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Dec 10, 2019

CTBUH 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference

CTBUH Announces Initial Speakers for 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference

CTBUH is pleased to announce the speakers confirmed so far for the 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. These distinguished speakers represent a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the CTBUH Awards and ancillary on-site programming, showcasing the cutting-edge buildings, state-of-the-art technologies, and breakthrough industry practices taking shape in cities around the world.

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1000 Biscayne Blvd, LLC

Algin Management
New York City

AND Real Estate

CITIC Heye Investment Co.

Cove Property Group
New York City

Crescent Heights

Crown Group

Die Developer Projektentwicklung GmbH

Emaar Properties

Excellence Group

Gattuso Development Partners

Gaw Capital Advisors Limited

H&H Development

Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd

Hines Interests LP
New York City

Huayuan Property Co. Ltd.

Impact Investment
Group Pty Ltd

Investa Property

IRSA Commercial Properties
Buenos Aires

ISPT Pty Ltd

Joint Stock Company Gazprom Neft Eastern European Projects
St. Petersburg

Maike Group

Mulia Group
Kuala Lumpur

Nagasaka Corporation

New World Development Company Limited
Hong Kong


Oxford Capital Group

Poly Developments
and Holdings Group
Co., Ltd.

Poly Property Group
Co., Limited
Hong Kong

Rende Development

Shanghai Lujiazui
Finance & Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd.

SOHO China Co. Ltd

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Hong Kong

Suzhou Gao Long Property Development

Swire Properties Limited

Tishman Speyer Properties

Tuan Sing Holdings Limited

United States Department of State

University of Technology Sydney

Urban Capital

Yuexiu Property

Zhuhai Huafa Group
Co. Ltd.

Dec 10, 2019

CTBUH 2020 Singapore & Kuala Lumpur Conference

CTBUH Announces 2020 Singapore & Kuala Lumpur Conference

With the theme of Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm, the CTBUH 2020 Singapore & Kuala Lumpur Conference will bring issues of livability to the forefront of the discourse surrounding future cities. Contribute to the discussion by submitting a presentation abstract that aligns with one of numerous pre-determined topics related to the conference theme.

The deadline to submit a proposal is 31 January 2020. Competition will be high, so be sure to submit your abstract today to be considered for a speaking role.

Submit an Abstract

See Conference Synopsis

Dec 5, 2019

CTBUH 2020 Awards Winners

CTBUH Announces Award of Excellence Winners for Annual Awards Program

CHICAGO – December 4th, 2019 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the Award of Excellence Winners for the CTBUH 2020 Awards Program. The winning projects represent the very best tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies, and innovations emerging recently in cities around the world.

Winners were selected across a variety of categories, with projects in the “Best Tall Building” track falling into five height thresholds (i.e., under 100 meters, 100–199 meters, 200–299 meters, 300–399 meters, and 400 meters and above). Additional categories include: Urban Habitat, Renovation, Interior Space, and Construction, alongside five categories focused specifically on Engineering achievements. Awards for Innovation, Lifetime Achievement, 2020 CTBUH Fellows and 10 Year Awards will be announced at a later date.

“This year’s Award of Excellence Winners communicate the diversity of interdisciplinary thought and innovation that will characterize both current and future generations of urban development around the world,” said Best Tall Building Jury Chair Karl Fender, Director at Fender Katsalidis Architects. “These recognitions, bestowed by the world’s premier authority on tall buildings, showcase these projects to a global audience and help drive a meaningful conversation about the quality of our urban environments.”

The Award of Excellence Winners will now move on to the next stage of the CTBUH Awards Program, sending the owner/developers and design/engineer teams for the projects to the CTBUH 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, where they will compete in front of an international audience and live juries for “Best in Category” distinctions. The event will conclude with the announcement of the “2020 Best Tall Building Worldwide.”

The 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference will take place in Chicago from April 5–7, 2020. Hosted at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, the conference will include not only an awards ceremony, but also a dinner, a VIP networking reception, and separate program tracks discussing hot topics in the urban development and tall building industry.

