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CTBUH Global News

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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Newcastle Hastens Gold Coast Tower


11 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago-based real estate investment firm Newcastle Limited has announced imminent plans to begin constructing a 35-story building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. The tower will feature a combination of studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Read more.

Tribune Features CTBUH Reports, Leaders on 1WTC, Vanity Height


10 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

The front page of today's Chicago Tribune features architecture critic Blair Kamin's article on the ultimate height of the One World Trade Center in New York, drawing on the recently released CTBUH Tall Buildings in Numbers study of Vanity Height, i.e. the distance between a skyscraper’s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top, as determined by CTBUH Height Criteria. Read more.

Winnipeg's Tallest Gets Taller


10 Sep 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

The Toronto-based Fortress Real Developments is planning Winnipeg's tallest tower, LiveWorkPlay Winnipeg. The CA$200 million (US$193 million) proposal was originally 42 stories, but has grown to 55, and is now proposed to include housing units, commercial space and a grocery store. Read more.

Falling Iron Halts Work in Calgary


10 Sep 2013, Calgary, Canada

City officials issued a stop work order after a load of metal fell from a crane in downtown Calgary engaged in building Eighth Avenue Place West Tower. Officials say no further hoisting work will be allowed until inspectors can determine what happened and whether the public's safety can be guaranteed. Read more.

Pinnacle Sale Sets Nashville Record


10 Sep 2013, Nashville, United States

Highwoods Properties closed its $152 million acquisition of The Pinnacle at Symphony Place on Thursday, setting a record purchase price for a multi-tenant office building in Nashville. The Raleigh-based real estate investment trust paid $294 per square foot ($3,266 per square meter) for the office building. Read more.

Latest SkyHouse Project Launched in Dallas


09 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

The Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. have broken ground on SkyHouse Dallas, the brand's latest apartment development. When completed, in about a year, the 24-story property will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units with floor-to-ceiling glass. Read more.

“Living Building” Attracts Tenants with Zero Net-Energy Goals


09 Sep 2013, Seattle, United States

Construction company Hammer & Hand, which builds commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest, will move to Seattle's first Passive House building. The 100-foot (30.5-meter) Bullitt Center debuted in spring of 2013 and is built to the principles of the Living Building Challenge. Read more.

JDS Plans Another Skinny Tower on West 57th Street


09 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

JDS Development and Property Markets Group have launched a plan to build an ultra-skinny condominium tower at 111 West 57th Street, The Wall Street Journal reports. The 1,350-foot tower (411-meter) was designed by SHoP Architects, but has yet to secure sufficient financing to begin construction. Read more.

Cheongna City Tower Infinity Receives Approval


06 Sep 2013, Seoul, South Korea

GDS Architects has achieved planning approval for its 450-meter (1,476-foot) Cheongna City Tower Infinity at Incheon, just outside of Seoul, South Korea. GDS collaborated with Samoo Architects and A&U Engineering. The group's proposal was awarded first prize in a national design competition held by Korea Land Housing in April 2011. Read more.

Zigzagging Tower “Twilts” to Optimize Solar Energy


06 Sep 2013, Rome, Italy

Architects Paolo Venturella and Angelo Balducci have put forth renderings for their skyscraper concept, Twilt Tower. The wildly zigzagging skyscraper features photovoltaic panels spread across the façade, capturing the sun's rays and warming the building throughout the day. Read more.

Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud


06 Sep 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai Tower introduced the basics of the BIM (building information modeling) Cloud service used in the design of the skyscraper.Read more.

Branding Tall Buildings as Luxurious


06 Sep 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arabian Business profiles the process of marketing tall buildings in a recent article, including the man responsible for branding the Burj Khalifa. John Brash of Brash Brands, tasked with selling the world's tallest building, approached the task, not as a real estate project, but as a luxury lifestyle brand. Read more.

Windy Leeds Tower Solution Delayed


05 Sep 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

Work to control a wind-tunnel effect around Leeds’ tallest building, which has led to one death and caused several injuries since it was finished in 2007, has been delayed. A potential solution was due to be made public in a short time, but the city council has said further planning is needed. Read more.

Nordstrom Buys Supertall Site


05 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Seattle-based luxury retailer Nordstrom has reportedly paid $102.5 million for the site of its future Midtown flagship store at 217 West 57th Street. The seven-floor will anchor what may be a massive 88-story, 1,550-foot (472-meter) residential condo tower that Extell Development is building at the site. Read more.

