Book Highlights 2015’s Best Tall Buildings

Showcasing some of the top tall buildings around the globe, Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2015 Skyscrapers chronicles the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) annual awards program, which recognizes outstanding tall buildings and design innovations that advance the potential of integrated sustainability, economic productivity and social prosperity in cities across the world.

The volume also serves as a global overview of tall building construction and activity, providing in-depth descriptions of the award-winning buildings’ designs and significance, accompanied by images, detailed drawings and plans. Each year, a winner is chosen from each of four geographical regions (Americas, Asia and Australasia, Europe and the Middle East and Africa). The title of overall Best Tall Building Worldwide is then presented to one of the regional winners.

New York’s One World Trade Center received the award for Best Tall Building in the Americas. This iconic, 1776-ft-tall steel-framed skyscraper officially opened last November and is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The project also received last year’s Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering in AISC’s annual IDEAS2 awards program. For more on the project, see the article “Rising to the Top” from our February 2014 issue.

Additionally, the book features the winners of CTBUH’s Urban Habitat Award, Innovation Award, Performance Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing and celebrating achievements in large scale architecture and construction.

For purchasing information, visit the CTBUH store.

Photo at right: New York's One World Trade Center was named Best Tall Building in the Americas. (Photo by WSP Cantor Seinuk)