the Twin Towers were more than just icons of the skyline and symbols of American capitalism. They stood as Gotham’s tallest buildings because of him. Leslie Robertson, former CTBUH Chairman, was the engineering whiz kid whose innovations helped erect the 110-story towers.

July 8, Wall Street Journal
Architect Q&A: The State of Super-Tall Towers

Adrian Smith, 66, is the senior design partner at Chicago-based Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture. While at his previous firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Mr. Smith designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which at 2,717-feet high is the world’s tallest, along with China’s Nanjing’s Zifeng Tower, and many others.

July, New Building Materials and Construction World
Sustainable Technologies and the Tall Building

CTBUH Advisory Group Member Dr. Mir M. Ali writes on the emerging trends and future challenges on tall buildings. As a major energy consumer, the tall building does not ordinarily conjure images of sustainable design.

July, BblCOTHblE
Intermediate Finish

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the winners of its annual “Best Tall  Building” awards for 2011. This year’s recipients of the Council’s two lifetime achievement awards were selected by the CTBUH Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Chairman Sang Dae Kim.

July, Qatar Projects
Interview with William G. Maibusch Council Representative

William G. Maibusch, CTBUH Trustee and Country Representative of Qatar, discusses such timely subjects as 'how high can we go?', 'is taller necessarily better?' and 'how does the CTBUH fit into all this?'.

June 30, Bustler
Adrian Smith Honored with CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Award

Adrian Smith, senior Design Partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago, is the 2011 winner of the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for his extraordinary contribution to the supertall building typology.

June 16, Construction Week
Burj architect gets lifetime achievement award

Adrian Smith, the architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, is the 2011 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Recent winners of the award include John C. Portman Jr. of John Portman & Associates and William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

June 16, Zawya
Major international accolade for Dubai skyscraper

The Index Tower wins "2011 Best Tall Building Award" for the Middle East & Africa region and now finds itself in the running for the "Best Tall Building Worldwide." Khalid Bin Kalban, Chairman of Union Properties, said, "This is a shining testament to the outstanding design and quality of this most unique project."

June 15, e-architect
CTBUH Awards: International Architecture Awards

The CTBUH announced the winners of its annual “Best Tall Building” awards. These awards recognize outstanding tall buildings from each of four geographical regions, and this year are awarded to: “New York by Gehry” at Eight Spruce Street, Guangzhou International Finance Center, KfW Westarkade and The Index.

June 15, CNN Expansion
Foster y Gehry triunfan en los cielos [Foster and Gehry triumph in the skys]

For their innovations in design, technology, sustainable attributes and improvement of urban environment and the user, four buildings were recognized as "Best Tall Buildings 2011," according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Note: article is in Spanish.

June 13, Construction Week
Site visit: Barwa Financial District

According to Philip Oldfield, research coordinator for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the World Cup is likely to transform Doha saying a tall building could become an icon of the event. “Tall buildings are inherently iconic. Doha’s Aspire Tower was a focal point for the 2006 Asian Games,” he pointed out.

June, Chicago Architecture Foundation
One Nation Under Construction

CTBUH's Executive Director Antony Wood and others discuss Chicago's John Hancock Center, measuring tall, and other tall subjects in the Chicago Architecture Foundation's newly launched video library, "One Nation Under Construction".

June, Middle East Architect
Head for Heights

CTBUH Leaders are quoted into the article about Doha's ever-changing skyline including Philip Oldfield, Working Group Chair of the CTBUH, and William Maibusch, CTBUH Country Representative of Qatar talk about iconic towers being built in Doha.

June, Beyond
Vertical Parking Tower: TATA Tower

Beyond magazine features CTBUH-IIT studio student project, TATA Tower. The TATA Corporation is the largest automaker in India and manufacturer of the Nano, the world's cheapest car. The tower is seen as a development for TATA offices and emplyee residences, all of which drive alternative enery Nano cars.

June, Focus
The Engineering Challenge of Supertall Buildings

Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Coucil on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the world's leading body in the field of tall buildings, talks exclusively to FOCUS, highlighting some of the reasons for this uplift in supertall buildings.

