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Featured Buildings Involving Gensler

Devon Energy Center

Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City

This building is remarkable, not only for its inherent design excellence, but for the seeming unlikelihood of its location.

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower, New York City

The Hearst Headquarters became the first New York City commercial office building to achieve Gold LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council.

LA Live Hotel & Condominiums

LA Live Hotel & Condominiums, Los Angeles

A certified LEED-Silver landmark high-rise that serves as the cornerstone of L.A. Live, adjacent to the Staples Center and Convention Center.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings.

The Bank of America Tower

The Bank of America Tower, New York City

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park produces a high level of sustainability within the commercial market place, creating a strong identity for itself.

The Bow

The Bow, Calgary

The Bow is both stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint, especially in the context of a harsh northern climate.

The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building, New York City

The New York Times Building is a 1.5-million-SF, 52-story building on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, anchoring the west side of the redevelopment of Times Square.

The Tower at PNC Plaza

The Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh

The Tower at PNC Plaza incorporates both highly technical green systems and channels for meaningful social interactions through a vertical column of two-story atriums.

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Gensler at CTBUH

2019 CTBUH Shanghai Symposium

2019 CTBUH Shanghai Symposium

29 Jan 2019, Event Invite – This symposium explores how new technological innovations can foster a healthy…

2019 CTBUH Guangzhou Symposium

2019 CTBUH Guangzhou Symposium

25 Jan 2019, Event Invite – This symposium explores how to develop strong design in both exterior and interior…

CTBUH China Participates in  Vertical Marathon

CTBUH China Participates in Vertical Marathon

25 Nov 2018, Event Report – CTBUH China participated in the Shanghai Tower International Vertical Marathon,…

Gensler at CTBUH

2019 CTBUH Shanghai Symposium
29 Jan 2019, Shanghai – Event Invite
This symposium explores how new technological innovations can foster a healthy living environment in tall buildings, within both office and residential spaces.
2019 CTBUH Guangzhou Symposium
25 Jan 2019, Guangzhou – Event Invite
This symposium explores how to develop strong design in both exterior and interior settings, and how to harness design properties to enhance the experience for tall building occupants.
CTBUH China Participates in Vertical Marathon
25 Nov 2018, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China participated in the Shanghai Tower International Vertical Marathon, climbing to the 119th floor of the building.
CTBUH Singapore Holds Networking Event
9 Nov 2018, Singapore – Event Report
CTBUH Singapore held a Networking Event for members to get to know one another and discuss future plans for boosting CTBUH activity in the area.
CTBUH China Participates in Urban Vision Summit
16 Sep 2018, Wuhan – Event Report
CTBUH China participated in the 2018 Urban Vision of the Central Yangtze River International Summit focusing on transformative and integrated urban spaces.
Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Report Now Available
27 Apr 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
The report summarizes a CTBUH/IIT collaborative design studio that focused on sustainable vertical cities in different terrains and climates.
CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee Talks Competitions
17 Nov 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) co-hosted a symposium on “Gains and Losses in Tall Building Design Competitions.”
CTBUH Beijing Hosts Innovative Building-Making Presentations
20 Sep 2017, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH Beijing hosted the Innovative Building-Making presentation at Arup’s Beijing office, where industry experts discussed the design of some of their most innovative projects.
CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
3 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first board meeting at the Shanghai office of Gensler.
CTBUH China Symposium on Tall Building Performance + Book Launch
2 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Tongji University Press held a symposium on tall building performance on August 2, 2017, followed by a book launch.
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.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Review
24 Feb 2017, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their interim design studio projects in Crown Hall.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Final Review
2 Dec 2016, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio final projects in Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2016 Conference Tour
15-22 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Students from the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2016 CTBUH International Conference and toured Shenzhen & Hong Kong.
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.
Gensler's Chicago Office Hosts Presentations and Technical Tour
27 Sep 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
As part of the CTBUH-IIT Academic Courses, a group of IIT architecture students visited the Gensler Chicago Office on September 27.
Gensler Supports CTBUH-IIT Academic Tall Building Studio
Aug 2016, Chicago – Event Report
Gensler will be supporting the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT Tall Building Academic Studio through a 2016 Conference sponsorship package.
CTBUH Hosts ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition Jurors
29 Jul 2016, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH was pleased to host the esteemed jurors for the 2015–2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition as they deliberated winners for the annual program.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
Insights and Innovations - The First 3D Printed Office Building
16 Dec 2015, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Chicago held a presentation that introduced current research and advances in the field of 3D printed building design.
San Francisco Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, San Francisco – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured San Francisco and its architectural marvels, from new construction to old historic buildings.
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.
CTBUH Atlanta Hosts Vertical Communities Panel Discussion
31 Mar 2015, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta hosted its inaugural event, a lively roundtable discussion featuring a cross-section of leaders in Atlanta’s development community
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.
Suzhou Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Suzhou – Tour Report
The tour started at Suzhou Zhongnan Center and continued to one of the two International Fortune Plaza towers, which had just had its topping-out ceremony the day prior.
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 Seattle Holds Launch Event
25 Mar 2014, Seattle – Event Report
A new committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has been established in Seattle, and held its first public event at the Seattle offices of Gensler.
YPC Roundtable Discussion: Hackable Cities and Work in the City
27 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted a discussion which introduced the concept of "hacking" the built environment to create pragmatic, yet dynamic, augmentations to the city.
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.
Young Professionals Committee Hosts Shanghai Tower Presentation
22 May 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The designers of Shanghai Tower presented to a capacity crowd at the Chicago Architecture Foundation May 22, at an event hosted by the Young Professionals Committee.
S.F. Dir. of Planning Moderates Panel Discussion on Densification
14 May 2013, San Francisco – Event Report
More than 100 guests attended a panel discussion focusing on densification, specifically the challenges affecting San Francisco, the second densest city in the US.
Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the tour of Shanghai Tower offered a unique glimpse into the construction of the megatall building.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Gold Sponsor
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
22 Oct 2009, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 8th 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.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.

