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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale.

They believe that architecture has the unique power to influence our world. They strive to create designs that aid society, advance technology, sustain the environment and inspire those around us to improve our world.

Their office is dedicated to the creation of new paradigms for sustainable development. They use a holistic, integrated design approach that emphasizes symbiotic relationship with the natural environment -- a philosophy they've termed "global environmental contextualism."

The firm was founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest. Today there are 100 employees in offices in Chicago and Beijing.

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AS+GG Connected Global News

Council Visit Reveals Insights on “World’s Next Tallest” Construction Progress in Jeddah

Council Visit Reveals Insights on “World’s Next Tallest” Construction Progress in Jeddah

30 May 2017, Jeddah – CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood was recently invited to visit the construction…

Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development

Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development

19 May 2017, Jeddah – The developer of the under-construction Jeddah Tower has reiterated the importance of the…

New York’s Central Park Tower Condos To Hit the Market in 2017

New York’s Central Park Tower Condos To Hit the Market in 2017

31 Mar 2017, New York City – After originally planning to launch sales in late 2016, developers behind the…

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Council Visit Reveals Insights on “World’s Next Tallest” Construction Progress in Jeddah
30 May 2017 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood was recently invited to visit the construction site of Jeddah Tower, poised to become the world’s tallest tower and the first 1,…
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Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development
19 May 2017 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The developer of the under-construction Jeddah Tower has reiterated the importance of the upcoming Jeddah Economic City and accompanying tower projects to Saudi Vision…
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New York’s Central Park Tower Condos To Hit the Market in 2017
31 Mar 2017 – New York City, United States
After originally planning to launch sales in late 2016, developers behind the under-construction Central Park Tower have announced that sales will hit the market in the…
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Dueling Construction Timelines Create Competition for World’s Tallest Structure
20 Dec 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The race to the top has just gotten tighter, with two rising structures in the Middle East battling for the world's tallest title. In a recent interview, CTBUH…
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Sales Scheduled to Launch for Central Park Tower in New York City
15 Aug 2016 – New York City, United States
Plans are moving along for what could be New York City’s second tallest building. In a recent press release, the developer announced that sales for its Central Park Tower…
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New Downtown Crossing Skyscraper to Rival Boston’s Millennium Tower
6 Apr 2016 – Boston, United States
Developers have released new details on a proposal to build a 208-meter tower at One Bromfield on the corner of Washington and Bromfield Streets, twinning the under-…
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Future World’s Tallest is 20 Percent Complete
16 Mar 2016 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which is set to be the world’s tallest building, is over 20 percent complete, according to developers. The planned one-kilometer tower has…
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Developer Secures New Funding to Complete Jeddah Tower
30 Nov 2015 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The developer behind Jeddah Tower, set to become the world’s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. A $2.23 billion fund has been…
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Preliminary Design of Burj 2020 Revealed at Cityscape Global in Dubai
11 Sep 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A preliminary design was revealed for Burj 2020, a skyscraper that could potentially reach up to 700 meters in height. The master-planned Burj 2020 District will comprise…
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New York’s Nordstrom Tower Expected to Have Highest Roof in the US
18 Jun 2015 – New York City, United States
Nordstrom Tower, slated for completion in 2018, will be the highest tower in the nation by roof height, reports YIMBY. Developed by Extell, documents describe the tower's…
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Architect Selected to Design World’s Tallest Office Tower in Dubai
18 Jun 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tall building specialist Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has been chosen by the master developer of Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district to design…
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UAE Companies in Race to Build Second Tallest Tower in Dubai
