Linked Hybrid, Beijing, China
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) last week announced the winners of its annual “Best Tall Building” awards  for 2009, recognizing one outstanding tall building from each of four geographical regions: Americas, Asia & Australia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa. This year’s winners are:
• Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Canada
• Linked Hybrid, Beijing, China
• The Broadgate Tower, London, UK
• Tornado Tower, Doha, Qatar
Tornado Tower, Doha, Qatar
One of these four will be named “Best Tall Building Overall” at CTBUH’s October awards dinner . Recipients must possess seamless integration of architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design strategies, and life safety for its occupants. Additionally, winning buildings must exhibit sustainable qualities at a broad level in order to preserve urban quality of life into the future.
The CTBUH also announces the winners of its two “Lifetime Achievement” Awards. This year’s recipient of the Lynn S. Beedle Award will be John C. Portman, Jr. of John Portman & Associates, Inc.  The Lynn S. Beedle Award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment during his or her professional career.
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Canada
This year’s recipient of the The Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal will be Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar of Ingenium, Inc.  The Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal recognizes an individual for his or her demonstrated excellence in design and/or research that has made a signifi cant contribution to a discipline(s) for the design of tall buildings and the built urban environment.
The awards will be presented at the 2009 CTBUH Awards Dinner, to be held in conjunction with the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference: Evolution of the Skyscraper. From October 22-23, high rise specialists from a variety of fi elds will converge in Chicago to take part in this important conference to answer questions regarding how skyscraper development must evolve to remain relevant in the current age of global climate change and international economic recession. For more information on the conference see: http://ctbuh2009.ctbuh.org 
The 2009 CTBUH Awards Dinner will take place on the first evening of the conference, Thursday 22nd October at the architecturally significant Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, from 6 – 10pm.
For more information on the awards see: http://awards.ctbuh.org 
The Broadgate Tower, London, UK
About the CTBUH
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, is an international organization sponsored by architecture, engineering, planning, and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.
The CTBUH is the world’s leading body in the fi eld of tall buildings, and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally. It is the arbiter of tall building height, determiner of the title of “The World’s Tallest Building” and maintains a signifi cant database of built, under construction and proposed tall building. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org  www.ctbuh.org