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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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SkyHouse Houston Breaks Ground


12 Mar 2013, Houston, United States

A group of developers from around the country, taking advantage of Houston's recently launched downtown residential incentive program, have begun construction on a 24-story apartment building in the city. The SkyHouse Houston project is one of several like it around the country. Read more.

Indonesian Investors Buy Half-empty US Bank Tower


12 Mar 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles's US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi, has sold for $367.5 million to Singapore-based hotel and property group Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE). The 72-story I.M. Pei-designed tower, previously owned by MPG Office Trust, is 56 percent occupied. Read more.

Paramount Launches Major Four Tower Project


12 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paramount Pictures is partnering with developer Damac Properties to build a $1 billion hotel project in Dubai. The Damac Towers project is Paramount's first venture into the hotel and real estate industry and will include four 250-meter (820-foot) towers. Read more.

Two Liberty Place Hopes to Acquire Hotel Tenant


11 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

IStar Financial has decided to sell its portion of Philadelphia's 58-story Two Liberty Place for development as a high-end hotel, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Jones Lang LaSalle is marketing the sale of IStar's floors in the city's third tallest building. Read more.

Honolulu's First Affordable Skyscraper Sale Draws Long Lines


11 Mar 2013, Honolulu, United States

On Saturday, March 9, hundreds of applicants entered the lottery to purchase units in the 801 South Street condominium tower, which will be built in downtown Honolulu. The 46-story tower is Hawaii's first "workforce housing" high-rise project, featuring affordable, family-sized apartment units. Read more.

Hotel Demand Gives Rise to a Series of Tower Projects


11 Mar 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Marriott has revealed plans to build a $200 million Renaissance Hotel in downtown Los Angeles near the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new Renaissance Hotel tower will be more than 20 stories tall, will feature 450 rooms and is scheduled to open in 2016. Read more.

Construction Begins on Taipei's 'Jungle' Skyscraper


11 Mar 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Agora Garden Tower, a twisting skyscraper with an inhabitable "jungle," is now under construction in Taipei. The Agora, designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture (VCA), will feature an orchard, a vegetable garden, space for aromatic and medicinal plants and a compost and rainwater capture system. Read more.

Wilshire Grand Architect Takes the Design Personally


07 Mar 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Construction is progressing on the long-awaited Wilshire Grand hotel redevelopment project, World Architecture News reports. Designing the 73-story skyscraper, which has been in the planning process for 20 years, was "a very exciting journey," according to architect David Martin of AC Martin. Read more.

OMA Tower Promotes Serious Sustainability Techniques


07 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

ArchDaily has produced an interview with Arpan Bakshi, the Sustainability Manager at YR&G, consultants for the Essence Financial Building. The competition-winning building, designed by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be built in Shenzhen, China. Read more.

Baccarat Announces NYC Tower


07 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

The fine crystal glassware company Baccarat is launching a hotel and condo complex in a 50-story SOM-designed tower in midtown Manhattan. The $523 million luxury hotel and residential skyscraper will rise over W. 53rd street by the end of next year. Read more.

Sellar's Canada Water Project Moves Forward


06 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Sellar Propery Group has submitted for approval the design of the Canada Water redevelopment project in London. The master plan features a series of high-rise residential towers, retail spaces, public outdoor areas, improved access to the water, a community sports facility and a health center. Read more.

Iconic Williams Tower Sells for Record Price


06 Mar 2013, Houston, United States

The Hines Real Estate Investment Trust has closed the sale of the iconic 64-story Williams Tower of Houston to a fund managed by Invesco Real Estate. The tower, which has been on sale since August 2012, sold for $412 million, making it one of the largest deals in Houston real estate. Read more.

Namaste Tower on Track


06 Mar 2013, Mumbai, India

The henna-inspired skyscraper under construction in Mumbai is on track to reach completion by 2015, eVolo reports in an article featuring the tower. The WS Atkins-designed Namaste Tower was created to signify the burgeoning economic and cultural significance of India. Read more.

Long Island Development Marks Post-Sandy Recovery


06 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

Construction has officially begun on the first phase of the largest affordable housing project in New York City since the 1970s. When completed, this phase of the Hunter's Point South Project will include two high-rise residential buildings, an 1,100-seat school and a five-acre waterfront park. Read more.

Hong Kong Proposal Transforms Runway Into Tower


05 Mar 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm MA2 has produced a design proposal for Hong Kong's Kai Tak development. The Kai Tak tower is part of efforts to transform an air port landing strip in the city into a new cultural, business and residential district. Read more.