June, Big Project
The Rise of the Supertalls

A little over a year ago the world’s tallest building was officially opened in Dubai. Almost twice as high as its nearest rival, few expected it could be dwarfed twice in a decade by planned projects in neighbouring countries. Prof Sang Dae Kim, CTBUH Chairman, was quoted in the article.

May 18, Al Bawaba
Chairman of Emaar Properties member of CTBUH Awards Committee

Chaired by Richard Cook of Cook + Fox Architects, USA, this year’s Awards Committee include Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Chicago; Eng. Lock Lee of TRANE, Singapore; Peter Murray of Wordsearch, London; Werner Sobek of Werner Sobek GmbH, Germany; and Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director.

May 14, The Construction Index
Davis Langdon sets up tall building team across AECOM

Davis Langdon has announced the formation of the Tall Buildings Group which is designed to leverage experience from around the world within the Aecom. The group will be led by CTBUH Advisory Group member and tall building specialists Steve Watts of Davis Langdon and Aecom's senior vice-president Hamid Adib.

May 9, Engineering News-Record
On Her Precipice

Blooming 'starchitect' Jeanne Gang thrives on sustainable design, craves construction, is mad for materials and builds community. Gang is known for projects of different looks, scales and types.

May 9, Emirates 24/7
Dubai home to 4 tallest residential towers

By January 2012 Dubai will likely be home to the tallest four residential towers in the world, when the Princess Tower and 23 Marina completed. The list, compiled by the CTBUH, currently puts The Torch, Dubai in the top position; Q1 Tower, off Gold Coast, in second;  and HHHR Tower in Dubai in third place.

May 2, Eastern Iowa Life
Passion for Tall Buildings Leads to 70-year Collection

For 70 years, Norman Ramsey has been compiling a collection of photographs, articles and postcards. Students of tall buildings will benefit from his passion, he has donated it all, which if stacked in one pile would form its own skyscraper, to the CTBUH at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

May, Architecture Today
Tall buildings can contribute to urban planning in cities

Without exception, the skylines of our modern cities demonstrate the ever-increasing prevalence of tall buildings. Stefan Krummeck, CTBUH Country Representative of Hong Kong, writes an article on the changing skyline of China.

May, Chicago Architect
Prima Donna

A dramatic physical evolution of IIT's campus has taken place on Donna Robertson's watch. And with IIT's vice president for business and administration, John Collins, Donna co-chairs a committee that advises on all improvements to campus, from architect selection to project execution.

May, Civil Engineering Surveyor
Rising World

The global number of skyscrapers over 200m in height has risen from 286 to 602 in the last decade alone. The figures from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat compare the differing population-to-building ratios in the 32 countries across the world that are home to these super skyscrapers.

April 22, Arabian Business
Sky high

Once a city known for just two iconic skyscrapers, Riyadh’s skyline will soon be a sea of them. The CTBUH recently announced that 2010 was the best year on record for tall towers, All this suggests that the trend for building tall in emerging markets like Saudi Arabia is still going strong despite the financial crisis.

April 14, CNN Expansion
Skyscrapers concentrated in 32 countries

This Spanish news article features CTBUH research on the number of buildings over 200 meters built in the world as of the end of 2010 in relation to population data. The number of buildings over 200 meters increased from 286 to 602 in the last 10 years, but is only concentrated in 32 countries.

April 12, The Wall Street Journal
Skyscraper, Moneymaker

Experts believe the ICC, now the fourth-tallest tower in the world, is a significant step towardS the supercity of the future, which will soar into the skies amid increasing population pressures. CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood is quoted.

April 12, Construction Week
New heights

Traditional tall building markets like the US are being replaced by China and the Middle East and studnets around the world, develope another emerging trend towards remarkably ‘open’ skins. CTBUH Communications Manager and Journal Editor, Jan Klerks, is interviewed.

April 8, Le Soir
Le Pour et Le Contre

CTBUH Country Representative for Brussels and founder of BUILDINGS & DATA, Georges Binder, and Isabelle Pauthier, director of leading urban environmental lobby ARAU, debate the significance of tall buildings in the midst of the Brussels tall building revival.

