London Facts

150m+ Buildings 17 Completed14 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed
Tallest Building The Shard (306 m)
Global Ranking #52 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #3 in Europe by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Country Ranking #1 in UK by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building NatWest Tower (1980)
Average Building Age 13 years
Most Common Function Office, 52%
Most Common Material Composite, 54%

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings.

Buildings See All Buildings in City

1   The Shard 2013 306 m
2   22 Bishopsgate 2019 278 m
3   One Canada Square 1991 236 m
4   Landmark Pinnacle 2020 233 m
5   110 Bishopgate 2011 230 m
6   The Leadenhall Building 2014 224 m
7   Newfoundland 2018 220 m
8   Valiant Tower 2020 215 m
9   One Park Drive 2019 205 m
10   25 Canada Square 2002 201 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   The Shard 2013 306 m
2   No. 1 Undershaft - 290 m
3   22 Bishopsgate 2019 278 m
4   One Canada Square 1991 236 m
5   Spire London 2020 235 m
6   Landmark Pinnacle 2020 233 m
7   110 Bishopgate 2011 230 m
8   The Leadenhall Building 2014 224 m
9   Canary Wharf North Quay R01 - 222 m
10   150 Leadenhall - 220 m
  Completed   Under Constr.   Proposed

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CTBUH Initiatives

2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings
21 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Tour Report

CTBUH UH/UD 2017 Global Walking Tour
14 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Event Invite

