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Innovative Project Would be Seattle’s Second Tallest Building

Innovative Project Would be Seattle’s Second Tallest Building

9 Jul 2015, Seattle – A local team is hatching plans for Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper, built around an…

NBBJ London Proposal Offers A Solution To Skyscraper Shadows

NBBJ London Proposal Offers A Solution To Skyscraper Shadows

13 Mar 2015, London – NBBJ is offering a solution to the issue of shadows in dense urban areas. Using computer…

New Proposal Promises 54-Story Tower for Cleveland

New Proposal Promises 54-Story Tower for Cleveland

9 Jan 2015, Cleveland – A residential tower at the nuCLEus project in the downtown area could stand 54 stories…

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Innovative Project Would be Seattle’s Second Tallest Building
9 Jul 2015 – Seattle, United States
A local team is hatching plans for Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper, built around an unconventional atrium that would bathe the interior offices with natural light and…
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NBBJ London Proposal Offers A Solution To Skyscraper Shadows
13 Mar 2015 – London, United Kingdom
NBBJ is offering a solution to the issue of shadows in dense urban areas. Using computer modeling, architects have figured out a design that would reduce the shadows cast…
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New Proposal Promises 54-Story Tower for Cleveland
9 Jan 2015 – Cleveland, United States
A residential tower at the nuCLEus project in the downtown area could stand 54 stories and 647 feet (197 meters) high, making it the city's fourth-tallest building. The…
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Design Update Adds Floors to Seattle’s Rainier Square
12 Nov 2014 – Seattle, United States
The developer behind Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper has proposed the addition of more floors for luxury apartments, which if built would be the highest in the city.…
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Rainer Square Tower Planned for Seattle
9 May 2014 – Seattle, United States
Wright Runstad says it will build a 50-story mixed-use tower, next to the Rainier Tower in downtown Seattle. The building, based on sketches released by the developer,…
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Moscow Accepting Proposals for Skyscraper Clusters
3 Mar 2014 – Moscow, Russia
Regional authorities in Moscow have allocated land for the development of skyscraper clusters in the style of Moscow-City, which are hoped to solve overcrowding of…
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China's High-Tech Vertical Campus to Foster Collaboration
23 Jan 2014 – Shenzhen, China
Internet company Tencent hired NBBJ, the same architects that designed Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, to create a corporate campus within two tall towers, yet will…

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NBBJ at CTBUH

CTBUH Florida: Tall Building Damping Technologies

25 Apr 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Florida held a presentation on Tall Building Damping Technologies at the…

Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony

25 Mar 2017, Event Report – CTBUH joined Torre Paseo Colón 2 officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard…

CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum

8 Nov 2016, Event Report – CTBUH Seattle organized and held their annual Fall Forum, this year on “Digital…

NBBJ at CTBUH

CTBUH Florida: Tall Building Damping Technologies
25 Apr 2017, Miami – Event Report
CTBUH Florida held a presentation on Tall Building Damping Technologies at the School of Architecture, University of Miami.
Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony
25 Mar 2017, San José – Event Report
CTBUH joined Torre Paseo Colón 2 officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Torre Paseo Colón 2 as the tallest building in Costa Rica.
CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum
8 Nov 2016, Seattle – Event Report
CTBUH Seattle organized and held their annual Fall Forum, this year on “Digital Technology in the Built Environment.”
CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.
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.
CTBUH Singapore: How to Improve Design and Build Efficiency
19 Jul 2016, Singapore – Event Report
CTBUH Singapore held its inaugural event at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, kindly supported by the BCA.
Seattle Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Seattle – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Seattle, gateway to Asia and icon of the Pacific Northwest, where they witnessed a showcase of tall building and technological innovation.
Nanjing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Nanjing – Tour Report
After getting the high speed train from Shanghai, delegates toured the Suning Gulou Ruicheng project, followed by a trip to the rooftop of one of its 250-meter office buildings.
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.
The Sustainability of Going Tall
28 Jul 2014, Seattle – Event
Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green lectures on “The Sustainability of Going Tall” as the first event in a series focusing on Seattle neighborhoods.
CTBUH Announces Next Chairman
4 Jun 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
David Malott has been confirmed to become the next Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Silver 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.
New York City Reps Stage First Event
31 Jul 2012, New York City – Event Report
More than 125 New York City professionals gathered on a rooftop terrace for the first event organized by the CTBUH’s New York steering committee.
CTBUH India: High-rise Building Technology
14 Jan 2012, New Delhi – Event Report
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson, of NBBJ, and CTBUH Advisory Group Member Ahmad Abdelrazaq, of Samsung, recently spoke at a CTBUH seminar on building technology.
Timothy Johnson Appointed Chairman of the CTBUH
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
At the 2011 World Conference active Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University passed the Chairman’s gavel to Timothy Johnson of NBBJ.
Chair-Elect Timothy Johnson Visits CTBUH HQ
Sep 2011, Chicago – Tour Report
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ, due to take over as CTBUH Chair in October 2011, visited the CTBUH headquarters recently for meetings with Executive Director Antony Wood and CTBUH staff.
Timothy Johnson Elected as Next CTBUH Chairman
1 Sep 2011, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Board of Trustees has elected Timothy Johnson to be the next Chairman of the CTBUH. He will succeed current Chairman Sang Dae Kim to lead the council and further its mission.
New CTBUH Trustees Peter Irwin and Tim J. Johnson
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Board of Trustees welcomes the support of two industry leaders: Peter Irwin, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., Canada and Tim J. Johnson, NBBJ, USA.
Singapore Visit
12-14 Aug 2009, Singapore – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood shares his recent experiences of a new and exciting Singapore which has, in a quiet, unpretentious way, been implementing social-urban policies.

