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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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'Tower of Ring' Completed in China

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25 Oct 2012, Tianjin, China

The Japanese firm Eastern design office has completed a tower-shaped installation in a cultural square in Tianjin. Visitors cannot climb on or go in the tower. The piece seeks to encourage people to look into the sky, and to connect to the city and wider world.Read more.


Toronto Project May Include Supertalls

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25 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's recently announced Oxford condominium redevelopment project will possibly see a pair of residential towers as tall as 1,070 feet (326 meters), according to the developer. If the project comes to fruition, they would be Toronto's first supertall towers. Read more.


Hudson Yards Bags Coach

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25 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is designing the tower at Hudson Yards which will house leather-goods brand Coach, Inc. The tower has been on the drawing table for a year and is intended to create an urban campus for the brand. Read more.


Devon Tower Celebrates Grand Opening

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24 Oct 2012, Oklahoma City, United States

The 50-story Devon Energy Building, the tallest building completed in the U.S. this year, celebrated is official opening on Tuesday. The 844-foot (257-meter) Devon Tower has been open since March, but yesterday marked the invitation-only commemoration ceremony. Read more.


Developers Say Progress Continues on South Africa's First Green Building

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24 Oct 2012, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town’s ZAR1.6 billion (US$114 million) Portside building is on schedule to become South Africa's first green tall building. The 32-story under-construction project is a joint initiative between Old Mutual and FirstRand Bank and will be Cape Town's tallest building upon completion in 2014. Read more.


Korean Air Begins to Clear Site for LA's Second Tallest Building

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24 Oct 2012, Los Angeles, United States

Demolition work began today on the 1952 Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles, clearing the site for a new hotel tower. The rebuilt $1 billion Wilshire Grand will still be three stories shorter than LA's tallest tower, US Bank Tower. Read more.


Ian Simpson Designs to Face Judgment in Manchester

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23 Oct 2012, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Manchester City Council is poised to approve Chelmer Developments' 42-story tower at River Street. The tower, which has been designed by Ian Simpson architects, is set on a site that currently contains a partly-built concrete frame. Read more.


People's Daily HQ Nears Completion in Beijing

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23 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Designboom has published the latest photos of the People's Daily Headquarters under construction in Beijing. The 100,000-square-meter tower consists of a concrete frame system with large cross beams, and will be one of China's super-tall buildings upon completion. Read more.


CTBUH: Dennis Poon Honored by University of Texas at El Paso

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23 Oct 2012, El Paso, United States

CTBUH Board of Trustees member Dennis Poon was recognized as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas El Paso. The award was officially given to Mr. Poon, class of 1977, at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on October 19. Read more.


425 Park Shortlisted Designs on Display

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19 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York has posted all the renderings from the recently completed competition for the redesign of 425 Park Ave. The design by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners was chosen earlier this month from the four Pritzker Prize-winning architects who competed. Read more.


Photos Released of Burj Khalifa in a Fog

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19 Oct 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Daily Mail offers exclusive photos of Burj Khalifa at sunrise rising above an engulfing fog. German photographer Bjoern Lauen captured the images of the 828-meter (2717-foot) building from another nearby tower. Read more.


Monaco's New Tallest Tower in the NYT

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19 Oct 2012, Monaco, Monaco

The New York Times features Monaco's future tallest building, Tour Odéon, an under-construction 70-unit residential tower that will rise 170 meters (558-feet) tall. The tower is reportedly the first tall building to be built in Monaco since the mid 1980s.Read more.


Transit Center Officially Receives Final Approval

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19 Oct 2012, San Francisco, United States

San Francisco's Planning Commission on Thursday gave its final approval to plans to build the 1,070-foot (326-meter) tall Transbay Tower, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The 61-story tower, part of a 145-acre Transit Center District with commercial high-rises, residential towers, hotels and retail space, is set to become San Francisco's tallest building. Read more.


Willis Tower Exhibit Celebrates Its Omnipresence in the City

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19 Oct 2012, Chicago, United States

A free exhibition of 25 large-scale photographs of Willis Tower made by architectural photographer Mark Ballogg looks to re-examine and revisit the tower's impact on the city. Willis Tower: Look Up, Look Down, Look Around, is an exhibit that documents the tower and its lobbies, illustrating how the building looms over the city's landscape.Read more.


Australian School Considers Selling Property for High-Rise Project

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18 Oct 2012, New South Wales, Australia

The Ultimo Public School in New South Wales has been asked to consider selling its property to make way for a mixed-use high-rise development. The new development would provide classrooms on the lower floors and apartment spaces in the floors above. Read more.


