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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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CTBUH Credited With Coining New Term


16 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

The opening paragraph of BD's weekend e-newsletter featured the Council's latest Tall Buildings in Numbers report on skyscraper 'vanity height.' Last week BD published an article covering the research topic, highlighting the fact that buildings in the UAE tend to feature the highest vanity height ratios. Read more.

Tribune Features CTBUH Reports, Leaders on 1WTC, Vanity Height


10 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

The front page of today's Chicago Tribune features architecture critic Blair Kamin's article on the ultimate height of the One World Trade Center in New York, drawing on the recently released CTBUH Tall Buildings in Numbers study of Vanity Height, i.e. the distance between a skyscraper’s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top, as determined by CTBUH Height Criteria. Read more.

Branding Tall Buildings as Luxurious


06 Sep 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arabian Business profiles the process of marketing tall buildings in a recent article, including the man responsible for branding the Burj Khalifa. John Brash of Brash Brands, tasked with selling the world's tallest building, approached the task, not as a real estate project, but as a luxury lifestyle brand. Read more.

New York Should Continue Its Tall-Building Tradition, Times Op-Ed Argues


03 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Kenneth T. Jackson writes about the meteoric rise of property values in the city, describing the type of people who are willing to pay such high prices and the reasons for doing so. He argues against opposition to rezoning more parts of the city to accommodate tall buildings. Read more.

Hudson Yards Moving Along at a Clip


27 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

The future of Hudson Yards looks robust as the 26-acre project moves along at a rapid pace, Bloomberg reports. Despite past project turbulence, construction is underway on the first tower of 10 in the $15 billion development and the recent real estate boom in New York has launched two neighboring mega-developments. Read more.

The Guardian Weighs In on Elizabeth House


23 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

The uproar over London mayor Boris Johnson’s recent approval of the Elizabeth House redevelopment is picked up by The Guardian's blogger Dave Hill. The Mayor has given the go-ahead to replace the 16-story Elizabeth House with a 29-story tower, despite protests from English Heritage and the Palace of Westminster. Read more.

Why Turkey's Building Boom May Be Ending


21 Aug 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The New York Times chronicles the tentative financial futures of the building industry in Istanbul. "Cheap loans" from the US facilitated a tall building boom in the city, but since the financial crash, have disappeared. A declining currency and sluggish economy mark the end of the "Turkish economic miracle." Read more.

Bloomberg Weighs In on the Next Tallest Tower


20 Aug 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

June marked the announcement by Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announcement of his project to build the world's future tallest office tower in Dubai. Bloomberg's latest article questions his ability to complete the project in the city's still-bleak market. Read more.

New York Times Illustrates Bloomberg's Legacy in the Big Apple


19 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

As part of its series of retrospective pieces looking at different aspects of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12 years in office, The New York Times has created a dynamic interactive webpage illustrating how the Mayor reshaped the city through bike lanes, new building construction and rezoning. Read more.

Video: Voactiv's Exclusive Inside Look at Torre David


19 Aug 2013, Caracas, Venezuela

Global social news network Voactiv has produced a short film documenting life in Caracas' much-discussed Torre David, calling it "the world's tallest slum." Voactiv is one of the few companies allowed to bring cameras into the building to interview residents about their daily lives and struggles in the tower. Read more.

Bloomberg Poses Tough Questions on the World's Tallest


15 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Megan McArdle at Bloomberg expresses strong opinions about the debate surrounding the pursuit of the title of "tallest" which pervades the tall building industry. In her piece, she examines the controversy surrounding the One World Trade Center and wonders whether the question is impractical. Read more.

Chicagoans Covet Condos


13 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Developers in Chicago are reporting a major increase in condominium sales, and developer CMK Cos. may soon launch the first new tall building condominium project in the city since the economic crash, according to Crain's Chicago. The project would be a 150-unit building near Museum Campus. Read more.

Comparing High-rise Living in London to New York


12 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

In a comparison of tall building development in the cities of New York and London, The Daily Telegraph highlights the high rate of skyscraper construction on the East Coast as proof that the region has successfully recovered from the economic slump, while the UK is close behind. Read more.

AS+GG Partner Discusses Supertall Construction on Chinese Radio


12 Aug 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture partner Robert Forest was interviewed by China Radio International English about the rising number of supertall skyscrapers, including the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Topics discussed include wind loading, elevator efficiency and financial restraints. Read more.

CTBUH Leader Supports Skyscraper Community


08 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Sourceable has published an interview with CTBUH City Representative Melbourne Matthew Gaal titled "Skyscraper Ambitions: No Ego, Just Purpose." Aided by global tall building data provided by the Council, Gaal argues that tall buildings can really serve the communities in which they are built. Read more.

