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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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Krueck + Sexton Planning Major Glass Tower

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08 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer Tishman Speyer is planning to build Chicago-based firm Krueck + Sexton's largest project on the empty lot at 130 North Franklin Street. The 48-story faceted glass tower is the developer's first major project since the 2008 financial crisis. Read more.


Renzo Piano Plans Resurrection of Milan's Steel District

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07 May 2013, Milan, Italy

Renzo Piano has completed the master plan for the derelict steel production district of Milan, designboom reports. The regenerated district, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, will include a series of towers ranging between 40 and 90 meters (131 to 295 feet) and will produce all of its own energy. Read more.


JDS Plans Manhattan Tower Next to Steinway Building

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07 May 2013, New York City, United States

With its March purchase of New York's landmark Steinway Hall, JDS Development Group is considering expanding its planned 105-107 W. 57th Street tower. Now that it owns Steinway's air rights, JDS may be able to build a skyscraper taller than 900 feet (274 meters) on the adjacent site. Read more.


Video: Watching a Sand Storm from the Burj Khalifa

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07 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan climbed to the top of the 828-meter (2,722-foot) Burj Khalifa last week with plans to photograph the city. When he arrived at the top, a sand storm engulfed the city, which he managed to capture on video. Read more.


Viscous Damping Saves Boston Properties $5 million

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07 May 2013, New York City, United States

Boston Properties has completed the structure and envelope of its SOM-designed 250 West 55th Street tower. The company reports that saving $5 million by incorporating an "innovative viscous damping system into the outrigger and belt truss at the crown of the building." Read more.


Architecture Students Create Skyscraper for Bees in Buffalo

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06 May 2013, Buffalo, United States

Four architecture students at the University of Buffalo in New York have designed and constructed an apartment building for bees. The Elevator B project is a steel, glass and cypress skyscraper bee colony created as part of the school's Ecological Practices Group competition. Read more.


Major Convoys Wharf Redevelopment Plan Submitted

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06 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

A new Terry Farrell and Partners-designed mater plan to transform Convoys Wharf on the Thames has been submitted for planning permission. Developer Hutchison Whampoa Property is planning to invest over £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) to transform the derelict site opposite Canary Wharf. Read more.


Glasgow Demolishes Failed Housing Projects

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06 May 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow's Birnie Court, one of the city's controversial Red Road high-rise housing projects, was demolished yesterday, May 5, in the second stage of a regeneration project. Eighty-eight kilograms (194 pounds) of explosives brought down the 30-story building in five seconds. Read more.


AS+GG Wins Imperial Tower Competition

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06 May 2013, Mumbai, India

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won Mumbai’s Imperial Tower competition with a 400-meter aerodynamic design. The Imperial Tower, which could become the tallest in the city, was designed to "confusedthe wind" by minimizing the negative effects of wind in the low-rise city. Read more.


Researchers Develop Silent Turbine System

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03 May 2013, Wollongong, Australia

A team from Australia's University of Wollongong (UOW) under the direction of Professor Farzad Safaei has developed Power WINDows, a new type of wind-to-energy converter. The modular turbines were developed to keep noise vibration and operating costs to a minimum. Read more.


Shard Secures First Office Tenant

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03 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

Financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps has signed a contract to lease about 20,000 square feet (1,806 square meters) of office space in the Shard. The firm joins the unopened Shangri-La hotel and the View from the Shard observation deck as the tower's maiden tenants. Read more.


Emaar Mogul Hints Again At New Supertall

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03 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar, continues to vaguely reference his next skyscraper project, which is supposed to be the world's next tallest building. The Chairman most recently hinted that the supertall may be located in Dubai, near his previous accomplishment, the Burj Khalifa. Read more.


Developer Plans Tallest Building in Singapore

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02 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Singapore-based developer GuocoLand is planning to build Singapore's tallest building as part of the Tanjong Pagar Centre development. The Guoco Tower will be 290 meters (951 feet) when it is completed in 2016 and will contain 38 stories of office space and nearly 200 residential units. Read more.


Meydan Group to Launch 111-Story Tower

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.