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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Canadian Designers Continue to Pursue Wooden High-rises

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15 Nov 2012, Vancouver, Canada

Canadian designers and researchers are continuing to investigate methods of building timber buildings as tall as 20 stories, according to the Globe and Mail. Supporters claim that the material is cheaper and more sustainable than steel and concrete, and a viable option for vertical construction. Read more.


Hudson Yards Announces December Ground Breaking

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15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Excavations for the first Hudson Yards office tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), will begin by the first week of December, according to Architectural Record. The 46-story tower will become Coach’s headquarters upon completion in 2015. Read more.


New York Tower is Foster + Partners' First Residential American Project

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15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Construction has begun on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States, 50 United Nations Plaza. The 44-story luxury apartment tower will be located in New York's United Nations Plaza, with views of the UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Read more.


Officials Concerned About High-rise Earthquake Vulnerability

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14 Nov 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok officials have discovered that some 2,000 high-rises in the city do not have anti-quake features, but can reportedly endure minor quakes. Buildings constructed before 2007 were not required to have quake-proof designs, according to local media.Read more.


New Photos of Collapsed Crane in NYC

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14 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York and Construction Graffiti have obtained some "vertigo-inducing" photos of the infamous collapsed crane perched on top of Manhattan's One57. The crane, which was finally secured last week, collapsed in the 90-mile-per-hour winds of Superstorm Sandy. Read more.


Optima Center Reaches Halfway Milestone

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14 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Chicago's Optima Center has reached the halfway point of the 42-story mixed-use structure. Construction began one year ago on the 325-unit Streeterville tower, designed and built by architect/developer David Hovey and DeBartolo Development. Read more.


Ole Scheeren Reveals Singapore Towers Design

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14 Nov 2012, Singapore, Singapore

International practice Buro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of towers in Singapore, set to break ground early 2013. The Twin Towers Duo will include a 186-meter residential building and a 170-meter office and hotel building. Read more.


Developer Announces Oakland's Newest Tower

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13 Nov 2012, Oakland, United States

Developer Seth Hamalian is planning a 28-story residential tower for Oakland’s Uptown area, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The tower is intended for the site of an un-realized 2008 design by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Read more.


Israel's Capital Encourages Vertical Projects

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13 Nov 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel

Foundation work has begun on a 110-meter (360-foot) high-rise in Tel Aviv, which will include the country's most expensive penthouse. The city is also moving to encourage vertical expansion in the city by allowing property owners to construct additional floors on existing structures. Read more.


1WTC's 'Antenna' Surrendered by Canadian Fabricator

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13 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Canadian fabrication company have settled the lawsuit over the structure that will be placed at the top of the One World Trade Center. ADF Steel Corporation withheld the structure while demanding about $6 million in payments for another project. Read more.


Radioactive Dirt Stalls Chicago Tower Construction

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09 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Construction work on 435 North Park was halted due to the discovery of radioactive soil on the site. The area was contaminated 80 years ago with 40,000 tons of radioactive thorium-232 by the Lindsay Light Company, according to media reports. Read more.


Washington DC Considers Lifting Height Restrictions Again

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09 Nov 2012, Washington DC, United States

At the request of Congress, federal and District of Columbia agencies will conduct a nine-month study on potential changes to building height restrictions in the nation's capital. The National Capital Planning Commission will launch the study in December and conclude next September. Read more.


St. Mary's Tower Approved

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08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

London's Southwark Borough planning commission has approved plans for the St Mary’s Residential development. The Squire and Partners-designed scheme will create a residential tower, shops, restaurants, business space and communal gardens. Read more.


Walkie Talkie Building Clinches Another Tenant

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08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

London's Walkie Talkie building has signed Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ascot as its newest tenant. The 38-story skyscraper, which is owned by British company Land Securities, is now 23 percent leased, according to the London Evening Standard. Read more.


Asahi Shimbun Tower Celebrates Completion

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08 Nov 2012, Osaka, Japan

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun Co. celebrated the opening of its headquarters, the Nakanoshima Festival Tower, in Osaka this week. The 200 meter (656 foot) tower became the fourth tallest building in the city upon its completion. Read more.


