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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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OMA Tower Promotes Serious Sustainability Techniques


07 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

ArchDaily has produced an interview with Arpan Bakshi, the Sustainability Manager at YR&G, consultants for the Essence Financial Building. The competition-winning building, designed by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be built in Shenzhen, China. Read more.

Baccarat Announces NYC Tower


07 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

The fine crystal glassware company Baccarat is launching a hotel and condo complex in a 50-story SOM-designed tower in midtown Manhattan. The $523 million luxury hotel and residential skyscraper will rise over W. 53rd street by the end of next year. Read more.

Sellar's Canada Water Project Moves Forward


06 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Sellar Propery Group has submitted for approval the design of the Canada Water redevelopment project in London. The master plan features a series of high-rise residential towers, retail spaces, public outdoor areas, improved access to the water, a community sports facility and a health center. Read more.

Iconic Williams Tower Sells for Record Price


06 Mar 2013, Houston, United States

The Hines Real Estate Investment Trust has closed the sale of the iconic 64-story Williams Tower of Houston to a fund managed by Invesco Real Estate. The tower, which has been on sale since August 2012, sold for $412 million, making it one of the largest deals in Houston real estate. Read more.

Namaste Tower on Track


06 Mar 2013, Mumbai, India

The henna-inspired skyscraper under construction in Mumbai is on track to reach completion by 2015, eVolo reports in an article featuring the tower. The WS Atkins-designed Namaste Tower was created to signify the burgeoning economic and cultural significance of India. Read more.

Long Island Development Marks Post-Sandy Recovery


06 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

Construction has officially begun on the first phase of the largest affordable housing project in New York City since the 1970s. When completed, this phase of the Hunter's Point South Project will include two high-rise residential buildings, an 1,100-seat school and a five-acre waterfront park. Read more.

Hong Kong Proposal Transforms Runway Into Tower


05 Mar 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm MA2 has produced a design proposal for Hong Kong's Kai Tak development. The Kai Tak tower is part of efforts to transform an air port landing strip in the city into a new cultural, business and residential district. Read more.

Obituary: W. Gene Corley, Structural Engineering Giant


05 Mar 2013, Skokie, United States

W. Gene Corley, long standing contributor to CTBUH and CTBUH leader, passed away on March 1, 2013 at the age of 77. Dr. Corley, Senior Vice President of the CTL Group was one of the world's foremost experts in analyzing buildings damaged by bombs, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes. Read more.

Bay-Adelaide Tower Signs Second Major Tenant


05 Mar 2013, Toronto, Canada

The latest leasing deal completed at the Bay Adelaide East tower has taken the project's occupancy rate to 60 percent. The 44-story office tower, which is under construction in Toronto, is the second installment of a three-tower development, joining the previously completed Bay Adelaide West tower. Read more.

Detroit Art Deco Skyscraper Poses Real Estate Opportunity


05 Mar 2013, Detroit, United States

Florida-based Luke Investments has placed its art deco David Stott Building in downtown Detroit on sale for $10.4 million. The 84-year-old tower, though almost totally empty, poses an opportunity to be transformed into a successful mainly residential building, according to Curbed Detroit. Read more.

Frank Gehry Comes Home


05 Mar 2013, Santa Monica, United States

Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California. The 22-story Ocean Avenue tower aims to stimulate the coastal city's economy. Read more.

Toranomon Hills to Rekindle Business in Tokyo District


04 Mar 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese developer Mori Building Company is planning to attract global companies to its Toranomon Hills tower development, Bloomberg reports. The under construction tall building, which is scheduled to open in 2014, is the company's largest project since the completion of Roppongi Hills in 2003. Read more.

Revitalizing the Berlin Square


04 Mar 2013, Berlin, Germany

International architecture firm LAVA, in collaboration with developer Moritz Gruppe, has produced a design which it hopes will revitalize an urban square in Berlin. The Square 3 is a mixed-use development that draws its formal qualities from the neighboring Olympic Training Quarters, urban nature reserve and Alexanderplatz transport hub. Read more.

Emaar Reveals Twin Hotel Towers


04 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developer Emaar Properties has released the design of The Address Residence Sky View, a mixed-use scheme which will include hotels, residences and apartments. Construction of the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill-designed pair of 50-story towers will begin in the fall in downtown Dubai. Read more.

Company Proposes Africa's First Supertall in Ethiopia


04 Mar 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Guangdong Chuan Hui Group has announced it plans to develop the Chuan Hui International Tower in Addis Ababa. The mixed-use tower, tentatively named the Meles Zenawi International Center, will be 448 meters (1,470 feet) more than twice as tall as Africa's current tallest.Read more.