A Day in the Life of the Shard
26 Jun 2017 – Event Invite

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2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings
21 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its fourth annual Global Walking Tours, which took place in 15 cities around the world.
Tall Timber: A Global Audit
26 Jun 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH has produced its latest Tall Buildings in Numbers research study, entitled "Tall Timber: A Global Audit."
CTBUH UK Learns About "A Day in the Life of The Shard"
26 Jun 2017, London – Event Report
An audience of 100 streamed into the Warwick Business School on the 17th floor of the Shard, to hear about the challenges of operating the tallest building in Western Europe.
CTBUH Releases Initial Statement on Grenfell House Fire in London
14 Jun 2017, London – CTBUH-Related News Report
CTBUH Fellow Simon Lay authored an official statement on behalf of the CTBUH regarding the devastating Grenfell House fire that occurred in London on June 14.
CTBUH UK & ZHA: Tall Towers as Catalysts for Social Interaction
8 May 2017, London – Event Report
Zaha Hadid Architects and CTBUH UK hosted an event in the ZHA gallery space, featuring presentations and a panel discussion on tall towers as catalysts for social intercation.
Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
Global Twilight Walking Tours
25 Aug 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH UH/UD Committee organized its third annual Global Walking Tours in 13 cities around the world, examining public spaces in a twilight setting.
Tall Building Fire Safety Network Meeting & Seminar
22 Jun 2016, London – Event
Tall Building Fire Safety Network Meeting & Seminar will be held in Excel and it will collectively advance the understanding of fire risk management in tall buildings.
Motorsport Technology Transferred to the Design of Towers
10 Feb 2016, London – Event Report
A discussion on the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics, a successful technology in motorsport and aerospace, to architecture and tall buildings.
Does London Need Tall Buildings?
7 Oct 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter hosted a successful panel discussion posing the question "Does London need tall buildings?" at Grimshaw's Clerkenwell studio.
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.
Rights of Light Breakfast Seminar
10 Sep 2015, London – Event Report
CTBUH UK and legal firm Fieldfisher held a successful event entitled Rights of Light, which featured presentations covering the age-old topic of access to light in dense cities.
3rd International Tall Building Fire Safety Network Conference
8-10 Jul 2015, London – Event
Join the 3rd International Tall Building Fire Safety Network Conference on discussions on fire safety, fire detection and alarm, fire escape and evacuation, security and more!
CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter Launches in London
17 Jun 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter launched with an event at London’s BT Tower. Topics of discussion included a surge in high-rise construction in the city, and sustainability.
Tall Building Fire Safety Management Course, London
18-22 May 2015, London – Event
The Tall Building Fire Safety Management Training Course is packed with useful tools and techniques for those tasked with management, delivered over 5 days.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
CTBUH Interviews Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten from OMA
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for…
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over…
2013 London Conference Report
Nov 2013, London – CTBUH Publication
The London Conference review covers the “Height and Heritage” conference, held in London from June 11-13, including panels, presentations, social networking events and technical tours.
The Barbican Exhibition: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects
24 Sep 2013, London – Event
An exhibition of rare photographs taken by CP&B and watercolours by Powell. The first display in a series exploring the architecture and design of the Barbican.
30 St. Mary Axe Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Since its completion in 2004, 30 St. Mary Axe has become a firm favorite, referred to by Londoners as “The Gherkin.” Incorporating multiple green features it set a new standard for high-rise design in…
20 Fenchurch Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Set to complete in 2014, 20 Fenchurch Street is already a feature of the London skyline. The 38-story, 177-meter tower has been nicknamed “The Walkie Talkie” because of its distinctive shape.
The Leadenhall Building Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Developed by British Land and Oxford Properties, The Leadenhall Building is an exceptionally complex, 52-story engineering project undergoing construction in the heart of the City of London.
London Walking Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
To truly gain an understanding of how to reconcile “Height and Heritage” one of the best options was to accompany the man whose job it is to do just exactly that. Peter Wynne Rees has been the chief…
Lloyd's Building Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Lloyd’s Building received strong opposition after its completion, and almost 30 years later, it still remains a very recognizable building in London.
Thames Boat Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Thames Boat Tour started at Westminster Pier which lies below Westminster Palace and opposite County Hall and the London Eye.
2013 London Conference: Height & Heritage
11-13 Jun 2013, London – Conference
In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities seen as “anti-tall.”
Centre Point Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The historic Centre Point tower is an exceptional example of architecture completed in 1967. Originally built as a speculative office building, it now stands as a historically significant building.
Willis Building Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The tour of 51 Lime Street, known as the Willis Building, started with a trip straight to the top floor and was quick to impress the delegates with a first stop at the 23rd floor’s expansive balcony…
Canary Wharf Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
A tour of Canary Wharf is an object lesson in the kind of place-making that can stem from the exploitation of an increasing rarity and developer’s delight: a 100-acre blank space in a major…
Heron Tower Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Heron Tower is a world-class office building at the heart of London’s financial district. Stretching 230 meters into the London skyline, the 46-story building is the tallest in the City of London.
Tower 42 Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The tallest building in the United Kingdom from 1980 until 1991 and the first major skyscraper in the City of London, Tower 42 encapsulates the theme of the conference: Height and Heritage.
Broadgate Tower Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Broadgate Tower was the first tower building in the City designed specifically for the speculative market.
St. Paul’s Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
A fortunate few were able to fully embrace “Height and Heritage” in the tour of St Paul’s. This tour provided a unique look at the history and structure of St Paul’s.
CTBUH Publishes Case Study on The Leadenhall Building in London
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London, but it also springs forward with an innovative…
Richard Pilkington of Oxford Properties Presents at London Conference
11 Jun 2013 – Video & PPT
The recent global economic turmoil that was experienced by all those involved in the design and construction industry has certainly left its mark on the world of the developer. London, which at that…
World Architecture News Interviews Conference Speakers
May 2013, London – CTBUH In the Media
Fifteen architects, engineers, and industry experts, set to speak at the CTBUH Conference in London 11-13 June, talk to World Architecture News about building tall.
London Conference Steering Committee Meeting
20 Mar 2013, London – Event Report
The Steering Committee for the 2013 CTBUH London Conference convened to discuss and confirm the final details of the Conference including the speakers, sponsorship, and tours.
London 2013 Steering Committee Meeting
4 Dec 2012, London – Event Report
Thirty members of the London 2013 Steering Committee, representing developers and a wide range of industry disciplines, met to discuss themes and strategies for the upcoming conference.
London Report: Bucking a Western Trend?
Jul 2011, London – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood visited the UK in July for the inaugural meeting of a future CTBUH UK Chapter and other endeavors.
Shard London Bridge Visit
23 Jan 2011, London – Tour Report
While in London, CTBUH’s Jan Klerks took the opportunity to visit the city's future tallest building; the Shard London Bridge, currently rising next to London Bridge Station.
Foster + Partners on Sustainability in their Projects
3 Feb 2010 – Conference Video & PPT
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997)…
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.
2006 London Conference: Talking Tall 2
25 Sep 2006, London – Conference
Tall buildings are seen as a solution to high demand for city center space, as a tool for urban regeneration and as crucial landmarks to boost the brand identities of towns and cities.
2001 London Conference: Technology, Livability, Productivitiy
9-12 Dec 2001, London – Conference
Conference held in London in 2001 on Technology, Livability and Productivity in buildings for the 21st century.