April 7, Dexigner
CTBUH 2011 Student Design Competition: Why Tall?

CTBUH is inviting students from around the world to take part in the CTBUH 2011 Student Design Competition: Why Tall? The competition aims to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.

April 4, The OC Register
World's highest hotel & 10 tallest buildings

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Hong Kong opened today, and now is billed as the world's highest hotel. It's at the top of the International Commerce Centre, which at 1,588-feet high is the 4th tallest building in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

April, Obras
Records Highest

A Mexican Magazine Obras features contents from CTBUH Journal Issue IV 2010. The article provides tables and numbers which analyze the records of tallest buildings in the world.

April, BblCOTHblE
Tall and Urban

Tall buildings, once almost exclusively a product of North America, are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. The article features an analysis of global population and tall buildings based on data provided by CTBUH.

April, Fire Protection Engineering
Evaluating high-rises: A strong International non-consensus

CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, writes his viewpoint on geographical differences in evacuation approaches, having recently returned from his trip to Seoul.

April, Men's Book
The Last Word: Mr. Positive

CTBUH 2011 Awards Juror Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, discusses sustainable design through building efficiency and the use of sustainable resources. He specifically makes references to Masdar Headquaters, the 1.3 million sq ft energy positive building outside Abu Dhabi.

March 11, Globes: Israel's Business Arena
Israel's skyscrapers are dwarfs

CTBUH Country Representative for Israel, Mr. Israel David, is interviewed regarding the lack of skyscraper construction in the country. Figures state that 2010 broke new records for skyscrapers. According to the CTBUH, four skyscrapers over 400 meters high were completed in 2010.

March 10, Le Soir Immo
Le Belgique, reine des Mipim Awards

Eleven of the twelve MIPIM awards won by Belgium since 2000 have been on behalf of CTBUH Country Representative for Belgium, Mr. Georges Binder. The article discusses Binder's success as he is recognized by MIPIM, the world's premier real estate event for professionals, for the Art & Build award. 

March 4, The Infrastructurist
The World’s 10 Tallest Towers Under Construction

Tall new buildings are great for cities, because they immediately bestow serenity and greenery upon their surroundings, whilst sparkling in the eternal sunlight. The list of the ten tallest under construction comes via the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

March 3, Architectural Record
Skyscrapers Climb Ever Higher

Despite the economic downturn, supertall towers continue to rise. Of the top 10 now in progress, six were designed by U.S. firms. Only one, however, is on American soil. CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood is quoted and data from the CTBUH Tall Building Database is referenced.

March, Southeast Asia Building
2010 - The Most Successful Year of Skyscraper Completion in History

In a year dominated by news coverage of the new "World's Tallest Building" - Burj Khalifa, Dubai - one may be surprised to learn that, 2010 has seen the completion of more skyscrapers than ever. The CTBUH unveils an overview of tall building construction in 2010.

March, Modus
We need to bring the city up into the Sky

Tall buildings can offer a sustainable solution to urban growth - as long as we think laterally. CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, authored this article which features student projects from the CTBUH collaborative building design studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Nottingham.

March, Modus
High Society: Global Tall Tower Record-breakers

Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat's tallest database data was used to compile this comparison of some of the world's "tallest record" holders, including Burj Khalifa as the tallest building, Canton Tower as the tallest telecommunications tower, etc.

March, Elevator World
Last Glance, 2010: A Record Year for Skyscrapers

The year 2010 saw a record breaking number of completed skyscrapers, with buildings surpassing the 600, 700, and 800-meter thresholds. CTBUH’s data base and images are referenced in support with building names and rankings.

February 23, Urbanatomy
Making China's Tallest Tower

The Shanghai World Financial Center stands as an indomitable symbol of a city quickly reemerging as a global player. It became an instant icon when completed in 2008 and in the same year was recognized as the best tall building in the world by leading authority The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

February 17, Intelligent Glass Solutions
CTBUH Innovative 20

This study is the result of research conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat on tall building projects designed or completed in the 21st century. It identifies twenty completed, under construction and proposed tall building projects which challenge the typology of today's buildings.