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Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2011 – 2014
New York City, United States

Hui Shan (Sunny) Zheng

Hui Shan (Sunny) Zheng

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

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Los Angeles, United States

CTBUH Leaders at NBBJ

Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2011 – 2014
New York City, United States

Hui Shan (Sunny) Zheng

Hui Shan (Sunny) Zheng

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

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Los Angeles, United States

Arnold Lee

Arnold Lee

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

Jonathan  Wall

Jonathan Wall

CTBUH Conference, Steering Committee, 2016
Hong Kong, China

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CTBUH Resources Involving NBBJ

The Impact of Tech Companies in Rethinking the High-Rise Workplace

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Limited; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ

Tall Buildings and Context: Appropriate High Rise Vernaculars

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; Winy Maas, MVRDV; Yan Meng, Urbanus; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Jerry Yin, SOHO China Co. Ltd.

CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 3: Cities to Megacities: The Future Q & A

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti; Winy Maas, MVRDV

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The Impact of Tech Companies in Rethinking the High-Rise Workplace

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent

Cities to Megacities: Perspectives

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

How New Generations, Industries and Workplace Paradigms Are Redefining the Commercial High-Rise

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Timothy Johnson, NBBJ

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Videos

The Impact of Tech Companies in Rethinking the High-Rise Workplace
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Limited; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
While tech companies have traditionally located in suburbia due to lower property costs and the perceived security of intellectual property, they are now increasingly investing in cities to boost recruitment and stimulate innovation. As people and…
Tall Buildings and Context: Appropriate High Rise Vernaculars
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; Winy Maas, MVRDV; Yan Meng, Urbanus; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Jerry Yin, SOHO China Co. Ltd.
The issue of skyscraper form and expression being appropriate to cultural and social context is currently a hotly debated topic in China, as well as other parts of the world. Some believe that skyscrapers are starting to homogenize cities…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 3: Cities to Megacities: The Future Q & A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti; Winy Maas, MVRDV
October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China.Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Musuem; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent Holdings Limited; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti; Winy Maas, MVRDV, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference…
CTBUH Video Interview – Jonathan Ward
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
Jonathan Ward of NBBJ is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Johnathan discusses the design process behind the Tencent Seafront Towers in Shenzhen, China.
CTBUH Video Interview – Moira Moser
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Moira Moser, M Moser Associates
Moira Moser of M Moser Associates is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Moira discusses the planning of modern work spaces and how the integration of technology has altered the traditional notion of what the interior…
2015 New York Conference - Session 3c - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Michael George, JLL; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; and Rosemary Kennedy, Queensland University of Technology, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 3c: Social Issues.
How New Generations, Industries and Workplace Paradigms Are Redefining the Commercial High-Rise
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
This presentation will provide a data-driven analysis of building performance from three eras: the early 1900s, mid-twentieth century, and today. This longitudinal analysis will illustrate how buildings from each era speak to a particular aesthetic…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Day 3 Plenary - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Day 3 Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ, Mun Summ Wong of WOHA, Yang Wu of thr Bund Finance Center, & Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director / IIT / Tongji…
Tall Buildings as International Investments
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer Properties
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Council
Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ
James Robinson, Hongkong Land