Global News

London Mayor Rejects Most Skyline Campaign Proposals
6 Oct 2014 – London‘s Mayor Boris Johnson has largely rejected…

Prince Charles to UK Cities: “Abandon Skyscraper Plans”
27 Mar 2014 – Prince Charles, never a fan of modern architecture…

Approval of Skyscraper to Bring "Gotham" to London
20 Feb 2014 – Plans for a 170-meter skyscraper at 40 Leadenhall…

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London Mayor Rejects Most Skyline Campaign Proposals
6 Oct 2014
London‘s Mayor Boris Johnson has largely rejected the proposals by the Skyline campaign, organized by the Architects’ Journal and the Observer, which aimed to introduce…
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Prince Charles to UK Cities: “Abandon Skyscraper Plans”
27 Mar 2014
Prince Charles, never a fan of modern architecture, has now taken aim at London’s penchant for building tall residences for the wealthy while a housing shortage is in…
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Approval of Skyscraper to Bring "Gotham" to London
20 Feb 2014
Plans for a 170-meter skyscraper at 40 Leadenhall Street, which has been nicknamed the “Batman Building,” have been recommended for approval by the City of London’s…
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Solution Planned for Walkie Scorchie's Rays
13 Feb 2014
The owners of 20 Fenchurch, more recently known as “the Walkie-Scorchie” because of its ability to bend and concentrate light toward the street below, have proposed a…
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One Blackfriars Opens Sales Office in Dubai
12 Feb 2014
One Blackfriars, a 165-meter residential tower developed by Berkeley Group, has opened a sales office in Dubai to market the residences directly to an increased global…
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Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date
10 Feb 2014
The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel…
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Why Does a Stunning Skyscraper's Interior Often Disappoint?
5 Feb 2014
In a recent opinion piece, the matter was contemplated: why do spectacular skyscrapers, such as the Gherkin or Shard, often have lackluster interior space? Explored is…
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One St. George Wharf Complete
30 Jan 2014
The 180-meter structure that is set to become London’s tallest residential development has finished construction, according to designer Broadway Malyan. The Tower, One St…
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Technology Executive Plunges from Canary Wharf Skyscraper
29 Jan 2014
An American banker, working for J.P. Morgan at its London headquarters at 25 Bank Street in Canary Wharf, fell from the 33rd story to his death on the 9th-story roof. A…
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Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below
28 Jan 2014
Three restaurants with sky-high views in the Shard were listed as the most visited in London, despite the lack of occupants in the rest of the building. However, the…
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Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower
16 Jan 2014
A new Renzo Piano-designed tower is joining the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood; less than a year after the completion of The Shard. The "new" 27-story tower will be a…
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Greenland Investing in Two London Towers
9 Jan 2014
Chinese real-estate giant Greenland Group is planning to build two high-rises in East London, one of which will be the tallest building in Canary Wharf; the other will…
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Empress State to be Converted to Residential Use
19 Dec 2013
A planning application has been submitted to convert the 120-meter Empress State Building in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from office to residential use,…
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Pinnacle Lives to Fight Another Day
12 Dec 2013
The “unbuildable” Pinnacle may soon return to life, according to The Independent. The development of the 63-story skyscraper had been halted in 2011 due to concerns about…
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Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower
10 Dec 2013
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a 56-story cylindrical skyscraper as part of a nine-hectare masterplan for London’s Canary Wharf, according to Dezeen.…
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RSH+P Takes School of Economics Student Tower Competition
2 Dec 2013
The London School of Economics has selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) to design the new Global Centre for the Social Sciences. Beating proposals from OMA,…
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Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower
27 Nov 2013
Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael…
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New Bondway Tower Design Unveiled
26 Nov 2013
