History of the CTBUH


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading nonprofit organization for all those interested in the future of cities. It explores how increased urban density and vertical growth can support more sustainable and healthy cities, especially in the face of mass urbanization and the increasing effects of climate change worldwide. The relationship between policy, buildings, people, urban density, urban space, interior space, and infrastructure is key.

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CTBUH - A Historical Sketch

By CTBUH Founder, Lynn S. Beedle

Learn about the origins and rich history of the CTBUH, through the words of its founder, Lynn S. Beedle.

History of Measuring Tall Buildings

By Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH Database Editor

Explore the Council's activity throughout the years as the official arbiter on tall building height.

50 BACK: Influential Tall Buildings

Which tall buildings completed in the last 50 years have profoundly enhanced the cities in which they are located and/or influenced tall building design?

50 BACK: Urban Interventions

What urban interventions from the past 50 years have contributed to the wider urban habitat and/or have greatly influenced the way we build cities?

50 FORWARD: What Ideas Will Transform Cities in the Next 50 Years?

What are the innovations and urban interventions that will change the way we occupy and build cities in the future?

Reflections: Thoughts from Past Chairmen

The CTBUH has collected reflections of past chairmen, which highlight the organization’s fruitful existence through the decades.

Petronas vs. Sears Tower Controversy

By CTBUH Founder, Lynn S. Beedle

Read about the successful challenge by Petronas Towers for “the world’s tallest building” title.

CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height

Learn about CTBUH's ruling on the official height of One World Trade Center in New York.