The investment landscape for tall buildings varies considerably around the world, as was indicated by the diversity of perspectives in the panel “Tall Buildings as International Investments.” Mounib Hammoud, new CTBUH Trustee and CEO of Jeddah…
Interview: Tim Johnson
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Tim Johnson, NBBJ
Tim Johnson of NBBJ and the CTBUH outgoing chair is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
2012 Awards - Introduction & Welcome
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Antony Wood, Timothy Johnson & Rick Cook
Antony Wood (CTBUH Executive Director), Timothy Johnson (CTBUH Chairman), and Rick Cook (Awards Chair) welcome delegates and open the 3rd Annual Awards Symposium.
Plenary 3 - The Past, Present and Future of “the World’s Tallest” Q & A
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Session Chair Timothy Johnson moderates as the panel consisting of: Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corp.; David Bradford, Turner International; & Talal Al-Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Co. take questions from delegates.
A Tale of Tier Two Cities
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
The migration of Chinese residents to cities presents great challenges and opportunities. Large developments near the city core represent the best solution to the challenges of this urban migration, but the superblock must be configured with a strong…
Plenary 2: Supertall Technical & Urban Challenges Q & A
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Plenary 2 panelists including: ZhaoHui Jia, Greenland Group; Bert van de Linde, Permasteelisa Group; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; and Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman/NBBJ take questions from delegates.
The Synergy Tower: A New Typology for a Sustainable Future
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jonathan Ward, Partner, NBBJ
As the pressures of global urbanization and climate change continue to grow, dense high-rise development is increasingly viewed as a key tool for forging a more sustainable future. This presentation traces the drivers behind, and the evolution of,…
Track 13: Urban Issues Q & A
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Track 13 panelists including: James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture; and Jonathan Ward, NBBJ take questions from delegates.
Interview: Tall Construction in China
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Timothy discusses the future of tall construction in China and the role the Council will play in this expanding economy.
Exploration versus Efficiency: The Future of Korean Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Robert Mankin & Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
Through the examination of recent case studies, including projects for NHN, Samsung Electronics, and the Busan International Finance Center, NBBJ will explore the benefits and risks of these new influences, how they are impacting the way…
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.

Papers/Research

The Impact of Tech Companies in Rethinking the High-Rise Workplace
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ; Chao (Ivan) Wan, Tencent
Tencent, one of the world’s largest internet companies, is creating a high-rise headquarters in Shenzhen, China that overcomes the challenges of the traditional tall building. To do this, Tencent and the Corporate Headquarters design team abandoned…
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…
How New Generations, Industries and Workplace Paradigms Are Redefining the Commercial High-Rise
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
This paper will provide a data-driven analysis of building performance from three eras: the early 1900s, mid-twentieth century, and today. This longitudinal analysis will illustrate how buildings from each era speak to a particular aesthetic and…
A Tale of Tier Two Cities
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
The migration of Chinese residents to cities presents great challenges and opportunities. Large developments near the city core represent the best solution to the challenges of this urban migration, but the superblock must be configured with a strong…
Design Computation for the 21st Century High-Rise
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Nathan Miller, NBBJ
NBBJ projects will be used to showcase a variety of customized computational tools for different aspects of high rise design in the early stages of the design process. This paper will describe the capabilities for tools for master planning high-rise…
The Synergy Tower: A New Typology for a Sustainable Future
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jonathan Ward, NBBJ
As the pressures of global urbanization and climate change continue to grow, dense high-rise development is increasingly viewed as a key tool for forging a more sustainable future. At the same time, with the rise of the idea economy, many cities have…
The CTBUH Chairmanship
Nov 2011 – Sang Dae Kim, Korea University; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
Assuming the Chairman’s position in a not-for-profit organization is always an honorable matter, and especially so when that organization is focused on high-rise building.
Case Study: Capital City Towers, Moscow
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Yuri Starodubtsev, Capital Group; Joey Myers & Larry Goetz, NBBJ
As a pioneering project in Moscow, Capital City has forged many new pathways for the city’s real estate and construction industries. Through its integrated design and engineering, the project provides a model for mixed-use development, which remains…

NBBJ Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 30 Completed14 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 2 Completed
Average Building Age 9 Years
Most Common Function office, 21 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 18 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

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

Tall Buildings Involving NBBJ