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Russell Gilchrist

Russell Gilchrist

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – 2014
Chicago, United States

Peter Weingarten

Peter Weingarten

CTBUH City Chair, 2013 – 2015
San Francisco, United States

Brad Wilkins

Brad Wilkins

CTBUH Awards Interior Space Jury, 2019
Singapore, Singapore

CTBUH Leaders at Gensler

Russell Gilchrist

Russell Gilchrist

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – 2014
Chicago, United States

Peter Weingarten

Peter Weingarten

CTBUH City Chair, 2013 – 2015
San Francisco, United States

Brad Wilkins

Brad Wilkins

CTBUH Awards Interior Space Jury, 2019
Singapore, Singapore

Captain Zhu

Captain Zhu

CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, 2017 – Present
Shanghai, China

Allan Chung

Allan Chung

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2014 – Present
Chicago, United States

Joe Fan

Joe Fan

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2016 – Present
Shanghai, China

Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic

Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Chicago, 2014 – 2017
Chicago, United States

Xiaomei Lee

Xiaomei Lee

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
Shanghai, China

Frederick Liu

Frederick Liu

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2014

Elizabeth Michalska

Elizabeth Michalska

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2014

Michael Peng

Michael Peng

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2012
Shanghai, China

Ray Shick

Ray Shick

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
Shanghai, China

Benedict J. Tranel

Benedict J. Tranel

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2014
San Francisco, United States

Jun Xia

Jun Xia

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2012

Grant Uhlir

Grant Uhlir

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2018
Chicago, United States

Stephen Katz

Stephen Katz

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2019
Chicago, United States

Jim Keen

Jim Keen

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2015
New York City, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving Gensler

Flyover of The Finance Centre in Taguig City, Philippines

21 Aug 2017 – Other Videos
Daiichi Properties

2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH

A Vernacular Megatall: Shanghai Tower

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler

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Taking the Corporate Campus Vertical

Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II
Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Jiemin Ding, TJAD; Tim Etherington, Gensler

Façade Construction in China: Journey to Lean Design

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Allan Chung, Gensler; Ivan Mutis, Illinois Institute of Technology

Cities to Megacities: Perspectives

Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV
CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers

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Videos

Flyover of The Finance Centre in Taguig City, Philippines
21 Aug 2017 – Other Videos; Daiichi Properties
An aerial view of The Finance Centre in Taguig City, Philippines, while the building was topped out in 2017.
2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Alexander Durst, Chief Development Officer, The Durst Organization; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler; Dakis Joannou, Businessman and…
A Vernacular Megatall: Shanghai Tower
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler
As the tallest building in China upon completion, Shanghai Tower has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for…
Interview: Shanghai Tower
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler
Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D, & Grant Uhlir, Managing Director, Gensler, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, the 2016 CTBUH Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Winner and 2016 CTBUH Best Tall…
Panel Discussion: Future Cities: What are the Biggest Threats and Opportunities?
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Rui Gu, CAPOL; Ray Shick, Gensler; Chris Yoshii, AECOM
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. A panel discussing the challenges of growing urban populations throughout the globe.
Zhongnan Center Elevator System and Elevator Evacuation Design
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xiaomei Lee & Frederick Liu, Gensler
Because super high-rise buildings are a very recent phenomenon, there are no specific building codes written for them. For any building over 50 stories, direct elevator service creates a huge and unwieldy core, so alternative systems must be…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 5 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 5 Questions & Answers session with speakers Xiaomei Lee & Frederick Liu, Gensler, Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and LiJun Cao, Environmental…
The ROI of User Experience
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler
Although there has been much research on the performance of double skin façades, there are still arguments that challenge their costs-effectiveness. Using the Shanghai Tower and The Tower at PNC Plaza as case studies, a counterargument will be made…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Shanghai Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Jiang Wu, Tongji University, Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler , and Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.,…
Architectural Design for Vertical Inhabiting – The Suzhou Zhongnan Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Elizabeth Michalska, Gensler
Aspiring to be the tallest tower in China, the Suzhou Zhongnan Center was designed with a balance of aesthetics and cutting-edge technology – striving to become a role model for tall building developments around the world. This presentation will…
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.
Interview: Constructing the Shanghai Tower
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Jun Xia, Gensler
Jun Xia of Gensler is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Jun discusses the design and construction of The Shanghai Tower including the relationship to the neighboring Jin Mao Building and…
Climate, Cladding, and Conditioning Systems
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Robert Bolin, Syska Hennessey; Russell Gilchrist, Gensler
This presentation examines the impact of building massing, the window to wall ratio (WWR), and two essential components of high-rise design – building envelope performance (including a ventilated curtain wall) and the energy performance of the HVAC…
Track 11: Façade as Climate Moderator Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Presentation Questions & Answers
The Track 11 panel consisting of Henk de Bleecker, Permasteelisa Group; Thomas Winterstetter, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Bolin, Syska Hennessey; Russell Gilchrist, Gensler, answer questions from the delegates.
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower’s Form and Façade
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The realization of one of the most sustainable supertall towers in the world was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This presentation is centered around the Shanghai Tower as a case study…
Track 2: Shanghai Tower in Detail Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Panel consisting of: Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti; Jiemin Ding, Tongji Architectural Design Group; and Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group take questions from delegates.
Shanghai 2014: Vertical, Sustainable and Humane
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Benedict J. Tranel, Gensler
Density, complexity and sustainability are intricately interconnected in developing Chinese cities. Current horizontal development is destructive and unsustainable. Tall buildings have a significant role to play in more effective development model;…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 16: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Kyung Wook Seo, Kyonggi University; Robert Mankin & Jonathan Ward, NBBJ ; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon; Paul DeSantis, Principal & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham; Michael Wiener, Gensler
Question & Answers session for Track Session 16.
Sustainable World Cities: Shanghai Looking Forward
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Michel St. Pierre, Gensler
While the world notes Shanghai’s prosperity, the city’s vision may provide a model for other global cities to follow. The Shanghai 2010 expo theme emphasizes sustainability and livability. The challenge for Shanghai’s 21st Century planning and urban…
Interview: Shanghai Tower
22 Oct 2009 – 2009 Chicago Conference Interviews; Arthur Gensler, Gensler
Arthur Gensler of Gensler Architects is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Arthur talks about the Shanghai Tower project which at 632 meters will become the tallest…
Shanghai Tower: Completing a Supertall Trio
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Arthur Gensler, Gensler
Located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in the heart of Shanghai’s Pudong neighborhood, Shanghai Tower rises to complete a trio of towers including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. Together, these three will form…
Session 3 - Tall Buildings: Adopting an Icon Q & A
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
The Session S3 speaker panel consisting of: Arthur Gensler, Chairman, Gensler, San Francisco; Tony Kettle, International Group Design Director, RMJM, UK; and Clark Manus, FAIA, CEO, Heller Manus Architects, San Francisco, AIA Vice-President / 2011…

