Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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 Connected Global News

Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles

Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles

23 Dec 2016, Los Angeles – New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion…

Stacked Box Tower Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles

Stacked Box Tower Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles

21 Nov 2016, Los Angeles – A rendering for the 30-story project proposed for 222 West 2nd Street in Downtown LA…

CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

4 Nov 2016, Shanghai – The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall…

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Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles
23 Dec 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion development aimed at retrofitting and expanding the Minoru Yamasaki-designed Century…
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Stacked Box Tower Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles
21 Nov 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
A rendering for the 30-story project proposed for 222 West 2nd Street in Downtown LA shows a highly articulated tower with sections of grouped, projecting floor plates…
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CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016
4 Nov 2016 – Shanghai, China
The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner,…
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Updated W Hotel Los Angeles Proposal Features Massive Wrap-Around LED Screen
19 Sep 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
An updated set of renderings for the proposed W Hotel Los Angeles development reveal the addition of a massive wrap-around LED screen that will envelop the lower…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Chicago's Future Third Tallest Building
7 Sep 2016 – Chicago, United States
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 7 for Chicago’s future third tallest tower. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to break ground at the site of the upcoming…
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Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower
16 Aug 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
The OUE Skyspace is part of a $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 310-meter U.S. Bank Tower. The renovations include a Skyslide, which starts at the 70th…
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Chicago’s Vista Tower Expected to Begin Construction in August According to Developer
22 Jul 2016 – Chicago, United States
Construction of the supertall Vista Tower planned for Wacker Drive will begin in "the next week or two," its developer says. Initial site prep will come later in July,…
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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Nears Completion in Chicago
12 Jul 2016 – Chicago, United States
Work is wrapping up on the new home for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, soon to be Streeterville’s newest medical building. With construction progressing on time…
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U.S. Bank Tower’s Glass SkySlide Now Open in Los Angeles
28 Jun 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
The U.S. Bank Tower’s new SkySlide – a glass slide suspended 305 meters above downtown Los Angeles – is now open for business. The slide begins on the 70th floor of the…
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Chicago’s Upcoming Vista Tower Has Sold $200 Million in Condos Since March
7 Jun 2016 – Chicago, United States
According to sources, Lakeshore East’s upcoming supertall Vista Tower has sold $200 million worth of condominiums since March of 2016. The project is expected to break…
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Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status
17 May 2016 – Shanghai, China
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest…
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World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building
12 May 2016 – Shanghai, China
A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the…
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Shanghai Tower Pays Tribute to Workers with Wall of Honor
29 Apr 2016 – Shanghai, China
The names of over 4,000 workers, designers, and engineers who played a part in the design and construction of Shanghai Tower have been put on a new 60-meter-long Wall of…
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U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles Plans Glass-Bottomed “Skyslide”
2 Mar 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
The owners of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles are building a "Skyslide" as a part of a $50 million "Skyspace" renovation, transforming several floors of the building…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for the Hub on Causeway in Boston
29 Jan 2016 – Boston, United States
Developer representatives were joined by government officials on Wednesday, January 27 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the 139,255-square-meter Hub on Causeway…
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Shanghai Tower Has Completed, Now the Second-Tallest Building in the World
7 Jan 2016 – Shanghai, China
The CTBUH has recognized the completion of Shanghai Tower, which is now the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. The tower was finished…
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Port Authority Approves Subsidies for 2 World Trade Center in New York
11 Dec 2015 – New York City, United States
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan’s 2 World Trade Center. The subsidies will help the…
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London Shoreditch Hotel Gets Planning Permission
8 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
New York-based hotel giant Highgate Holdings has gained planning for a mixed-use hotel and commercial office scheme in Shoreditch High Street, East London. It will be…
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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Vista Tower
20 Nov 2015 – Chicago, United States
Plans for a $1 billion hotel and condominium tower that would be Chicago's third tallest skyscraper easily won approval on November 19 from the Chicago Plan Commission.…
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Downtown Pittsburgh’s Tower at PNC Plaza Set for October First Opening
24 Aug 2015 – Pittsburgh, United States
Downtown Pittsburgh's newest skyscraper is set for an October 1 opening. The date for the opening of the $400 million Tower at PNC Plaza was announced in an invitation…
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Plans Submitted for London Fringe Tower
3 Aug 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Gensler has announced plans for a 30-story tower in London’s East End after Hackney Council received an application for a 106-meter glass building on a 0.2-hectare site…
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New Designs Revealed for New York’s 2 World Trade Center
9 Jun 2015 – New York City, United States
New renderings have been revealed for 2 World Trade Center, which has been redesigned by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The new stacked design will incorporate prominent…
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Proposed Skyscraper Could Be Third-Tallest – or Fifth-Tallest – in Chicago
14 Apr 2015 – Chicago, United States
At 1,144 feet (350 meters), Wanda Vista would be eight feet taller than the city's current third-tallest building, the Aon Center, provided it conforms to the standards…
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Gensler Is Adding A Smaller Sibling To The JW Marriott At L.A. Live
20 Mar 2015 – Los Angeles, United States
Gensler has revealed a high-rise expansion of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles that would create the second largest hotel in California. The tower…
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Chinese Developer Breaks Ground on Second Phase of L.A.’s Metropolis Complex
23 Dec 2014 – Los Angeles, United States
Ground has been broken on phase two of the mixed-use Metropolis complex, which will introduce two 39-story towers containing approximately 670,000 square feet (62,000…
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Chinese Developer Plots Massive Skyscraper on Chicago River
