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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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Jean Nouvel & Friends Win EPO Competition

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16 Jul 2013, Rijswijk, Netherlands

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that a consortium lead by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in association with Dam & Partners Architecten have won the international competition to design and construct its new Main Building in Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague, the Netherlands. Read more.


Jakartans Appreciate High-Rise Living

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15 Jul 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

High-rise condominium sales in Jakarta have reached a rate of 96.2 percent, the highest cumulative level in the past ten years, The Jakarta Post reports. Property consultant Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia came to this conclusion while studying real estate trends in Jakarta. Read more.


Developers Grant Sneak Peek of Energy Tower

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15 Jul 2013, Midland, United States

Midland-based developer Energy Related Properties and architect Edmonds International went to Houston to promote their skyscraper project. Energy Tower at City Center could stand as the sixth-tallest building in Texas when it opens in 2015, according to the company. Read more.


'Beyond Torre David' Presents Viable Slum Solutions

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15 Jul 2013, Berlin, Germany

In a Berlin gallery, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is presenting its continued work with the Caracas squatter community. 'Beyond Torre David' is an exhibition exploring a series of interventions designed to improve the lives of the thousands of people living, working and playing in the abandoned skyscraper. Read more.


50 United Nations Tops Out

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15 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Manhattan's Foster + Partners-designed tower at 50 United Nations Plaza has topped out, reaching its full 44-story height in less than eight months. The building will feature 88 residences ranging from one-bedrooms to a duplex penthouse measuring nearly 10,000 square feet (929 square meters). Read more.


KPF Looks to Stretch Landmark Tower by 30 Percent

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12 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been recommended for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' (KPF) plan to add 11 stories to a 41-year-old landmark building in London. The proposal would extend the 351-foot (107-meter) King's Reach Tower by more than a third, BD reports (registration required). Read more.


Foreclosed Thanksgiving Tower Sold to New Owners

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12 Jul 2013, Dallas, United States

Commercial real estate investment company Woods Capital Management (WCM) has closed a deal to purchase Dallas' Thanksgiving Tower from Berkadia. WCM intends to reposition the building with capital upgrades to the lobby and exterior as well as additions to the on-site amenities. Read more.


Cardin Venice Project Quashed

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12 Jul 2013, Venice, Italy

Public and government opposition has forced fashion tycoon Pierre Cardin to cancel plans for his pet skyscraper project. Pierre Cardin and architect Rodrigo Basilicati have axed plans for their 60-story Palais Lumière, due to criticism about how the building would clash with the Venetian landscape. Read more.


Redesigning Sydney's Rail Yards

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12 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales (NSW) government has called for international companies to help redevelop the space over Sydney's Central station, inner-city rail lines and adjacent land. The project intends to create a new heart of the city and would be the largest urban renewal project in Australia. Read more.


Hines Expands Houston High-Rise

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11 Jul 2013, Houston, United States

Hines Interests has announced plans to expand the size of its proposed 41-story office tower on Houston's Main Street. The company will increase the size of the 609 Main at Texas building from the originally proposed 815,000 square feet in order to meet demand, according to Houston Culture Map. Read more.


Two Supertalls Squashed in Melbourne

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11 Jul 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Plans to build what may have been the southern hemisphere's tallest skyscraper in Melbourne have been abandoned. Fender Katsalidis Architects has confirmed it is redesigning plans Australia 108 after a series of code requirements rendered the proposal "impossible." Read more.


Greenpeace Makes an Icy Statement on The Shard

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11 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Six women attempted to climb London's Shard this morning, Thursday, July 11, in protest over Arctic oil drilling. The six activists evaded security guards at 4 AM, London time, to begin the unauthorized attempt to scale the 1,004-foot (306-meter) skyscraper, which they are calling a "giant Shard of ice." Read more.


David Scott Talks Prefabrication, Wind Turbines, Innovation

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11 Jul 2013, Dartford, United Kingdom

David Scott, member of the CTBUH Advisory Board, former CTBUH Chairman, CTBUH Awards jury member, is the focus of a recent New Civil Engineer feature article (subscription required). Scott made waves last year when he joined Laing O'Rourke's Engineering Excellence Group (EEG). Read more.


A Second Penthouse Appears in 432 Park

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10 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Developers at 432 Park, Macklowe and CIM, have reconfigured the building's top floors in order to sell a 96th-floor unit for $95 million and a second, 95th-floor unit for a discounted $85 million, The Real Deal New York reports. The developers also plan to cut the number of units from 141 to 125. Read more.


