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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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Venetians Take Sides in the Palace of Light Debate


14 Dec 2012, Venice, Italy

After 75 years in the fashion industry, the 90-year-old couturier Pierre Cardin has set his sights on shaping the Venice skyline. His proposed Palais Lumière, a 60-story structure of glass and steel, represents either economic salvation or misplaced obsession, depending on whom you ask. Read more.

Ma Yansong Creates Mountain Towers


14 Dec 2012, Guiyang, China

MAD Architects has revealed its design proposal for Shan-Shui City, which means the City of Mountains and Water. The complex, containing five skyscrapers, is inspired by ancient Chinese mountain-water worship practices and will be built in Guiyang, China. Read more.

Chile’s Tallest Building Nears Completion


13 Dec 2012, Santiago, Chile

South America’s future tallest building, the 70-story Gran Torre Costanera Center in Santiago, Chile, is attracting controversy, the AFP reports. The $1 billion Cesar Pelli-designed structure topped out in February 2012 and is expected to be completed in March 2013. Read more.

Plans Released for London’s Shell Development Centre


13 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

Developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have released preliminary plans and renderings of their proposed transformation of the Shell Centre campus on London’s South Bank. The masterplan by Squire and Partners includes elements designed by several architects. Read more.

Students Compete to Design Temporary Timber Stadium Tower


12 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

A 200-meter timber tower near Wembley Stadium in the Borough of Brent, London has been proposed in a “temporary buildings” student competition. Called The Splinter, the tower is a design produced for the competition by one of a dozen groups of Royal College of Architecture students. Read more.

BIG Towers Coming to Miami


12 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in collaboration with a series of local designers, has produced a pair of 20-story towers for the city of Miami. The Grove at Grand Bay will include 96 residences and is scheduled to begin construction by the end of the year. Read more.

World Trade Center ‘Spire’ Construction Begins Today


12 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

Construction workers atop One World Trade Center today hoisted into place the first section of a spire that will extend the building to its full architectural height of 1,776 feet. It took crews about 45 minutes to lift the 16-foot section, weighing almost 70 tons, into place, The Daily News reported. Read more.

Chicago Skyline Goes Green to Save Green


11 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

The AFP has published an article exploring the advances in “green technology” in Chicago skyscrapers. The techniques employed by the buildings covered in the article are reportedly producing positive results and saving operators money. Read more.

Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning


11 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photos have emerged of a lightning bolt striking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world was hit during a rare electric storm that passed through the Emirate this weekend. Read more.

Builder Digs Foundations Around Grave


07 Dec 2012, Taiyuan, China

Builders laying the foundation for a residential complex in Taiyuan, China have been forced to dig around a grave located on the site. The conflict arose because the relatives of the deceased person refused the $160,000 offered as compensation for the land. Read more.

Transbay May Be Joined by Sibling Tower


07 Dec 2012, San Francisco, United States

A 52-story mixed-use building has been proposed for the Transit Center District Plan area of San Francisco. The Heller Manus-designed 700-foot (213-meter) 181 Fremont tower is intended to function as a complement to the Transbay Tower, which is in development. Read more.

Milwaukee Company Seeks City Financing for Proposed Tower


07 Dec 2012, Milwaukee, United States

Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. has announced plans to build a new office tower at its downtown campus. The company is attempting to acquire $48 million in city financing for the $300 million project. Read more.

Jordan’s Future Tallest Tower Tops Out


07 Dec 2012, Amman, Jordan

DAMAC Properties has announced its tower in Amman, Jordan is now topped out. The Heights, which will be the tallest residential tower in the country when it is completed, is a 35-story project in Al Abdali, the new downtown district of Amman. Read more.

Student Tower Designed to Cope with Harsh Desert Conditions


06 Dec 2012, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Students at the University of Nottingham have designed a skyscraper for Abu Dhabi inspired by sikkas, the narrow alleys between buildings in old Middle Eastern cities. The project was influenced by the needs of local inhabitants and adapts to the environmental issues specific to the region. Read more.