21 May 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is home to the iconic 828-meter Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, but companies there are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in…
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Nordstrom Tower Could Become Tallest in New York, Report Says
12 May 2015 – New York City, United States
A new report claims that 217 West 57th Street received a height boost that would make it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. However, CTBUH has not ratified…
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Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
11 May 2015 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Elevator installation preparations have begun at the 1000-plus-meter Kingdom Tower. This work, as well as the eventual installation of the elevator cars, will then…
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Renderings Released for Nordstrom Tower in New York City
21 Apr 2015 – New York City, United States
Renderings of the tallest of Manhattan’s supertall towers have been revealed. The under-construction building has been dubbed “Nordstrom Tower” for the department store…
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Construction Starts on Chengdu Greenland Tower
19 Nov 2014 – Chengdu, China
Construction has begun on what will be the tallest skyscraper in the city of Chengdu. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower draws its…
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Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane
19 Sep 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the…
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Nordstrom Tower in New York City Receives Updated Designs
9 Sep 2014 – New York City, United States
The design of 217 West 57th Street remains in flux, but using the detailed blueprints that were made public earlier in May 2014 — for the tentatively 1,775-foot (541-…
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Approval Recommended for Two Major Toronto Towers
6 Aug 2014 – Toronto, Canada
Applications for two high-rise office towers are on the docket for the Toronto City Council's August 2014 meeting and have been recommended for approval by the city's…
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Nashville’s 505 CST to be Residential Tower
23 Jul 2014 – Nashville, United States
Giarratana Development’s planned 505 CST skyscraper project will offer residential units above street-level retail space and will stand 750 feet (229 meters) tall,…
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New York City's Nordstrom Tower May Become World’s Tallest Residential Building
9 Jul 2014 – New York City, United States
New York YIMBY has acquired the latest drawings of Nordstrom Tower, courtesy of an anonymous tipster close to the project. Scoping documents include height numbers: 225…
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New Technologies Emerge for Elevators in Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
2 Jul 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1,000 meter)-tall Kingdom Tower will be a luxury experience. As it turns out, even the elevators will be VIP. The Kone-…
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Allianz Report Sets Out Risks of Supertall Towers
26 Jun 2014 – London, United Kingdom
With values often exceeding $1 billion, the latest “supertall” (300 meters plus) or “megatall” (600 meters plus) buildings pose new challenges for insurers as well as for…
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KONE Wins Kingdom Tower Lift Job
5 Jun 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah Economic Co., the developer of the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, has selected KONE as the vertical transportation provider to deliver the world's fastest and…
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Above-Ground Work to Start on Kingdom Tower
21 Mar 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Above-ground work on the 1-kilometer-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin next month, according to Building Design. Construction will start on April 27…
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World's Highest Observation Deck Planned for Burj 2020
4 Mar 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The developers of the 660-meter Burj 2020 plan to top the tower with an observation deck that will occupy its highest floor, thus aspiring to claim recognition for both…
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Kingdom Tower Mobilizes Construction
24 Feb 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The kilometer-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, currently under construction, is showing new signs of life, as the developer of the project has commissioned engineering and…
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FKI Tower Features External Wall Advances to Maximize Energy
24 Jan 2014 – Seoul, South Korea
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture announced the public opening of a 240-meter tower in Seoul that utilizes an innovative exterior wall designed specifically for the…
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Nordstrom Tower Part of Cantilever Trend
15 Jan 2014 – New York, United States
In New York, sculptural cantilevers are coming out from the back alleys and into the mainstream streetscape. The engineering feat of expanding sideways into airspace was…
