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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Time Warner Plots Move to Hudson Yards


02 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Time Warner reportedly is preparing to pick up stakes and move to Hudson Yards. The New York Times reports the company has reached a tentative deal with the Related Companies to move its headquarters into an 80-story building planned for the massive 26-acre project. Read more.

Redesigning Detroit Competition Produces Exciting Possibilities


02 Jul 2013, Detroit, United States

Last week, Rock Ventures announced the winners of a contest to redesign the site of the demolished Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit. MINICITY Detroit, by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino of Rome won first place and $15,000 in the “Redesigning Detroit” competition. Read more.

2116 Chestnut Completed in Philadelphia Neighborhood


01 Jul 2013, Philadelphia, United States

A new luxury residential tower at 2116 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia officially opened over the weekend, after 16 months of construction. The first 14 stories of the building are completely finished, and residents have begun moving in. The remaining floors are set to be completed by the end of the summer. Read more.

Officials in the Indian Capital Argue Over Vertical Expansion


01 Jul 2013, New Delhi, India

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has announced high-rises would not be built in her city, "as long as I'm alive." She has come out in opposition to Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, who has been a champion of vertical growth and who is considering amendments to city code to allow high rises. Read more.

First Flame Tower Opens


01 Jul 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Fairmont Baku tower was held at the Flame Towers complex on June 24, the first of the three towers to be completed. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the 37-story, 163-meter (534-foot) hotel building, which features 318 rooms. Read more.

REM Documentary Exposes Projects’ Human Side


01 Jul 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas, son of architect Rem Koolhaas and painter Zoe Zenghelis, has shared a series of clips from his documentary film, REM. Set to debut at the end of 2013, the motion picture attmepts to expose the raw, human experience of the Dutch architect's most famous projects. Read more.

Tower Attracts Gem Companies With Security Pitch


28 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

Extell Development Co., one of New York's most prolific developers, is opening a 34-story $750 million skyscraper in Manhattan's Diamond District this week. Extell hopes to change the face of the storied neighborhood by installing extreme security technology in the SOM-designed International Gem Tower. Read more.

Pininfarina to Build Singapore Luxury Condo Tower


28 Jun 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Italian design firm and coachbuilder Pininfarina is launching a condominium tower concept in Singapore. Pininfarina's plan for the 104-unit, 335-foot (102-meter) Ferra Luxury Residences tower was created as an extension of the company's automobile aesthetic. Read more.

Empire State Receives Unsolicited Bids


28 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

One of New York City's largest landlords, Thor Equities, has offered more than $2.1 billion in cash to buy the Empire State Building, the company said on Thursday. It is the third unsolicited offer for the skyscraper, which is set to become the centerpiece of a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Read more.

Quincy Launches Intense Urbanization Scheme


27 Jun 2013, Quincy, United States

The city of Quincy, Massachusetts, has launched a $1.6 billion initiative to dramatically redevelop the city with 3.5 million square feet (325,000 square meters) of new construction. The efforts include a series of mixed-use tall buildings designed to attract hundreds of young professional residents to the city center. Read more.

John Hancock Center Sale Indicates Depreciated Value


27 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

San Antonio-based real estate firm The Lynd Co. and its partners closed a deal for 900,000 square feet (83,000 square meters) of space at the 100-story John Hancock Center. The group purchased the portion of property for about $140 million, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

The Oval is Approved in Cyprus


27 Jun 2013, Limassol, Cyprus

Design, engineering and project management firm Atkins has released concept designs for a pebble-inspired office building in Limassol, Cyprus. The commercial tower, which has recently achieved planning permission, will offer a series of office units looking out over the coastline of the island. Read more.

One World Trade Center Identity Crisis


26 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The Freedom Tower was renamed the One World Trade Center in 2009, but many are still attached to the original name, according to The Wall Street Journal. Renaming a tower, especially one which is so important in American society, is a complex process that may never fully be completed. Read more.

Eiffel Tower Operations Stalled by Strike


26 Jun 2013, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower was closed on Tuesday, June 25, at the height of the tourist season, following a strike by workers for better work conditions and more pay. The influential CGT union (General Confederation of Labor) called the strike after seven hours of failed last-minute talks on Monday. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Officially Underway and On Schedule


26 Jun 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal says the project to build the world's future tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is progressing as planned. The prince made the announcement at the fourth board meeting of the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), the company set up to develop the 1-kilometer (3,280-foot) Kingdom Tower. Read more.

Google Takes to the Skies, Courtesy of the Burj


26 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Google has taken its Street View imagery to the top of the Burj Khalifa, under the direction of Pascal Malite, Street View Program Manager. Google spent three days at the Burj Khalifa, where, using its new Street View Trekker technology, a team was able to capture some stunning photos. Read more.

UK's Tallest Residential Tower Plans Unexpectedly Deferred


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

Plans to build the UK's tallest residential tower in Canary Wharf have been deferred by Tower Hamlets Council due to concerns over the height of the building. Developer Chalegrove Properties wants to build a 75-story tower on the site of the former City Pride pub at 15 Westferry Road. Read more.

Sydney Scales Back Darling Harbour


25 Jun 2013, Sydney, Australia

A series of towers as tall as 40 stories and a major town square have been proposed to revamp Sydney's Haymarket as part of a AU$2.5 billion revival of Darling Harbour. The City of Sydney has since called for the removal of one tower from the proposal in order to avoid a wind-tunnel effect from the development. Read more.

West Avenue Sales Mark Dubai Real Estate Revival


25 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Select Property has announced that its West Avenue project in Dubai Marina has sold over 90 percent in five months. The $109 million residential tower is the first to be launched on the Marina since the downturn for 2008, Construction Week reports. Read more.

Former Murdoch Site to Become Residential Complex


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

NI Group Ltd.’s former headquarters in Wapping, East London, will be transformed into a residential district with up to 1,800 new homes in towers ranging between five and 33 stories. The proposals include affordable housing, educational facilities and more than 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.

New Tower in Honolulu


24 Jun 2013, Honolulu, United States

Development proposals for a 60-acre, 22-tower complex in the Kakaako district of Honolulu will soon be presented to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). The first phase would include a 400-foot (122-meter), 424-unit condominium tower, to be built at 404 Ward Avenue. Read more.

David Walker Plans Albert Embankment Tower


24 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

David Walker Architects has submitted a planning application for an 89-meter high rise in London's Albert Embankment on the Thames, The Architects’ Journal reports. The mixed-use tower will be built between a proposed Foster + Partners project and an under-construction Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners project. Read more.

Gold Coast Buildings May Harbor Degraded Concrete


24 Jun 2013, Gold Coast, Australia

Griffith University's Head of Architecture, Professor Gordon Holden, has expressed concerns that many of Gold Coast's most iconic high-rises may be suffering from "concrete cancer." The problem is caused by weather and atmosphere, and is degrading the poorly-built structures in the city, reports. Read more.

Unauthorized Base Jumpers Scare Residents and Evade Police


24 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

Three thrill seekers broke onto the roof of Chicago's Trump Tower overnight Thursday, June 20, and jumped from a roof area of the 1,389-foot (423-meter) skyscraper using parachutes. The trio was spotted jumping around 12:30 AM, prompting a series of 911 calls from Trump Tower residents. Read more.