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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.

Sydney Skyscraper Competition Enlists Top Architects


21 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia

Four world-renowned designers have been shortlisted to create a design for the Crown Sydney resort tower in Barangaroo which is as iconic as the Syndey Opera House. The contenders are Renzo Piano, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Kohn Pederson Fox and Wikinson Eyre. Read more.

Steven Holl Gives a Personal Tour of His Latest Towers


21 Feb 2013, Chengdu, China

Upon last month's completion of Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, the designer took part in a pair of short films to document the project to the fullest extent. The films, created by Chicago-based Spirit of Space, paint a portrait of the buildings from the point of view of the user.Read more.

Partnership Plans Pair of Bonifacio Towers


20 Feb 2013, Taguig City, Philippines

Century Properties Group has partnered with Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC) to build a PHP1 billion (US$24 million) two-tower development in Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines. The project is part of Century Properties’ plan to expand its portfolio to include commercial and tourism developments. Read more.

Seattle's Oldest Tower Celebrates Recovery


20 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

In 2012, just 19 percent of the office space was let in Seattle's oldest skyscraper, Smith Tower. A year later, occupancy has risen to 50 percent and is likely to increase to 75 percent within a couple of months, the Seattle Times reports.Read more.

Arabtec Wins Abu Dhabi Hotel Contract


20 Feb 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based construction company Arabtec won a contract from the National Investment Corporation to develop the Fairmont Abu Dhabi hotel and apartments tower in Abu Dhabi. The 39-story project was designed by Dewan Architects and Engineers and will cost more than AED1 billion. Read more.

BIG's W57 Tower Approved


20 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has granted final approval to the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed West 57th Tower in Manhattan. After disputing the affordable housing options in the tower, the parties reached a compromise to include 173 affordable housing units in the 32-story tetrahedral-shaped W57 building. Read more.

Popular Science on Shanghai Tower


19 Feb 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in the tower's design explain the layered structure, the double façade and the twisted shape, which are key elements of the structure. Read more.

Rumors Fly of Trump Tower Vancouver


19 Feb 2013, Vancouver, Canada

The media is speculating that a deal is in place to build a Trump International tower in Vancouver on the site of a cancelled Ritz-Carlton hotel-condo project. The original project, a 60-story tower designed by Arthur Erickson, would have become Vancouver’s second tallest if it had reached completion. Read more.

Pakistan Makes a Move Toward the World's Tallest


19 Feb 2013, Karachi, Pakistan

The Pakistani construction tycoon Malik Riaz has signed a US$45 billion deal with Abu Dhabi Group to build what he claims would be the world's tallest building, Emirates 24/7 reports. The skyscraper would be part of a megaproject possibly constructed on an island off the coast of Karachi. Read more.

Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard


19 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo Piano as he explains the ideas behind The Shard and his own beliefs regarding the relationship between architecture, people and cities. Read more.

Shoreditch Residential Tower Approved


18 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Approval has been granted for a 152-meter (499-foot) residential skyscraper, designed by Make Architects for London's Shoreditch district, Construction Enquirer reports. The 145 City Road tower is part of a larger mixed-use project, which will include a separate 10-story office building. Read more.

Developer Proposes Tower to Revitalize Fenway


18 Feb 2013, Boston, United States

Developer Samuels & Associates filed a planning application last week for a 22-story residential building on the triangular lot at the intersection of Boston's Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street. The Point tower will replace the run-down retail building which currently occupies the site. Read more.

Flying Drones Build a Mock Skyscraper


18 Feb 2013, Orléans, France

Quadro-copters, flying drones primarily used for aerial videography and research projects, were recently used in a study by a team of researchers to build a mock skyscraper. Flight Assembled Architecture explored the potentials of using remotely-controlled flying robots for constructing skyscrapers. Read more.

Plans Laid for Taller Building in the West Loop


18 Feb 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer Steve Fifield is planning to build a 75-story mixed-use tower in Chicago's West Loop. The SMDP Studio-designed tower could include apartments, office space and a hotel, depending on demand in the city, the developer announced. Read more.

New Life Breathed into Stalled Chicago High-rise


14 Feb 2013, Chicago, United States

A stalled high-rise development in Chicago's north side will reportedly break ground this fall. Barcelona’s F451 Arquitectura collaborated with Chicago-based Pappageorge Haymes to extend the height and augment the design of the Bluewater 5440 apartment building. Read more.