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CTBUH Global News

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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Long-Discussed Chelsea Barracks Project Put on Hold


29 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Developer Qatari Diar has decided to suspend work on its proposed Chelsea Barracks luxury apartment complex, citing concerns about the British economy. Although the company has completed the planning approval process for the project, they are unwilling to move forward at this point. Read more.

Photographer Offers Panoramic Views from Burj Khalifa


29 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan has produced a 360-degree panorama from the top of the Burj Khalifa, providing stunning views of the Dubai landscape. The image was created by merging 70 individual photographs and a mechanized panoramic tripod. Read more.

Herzog & de Meuron to Design Signature Tower at Wood Wharf


28 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Group has appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design a new residential tower at Wood Wharf, a redevelopment project adjacent to Canary Wharf. Herzog & de Meuron will design a landmark residential tower for the southwest corner of the site. Read more.

One of Three Wolf Point Towers Approved


28 Jan 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago city planners approved one tower of the three-tower development backed by the Kennedy family for Chicago's coveted Wolf Point. Developers will first build the 50-story residential tower, followed by a pair of office towers, which have yet to receive the Commission's approval. Read more.

London's Tall Buildings Under Scrutiny


28 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Recent events in London have brought the city's tall building development under public scrutiny, Al Jazeera reports. Although London's development trend has moved toward taller buildings, city policies are still behind the times, some argue. Read more.

Fire Breaks out in Moscow City Construction Site


25 Jan 2013, Moscow, Russia

A fire broke out Friday in a skyscraper under construction in the Moscow City development. A spark from a fan heater used to warm liquid concrete started the blaze on the Oko skyscraper, according to local media reports. Read more.

Pakistan's Tallest Nears Completion


24 Jan 2013, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan's future tallest building is reportedly nearing completion in the nation's capital. The US$71.4 million Ocean Tower will surpass the country's current tallest by 4 meters (12 feet) and will function as a retail and office tower. Read more.

Church's Planned Tall Buildings to Rejuvenate Surrounding Real Estate


24 Jan 2013, Boston, United States

Cambridge developer Carpenter & Co. has been hired to build two towers next to the Christian Science Plaza in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The city has already approved the broad outlines of the project and construction could begin by the end of the year, according to local media. Read more.

Las Vegas 'Dinners in the Sky'


24 Jan 2013, Las Vegas, United States

Thrill seeking food-lovers may soon have the chance to "dine in the sky" like never before. A caterer in Las Vegas is reportedly building a t-shaped tower where as many as 44 diners, strapped into seats by six-point harnesses, will be able to eat meals 180 feet in the air. Read more.

Developer Seeks to Crowdfund Skyscraper Projects


24 Jan 2013, Bogota, Colombia

The Prodigy Network, the New York-based real estate marketing company which crowdfunded the Colombian skyscraper BD Bacatá, is expanding its efforts to solicit thousands of small investors to buy slices of an American skyscraper in exchange for a share of rents, Bloomberg reports. Read more.

Stalled Skyscraper Back On a Schedule


23 Jan 2013, Seattle, United States

Construction of a stalled 660-foot (200-meter) tower in downtown Seattle will begin this fall, according to developers. The project, which has been on hold for five years, will reportedly be the tallest building constructed in the city in 20 years. Read more.

Interactive 2013 Skyscraper Map


23 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

In honor of the new year, dezeen has produced and interactive skyscraper map of the 10 tallest towers schduled to be completed in 2013. The map is accompanied by an image and short profile of each tower and was compiled using CTBUH data. Read more.

New York Times Examines Unfinished Luxury Tower


23 Jan 2013, Las Vegas, United States

The New York Times chronicles the latest developments on the Harmon Tower, the defective and abandoned luxury hotel tower shell languishing on the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. An appeal focused on whether or not to demolish the tower is scheduled for later this year. Read more.

Skyscrapers Reflect Photographer’s Artistic Vision


23 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

A 46-year-old German photographer Carsten Witte captures the images of buildings reflected in the façades of neighboring skyscrapers to create his own artistic statement. Mr. Witte's photos appear as abstract art, which he has collected in a series called "NYC Fractal." Read more.

Sony Tower Sells for ‘Aggressive’ Price


22 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

New York's post-modernist Sony Tower, formerly owned by AT&T, has been sold to Joseph Chetrit, a real estate developer who plans to convert the building into a luxury hotel and residential tower. The Chetrit Group signed a $1.1 billion contract to purchase the 37-story Philip Johnson-designed tower on January 18. Read more.