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Kingdom Tower Piling Work Completes
5 Dec 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company’s (JEC) new CEO, has announced the completion of the piling work for the Kingdom Tower, set to be the future-tallest building in…
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Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out
12 Nov 2013 – Chicago, United States
The three final designs for the biomedical research facility to be built on the site of Prentice Women's Hospital Building have been unveiled. The finalists are Perkins…
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Nordstrom Wins Cantilevered Approval
23 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
Extell Development received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday to cantilever a new supertall luxury residential tower that the company…
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Skyscraper Powerhouse Extell Plans Next Pair of Towers
2 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
This week Extell Development has set in motion efforts to build two towers in New York in the near future. The company revealed preliminary plans for the mixed-use 217…
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Adrian Smith for Design Intelligence
20 Sep 2013 – Chicago, United States
Adrian Smith writes for Design Intelligence in a recent piece, "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Building Tall," addressing the burning questions about the future of…
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Nordstrom Buys Supertall Site
5 Sep 2013 – New York City, United States
Seattle-based luxury retailer Nordstrom has reportedly paid $102.5 million for the site of its future Midtown flagship store at 217 West 57th Street. The seven-floor will…
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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,…
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Kingdom Tower Officially Underway and On Schedule
26 Jun 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal says the project to build the world's future tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is progressing as planned. The prince made the…
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Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall
18 Jun 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express…
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AS+GG Wins Imperial Tower Competition
6 May 2013 – Mumbai, India
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won Mumbai’s Imperial Tower competition with a 400-meter aerodynamic design. The Imperial Tower, which could become the…
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Kingdom Tower Secures Water Supply
29 Apr 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The Jeddah Economic Co. has signed a water supply deal for the Kingdom Tower with Saudi Arabia's national water company, Bloomberg reports. For SAR2.2 billion (US$587…
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The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again
1 Apr 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview…
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Landmarks Group Clears Way for 472-meter NYC Tower
20 Mar 2013 – New York City, United States
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously agreed to developer Extell’s plans to demolish a section of the BF Goodrich Building to make way for its…
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The Shard's Project Managers to Oversee Kingdom Tower
25 Feb 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The £780 million (US$1.2 billion) project to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia will be managed by the firm behind the construction of the recently…
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Adrian Smith to Receive Honorary Doctorate
14 Feb 2013 – College Station, United States
Adrian Smith will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Texas A&M at the school's spring commencement. Mr. Smith is regarded as an outstanding alumnus of A&M'…
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Extell's Plans Tall Midtown Tower
17 Dec 2012 – New York City, United States
New York developer Gary Barnett is planning a new midtown skyscraper that would be 300 feet taller than the Empire State Building, the Wall Street Journal reports. His…
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Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower
5 Dec 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom…
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Permits Filed for New York Supertall
27 Nov 2012 – New York City, United States
New York-based developer Gary Barnett has filed building permits for a 1,550-foot (472-meter) tower at 225 West 57th Street, which would be one of the city's tallest upon…
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AS + GG Wins Qintai Center Competition
6 Nov 2012 – Wuhan, China
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won the competition to design the Qintai Center in Wuhan. The complex will include a 248 meter (814 foot) tall, mixed-use…
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Kingdom Tower Signs Foundation Deal
9 Oct 2012 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. this week…

