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600 Wall Street Resurrected Near Space Needle


31 Oct 2013, Seattle, United States

A California development company is updating plans for a stalled residential high-rise project, designed by Kwan Henmi Architecture and Planning, located close to Seattle's Space Needle. Laconia LLC plans to build the 38-story, 310-unit skyscraper project on the triangular site at 600 Wall Street. Read more.

Allies and Morrison Tower Scheme On Its Way


31 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Work has begun on the Ealing Arcadia shopping center, a ₤6 million (US$9.6 million) renovation project designed by Allies and Morrison, which is also set to include a residential skyscraper. The project originally featured a 40-story tower by Foster + Partners and HKR, which has since been abandoned. Read more.

Investors from Singapore Bring Major Money to Manhattan Tower


30 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Hines has announced that Pontiac Land Group of Singapore has joined Hines and Goldman Sachs Real Estate in the ownership of 53 W. 53rd Street, the Jean Nouvel-designed residential condominium development, to be constructed adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art. Read more.

Construction Launched on Brookfield Place Calgary


30 Oct 2013, Calgary, Canada

Construction has begun on Brookfield Place Calgary Tower One, a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper, set to become Calgary's tallest as well as Western Canada's tallest upon completion. Brookfield Office Properties announced it would build the office project in July 2013. Read more.

Sky City to Possibly Begin Construction, BSB Makes Plans for Sky City II


30 Oct 2013, Qingdao, China

The ambitious China Broad Group today announced plans to build a sister tower to its highly-anticipated Sky City project in Changsha. Sky City II has been proposed as a 236-story, 1,008-meter (3,307-foot) supertall, built using same prefabricated process as its 838-meter (2,749-foot) predecessor. Read more.

York&George Approval Launches Project


29 Oct 2013, Sydney, Australia

The 39-story AU$90 million (US$85.5 million) mixed-use commercial, retail and residential project York & George has been granted development approval. Situated on Sydney's George Street, the 1,785 square-meter (19,200-square foot) site will feature a six-level podium and 32 levels of apartments. Read more.

Marathon Oil Tower Sells


29 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

Connecticut-based Hanover Real Estate Partners sold its 41-story Marathon Oil Tower to a real estate fund affiliated with Los Angeles-based CBRE Global Investors. The new owner, CBRE Strategic Partners, said it is planning a "significant capital campaign" to upgrade the building and its mechanical systems. Read more.

Lend Lease Seeks Heygate Estate Approval


29 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Lend Lease has submitted detailed plans for the first 360 homes at the Heygate Estate, part of the ₤1.5 billion (US$241 billion) regeneration of Elephant and Castle in south London. A total of 2,500 new homes are set to be built on the site during the next 15 years. Read more.

Obituary: Paul Reichmann, Canary Wharf Developer


28 Oct 2013, Toronto, Canada

Paul Reichmann, the Canadian tycoon and creator of Canary Wharf, who has died aged 83, transformed the skyline and economy of London's Docklands. Reichmann and his brothers were the owners of Olympia & York, at one point the world's largest commercial real estate business. Read more.

BIG's Twisting Canadian Tower Unanimously Approved


28 Oct 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved an iconic, twisting tower for the corner of Beach and Howe streets. The 52-story Beach and Howe Street tower development will feature 600 housing units, commercial space and public amenity space located under the Granville Street bridge. Read more.

Golub Obtains Funding For Latest Tower


28 Oct 2013, San Francisco, United States

After securing financing form Multi-Employer Property Trust, Chicago-based Golub & Co. has announced it will soon begin construction on its $200 million, 32-story 299 Fremont Tower in San Francisco. Groundbreaking is set to commence before the end of the year. Read more.

Boise Spire Draws Unwanted Comparisons, Changes Proposed


28 Oct 2013, Boise, United States

The Gardner Company, owner of a new 18-story building in downtown Boise, is planning alterations to the appearance of the tower's spire after a wave of complaints that it makes the nearly-complete structure look like a Mormon temple. Upon completion, 8th and Main Tower will reportedly be the tallest building in Boise. Read more.

Tour the B2 Factory with Gizmodo


25 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Gizmodo has published an article that takes the reader on a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards factory, which fabricates the elements that will be used to construct the B2 Tower in Atlantic Yards. B2 will be the tallest prefab building in the country when completed. Developer Forest City and contractor Skanska created a joint venture, FCS Modular, to tackle the large-scale production of the units, the volume of which was in excess of the capabilities of most North American producers. Read more.

Guangzhou International Financial City Commences Construction


25 Oct 2013, Guangzhou, China

Construction has reportedly begun on the multi-tower Guangzhou International Financial City (GIFC), reports. The Aedas-designed GIFC master plan will feature a pair of supertall skyscrapers, a 450-meter (1,476-foot) landmark tower and another 400-meter (1,312-foot) tower. Read more.

