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Waffle Tower Features Undulating Façade


09 Apr 2013, Culver City, United States

Eric Owen Moss Architects' Cactus Tower structure, which revamped a 60-year-old industrial press in Culver City, California, will be joined by a companion structure called the Waffle. The Waffle will provide flexible meeting space, including an open conference area, closed meeting rooms and an open roof deck. Read more.

'Superman,' Rhode Island's Tallest, Is in Trouble


09 Apr 2013, Providence, United States

Rhode Island's tallest building will soon be the most visible symbol of the US state's long economic decline, according to the Associated Press (AP). This month the 26-story Art-Deco 111 Westminster skyscraper is losing its sole tenant, the Bank of America, which occupied 20 percent of the building. Read more.

Artist Focuses on Hong Kong's Density


08 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

German-born photographer Michael Wolf has documented the extreme density of Hong Kong in his series "Architecture of Density." His images distort the scale of monolithic walls of apartment buildings, creating patterns with edges, windows, balconies and AC units. Read more.

Philly Skyscraper Plays Part in Pong Projection


08 Apr 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Drexel University Professor Frank Lee has commandeered Philadelphia's Cira Centre, a 437-foot glass skyscraper, for a supersized game of Pong. The video game will be generated by 29 stories of LEDs embedded in the façade of the building. Read more.

Hong Kong Developers Building Australian Tower


08 Apr 2013, Coolangatta, Australia

Construction has begun on a 25-story tower in Coolangatta, Australia, a southern suburb of Gold Coast. Eastview Queensland Construction is building the AU$35 million Sanbano building, which is scheduled for completion in September 2014. Read more.

Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition


08 Apr 2013, Shenyang, China

Architecture firms RMJM, Aedas, Pelli Clarke Pelli and SCUT have been shortlisted to work on a giant skyscraper in the Chinese city of Shenyang. The tower would rise 92 stories and be connected by a shared podium to a second tower of 66 stories. Read more.

Nigerian Master Plan Creates Waterfront Destination City


05 Apr 2013, Abuja, Nigeria

London-based Studio Seilern Architects has recently completed a design for a 31 hectare waterfront master plan for Duval Properties. Situated on Jabi Lake in Abuja, Nigeria, the project aims to create a new destination for the city: a place to live, work, shop, be entertained and to enjoy. Read more.

Cornerstone Plans 45-story Residential Tower


04 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

New York developer TF Cornerstone has filed plans to build a 45-story tower at 606 West 57th Street in New York, a site which was once intended to host an Avalon Bay development. The tower would be built just one block south of the recently approved BIG W57 project. Read more.

Diagonal Tower Exemplifies Skyscraper Efficiency


04 Apr 2013, Seoul, South Korea

Earth Techling has published a story featuring SOM's Diagonal Tower, which was designed as part of Seoul's Yongsan International Business District (IBD). The 343-meter (1,127-foot) office building was designed to include several passive systems and requires 25 percent less structural steel than similarly sized buildings. Read more.

The Race is On for Australia's Tallest


04 Apr 2013, Parramatta, Australia

The City Council of Parramatta, the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney, has accepted an application for the development of the Aspire Tower in the city's central business district (CBD). At 336 meters (1,102 feet) the Grimshaw Architects-designed tower would be the tallest building in the Sydney area upon completion. Read more.

Olympus Tower Engulfed in Flames


04 Apr 2013, Grozny, Russia

Flames from a short circuit in the air-conditioning system engulfed a 40-story luxury apartment building in Grozny, Chechnya, on Wednesday, April 3. All residents of the 475-foot (145-meter) Olympus Tower, the tallest building in Chechnya, were evacuated as firefighters attempted to stop the blaze. Read more.

Moscow-City's Resurrection


04 Apr 2013, Moscow, Russia

Russia has re-launched the Moscow-City development in an attempt to draw international business to the city. The real estate development, which has suffered a series of setbacks and delays since its launch in 2004, is home to Mercury City Tower, which will soon become Europe's tallest building upon completion. Read more.

Developer Plans North Carolina Tower


03 Apr 2013, Durham, United States

Colorado-based Austin Lawrence Partners is planning a 26-story skyscraper for downtown Durham, North Carolina. The developer plans a mixed-use 296-foot (90-meter) high-rise with retail, office space and 21 stories of apartments. Read more.

Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum


03 Apr 2013, San Francisco, United States

Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, has updated the design of the podium façade. Instead of a transparent, sinuous glass façade, the complex will be clad in perforated aluminum, a move which is expected to save the project about $10 million. Read more.

Three-story 1WTC Observation Deck Unveiled to Press


03 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Officials developing the observation deck at One World Trade Center provided a preview of the attraction to the press yesterday. The tour will showcase the tower as "the most significant destination in the world," David Checketts, CEO of Legends Hospitality, told the media. Read more.

