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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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One Bligh Street Receives Another Award


30 Nov 2012, Sydney, Australia

The CTBUH 2012 Best Tall Building in Asia & Australasia, 1 Bligh Street, has received ‘The International High-rise Award 2012’ from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The award recognizes the office tower as the world’s most innovative high-rise building, the first for an Australian building. Read more.

Video: Empire State of Lights


30 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The top of the 81-year old Empire State Building was the setting for a new light show, using an LED lighting system recently installed on its crown. The LEDs feature more than 16 million rippling colors, upgrading from the previous 10-color system. Read more.

Pierre Cardin Defends His Venetian Bouquet


30 Nov 2012, Venice, Italy

Fashion mogul Pierre Cardin is determined to give his hometown of Venice a sculptural mixed-use skyscraper, despite protests from the citizens. To Mr. Cardin the 280-meter Palace of Light is “like a bouquet of flowers, an offering to Venice,” told a reporter. Read more.

First South American Trump Tower


30 Nov 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Trump brand is expanding to South America. Donald Trump announced the Trump Tower Punta del Este, a resort located along the southeastern coast of Uruguay. The 24-story $100 million apartment building will reportedly begin construction in May 2013. Read more.

Developer Plans Adelaide's Future Tallest


29 Nov 2012, Adelaide, Australia

Australian developer Datong and Pruszinski Architects have updated the design of Adelaide's future tallest building. The height of the 39-story mixed-use 123 Flinders Street was increased due to a recent change in the city's height restrictions. Read more.

Penthouse Sells in Modernist Icon


29 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

The penthouse of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed 880 North Lake Shore Drive has sold after two years on the market. The 3,400-square-foot (316-square-meter) apartment, originally listed for $2 million in 2010, sold for $1.7 million. Read more.

London Residential Market Driving Tall Building Development


29 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

While office tower construction has stagnated, London developers are actively pursuing a large number of residential projects, according to a report on the housing boom in the Architect's Journal. Several projects have been submitted for planning review in the past two weeks, the Journal reports. Read more.

Yoo to Design Manila Tower


29 Nov 2012, Manila, Philippines

Property developer Century Properties Group (CPG) has launched the fifth residential tower of its Acqua Private Residences complex in Mandaluyong. Yoo, the company cofounded by French designer Philippe Starck and developer John Hitchcox, is collaborating on the project. Read more.

New York Project Will Use Pre-Fab System


28 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

After months of speculation, New York developer Forest City Ratner has confirmed plans to use a pre-fabricated construction system for a 32-story residential tower in the Atlantic Yards development. Fifteen modular buildings are planned for the development. Read more.

Boston Developer Adds More Units to Its Planned Tower


27 Nov 2012, Boston, United States

AvalonBay Communities Inc. has expanded plans for a residential tower at TD Garden in Boston. The 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower will now contain 503 apartments, 140 more than in a previously approved 37-story version of the apartment building. Read more.

KPF Commissioned to Design Tower


27 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty Corp. has commissioned Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) to design an office building to be constructed next to Grand Central Terminal, the Wall Street Journal reports. If it is approved, the building would be one of the city's biggest with 1.4 million square feet. Read more.

MetLife JV Buys Iconic Seattle Office Tower


27 Nov 2012, Seattle, United States

MetLife Real Estate Investments and Clarion Partners jointly bought the 55-story 1201 Third Avenue office tower in Seattle's CBD. Public records list the price as $548.8 million, which is about $492 per square foot. Read more.

Australia 108 to Employ Prefabricated Structure


27 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The Southern Hemisphere's future tallest building, Australia 108, will include prefabricated elements in an attempt to slash construction time. The project will employ a prefabricated modular building system created by the architects Nonda Katsalidis and Elenburg Fraser with building company UB Australia. Read more.

Permits Filed for New York Supertall


27 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

New York-based developer Gary Barnett has filed building permits for a 1,550-foot (472-meter) tower at 225 West 57th Street, which would be one of the city's tallest upon completion. Construction equipment is already at the site, where demolition of a grocery store will make way for the skyscraper, according to the New York Observer. Read more.

Related Moves Forward with Latest Tower


21 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The Related Companies is planning to launch another residential tower along the northern stretch of the High Line, at 539 West 29th Street. Related has secured $54 million in tax-exempt bonds from the New York Public Authority Control Board (PACB) to contribute to the tower’s financing. Read more.

