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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 York Penthouse Features Funhouse Slide


26 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

David Hotson Architects has created a whimsical four-story penthouse in Park Place Tower in Lower Manhattan. The Sky House, transforms the residence into a funhouse, complete with a transparent glass bridge, a rock climbing column and an 80-foot (24-meter) slide. Read more.

Houston Contractor Drops Ashby Project


25 Mar 2013, Houston, United States

The Houston construction company behind the apartment tower commonly known as the Ashby high-rise has abandoned the controversial project. Linbeck Group said it withdrew from the project because of technical issues relating to controlling the construction process. Read more.

Shanghai's Needle Towers Design Revealed


25 Mar 2013, Shanghai, China

Italian firm Gianluca Milesi Architecture (GMA) has released its design for the Needle Towers in Shanghai, World Architecture News reports. The project includes a 470-meter pair of tubular towers coated in glass and aluminum. Read more.

Historic Philadelphia Homes Make Room for Episcopal High-rise


25 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The Philadelphia Episcopal Group is planning to build a 25-story tower on church property in order to raise money for the restoration of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. The $105 million tower will be built on the current site of two historic townhouses, also owned by the church. Read more.

Plans Laid for North America's Tallest Timber Tower


25 Mar 2013, Prince George, Canada

The government of British Columbia is moving forward with plans to build a center for wood innovation in Prince George, Canada. The $25 million Wood Innovation and Design Center (WIDC) will reach 27.5 meters (90 feet), making it the tallest wooden building in North America upon completion. Read more.

Drexel University Tower Takes Fire From Community


22 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Drexel University in Philadelphia plans a 24-story, 1,300-bed mixed-use student housing tower as part of its plan to add thousands of new students and accomodate them in dense commercial zones close to campus. But neighbors simultaneously contend that the $165 million Lancaster Square will cause parking and nighttime disturbances, and that it will not be enough to accommodate the University’s plan to add 9,000 students, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.Read more.

Boston Properties Takes Transbay Terminal

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21 Mar 2013, San Francisco, United States

Boston Properties has replaced Hines as the main developer of Transbay Tower, slated to be San Francisco’s tallest building. Hines reduced its ownership interest in the joint venture with Boston Properties from 50 to 5 percent, making Boston Properties the 95 percent owner of the site. Read more.

Austin Planetarium Tower Canceled


21 Mar 2013, Austin, United States

A proposed 47-story mixed-use tower, the capstone of a public-private partnership between a nonprofit hoping to open a world-class planetarium and a developer, has been canceled as the State of Texas reviews its approach to “P3s." Read more.

Baku Flame Towers Take Cannes


21 Mar 2013, Cannes, France

The Baku Flame Towers of Azerbaijan have taken the MIPIM 2013 awards for Best Hotel and Tourism award. The sinuous dancing glass towers were noted for their graceful curves, reportedly inspired by Baku’s history of fire worshiping. Read more.

Seoul “Dream Hub” At Risk of Nightmarish Default


20 Mar 2013, Seoul, South Korea

The Yongsan International Business District is on thin ice, as developers have defaulted on a major loan repayment in the midst of a real-estate slump. The project includes work by 18 global architects and is valued at $28 billion. Read more.

Landmarks Group Clears Way for 472-meter NYC Tower

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20 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously agreed to developer Extell’s plans to demolish a section of the BF Goodrich Building to make way for its 472-meter tower at 225 W. 57th Street. Read more.

Shenzhen Construction Halted After Cheap Sand Warning


19 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Work has been halted on several major tall building projects in Shenzhen, China, including the 660-meter Ping An Finance Centre, which is to be the country’s tallest, due to reports that concrete used by some local developers was made from untreated sea sand. Read more.

Energy Tower to Rise in Midland, Texas


19 Mar 2013, Midland, United States

Energy Related Properties, a developer based in Midland, Texas, USA, has unveiled plans to build a 53-story mixed-use tower in the commercial capital of the oil-producing West Texas region. Read more.

Australia 108 Gets Nod from Melbourne Planning Minister


19 Mar 2013, Melbourne, Australia

The proposed 388-meter, 108-story Australia 108 tower has been given the green light by the Melbourne Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, MP, according to radio station 3AW 693. Read more.