Registration for the 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference is now open at tallinnovation.com, where additional details can be found.

See the Award of Excellence Winners in each awards category below.

Best Tall Building under 100 meters
– 25 King, Brisbane

25 King – photo © Tom Roe

– 271 Spring Street, Melbourne
– Arc by Crown Group, Sydney
– Gala Ave West Side, Shanghai
– River City 3, Toronto
– U.S. Embassy, London, London
– UTS Central, Sydney
– White Tree, Montpellier

Best Tall Building 100-199 meters
– Changsha Hua Center Phase II Project, Changsha

Changsha Hua Center Phase II Project – photo © Aedas

– EDEN, Singapore
– K11 ATELIER King’s Road, Hong Kong
– Museum Tower Kyobashi, Tokyo
– OMNITURM, Frankfurt am Main
– Robinson Tower, Singapore
– Rosewood Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok
– Sixty Martin Place, Sydney

Best Tall Building 200-299 meters
– ARO, New York City
– Leeza SOHO, Beijing

Leeza SOHO – photo © Cao Baiqiang

– Maike Centre, Xi’an
– NEMA Chicago, Chicago
– One Thousand Museum, Miami

Best Tall Building 300-399 meters
– 53 West 53, New York City

53 West 53 – photo © Hines Interests

– Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia
– Poly Pazhou, Guangzhou
– Zhuhai Tower, Zhuhai

Best Tall Building 400 meters and above
– CITIC Tower, Beijing

CITIC Tower – photo © H G Esch

– Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg
– Suzhou IFS, Suzhou
– The Exchange 106, Kuala Lumpur
– Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, Tianjin

Construction Award
– Collins House, Melbourne
– Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg

Lakhta Center – photo © Igor Butyrskii

– The Clement Canopy, Singapore
– Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, Tianjin

Façade Engineering Award
– Brunel Building, London
– Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg
– PIF Tower, Riyadh
– Sixty Martin Place, Sydney

Fire & Risk Engineering Award
– InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel, Shanghai

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel – photo © Atkins

– Raffles City Chongqing, Chongqing

Geotechnical Engineering Award
– 500 Folsom, San Francisco
– Chapultepec Uno R-509, Mexico City
– Claridge’s Hotel, London
– Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg

Interior Space Award
– L’Oréal Headquarters Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
– Leeza SOHO, Beijing
– One Excegroup Finance Center, Shenzhen
– Rosewood Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok
– Sixty Martin Place, Sydney
– UTS Central, Sydney

MEP Engineering Award
– Capitol Grand Tower, Melbourne
– Torre Glorieta Insurgentes, Mexico City
– Victoria Dockside, Hong Kong

Renovation Award
– Building Z – Polo DOT Office Park, Buenos Aires
– Hanwha Headquarters, Seoul
– Hudson Commons, New York City
– LondonHouse Chicago, (Chicago)

Structural Engineering Award
– DaiyaGate Ikebukuro, Tokyo
– Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg
– Mjøstårnet, Brumunddal
– One Thousand Museum, Miami
– Raffles City Chongqing, Chongqing
– Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower, Tokyo
– Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, Tianjin

Urban Habitat Award – Single Site Scale
– AND Pastel, Istanbul
– Assuta, Tel Aviv
– DUO, Singapore
– Victoria Dockside, Hong Kong

Urban Habitat Award – District / Master Plan Scale
– Poly Greenland Plaza, Shanghai
– Pudong Financial Plaza Tower 1, Shanghai

Aug 16, 2019

CTBUH World Congress

10th World Congress Program Now Online

CTBUH is pleased to release the program and speaker list for the 10th World Congress, hosted in Chicago and themed “50 Forward | 50 Back.” The week-long event, taking place from 28 October to 2 November, will explore the most significant advancements in tall buildings and urban environments from the last 50 years, whilst inquiring into the future of our cities 50 years from now.

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With the 21 August deadline for discounted registration approaching in just one week, there is no better time to secure your place at this seminal event.

