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Georges Binder
Managing Director,
Buildings & Data SA / CTBUH Country Representative, Belgium

“Tall Building Trends: 2010, 2020 and beyond”

Using tall buildings data and statistics, this presentation will explain trends over time relating to building uses and locations. Statistics covering the past decades will be compared to the present situation with hypothetical trends that could be drawn for the next years. Selected tall buildings types will be presented to stress diverse uses and the specificity of some tall buildings according to their location. Eventually, considering the number of tall buildings completed during the last century, hypothetical figures will be drawn allowing us to try figuring out what could be the total number of tall buildings by the year 2020.

Georges Binder began his career in real estate as an analyst in the property arm of Brussels-based AG Group, now Fortis Real Estate. In 1990, he left the firm, then Belgium’s largest real estate owner and investor, to join Swedish developer Residentia in the position of research manager.

In 1992, Georges Binder founded BUILDINGS & DATA SA, a limited company that specialises in marketing, research studies and editorial and media services in the fields of architecture and real estate.

BUILDINGS & DATA SA’s portfolio of architecture and real estate documentation has been compiled over a period of more than 30 years and comprises information, plans and images of major architectural works and real estate from around the world. Stored in a database and a 100-square-metre library, this collection focuses primarily on thousands of high-rise projects of all types from around the globe and the buildings of the 12 million-square-metre Brussels office market. As managing director of BUILDINGS & DATA SA, Georges Binder works directly with architects and developers and is regularly invited to collaborate on publications, conferences and cultural exhibitions about tall buildings.

Since 1993, Georges Binder has also been an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. He was Chairman of the Height Committee from 1994 to 1998, Building Database “100 list” Editor from 1994 to 2007 and has been Database Associate Editor since 2008 and Representative for Belgium since 2009. Georges Binder was also one of the speakers at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in March 2008 in Dubai.

Born in Brussels in 1960, Georges Binder is a graduate of Distribution–Marketing at the EPHEC in Brussels.

Selected publications:
- Tall Buildings of the World, Georges Binder (ed), Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Australia (to be published 2010).
- Tall Buildings of China, Georges Binder (ed), Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Australia (to be published 2010).
- Bruxelles ses Bureaux ses Employés, Michel De Beule (ed) and Christian Dessouroux (ed), Ministère de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale and La Fonderie, Brussels, Belgium, 2009 (includes a chapter on tall buildings of the 1960s written by Georges Binder).
- TAIPEI 101, Georges Binder, Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Australia, 2008.
- Tall Buildings of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Georges Binder (ed.), Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Australia, 2006.
- 101 of the World’s Tallest Buildings, Georges Binder (ed.), Images Publishing/CTBUH, Mulgrave, Australia, 2006.
- Sky High Living, Georges Binder (ed.), Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Australia, 2002.
- Tall Buildings of Asia & Australia, Georges Binder (ed.), Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Australia, 2001.
- Gratte-ciel, C. Mierop in collaboration with G. Binder, Institut français d’Architecture/Norma, Paris, France, 1995.

Selected participations to tall buildings conferences as a guest speaker:
- Remaking of Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age, Mumbai, CTBUH-ROMF, February 3-5, 2010
- 2nd Annual Pan-European High-Rise Buildings, Marcus Evans, London, February 12-13, 2009
- Moscow Gaining Height, Lobby Agency/TSNIIEP, with the CTBUH, Moscow, October 22-24, 2008
- CTBUH 8th World Congress, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Dubai, March 3-5, 2008
- Vers un Rerour des Tours à Bruxelles?, Urban Forum, Brussels, January 23, 2007

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