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Video: Portland Fed Building Goes Green


31 May 2013, Portland, United States

After four years of renovation and retrofitting, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in downtown Portland was rededicated May 30. The 39-year-old, 18-story facility is now a high-performance green building, reportedly one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the country. Read more.

Tower Invasion of Brooklyn


31 May 2013, New York, United Sates

In order to take advantage of a 2005 rezoning of North Brooklyn to allow taller buildings, developers have recently launched plans to construct a mixed-use complex at the mouth of Newtown Creek in Brooklyn. The 22-acre Greenpoint Landing will include twenty 30- to 40-story towers, a park and a 640-seat school. Read more.

Leadenhall Building 50 Percent Let


31 May 2013, London, United States

British Land and Oxford Properties have signed a deal to pre-let their London development, The Leadenhall Building, with London-based insurer Amlin PLC. The firm will occupy about 20 percent of the Leadenhall Building, also called the Cheesegrater, taking up residences on floors 18-24 and 45. Read more.

New York Times Op-Ed Weighs in on WTC Debate


31 May 2013, New York City, United States

Thomas Leslie, a professor of architecture at Iowa State University and author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, has contributed his op-ed to The New York Times concerning the very complex situation of the One World Trade Center and its ultimate height. Read more.

Shigeru Ban Wins Hamburg Competition


30 May 2013, Hamburg, Germany

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the competition to design the Watertowers HafenCity, a residential complex in Baakenhafen Harbor, in Hamburg. The six-tower development will range between eight and twelve stories and will be built along the city's Elbe River front. Read more.

Canada Square Building Sold to Mysterious Buyer


30 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

This week the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) brokered the sale of Citi Tower, London's fourth tallest building, for £1 billion. The 45-story building, also called 25 Canada Square, is located in Canary Wharf and is believed to have been sold to a Middle East investment fund. Read more.

Frankfurt's Skyscraper Festival Draws Huge Crowds


30 May 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The city of Frankfurt celebrated its unique skyline during the 18th Skyscraper Festival this weekend on May 25 and 26. The two-day event gave attendees the chance to attend events hosted by the city's tall buildings and see daredevils perform stunts. Read more.

Top Firms Tackle Penn Station Redesign


30 May 2013, New York City, United States

Four New York-based architecture firms have unveiled competition entries for a new Penn Station and a relocated Madison Square Garden. SHoP Architects, H3 Hardy Architecture, SOM and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, have had only two months to create their competition entries. Read more.

Detroit's Oldest High-Rise Still Kicking


29 May 2013, Detroit, United States

A $6 million loan has been approved to fund the $37 million redevelopment of the United Way Community Services Building, also known as the Detroit Savings Bank Building, in the city's Capitol Park. The building will reportedly be converted into 56 residential units with commercial space at ground level. Read more.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture Honored by AIA


29 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) won AIA Illinois 2013 Honor Awards for two of its projects at a ceremony in April. The Louis Sullivan Award went to the firm's Randolph Tower redevelopment in Chicago. Read more.

Melbourne's Tower Debate Casts Shadow on Skyscrapers


29 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia

In late April Stamoulis Property Group announced plans to build a 404-meter skyscraper at 555 Collins Street in Melbourne. Planning Minister Matthew Guy sparked controversy against the anticipated shadows cast by the tower when he expressed his intentions to lift the area's height restrictions. Read more.

Herzog & de Meuron's Miami Tower Revealed


29 May 2013, Miami, United States

Swiss Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the design of its Jade Signature Tower on Miami's Sunny Isles Beach. Produced in collaboration with interior design firm PYR and landscape designer Raymond Jungles, the 57-story building will feature 224 ocean-view apartments. Read more.

American Companies Export High-Rise Firefighting Equipment to China


28 May 2013, Beijing, China

Pennsylvania-based Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) has partnered with New Jersey-based First Priority Emergency Vehicles (FPEV) to introduce a new type of fire truck to the Chinese market. The American fire truck can more effectively fight fires in high-rises than what is currently available in China. Read more.

Untold History of Russian Skyscrapers Revealed


28 May 2013, Moscow, Russia

The strange history of Russian skyscrapers is the center of an article by The Calvert Journal, a cultural blog about modern Russia. The story details the history of Stalinist architects and their creations, most of which never made it past the design phase, which in many cases predicted the future of tall building design. Read more.

Developers Plan Winnipeg's Tallest


28 May 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

Ontario-based Fortress Real Developments and Mady Development Group last week announced plans to build what they are calling the “tallest free-standing structure between Toronto and Calgary.” If the 42-story mixed-use skyscraper is approved, construction is scheduled to begin in Winnipeg by fall 2014 and close in 2017. Read more.

