Real Stories About Tall Buildings
|Yesterday, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's kicked off its yearly conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology on the near South Side. It may not be Dubai, but Chicago is still the home of the skyscraper and the site of one of the tallest buildings topped off in 2009: The Trump International Hotel and Tower.|
Panelists: CTBUH Chairman David Scott and The Trump Org's Eric Trump. Eric and colleague Andy Weiss said Chicago's phased occupancy codes have accelerated move-ins. He also noted the challenges of going green in a residential building. (You can't tell your condo owners when to turn out the lights.) Trump Tower was once slated to be the nation's tallest, but the company's second meeting about it was on September 11, 2001, and the idea of living more than 100 stories above ground seemed less appealing, Eric said.
Building a super-tall building starts with a tall coffee for Adrian Smith+ Gordon Gill Architecture's Leslie Ventsch and Brad Wilkins and Gehry Technologies' Sameer Kashyap. Leslie is designing an 8-story, 1M SF building in Abu Dhabi that will generate 103% of the energy it uses. (So the overachiever in the office will only have to give 107%, right?) Sameer is working on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which will be the world's largest museum.