Jakarta to Receive a New Landmark Building


21 Nov 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

An international design team made up of MVRDV, The Jerde Partnership, ARUP and developer Wijaya Karya, have collaborated to create Peruri 88, a 400 meter (1,312 foot) skyscraper for Jakarta. Peruri 88 will be a vertical city in one building combining Jakarta´s need for more green spaces with the need for densification. Read more.

Construction Begins on Benguela 88


20 Nov 2012, Benguela, Angola

Portugal-based firm OODA has begun construction on Benguela 88, a 26-story residential tower located in Angola. The architects designed the tower, which could be the second tallest building in the country upon completion, to include four different housing types to appeal to a variety of occupants. Read more.

Melbourne's Tall Building Boom


20 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is in the midst of a tall building boom. Most of the projects are residential, as the central business district extends into Southbank, the fast-growing waterfront suburb. More than 10,000 people are expected to move into the area in the next two years, according to industry projections.Read more.

Ireland Saves Its First Skyscraper


16 Nov 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin’s Planning Board has refused to allow Ireland’s first skyscraper, Liberty Hall, to be demolished. This decision rescinds the permit the Dublin City Council issued last year to demolish the 17-story, 60 meter building and replace it with a 22-story building of more than 93 meters (305 feet). Read more.

Architects Discouraged by San Francisco’s Zoning Laws


16 Nov 2012, San Francisco, United States

The New York Times is questioning the lack of “brand name” architecture in San Francisco. While nearby Silicon Valley is seeing projects from Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, architects in the city are forced to create unimaginative towers by the city’s ultra-strict zoning laws. Read more.

Exclusive Slim Towers Brings High Profits to Luxury Apartment Towers


16 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

As land in cities becomes scarcer and more valuable, designers and developers are continually pushing for more slender floor plates in tall buildings. Building tall and slender is generally more expensive, but the price tags on luxury apartments make the projects very profitable, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

Seattle Neighborhood May See Buildings Five Times Taller


15 Nov 2012, Seattle, United States

On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council Land Use Committee heard arguments about zoning the city's South Lake Union neighborhood to allow taller buildings. The hearing was part of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's Living Building Challenge, which is trying to alleviate height restrictions in the district. Read more.

Canadian Designers Continue to Pursue Wooden High-rises


15 Nov 2012, Vancouver, Canada

Canadian designers and researchers are continuing to investigate methods of building timber buildings as tall as 20 stories, according to the Globe and Mail. Supporters claim that the material is cheaper and more sustainable than steel and concrete, and a viable option for vertical construction. Read more.

Hudson Yards Announces December Ground Breaking


15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Excavations for the first Hudson Yards office tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), will begin by the first week of December, according to Architectural Record. The 46-story tower will become Coach’s headquarters upon completion in 2015. Read more.

New York Tower is Foster + Partners' First Residential American Project


15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Construction has begun on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States, 50 United Nations Plaza. The 44-story luxury apartment tower will be located in New York's United Nations Plaza, with views of the UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Read more.

Officials Concerned About High-rise Earthquake Vulnerability


14 Nov 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok officials have discovered that some 2,000 high-rises in the city do not have anti-quake features, but can reportedly endure minor quakes. Buildings constructed before 2007 were not required to have quake-proof designs, according to local media.Read more.

New Photos of Collapsed Crane in NYC


14 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York and Construction Graffiti have obtained some "vertigo-inducing" photos of the infamous collapsed crane perched on top of Manhattan's One57. The crane, which was finally secured last week, collapsed in the 90-mile-per-hour winds of Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Optima Center Reaches Halfway Milestone


14 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Chicago's Optima Center has reached the halfway point of the 42-story mixed-use structure. Construction began one year ago on the 325-unit Streeterville tower, designed and built by architect/developer David Hovey and DeBartolo Development. Read more.

Ole Scheeren Reveals Singapore Towers Design


14 Nov 2012, Singapore, Singapore

International practice Buro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of towers in Singapore, set to break ground early 2013. The Twin Towers Duo will include a 186-meter residential building and a 170-meter office and hotel building. Read more.

Developer Announces Oakland's Newest Tower


13 Nov 2012, Oakland, United States

Developer Seth Hamalian is planning a 28-story residential tower for Oakland’s Uptown area, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The tower is intended for the site of an un-realized 2008 design by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Read more.