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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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Developers Plan 300-Meter Tower in Delhi Area


31 Oct 2012, Noida, India

The Delhi-based Brys Group on Monday announced plans to develop a 300-meter residential tower in Noida. The company reports that the building will cost INR10 trillion (US$186 million) and feature 285 apartments and villas and will be built in nearly four years. Read more.

IGB to Build Taipei Twin Towers


31 Oct 2012, Taipei, Taiwan

A consortium led by IGB Corp together with Japanese and Taiwanese partners has won the bid to build the Taipei Twin Towers. The project will reportedly cost of between CNY7.3 billion and CNY8.35billion (US$1 billion and US$1.3 billion), according to local media. Read more.

Qatar Aims to Become a Leader in Sustainability


31 Oct 2012, Doha, Qatar

Architecture Source's article A Tale of Contradictions: Qatar's Green Building Movement reports on fast-growing Qatar's advancements in the green building movement, which is a contrast to the country’s status as one of the world's highest carbon emitters per capita. Read more.

Top Firms Compete to Redevelop Australia Site


30 Oct 2012, Sydney, Australia

Five international architecture firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are vying for the chance to provide master planning services for Barangaroo Central. The Master Plan will link Headland Park with the financial hub and include a landmark hotel. Read more.

2013 Venice Biennale Name Inspired by a DC Skyscraper


30 Oct 2012, Venice, Italy

Massimiliano Gioni, the man in charge of the 2013 Venice Biennale, announced that the exhibition's theme will be "The Encyclopedic Palace." Mr. Gioni revealed that the name found its roots in Marino Auriti's 1950s design for a 2,322-foot conceptual skyscraper, the Encyclopedic Palace of the World. Read more.

Toppled Crane Becomes Symbol of NYC Storm Damage


30 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

A collapsed construction crane dangling from the top of the One57 tower under construction in Manhattan quickly became one of the images of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive force. The damaged crane was suspended 1,000 feet above the street, as officials determined how to secure it. Read more.

Firm Abandons Fire Station Tower Proposal in UK


30 Oct 2012, Birmingham, United Kingdom

British firm K4 Architects has announced it will abandon proposals to build a tower above Birmingham’s Central Fire Station. The scheme, which was in its third version for redeveloping the site, featured a large student housing tower above the former fire station. Read more.

'High-Rise Hope' Studies Social Impacts of Green Technology


26 Oct 2012, Shepards Bush, West London, United Kingdom

A report recently produced for Rockwool by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has highlighted the social implications of energy efficiency retrofits for tower blocks. The study, 'High-Rise Hope,' measured the energy costs and social conditions of a GBP16 million repair and energy upgrade of three residential towers in Shepherds Bush, West London. Read more.

Gold Coast's Soul High-rise in Receivership


26 Oct 2012, Gold Coast, Australia

The Soul Tower on the Gold Coast of Australia has been placed into receivership. Pricewaterhouse Coopers were appointed on Thursday as the receivers and managers of the AU$850 million tower at the command of Soul's financiers, NAB, ING and Morgan Stanley. Read more.

Envisioning Grand Central's Revitalization


26 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Manhattan's Grand Central Station, which will celebrate its centennial next year, is on the verge of major changes due to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to increase building heights in the area. New renderings detail plans created by three firms, SOM, WXY and Foster + Partners, to recreate the neighborhood around—and above--the station. Read more.

UK's Future Fifth Tallest May be Cross-Shaped


26 Oct 2012, Liverpool, United Kingdom

A crucifix-shaped skyscraper, which would be the UK's tallest building outside London, has been earmarked for the Liverpool waterfront. Architect Maurice Shapero designed the building, which will be called The King Edward Tower. Read more.

High-rise Demand Growing Rapidly in Minneapolis


26 Oct 2012, Minneapolis, United States

On Thursday Chicago-based Magellan Development Group started construction on the 36-story mixed-use high-rise located at 1369 Spruce Place in Minneapolis. The building is part of a residential tower boom which is attempting to supply the shortage of apartments in the Twin Cities. Read more.

Falling Out of Love with LEED


26 Oct 2012, Las Vegas, United States

An in-depth feature in USA Today questions the practice of pursuing LEED points, and whether projects are truly enhanced. The article points out that by including random and often last-minute addendums, developers and owners can receive enormous tax breaks. Read more.

Charlotte's Tallest Tower Turns 20


25 Oct 2012, Charlotte, United States

Charlotte's tallest building, the Bank of America Corporate Center, turned 20 years old yesterday. At 60 stories, the building, designed to be a skyscraper and not merely a tall building, became the tallest in Charlotte upon its completion in 1992. Read more.