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed its design for the New Bondway tower at London's Vauxhall interchange. The 551-foot (168-meter) tower replaces an…
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Tower v. Club Decision Delayed
21 Nov 2013
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has postponed his final decision on the controversial planning application for the Eileen House site at Elephant and Castle until December…
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Developer Proposes UK's Tallest Housing Tower
20 Nov 2013
An Irish developer plans to build the tallest residential tower in the UK on a site in the city's Canary Wharf area. Ryan Corp. UK has paid ₤100 million (US$160 million)…
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Tower Plays Part in Gaming Marketing
19 Nov 2013
The iconic OXO Tower on London's South Bank has undergone a transformation in a marketing stunt for the forthcoming launch of Sony's PlayStation 4. A team of rappellers…
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Solution Close for Walkie Scorchie
19 Nov 2013
Land Securities is close to solving the incendiary solar glare problem for the Walkie Talkie, its landmark 37-story glass office block in the City of London. The…
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Aggregate Paper Looks Deeply into 30 St Mary Axe's Design
18 Nov 2013
A recent academic paper, originally published on Aggregate's website, examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners. Author Jonathan Massey…
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Allies and Morrison Tower Scheme On Its Way
31 Oct 2013
Work has begun on the Ealing Arcadia shopping center, a ₤6 million (US$9.6 million) renovation project designed by Allies and Morrison, which is also set to include a…
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Lend Lease Seeks Heygate Estate Approval
29 Oct 2013
Lend Lease has submitted detailed plans for the first 360 homes at the Heygate Estate, part of the ₤1.5 billion (US$241 billion) regeneration of Elephant and Castle in…
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Galliard Launches Baltimore Tower
21 Oct 2013
Galliard Homes has officially launched sales for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's curvaceous Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf. Occupying a section of the city's Crossharbour…
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Chinese Investors Purchase One Chase Manhattan Plaza
21 Oct 2013
The Chinese firm Fosun International Ltd., one of the largest private-investment companies in China, has purchased One Chase Manhattan Plaza. Fosun will pay JPMorgan…
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PLP's Southwark Towers Plan Wins Approval
16 Oct 2013
A development of nine new multi-story buildings on the South Bank in London has been given planning permission. The Southwark Council gave PLP Architecture the go-ahead…
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Wilkinson Eyre Ties Up City Deal
15 Oct 2013
Wilkinson Eyre has won a competition to design a development for the Mitsubishi Estate Company (MEC) in the City of London at a site stretching from 150 Leadenhall Street…
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Refinancing Deal Saves Heron Tower From Sale
4 Oct 2013
Heron Tower has reportedly sealed a ₤370 million (US$594 million) refinancing deal to prevent a sale of the building. The deal includes a ₤270 million (US$434 million)…
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Developers Launch Tower at Triangular Site
1 Oct 2013
Developers have set in motion plans to build a tower as tall as 672 feet (205 meters) at a triangular site at 30 Marsh Wall, near Canary Wharf, approximately 1,640 feet (…
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CTBUH Leader Addresses High-Rise Living in London
30 Sep 2013
CTBUH Research Working Group Co-Chair Philip Oldfield has written an editorial for The Guardian, expounding upon the benefits of high-rise living and the necessary steps…
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Cheesegrater Attracts New Tenants
17 Dec 2012
The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm…
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Plans Released for London’s Shell Development Centre
13 Dec 2012
Developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have released preliminary plans and renderings of their proposed transformation of the Shell Centre campus on London’s South…
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Students Compete to Design Temporary Timber Stadium Tower
12 Dec 2012
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Videos

Exploring Geometry and Form in Tall Buildings
19 Oct 2016 – Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre

CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Plenary 5: Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings Q&A
19 Oct 2016 – Vince Pirrello, Woods Bagot; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre; William Murray, Wordsearch; David Tickle, HASSELL

