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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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Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out

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11 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Tickets for the first two days of access to the Shard's viewing floor have sold out, despite a GBP24.95 price tag. The first visitors will be taken to the viewing area on the 72nd floor, which offers dynamic views of the city from 243 meters above the street. Read more.


New York Crane Collapses, Injuring Seven

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10 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

A construction crane collapsed Wednesday at the TF Cornerstone development site, injuring seven workers. The incident comes two months after Hurricane Sandy infamously collapsed a crane on top of the One57 development. Read more.


A Look at ‘World’s Coolest Futuristic Buildings’

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10 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

Travel + Leisure has compiled a slide show featuring what the editors deem the “World’s Coolest Futuristic Buildings.” The list is subjective, but many of the projects included will be familiar to fans of tall buildings. Read more.


Emaar Moving Forward with Dubai Hotel

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09 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar has awarded the construction contract for a 370-meter hotel, which will be the second tallest building in Downtown Dubai, after Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Emaar hopes to complete the 72-story tower by 2015. Read more.


Japan Looks at Skyscraper Demolition Techniques

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09 Jan 2013, Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Times featured Tokyo-based Taisei Corp.’s novel method for demolishing skyscrapers. Taisei claims the "Ecological Reproduction System" is more environmentally sensitive, safer, and reduces noise and dust by keeping all the disassembly work inside the building, according to the article. Read more.


‘The Scalpel’ Planned for London Skyline

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09 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

The latest addition to London’s proposed skyline is a glass tower which has already been dubbed “The Scalpel.” The tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will serve as the headquarters for U.S.-based insurance company W.R. Berkley. Read more.


Investor Continuing Tall Building Buying Spree in Detroit

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08 Jan 2013, Detroit, United States

Investment firm Rock Ventures is in the process of buying a 25-story office building in downtown Detroit, the Detroit News reports. If the deal goes through, it will be the 16th property in Detroit purchased by the firm since January, 2011. Read more.


Urban Planner Discusses the ‘Walkable City’

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08 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

The sustainability of cities is dependent on the ability to create walkable areas, “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck says in an interview with fellow urbanist Richard Florida. A walkable city is essential to attract the next generation of young urban professionals, he theorizes. Read more.


Combining the World’s Great Skyscrapers into One Skyline

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08 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

An artist is creating an imaginary city combining many of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. Mark Lascelles Thornton is drafting a eight- foot by five-foot rendering called “The Happiness Machine,” which is part art and part science fiction. Read more.


Video: Magazine Launches ‘Framed in Steel’ Series

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07 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

BD Online has launched a video series focusing on “the construction challenges behind some of the UK and Ireland’s prominent steel structures.” The first two projects featured in the "Framed in Steel" series are The Walbrook Building and the Neo Bankside building, both in London. Read more.


Waldorf Astoria Opens in Berlin Tower

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04 Jan 2013, Berlin, Germany

The Waldorf Astoria has opened a hotel in the new 118-meter Zoofenster skyscraper in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. The 232-room hotel is designed in an art-deco style and includes a presidential suite on the top floor. Read more.


Miami Set for Construction Uptick

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04 Jan 2013, Miami, United States

Construction is starting to pick up in Miami after a six-year slide, the Miami Herald reports. Several large projects are moving forward, led by residential towers.Read more.


Project Accused of ‘Pirating’ Zaha Hadid Design

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02 Jan 2013, Chongqing, China

A developer in Chongqing has been accused of counterfeiting Zaha Hadid’s design for the Wangjing SOHO complex in Beijing, Der Spiegel reports. It is possible the copycat version may actually be completed before the original, according to the magazine. Read more.


China Company Breaks Ground on 560-meter Tower

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02 Jan 2013, Jinan, China

Evergrande Real Estate Group has reportedly completed the foundation work on the Evergrande International Finance Center, a 560-meter tower in Jinan, China. The total complex will include more than 1.1 million square meters of residential, office, commercial and entertainment space. Read more.


Video: World’s Tallest Building Celebrates New Year

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02 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, welcomed in the new year with an appropriately Dubai-scale fireworks display. The light show was accompanied by a performance by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra playing on the Burj Steps, an arena-style venue extending from the building. Read more.