Program Highlights include:

Tall Buildings of the Future as Seen from the Present
SawTeen See
President, See Robertson Structural Engineers

Landscape Architecture’s Impact on Vertical Urbanism
James Burnett
President, OJB Landscape Architecture

TAIPEI 101: From Record Height to Record High Performance
Angela Chang
President, Taipei Financial Center Corporation

Mjøstårnet in Norway: The World’s Tallest Timber Building
Rune Abrahamsen
CEO, Moelven

First Skyscrapers | Skyscraper Firsts Symposium

Reflections on Criteria for First Skyscrapers
Carol Willis
President, The Skyscraper Museum

Fire, Water, Cubes and Modernism: Creating a Futuristic Baku
Hi Sun Choi
Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

View the Program & Build Your Schedule

Download the CTBUH Events App and get all the details about Congress workshops, presentations, and Off-Site Programs.

The app makes it easy to build your own schedule based around the sessions you don’t want to miss.

Previously on e-architect:

Jan 25, 2019

CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference

Initial Speakers, Sponsors, Off-Site Programs and Attendees Announced for 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference

CTBUH is pleased to announce the 85 speakers confirmed so far for the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. These distinguished speakers represent a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the CTBUH Awards and ancillary on-site programming.

Five prestigious Off-Site Programs have also been confirmed, as well as numerous sponsors. See the owner/developers confirmed to attend below.

CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference


Amorepacific Corporation



Boston Properties, Inc.

Centralcon Group

Chengdu Wide Horizon

China Jinmao Group
Hong Kong

China Resources
Hong Kong

CITIC Heye Investment CO., LTD.

Country Garden

Earnest Development & Construction Corp.

European Patent Office (EPO)

Frasers Property

GuocoLand Limited

Hanking Group

Henderson Development
Hong Kong

Hexi New Town Planning Bureau

Horoy Holdings Limited

Housing & Development Board

Huma Desenvolvimento Imobiliário
São Paulo

Jay Paul Company
San Francisco


Lendlease Corporation
New York City

M+S Pte Ltd

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Mirvac Group

Modern Land (China) Co. Limited

New World Development Company Limited
Hong Kong


PACE Development Corporation

Ping An Real Estate

PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad
Kuala Lumpur

QingDao Conson Hai Tian Center Co. LTD

Riverside Investment & Development

Shenzhen Energy Group Co.

Shenzhen Parkland Real Estate Development

Sun Hung Kai Properties
Hong Kong

The Central Bank of Kuwait
Kuwait City

Tishman Speyer Design and Construction

Unite Group

V&A Waterfront
Cape Town

Victor Group
New York City

Yuan Lih
Taichung City

Previously on e-architect:

21 Jul 2018

CTBUH Middle East Conference

CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE

21 – 25 Oct 2018

The CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, ‘Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism’ embraces 43 sessions, 13 workshops, 15 off-site programs, 4 evenings of networking receptions, and programs in Abu Dhabi following the main program in Dubai.

CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference

Speakers represent a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the conference theme and other hot topics in the industry, as well as numerous companies and cities from around the globe. Check out the full program here.

We hope this will encourage you to register for the event, if not already registered, as the deadline for discounted registration rates is fast approaching; 15 August. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join this year’s premier gathering for influencing best-practice thinking in tall buildings and sustainable cities.


Previously on e-architect:

28 Oct 2016

CTBUH Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

CTBUH Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

These rankings highlight the companies that have contributed to realizing the world’s tallest buildings, yielding some rather interesting findings:

CTBUH Releases Company Rankings for Projects Appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings

World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings. This book is the latest edition in the CTBUH “100 Tallest” series, which represents a snapshot of the tallest buildings complete or under construction at the time of publication. We now recognize the achievements of the companies responsible for these buildings, ranking them by the number of published projects across multiple disciplines.

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia Skyscraper
Location: Kingdom City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – KSA
Date built: 2013-19
Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with SWA, landscape architecture
1,000+ meters
Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia Skyscraper
image from architect

CTBUH Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

Rank Name, City, Country – Height – Year

1 Jeddah Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 1,000m – 2019

2 Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 828m – 2010

Jan 16, 2014

CTBUH 2013 Tall Buildings Data Research Report

2013: Second-Busiest Skyscraper Year in History

The tallest 20 buildings completed in 2013

CHICAGO, JAN. 15 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has
released its annual report, the 2013 Tall Building Data Research Report, part of the Tall
Buildings in Numbers data analysis series.