CTBUH Video Interview – Stefan Krummeck
18 Oct 2016 – Stefan Krummeck, Farrells

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Exploring Geometry and Form in Tall Buildings
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre, presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 5: "Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings"…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Plenary 5: Beyond Guangzhou: Other Settings Q&A
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Vince Pirrello, Woods Bagot; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre; William Murray, Wordsearch; David Tickle, HASSELL
Wendsday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Vince Pirrello of Woods Bagot; Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre; William Murray of Wordsearch and David Tickle of HASSELL…
CTBUH Video Interview – Stefan Krummeck
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Stefan Krummeck, Farrells
Stefan Krummeck of Farrells is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Stefan discusses the high density development patterns of Hong Kong…
Shifting Urban Gravity, from “Central to Core” Business Districts
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Tim Blackburn, Swire Properties
In the age of the multi-million inhabitant city, the concept of a single, concentrated Central Business District is increasingly becoming unsustainable. As we are seeing…
The Largest Megacity in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding…
X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation outlined X-Information Modeling or XIM, a method of data-driven decision-making for the design of tall buildings. Developed over its application on more…
City Hubs
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Keith Griffiths, Aedas
Our lives are adapting to a convenient, vibrant, and connected live-work dynamic, and our cities must change and respond to those new requirements. Much of the urban…
CTBUH Video Interview – Eric Parry
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects
Eric Parry of Eric Parry Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Eric discusses the design process of 1 Undershaft within the…
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.
CTBUH Video Interview – Keith Griffiths
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Keith Griffiths, Aedas
Keith Griffiths of Aedas is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Chris discusses the concept of city hubs and the methodology of…
CTBUH Video Interview – Tim Neal
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Tim Neal, Arcadis
Tim Neal of Arcadis is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Tim discusses the benefits of locating mixed-use projects near transportation…
Europe's Tallest: The Shard
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property
London is considered one of the world’s safest harbors for investment capital. However, it has also been one of the lightning rods in the rapidly developing debate over…
Interview: Matthew Richards
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Matthew Richards, JLL
Matthew Richards of JLL is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Matthew discusses the flow of international…
Interview: Cormac MacCrann
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Cormac MacCrann, Canary Wharf Group
Cormac MacCrann of Canary Wharf Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Cormac discusses about the…
Interview: David Partridge
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; David Partridge, Argent
David Partridge of Argent is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. David discusses .
Interview: Irvine Sellar
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property
Irvine Sellar of Sellar Property is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Irvine discusses the design in the…
Challenges and Benefits of Integrating Public Space into Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
The integration of publicly accessible amenities into tall buildings is a desirable approach to expand the use of a given building to ever-broader segments of the…
Managing the Risk of Fire in Future Tall Building Environments
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Russ Timpson, Horizonscan
As urban communities become more densely populated and emergency access potentially more problematic, there will be a growing need to address the risks associated with…
Modernization: Renewing the Lifecycle of Vertical Transportation
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Franz Arnold, Schindler Elevators
Traditionally much of the focus in the tall building sector has been centered on the ground breaking technology being put in place for the pioneering “Skyscrapers of…
Will London's recent tall buildings ever develop a "heritage" status?
May 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival; Richard Pilkington, Oxford Properties; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics
Industry leaders answering this question include: Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival; Richard Pilkington, Oxford Properties; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London; Irvine…
Best Tall Building Europe: The Shard: Building Europe’s Tallest
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Bill Price, WSP; Dave Elder, Mace
The winner of the Best Tall Building Europe award, The Shard is both heroic on the skyline and beautifully executed at the scale of the pedestrian, and clearly…
Interview: The Shard
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Bill Price, WSP; Dave Elder, Mace
Dave Elder and Bill Price discuss The Shard, the Best Tall Building Europe Winner. They discuss the lengthy process of designing the building and then getting it through…
Constructing Tall Buildings in the European Context
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Paul Chandler, Skanska
When creating tall buildings in cities with centuries worth of history, does the past take precedence or does the future? For a contractor or developer sensitive to the…
Digital Engineering – Transforming Tall Buildings
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke
Tall buildings, in congested city centers, often combine major civil, structural, and services challenges and opportunities. Construction can cause major noise and…
Future Proofing Tall
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects
The sensitivities of designing a new building in an old city are considerable: acknowledging the heritage of a location without creating a pastiche; providing a new layer…
London and Beyond: Regionalism and the British Skyscraper
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Ian Simpson, Ian Simpson Architects
There are very few architects who have built tall buildings across numerous cities in the UK, and yet several cities outside London have enthusiastically embraced the…
Session 14: Tall Buildings vs. Heritage
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival; Peter Murray, English Heritage; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics; Simon Thurley, London's Centre for the Built Environment
Is the skyscraper an appropriate building typology for cities with hundreds – or thousands – of years of architectural history? Are there other ways to satisfy a city’s…
The Importance of the Skyscape
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
With major cities throughout the world, it is not just the streetscape that is important but the skyscape – the view of the skyline from a distance – that is of equal…
Interview: London Development
12 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Steve McGuckin, Turner & Townsend
Steve McGuckin of Turner & Townsend is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Steve talks about the current…
Interview: The Shard
12 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property
