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Global green trend highlighted by 2008 'Best Tall Building' Awards

Tall buildings do not necessarily have to be carbon-guzzling behemoths according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s ‘Best Tall Building’ awards.

On 20 November, the awards will honour one exceptional tall building from each of four geographical regions around the globe for seamless integration of sustainable design strategies, architectural form, structure, building systems and life safety for the building’s occupants.

Architect Cesar Pelli and engineer William F. Baker have also been honored with “Lifetime Achievement” awards for a palette of outstanding tall building work spanning decades. One of the four winning buildings will then be deemed the “Best Tall Building Overall”.

“Each year, the CTBUH Awards recognize the finest and most innovative work happening in tall building design, and this year we were keenly aware of advancements made in integrating sustainable design elements with meaningful results,” said CTBUH awards committee chairman Timothy Johnson.

The “Best Tall Building” winners for 2008 are:

AMERICAS - The New York Times Building, New York

EUROPE - 51 Lime Street, London

MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA - Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama

ASIA/AUSTRALASIA - Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

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