05 July 2023

We All Love to Get High: Optimizing Observation Deck Design

Terri Meyer Boake

Height is aspirational, and having the best view from that height has become a driver in contemporary tall building design. Likewise, observation decks are a...

03 April 2023

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2022: World Surpasses 2,000 Buildings of 200 Meters or Greater Height


This report shows that 147 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed in 2022, a 25 percent increase from 2021, when 118 such...

01 March 2020

Modern Skyscrapers in the Late 19th Century

Gerard Peet, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Nederlands

Skyscrapers are often seen as a typically American phenomenon. This paper aims at demonstrating that in terms of technology major developments are European and that,...

28 October 2019

The Future of Sustainable Cities and How Tall Building Urbanism has Evolved

James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division

In the past 50 years, tall buildings and their relationship to streets and open spaces has evolved through various scales and typologies. As place-makers, how...

29 July 2019

Using AI to Simulate Urban Vertical Growth

Rafael Ivan Pazos Perez

This research explores the use of artificial intelligence to simulate how cities will grow vertically. By learning how cities have evolved in the recent past,...

01 September 2018

Review of Buckling-Restrained Brace Design and Application to Tall Buildings

Toru Takeuchi & Akira Wada, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Buckling-restrained braces (BRBs) are widely used as highly ductile seismic devices, with the first building using BRBs completed in 1989 in Tokyo, and thousands more...

30 April 2018

Inter-Story Isolation Systems (IIS) for Tall Buildings: Design Considerations

Elena Mele, Diana Faiella, University of Naples Federico II

Inter-story isolation systems (IIS) are currently gaining significant popularity, mainly in Japan, where more than 60 applications have been realized in the past 20 years....

01 September 2017

Rapid Diagnosis Systems Using Accelerometers in Seismic Damage of Tall Buildings

Toru Tsuchihashi & Masaharu Yasuda, Mori Building

Installing accelerometers in a building is an effective way to know how the building shakes when an earthquake happens. In this paper, we will introduce...

01 September 2017

Structural Design and Performance Evaluation of a Mid-story Seismic Isolated High-Rise Building

Masatoshi Tamari, Tadashi Yoshihara & Masato Miyashita, Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.; et al.

This paper describes some of the challenges for structural design of a mid-story seismic isolated high-rise building, which is located near Tokyo station, completed in...

17 October 2016

Megacities: Setting the Scene

Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together...