February 17, Intelligent Glass Solutions
On Higher Ground

The year 2010 will likely to be remembered as the most successful year of skyscraper completion in the history of urban development to date, certainly in terms of both the number of buildings completed and their average height.

February 2, Time Out Chicago
The Chicago Spire debacle

CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, is quoted in this article that attempts to examine what really happened with developer Garrett Kelleher and the Chicago Spire, the 2,000 foot residential skyscraper which has not moved forward since construction halted at the foundations in 2008.

January 27, Architectural Record
What Next: William F. Baker

CTBUH Trustee, William F. Baker, is the structural engineering partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and has been involved in projects such as the Burj Khalifa and James Turrell’s Roden Crater. He is interviewed on some of the critical issues architects will face in the next 10 years.

January 26, ENR
Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia
Record number of high-rises completed last year; more expected this year

CTBUH is celebrating the accomplishments of last year by declaring 2010 the “most successful year of skyscraper completion in history.” But all is not 100% rosy for tall-building construction, thanks to the global recession.

January 23, Zawya
World's highest restaurant 'At.mosphere' opens in Burj Khalifa

Situated 442 meters (1,350 ft) high on Level 122 of the world's tallest building, the opening of At.mosphere complements the rich roster of lifestyle amenities in Burj Khalifa, feted recently by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as a 'Global Icon.'

January 21, Chicago Sun Times
China snares Chicago’s skyscraper crown

The skyscraper was born in Chicago, but China has taken over as the skyscraper’s home. Already, China is home to eight of the 15 tallest completed buildings in the world, according to the CTBUH, which is based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The United States has only three.

January 16, Construction Week
CTBUH: 2010 best yet for tall towers

Last year was the the most successful ever for the construction of tall buildings, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The Chicago based organisation announced this weekend that 66 buildings of 200m or higher were completed in 2010, breaking the previous record of 48 buildings in 2007.

January 14, Glass Magazine
CTBUH: 2010 most successful year of skyscraper completion in history

Besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the 600-, 700- and 800-meter marks, 2010 saw the completion of more skyscrapers than any previous year in history, according to a report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

January 14, Curbed Chicago
That's America's Tallest Building from 2010?!

The CTBUH released its annual 'tallest buildings' report yesterday, and only one North American building broke into the top 20: Legacy at Millennium Park (or, "The Xbox"). The 72-story high-rise is currently the 150th tallest building in the world, and it's probably the tallest building to be built in Chicago for many years.

Isover January 14, Glass on the Web
Expert judging panel for student contest announced

Joining the panel will be Antony Wood, Executive Director at the CTBUH. Antony will be lending his extensive expertise in skyscrapers to help choose the best entries in this year’s competition, which requires students to design a tower to be located in the Greenwich South district of Lower Manhattan, New York.

January 13,
CTBUH 2010 Tall Buildings Review

Everyone involved in the building of skyscrapers can get ready to pop the champers corks in celebration of the fact that despite a crippling global recession hitting, 2010 was the year of the skyscraper, with more towers being completed than in any previous year in history according to the CTBUH.

January 12, CNN
7 tall solutions for Mumbai's biggest problems

A vertical cemetery, a tower for the homeless and a car park exclusively for Nano owners are among some idealistic solutions to Mumbai's social problems developed by students as part of the CTBUH / Illinois Institute of Technology collaborative design studio led by CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood.

January 8, Arabian Business
World's 20 tallest buildings

Dubai is the tallest city in the world, when ranked by the 10 tallest towers, according to the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Hong Kong is second, with Shanghai, Chicago and New York rounding out the top five, according to the Council.

January 5, Construction Week
CTBUH expect China, Middle East projects in 2011

The US-based authority on global tall buildings aims to expand its presence in China, as the building tall trend continues to advance in major Chinese cities. In his 2011 address, CTBUH Chairman Sang Dae Kim, said the importance of having an on-the ground presence could not be understated.

January 4, The National
The sky's the limit for tower developers

This list consists solely of non-habitable freestanding towers. While it could be argued that the Burj Khalifa should sit atop this category, the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat lists buildings, such as skyscrapers and supertall hotel, office and residential properties separately from freestanding towers.

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