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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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Architects Build Record Tall Lincoln Log Tower

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16 Apr 2013, Lincoln, United States

Lincoln, Nebraska has beat two world records by building a 12-foot (3.7-meter) replica of the Nebraska State Capitol with more than 10,000 Lincoln Logs. On April 14, a team of architects from DLR Group and students from the University of Nebraska completed the world's tallest and largest Lincoln Log structure. Read more.


Qatar May Purchase Italy's Entire Porta Nuova

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16 Apr 2013, Milan, Italy

Qatar is considering buying some or all of Milan's under-construction Porta Nuova business district as Italy's economic crisis affects its US developer, Reuters reports. The project has been developed by Hines Group and is estimated to have cost over €1.8 billion (US$2.4 billion). Read more.


Update: Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters

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16 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters (1,643 feet) April 11, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao Building and the World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower is now the second tallest structure in China, and will become the tallest building when it reaches completion in 2014. Read more.


Jakarta Enacts Green Building Code

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15 Apr 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Jakarta Building Supervision and Regulation Agency is implementing a green building code that will affect high-rise development in the city. The regulations set energy and water efficiency standards in order to reduce emissions and waste to help reduce the impact of climate change, the Jakarta Post reports. Read more.


Honolulu High-rise Seeks 'Innovative' Residents

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15 Apr 2013, Honolulu, United States

A & B Properties is launching a mixed-use high-rise project in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The Collection will include a 42-story high-rise tower featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a four-story mid-rise building with town homes and commercial space. Read more.


Manulife Pays High Price for Tower

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15 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

Canada's largest insurance company, Manulife Financial Corp., has purchased an under-construction office tower in Hong Kong’s One Bay East development for HK$4.5 billion (US$588 million). The 21-story Manulife Tower will become the headquarters for the company's Hong Kong operations. Read more.


Brooklyn's Rockwell Place Aims to Make a Statement

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15 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Developer Second Development Services has revealed plans to construct a 200-room hotel tower at 95 Rockwell Place this fall in the Brooklyn Downtown Cultural District. The 30-story tower is slated to open within two years to accommodate the district's rapidly growing number of tourists. Read more.


Carlyle Acquires Shanghai Central Plaza

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12 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

Private equity giant the Carlyle Group has announced its acquisition of the Shanghai Central Plaza for US$267 million, Reuters reports. The 19-story office building was bought from Forterra Trust, the Singapore-based real estate fund.Read more.


Dubai Developer Sells Unfinished Tower

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12 Apr 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Lebanon-based Plus Properties has sold its stalled Abu Dhabi apartment tower project to the Abu Dhabi-based General Housing Company (GHC). The Sky Gardens Tower, designed by Hong Kong firm James Law Cybertecture, began construction on Al Reem Island in 2008, but stalled due to the financial crisis. Read more.


Frank Gehry to Share His Paperless Design Software

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12 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

In an interview published on Wired, Frank Gehry revealed plans to market GTeam, his personal, and previously exclusive, software program, by partnering with the cloud storage service, Box. GTeam was developed to create and store plans and precisely design Mr. Gehry's characteristic warped steel panels Read more.


Pinnacle Scheme Officially Abandoned

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11 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a redesign of the Pinnacle to reduce the cost of its construction, originally estimated at around £1 billion due to the expense of the curved windows. The partly built Pinnacle is presently known as The Stump, since only seven of its 63 stories have been built. Read more.


British Developer Resurrects Chicago Post Office Scheme

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11 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Bill Davies of the UK’s International Property Developers has submitted a set of revised plans for the redevelopment of the old Chicago Main Post Office. The latest proposal keeps the historic building as the centerpiece of a massive, multi-tower residential, commercial, office and hotel complex. Read more.


L'Oreal, SAP Come to Hudson Yards

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11 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Beauty company L'Oreal USA and German software company SAP will become the latest companies to secure space in the South Tower of Hudson Yards. L'Oreal has leased an initial 402,000 square feet (37,347 square meters) for its US corporate headquarters, and SAP has leased 115,000 square feet (10,683 square meters) on the top four floors of the building. Read more.


Warsaw Bank Plans Skyscraper Headquarters

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10 Apr 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Poland's largest bank, PKO BP has announced it will build an office building in the center of Warsaw. Qualia Development, the bank's real estate development subsidiary, plans to replace an existing seven-story building with a 26-story, 106-meter (348-foot) scheme designed by Kurylowicz & Associates. Read more.


San Antonio Tower to Rise on Top of Historic Building

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10 Apr 2013, San Antonio, United States

The owner of the San Antonio's historic Joske Building is planning to build a 23-story hotel and timeshare tower on top of the former department store. The landmark building has been unoccupied since its last occupant, Dillard's, left five years ago. Read more.