Papers/Research

Taking the Corporate Campus Vertical
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Jiemin Ding, TJAD; Tim Etherington, Gensler
The Tencent Seafront Towers bring a novel concept – the “vertical campus” – to Shenzhen. In housing the corporate headquarters of the fourth-largest internet company in the world, the two-tower, interlinked design breaks away from the typical…
Façade Construction in China: Journey to Lean Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Allan Chung, Gensler; Ivan Mutis, Illinois Institute of Technology
There is a recent trend in the construction industry to implement “lean concepts,” a management strategy based upon the Toyota Production System philosophy. While the construction industry mainly focus on lean strategy for production in both the shop…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
Designing a Data-Driven, Humanistic High-Rise
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Ben Tranel & Hao Ko, Gensler
Much attention has been given to how data and “the cloud” will revolutionize the workplace. Indeed, the way we work is rapidly changing, though many of the demands and challenges we must address are still very much physical. The case of the Tower at…
Base Instincts
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Tom Ford & Russell Gilchrist, Gensler
Recent development has included significant advancement in the development of tall buildings. While the design achievement and skyline contributions have been significant, there has been a considerable lack of execution in the design at the base of…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
The Payoff for Investing in the Human Experience
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler
In this chapter, Shanghai Tower is introduced along side The Tower at PNC Plaza, to posit that economic propositions for double-façade design solutions must go beyond energy considerations and incorporate the value of human experience. The design…
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower’s Form and Façade
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The Shanghai Tower was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This paper is centered around the project as a case study on the parametric design platform utilized by the design team to bring…
Design for Vertical Habitation
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Tower: In Detail; Jun Xia, Elizabeth Michalska, Wendy Wong & Raymon Chen, Gensler
This chapter describes the main principles behind the architectural design of the building. Its architectural expression and functional organization achieve not only iconic landmark status, but also fulfill its owner’s investing strategies by…
Elevator Systems and Elevator Evacuation Design
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Xiaomei Lee, Frederick Liu & Liming Zhou, Gensler; Steve Edgett, Edgett Williams Consulting Group, Inc.
Because supertall and megatall buildings are a very recent phenomenon, there are no specific building codes written for them. For any building over 50 stories, providing direct elevator service creates a huge and unwieldy core, so alternative systems…
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower's Form and Façade
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The most sustainable super-tall tower in the world was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This paper is centered around the Shanghai Tower as a case study on the parametric design platform…
Case Study: Shanghai Tower
Apr 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue II; Jun Xia, Gensler; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; Douglas C. Mass, Cosentini Associates
As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings. The 121-story mixed-use tower offers a sustainable way of living in…

Gensler Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 38 Completed20 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 7 Completed6 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 12 Years
Most Common Function office, 37 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 23 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Gensler