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Manchester Residential Towers Get Green Light from Council

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25 Sep 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester’s Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for 363 private rented sector (PRS) homes. The project is part of a £50 million ($67 million) scheme and will be built at the end of Chester Road. Read more.


Permits Filed for Office Tower in New York’s Downtown Brooklyn

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25 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

After several design iterations, work is finally set to begin on a new office tower at 420 Albee Square, in Downtown Brooklyn. The tower will now rise 36 floors and 495 feet (150 meters) to its rooftop. Read more.


Overhaul of 1970s Frankfurt Office Block Will Create Jenga-Like Apartment Tower

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25 Sep 2017, Frankfurt, Germany

Plans have been unveiled for a project that will overhaul a 1970s Frankfurt office block into a 23-floor residential tower. The structure's striking new shape will resemble blocks in the board game Jenga. Read more.


Grenfell Probe in London Widens to 336 Companies

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22 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower fire probe has widened to include 336 firms thought to be involved in the construction, refurbishment, or management of the building. Manslaughter is among the offenses that may be discovered. Read more.


Los Angeles' Broadway Theater District to See Condo Tower Priced for First-Time Buyers

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22 Sep 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A Chinese developer is building a $300 million condominium skyscraper with office space operated by WeWork in the historic Broadway Theater District. The 25-story tower will be priced for first-time buyers. Read more.


Plans Revealed for Mixed-Use Office Tower in Cape Town

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21 Sep 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

Plans have been unveiled for a new mixed-use office tower, 35 Lower Long, situated in Cape Town’s growing Foreshore precinct, which, while currently underdeveloped, is rapidly emerging as Cape Town’s financial center. Read more.


31-Story Block of Flats Completes in London’s Docklands

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21 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

A 31-story, 125-unit block of flats in London’s Docklands has been completed. Dollar Bay is one of three major residential projects in London by the same architect, all of which are due to complete by 2018. Read more.


118 Fulton Street Tops Out At 63 Floors in New York’s Financial District

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21 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

118 Fulton Street has been making swift progress over the past few months, and has topped out at 758 feet (231 meters). After foundation work had been completed, the 63-story building maintained a pace of over one floor per week. Read more.


More Than 200 Dead in Mexico Earthquake as Buildings Collapse

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20 Sep 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes, and apartment buildings early Wednesday after Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 killed at least 217 people. Read more.


Los Angeles Approves Changes to Massive Two-Tower City Center Development

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20 Sep 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A new batch of renderings has been released depicting design changes for the $700 million L.A. City Center project, a two-tower complex planned for Downtown Los Angeles that was recently approved by the City Planning Commission. Read more.


Paris’ Tour Montparnasse Set to Receive "Green Makeover"

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20 Sep 2017, Paris, France

Following years of calls for a revamp, a French design studio has been selected to give the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper a green makeover. The project is slated to complete in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Read more.


World’s Tallest Solar Tower to Go Up in Dubai

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19 Sep 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the $3.8 billion fourth phase of its flagship solar park, which will include a 260-meter-high concentrating solar tower, the tallest yet built in a solar farm. Read more.


Government Rejects Developer’s Appeal for London Apartment Complex

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19 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The government has rejected an appeal by the developer for hundreds of flats in southwest London – even though the visions for the site were praised by the council and a planning inspector. Read more.


Local Architecture Firm Wins VIA Campus Design Competition in Denmark

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19 Sep 2017, Horsens, Denmark

A local architecture firm has won a competition for the new VIA University College and the Innovation House. Together, the schemes comprise 35,000 square meters, and will constitute close to half of the new combined campus area. Read more.


52-Story Tower Set To Rise In Jersey City At 25 Columbus Drive

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19 Sep 2017, Jersey City, United States

Final approvals were recently granted for a 52-story tower in Jersey City, which will rise above a new public school, four storefronts, and a public plaza, each of which is part of the development plan. Read more.


