on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 10th World Congress will take place
from October 28 to November 2 in Chicago and the organization is planning the 50th
Anniversary Congress Dinner, which will be held on October 30.
CTBUH, the evening will be a modern interpretation of the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball
in New York, where titans from the building industry came dressed as the
buildings they had created.”
will have a full cocktail hour and a multi-course menu. To add to the fun of
the evening, there will also be a VIP photo backdrop and some props to help capture
the perfect picture.
be an article of clothing, a full-blown outfit or anything in between. CTBUH
will award a US$1,000 prize for best costume on the night of the dinner.
In order to
win, participants must register
for the competition ahead of time.
In recognition of its founding in 1969, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has spent 2019 looking at the past five decades of skyscraper construction and development, as well as imagining what the next five decades might bring — hence, its 50th anniversary theme, “50 Forward | 50 Back.” The celebration will come to a head at the end of this month with the CTBUH 10th World Congress in Chicago. As in previous events, the congress will feature workshops, presentations, panel discussions and a symposium. The special focus, however, will be “The 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years,” a global roster of landmark structures that, each in its own way, “represented a significant change in thinking or technique” from what came before. The list includes 1969’s 875 North Michigan Avenue (the former John Hancock Center) in Chicago; the Lotte World Tower in Seoul (2017) and the Burj Khalifa (2010), Dubai’s awe-inspiring megatall. Whether it was construction technique, environmental friendliness or outside-the-box architectural design, each building on the list had a notable role in advancing the art and science of the skyscraper, one of humankind’s most iconic creations.
CTBUH is expecting more than 1,500 delegates from at least 45 countries to attend the congress, which opens on October 28. An online registration portal will be open until October 18, so there’s still time to sign up. For more information or to register, visit the CTBUH website’s 2019 program page.
An event to promote the debut of a new Olympic sport featured a Polish
man racing an elevator in a seven-story race.
Marcin Dzienski, a speed climbing specialist, scaled a Warsaw hotel as a
neon-lit elevator rose next to him. The 26-year-old climbed a 23-m (75-ft)
plexiglass wall and hit the top after 12.12 seconds, with the elevator close
Speed climbing is one of three climbing disciplines that will be included
in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Dzienski was the world champion
in a 2016 event.