Irvine Sellar of Sellar Property is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Irvine talks about the process of getting…
Interview: 20 Fenchurch
12 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Rafael Viñoly of Rafael Viñoly Architects is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Rafael talks about Battery Park…
The Gherkin: Owning an Icon
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Kent Gardner, Evans Randall
30 St. Mary Axe, or the “Gherkin,” as it is more affectionately known, is arguably the most iconic tall building in existence in London. Embraced into national marketing…
The Leadenhall Building: Developed for London
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Richard Pilkington, Oxford Properties
The recent global economic turmoil that was experienced by all those involved in the design and construction industry has certainly left its mark on the world of the…
City Planning and Tall Buildings: Custodian to 4000 Years of History
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London
The City of London has been at the center of the debate on "tall versus historic" over the past two decades, as witnessed by a number of now evocative words: Gherkin, St…
Breaking the Mold while Embracing Context in Historic Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
The pieces of architecture which we place in cities are not singular objects but parts of a greater whole – which, once existing, will either function well in their…
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Kamran Moazami, WSP; John Kilpatrick, RWDI
Historic cities present challenges for tall buildings. There are issues with urban landscape, viewing corridors, adjacent structures, confined access, buildability, and…
From London to Chicago: The Willis Group and Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group
From the 1970’s seminal Willis Faber Dumas Ipswich building, through 51 Lime Street London (winner of the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Europe award), to the Willis (ex-…
Matching Occupier and Landlord Needs: Supply and Demand in Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Nigel Biggs & Nigel Smith, CBRE
As employee habits increasingly change and alternative workplace solutions become a reality, what do tenants want from their tall buildings and how is this affecting…
Reaching New Heights: The Shard
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property
There was perhaps no better example of a tall building that encapsulates the overall conference theme than The Shard. Subject to numerous planning enquiries and great…
Session 10: Developing High-Rise Living in the European Context
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Angela Brady, Harry Handelsman, John Mizon & Paul Monaghan
An increase in high-rise living in traditionally commerce-focused urban centers has been a key urban trend in cities across the entire globe. This has great possible…
Vital Signs, Vital Statistics – The Impact of Shape on Tower Economics
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting
Shape, more than anything, drives the cost of tall buildings; but to what extent does cost drive shape? The particular constraints of historic environments like London…
Interview: Community in Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Angela Brady, RIBA
Angela Brady of RIBA is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Angela talks about the importance of social aspects in…
Interview: Manhattan Loft Gardens
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Harry Handelsman, Manhattan Loft Corporation
Harry Handelsman of Manhattan Loft Corporation is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Harry talks about the…
Interview: Heritage and Future of London Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Kamran Moazami, WSP
Kamran Moazami of WSP Group is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Kamran discusses the history of the high-rise in…
Interview: Identity of British Architecture
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Paul Monaghan, AHMM
Paul Monaghan of AHMM is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Paul talks about the identity of British architects…
Interview: Leadenhall Building
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Richard Pilkington, Oxford Properties
Richard Pilkington of Oxford Properties is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Richard talks about how the Canadian…
Interview: High-Rises and the Urban Environment
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture
Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Lee talks about the evolution of London and…
Interview: The Shape of Modern London
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London
Peter Wynne Rees of City of London is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Peter discusses the success of London,…
Interview: Building Taller over Time
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Robert Tavernor of London School of Economics and Political Science is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Robert…
Interview: Building Systems
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Vince Ugarow, Hilson Moran
Vince Ugarow of Hilson Moran is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Vince talks about building systems including…
Interview: BREEAM and LEED
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
Steve Watts of AECOM Davis Langdon is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Steve discusses the value of different…
Embodied Carbon and High-Rise
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This presentation examines the significance of embodied energy and carbon in tall buildings. It presents the life-cycle carbon analysis (including both operational and…
Interview: Leadenhall Building
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; David Scott, Laing O'Rourke
David Scott of Laing O'Rourke is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. David talks about prefabrication of…
The Sustainable City
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; David Nelson, Foster + Partners
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank…
2009 Best Tall Building Award Winners: Broadgate Tower, London, UK
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Timothy Poell, SOM
Timothy Poell, SOM presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by conferring…
The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
Davis Langdon’s cost model for tall buildings is a seminal reference tool in the industry. In addition, a complimentary reference for sustainable-economics in the context…
Towards More Sustainable Tall Buildings
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ken Dalton & Richard John, AECOM / Faber Maunsell
Ken Dalton of AECOM, presented his view that sustainability outcomes will only be fully successful if sustainability priorities are shared by the planners, investors,…
The Tall Building, Reconsidered...
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan and Jeremy Melvin, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Simon Allford and Paul Monaghan, of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, highlighted the surprising revival of tall buildings in the UK since the late 1990s, through the work of…
Steel-Concrete-Steel: Unique Hybrids at London Tallest
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Kamran Moazami, John Parker and Rodolfo Giannini, WSP Cantor Seinuk
Kamran Moazami, WSP Cantor Seinuk, showed the structural engineering design approach used to create the iconic tower named the ‘Shard at London Bridge’ (Architect: Renzo…
It’s Not What You Build, But the Place Where You Build It: Urban Sustainability in London
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Rees, City of London
Peter Wynne Rees of the City of London Corporation, mentioned that the three factors to ensure successful property acquisitions and sustainable developments have always…

