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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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New Images of Foster + Partners' Faena House

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10 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Foster + Partners has released new images of the 18-story luxury Faena House currently being constructed in Miami. Argentinean developer Alan Faena commissioned the project, which marks the first phase of the anticipated Faena District in Miami Beach. Read more.


Site Chosen for World's Next Tallest Commercial Tower

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10 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The site of what could be the world's next tallest commercial tower has been revealed to Emirates 24/7. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), has selected a plot located on the southern side of the Jumeirah Lake Towers master community. Read more.


The Stage Approved in Shoreditch

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09 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The proposed 38-story residential skyscraper on the site of what was once Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch has been granted planning permission by Hackney Council. The tower is part of a development known as The Stage, designed by architects Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will. Read more.


Q22 Tower in Poland Inspired by Quartz Crystals

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09 Jul 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Polish developer Echo Investment has announced that in September it will begin construction of a new 39-story office project in Warsaw. The PLN500 million (US$148 million) Q22 scheme will be built on the site of the former Mercure Hotel, which was demolished earlier this year. Read more.


ZHA Releases 1000 Museum Details

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09 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released detailed renderings of the design of its 1000 Museum Tower, designboom reports. The 215-meter (705-foot) building will be the firm's first skyscraper in the western hemisphere and is set to be the fourth-tallest tower in Miami. Read more.


TELUS Launches Sky Tower by BIG

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09 Jul 2013, Calgary, Canada

TELUS, one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies, is set to begin construction on a 58-story tower in Calgary's downtown core. The TELUS Sky tower, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), will incorporate office space, retail stores and 341 residential rental suites. Read more.


China's Government to Impose a Great Migration

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08 Jul 2013, Beijing, China

The Chinese government is pushing a plan to move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. These drastic steps create a Chinese urban population greater than most of the world's urban populations combined. Read more.


New York Considers Composting Requirements

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08 Jul 2013, New York, United States

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for a law requiring New York City residents to compost their food refuse by setting up programs in apartment buildings. The proposal would encourage voluntary composting initially, and which would become mandatory within three to four years. Read more.


Chevron to Build New Tower

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08 Jul 2013, Houston, United States

Chevron is planning to build a skyscraper to accommodate its growing Houston workforce. The energy giant will build a 50-story tower at 1600 Louisiana St. at Pease Street, adding to the company's existing downtown portfolio, which includes 1500 Louisiana and 1400 Smith, the former Enron buildings. Read more.


JMB Realty Committed to Building 'LA's Greenest High Rise'

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08 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

As part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), JMB Realty Corporation has announced it will develop its Century City Center project as the "greenest high-rise in Los Angeles." The building, designed by Johnson Fain, will be the first LEED Platinum-rated high-rise in the city, and the sixth in the nation, according to the company. Read more.


The Vermont Tops Out in LA

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03 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

JH Snyder's The Vermont project topped out in Los Angeles last week, on Thursday, June 27. The 464-unit project features 23- and 29-story towers, 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) of retail, as well as a quarter-acre central courtyard and a sky lobby on the seventh floor. Read more.


Chinese Company Launches California Tower

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03 Jul 2013, San Francisco, United States

Tishman Speyer and China Vanke have broken ground for LUMINA, a mixed-use project at Main and Folsom streets in downtown San Francisco, near the waterfront Transbay area. The development will include 655 condo units in two towers, 37 and 42 stories, respectively, along with retail and parking. Read more.


DMCC Proposes Next Tallest Commercial Tower

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03 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announced on Tuesday it is planning to build what could ultimately be the tallest commercial tower in the world, in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers development. The company announced that the tower will be taller than the 508-meter (1,666-foot) Taipei 101, the world's current tallest completed office building. Read more.


Prudential Launches Newark Office Tower

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02 Jul 2013, Newark, United States

Skanska has secured a $117 million contract to build the first two phases of a three-phase Prudential Financial Inc. office complex in the city of Newark, New Jersey. The first phases of the $444 million project include a 20-story KPF-designed office tower and an adjoining parking structure, High Rise Facilities reports. Read more.


Tower Demolitions Continue in Scotland

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02 Jul 2013, Dundee, United Kingdom

The two tallest buildings in Dundee were brought down yesterday in a controlled explosion yesterday by demolition contractor Safedem, at a cost of ₤2.3 million (US$3.5 million). The 25-story Derby Street Blocks, Butterburn Court and Bucklemaker Court, were built in 1971. Read more.