'Tower of Ring' Completed in China


25 Oct 2012, Tianjin, China

The Japanese firm Eastern design office has completed a tower-shaped installation in a cultural square in Tianjin. Visitors cannot climb on or go in the tower. The piece seeks to encourage people to look into the sky, and to connect to the city and wider world.Read more.

Toronto Project May Include Supertalls


25 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's recently announced Oxford condominium redevelopment project will possibly see a pair of residential towers as tall as 1,070 feet (326 meters), according to the developer. If the project comes to fruition, they would be Toronto's first supertall towers. Read more.

Hudson Yards Bags Coach


25 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is designing the tower at Hudson Yards which will house leather-goods brand Coach, Inc. The tower has been on the drawing table for a year and is intended to create an urban campus for the brand. Read more.

Devon Tower Celebrates Grand Opening


24 Oct 2012, Oklahoma City, United States

The 50-story Devon Energy Building, the tallest building completed in the U.S. this year, celebrated is official opening on Tuesday. The 844-foot (257-meter) Devon Tower has been open since March, but yesterday marked the invitation-only commemoration ceremony. Read more.

Developers Say Progress Continues on South Africa's First Green Building


24 Oct 2012, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town’s ZAR1.6 billion (US$114 million) Portside building is on schedule to become South Africa's first green tall building. The 32-story under-construction project is a joint initiative between Old Mutual and FirstRand Bank and will be Cape Town's tallest building upon completion in 2014. Read more.

Korean Air Begins to Clear Site for LA's Second Tallest Building


24 Oct 2012, Los Angeles, United States

Demolition work began today on the 1952 Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles, clearing the site for a new hotel tower. The rebuilt $1 billion Wilshire Grand will still be three stories shorter than LA's tallest tower, US Bank Tower. Read more.

Ian Simpson Designs to Face Judgment in Manchester


23 Oct 2012, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Manchester City Council is poised to approve Chelmer Developments' 42-story tower at River Street. The tower, which has been designed by Ian Simpson architects, is set on a site that currently contains a partly-built concrete frame. Read more.

People's Daily HQ Nears Completion in Beijing


23 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Designboom has published the latest photos of the People's Daily Headquarters under construction in Beijing. The 100,000-square-meter tower consists of a concrete frame system with large cross beams, and will be one of China's super-tall buildings upon completion. Read more.

CTBUH: Dennis Poon Honored by University of Texas at El Paso


23 Oct 2012, El Paso, United States

CTBUH Board of Trustees member Dennis Poon was recognized as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas El Paso. The award was officially given to Mr. Poon, class of 1977, at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on October 19. Read more.

425 Park Shortlisted Designs on Display


19 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York has posted all the renderings from the recently completed competition for the redesign of 425 Park Ave. The design by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners was chosen earlier this month from the four Pritzker Prize-winning architects who competed. Read more.

Photos Released of Burj Khalifa in a Fog


19 Oct 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Daily Mail offers exclusive photos of Burj Khalifa at sunrise rising above an engulfing fog. German photographer Bjoern Lauen captured the images of the 828-meter (2717-foot) building from another nearby tower. Read more.

Monaco's New Tallest Tower in the NYT


19 Oct 2012, Monaco, Monaco

The New York Times features Monaco's future tallest building, Tour Odéon, an under-construction 70-unit residential tower that will rise 170 meters (558-feet) tall. The tower is reportedly the first tall building to be built in Monaco since the mid 1980s.Read more.

Transit Center Officially Receives Final Approval


19 Oct 2012, San Francisco, United States

San Francisco's Planning Commission on Thursday gave its final approval to plans to build the 1,070-foot (326-meter) tall Transbay Tower, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The 61-story tower, part of a 145-acre Transit Center District with commercial high-rises, residential towers, hotels and retail space, is set to become San Francisco's tallest building. Read more.

Willis Tower Exhibit Celebrates Its Omnipresence in the City


19 Oct 2012, Chicago, United States

A free exhibition of 25 large-scale photographs of Willis Tower made by architectural photographer Mark Ballogg looks to re-examine and revisit the tower's impact on the city. Willis Tower: Look Up, Look Down, Look Around, is an exhibit that documents the tower and its lobbies, illustrating how the building looms over the city's landscape.Read more.

Australian School Considers Selling Property for High-Rise Project


18 Oct 2012, New South Wales, Australia

The Ultimo Public School in New South Wales has been asked to consider selling its property to make way for a mixed-use high-rise development. The new development would provide classrooms on the lower floors and apartment spaces in the floors above. Read more.

Union Station Renovation Ideas Create Dynamic Public Spaces


18 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Following the July proposal to remove restrictions on building heights around New York's Grand Central Station, a coalition of architects has produced a series of exciting ideas to transform the area into a stately entry point to the city. Read more.