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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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Dubai in the Mist

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29 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

German photographer Sebastian Opitz has created a series of images of the city of Dubai swathed in mist. Taken from the 85th floor of the 413-meter (1,356-foot) Princess Tower, the photos depict a phenomenon that occurs four to six times a year between 4:00 and 9:00 AM. Read more.


Detroit Mogul Collects Skyscrapers as a Hobby

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28 Mar 2013, Detroit, United States

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has added a pair of Detroit skyscrapers to his rapidly expanding property portfolio in the city. Mr. Gilbert has acquired the towers as part of his super-secret "Woodward Corridor Place-making and Retail Strategy." Read more.


Australian Development Breaks Height Restrictions

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28 Mar 2013, Perth, Australia

This week in Perth the Belmont Racecourse skyscraper development cleared a major planning hurdle. The Western Australia Planning Commission (WAPC) exempted the AU$3.5 million project from a 30-story height restriction, saying the limit was unwarranted and unnecessary. Read more.


San Francisco Welcomes Future Tallest

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28 Mar 2013, San Francisco, United States

Yesterday, San Francisco celebrated the groundbreaking of the Transbay Transit Tower. The 1,070-foot tower at First and Mission, which, if completed tomorrow, would be the tallest building on the West Coast and seventh-tallest in the US. Read more.


Kenya Re Plans Green High-rise

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27 Mar 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

The Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) plans to develop a KES1.5 billion (US$17.5 million) commercial high-rise in Nairobi. The building will be constructed on a 1.6-acre (0.65 hectare) site in the city's Upper Hill neighborhood and is designed to alleviate the scarcity of parking and office space in the city. Read more.


Leeds Attempts to Rectify Devastating Wind Problem

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27 Mar 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

A wind tunnel effect caused by Leeds' tallest building has caused 25 serious incidents, which include several injuries as well as one death. The problematic building, 367-foot (112-meter) Bridgewater Place, will be subject to £245,000 (US$370,000) in modifications to attempt to alleviate the problem. Read more.


Video: Ponte Tower Resurrection

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27 Mar 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history, and now a promising future. The crime-ridden and derelict tower, once a symbol of extreme wealth, but now inhabited by very low-income families, has received attention from investors interested in transforming it into a decent and desirable place to live. Read more.


Units in 432 Park Ave Officially Available

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27 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

The Rafael Viñoly-designed skyscraper at 432 Park Avenue, which claims to be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere upon completion, officially launched unit sales last week. One-third of the apartments have already sold at early-bird prices ranging from $20 million to $92.5 million. Read more.


Podcast: Bringing Poetry to Tall Buildings

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26 Mar 2013, Santaigo, Chile

Design and architecture talk show Roman Mars has produced a twelve minute podcast featuring Chilean poet Rodrigo Rojas's efforts to create marketable identities for Santiago's skyscraper developments. Since the 1990s, he has written poetic identities for more than 40 buildings in the capital. Read more.


Harvard Grad Paul Tange Explains Tall Buildings

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26 Mar 2013, Tokyo, Japan

As part of the Global Harvard series of alumni interviews, architect Paul Tange, son of Kenzo Tange, explains his views on architecture and the design of tall buildings to the Harvard Gazette. The video centers around the development of the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo. Read more.


New York Penthouse Features Funhouse Slide

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26 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

David Hotson Architects has created a whimsical four-story penthouse in Park Place Tower in Lower Manhattan. The Sky House, transforms the residence into a funhouse, complete with a transparent glass bridge, a rock climbing column and an 80-foot (24-meter) slide. Read more.


Houston Contractor Drops Ashby Project

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25 Mar 2013, Houston, United States

The Houston construction company behind the apartment tower commonly known as the Ashby high-rise has abandoned the controversial project. Linbeck Group said it withdrew from the project because of technical issues relating to controlling the construction process. Read more.


Shanghai's Needle Towers Design Revealed

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25 Mar 2013, Shanghai, China

Italian firm Gianluca Milesi Architecture (GMA) has released its design for the Needle Towers in Shanghai, World Architecture News reports. The project includes a 470-meter pair of tubular towers coated in glass and aluminum. Read more.


Historic Philadelphia Homes Make Room for Episcopal High-rise

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25 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The Philadelphia Episcopal Group is planning to build a 25-story tower on church property in order to raise money for the restoration of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. The $105 million tower will be built on the current site of two historic townhouses, also owned by the church. Read more.


