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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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Developer to Sell a Percentage of Atlantic Yards to Fund Construction


26 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, has announced he plans to sell 50 to 80 percent of the $5 billion complex to interested investors. The proceeds of the sale will go to help build some of the stalled 14 residential buildings. Read more.

Gramercy Skypark Is Completed


23 Aug 2013, Makati, Philippines

Singapore-based Pomeroy Studio has completed Gramercy Skypark, billed as the highest sky garden and the tallest green wall in the Philippines. The Skypark is located within the Roger Villarosa-designed Gramercy Residences, which at 250 meters (820 feet) has become the second-tallest building in the Philippines. Read more.

The Guardian Weighs In on Elizabeth House


23 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

The uproar over London mayor Boris Johnson’s recent approval of the Elizabeth House redevelopment is picked up by The Guardian's blogger Dave Hill. The Mayor has given the go-ahead to replace the 16-story Elizabeth House with a 29-story tower, despite protests from English Heritage and the Palace of Westminster. Read more.

Energy Tower Developers Ask for City Funding


23 Aug 2013, Midland, United States

The construction of the ambitious 56-story mixed-use Energy Tower in Midland, Texas, is expected to cost more than the $400 million originally projected. Developer Energy Related Properties is asking the city of Midland to contribute as much as $75 million in cash to build a five-story parking garage for the project. Read more.

Henry Cobb's Historic Images of Warsaw on Display


23 Aug 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Henry Cobb, recipient of the 2013 Lynne S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, has been profiled by Polish media for the color photographs he took during his tour of the country in 1947 while a student of architecture at Harvard. The collection of about 100 images was reportedly the first color photographs made in Poland. Read more.

Condos Flood the Market in Toronto, Causing Concern


22 Aug 2013, Toronto, Canada

A housing dive may be in the future for the condominium housing market in Toronto. Although low-rise sales are declining faster than high-rise sales in the city, condominium prices are taking a dive due to the flood of new construction in the city and an overabundance of high-rise residences in the market. Read more.

Smartphone App Resurrects a Phantom Chicago


22 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Phantom Chicago, produced by Alexander Eisenschmidt and his Visionary Cities project, presents over 100 unbuilt visionary schemes for the City of Chicago. As an iPhone app, the 160-foot (50-meter) long panorama creates "gallery walls" that link the unrealized visions to the existing Chicago. Read more.

One Blackfriars is Underway


21 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Construction has reportedly begun on the Ian Simpson-designed tower at One Blackfriars Road, World Architecture News reports. Developed by St. George, the 52-story tower will include 274 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant space, a boutique hotel and a landscaped piazza. Read more.

Why Turkey's Building Boom May Be Ending


21 Aug 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The New York Times chronicles the tentative financial futures of the building industry in Istanbul. "Cheap loans" from the US facilitated a tall building boom in the city, but since the financial crash, have disappeared. A declining currency and sluggish economy mark the end of the "Turkish economic miracle." Read more.

Northwood Snatches Up 100 Broadway


21 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Northwood Investors has added 100 Broadway to its New York portfolio, purchasing the 24-story vintage office tower for $150 million, according to the New York Post. The 116-year-old building contains 380,000 square feet (35,000 square meters) of rentable space, bringing the transaction’s value to $400 per square foot ($4,400 per square meter). Read more.

Vertical Density Blurs Skyscraper Memories


20 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Washington, DC-based photographer Ajay Malghan has produced his latest series, Vertical Density, playing with abstract shapes of skyscrapers to create his photographs. The collection of blurred images is meant to mimic the non-specific nature of the human memory. Read more.

Latest LEGO Tower Record Goes to Delaware Students


20 Aug 2013, Wilmington, United States

A group of students in Delaware, USA, has reportedly broken the world record for the world's tallest free-standing LEGO tower. The team from John Dickinson High School built the 112-foot (34-meter), five-story tower from more than 500,000 bricks. Read more.

Leighton Launches Latest Tower


20 Aug 2013, Sydney, Australia

Leighton Properties has announced the development of North Sydney's first new commercial building in six years. The 30-story, AU$400 million (US$363 million) development at 177 Pacific Highway will feature 40,000 square meters (431,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.

Bloomberg Weighs In on the Next Tallest Tower


20 Aug 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

June marked the announcement by Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announcement of his project to build the world's future tallest office tower in Dubai. Bloomberg's latest article questions his ability to complete the project in the city's still-bleak market. Read more.

New York Times Illustrates Bloomberg's Legacy in the Big Apple


19 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

As part of its series of retrospective pieces looking at different aspects of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12 years in office, The New York Times has created a dynamic interactive webpage illustrating how the Mayor reshaped the city through bike lanes, new building construction and rezoning. Read more.