Designer Imagines the Toronto of the Next Decade


05 Sep 2013, Toronto, Canada

Digital artist Scott Dickson of Upside-Down Marketing & Design has created an image of what Toronto's downtown skyline may look like within the next 10 years. Dickson spent over 100 hours creating renderings for a series of proposed tall-building projects and knitting them into the existing skyline. Read more.

200 N Michigan Nods to Art-Deco Neighbor


04 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

bKL Architecture has designed a 45-story skyscraper for 200 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, including retail space and 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of apartments. The apartments will be a mix of one- and two-bedrooms as well as studios. Read more.

Accountancy Firm Eyes German Skyscraper for Major Real Estate Deal


04 Sep 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) pension fund is contemplating the purchase of a stake in a German skyscraper, in what could become one of Europe's biggest property deals of the year. The PwC pension fund is already the largest tenant in the 200-meter (656-foot) Tower 185 in the Gallus district of Frankfurt. Read more.

SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai


04 Sep 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top, creating a shape that optimizes sun-lighting in the office units in the tower. Read more.

Walkie Talkie Glare May be Melting Neighboring Vehicles


03 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch is reflecting light intense enough to melt cars, according to a series of recent reports. Claims surfaced over the weekend that glare from the curvaceous glass façade of the 37-story tower has caused vehicle paintwork to melt and bodywork to distort. Read more.

Libeskind Collaborates on WTC as Gesture of Democratic Solidarity


03 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

After years of collaboration and controversy, the final One World Trade Center design which towers over Lower Manhattan is not Daniel Libeskind's, though it was his design that won the original competition to rebuild Ground Zero. The New Yorker explores Libeskind's reactions to the situation in a recent post. Read more.

New York Should Continue Its Tall-Building Tradition, Times Op-Ed Argues


03 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Kenneth T. Jackson writes about the meteoric rise of property values in the city, describing the type of people who are willing to pay such high prices and the reasons for doing so. He argues against opposition to rezoning more parts of the city to accommodate tall buildings. Read more.

UNStudio Designs Enormous Observation Wheel


03 Sep 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Dutch office UNStudio has developed a concept for the Giant Observation Wheel in Japan. Proposed for an as-yet undisclosed location, UNStudio's Nippon Moon will combine the familiar design of an observation wheel with a network of virtual interfaces that will allow visitors to create their own augmented realities. Read more.

Obituary: Lake Point Tower's George Schipporeit Dies


30 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

At the age of 80, iconic Chicago architect George Schipporeit, co-designer of the Lake Point Tower and former Dean of the IIT College of Architecture, died Thursday, August 29. The cause of death was reported as complications from pneumonia. Read more.

Lawsuit Attacks Millennium Towers' Integrity


30 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

A coalition of local homeowners has filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the developer of the Hollywood Millennium project. The suit alleges the city failed to study the environmental impacts of the two-tower development and accuses city officials of hiding evidence of a possible earthquake fault near the site. Read more.

Cityplace Center East Tower For Sale


30 Aug 2013, Dallas, United States

The Tower at Cityplace Center East, a 1.35 million-square foot (125,000-square meter) office tower in Dallas' Uptown district, has hit the market after being owned by the same entity for six years. The 42-story office and retail tower is the only completed building of what was once planned to be a three-tower development. Read more.

Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont


30 Aug 2013, San Francisco, United States

Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to build a 54-story tower which, at 805 feet (246 meters) could be the third-tallest building in San Francisco upon completion.Read more.

MAD in Europe


30 Aug 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects was invited to outline a master plan for a 200,000-square meter (2.15 million-square foot) commercial and retail project in Amsterdam's Zuidas business district. His office has produced drawings for a cluster of tall buildings which resemble crater-topped mountains. Read more.

Farrells Master-Plans Pair of Major Developments in Shanghai


28 Aug 2013, Shanghai, China

Farrells has won commissions for two major mixed-use developments in Shanghai, located on either side of the Huangpu River, World Architecture News reports. Farrells will master plan The Springs development north of the city and a further development within the Shanghai shipyard area in Pudong. Read more.

Tema to Build Helical Hermann Place Tower


28 Aug 2013, Houston, United States

Houston-based Tema Development has unveiled plans for a new, helical residential tower near the city's Hermann Park. The Tower at Hermann Place, which will house 550 residents in 270 units, twists 30 degrees over its 42 stories, granting residents views of the neighboring park and the Houston skyline. Read more.

Work Stalls on Sky City, But BSB Remains Positive


28 Aug 2013, Changsha, China

The New York Times has produced a trio of pieces on the ever-interesting Sky City project by Broad Sustainable Building in Changsha, China. The articles paint a determined picture of Chairman Zhang Yue, who remains steadfast in his ambitions to build what he sees as the world's next tallest building. Read more.