Abandoned Apartment Building Becomes Graffiti Gallery


25 Oct 2013, Paris, France

Galerie Itinerrance, a Parisian art gallery, invited 105 visual artists from around the world to paint the interior and exterior of an abandoned nine-story social housing tower, which has been slated for demolition. The Tour Paris 13 project is being called the largest temporary graffiti street art project in the world. Read more.

Tower-Downdraft Controversy Continues


24 Oct 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds City Council officials apparently knew high winds caused by the Bridgewater Place tower were dangerous before the building was completed. An email sent in January 2007 by Council Officer John Bleakley warned of "unprecedented" winds three months before the building was finished. Read more.

One of Tampa's Tallest Sold For $98 Million


24 Oct 2013, Tampa, United States

The Element, the 35-story apartment tower in downtown Tampa, Florida, has sold for $98 million to Miami-based luxury high-rise developer Crescent Heights. The 460-foot (140-meter) blue-glass postmodernist skyscraper is the tallest residential tower in the city, and the fifth-tallest in the city overall. Read more.

Nordstrom Wins Cantilevered Approval


23 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Extell Development received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday to cantilever a new supertall luxury residential tower that the company plans to build over a neighboring landmark at 217 West 57th Street. Read more.

Opening Day Announced for Japan's Tallest


23 Oct 2013, Osaka, Japan

The Kintetsu Corp. has set March 7, 2014, as the opening date for its Abeno Harukas skyscraper, which is set to be Japan's tallest building upon completion. Located in Osaka, the 300-meter (984-foot) building topped out in August 2012 and will replace the Yokohama Landmark Tower as the nation's tallest building. Read more.

Eliot Brown Looks Eagerly to Council's November Decision on 1WTC


22 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The Wall Street Journal's architecture critic, Eliot Brown, has written an article about One World Trade Center in anticipation of the Council's decision on the tower's architectural height. In the piece, Brown details the process of determining whether the building sports a spire or an antenna. Read more.

HENN Tops Cenke Tower Competition


22 Oct 2013, Taiyuan, China

Berlin-based practice HENN Architekten has won the competition for the Cenke Tower in Taiyuan, in China's Shanxi Province. The 280-meter (918-foot) building, which takes the form of a pair of convex shells, will contain office space, a hotel on the upper floors and a retail center at the ground level. Read more.

Causes Still Unknown in LA Apartment Fire


22 Oct 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a high-rise apartment blaze last week that critically injured two people and forced more than 100 residents to find temporary housing. The fire broke out Friday, October 18, in an 11th floor apartment at the Barrington Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard. Read more.

Chinese Investors Purchase One Chase Manhattan Plaza


21 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The Chinese firm Fosun International Ltd., one of the largest private-investment companies in China, has purchased One Chase Manhattan Plaza. Fosun will pay JPMorgan chase $725 million, about $100 million more than initial estimates for the 60-story downtown tower. Read more.

Galliard Launches Baltimore Tower


21 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Galliard Homes has officially launched sales for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's curvaceous Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf. Occupying a section of the city's Crossharbour site, the 495-foot (151-meter) project is could become the tallest residential tower built in the area. Read more.

Empire State Building Installs Green Roofs


21 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

A series of green roofs have been installed on one of New York's most iconic skyscrapers, The Empire State Building. The 1,250-foot (381-meter) office tower now includes four green roofs that cover 9,100 square feet (845 square meters) across three floors. Read more.

Portland Restarts Park Avenue Tower Project


21 Oct 2013, Portland, United States

TMT Development announced plans last week to resume construction on the long-stalled Park Avenue West Tower in downtown Portland before the end of the year. The company has been able to secure a $175 million construction loan for the stagnant mixed-used building. Read more.

57th Street's Super Skinny Tower Clears First Approval


18 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The new residential tower at 111 West 57th planned for New York may soon be able to lay claim to the title of skinniest skyscraper in the world. The design, by SHoP Architects, took a major step towards becoming a reality this week after it was granted approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Read more.

'Rooftopper' Produces Set of Skyscraper Rooftop Photos


18 Oct 2013, Hong Kong, China

"Rooftopper" photographer Andrew Tso has released a series of images he captured during his many visits to skyscraper rooftops around the world. The 25-year-old from Hong Kong has been climbing since childhood, and has been professionally climbing for the past three years to cultivate his collection. Read more.

Coit Tower to Close for Renovations


18 Oct 2013, San Francisco, United States

Coit Tower, the San Francisco landmark that's been a fixture of the city's skyline for 80 years, is going to close its doors for several months, undergoing $1.1 million of repairs. A 2012 assessment of the building found a variety of problems including water damage, flaking lead-based paint and asbestos insulation. Read more.

Green Skin Connects Morph Tower to Landscape


17 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

Somdoon Architects have completed the IDEO Morph 38 tower, a new green-walled high-rise that offers an escape from the congested streets of Bangkok. Located in the residential area of Sukhumvit, the development consists of two separated towers, each targeting a particular type of tenant. Read more.