Controversial Tower in Melbourne Receives Approval


22 Jan 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne's Planning Minister Matthew Guy has secured approval for a tall residential tower in the city's bourgeoning CBD. The 226-meter (741-foot) Tower Melbourne was designed by Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser. Read more.

Manhattan West Development Begins Construction


22 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

The $4.5 billion Manhattan West development, which will be built above part of the West Side Rail Yards, began construction last week. The development will include two commercial towers built over the railroads, as well as a third residential building. Read more.

Second Tallest Building in Japan Sold


18 Jan 2013, Osaka, Japan

A Hong Kong-based investment firm has purchased Rinku Gate, the second-tallest building in Japan. A subsidiary of SiS International Holdings Limited purchased the 256-meter, 56-story project in Osaka for an undisclosed price. Read more.

Proposal for Towers Saves Historic Hotel


17 Jan 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to accept Next Century Associates’ $2 billion redevelopment project for the historic Century Plaza Hotel. The Council approved the construction of two 46-story towers designed by architects Pei Cobb Freed in order to prevent the demolition of the historic hotel. Read more.

Chicago River Point Tower Construction Begins


17 Jan 2013, Chicago, United States

Construction crews launched a 45-story office tower on Tuesday at Lake and Canal streets in the Fulton River District of Chicago. This ceremony marked the first office tower ground breaking in the city for the past four years, according to local media.Read more.

Helicopter Crash Puts Scrutiny on Tall Buildings


17 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

In the aftermath of yesterday's helicopter tragedy, London Mayor Boris Johnson has tentatively called for a re-examination of tall building safeguards in the city. The city's current regulations include a 1,000-foot height limit for buildings, warning lights and airman notification lists. Read more.

‘Scalpel’ Skyscraper Approved


16 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

City of London planners have granted official approval for the GBP500 million (US$800 million) Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed skyscraper already known as “the Scalpel.” US insurance company W.R. Berkley will begin construction of the 38-story tower this year next to the Lloyds Building in the heart of the City. Read more.

Video: KL Tower Base Jumping Mania


16 Jan 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Base jumpers from around the world leapt off one of Malaysia's tallest towers last month as part of an annual private daredevil gathering in Kuala Lumpur. A total of 91 jumpers from 17 countries spent three days completing more than 2,200 jumps from the roof of the KL Tower observation deck. Read more.

Helicopter Crashes into Tower Crane


16 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

A helicopter crashed into a crane atop an unfinished London skyscraper Wednesday morning and fell in flames to the street. The helicopter struck the crane engaged in the construction of St. George Wharf Tower, a 49-story residential block, damaging the crane and causing the evacuation of surrounding areas. Read more.

Historic LA Hotel Hits the Market


15 Jan 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The historic 13-story Commercial Exchange Building in Los Angeles has been put on the market after standing empty for at least 20 years. The 109-year-old building is listed for $13.9 million and sellers expect to arrange a deal by next month, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read more.

Video: Demolishing a Building Floor by Floor


15 Jan 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation is attracting media coverage with method for disassembling, rather than demolishing, buildings taller than 100 meters. The process, known as Tecorep, seals the structure’s top floors into an enclosure which is then lowered by temporary columns and powerful jacks. Read more.

Richard Meier Architects Wins Hamburg Competition


15 Jan 2013, Hamburg, Germany

American firm Richard Meier Architects has won the competition to design the German real estate company Engel & Völkers' headquarters in Hamburg. The project will be a mixed-use complex located in the city's Hafencity district and is expected to open in 2015. Read more.

Grand Avenue Ground Breaking


14 Jan 2013, Los Angeles, United States

New York developer Related Cos. has begun construction on the first building of its long-delayed Grand Avenue development in downtown Los Angeles. The $120 million, 19-story apartment tower will be built next to the under-construction Broad Art Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Read more.

Video: One World Trade Escalators


14 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

Last week's The Weekly Flickr video centered on photos of escalators being hoisted into place in One World Trade Center. The photographer, Scott Lahmers, works as a technical specialist for ThyssenKrupp Americas, who is currently installing 74 elevators and 9 escalators in the building. Read more.

Plans Submitted for 75-Story Tower in Isle of Dogs


11 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

A developer has proposed building a 239-meter tower in the east London area known as Isle of Dogs. If approved by local planning officials and built, the project would be among the tallest buildings in the U.K., trailing only the Shard and One Canada Square. Read more.