Waterfront Residential Complex Designed for London's Greenwich Peninsula

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18 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

A complex of residential towers has been designed for London’s Greenwich Peninsula. The project comprises a series of cascading towers containing one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as executive suites. Read more.


Proposed Tower for LA's Fashion District Gains Key Approval

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18 Sep 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A proposal to construct a mixed-use high-rise development in the Fashion District has gained the unanimous approval of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. The tower will contain 452 apartments and ground-floor commercial space. Read more.


Medium-Density Living at Heart of Master Plan for Sydney’s Rhodes Peninsula

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18 Sep 2017, Sydney, Australia

A draft 20-year plan, prepared for the New South Wales (NSW) Government, would see several thousand more people living in the eastern half of the Rhodes Peninsula in western Sydney, housed in medium-density buildings. Read more.


Financing Completed for $171 Million New Jersey Arts Center

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15 Sep 2017, New Brunswick, United States

The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center is nearing completion in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey, now that financing has been completed for the $171 million mixed-use project. Read more.


Japan-Based Developer Submits Proposal for Four Towers in Sydney’s Parramatta Suburb

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15 Sep 2017, Sydney, Australia

A Japan-based developer has submitted an application for a AUS$144 million (USD$115 million) residential project to the City of Parramatta. The four-tower complex will also include 6,574 square meters of common open space. Read more.


Amsterdam Prison to be Rehabilitated into Residential Tower Complex

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14 Sep 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A master plan has been devised for Amsterdam’s former Bijlmerbajes prison complex, located on the city’s periphery. A collaborative development team will transform the site into a residential tower complex spanning 7.5 hectares. Read more.


Proposed Timber Observation Tower in New York Would Clean Central Park Reservoir

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14 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

A proposed prefabricated timber tower for Central Park would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The structure would rise 220 meters and be constructed from curved glue-laminated timber beams. Read more.


Upcoming Detroit Redevelopment Sees Major Design Changes

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14 Sep 2017, Detroit, United States

An updated vision for the planned redevelopment of the J.L. Hudson department store site calls for a taller, more expensive building than previously proposed. But the developer needs more time to complete it. Read more.


Enormous Hangzhou Raffles City Complex Completes

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14 Sep 2017, Hangzhou, China

A mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou has been completed. The property accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments, and shops within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City’s “Ghost Tower” Seized as Collateral After Owners Fail to Repay Debt

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13 Sep 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) recently seized control of the unfinished Saigon One Tower – located in Ho Chi Minh City's downtown District One – as collateral over its investors' unpaid debt. Read more.


San Francisco Skyscraper Plans Now Twice Delayed Due to Traffic Concerns

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13 Sep 2017, San Francisco, United States

As negotiations continue between the developer, appellant, and city officials, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has for the second time delayed a vote on the appeal of plans to build a luxury skyscraper. Read more.


Melbourne’s Victoria Square Launches Second-Stage Building

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13 Sep 2017, Melbourne, Australia

After selling 90 percent of the apartments in the first Victoria Square tower, the second stage of the development, which is located in Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct, has recently launched. Read more.


Plans Lodged for Major London Office Complex Near Finsbury Circus

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13 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been lodged for a 750,000-square-foot (70,000-square-meter) office-led, mixed-use complex on the London City fringe near the Finsbury Circus park. It will rise 27 stories and brandish a clock on its crown. Read more.


Three Additional Towers to Join Manchester High-Rise Cluster

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12 Sep 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans have been lodged for three residential towers rising up to 32 stories next to the planned Owen Street cluster of skyscrapers near Manchester city center. The scheme will form part of the Great Jackson Street Development Framework. Read more.


Potential Cracks in Steel Halt Work Atop Philadelphia’s New Comcast Tower

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12 Sep 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Construction atop the rising Comcast Technology Center has been halted over concerns that the steel being used is cracked. The cracking may have occurred during the steel’s galvanizing process. Read more.