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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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AJ Examines UN Studio's Canaletto Tower


16 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

Architects’ Journal writer Felix Mara conducted an interview with UN Studio director Ben van Berkel in which they discussed the practice's new 30-story residential tower Canaletto Tower in London. The pair discussed the tower's sustainable, social and parametric design characteristics. Read more.

Crown Hotel Sydney Announces Design Winner


16 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design finds its roots in an abstracted form of three stems growing out of the ground and twisting as they reach the top of the structure. Read more.

Jewel-Osco Tower Renderings Released


15 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Fifield Cos has released the design of the 42-story tower it was commissioned to develop for the Jewel-Osco grocery chain in Chicago’s North Loop. The Jewel Gold Coast Tower will feature apartments and a flagship grocery-store podium. Read more.

Ottawa Developers Compete for Tallest


15 May 2013, Ottawa, Canada

ttawa developer Richcraft is the latest to propose building the city’s tallest towers. The company has filed plans with the city to make way for one 18-story building and two 48-story condo towers at 845 Carling Avenue. Read more.

Dubai Frame to Be Monument to Past and Future


15 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame, a 150-meter-by-105-meter (492-by-344-ft) window frame structure in the emirate’s Zabeel Park, is set to be completed by the end of next year. The AED120 million (US$32.3 million) project won the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Architecture Award in 2009. Read more.

Video: Be Hoisted Up Brisbane’s Tallest


14 May 2013, Brisbane, Australia

Ever wanted to go to work by being lifted more than 250 meters (820 feet) by a crane? Through a recently released video, you can experience crane operator David Hooper’s daily vertical commute to his job constructing Brisbane’s future tallest building, Meriton Infinity Tower. Read more.

New York “Stratospherians” Pay Dearly for the High-Rise Life


14 May 2013, New York City, United States

The New York Times looks into the city’s world of high-rise living, emphasizing how infatuated New Yorkers have become with the phenomenon and the premiums they are willing to pay. Extraordinary views and enviable silence are driving prices higher than the apartments. Read more.

One57 Finally Replaces Ruined Crane


13 May 2013, New York City, United States

A new boom has successfully been hoisted onto the crane at One57, nearly seven months after the previous crane snapped during Hurricane Sandy. The maneuver involved swinging the boom over three buildings before hauling it up the side of the building.Read more.

Video: China Broad J220 Animation


13 May 2013, Changsha, China

The Broad Sustainable Building has released an animation of its much anticipated Sky City skyscraper in Changsha, which, if completed, would be the world’s tallest building. The short film demonstrates the prefabricated process that would be used in its construction. Read more.

Chinese Life Insurer Buys Lloyd's of London Building


10 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

London's iconic Lloyd's building has been sold to the Chinese life insurance firm Ping An for around £260 million (US$400 million). The tower, commonly referred to as the “Inside-Out Building” because its circulation and ventilation are on the outside, was designed by British architect Richard Rogers. Read more.

Residential Tower Launches Near Future Amazon HQ


10 May 2013, Seattle, United States

This week, construction began on a 41-story residential project located at 2030 8th Avenue in downtown Seattle. GID Development Group's 355-unit luxury apartment tower features panoramic views of Seattle's downtown skyline, Lake Union, Puget Sound and Elliot Bay. Read more.

New Images Released of One Yonge Development


10 May 2013, Toronto, Canada

Hariri Pontarini Architects released new images of its 6.4 million-square foot (600,000-square meter) One Yonge six-tower development. The tallest of the towers will be an 88-story residential skyscraper, which will be joined by a 40-story office tower and a 70-story hotel tower, linked by a retail podium. Read more.

One World Trade Center Tops Out


10 May 2013, New York City, United States

The final crowning piece has been attached to the roof of One World Trade Center in New York, bringing to a symbolic close a decade-plus process of politics, healing, design and construction, after the destruction of the original World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Read more.

Shutterstock Moves to Empire State


09 May 2013, New York City, United States

Shutterstock Inc., the image web-marketplace, has signed an 11-year lease for a new 85,000-square foot headquarters in the Empire State Building. Shutterstock will move from its current space at 60 Broad Street later this year, according to Real Estate Weekly. Read more.

Langham Chicago Coming To Mies' Last Tower


09 May 2013, Chicago, United States

The Langham Hotel Chicago is scheduled open in July in the Mies van der Rohe-designed 330 N. Wabash skyscraper in downtown Chicago. The 330-room hotel, located in what was once known as the IBM Building, is still under renovation and will occupy floors two through 13. Read more.

Barangaroo's Crown Hotel Competition Heats Up


09 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Three internationally recognized firms are competing to design a multi-billion dollar resort hotel tower at Barangaroo South on Sydney's harbor foreshore. The shortlist is composed of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects (AS+GG) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Read more.

A Fresh Look for Dallas's Tallest Tower


08 May 2013, Dallas, United States

Renovation work has begun on Dallas's tallest building, the 72-story Bank of America Plaza, which will include a new entry, lobby area and remodeled retail court. The $20 million project will also involve a replacement of the green argon lights that outline the building with more efficient LED lights. Read more.

Parachutes May be a New Means of Egress


08 May 2013, Panama City, Panama

A Panamanian inventor has demonstrated a new parachute, which can open after just 100 feet (31 meters) to be used as an escape option for people in high-rise buildings during a catastrophe. The SOS Parachute by Morris Shahbazi can open more quickly and at lower heights than most similar devices. Read more.

JP Morgan Buys Manhattan Tower from Hines


08 May 2013, New York City, United States

JP Morgan Asset Management is acquiring the 31-story office tower at 425 Lexington Ave. for around $650 million. The building is one of two midtown skyscrapers being auctioned off by the Houston-based real estate investment and development firm Hines, the other being the I.M. Pei-designed 499 Park Ave. Read more.

Krueck + Sexton Planning Major Glass Tower


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.