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AS+GG at CTBUH

CTBUH Supports High-Rise Construction 2017 Conference in Russia

4-7 Sep 2017, Event Report – 22 speakers discussed the state of high-rise design and construction in the High…

Master's Thesis Challenge

28 Aug 2017, CTBUH News – CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level…

Partnered Event Explores High-Performance Skyscraper Design

24 May 2017, Event Report – CTBUH, ComEd, and Seventhwave partnered to host a breakfast seminar focused on high…

AS+GG at CTBUH

CTBUH Supports High-Rise Construction 2017 Conference in Russia
4-7 Sep 2017, Samara – Event Report
22 speakers discussed the state of high-rise design and construction in the High-Rise Construction Conference, a partner event between the CTBUH and Samara State Technical University.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
Partnered Event Explores High-Performance Skyscraper Design
24 May 2017, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH, ComEd, and Seventhwave partnered to host a breakfast seminar focused on high-performance building envelope design with the goal of identifying opportunities for energy savings.
CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability
28 Apr 2017, Orlando – Event Report
The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando, convening a panel discussion investigating the sustainability of urban and suburban living patterns.
First CAF-CTBUH Lecture Series Draws Crowd, Rave Reviews
16 Mar 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH, in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), held the first of the four-part “Building Tall” lecture series at the CAF lecture hall.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
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.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
EMI Lead Chicago Tall-Building Study Trip
25-29 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
A group of 20 Belgian real estate professionals traveled to Chicago from May 25-29 to visit several tall buildings, and related developments as part of a CTBUH Belgium study trip.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Silver Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH Names New Fellows
1 Aug 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
Johannes de Jong, KONE, and Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, have been named Fellows.
CCHRB Addresses Question: “Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?”
12 Jun 2014, Chicago – Event Report
A recent seminar of CCHRB, co-sponsored by CTBUH, thoroughly examined the question of how cities should deal with existing, outdated tall buildings.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago
Nov 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University, CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology, made a week-long visit to Chicago in November.
Façade Access Technical Guide Advances
12 Feb 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The Façade Access Working Group met to continue work on the upcoming Technical Guide, Façade Access and Maintenance in High-Rise Buildings.
Event Focuses on Combining Fire Safety and Sustainability
7-8 Nov 2012, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH participated in a symposium to address the complex issues of integrating fire safety design with sustainability.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
9th World Congress Proceedings Shanghai
Sep 2012, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The proceedings of the CTBUH 9th World Congress, held in Shanghai from September 19th - 21st 2012, includes all 114 papers in both a hardcover book and a DVD.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day One
19 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the Opening Plenary and VIP Reception.
Sustainability Workshop, Shanghai
18 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group convened the day before the start of the Shanghai Congress to review recent progress and focus on goals for the future.
CTBUH Celebrates First Exhibition
21 Jun 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Chicago Architecture Foundation event spotlights work of CTBUH and AS+GG with Illinois Institute of Technology students: “Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago.”
Façade Access Technical Guide Kick Off
Apr 2012, Chicago – Event Report
At the end of April, the co-chairs of the Façade Access Working Group met to officially kick off work for the Façade Access and Maintenance Technical Guide.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 10th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Silver Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
IIT and University of Nottingham Design Collaboration
Mar 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Students from the University of Nottingham recently visited Chicago as part of a tall building design studio collaboration with the ‘Remaking of Mumbai’ studio at IIT.

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Peter Weismantle

Peter Weismantle

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2015 – Present
Chicago, United States

Jessica Butler

Jessica Butler

CTBUH Staff, 2012 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Christopher Drew

Christopher Drew

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2016 – Present
Chicago, United States

CTBUH Leaders at AS+GG

Peter Weismantle

Peter Weismantle

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2015 – Present
Chicago, United States

Jessica Butler

Jessica Butler

CTBUH Staff, 2012 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Christopher Drew

Christopher Drew

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2016 – Present
Chicago, United States

Gordon Gill

Gordon Gill

CTBUH Awards Jury, 2011
Chicago, United States

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

CTBUH Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2011
Chicago, United States

Juan Betancur

Juan Betancur

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2014
Chicago, United States

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, 2014 – Present
Chicago, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving AS+GG

Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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How Tall Can We Go? Highlight Video

16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall – Skyscraper Lecture Series
Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?

16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall – Skyscraper Lecture Series
Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture

The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global

26 Oct 2015 – CTBUH 2015 New York Conference
Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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ASPECT: RATIOS – Voices of Women In the Tall Building World

8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III
Ilkay Can-Standard, GenX Design & Technology; Martina Dolejsova, Studio Libeskind

Using Parametric Simulation and GIS to Design a Stormwater Solution for a Chinese Sponge-City

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Christopher Drew, Patrick Keeney & Xi Yi, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Changing Market Forces and Their Impacts on Tall Building Planning and Design: A Case Study

