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The Best Tall Buildings of 2019, According to the CTBUH

09:00 - 11 April, 2019
The Best Tall Buildings of 2019, According to the CTBUH, Salesforce Tower, San Francisco / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Image Jason O'Rear
Salesforce Tower, San Francisco / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Image Jason O'Rear

The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat have announced the winners of the 17th edition of the CTBUH Tall Building Awards. From 65 finalists, winners were chosen from several height ranges including Best Tall Building under 100 meters, Best Tall Building 100-199 meters, Best Tall Building 200-299 meters, and Best Tall Building over 400 meters. From these finalists, the CTBUH has also awarded the Best Tall Building award to Salesforce Tower (San Francisco) by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

15 Reasons why 2018 was a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

09:00 - 17 December, 2018
15 Reasons why 2018 was a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The CTBUH has released its Year in Review, charting the year’s tall building developments around the world. 2018 saw a record-breaking 18 supertall buildings (over 300 meters tall) built across the world, and 143 buildings of over 200 meters in height completed.

To quantify the extent to which architecture reached to the sky throughout the year, the CTBUH estimate that if each tall building completed in 2018 was laid end to end, it would exceed the entire length of the island of Manhattan; some 13 miles (21.6 kilometers).

CAF Launches Open Competition for New Chicago Headquarters

16:00 - 14 July, 2015
CAF Launches Open Competition for New Chicago Headquarters, Chicago skyline. Image © Flickr CC User Derek Key
Chicago skyline. Image © Flickr CC User Derek Key

The Chicago Architecture Foundation has launched an open international ideas competition for a facility that will include a new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition space for CAF; a new headquarters for the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH); a design and allied arts high school; and flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs. The project, dubbed the Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE) will a new kind of learning campus aimed to "equip young people to be stewards for the built environment of the 21st Century."

An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History

09:40 - 7 May, 2015
An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History, Japan's tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Japan's tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki

A new research study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), entitled Tall Buildings in Numbers – Japan: A History of Tall Innovations, examines the evolution of tall buildings in Japan since the 1960s. The study highlights key innovations in Japan’s skyline through a compilation of graphic representations, including a timeline of notable highrises, a scatterplot of towers over 150 meters and annual construction rates, and a comparison of skyscraper density with regional populations.

View the interactive charts after the break.

The World's Tallest Buildings Throughout History

08:00 - 26 March, 2015
The World's Tallest Buildings Throughout History, Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Colin Capelle
Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Colin Capelle

Graphic artist and designer Martin Vargic of Halcyon Maps has created a fascinating set of infographics that showcase both the cultural typologies of each continent's architecture as well as the evolution of its tallest buildings throughout history. Exploring the progression of height differences of the tallest buildings in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania, Vargic's visually-striking charts detail 5,000 years of building history, from ancient to modern times.

Check out the charts, after the break.

13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year

09:00 - 13 January, 2015
13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year, 2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco
2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco

This past year was a record-breaking season for skyscraper construction. According to a new survey by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 2014 saw the completion of 97 buildings that were at least 200 meters tall. Of those, 11 were 300 meters or taller, earning them the classification of “supertall.” These are the highest figures on record, with 2011, for example, seeing only 87 200-meters-plus buildings completed.

In addition, in 2014 the total height of completed buildings (23,333 meters) broke the 2011 record of 19,852 meters. With major countries like China becoming increasingly urbanized, and the world economy recovering from recession, the CTBUH expects that these numbers will only increase. See the details of CTBUH’s report, and learn what the numbers may predict about the future of skyscraper construction, after the break.

World's Tallest Buildings of 2013 Dominated by Asia

00:00 - 16 January, 2014
Courtesy of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats
Courtesy of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats

According to the latest Tall Trends Report, 73 buildings in excess of 200 meters were completed in 2013 worldwide, the second highest total only behind 2011 with 81 completions. The increase of completions from 2012 to 2013 continues a significant upward trend that, since 2000, has seen an astounding 318 percent increase in tall buildings.