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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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Trump Tower Touts Luxury Transport to Tempt Tenants


24 Sep 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Hotel guests and condominium owners in the upcoming Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver will travel in style. The developers of the $360 million project have struck a pair of major deals to offer high-class chauffeuring and air transport to residents of the tower, beginning in 2016. Read more.

Timber Tower Gets Times Treatment


24 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

In June, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released its Timber Tower Research Project, a study of the possibilities of tall wood construction. In a recent story, The New York Times investigates SOM's findings, interviewing engineers who worked on the report and others involved in tall wood-building design. Read more.

Competition Crowns Norway's Future Tallest With Cradle-to-Cradle Principles


23 Sep 2013, Oslo, Norway

The Urban Mountain team has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal that includes the refurbishment and extension of Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14 in central Oslo, creating Norway's tallest building. The design team will employ Cradle-to-Cradle principles as well as a series of sustainable strategies. Read more.

Brickell CityCentre to Add Sixth Tower


23 Sep 2013, Miami, United States

Swire Properties Inc. announced details of the future addition to its Brickell CityCentre project, unveiling a mixed-use tower at 700 Brickell Ave., a site purchased in July for $64 million. The plans include 80 stories of retail space, office space, condominiums and a hotel. Read more.

Millennium Tower Boston Breaks Ground


23 Sep 2013, Boston, United States

Ground was broken last week on the $630 million skyscraper project next to the site of the historic Filene's department store in Downtown Crossing, Boston. The 625-foot (191-meter) mixed-use Millennium Tower project has been in the planning phases for years, since before the recession. Read more.

Classic Brutalist London Tower Set for Major Transformation


23 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

The 27-story Balfron Tower in east London is set for a full refurbishment. Designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963 for the London County Council, the 276-foot (84-meter) social housing tower will be transformed into a residential building comprised completely of private apartments. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for UN Office Tower


20 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Plans have been unveiled for a United Nations skyscraper designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki. The tower was designed to consolidate the UN's scattered operations into a single structure on First Avenue, containing office space for as many as 2,700 UN employees on the upper floors. Read more.

Soon-to-be-Launched Dallas Arts District Tower is First of Three


20 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

Dallas law firm Jackson Walker has rented just over 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of space in a new office tower going up in downtown Dallas, joining accounting firm KPMG and UMB Bank as lead tenants in the 18-story, 500,000-square foot (46,000-square meter) high-rise, to be called KPMG Plaza. Read more.

Adrian Smith for Design Intelligence


20 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Adrian Smith writes for Design Intelligence in a recent piece, "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Building Tall," addressing the burning questions about the future of tall building development. Looking at topics including practicality, affordability and sustainability, Smith attempts to communicate why we build tall. Read more.

US Government Plans to Seize Iranian Building in Manhattan


20 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

On September 17, a US district court ruled that the owners of 650 Fifth Avenue, Alavi Foundation and Assa Corp., were "shielding and concealing Iranian assets" in violation of US economic sanctions on Iran's government. The Justice Department is set to seize control of the skyscraper. Read more.

Helsinki Plans Major Skyscraper Hub Competition


20 Sep 2013, Helsinki, Finland

The City of Helsinki is launching a major redevelopment plan, which is set to include 10 or more skyscrapers. In association with the World Cities Network, the city will be calling for submissions to the Pasila Master Plan design competition by the end of the year. Read more.

Bank of America Tower Sells to California Firm


19 Sep 2013, Phoenix, United States

Omninet Capital, a Beverly Hills real estate firm, acquired the Bank of America building in midtown Phoenix for $14.8 million. The firm will complete $2 million in renovations on the 360-foot (110-meter) building, which is 87 percent leased by tenants such as Bank of America, Xerox and Teach for America. Read more.

Kansas City to Get Tall Residential Infusion


19 Sep 2013, Kansas City, United States

Cordish Cos. plans to launch a 25-story luxury-apartment skyscraper in downtown Kansas City as the first in a series of four residential towers in the city. The $79 million One Power & Light building is scheduled to begin construction this year, with completion set for 2015. Read more.

More Than Supertall, We're Talking Galactic Heights


18 Sep 2013, Phoenix, United States

Science-fiction author Neal Stephenson has designed a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) concept skyscraper from which objects could be easily launched into outer space. The Tower Project is a Project Hieroglyph collaboration at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination. Read more.

Parisian Skyscraper Pair May Move Forward


18 Sep 2013, Paris, France

Russian developer Hermitage seems to be moving forward with its long-stalled Hermitage Plaza in the La Defense district of Paris. The €3 billion (US$4 billion) complex features a pair of 320-meter (1,050-foot) towers. Hermitage hopes to finally secure financing by the end of the year in order to begin construction. Read more.

Detroit Sees First Glimmer of Office Development in Years


18 Sep 2013, Detroit, United States

Michigan-based Schostak Bros. & Co. plans to build a $111 million, 16-story building on Monroe Street in downtown Detroit. This project marks the first new major office construction in the city's central business district since construction on One Kennedy Square began in 2005. Read more.