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Ro Shroff, CallisonRTKL

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Videos

How Tall Can We Go? Highlight Video
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall – Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall – Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first lecture of the series Building Tall features presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Supertall towers, when done correctly, are the catalyst for the city or district around them. They give an area an identity. They increase the local economy and connect that local community to the global one. If done right, a supertall tower will put…
Interview: Adrian Smith
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Adrian discusses the sustainability of supertall buildings.
2015 New York Conference - Session 1b - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS Architects; George Leventis, Langan; and Alan Poeppel, Langan, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 1b: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah.
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Putting a New Face on the “Glass Box”: FKI Head Office Building
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The new head offices for the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) are a major new addition to the skyline of Seoul, Korea. The tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The building’s unique skin helps reduce…
Interview: FKI Head Office Building
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist, the FKI Head Office Building, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Measuring Tall Buildings: Has CTBUH got its Height Criteria Correct?
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peter Weismantle, CTBUH Height Committee Chair / AS+GG; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; James Parakh, Toronto City Planner; Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji
One of the roles of the CTBUH is to be a “voice of reason” as the arbiter of building height claims, and to be consistent in the application of its criteria. Every few years, a question that provokes a review of the appropriateness of the criteria…
Monthly Video: Five Minutes with Christopher Drew
17 Sep 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Wednesday, 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Christopher Drew, the Director of Sustainability at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, LLC, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Chris…
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As supertall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 08 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 08 Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University; Luke Leung, SOM; and Christopher Drew, AS+GG.
How Will Tall Buildings be Different in 20 Years?
Jan 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
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.
What do you think is the best tall building in existence today, and why?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies;Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton…
What do you think is the single biggest limiting factor that would prevent humanity creating a mile-high?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Engineers; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Toby Blunt,…
Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Joseph Rechichi,…
2011 witnessed the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Do you believe tall buildings are now "safe" from terrorism?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Michael Kwok, Arup; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Michael Kwok, Arup; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Louisa Hutton,…
A Sustainable Solution for Urbanization in China
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation examines a design solution for a new high-density vertical City in China for 100,000 residents sharing a live-work environment in a total built up area of 1.3 km2. The philosophy for the City has been to provide a highly walkable…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, AS+GG
On track to become the 7th tallest building in the world, Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter megatall tower in China. The project’s structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation presents the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, from Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, completed in 1999, to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia…
Plenary 1: Asia Tall Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Plenary 1 panelists including Jianping Gu, President, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development and Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture take questions from delegates.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Dinner
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2011
The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2011 “Best Tall Building Overall” award went to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, Germany. The…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: 40 Years of Designing the Supertall
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
As one of the world’s foremost experts on supertall buildings, Adrian has contributed greatly to the development of this highly specialized building type. Adrian will discuss his life’s work in tall buildings, including landmark towers such as the…
The Evolution of an Idea
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
In this talk, Adrian Smith traces the origin of the skyscraper from the early 20th-century tripedal designs to beyond the world's next tallest building.
Advanced Occupancy for Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design
Advanced Occupancy, sometimes called Phased Occupancy, is a concept pioneered and practiced in the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago. Simply put, it allows for the beneficial use and occupation of completed portions of large projects, well in…
Fire and Life Safety for the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
After the events of 9/11, why are we still building not only tall buildings, but supertall buildings? The answer to that question leads to a discussion on the unprecedented trends in Globalization, Urbanization and Sustainability as well as the…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 08: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Hyo Seon Park, Yonsei University; Rhys Williams, Honeywell; ; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Jey Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; William Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Question & Answers session for Track Session 08.
Interview: Retrofit of the Willis Tower
23 Oct 2009 – 2009 Chicago Conference Interviews; Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill of AS + GG Architecture are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Adrian and Gordon talk about their Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) retrofit…
Decarbonization of Our Central Cities
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Much of the consideration of sustainable design is being focused on new and future buildings. However, arguably, the greatest difference to cutting energy and carbon expenditure would be had in the upgrade of existing buildings. This is especially…
The Future of Urban Tall in a World of Uncertain Economics
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Sandy Diehl, Richard Hanson, Adrian Smith, Carol Willis
Sandy Diehl, Richard Hanson, Adrian Smith, and Carol Willis participate in a panel discussion at the 2009 Chicago Conference. The current financial crisis started in the US sub-prime housing market, and quickly exposed the economic Emporers clothes…
Session 7 - The Future of Urban Tall? Q & A
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
The Session S7 speaker panel consisting of: Carol Willis, Director, Skyscraper Museum, New York; Adrian Smith, Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago; Sandy Diehl, Vice President, Integrated Building Solutions, United Technologies…
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards
22 Oct 2009 – Awards Symposium & Dinner Videos; Dinner 2009
The CTBUH named the Linked Hybrid building as the 2009 Best Tall Building Overall at the 8th Annual Awards Dinner, held at Crown Hall in Chicago. There were also four Regional Tall Building Winners awarded on the night – Manitoba Hydro Place won the…
Designing the Burj Dubai
4 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith, founding partner of Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, discussed the design process of Burj Dubai with the audience of the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. When completed in 2009, the Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world and…
Global Environmental Contextualism
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Gordon Gill & Robert Forest, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill & Robert Forest of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture presented the firm’s design philosophy of ‘global environmental contextualism’ at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The presentation highlighted the understanding that…

