Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

CTBUH Interviews
The "Talking Tall" feature involves prominent professionals discussing their personal vision on our future and what role tall buildings play or share their professional insights on topical matters. 

From Block to Blob and Back Again
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue IV

United Network Studio (UN Studio) is a Dutch architecture firm founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, which in the 2000s established offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, partly to accommodate the firm’s increasing number of highly detailed and demanding tall building projects on the Asian continent.

Learning From 50 Years of Hong Kong Skybridges
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue III

Hongkong Land was instrumental in developing Hong Kong’s famous network of skybridges between buildings. CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik spoke to James Robinson, Executive Director of Hongkong Land about the past, present, and future of skybridges.

Standing Out by Blending in: Tower Infinity
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue II

Tower Infinity quickly got picked up by the world’s media as the “invisible” tower, due to its clever use of an array of LEDs and HD cameras which give the ability to become “almost invisible.” CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik spoke to GDS principal Charles Wee about the plans for executing his audacious project.

The New Context of Tall
CTBUH Journal 2014 Issue I

On the occasion of receiving the overall Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards ceremony for Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters, Rem Koolhaas, OMA, sat for an interview with Daniel Safarik, CTBUH.

“Joan of Architecture” and the Difficulty of Simplicity
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue IV

Phyllis Lambert, the daughter of the Seagram owner Samuel Bronfman, played an integral role in selecting Mies van der Rohe and Phillip Johnson to design the definitive International Style skyscraper, the Seagram Building.

Finding the Forest Through the Trees: Building Tall with Timber
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue III

Vancouver architect Michael Green has been singing the praises of using mass timber to build tall structures for years, and has just broken ground on what will be the tallest wood building in North America.

From “Dry and Safe” to “Tall and Sharp” / Owning an Icon
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue II

The owners of two of London’s most significant skyscrapers, Irvine Sellar of the Shard and Kent Gardner of the Gherkin, spoke with CTBUH about the challenges and rewards of building tall in a historic city.

Fast-growing Saudi Arabia Embraces Tall Buildings
CTBUH Journal 2013 Issue I

Amid a rapidly changing cultural and economic landscape in Saudi Arabia, John Harris, co-head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Saudi Arabia office, discusses the shifts in the market and the Kingdom’s growing interest in building tall.

One of the Architecture World’s Fast Rising Stars has BIG Plans for Designing Tall Buildings
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue IV

OMA alumnus Bjarke Ingels has made a name for his Bjarke Ingels Group with innovative, paradigm-busting projects that blend nature and functionality with new twists on traditional forms.

An Insider’s View on Navigating the Approval Process for Tall Buildings in China
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue III

Brian Lee,
lead designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, discusses the complexities of designing buildings in China and the challenges of the approval process.

The Skyscraper Index
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue II

The Skyscraper Index, which links tall building construction to economic cycles. The Index is based on the completion of the world’s tallest building is inevitably a marker for the start of a global economic crisis.

A Future for Tall Building History
CTBUH Journal 2012 Issue I

Looking at Chicago's or New York's skylines, one feature that sets apart the first skyscraper cities from the recent ones is the rich history of tall building architecture. These first cities are now facing the issue of what to do with vintage skyscrapers.

The CTBUH Chairmanship
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue IV

Assuming the Chairman’s position in a not-for-profit organization is always an honorable matter, and especially so when that organization is
focused on high-rise building.

The Global Impact of 9/11
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue III

Just as many Americans still remember exactly where they were when they heard the news that US president John F. Kennedy had been shot, most people will likely remember what they were doing on September 11, 2001.

So You Want a Tall Building?
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue II

Having devised tall building strategies for Rotterdam, Dublin and London, he is the kind of guy who is called in as cities start to think about adding tall buildings. As such, he has developed a broad expertise and an interesting set of opinions.

Ups and Downs in Russia
CTBUH Journal 2011 Issue I

Faced with the possibility that his tallest project was to be shortened after it had been constructed to full height, Sergey Skuratov found himself making a defense that height is a substantial part of the architecture for one of the city’s tallest residential towers.

Dormitowers
CTBUH Journal 2010 Issue IV

This past decade, “student skyscrapers” have re-emerged at or near university campuses and city centers. As such, the vertical dorm is making a comeback after a construction drought which started in the early 1970s.

Greening Supertalls
CTBUH Journal 2010 Issue III

The world’s tallest buildings have always been more about expression rather than necessity or a solution to any problem. Being the visible landmarks that they are, these towers have represented the aspirations of those who commissioned them.

Winy Maas Winy Maas, MVRDV
CTBUH Journal 2010 Issue II

The urban future of Chinese cities could take the shape of supersized parabolic structures in and around current cities. Imagine a range of various green hills with apartments and spacious terraces in the shell filled with industry and technology.