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How does the 21st Century youth culture of social media integrate and merge with an ever increasing tech savvy senior population? As our cities and urban environments…
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The New Super Skinny Skyscraper Trend: Some Wind Engineering Considerations
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A new and almost unprecedented model for skyscrapers is currently being explored within the Manhattan real estate market: these are the so-called super slender ultra-…
A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design
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Megacities: Setting the Scene
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The Other Side of Tall Buildings: The Urban Habitat
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Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings
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The New Context of Tall
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Case Study: The Leadenhall Building, London
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Building Tall in a 2,000-Year-Old City
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Engineering Tall in Historic Cities: The Shard
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Recently, Asia has witnessed an astonishing proliferation of high-rise buildings. Towers are growing in numbers and in height which presents enormous opportunities and…
Embodied Carbon and High-Rise
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
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Integrating Wind Turbines in Tall Buildings
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Having devised tall building strategies for Rotterdam, Dublin and London, he is the kind of guy who is called in as cities start to think about adding tall buildings. As…
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May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Joana Gonçalves, Universidade de São Paulo (FAUUSP); Klaus Bode, BDSP Partnership
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Tall Timber Buildings: Applications of Solid Timber Construction in Multistory Buildings
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Standing nine floors and 29 meters (95ft) tall, the Stadtaus in London is indeed not very tall when regarded by height, but it does stand out as one of the tallest timber…
The Origin of the Skyscraper
Feb 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; Gerard Peet, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
The modern skyscraper is generally considered to be an American invention. Chicago and New York claim they once hosted the world's first skyscraper and many American…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Economics of High-rise
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The Tall Building, Reconsidered.....
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan & Jeremy Melvin, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris LLP
This paper examines the surprising revival of tall buildings in the UK since the late 1990s, through the work of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Founded in 1989 by four…
Towards More Sustainable Tall Buildings
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ken Dalton & Richard John, AECOM
The paper covers with the view that sustainability outcomes will only be fully successful if sustainability priorities are shared by the planners, investors, developers,…
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Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Rees, City of London Corporation
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