MAD Architects on the Creators Project


02 Apr 2013, Tianjin, China

The Creators Project has produced a feature of MAD Architects and its Sinosteel International Plaza building. The building, which is under construction in Tianjin, features a honeycombed structural façade that eliminates interior columns. Read more.

Office Development Gets Competitive in Chicago


02 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago-based developer J. Paul Beitler in collaboration with Next Realty has proposed constructing an office tower in the Loop at 200 W Randolf. The 23-story tower, which would be built on the site of an existing parking garage, is one of a large number of office building proposals around the city. Read more.

Pinnacle Proposes Canada's Largest Development


02 Apr 2013, Toronto, Canada

Vancouver developer Pinnacle International has announced plans to construct Canada's largest hotel and condominium tower project in Toronto, Bloomberg reports. The One Yonge Street scheme features six towers between 75 and 88 stories built on what is now a parking lot. Read more.

Demolition May be the Greenest Option for Midtown Dinosaurs


02 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Mayor Bloomberg's plans to rezone midtown New York, allowing for bigger and bolder skyscrapers, has found an unlikely ally. A recently produced report suggests that the most environmentally friendly solution is to demolish and replace these aging giants with properly built, efficient modern replacements. Read more.

Pennsylvania May See 33-story Landmark Tower


01 Apr 2013, Allentown, United States

Developer Bruce Loch unveiled plans last week for the 33-story Landmark Tower in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The $60 million skyscraper project would surpass the vacant Martin Tower, the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley's current tallest building. Read more.

Kempinski Puts the Kibosh on Ryugyong Hotel


01 Apr 2013, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea's unfinished Ryugyong Hotel has suffered another setback with last week's loss of hotel operator Kempinski. The German hotel company, which expressed interest in operating the 330-meter (1,083-foot) pyramid in 2012, has backed away from the idea, citing unfavorable market conditions. Read more.

The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again


01 Apr 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview featured in Arabian Business Magazine, the mogul detailed his ambitions to again build the world's next tallest building. Read more.

Desert Towers Generate Their Own Wind


29 Mar 2013, San Luis, United States

A Maryland-based company plans to build a pair of 2,250-foot solar wind-generation towers in the Arizona desert. The towers, which could be the tallest structures in the western hemisphere, would use desalinated water from the Sea of Cortez to generate downdrafts and create renewable energy. Read more.

Foster + Partners Tower Trio Approved


29 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Foster + Partners have received approval from the Borough of Lambeth Council for three mixed-use towers. Ranging from 15 to 27 stories, the 20-21 Albert Embankment will include affordable homes for senior living, offices, restaurants, a residents' bar, gym, pool and spa. Read more.

Dubai in the Mist


29 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

German photographer Sebastian Opitz has created a series of images of the city of Dubai swathed in mist. Taken from the 85th floor of the 413-meter (1,356-foot) Princess Tower, the photos depict a phenomenon that occurs four to six times a year between 4:00 and 9:00 AM. Read more.

Detroit Mogul Collects Skyscrapers as a Hobby


28 Mar 2013, Detroit, United States

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has added a pair of Detroit skyscrapers to his rapidly expanding property portfolio in the city. Mr. Gilbert has acquired the towers as part of his super-secret "Woodward Corridor Place-making and Retail Strategy." Read more.

Australian Development Breaks Height Restrictions


28 Mar 2013, Perth, Australia

This week in Perth the Belmont Racecourse skyscraper development cleared a major planning hurdle. The Western Australia Planning Commission (WAPC) exempted the AU$3.5 million project from a 30-story height restriction, saying the limit was unwarranted and unnecessary. Read more.

San Francisco Welcomes Future Tallest


28 Mar 2013, San Francisco, United States

Yesterday, San Francisco celebrated the groundbreaking of the Transbay Transit Tower. The 1,070-foot tower at First and Mission, which, if completed tomorrow, would be the tallest building on the West Coast and seventh-tallest in the US. Read more.

Kenya Re Plans Green High-rise


27 Mar 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

The Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) plans to develop a KES1.5 billion (US$17.5 million) commercial high-rise in Nairobi. The building will be constructed on a 1.6-acre (0.65 hectare) site in the city's Upper Hill neighborhood and is designed to alleviate the scarcity of parking and office space in the city. Read more.

Leeds Attempts to Rectify Devastating Wind Problem


27 Mar 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

A wind tunnel effect caused by Leeds' tallest building has caused 25 serious incidents, which include several injuries as well as one death. The problematic building, 367-foot (112-meter) Bridgewater Place, will be subject to £245,000 (US$370,000) in modifications to attempt to alleviate the problem. Read more.