Obituary: W. Gene Corley, Structural Engineering Giant


05 Mar 2013, Skokie, United States

W. Gene Corley, long standing contributor to CTBUH and CTBUH leader, passed away on March 1, 2013 at the age of 77. Dr. Corley, Senior Vice President of the CTL Group was one of the world's foremost experts in analyzing buildings damaged by bombs, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes. Read more.

Bay-Adelaide Tower Signs Second Major Tenant


05 Mar 2013, Toronto, Canada

The latest leasing deal completed at the Bay Adelaide East tower has taken the project's occupancy rate to 60 percent. The 44-story office tower, which is under construction in Toronto, is the second installment of a three-tower development, joining the previously completed Bay Adelaide West tower. Read more.

Detroit Art Deco Skyscraper Poses Real Estate Opportunity


05 Mar 2013, Detroit, United States

Florida-based Luke Investments has placed its art deco David Stott Building in downtown Detroit on sale for $10.4 million. The 84-year-old tower, though almost totally empty, poses an opportunity to be transformed into a successful mainly residential building, according to Curbed Detroit. Read more.

Frank Gehry Comes Home


05 Mar 2013, Santa Monica, United States

Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California. The 22-story Ocean Avenue tower aims to stimulate the coastal city's economy. Read more.

Toranomon Hills to Rekindle Business in Tokyo District


04 Mar 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese developer Mori Building Company is planning to attract global companies to its Toranomon Hills tower development, Bloomberg reports. The under construction tall building, which is scheduled to open in 2014, is the company's largest project since the completion of Roppongi Hills in 2003. Read more.

Revitalizing the Berlin Square


04 Mar 2013, Berlin, Germany

International architecture firm LAVA, in collaboration with developer Moritz Gruppe, has produced a design which it hopes will revitalize an urban square in Berlin. The Square 3 is a mixed-use development that draws its formal qualities from the neighboring Olympic Training Quarters, urban nature reserve and Alexanderplatz transport hub. Read more.

Emaar Reveals Twin Hotel Towers


04 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developer Emaar Properties has released the design of The Address Residence Sky View, a mixed-use scheme which will include hotels, residences and apartments. Construction of the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill-designed pair of 50-story towers will begin in the fall in downtown Dubai. Read more.

Company Proposes Africa's First Supertall in Ethiopia


04 Mar 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Guangdong Chuan Hui Group has announced it plans to develop the Chuan Hui International Tower in Addis Ababa. The mixed-use tower, tentatively named the Meles Zenawi International Center, will be 448 meters (1,470 feet) more than twice as tall as Africa's current tallest.Read more.

Milan's Garden Skyscrapers Excite Media Attention


28 Feb 2013, Milan, Italy

Milan's pair of forested skyscrapers, the under construction Bosco Verticale towers, are spotlighted by The Guardian. The towers, which will be cloaked in an outer layer of trees and other plants, are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Read more.

TED2013 Features Wooden Skyscraper Designer


28 Feb 2013, Monterey, United States

Canadian architect Michael Green, as part of his TED2013 session, explores the small but growing practice of constructing tall buildings out of wood. Mr. Green argues that using timber panels for skyscrapers sequesters a great deal of CO2 and creates touchable, human-scaled architecture. Read more.

United Bank Competition Entry Looks to Inspire Unity


27 Feb 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Vienna-based firm Sohne & Partner Architeckten has released its competition entry for the new United Bank Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Bustler reports. The submission was designed in collaboration with Ethiopian firm Miot BET Architects. Read more.

The Future of New York Depends on the Quality of Its Emerging Developments


27 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

The Architect's Newspaper has published William Menking's editorial which calls for a renewed sense of quality place in the city. Mr. Menking argues that the series of new skyscraper developments taking shape in New York City are not designed in a way that generates quality spaces for communal use. Read more.

Seven Bryant Park Breaks Ground


27 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

On Monday, developers launched construction of 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story steel and glass tower located on the corner of New York's 40th Street and Sixth Avenue. The Pei Cobb Freed & Partners-designed project is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2015, according to the Commercial Observer. Read more.

Squatters and Politics Stall Elephant & Castle Tower Again


27 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has cancelled a meeting at which he was due to decide the future of developer Oakmayne's proposals for a 41-story residential tower in Elephant & Castle. The meeting was cancelled after a third party requested a delay of the hearing to allow further discussions. Read more.

Boston's North Station to See Many More Towers


26 Feb 2013, Boston, United States

Boston's 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower, which has stalled for eight years, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week. Construction on the CBT Architects-designed tower is scheduled to begin this fall. Read more.