The BBC Tackles Smart Cities


28 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

As part of its Horizons series, the BBC has produced Smart Cities, a short documentary film about planning and designing architecture and sustainability for emerging urban spaces. The episode features Daniel Libeskind, Shanghai Tower and Europe's first carbon-neutral neighborhood. Read more.

Beloved Chicago Skyscrapers Come to Life in Animation


24 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and artist Al Boardman has created a short film using motion graphics to honor five of the city's notable tall buildings. His inventive animation features the John Hancock Center, the Crain Communications Building, Marina City, Trump Tower and the Willis Tower. Read more.

High-Rise Tenants Have Longer Life Expectancy


24 May 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have produced a study indicating that residents of the upper levels of high-rises can enjoy a longer life expectancy than their lower-level peers. Key factors to this phenomenon may include less air pollution and traffic noise, as well as exercising by climbing stairs. Read more.

Patterns in the City Fascinate Photographer


24 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Singapore-based photographer Jared Lim expresses his fascination with the fabric of the city in the creation of his newest series, Urban Exploration. In the collection, Lim features the patterns and geometries created by tall buildings and other urban architecture that he encounters through his work. Read more.

Get a First Look at Hadid's Miami Tower


24 May 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released images of its much-anticipated 60-story residential skyscraper to be built in downtown Miami. The 215-meter One Thousand Museum Tower will be located at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard and features a concrete exoskeleton structural system. Read more.

Sandton City Tower to Undergo Renovation


23 May 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg's Sandton City Office Tower will undergo significant renovations at the recommendation of investigating structural engineers. The 40-year-old tower will receive upgrades to its systems, including electrical and mechanical, over the next 18 months. Read more.

Yahoo! Moves to Former NYT Building


23 May 2013, New York City, United States

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced at a press event that Yahoo! is taking over four stories of the old New York Times building in Times Square, signing a 10-year lease for 176,000 square feet (16,300 square meters). Yahoo!'s 500 New York employees are currently split across three different locations. Read more.

Video: King Kong Comes to Australian Tower


23 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Stunt actress Leigh-Anne Vizer posed in the giant hand of King Kong high above the city of Melbourne as part of a PR stunt for the new theater production of King Kong: the Musical. The hand was hoisted to the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the second-tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more.

Massive World Center Hotel Coming to Miami


23 May 2013, Miami, United States

A video released by architecture firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Assoc. showcases the design for the new convention center and hotel tower at Miami World Center. The 1,800-room Marriott, to be built on the site of the demolished Miami Arena, sits atop a 600,000-square foot convention center. Read more.

Houston's First Skyscraper Re-Imagined as Hotel


22 May 2013, Houston, United States

Developer Pearl Hospitality is in the process of renovating Houston's historic Samuel F. Carter Building to include a new JW Marriott Houston Downtown Hotel. The 22-story Samuel F. Carter Building was Houston's first skyscraper when it was finished 100 years ago, according to High Rise Facilities. Read more.

Skyscraper Romance Comes to Queens


22 May 2013, New York City, United States

Rockrose Development Corp. is expected to break ground on the tallest residential building in Queens, New York later this year. The company is demolishing seven run-down warehouses on the site at 43-25 Hunter Street, where it plans to build the $400 million 50-story tower.Read more.

Emaar Revives Lagoons Project With 1,000-Meter Tower Plan


22 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Properties Group and Emaar Properties have made the decision to re-launch The Lagoons project on Dubai Creek with construction work likely to restart soon. The companies are reportedly planning to include a 1,000-meter tower in the development, Emirates 24/7 reports. Read more.

The Future of “Space Travel” – In Spain?


22 May 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Apogee Investors has secured a €1.5 billion (US$1.9 billion) investment to build a Mobilona Space Hotel on a man-made island off the coast of Barcelona. Designed by architect Erik Morvan, the 300-meter (984-foot) building would be Europe's tallest hotel if it reaches completion. Read more.

Qatar Takes Major Stake in Porta Nuova


21 May 2013, Milan, Italy

Qatar Holding has officially bought a 40 percent stake in Milan's real estate project, Porta Nuova, for an undisclosed sum, developer Hines Italia announced. Porta Nuova is one of the most ambitious skyscraper developments in Europe, with a market value in excess of €2 billion (US$2.58 billion).Read more.

Seagram Owners Re-Finance for $1 Billion


21 May 2013, New York City, United States

The owner of the Seagram Building, RFR Holdings, has taken out a $1 billion loan to refinance the landmark tower after failing to sell the building. The refinance will pay off about $400 million of existing debt on the property, according to Crain's New York. Read more.