Gold Coast to Scrap "View Tax"

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10 Apr 2013, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast City Council has decided to remove its "view tax," which charges extra taxes to people living in high-rises. The council plans to abolish size and height premiums it charges unit owners living on levels above the fifth floor, a move which may leave an AU$1.38 million hole in the city's budget. Read more.


CTBUH Leaders Contribute to Science Publication

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10 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

Science Omega has published an article in which four experts consider the challenges involved in the design, construction and placement of skyscrapers, along with the economic and environmental impacts of skyscraper development in European and global cities. Read more.


New York Times Documenting American High-Rise Living

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09 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

The New York Times is planning to create four short documentaries exploring "the history and future of high-rise buildings and their relationship to issues of equity, segregation and social responsibility in cities around the world." The fourth film will consist entirely of images contributed by the public. Read more.


Frankfurt to Host Skyscraper Festival

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09 Apr 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The city of Frankfurt will hold its 18th Skyscraper Festival this May, featuring events such as wall-walking, hot air balloons and base jumping. Ticket holders will be given access to participating high-rise buildings, including the Commerzbank Tower, Westendstrasse 1 and the Deutsche Bank towers. Read more.


Waffle Tower Features Undulating Façade

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09 Apr 2013, Culver City, United States

Eric Owen Moss Architects' Cactus Tower structure, which revamped a 60-year-old industrial press in Culver City, California, will be joined by a companion structure called the Waffle. The Waffle will provide flexible meeting space, including an open conference area, closed meeting rooms and an open roof deck. Read more.


'Superman,' Rhode Island's Tallest, Is in Trouble

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09 Apr 2013, Providence, United States

Rhode Island's tallest building will soon be the most visible symbol of the US state's long economic decline, according to the Associated Press (AP). This month the 26-story Art-Deco 111 Westminster skyscraper is losing its sole tenant, the Bank of America, which occupied 20 percent of the building. Read more.


Artist Focuses on Hong Kong's Density

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08 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

German-born photographer Michael Wolf has documented the extreme density of Hong Kong in his series "Architecture of Density." His images distort the scale of monolithic walls of apartment buildings, creating patterns with edges, windows, balconies and AC units. Read more.


Philly Skyscraper Plays Part in Pong Projection

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08 Apr 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Drexel University Professor Frank Lee has commandeered Philadelphia's Cira Centre, a 437-foot glass skyscraper, for a supersized game of Pong. The video game will be generated by 29 stories of LEDs embedded in the façade of the building. Read more.


Hong Kong Developers Building Australian Tower

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08 Apr 2013, Coolangatta, Australia

Construction has begun on a 25-story tower in Coolangatta, Australia, a southern suburb of Gold Coast. Eastview Queensland Construction is building the AU$35 million Sanbano building, which is scheduled for completion in September 2014. Read more.


Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition

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08 Apr 2013, Shenyang, China

Architecture firms RMJM, Aedas, Pelli Clarke Pelli and SCUT have been shortlisted to work on a giant skyscraper in the Chinese city of Shenyang. The tower would rise 92 stories and be connected by a shared podium to a second tower of 66 stories. Read more.


Nigerian Master Plan Creates Waterfront Destination City

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05 Apr 2013, Abuja, Nigeria

London-based Studio Seilern Architects has recently completed a design for a 31 hectare waterfront master plan for Duval Properties. Situated on Jabi Lake in Abuja, Nigeria, the project aims to create a new destination for the city: a place to live, work, shop, be entertained and to enjoy. Read more.


Cornerstone Plans 45-story Residential Tower

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04 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

New York developer TF Cornerstone has filed plans to build a 45-story tower at 606 West 57th Street in New York, a site which was once intended to host an Avalon Bay development. The tower would be built just one block south of the recently approved BIG W57 project. Read more.


Diagonal Tower Exemplifies Skyscraper Efficiency

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04 Apr 2013, Seoul, South Korea

Earth Techling has published a story featuring SOM's Diagonal Tower, which was designed as part of Seoul's Yongsan International Business District (IBD). The 343-meter (1,127-foot) office building was designed to include several passive systems and requires 25 percent less structural steel than similarly sized buildings. Read more.


The Race is On for Australia's Tallest

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04 Apr 2013, Parramatta, Australia

The City Council of Parramatta, the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney, has accepted an application for the development of the Aspire Tower in the city's central business district (CBD). At 336 meters (1,102 feet) the Grimshaw Architects-designed tower would be the tallest building in the Sydney area upon completion. Read more.


Olympus Tower Engulfed in Flames

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04 Apr 2013, Grozny, Russia

Flames from a short circuit in the air-conditioning system engulfed a 40-story luxury apartment building in Grozny, Chechnya, on Wednesday, April 3. All residents of the 475-foot (145-meter) Olympus Tower, the tallest building in Chechnya, were evacuated as firefighters attempted to stop the blaze. Read more.