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Is it viable to test the limit of how high man can place materials above ground?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted April 2014

Industry leaders answering this question include: B.K. Boley, ADD Inc; Dave Elder, Mace; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; and Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties.

A Lifetime's Work: Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award
CTBUH 2013 Awards Symposium, Henry Cobb, Founding Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, posted April 2014

Henry Cobb's career is remarkable because of his ethical and forward-thinking approach to the design of tall buildings and their place in the urban fabric.

Should foreign investors purchasing and minimally occupying high-rise apartments be restricted?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted March 2014

Industry leaders answering this question include: Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Company; Nigel Biggs, CBRE; Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival; and Peter Wynne Rees, City of London.

A New Typology for the Skyscraper: CCTV
CTBUH 2013 Awards Symposium, Rem Koolhaas, Founding Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, posted March 2014

CCTV Headquarters singlehandedly paved the way from the height-obsessed, set-back skyscraper of the past to the sculptural and spatial skyscraper of the present, at the scale of the urban skyline.

What do you think the North America, Asian and Western European tall building communities most need to learn from each other?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted February 2014

Industry leaders answering this question include: Dave Elder, Mace; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; and Sunny Wang, BROAD Group.

The Leadenhall Building: Developed for London
CTBUH 2013 London Conference, Richard Pilkington, Senior Vice President, Oxford Properties, posted February 2014

The recent global economic turmoil that was experienced by all those involved in the design and construction industry has certainly left its mark on the world of the developer.

Do you think wood can be a primary building material in tall buildings in the future?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted January 2014

Industry leaders answering this question include: Helmut Jahn, Jahn; Bob Lang, Arup; Kamran Moazami, WSP; Ian Simpson, Ian Simpson Architects; and Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group.

Future Proofing Tall
CTBUH 2013 London Conference, Ken Shuttleworth, Founder, Make, posted January 2014

The sensitivities of designing a new building in an old city are considerable: acknowledging the heritage of a location without creating a pastiche; providing a new layer to a city’s identity without ignoring or overshadowing the original; etc.

Are wind turbines just "window dressing," or can they contribute to a building's performance?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted December 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Kamran Moazami, WSP; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; and Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects.

A Tale of Tier Two Cities
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress
Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties & Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ,
posted December 2013

The migration of Chinese residents to cities presents great challengesand opportunities. Large developments near the city core represent the best solution to the challenges of this urban migration.

What are the conditions that would justify a tall building's demolition, rather than renovation?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted November 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Bob Lang, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Doha Tower
CTBUH 2012 Awards Symposium, Chicago
Hassan Al Duhaimi, HBS Company; Hafid Rakem, Ateliers Jean Nouvel; & Peter Terrell, Terrell Group,
posted November 2013

The distinctive cylindrical form is elegant and efficient, creating a distinctive new landmark for the fast-growing Qatar capital.

Should "affordable" housing be mixed with high-income housing within the same building?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted October 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Nigel Biggs, CBRE; Harry Handelsman, Manhattan Loft Corporation; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects; Ian Simpson, Ian Simpson Architects; and Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Shanghai Tower: Re-thinking the Vertical City
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress
Jianping Gu, President, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co Ltd,
posted October 2013

More important than Shanghai Tower’s shear height is the innovation it delivers - in its twisting, crystalline form; in the vertical zones of rich multi-functions; etc.

Is the recession over for tall buildings?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted September 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Steve McGuckin, Turner & Townsend; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property; and Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Taipei 101: Striving to be a Sustainable Skyscraper
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress
Cathy Yang, Vice President, Taipei Financial Center Corporation,
posted September 2013

In 2009 Taipei 101 embarked on an ambitious environmental upgrade, aimed at achieving the LEED-EBOM certification at Platinum Level.

Does it make economic sense to continue to make buildings taller?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted August 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation.

City Planning and Tall Buildings: Custodian to 4000 Years of History
CTBUH 2013 London Conference, Peter Wynne Rees, The City Planning Officer, City of London, posted August 2013

In this presentation we gain insight on some of the significant challenges of achieving a balance between height & heritage, from the person who has been responsible in recent times for guiding this unique one-square-mile in the historic heart of London

Is it possible to construct a completely pre-fabricated megatall building?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted July 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; and Zhang Yue, China Broad Group.

Reaching New Heights: The Shard
CTBUH 2013 London Conference
Irvine Sellar, Founder, Sellar Property,
posted July 2013

There is perhaps no better example of a tall building that encapsulates the London Conference theme than The Shard. Subject to numerous planning enquiries and great scrutiny over a decade, it now stands proud as the tallest building in Europe.

What are the Major Factors Influencing Tenant Choice Right Now?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted June 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: William Murray, Wordsearch; Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer; Eugene Seah, Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte; and Steve Watts, AECOM.

Panel: How High Can We Go (and Why Should We?)
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress, posted June 2013

Over the past decade, the tall building industry has seen incredible advance in the realms of design, technology, and construction allowing experimentation with new forms and greater heights. This panel discussed the implications of this newfound freedom.

What Techniques Will Define the Next Generation of Tall Buildings?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted May 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Hafid Rakem, Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Massimo Roj, Progetto CMR; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Charles Thornton, Thornton Tomasetti; and Ma Yansong, MAD Architects.

Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress
Talal Al-Maiman, CEO & MD, Kingdom Real Estate Development Co., posted May 2013

This presentation provides an introduction to, and overview of, Kingdom Tower – expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

What are the Predominant Motivations for Building Tall in the 21st Century?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted April 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stephan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation.

Best Tall Building Europe: Palazzo Lombardia
CTBUH 2012 Awards Symposium, Chicago
Davide Pacca, Regione Lombardia & Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, posted April 2013

Palazzo Lombardia, turns a government office complex into a new public space for Milan. The project, anchored by a 160-meter-tall tower, offers a variety of open spaces that enliven the neighborhood.

What is the Single Biggest Challenge in Constructing a Mile-high Tower?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted March 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.; and Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung.

Featured Finalist: Al Hamra Firdous
CTBUH 2012 Awards Symposium, Chicago
Aybars Asci & Mark Sarkisian, SOM, posted March 2013

The Al Hamra Firdous Tower was intended to stand as an icon to symbolize national pride while providing highly leasable office space. To successfully create the delicate form of the tower and unique spaces within, extensive structural considerations were made.

What is the Key to Making Tall Buildings "Liveable"?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted February 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Aybars Asci, SOM; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; and Ma Yansong, MAD Architects.

Fazlur R. Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal Winners
CTBUH 2012 Awards Symposium, Chicago
Charles Thornton & Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti, posted February 2013

The partnership between Charles Thornton and Richard Tomasetti has provided the backbone for many of the most dramatic and innovative tall buildings around the world.

How will tall buildings be different in 20 years?
CTBUH Monthly Video Series, posted January 2013

Industry leaders answering this question include: Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architecture; Jun Xia, Gensler; and more.

Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: 1 Bligh Street
CTBUH 2012 Awards Symposium, Chicago
Bruce McDonald, DEXUS & Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects, posted January 2013

Sydney’s central business district was transformed by 1 Bligh Street’s elliptical tower, which offers tenants several ground-breaking technological advances.