Nation’s Towers Open, Featuring World's Highest Suspended Suite


19 Aug 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel features what developers are calling "the world's highest suspended suite," including a sky bridge that connects the two towers. Read more.

Video: Voactiv's Exclusive Inside Look at Torre David


19 Aug 2013, Caracas, Venezuela

Global social news network Voactiv has produced a short film documenting life in Caracas' much-discussed Torre David, calling it "the world's tallest slum." Voactiv is one of the few companies allowed to bring cameras into the building to interview residents about their daily lives and struggles in the tower. Read more.

One Chase Manhattan Plaza on the Market


19 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

JP Morgan Chase & Co. is selling its former headquarters, the 60-story 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza in lower Manhattan. The tower, containing 2.2 million square feet (204,000 square meters) of office space, could fetch at least $1 billion, making it one of the largest commercial office deals in the area in recent years. Read more.

Studio Heliopolis Tower Images Released


16 Aug 2013, Mumbai, India

Indian architecture firm Planet 3 Studios has released images of its Heliopolis Tower, a "neo-Gaudi" apartment block designed for Mumbai. The firm was inspired by the organic forms of Antoni Gaudi's balconies as well as Ancient Egyptian columns and modern building materials. Read more.

DOS Architects Wins GWA Tower Competition


16 Aug 2013, Beijing, China

Grow Wealth Assets (GWA) has chosen London-based DOS Architects as the frontrunner of its Mixed-Use Development competition in the Lize Financial District of Beijing. The winning entry, Cantilevering Courtyard Tower, includes 219,000 square meters (2,400,000 square feet) of hotel, office, retail and residential space. Read more.

Macy's Plaza to Undergo Complete Renovation


16 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles-based Ratkovich Company is planning a $160 million renovation of its recent acquisition, the Macy's Plaza. The 1.8 million-square foot (167,000-square meter) complex includes a 24-story hotel tower and a 33-story office tower and will be renamed The Bloc after the renovation is complete in 2015. Read more.

Atkins Launches Baoneng Shenyang Project


16 Aug 2013, Shenyang, China

Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed, ₤1 billion (US$1.6 billion) mixed-use Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre in Shenyang, China, which consists of two supertall towers. The 565-meter tower, named Pearl of the North, is poised to become the tallest building in Shenyang once complete. Read more.

Video: Vibrant Vertical Farming in Tokyo


15 Aug 2013, Tokyo, Japan

A staffing company in Tokyo's financial district is using office space in its own headquarters to illustrate cutting-edge horticultural technique and inspire a new generation of urban farmers. Monocle Magazine has produced an insightful micro-documentary on the Pasona company headquarters in Tokyo. Read more.

After 30 Years, First Canadian Centre to Gain Second Tower


15 Aug 2013, Calgary, Canada

GWL Realty Advisors has submitted for approval plans for the east tower of the First Canadian Centre to the Calgary Planning Commission. The new tower will be part of the second phase of the complex and will join the existing 41-story west tower, built in 1982, which is the 10th tallest in the city. Read more.

Bloomberg Poses Tough Questions on the World's Tallest


15 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Megan McArdle at Bloomberg expresses strong opinions about the debate surrounding the pursuit of the title of "tallest" which pervades the tall building industry. In her piece, she examines the controversy surrounding the One World Trade Center and wonders whether the question is impractical. Read more.

Kansas City's Latest Tower Growing Taller


15 Aug 2013, Kansas City, United States

The tallest residential tower in Kansas City has gained two floors and 61 apartments in a new planning submission for the project. The revised proposal by Cordish Co. calls for a 25-story, 311-unit apartment building at 13th and Walnut Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light district. Read more.

Building Boom May Come to Footscray


14 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is pushing a code alteration to allow towers as tall as 25 stories in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. The zoning change could allow a group of five developers to build more than 3,000 new apartments in 18 residential skyscrapers in the area near the town center. Read more.

More Questions Surrounding Sky City


14 Aug 2013, Changsha, China

Since Broad Sustainable Building held a groundbreaking ceremony for Sky City on July 20, questions arose around all aspects of the project. Christian Science Monitor Beijing correspondent Peter Ford has published an article exploring the realities of what could be the world's next tallest building. Read more.

Hudson Yards Heavyweight Provides Insights into the Development Process


14 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

June marked the announcement of 3 Hudson Boulevard, the 1,000-foot (304-foot) tower developed by the Moinian Group. The Commercial Observer interviewed Moinian Group Vice President and Director of Development Oskar Brecher, discussing his involvement in the project and its progress. Read more.

'Green' Tower Addition Will Rescue Old Stock Exchange


14 Aug 2013, Vancouver, Canada

A CA$200 million (US$194 million) tower, billed by its developers as one of the most sustainable office buildings in Canada, has been given the go-ahead for construction in Vancouver. The city's development permit board approved the 31-story Exchange, designed by Harry Gugger Studio. Read more.