Time Warner Plots Move to Hudson Yards

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02 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Time Warner reportedly is preparing to pick up stakes and move to Hudson Yards. The New York Times reports the company has reached a tentative deal with the Related Companies to move its headquarters into an 80-story building planned for the massive 26-acre project. Read more.


Redesigning Detroit Competition Produces Exciting Possibilities

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02 Jul 2013, Detroit, United States

Last week, Rock Ventures announced the winners of a contest to redesign the site of the demolished Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit. MINICITY Detroit, by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino of Rome won first place and $15,000 in the “Redesigning Detroit” competition. Read more.


2116 Chestnut Completed in Philadelphia Neighborhood

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01 Jul 2013, Philadelphia, United States

A new luxury residential tower at 2116 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia officially opened over the weekend, after 16 months of construction. The first 14 stories of the building are completely finished, and residents have begun moving in. The remaining floors are set to be completed by the end of the summer. Read more.


Officials in the Indian Capital Argue Over Vertical Expansion

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01 Jul 2013, New Delhi, India

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has announced high-rises would not be built in her city, "as long as I'm alive." She has come out in opposition to Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, who has been a champion of vertical growth and who is considering amendments to city code to allow high rises. Read more.


First Flame Tower Opens

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01 Jul 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Fairmont Baku tower was held at the Flame Towers complex on June 24, the first of the three towers to be completed. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the 37-story, 163-meter (534-foot) hotel building, which features 318 rooms. Read more.


REM Documentary Exposes Projects’ Human Side

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01 Jul 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas, son of architect Rem Koolhaas and painter Zoe Zenghelis, has shared a series of clips from his documentary film, REM. Set to debut at the end of 2013, the motion picture attmepts to expose the raw, human experience of the Dutch architect's most famous projects. Read more.


Tower Attracts Gem Companies With Security Pitch

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28 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

Extell Development Co., one of New York's most prolific developers, is opening a 34-story $750 million skyscraper in Manhattan's Diamond District this week. Extell hopes to change the face of the storied neighborhood by installing extreme security technology in the SOM-designed International Gem Tower. Read more.


Pininfarina to Build Singapore Luxury Condo Tower

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28 Jun 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Italian design firm and coachbuilder Pininfarina is launching a condominium tower concept in Singapore. Pininfarina's plan for the 104-unit, 335-foot (102-meter) Ferra Luxury Residences tower was created as an extension of the company's automobile aesthetic. Read more.


Empire State Receives Unsolicited Bids

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28 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

One of New York City's largest landlords, Thor Equities, has offered more than $2.1 billion in cash to buy the Empire State Building, the company said on Thursday. It is the third unsolicited offer for the skyscraper, which is set to become the centerpiece of a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Read more.


Quincy Launches Intense Urbanization Scheme

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27 Jun 2013, Quincy, United States

The city of Quincy, Massachusetts, has launched a $1.6 billion initiative to dramatically redevelop the city with 3.5 million square feet (325,000 square meters) of new construction. The efforts include a series of mixed-use tall buildings designed to attract hundreds of young professional residents to the city center. Read more.


John Hancock Center Sale Indicates Depreciated Value

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27 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

San Antonio-based real estate firm The Lynd Co. and its partners closed a deal for 900,000 square feet (83,000 square meters) of space at the 100-story John Hancock Center. The group purchased the portion of property for about $140 million, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.


The Oval is Approved in Cyprus

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27 Jun 2013, Limassol, Cyprus

Design, engineering and project management firm Atkins has released concept designs for a pebble-inspired office building in Limassol, Cyprus. The commercial tower, which has recently achieved planning permission, will offer a series of office units looking out over the coastline of the island. Read more.


One World Trade Center Identity Crisis

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26 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The Freedom Tower was renamed the One World Trade Center in 2009, but many are still attached to the original name, according to The Wall Street Journal. Renaming a tower, especially one which is so important in American society, is a complex process that may never fully be completed. Read more.


Eiffel Tower Operations Stalled by Strike

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26 Jun 2013, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower was closed on Tuesday, June 25, at the height of the tourist season, following a strike by workers for better work conditions and more pay. The influential CGT union (General Confederation of Labor) called the strike after seven hours of failed last-minute talks on Monday. Read more.


Kingdom Tower Officially Underway and On Schedule

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26 Jun 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal says the project to build the world's future tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is progressing as planned. The prince made the announcement at the fourth board meeting of the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), the company set up to develop the 1-kilometer (3,280-foot) Kingdom Tower. Read more.