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Meydan Group to Launch 111-Story Tower


02 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai's Meydan Group is gearing up to launch its 111-story Meydan Tower in downtown Dubai, Emirates 24/7 reports. The company says construction on what would be the city's second tallest building will begin along Shikeh Zayed Road within the next six weeks. Read more.

Beacon Rises on One World Trade Center


02 May 2013, New York City, United States

Today crews are installing the final two sections of the One World Trade Center's 408-foot (124-meter) crowning structure, wihch will bring it to its final architectural height of 1,776 feet (541 meters). Once the installation of the 82-ton, 75-foot (74.39-ton, 23-meter) is complete, the topped-out building will become the tallest "structure" in the US. Read more.

Work Finally Starts on the Ashby High-Rise


01 May 2013, Houston, United States

After six years of protests and lawsuits, work has finally begun on the site of the controversial Ashby High-rise, located near Houston's Rice University. Crews have started prepping the existing Maryland Manor apartment building for demolition, which is scheduled to begin in early June. Read more.

Taiwanese Tower Façade to Generate Power from Wind


01 May 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office (DUO) has released the design of its Taiwan Wind Tower. The skyscraper's façade is composed of rotating wind-driven turbines, which are designed to produce enough energy to completely supply the building, eVolo reports. Read more.

Nanterre Apartment Blocks Cultivate Neighborly Interaction


01 May 2013, Nanterre, France

Parisian firm X-Tu Architects has completed its Nanterre Apartment Blocks in the Nanterre suburb of Paris. The original client specifications for the project inspired the clustered form of the nine-story buildings, as well as its strong vertical fenestration and a broken skyline silhouette. Read more.

Brookfield Takeover of LA


30 Apr 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Four of the 10 tallest skyscrapers in Los Angeles will soon be controlled by international real estate company Brookfield Office Properties. The company will become the city's biggest office owner with the purchase of the buildings, including Gas Company Tower, KMPG Tower and Wells Fargo Tower. Read more.

Emaar Launches Sky Collection Apartments


30 Apr 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based real estate developer Emaar Properties recently opened sales for units in The Address Residence Fountain Views. The pair of 60-story towers in downtown Dubai feature luxury Sky Collection apartments that range from 186 to 1,579 square meters (2,000 to 17,000 square feet). Read more.

Kingdom Tower Secures Water Supply


29 Apr 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Jeddah Economic Co. has signed a water supply deal for the Kingdom Tower with Saudi Arabia's national water company, Bloomberg reports. For SAR2.2 billion (US$587 million), the company will supply 156,000 cubic meters (5.5 million cubic feet) of treated water and drinking water every day. Read more.

Photographer Features Hong Kong's Skyscraper


29 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze has created Vertical Horizon, a book of his photographic journey between the buildings of Hong Kong. With seven million people squeezed into 426 square miles (1,104 square kilometers), Hong Kong is one of the world's most densely populated areas. Read more.

Rehab Institute Tower Approved After Six Revisions


29 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has gained City Council approval for its Gensler-designed new research hospital tower in the Streeterville area of the city. The project is the product of six rounds of community meetings, and is expected to reach completion by 2016. Read more.

Minneapolis' Tallest Sold for $253 million


29 Apr 2013, Minneapolis, United States

The Philip Johnson-designed IDS Center tower in downtown Minneapolis has been sold. Florida-based Beacon Investment Properties and its Israeli partner companies purchased the 57-story office building, which is the tallest building in the state of Minnesota, for $253 million. Read more.

Artist Uses Tall Building as Canvas to Improve Community


26 Apr 2013, Paris, France

Parisian street artist C215 has completed a 25-meter (82-foot) painting on the exterior of a tall building in a low-income neighborhood in the city. The painting was commissioned as part of the Le Parcours Street Art du 13e project, which was launched in an attempt to beautify the city's 13th Arrondissement district. Read more.

Suspended Night Club Tower Proposed for Hong Kong


26 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

Architecture firm Urbanplunger has created a proposal for a nightclub and hotel tower in Hong Kong that would be completely suspended above the ground. The structure, which would lean on neighboring buildings' infrastructure, acts as an "architectural parasite," Architecture Source reports. Read more.

“Tree-Scraper” Debate Heats Up


26 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

National Public Radio (NPR) blogger Robert Krulwich has published a story profiling the emergence of planted skyscrapers, "farmscrapers" and vertical forests. The article was created as an answer to architecture observer Tim De Chant's essay, "Can we please stop drawing trees on top of skyscrapers?" Read more.

MassArt Welcomes Klimt-Inspired Art Tower


25 Apr 2013, Boston, United States

The $52 million Tree House Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MassArt, has reached completion. The 21-story tower was created by ADD Inc. with the collaborative input of students, faculty and the neighboring community. Read more.