The tallest 20 buildings completed in 2013:
Tallest Skyscrapers in 2013

By all indications, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions
from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing
completions each year over the past decade.

Pearl River Tower, China:
Pearl River Tower

CTBUH 2013 Tall Buildings Data Research Report Key Findings

• 2013 was the second-most successful year on record for completion of
buildings 200 meters or greater in height. In 2013, 73 such buildings were
completed, second only to the 81 completions of 2011. In 2012, the number
had dropped slightly to 69.

• For the fourth year running, nine “supertall” buildings of 300 meters or greater
were again completed in 2013. These 36 supertalls, built over the last four
years, comprise nearly half the total number of supertalls that now exist (77).

• Of the 73 buildings completed in 2013, 12 buildings – or 16 percent – entered
the list of 100 Tallest Buildings in the World.

• For the sixth year running, China had the most 200-meter-plus completions of
any nation, at 37 – located across 22 cities.

• The tallest building to complete in 2013 was the 355-meter JW Marriott
Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 in Dubai, UAE.

• Three of the five tallest buildings completed are in the United Arab Emirates,
for the second year in a row.

• Europe has two of the 10 tallest buildings completed in any given year for the
first time since 1953.

• Of the 73 buildings over 200 meters completed in 2013, only one, 1717
Broadway in New York, was in the United States.

Tall buildings 200 meters or taller completed each year from 1970 to 2014.
Insert: Total Number of 200m+ Buildings in Existence:
Supertall Skyscrapers

The Tall Buildings in Numbers data analysis series takes a statistical and graphical look at various topics related to tall buildings, such as height, function, geographical location, energy requirements, structure and others.

In addition, at the close of each year, the CTBUH produces a study which provides a written and graphical synopsis of tall buildings completed during the subject year, with a focus on buildings over 200 meters in height.

The tallest buildings completed each year, 2000-2013:
Tallest Skyscrapers by year

This synopsis is published annually in the first issue of the CTBUH Journal.
For more Tall Building information and statistics, please visit The Skyscraper Center.

CTBUH Annual Review 2016

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

CTBUH Height Ratification News

One World Trade Center’s Height Ratified at 1,776 Feet

Nov 13, 2013 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat convened its Height Committee on November 8th in Chicago to evaluate its criteria for determining the official height of buildings, and to rule on the official height of One World Trade Center in New York.

The Height Committee has reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters).

Height of One World Trade Center compared to other skyscrapers in the world

Aug 21, 2013

CTBUH 2013 Awards Symposium


CTBUH 2013 Awards Symposium Speakers

• Rem Koolhaas, OMA: architect of CCTV, Beijing
• Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed: lifetime achievement award
• Clyde Baker, AECOM: lifetime achievement award
• Zhang Yue, China BROAD Group: Innovation award

CTBUH Awards

Eight Spruce Street
CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas – 2011 : Eight Spruce Street

KfW Westarkade
CTBUH Best Tall Building Europe – 2011 : KfW Westarkade Building

The Index
CTBUH Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa – 2011 : The Index

Chicago Skyscrapers

CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall – 2010 : Burj Khalifa

World Skyscrapers – Selection

Burj Dubai, Dubai

Guangzhou TV Tower, China

Empire State Building, New York

Absolute Tower, Canada

About the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Founded in 1969, the Council’s mission is to disseminate multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments, to maximize the international interaction of professionals involved in creating the built environment, and to make the latest knowledge available to professionals in a useful form.

The Council is an international not-for-profit organization supported by architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction professionals. The CTBUH is the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally. It is the arbiter of the criteria upon which tall building height is measured, and thus the title of “The World’s Tallest Building” determined.

CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall 2010 : Burj Khalifa Dubai

CTBUH Symposium Chicago

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