Plans Laid for North America's Tallest Timber Tower

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25 Mar 2013, Prince George, Canada

The government of British Columbia is moving forward with plans to build a center for wood innovation in Prince George, Canada. The $25 million Wood Innovation and Design Center (WIDC) will reach 27.5 meters (90 feet), making it the tallest wooden building in North America upon completion. Read more.


Drexel University Tower Takes Fire From Community

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22 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Drexel University in Philadelphia plans a 24-story, 1,300-bed mixed-use student housing tower as part of its plan to add thousands of new students and accomodate them in dense commercial zones close to campus. But neighbors simultaneously contend that the $165 million Lancaster Square will cause parking and nighttime disturbances, and that it will not be enough to accommodate the University’s plan to add 9,000 students, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.Read more.


Boston Properties Takes Transbay Terminal

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21 Mar 2013, San Francisco, United States

Boston Properties has replaced Hines as the main developer of Transbay Tower, slated to be San Francisco’s tallest building. Hines reduced its ownership interest in the joint venture with Boston Properties from 50 to 5 percent, making Boston Properties the 95 percent owner of the site. Read more.


Austin Planetarium Tower Canceled

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21 Mar 2013, Austin, United States

A proposed 47-story mixed-use tower, the capstone of a public-private partnership between a nonprofit hoping to open a world-class planetarium and a developer, has been canceled as the State of Texas reviews its approach to “P3s." Read more.


Baku Flame Towers Take Cannes

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21 Mar 2013, Cannes, France

The Baku Flame Towers of Azerbaijan have taken the MIPIM 2013 awards for Best Hotel and Tourism award. The sinuous dancing glass towers were noted for their graceful curves, reportedly inspired by Baku’s history of fire worshiping. Read more.


Seoul “Dream Hub” At Risk of Nightmarish Default

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20 Mar 2013, Seoul, South Korea

The Yongsan International Business District is on thin ice, as developers have defaulted on a major loan repayment in the midst of a real-estate slump. The project includes work by 18 global architects and is valued at $28 billion. Read more.


Landmarks Group Clears Way for 472-meter NYC Tower

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20 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously agreed to developer Extell’s plans to demolish a section of the BF Goodrich Building to make way for its 472-meter tower at 225 W. 57th Street. Read more.


Shenzhen Construction Halted After Cheap Sand Warning

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19 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Work has been halted on several major tall building projects in Shenzhen, China, including the 660-meter Ping An Finance Centre, which is to be the country’s tallest, due to reports that concrete used by some local developers was made from untreated sea sand. Read more.


Energy Tower to Rise in Midland, Texas

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19 Mar 2013, Midland, United States

Energy Related Properties, a developer based in Midland, Texas, USA, has unveiled plans to build a 53-story mixed-use tower in the commercial capital of the oil-producing West Texas region. Read more.


Australia 108 Gets Nod from Melbourne Planning Minister

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19 Mar 2013, Melbourne, Australia

The proposed 388-meter, 108-story Australia 108 tower has been given the green light by the Melbourne Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, MP, according to radio station 3AW 693. Read more.


Sydney Greenland Center Planned as Australia's Tallest Residential Tower

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18 Mar 2013, Sydney, Australia

China’s Greenland Group is making a splashy foray into Australia by aiding Brookfield's ailing 70-story, 240-meter residential project at 115 Bathurst Street, Sydney, with a A$100 million investment. Read more.


Zaha Hadid’s First U.S. Residential Tower to Rise in Miami

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18 Mar 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid is set to design her first U.S. residential tower, a 60-story structure in downtown Miami with an insect-like concrete exoskeleton as its predominant design feature, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read more.


Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist

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18 Mar 2013, Beijing, China

Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to light and fresher air. Read more.


Farm-scrapers Bring 'Eco-vision' to Tall Buildings

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15 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Belgian firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released the design of sustainable "farm-scrapers." The Asian Cairns project is designed to produce more energy than it consumes by producing food and harnessing wind and solar power. Read more.


Lenders Seek Buyers for Site of Failed Spire

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15 Mar 2013, Chicago, United States

The site of the unrealized Santiago Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire, as well as the accompanying $93 million debt, has been put up for sale. The 2.2-acre property is currently occupied by a foundation pit, the only part of the 610-meter tower ever brought to reality. Read more.


Video: FT Questions Skyscrapers in London

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14 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

The Financial Times has produced a short video addressing tall buildings within the context of the City of London. The editorial explores the history of development in the city and encourages a constant interrogation of new architecture in order to retain the city's unique identity. Read more.