Papers/Research

ASPECT: RATIOS – Voices of Women In the Tall Building World
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III; Ilkay Can-Standard, GenX Design & Technology; Martina Dolejsova, Studio Libeskind
ASPECT: RATIOS is the outgrowth of a program developed by the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee in New York, beginning in 2016. The purpose of the lecture series, and of this special edition, is to showcase some of the exemplary work done by women…
Using Parametric Simulation and GIS to Design a Stormwater Solution for a Chinese Sponge-City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Christopher Drew, Patrick Keeney & Xi Yi, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
One of the predicted effects of climate change in Central China is an increase in precipitation and in extreme rainfall intensity. In 2015, the Chinese government approved the development of 16 model “sponge cities,” one of which is Wuhan, where we…
Changing Market Forces and Their Impacts on Tall Building Planning and Design: A Case Study
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Ro Shroff, CallisonRTKL
This paper articulates how changing market conditions and other variables impact the design process for tall buildings in general and a 355m tall luxury residential tower in the city of Mumbai, India, in particular. Although the contents define the…
Mixed-Use Supertall Building as the Approach to Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Zhendong Wang & Jing Cui, Tongji University
In the pursuit of denser, more concentrated sustainable cities which reduce the loss of open space and energy-intensive transport and infrastructure networks, tall buildings have an opportunity to reinvent themselves as the typology for a sustainable…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
During the spring of 2009, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) began working on a prototype of a mile-high tower. With an eye to the future, AS+GG’s interest was to understand the potential and challenges of creating a tower that was…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and ultimately, its future.
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; Christopher Drew, Katrina Fernandez Nova, and Keara Fanning, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As super tall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Christopher Drew, Katrina Fernandez Nova & Keara Fanning, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As supertall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be the tall building to go where no building has gone before – beyond 1,000 meters. For the first time, the team at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill discuss at length the process that went into designing a one-…
Development of Innovative Structures for Supertall and Unique Towers
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; John Viise, Yantong Zhao & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
As tall buildings grow to greater heights and strive to incorporate more unique forms, clarity in the development of the structural system at conceptual design is essential. These types of projects must be rooted in fundamental principles, including…
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Kingdom Tower - expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is outlined in this paper including the project’s history, the competitive process that led to the selection of the…
20 Years of High-Rise Fire Safety: From Jin Mao to Kingdom Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James H. Antell, RJA; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper will discuss the evolution of fire safety concepts in the recent generation of high rise buildings starting with “early” 1990’s designs in China and trace the development of new active and passive features that have followed and are…
A Sustainable Solution For Urbanization In China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Drew, Dennis Rehill, Keara Fanning & Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper presents a design solution for a new high density vertical City in China for 100,000 residents sharing a live-work environment. The built up area is 1.3 km2. The philosophy for the City has been to provide a highly walkable development…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter mega-tower in China. The tower structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated whole to maximize efficiency and enhance safety. The distinctive…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The paper traces the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, the Jin Mao Tower (1999) to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017. He discusses his contextual approach to design, which…
Burj Dubai: Designing the World's Tallest
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper discusses the process of the Burj Dubai's design, offering insights into the refinement and development of the design in response to programmatic requirements, structural wind-tunnel testing and other issues related to the design of a…
Global Environmental Contextualism
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill & Robert Forest, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper examines how the design philosophy, ‘global environmental contextualism’, is predicated on the understanding that everything within the built and natural environment is connected.
Burj Dubai: Designing the World’s Tallest
3 Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper discusses the process of the Burj Dubai's design, offering insights into the refinement and development of the design in response to programmatic requirements, structural wind-tunnel testing and other issues related to the design of the…

Tall Buildings Involving AS+GG