Union Station Renovation Ideas Create Dynamic Public Spaces

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18 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Following the July proposal to remove restrictions on building heights around New York's Grand Central Station, a coalition of architects has produced a series of exciting ideas to transform the area into a stately entry point to the city. Read more.


Jeanne Gang Tries to Save Prentice Hospital

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18 Oct 2012, Chicago, United States

Northwestern University's plans to build a new biomedical research facility in Chicago on the site of iconic Prentice Hospital caused an uproar of opposition in July. In an effort to save Prentice, Jeanne Gang of Gang Architects has produced an idea to build their new facility on top of the existing hospital. Read more.


Moscow Development Plans to Build 14 Skyscrapers

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17 Oct 2012, Moscow, Russia

The Crocus Group Holding announced it will augment its Crocus City development in the city of Moscow with 14 skyscrapers. The previously suspended project will emulate New York, according to the company. Read more.


Developers Upset Ministers by Selling Without a Permit

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17 Oct 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The Singapore-based developers of the proposed Tower Melbourne have raised concerns after they started selling apartment units, even though they have not yet obtained final building approval from the government. Tower Melbourne is a 220-meter tall tower destined for Melbourne's fast growing CBD.Read more.


Fabricator Withholds One World Trade Center Structure

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17 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

The company that owns One World Trade Center has sued a steel firm for holding "hostage" the structure designed to top the building, according to media reports. ADF Steel Corporation, a Canadian structural steel fabricator, refuses to deliver the antenna as part of a separate contract fight.Read more.


SOM Master Plans Cornell's Roosevelt Campus

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16 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

SOM has completed the master plan of Cornell Tech's new campus, which will be built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The entire campus is scheduled to be completed by 2037, accommodating 5,400 people with 2.1 million square feet of housing.Read more.


Detroit Celebrates Two Imminent Residential Openings

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16 Oct 2012, Detroit, United States

The highly anticipated redevelopment of the Broderick Tower, 124 apartments on the edge of Detroit's CBD, is now just days from opening to tenants, property manager Eric Novak told MLive Detroit. The newly completed Auburn apartment building will also open within a month. Read more.


Philly's Chinatown to Redevelop Vacant Lot with a Revitalizing Tower

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16 Oct 2012, Philadelphia, United States

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) hopes to build a 23-story, 265-foot-high residential and office tower, with a community center on the ground floor. Chinatown's long-lived desire for a community center prompted the project, called Eastern Tower Community Center.Read more.


Transbay Tower Defeats Another Round of Naysaying

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16 Oct 2012, San Francisco, United States

The San Francisco Planning and the Recreation and Park Commissions have agreed that the shadow of the proposed Transbay Tower at 101 First St. won't have a significant or adverse impact on those public spaces.Read more.


Photographic Exhibition of Detroit

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11 Oct 2012, Washington DC, United States

The National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington DC is featuring an exhibit entitled "Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore." The show features haunting images of the resulting remnants of the city's massive exodus.Read more.


Top Buyers Tour the Tops of Top Towers

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11 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Interested parties in New York with enough money, powers of persuasion and impressive social connections have been enjoying rides to the top of under-construction, high profile projects like One57 or One World Trade Center.Read more.


Work Begins on Miami’s Stalled Tallest Tower

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11 Oct 2012, Miami, United States

Site-work has officially begun for the stalled 74-story 1101 Brickell residential tower in Downtown Miami. Upon completion, the project will become Miami's tallest building, and will reportedly cost between $500 to $600 million.Read more.


Oregon Abandons Sustainable Skyscraper Dream

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10 Oct 2012, Portland, Oregon

Portland is abandoning its plan to build a sustainable skyscraper, according to a statement from Mayor Sam Adams. The Oregon Sustainability Center lost its impetus after a series of rejections and reductions in the scale of the project.Read more.


Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street

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10 Oct 2012, Sydney, Australia

Photography and communications firm Hyatt and Associates has produced a 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Street Office Tower, the winner of the 2012 CTBUH Best Tall Building Award for Asia and Australasia designed by Ingenhoven Architects. Read more.


New York Plans Its Densest Development Yet

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10 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

New York-based Related Companies has hatched a redevelopment plan for Hudson Yards, the city's largest piece of undeveloped land. The 26-acre site will receive an $800 million concrete roof, and include 12-million-square-feet of offices, shops, movie theaters, gyms, hotel rooms, museum galleries and 5,000 apartment units. Read more.