18 Dec 2014 – Chicago, United States
Plans for the $900 million, mixed-use mega-tower, called Wanda Vista, boast impressive numbers — and beg the question about where the high-rise would rank among the…
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Folded Slabs of Columbia Medical Center Take Shape in New York City
18 Nov 2014 – New York City, United States
After having topped out in late September 2014, construction on the Columbia Medical + Graduate Education Building has moved into initial cladding work, with the first…
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Dates Set for McCormick Place Hotel and Arena Construction in Chicago
22 Aug 2014 – Chicago, United States
The 51-story hotel building at McCormick Place, set to be a Marriott Marquis with 1,200 rooms and considerable conference and event space, as well as the 10,000-seat…
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New Yorkers Can Control Two Skyscraper Lights with Mobile App
21 Aug 2014 – New York City, United States
Developer Douglas Durst is letting New Yorkers have controls to the lights atop two midtown skyscrapers — Bank of America Tower and 4 Times Square. Users can manipulate…
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Shanghai Tower Gets Finishing Touch
4 Aug 2014 – Shanghai, China
The final steel beam was installed on China’s soon-to-be tallest building, Shanghai Tower, with the skyscraper reaching its designed height of 632 meters. The 137-story…
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Los Angeles’ Tallest Building to Get Observation Deck
17 Jul 2014 – Los Angeles, United States
The U.S. Bank Tower will soon have an observation deck and sky-high restaurant catering to visitors to downtown Los Angeles. The deck will provide visitors with a…
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Wanda Group Plans 350-Meter High Rise in Chicago
9 Jul 2014 – Chicago, United States
Wanda Group intends to build a 350-meter high, 89-floor skyscraper, which would have a gross floor area of 131,400 square meters. The building would also house a 240-room…
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McCormick Place Redevelopment Plans Updated
17 Apr 2014 – Chicago, United States
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority revealed an updated master plan for the McCormick Place Convention Center district in Chicago, which will include a 55-…
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Hotel Alessandra to Boast a Top-Floor Lobby
27 Mar 2014 – Houston, United States
Developer Midway Companies and architect Gensler revealed designs for the Hotel Alessandra in downtown Houston. Though not especially tall, the hotel will revel in its 25…
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Half-Vacant U.S. Bank Building in L.A. Plans Reuse Reinvention
4 Mar 2014 – Los Angeles, United States
Overseas Union Enterprise, the developer that bought the U.S. Bank Building last year, has hired architecture firm Gensler to adapt the commercial building into a…
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Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt
17 Feb 2014 – Shanghai, China
The two daredevils who scaled the under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower have prompted tighter security controls from tall building owners, who previously authorized…
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Metropolis Development in L.A. Awards Construction Contract
10 Feb 2014 – Los Angeles, United States
Tishman Construction has been selected to manage and construct phase one of Greenland Group’s massive Metropolis development, which will infill a downtown city block that…
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Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure
28 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
Onward and upward, the Shanghai Tower has reached its final stages of construction, exceeding 600 meters, and is set to top off at 632 meters. Shanghai Tower will be one…
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Downtown Tower Gets Green Light
21 Jan 2014 – Houston, United States
Houston’s planned 34-story Capitol Tower is their first to receive LEED V4 Platinum pre-certification, the newest version of green building standards from the US Green…
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Shanghai Tower Plans to Hire Leasing Agent
8 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
The state-owned developer of Shanghai Tower, China’s next tallest building, is hiring a leasing agent to sell space in the building, a highly unusual move in China,…
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FT Evaluates Shanghai Tower’s Sustainability
26 Nov 2013 – Shanghai, China
A recent article from The Financial Times delves into the Shanghai Tower and its implications to Chinese society and its much-talked-about sustainability. The Shanghai…
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Lerch Bates to Design Façade Access System for China Supertall
15 Nov 2013 – Suzhou, China
Lerch Bates was awarded the contract to design the exterior building maintenance equipment system for China's future tallest building, the Suzhou Zhongnan Center. When…
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Funds Secured for Symphony Project
13 Nov 2013 – Honolulu, United States
A developer planning a high-rise project near downtown Honolulu has secured a $120 million construction loan and plans to start building this month. Developer Oliver…
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Construction Launched on Brookfield Place Calgary
30 Oct 2013 – Calgary, Canada
Construction has begun on Brookfield Place Calgary Tower One, a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper, set to become Calgary's tallest as well as Western Canada's tallest upon…
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Jon Pickard Details Milwaukee Tower’s Gestation
1 Oct 2013 – Milwaukee, United States
Following the announcement of the latest Pickard Chilton-designed tower, to be built in Milwaukee, The Wall Street Journal released an interview with co-founding…
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Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud
6 Sep 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai…
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Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping Out to Worldwide Fanfare
2 Aug 2013 – Shanghai, China
Topping out ceremonies for the Shanghai Tower were held in the Jujiazui financial hub of Shanghai on August 2. The ¥15 billion (US$2.4 billion) tower, whose concrete core…
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The Bow Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Calgary
6 Jun 2013 – Calgary, Canada
After being partially open for a few months, Calgary's tallest building celebrated its official grand opening Tuesday, June 4. At 238 meters (779 feet), the Foster +…
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Rehab Institute Tower Approved After Six Revisions
29 Apr 2013 – Chicago, United States
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has gained City Council approval for its Gensler-designed new research hospital tower in the Streeterville area of the city. The…
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Update: Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters
16 Apr 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters (1,643 feet) April 11, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao Building and the World Financial…
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Indonesian Investors Buy Half-empty US Bank Tower
12 Mar 2013 – Los Angeles, United States
Los Angeles's US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi, has sold for $367.5 million to Singapore-based hotel and property group Overseas Union…
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Popular Science on Shanghai Tower
19 Feb 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in…
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Window Washing in New York
31 Jan 2013 – New York City, United States
The latest issue of The New Yorker features an article about the challenges of washing windows in New York City. The article, "Life at the Top," reports that modern…
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Devon Tower Celebrates Grand Opening
24 Oct 2012 – Oklahoma City, United States
The 50-story Devon Energy Building, the tallest building completed in the U.S. this year, celebrated is official opening on Tuesday. The 844-foot (257-meter) Devon Tower…