Sydney Greenland Center Planned as Australia's Tallest Residential Tower


18 Mar 2013, Sydney, Australia

China’s Greenland Group is making a splashy foray into Australia by aiding Brookfield's ailing 70-story, 240-meter residential project at 115 Bathurst Street, Sydney, with a A$100 million investment. Read more.

Zaha Hadid’s First U.S. Residential Tower to Rise in Miami


18 Mar 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid is set to design her first U.S. residential tower, a 60-story structure in downtown Miami with an insect-like concrete exoskeleton as its predominant design feature, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read more.

Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist


18 Mar 2013, Beijing, China

Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to light and fresher air. Read more.

Farm-scrapers Bring 'Eco-vision' to Tall Buildings


15 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Belgian firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released the design of sustainable "farm-scrapers." The Asian Cairns project is designed to produce more energy than it consumes by producing food and harnessing wind and solar power. Read more.

Lenders Seek Buyers for Site of Failed Spire


15 Mar 2013, Chicago, United States

The site of the unrealized Santiago Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire, as well as the accompanying $93 million debt, has been put up for sale. The 2.2-acre property is currently occupied by a foundation pit, the only part of the 610-meter tower ever brought to reality. Read more.

Video: FT Questions Skyscrapers in London


14 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

The Financial Times has produced a short video addressing tall buildings within the context of the City of London. The editorial explores the history of development in the city and encourages a constant interrogation of new architecture in order to retain the city's unique identity. Read more.

Istanbul Launches International Financial Center


14 Mar 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Construction work has commenced on the $2.6 billion Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) project in Turkey. The HOK-designed master plan is composed of four different districts, which are centered around culture, commerce, civic functions and government. Read more.

Skyscraper Art Takes Over Park Avenue


13 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

Ten twisted skyscraper sculptures by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea have been installed along the Park Avenue mall. His "No Limits" project consists of creatively re-imagined replicas of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Flatiron Building, the Seagram Building and more. Read more.

Japan Post Tower Celebrates Opening


13 Mar 2013, Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Post Tower will celebrate the formal grand opening for all commercial space on Friday, March 21. The JAHN-designed skyscraper will house the renovated headquarters of the Tokyo Central Post Office, an academic and cultural museum, office space and a retail galleria. Read more.

Make Proposes Pinnacle Revision Scheme


13 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Make Architects is creating a proposal to replace the failed Pinnacle project in London. Founding partner Ken Shuttleworth is proposing to remove the "stump" that currently occupies the site and replace it with a simpler, more flexible tower, with residential and office space as well as hanging gardens. Read more.

The National Highlights Kingdom Tower


13 Mar 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A recent article from The National explores the implications of building the world's next tallest building. The article asks industry experts whether the Kingdom Tower will be a boon or a disadvantage to Saudi Arabia, as well as the subtleties of building and marketing the world's first kilometer-tall-tower. Read more.

Malaysian Residential Market Showing Signs of Recovery


12 Mar 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Prices of luxury high-rise residences in Kuala Lumpur's Klang Valley will experience an increase this year, the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) says. Prices, though on the rise, are still not expected to reach the high levels achieved before the global financial crisis of 2008. Read more.

SkyHouse Houston Breaks Ground


12 Mar 2013, Houston, United States

A group of developers from around the country, taking advantage of Houston's recently launched downtown residential incentive program, have begun construction on a 24-story apartment building in the city. The SkyHouse Houston project is one of several like it around the country. Read more.

Indonesian Investors Buy Half-empty US Bank Tower


12 Mar 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles's US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi, has sold for $367.5 million to Singapore-based hotel and property group Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE). The 72-story I.M. Pei-designed tower, previously owned by MPG Office Trust, is 56 percent occupied. Read more.

Paramount Launches Major Four Tower Project


12 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paramount Pictures is partnering with developer Damac Properties to build a $1 billion hotel project in Dubai. The Damac Towers project is Paramount's first venture into the hotel and real estate industry and will include four 250-meter (820-foot) towers. Read more.

Two Liberty Place Hopes to Acquire Hotel Tenant


11 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

IStar Financial has decided to sell its portion of Philadelphia's 58-story Two Liberty Place for development as a high-end hotel, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Jones Lang LaSalle is marketing the sale of IStar's floors in the city's third tallest building. Read more.