London's Newest Tower Proposal Already Has Its Nickname


17 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Henderson Global Investors has unveiled plans to build a 910,000-square foot office tower at 40 Leadenhall Street in the City of London. Plans for the 170-meter (558-foot) building, which were revealed today, also include 20,000 square feet (1,900 square meters) of space for shops, cafés and restaurants on the ground floor. Read more.

McCormick Place Marriott Hotly Contested


17 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago's Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has awarded Marriott the operating contract of its hotel project, to be built near McCormick Place. The planned 50-story, 1,200-room McCormick Place Marriott Marquis hotel is expected to open in late 2016, next to the West Building of the convention center. Read more.

Chinese Curtain Wall Company to Join One the Elephant Project


17 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Lend Lease has chosen Far East Façade to design and supply the curtain walls for its 37-story tower block at London's Elephant & Castle. One the Elephant tower, designed by Squire & Partners, is the centerpiece of the ₤3 billion (US$4.8 billion) Elephant & Castle regeneration project. Read more.

One Lincoln Plaza Upgrades, Becomes Ross Tower


17 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

As part of a $25 million repositioning effort of Dallas' One Lincoln Plaza, Houston-based Lionstone Group, a privately owned real estate investment firm, will rename the office building Ross Tower. The new name is intended to celebrate the 45-story tower's location at the center of Ross Avenue. Read more.

Delayed Libeskind Tower Opens Marketing Suite


16 Sep 2013, Warsaw, Poland

The Zlota 44 Tower, designed by Poland-born, New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind, is offering potential clients preview of apartment units after a legal battle caused years of delay. A marketing suite has been opened in the high-rise, displaying views of the city in addition to apartment interiors. Read more.

Back Bay Tower Approved


16 Sep 2013, Boston, United States

Boston city officials on Thursday approved construction of what will be the city's tallest residential building, a 691-foot (210-meter) hotel and condominium tower that will rise at the edge of the city's Christian Science Plaza. The development is also set to include a 25-story tower with 255 apartments. Read more.

Proposed Skyscraper to Grow in LA's Historic Core


16 Sep 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles developer Joseph Hellen has proposed a 40-story residential building for the Historic Core of the city. Designed by Martinez + Cutri Corporation, the Stationer's Building is projected to cost more than $120 million and will feature 252 apartment units as well as ground floor retail space. Read more.

CTBUH Credited With Coining New Term


16 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

The opening paragraph of BD's weekend e-newsletter featured the Council's latest Tall Buildings in Numbers report on skyscraper 'vanity height.' Last week BD published an article covering the research topic, highlighting the fact that buildings in the UAE tend to feature the highest vanity height ratios. Read more.

Anonymous Buyer Nabs David Stott Building for a Low Price


13 Sep 2013, Detroit, United States

The 209,400-square foot (19,454-square meter) David Stott Building in downtown Detroit has been sold at auction for $8.95 million. The reddish-brown, art-deco skyscraper had a starting bid of $3.5 million and was part of an online sell-off at, along with the former Detroit Free Press Building, sold for $4 million. Read more.

Developer Plans North Dakota's Tallest


13 Sep 2013, Fargo, United States

Fargo real estate investor Doug Burgum is marketing a 252-foot (77-foot) mixed-used tower in downtown Fargo that would be the tallest building in North Dakota. The 500,000-square foot (46,000-square meter) Block 9 tower would include retail and office space, a hotel and high-end condos. Read more.

Monaco Millionaire Looks to Profit From Manhattan Skyscraper Sale


13 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Monaco-based British millionaire Michael Tabor will auction off his 41-year-old Manhattan skyscraper, 450 Park Avenue, which he purchased in 2007 for $509 million. The 391-foot (119-meter) office building is now valued at around $600 million, according to The Financial Times. Read more.

Harbin's Twin Towers to Serve as Northern Gateway


13 Sep 2013, Harbin, China

Chinese architectural firm spatial practice is behind the Harbin High-Speed Railway West Train Station Twin Towers project. The mixed-use structure houses office space, residential apartments, retail spaces and serves as a connection to the city's new underground infrastructural hub. Read more.

Owners May Lose Midtown Skyscraper Over Iranian Business Ties


13 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

The federal government may seize ownership of a skyscraper whose owners broke the law by doing business with Iran, a judge ruled Wednesday. Prosecutors sued for control of 650 Fifth Avenue on grounds that its owners were secretly funneling money to a bank run by the Iranian government. Read more.

Norwegian Fund Makes Major Investment in NYC Tower


12 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Boston Properties has agreed to sell a 45 percent interest in the ground leasehold interest and tax credits in Times Square Tower to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global for $684 million. The 246,000-square foot (22,854-meter) office tower was developed by Boston Properties in 2003 and is 99 percent leased. Read more.