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Gensler at CTBUH

“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Final Review

2 Dec 2016, Event Report – After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by Gensler,…

CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor

16-21 Oct 2016, Conference Sponsor – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place…

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2016 Conference Tour

15-22 Oct 2016, Tour Report – Students from the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2016…

Gensler at CTBUH

“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
Shanghai, China

Peter Weingarten

Peter Weingarten

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

David LeFevre

David LeFevre

CTBUH City Representative, 2014 – Present
Atlanta, United States

CTBUH Leaders at Gensler

Russell Gilchrist

Russell Gilchrist

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – 2014
Shanghai, China

Peter Weingarten

Peter Weingarten

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

David LeFevre

David LeFevre

CTBUH City Representative, 2014 – Present
Atlanta, United States

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, 2014 – Present
Shanghai, China

Lewis Knight

Lewis Knight

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – 2015
San Francisco, United States

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

Xiaomei Lee

Xiaomei Lee

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2014 – 2015
Shanghai, China

Sasha Zeljic

Sasha Zeljic

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

Frederick Liu

Frederick Liu

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Elizabeth Michalska

Elizabeth Michalska

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Michael Peng

Michael Peng

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2012
Shanghai, China

Ray Shick

Ray Shick

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Shanghai, China

Benedict J. Tranel

Benedict J. Tranel

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014
San Francisco, United States

Jun Xia

Jun Xia

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2012

Jim Keen

Jim Keen

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

Grant Uhlir

Grant Uhlir

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2016
Chicago, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving Gensler

Zhongnan Center Elevator System and Elevator Evacuation Design

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Xiaomei Lee & Frederick Liu, Gensler

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 5 - Q & A

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

The ROI of User Experience

17 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler

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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

Designing a Data-Driven, Humanistic High-Rise

Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II
Ben Tranel & Hao Ko, Gensler

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Videos

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

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 22 Completed25 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 6 Completed5 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 8 Years
Most Common Function office, 26 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 18 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

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

Tall Buildings Involving Gensler