Milan's Garden Skyscrapers Excite Media Attention


28 Feb 2013, Milan, Italy

Milan's pair of forested skyscrapers, the under construction Bosco Verticale towers, are spotlighted by The Guardian. The towers, which will be cloaked in an outer layer of trees and other plants, are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Read more.

TED2013 Features Wooden Skyscraper Designer


28 Feb 2013, Monterey, United States

Canadian architect Michael Green, as part of his TED2013 session, explores the small but growing practice of constructing tall buildings out of wood. Mr. Green argues that using timber panels for skyscrapers sequesters a great deal of CO2 and creates touchable, human-scaled architecture. Read more.

United Bank Competition Entry Looks to Inspire Unity


27 Feb 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Vienna-based firm Sohne & Partner Architeckten has released its competition entry for the new United Bank Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Bustler reports. The submission was designed in collaboration with Ethiopian firm Miot BET Architects. Read more.

The Future of New York Depends on the Quality of Its Emerging Developments


27 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

The Architect's Newspaper has published William Menking's editorial which calls for a renewed sense of quality place in the city. Mr. Menking argues that the series of new skyscraper developments taking shape in New York City are not designed in a way that generates quality spaces for communal use. Read more.

Seven Bryant Park Breaks Ground


27 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

On Monday, developers launched construction of 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story steel and glass tower located on the corner of New York's 40th Street and Sixth Avenue. The Pei Cobb Freed & Partners-designed project is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2015, according to the Commercial Observer. Read more.

Squatters and Politics Stall Elephant & Castle Tower Again


27 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has cancelled a meeting at which he was due to decide the future of developer Oakmayne's proposals for a 41-story residential tower in Elephant & Castle. The meeting was cancelled after a third party requested a delay of the hearing to allow further discussions. Read more.

Boston's North Station to See Many More Towers


26 Feb 2013, Boston, United States

Boston's 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower, which has stalled for eight years, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week. Construction on the CBT Architects-designed tower is scheduled to begin this fall. Read more.

Millennium Hollywood Project Clears Hurdle


26 Feb 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles Planning Department this week approved a project that includes plans to develop a pair of skyscrapers adjacent to Hollywood's Capitol Records building, the Los Angeles Times reports. Developer Millennium Partners filed plans that call for 485- and 585-foot towers. Read more.

Construction Begins on San Francisco's 350 Mission Tower


26 Feb 2013, San Francisco, United States

After the confirmation of its anchor tenant, construction has begun on San Francisco's first new high-rise office tower in five years, 350 Mission Street. Software company Salesforce will rent the entire 27-story building directly across the street from the future Transbay Tower. Read more.

Wired Profiles China Broad Chairman


26 Feb 2013, Changsha, China

British magazine Wired profiles Broad Sustainable Building chairman Zhang Yue, the man behind the SkyCity proposal for the world's next tallest building. The article provides a summary of the company's efforts to create a sustainable, prefabricated, ultrafast building typology. Read more.

Cincinnati Proposes Tower Redevelopment


25 Feb 2013, Cincinnati, United States

Cincinnati city leaders have launched a plan to build a $94 million 30-story luxury apartment tower on the site of bankrupt Tower Place parking garage and mall. The city reportedly purchased the 45-year-old building for $8.5 million last week. Read more.

World's Largest Panorama Captured from BT Tower


25 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

The title of the world's largest digital picture has been claimed by a 320-gigapixel panorama of London which was captured from the top of BT Tower. Shot by 360 Cities shortly after the end of the 2012 Summer Games, the images is comprised of more than 48,000 images and took months to create. Read more.

Singapore Launches Seven Zaha Hadid Towers


25 Feb 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Construction has begun on Singapore's largest residential development, the Zaha Hadid-designed d'Leedon condominium tower complex. The seven tower development will reportedly cost £1.1 billion (US$1.6 billion) and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Read more.

The Shard's Project Managers to Oversee Kingdom Tower


25 Feb 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The £780 million (US$1.2 billion) project to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia will be managed by the firm behind the construction of the recently completed Shard. London-based Mace will take part in a joint venture with another British firm, EC Harris, to oversee the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Read more.

Toronto Welcomes Proposal for Distillery Tower


21 Feb 2013, Toronto, Canada

Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte Architectes have created an award-winning proposal to transform an abandoned warehouse in Toronto into a mixed-use tower. The design for the Rack House D Tower was inspired by planting the towers' roots in the industrial heritage of its site. Read more.