New York and Chicago: Each Pushes the Other to Build Taller


02 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Skyscrapers have played important roles in the histories of New York and Chicago, two American cities which have been involved in a skyscraper "race" for as long as building tall was possible. The Atlantic Cities explores this relationship by profiling urban economist Jason Barr, and his studies of skyscrapers. Read more.

A Revision of Green Building Standards May Be In Order


31 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The Bank of America Tower, a 1,200-foot (366-meter) skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, was lauded as a triumph of green engineering when it opened in 2010. But as the New Republic reported this week, the building falls short of its lofty ambitions, possibly due to a flawed system of measuring efficiencies. Read more.

The WSJ on the Global Love Affair with Tall Buildings


17 Jul 2013, Opinion: The Wall Street Journal

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal explores contemporary tall buildings and the resurgence of skyscraper construction. Beginning with The Leadenhall Building in the City of London, author Peter Evans explores a series of tall building projects under construction around the world. Read more.

WSJ Laments Contemporary Brooklyn Towers


16 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The last several years have seen many towers sprout in the downtown Brooklyn skyline, but as an article in The Wall Street Journal points out, these new edifices leave much to be desired. "They are, in short, places from which to watch Manhattan, not things to be seen themselves," according to the article. Read more.

David Scott Talks Prefabrication, Wind Turbines, Innovation


11 Jul 2013, Dartford, United Kingdom

David Scott, member of the CTBUH Advisory Board, former CTBUH Chairman, CTBUH Awards jury member, is the focus of a recent New Civil Engineer feature article (subscription required). Scott made waves last year when he joined Laing O'Rourke's Engineering Excellence Group (EEG). Read more.

REM Documentary Exposes Projects’ Human Side


01 Jul 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas, son of architect Rem Koolhaas and painter Zoe Zenghelis, has shared a series of clips from his documentary film, REM. Set to debut at the end of 2013, the motion picture attmepts to expose the raw, human experience of the Dutch architect's most famous projects. Read more.

Officials in the Indian Capital Argue Over Vertical Expansion


01 Jul 2013, New Delhi, India

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has announced high-rises would not be built in her city, "as long as I'm alive." She has come out in opposition to Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, who has been a champion of vertical growth and who is considering amendments to city code to allow high rises. Read more.

One World Trade Center Identity Crisis


26 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The Freedom Tower was renamed the One World Trade Center in 2009, but many are still attached to the original name, according to The Wall Street Journal. Renaming a tower, especially one which is so important in American society, is a complex process that may never fully be completed. Read more.

Should Skyscrapers be Protected from Other Skyscrapers?


18 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

At the CTBUH London Conference, Make Architects founding partner Ken Shuttleworth called for a designation of corridors to be put in place to protect views of The Gherkin. According to the architect, the building deserves official protection to prevent its being shrouded by new developments. Read more.

UNESCO Stomps Its Foot Again


13 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the body that recognizes sites of global cultural importance will soon make a decision whether to place London's Parliament Square on its "endangered list." The move follows concerns that famous views of Westminster are threatened by increasing skyscraper development. Read more.

London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate


11 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

As the tall building community comes to London for the CTBUH 2013 London Conference, media sources in the city are examining the legacy of the tall building in the historic city. The Financial Times, BD and The Telegraph have all published editorials concerning the implications of vertical expansion in London. Read more.

New York's Tall Building Boom, As Seen By the Times


10 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The New York Times is taking a serious interest in the continuing debate about tall buildings in North America. In its latest piece, The Times tackles the complex economics of building skyscrapers in the city, as it examines the candidates for New York's future tallest residential building. Read more.

New York Was Once Under an Enormous Mountain Range


07 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The BBC profiles Professor Iain Stewart, a geologist at Plymouth University in the UK, as he studies the incredible bedrock that has made possible Manhattan as we know it. The minerals in this rock, known as schist, provide clues to America's ancient geologic history and places in context the bedrock that anchors many of the world’s earliest and best-known skyscrapers. Read more.

New York Times Op-Ed Weighs in on WTC Debate


31 May 2013, New York City, United States

Thomas Leslie, a professor of architecture at Iowa State University and author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, has contributed his op-ed to The New York Times concerning the very complex situation of the One World Trade Center and its ultimate height. Read more.

Melbourne's Tower Debate Casts Shadow on Skyscrapers


29 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia

In late April Stamoulis Property Group announced plans to build a 404-meter skyscraper at 555 Collins Street in Melbourne. Planning Minister Matthew Guy sparked controversy against the anticipated shadows cast by the tower when he expressed his intentions to lift the area's height restrictions. Read more.