Revised Residential Tower Hopes to Preserve History


06 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

Revised plans for a development in southwest London have been submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth after a previous proposal for the site was blocked. The revised plans call for 669 homes, including 166 apartments in a 35-story tower designed by EPR architects. Read more.

Dubai's Impending Building Boom


06 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Wall Street Journal questions the next wave of construction projects announced for Dubai, given that the emirate is still $100 billion in debt from its 2008 boom-turned-bust. Those behind the colossal effort claim that by spending billions more, Dubai's economy will regenerate. Read more.

How Tall Can a (Lego) Tower Go?


06 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

While architects and engineers are questioning the limits of building megatall towers, some people are asking another question: How tall can a Lego tower go? A research team working with the BBC has determined that a tower consisting of 375,000 individual Lego bricks would crush the bottom brick. Read more.

Detroit's Historic One Woodward Avenue Sold


05 Dec 2012, Detroit, United States

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures have purchased Detroit's One Woodward Avenue office tower. The building is the tenth downtown Detroit property acquired by Mr. Gilbert since January 2011, according to local media. Read more.

Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower


05 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom Tower, including the challenges, features, innovations and significance of the project. Read more.

Belfast's Tallest Tower Repossessed


05 Dec 2012, Belfast, United Kingdom

The 85-meter (279-foot) Obel Tower in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s tallest building, has been taken over by administrators. The administrators were appointed after the building's controlling companies applied for insolvency. Read more.

JPA Designs Nanning's Future Tallest


05 Dec 2012, Nanning, China

Atlanta-based John Portman and Associates (JPA) has designed a new tower for the Chinese city of Nanning. The 400-meter (1,312-foot) Tian Long Fortune Center will be one of the first supertall skyscrapers in the area, World Architecture News reports. Read more.

Miami's Future Tallest Nameless No More


04 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

The 74-story residential tower in Downtown Miami slated to become the city's tallest has been officially named Panorama Tower. Construction on the $600 million tower is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012, according to media reports. Read more.

Hudson Yards Construction Begins Today


04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

Construction workers broke ground today on the Hudson Yards project, New York's largest privately-funded development project since Rockefeller Center. A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the 26-acre site, according to the Associated Press. Read more.

Developers Plan Calgary's New Tallest Tower


04 Dec 2012, Calgary, Canada

International developer Brookfield Properties has submitted plans for a 56-story, 247-meter (810-foot) tower and an accompanying 178-meter (583-foot) tower in Calgary, Canada. The new skyscraper will surpass the city's current tallest, the 236-meter (774-foot) Bow. Read more.

Developer Reveals Drawings of KPF Grand Central Tower


04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty has released sketches of its latest office tower, 1 Vanderbilt, which was announced last week. International firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is designing the 1.55 million-square-foot (144,000-square-meter) building, located on Midtown’s East Side. Read more.

CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers


03 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports spotlighting the state of the skyscraper around the world. Features focus on everything from maintenance in the world’s tallest building to the Kone’s lift-testing facility. Read more.

One Bligh Street Receives Another Award


30 Nov 2012, Sydney, Australia

The CTBUH 2012 Best Tall Building in Asia & Australasia, 1 Bligh Street, has received ‘The International High-rise Award 2012’ from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The award recognizes the office tower as the world’s most innovative high-rise building, the first for an Australian building. Read more.

Video: Empire State of Lights


30 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The top of the 81-year old Empire State Building was the setting for a new light show, using an LED lighting system recently installed on its crown. The LEDs feature more than 16 million rippling colors, upgrading from the previous 10-color system. Read more.

Pierre Cardin Defends His Venetian Bouquet


30 Nov 2012, Venice, Italy

Fashion mogul Pierre Cardin is determined to give his hometown of Venice a sculptural mixed-use skyscraper, despite protests from the citizens. To Mr. Cardin the 280-meter Palace of Light is “like a bouquet of flowers, an offering to Venice,” told a reporter. Read more.

First South American Trump Tower


30 Nov 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Trump brand is expanding to South America. Donald Trump announced the Trump Tower Punta del Este, a resort located along the southeastern coast of Uruguay. The 24-story $100 million apartment building will reportedly begin construction in May 2013. Read more.