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Founded in 1969, the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is a leading resource for information on tall buildings and urban development. Each year, the not-for-profit organization holds an awards ceremony to recognize projects and individuals that have contributed to the advancement of tall buildings, sustainability and the urban environment.

The awards cover a range of categories including the best tall building in various geographical areas. To be considered, projects must have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings, enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants, and exhibit environmentally and economically sustainable qualities.

The award for overall Best Tall Building Worldwide is then presented to one of the four regional winners at the annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Ceremony. This year’s event was held on November 12th at the Chicago campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Here’s a look at the 2015 award winners on Instagram!

Best Tall Building Americas: One World Trade Center, New York City

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Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: CapitaGreen, Singapore

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Best Tall Building Europe: Bosco Verticale, Milan

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Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, Abu Dhabi

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10 Year Award: Turning Torso, Malmo, Sweden

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The 10 Year Award is presented to a building that has been completed and operational for 10 years prior to the award year. It gives an opportunity to reflect back on these structures and acknowledge those projects that have performed successfully over the past decade.

Performance Award: Chifley Tower, Sydney, Australia

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The Performance Award is presented to a building that has been operational for at least three years, have at least 70 per cent occupancy, and has had the least environmental impact based on measured data. Environmental performance is assessed in several categories including internal environmental performance, energy use, energy improvements, use of natural resources, energy creation, and carbon footprinting.

Urban Habitat Award: PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore

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This award recognizes buildings that have made positive contributions to the surrounding environment, add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings, and represent design influenced by context, both environmentally and culturally.

Best Tall Building Worldwide: Bosco Verticale, Milan

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Built in 2014, Bosco Verticale is a two-tower residential complex in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy. Its name literally translates to “vertical forest” for its living green facade consisting of hundreds of trees, shrubs, and groundcover plants. The foliage helps improve air quality by absorbing CO2 and dust particles while mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing noise pollution.

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