New Orleans Accepts Tourism Tower Proposals


25 Apr 2013, New Orleans, United States

The New Orleans Building Corp. has received three submissions to its competition to revive the currently empty World Trade Center Tower on Canal Street. Two recommend renovating the existing building, while the third calls for its demolition and the construction of a completely new tower. Read more.

The Woolworth Building Celebrates a Century of Commerce


25 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Yesterday, April 24, New York celebrated the centennial of a building that changed its skyline: Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building. Originally planned to be 16 stories, when it reached completion in 1913 the 60-story building was the tallest in the world at 792 feet (241 meters). Read more.

“Petite Crawler” Employed to Remove One57's Damaged Crane


24 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

A petite crawler crane is in the process of removing the damaged crane from the top of One57. At the top of the 90-story building, the broken crane, which collapsed in the high winds of Superstorm Sandy last October, was too high to be removed by a ground crane. Read more.

Evacuation Slide Installed in Shanghai


24 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

A retired machinist in Shanghai has invented a slide that will allow high-rise residents to more quickly and safely evacuate their buildings, China Daily reports. In the event of a fire, residents can slide down the chute to the exit in a matter of seconds. Read more.

Chicago Architect Seeks to Energize the West Loop


24 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Scott Sarver, co-founder and principal of Chicago-based smdp, has teamed up with Fifield Cos. to create a master plan to deck over the Kennedy Expressway downtown and create a "New West Loop." Their intention is to create a hub of office development that attracts new business to the city. Read more.

High-rise Demolitions are Wasteful, British Architects Conclude


24 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

Post-war residential tower blocks should be refurbished rather than demolished, according to delegates at the Open City's Green Sky Thinking Week conference in London. The debate concluded that the amounts of embodied carbon in tall buildings are too great to lose through demolition. Read more.

Prudential Buys Miami Tower


23 Apr 2013, Miami, United States

New Jersey-based Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI) has acquired the Sabadell Financial Center in Miami, Florida, for $185 million from Testa American Real Estate Corporation. The 30-story office tower, built in 2000, was valued at $354 per square foot ($3,933 per square meter) and is 85 percent leased. Read more.

KPF to Design Turkish Bank Towers


23 Apr 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Ziraat Bank, Turkey's oldest and largest state-run lender, has commissioned New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to design its headquarters, World Architecture News reports. The two-tower project will be located in the under-construction, HOK-designed Istanbul International Financial Center. Read more.

Tower Launches Inaugural Composting Program


23 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

The Helena apartment building on Manhattan's West Side has become the first in New York City to offer residents regular food scrap collection as part of the city's Organics Collection Program. The residents of the Helena will divert approximately 35 percent of their waste from landfills to composting facilities. Read more.

Melbourne in Uproar Over Possible Supertall Tower


23 Apr 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is planning to ease height restrictions that prohibit building shadows on the Yarra River in order to allow a massive skyscraper. The 555 Collins Street site could be home to a 404-meter (1,325-foot) tower, which would be Melbourne's, and Australia’s tallest. Read more.

Tripoli Towers 'Back on Track'


22 Apr 2013, Tripoli, Libya

Al Waha, a two-tower development in downtown Tripoli, Libya, is back on track. The DH734 million (US$200 million) mixed-use tower project, which will be developed by Abu Dhabi-based Al Maabar, was put on hold due to the Arab Spring. Read more.

The Guardian's Readers Celebrate Tall Buildings


22 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

As part of the Guardian's "Assignment of the Week" photography initiative, readers are encouraged to submit photos of tall buildings around the world. The theme was chosen in honor of last week's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s debate on the role of tall buildings in the City of London. Read more.

Porsche Design Launches Landmark Tower


22 Apr 2013, Miami, United States

Porsche Design Group (PDG) has broken ground on its 60-story landmark "ultra-luxury" tower in Miami. The skyscraper, which represents PDG's first foray into residential real estate, has reportedly sold 50 percent of the 132 units, already amounting to more than $400 million in sales. Read more.

Bill Pedersen Receives Historic AIA Award


22 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

On April 17, the AIA New York Chapter awarded its highest honor to William Pedersen, founding partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Previous Medal of Honor recipients include Louis Skidmore, 1949; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1958; Toshiko Mori, 2005; David Childs, 2010; and Daniel Libeskind, 2011. Read more.

High-rise Developers Cater To Families


19 Apr 2013, Sydney, Australia

Developers in Sydney are capitalizing on growing demand from families wanting to live in high-rise buildings. The city's newest apartment towers are beginning to cater to families with multiple-bedroom units, moving away from the predominant single-bedroom apartment trend. Read more.