San Diego Tower Sells for 25 Percent Markdown

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08 Nov 2012, San Diego, United States

San Diego-based investment firm Cruzan Monroe, in partnership with Cigna Investments Inc., has purchased DiamondView Tower in downtown San Diego for $121 million. The sale of the 15-story building is one of the year’s largest commercial property transactions, according to a statement from brokerage firm CBRE. Read more.


Dubai Announces Wind Code Revisions

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08 Nov 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Municipality hopes to soon mandate the use of wind tunnel testing in the design of the region's tall buildings. The revised Wind Code requires designers to evaluate the impact of their buildings on the city and is based on international guidelines. Read more.


Mile-high Monument to the Equator May Actually be Built

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07 Nov 2012, Quito, Ecuador

The provincial governor of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, is still planning to construct The Tower of the Sun, a mile-high skyscraper located directly on the equator. The project, which has been discussed for years, may cost as much as $200 million, according to the AFP. Read more.


Questioning Europe's 'Small Plan Syndrome'

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07 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

The Financial Times has published an article dealing with the issues of building tall buildings in historic cities. Many cities rely on their ancient buildings to generate tourism, but the practice of instantly opposing any vertical development is counterproductive, the author notes. Read more.


Dangling Crane Generates Publicity for One57

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06 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The damaged crane at the top of One57 has served to boost the tower's popularity, according to CNBC. The crane, which was damaged last week by Superstorm Sandy, drew another storm of media attention as it dangled over city streets and caused evacuation of nearby buildings. Read more.


AS + GG Wins Qintai Center Competition

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06 Nov 2012, Wuhan, China

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won the competition to design the Qintai Center in Wuhan. The complex will include a 248 meter (814 foot) tall, mixed-use tower and related podium structure, designboom reports. Read more.


Studio Gang Takes Aim at New York

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06 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Chicago-based Studio Gang is poised to make its New York debut with its proposed 10th Avenue tower, located outside the Gansevoort Market Historic District. The firm designed the tower to maximize views of the neighboring High Line as well as bring light and air into the project. Read more.


Tall Tower Project Resurrected in Qatar

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06 Nov 2012, Doha, Qatar

Qatar-based Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) has announced plans to restart work on the 112-story Doha Convention Centre Tower (DCCT) two years after its initial launch. The company has invited firms to submit bids for the construction of the 551 meters (1,807 feet) tall project. Read more.


Paris Development Making Progress

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05 Nov 2012, Paris, France

Plans to build two of Europe’s tallest towers in a Paris suburb are moving forward, despite community protests. The Russian developer expects to have financing in place for the Hermitage Plaza towers by January, according to a Reuters report. Read more.


Chicago Projects Going in Opposite Directions

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05 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Two closely-watched Chicago towers are facing different fates. After months of debate it appears Prentice Hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg will be demolished, while the long-stalled project at 111 W, Wacker is moving forward. Read more.


Kennedy Family Revises Chicago Tower Plan

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02 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Faced with a laundry list of complaints from neighbors, the development team behind a three-tower project on the Chicago River has submitted new plans for the development. The revisions call for an increase in public space and measures to mitigate traffic. Read more.


Broadway Malyan Plans India's Largest Development

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01 Nov 2012, Bangalore, India

Bhartiya Group and Broadway Malyan have launched $2-billion Bhartiya City, a 125-acre integrated township in Bangalore. The project will reportedly be the largest urban development within any Indian metropolitan area, according to BD Online. Read more.


London's South Bank May See New Development

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01 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

Private equity firm Carlyle Group has submitted plans for a 425,000 square meter residential and office development in London. The development will be located close to the One Blackfriars development and include a 48-story skyscraper with 500 apartments, at an estimated cost of GBP1 billion (US$1.6 billion). Read more.


Moscow Tower Overtakes The Shard

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01 Nov 2012, Moscow, Russia

Construction on the 75-story Mercury City Tower in Moscow has surpassed the height of The Shard as the structure topped out at 339 meters this week. The 306-meter Shard will be the tallest building in Europe when it is completed next year. Read more.


‘Hotel of Doom’ Announces Opening Date

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01 Nov 2012, Pyonyang, North Korea

The 105-story, pyramid-shaped hotel which has been under construction since the ‘80s in North Korea’s capital city might be opening for the first time in a matter of months. The Ryugyong Hotel will “partially, probably” open in mid 2013, Reto Wittwer, CEO of hotel operator Kempinski AG, said Thursday. Read more.