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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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Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street


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


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.

Toronto’s Tall Building Boom Continues With 'L' Tower Topping Out


10 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada

Studio Daniel Libeskind will host a ceremony tonight in Toronto to celebrate the topping out of the 58-story ‘L’ Tower, the latest addition to Toronto’s tall building boom. Toronto is home to more than 80 percent of Canada’s tall building construction. Read more.

‘Robust’ Demand is Increasing Tower Sales


09 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Sales of trophy office towers are increasing across the U.S. as landlords seek higher returns in second-tier cities, Bloomberg reports. Properties in many U.S. cities are benefiting from “robust” demand which helps to fuel deals on the towers. Read more.

ZHA Hong Kong Innovation Tower Tops Out


09 Oct 2012, Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) has topped-out the 76-meter-tall Zaha Hadid-designed Jockey Club Innovation Tower. On completion, Innovation Tower will be home to the School of Design and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Signs Foundation Deal


09 Oct 2012, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. this week announced it had signed a deal for the enabling works for Kingdom, the one-kilometer-tall tower planned for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Read more.

Bloomberg Calls for New Height Limits in New York City


08 Oct 2012, New York city, United States

Hoping to spark a new era of skyscraper development, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked for sweeping changes in zoning for the historic 70-block neighborhood around Grand Central Station. Current regulations cap new towers in the area at 30 stories. Read more.

Students Create a Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper for Beijing


05 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Mock firm 'ANDO | Andalucia Office' explores the concept of "mutant vertical cities" in Beijing with its NODO project. With this prototypical tower, the students studied the possibility of locating ‘mini-cities’ within massive prefabricated skyscrapers. Read more.

Video: Rem Koolhaas Talks CCTV


05 Oct 2012, London, United Kingdom

CNN interviews Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and discusses his recently completed CCTV Tower in Beijing. He also relates his profound experience as an 18-year-old visiting the Pantheon in Rome for the first time. Read more.

Future Tallest Hotel Tower Tops Out


05 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

A new hotel development that will be the tallest hotel building in the Western Hemisphere, 1717 Broadway, has topped out at 753-feet (230-meters), the tower’s developer Granite Broadway Development announced Thursday. Read more.

Gehry Tries His Hand at Renovating a Mies-Inspired Building


05 Oct 2012, Miami, United States

The National YoungArts Foundation has acquired the famed Bacardi Tower and Museum campus in Miami. Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has been retained to design a master plan that preserves the historic tower building while creating a "multidisciplinary arts campus and park." Read more.

Advertisers Consider Moving into 3WTC


04 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

GroupM, an advertising and media company, is reportedly in preliminary negotiations with developer Silverstein to become anchor tenant of Three World Trade Center. The potential lease could re-start construction on the 1,240-foot (378-meter) tower designed by the Pritzker-winning architect Richard Rodgers. Read more.

Bamboo Tower Design Addresses China's Housing Shortage


04 Oct 2012, JingHong, China

China-based Tokamarch Architects has proposed a bamboo skyscraper to accommodate the Chinese population's housing needs. The firm's proposal mimics traditional Dai homes, made of local materials such as bamboo and wood, in a vertical setting. Read more.

Arabtec Wins Gazprom Contract


04 Oct 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia

Arabtec has received a AED453 million (US$123 million) contract to build Europe's future tallest tower, the 463-meter (1,520-foot) Lakhta Center. The long-delayed Gazprom project found new life when it was relocated to a more acceptable site after initial opposition. Read more.

Norman Foster's Winning Park Avenue Design Released


04 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Foster & Partners won the competition to redesign 425 Park Avenue, which will be built on the current site of a 55-year-old office tower on a prime site. Work on the winning concept design is scheduled to begin construction in 2015. Read more.

Inside the Tower of Doom


03 Oct 2012, Pyongyang, North Korea

New photographs have surfaced of the Ryugyong Hotel, the 105-story skyscraper which has been under construction in Pyongyang since 1986. Finally, after decades of waiting, North Korean authorities opened the doors to the Ryugyong Hotel, giving outsiders a peek inside. Read more.