Brisbane Government Launches Tower Project

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21 Dec 2012, Brisbane, Australia

The Queensland Government has confirmed that Cbus Property will build its AU$653 million (US$681 million) skyscraper in Brisbane's CBD. Construction will start early next year on the 43-story One William Street project. Read more.


Celebrating Jakarta’s Five Tallest

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21 Dec 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

In anticipation of the proposed Signature Tower, the Jakarta Post has produced a piece examining the city’s five tallest completed buildings: Graha Energi, The Peak Twin Towers, Equity Tower, Menara BCA and Wisma 46. Read more.


Oregon Developers Rejuvenate Development

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21 Dec 2012, Portland, United States

Portland-based developers Wood Partners and Hoyt Street Properties have announced an agreement to pursue development of a 21-story apartment tower on the west side of downtown Portland’s Pearl District. Hoyt Street is the District's biggest landholder. Read more.


CTBUH: Top Ten Tall Building Stories of the Year

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21 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

This was a pivotal year for the tall building industry, with dramatic projects making headlines around the world. Not only did skylines grow taller, skyscrapers were often at the center of debates about how cities should evolve and develop as efficient urban centers. Read more.


Atlantic Yards Modular Tower Launched

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20 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the first building of the borough's Atlantic Yards development. The 32-story B2 tower is slated to be the tallest prefabricated building in the world upon completion. Read more.


Citizens Propose Amending Their Urban Habitat

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20 Dec 2012, Toronto, Canada

Residents of a block of 19 post-war apartment buildings in Toronto are working to create a residential apartment commercial (RAC) zone in their neighborhood, as part of a Tower Renewal project. The residents hope to bring needed small-scale retail and community services to the area. Read more.


BIG Phoenix Observation Tower

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20 Dec 2012, Phoenix, United States

Developer Novawest has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group to design a 420-foot observation tower, in an attempt to created an architectural symbol for the city of Phoenix. The tower is designed to resemble a pin marking a location on a map. Read more.


Minneapolis Looks to a High Density Future

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19 Dec 2012, Minneapolis, United States

Minneapolis is known for its suburban neighborhoods, but there is a move to create more high-density districts. Several large projects are in development in the downtown area, most built around towers 20-stories or taller. Read more.


Argentina Welcomes Its Newest Condo Building

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18 Dec 2012, Rosario, Argentina

Los Angeles-based firm P-A-T-T-E-R-N Architects has completed its Argentinian condo building. Jujuy Redux is an eight-story, 13,500-square foot apartment building located in the growing city of Rosario, about 200 miles north of Buenos Aires. Read more.


Rumors Fly of a Miami Zaha Hadid Tower

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18 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker Prize winning architect, is reportedly designing a Miami condo tower at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, her first skyscraper in the western hemisphere, according to Curbed Miami. The building will become a part of the city’s "Biscayne Wall" of condo towers. Read more.


Revisiting a Chicago Icon

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18 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

Ongoing renovations at Chicago’s Wrigley Building have exposed some of the towers' original bricks and other parts of the building's bones. The work inspired Stephan Benzkofer at the Chicago Tribune to write an article detailing the history of the iconic tower. Read more.


Extell's Plans Tall Midtown Tower

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17 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

New York developer Gary Barnett is planning a new midtown skyscraper that would be 300 feet taller than the Empire State Building, the Wall Street Journal reports. His company, Extell Development, has hired Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design the project. Read more.


Cheesegrater Attracts New Tenants

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17 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm Amlin has agreed to rent 110,000 square feet (33,500 square meters) of office space in the building, also known as the Cheesegrater. Read more.


Tower Verre Design Updated

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17 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

The architects of record for Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre, Adamson Associates, have released the latest project renderings, New York YIMBY reports. Originally conceived to stand at 1,250 feet, the tower’s height has shrunk to 1,050 feet which would make the tower the seventh tallest in the city. Read more.


Venetians Take Sides in the Palace of Light Debate

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14 Dec 2012, Venice, Italy

After 75 years in the fashion industry, the 90-year-old couturier Pierre Cardin has set his sights on shaping the Venice skyline. His proposed Palais Lumière, a 60-story structure of glass and steel, represents either economic salvation or misplaced obsession, depending on whom you ask. Read more.