Major Tenant for 3WTC Means Construction Can Continue

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10 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Developer Larry Silverstein is on the verge of landing another major tenant, one that will allow his company to complete construction of the Three World Trade Center tower. GroupM, an advertising and media firm, is close to a final agreement on a 20-year lease at the planned 80-story building. Read more.


New Images of Foster + Partners' Faena House

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10 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Foster + Partners has released new images of the 18-story luxury Faena House currently being constructed in Miami. Argentinean developer Alan Faena commissioned the project, which marks the first phase of the anticipated Faena District in Miami Beach. Read more.


Site Chosen for World's Next Tallest Commercial Tower

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10 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The site of what could be the world's next tallest commercial tower has been revealed to Emirates 24/7. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), has selected a plot located on the southern side of the Jumeirah Lake Towers master community. Read more.


The Stage Approved in Shoreditch

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09 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The proposed 38-story residential skyscraper on the site of what was once Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch has been granted planning permission by Hackney Council. The tower is part of a development known as The Stage, designed by architects Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will. Read more.


Q22 Tower in Poland Inspired by Quartz Crystals

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09 Jul 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Polish developer Echo Investment has announced that in September it will begin construction of a new 39-story office project in Warsaw. The PLN500 million (US$148 million) Q22 scheme will be built on the site of the former Mercure Hotel, which was demolished earlier this year. Read more.


ZHA Releases 1000 Museum Details

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09 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released detailed renderings of the design of its 1000 Museum Tower, designboom reports. The 215-meter (705-foot) building will be the firm's first skyscraper in the western hemisphere and is set to be the fourth-tallest tower in Miami. Read more.


TELUS Launches Sky Tower by BIG

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09 Jul 2013, Calgary, Canada

TELUS, one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies, is set to begin construction on a 58-story tower in Calgary's downtown core. The TELUS Sky tower, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), will incorporate office space, retail stores and 341 residential rental suites. Read more.


China's Government to Impose a Great Migration

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08 Jul 2013, Beijing, China

The Chinese government is pushing a plan to move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. These drastic steps create a Chinese urban population greater than most of the world's urban populations combined. Read more.


New York Considers Composting Requirements

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08 Jul 2013, New York, United States

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for a law requiring New York City residents to compost their food refuse by setting up programs in apartment buildings. The proposal would encourage voluntary composting initially, and which would become mandatory within three to four years. Read more.


Chevron to Build New Tower

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08 Jul 2013, Houston, United States

Chevron is planning to build a skyscraper to accommodate its growing Houston workforce. The energy giant will build a 50-story tower at 1600 Louisiana St. at Pease Street, adding to the company's existing downtown portfolio, which includes 1500 Louisiana and 1400 Smith, the former Enron buildings. Read more.


JMB Realty Committed to Building 'LA's Greenest High Rise'

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08 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

As part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), JMB Realty Corporation has announced it will develop its Century City Center project as the "greenest high-rise in Los Angeles." The building, designed by Johnson Fain, will be the first LEED Platinum-rated high-rise in the city, and the sixth in the nation, according to the company. Read more.


The Vermont Tops Out in LA

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03 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

JH Snyder's The Vermont project topped out in Los Angeles last week, on Thursday, June 27. The 464-unit project features 23- and 29-story towers, 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) of retail, as well as a quarter-acre central courtyard and a sky lobby on the seventh floor. Read more.


Chinese Company Launches California Tower

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03 Jul 2013, San Francisco, United States

Tishman Speyer and China Vanke have broken ground for LUMINA, a mixed-use project at Main and Folsom streets in downtown San Francisco, near the waterfront Transbay area. The development will include 655 condo units in two towers, 37 and 42 stories, respectively, along with retail and parking. Read more.


DMCC Proposes Next Tallest Commercial Tower

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03 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announced on Tuesday it is planning to build what could ultimately be the tallest commercial tower in the world, in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers development. The company announced that the tower will be taller than the 508-meter (1,666-foot) Taipei 101, the world's current tallest completed office building. Read more.


Prudential Launches Newark Office Tower

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02 Jul 2013, Newark, United States

Skanska has secured a $117 million contract to build the first two phases of a three-phase Prudential Financial Inc. office complex in the city of Newark, New Jersey. The first phases of the $444 million project include a 20-story KPF-designed office tower and an adjoining parking structure, High Rise Facilities reports. Read more.


Tower Demolitions Continue in Scotland

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02 Jul 2013, Dundee, United Kingdom

The two tallest buildings in Dundee were brought down yesterday in a controlled explosion yesterday by demolition contractor Safedem, at a cost of ₤2.3 million (US$3.5 million). The 25-story Derby Street Blocks, Butterburn Court and Bucklemaker Court, were built in 1971. Read more.