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Skyscraper Offers Unique Urban Camping Experience


31 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The AKA Central Park in New York is offering an opportunity to experience the Big Apple from outdoors by "glamping"— glamorous camping. The 17-story building features a five-star "outdoor bedroom" on the top floor, including a queen bed, a fireplace, dining and a telescope. Read more.

Cousins Puts Faith in Texas Real Estate


31 Jul 2013, Fort Worth, United States

Cousins Properties of Atlanta has signed a definitive agreement with Crescent Real Estate Equities to pay $1.1 billion for a portfolio of 11 Texas office buildings. Under contract are the 777 Main Street building in Fort Worth, in addition to the 10-building, 4.4 million-square foot (409,000-square meter) Greenway Plaza in Houston. Read more.

Financing Secured for Vintage Hotel Project


31 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer John Murphy has secured a $45 million loan to convert the 100 W. Monroe Street Building in Chicago into a Hyatt Hotel. The 22-story vintage office tower was cleared of more than 60 Class C office tenants in March and April 2013 to make way for the 257-room hotel. Read more.

A Revision of Green Building Standards May Be In Order


31 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The Bank of America Tower, a 1,200-foot (366-meter) skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, was lauded as a triumph of green engineering when it opened in 2010. But as the New Republic reported this week, the building falls short of its lofty ambitions, possibly due to a flawed system of measuring efficiencies. Read more.

Arup Making a Strong Impact in Mexico City


30 Jul 2013, Mexico City, Mexico

Arup reports that the company is working on five tall buildings in Mexico City: Torre Manacar, Torre Pedregal 24, Punta Chapultapec, Torre BBVA Bancomer and Torre Reforma, which could be the city's tallest. The five projects are in various stages of design and construction, according to Arup. Read more.

Kenya's Tallest Building Stalled Again


30 Jul 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

Plans for Nairobi's tallest building have stalled again due to environmental concerns. Earlier in the month, Kenya's National Social Security Fund (NSSF) made efforts to launch the Hazina Trade Centre, a 39-story skyscraper project that has been bogged down by funding issues for nearly two years. Read more.

Los Angeles Council: Fault Line Not a Factor in Millennium Project


30 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has approved the $665 million Millennium Hollywood project, which will feature hotel, housing, retail and office space. The project previously came under fire for its planned location next to the Capitol Records building, and allegedly near an active earthquake fault. Read more.

Brookfield to Launch Western Canada's Tallest Building


30 Jul 2013, Calgary, Canada

Brookfield Office Properties will begin construction in September of a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper in downtown Calgary, the company announced in a press release. The Brookfield Place Calgary project will ultimately include 2.4 million square feet (223,000 square meters) of space, including offices, restaurants and retail. Read more.

Arets Brings AvB Tower to Completion


29 Jul 2013, The Hague, Netherlands

The Dean of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Wiel Arets, has completed his latest tower project in The Hague. The Anne van Bueren (AvB) Tower will become the newest home of the University of Leiden, providing its student residents with accommodations. Read more.

Vinoly-flavored Rumors Surface for 22 Thames Street


29 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

International architect Raphael Viñoly is rumored to have designed the latest Fisher Brothers project: a skyscraper to replace the former American Stock Exchange buildings in downtown Manhattan. Permits have been filed for the 637-foot tower to be built at 22 Thames Street, New York YIMBY reports. Read more.

Treasured Theater to Surrender to New High-rise Project


29 Jul 2013, Oklahoma City, United States

The former Stage Center theater in downtown Oklahoma City has been slated for demolition to make way for a 20-plus story office building on the site. The city's Downtown Design Review Committee must now decide whether to approve the demolition of the Center. Read more.

5Pointz Art Center Marked for Redevelopment


26 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has approved developer David Wolkoff's plan to build two high-rise apartment complexes. The pair of buildings, at 41 and 47 stories, would replace a derelict warehouse, known locally as 5Pointz, which serves as a "graffiti Mecca" gathering place for local artists. Read more.

Church to Invest Millions in Pelli Tower Project


26 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has been chosen to design a new mixed-use ministry building and condo tower for Manhattan's Trinity Church. The parish decided to invest in this skyscraper project instead of engaging in $33 million in renovations of two auxiliary buildings located on site. Read more.

Major Rising Sun Complex Underway


25 Jul 2013, Chongqing, China

The Rising Sun Taipei City is underway in Chongqing, China, with Phases 1 and 2 out of nine already under construction, reports. The development will feature a series of residential high-rises, a four-story shopping mall, a hotel, movie theater and retail, office and commercial facilities. Read more.

Richard Meier Tower Nears Completion in Tel Aviv


25 Jul 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

In anticipation of the completion of the Meier-on-Rothschild tower in Tel Aviv, Haaretz has published an interview with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. The 127-meter (417-foot) skyscraper features luxury apartments, whose high prices made international headlines. Read more.

Jewel Retailers Flocking to International Gem Tower


25 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Extell Development Company and Gulaylar Group have secured tenants for 80 percent of the International Gem tower (IGT) in Manhattan's Diamond District. The Jewelry Shopping Mall will occupy the first three floors of the 34-story tower, with other retailers and businesses located on upper floors. Read more.

Tanzania Pushes for Healthy City Planning Practices


25 Jul 2013, Arusha, Tanzania

City planners in Arusha, Tanzania are considering a revision of planning policies to better cope with growing urban populations, as well as the effects of climate change. Tanzanian Vice President Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal advocated this week for efforts to improve the African urban habitat. Read more.

Thames Tower Marked for Refurbishment


24 Jul 2013, Reading, United Kingdom

Developers have abandoned plans to demolish Thames Tower and replace it with a 25-story skyscraper. The 39-year-old office block was due to be taken down as part of a ₤845 million (US$1.3 billion) regeneration of the Station Hill neighborhood of Reading, the BBC reports. Read more.

Opponents of Hollywood Towers Concerned Over Geologic Conditions


24 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood Development near the Capital Records building claim they have new information against the project. Robert Silverstein, attorney for Communities United for Reasonable Development, believes there is evidence the project will be built on top of an active earthquake fault. Read more.

Peter Wynne Rees Discusses His Skyscraper Legacy


24 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

City of London Chief Planner Peter Wynne Rees is featured in an extensive profile by Architectural Record. Mr. Rees has been chief for 27 years, creating what many call his "skyscraper legacy" by approving iconic towers such as the Leadenhall Building, 52-54 Lime Street and 60-70 St. Mary Axe. Read more.

Piling Work Underway on SOHO Tower


23 Jul 2013, Shanghai, China

Foundations have reportedly been laid for the SOHO Hailun Plaza in Shanghai, designboom reports. Designed by UNStudio, the development features a 33-story tower as its centerpiece, surrounded by a series of mixed-use low-rise buildings arranged to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Read more.

Struggling City Pride Proposal Clears Major Hurdle


23 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The 239-meter (784-foot) tower in London's Docklands has been approved after the planning decision was unexpectedly deferred. The City Pride Tower on Westferry Road, planned by Chalegrove Properties, is expected to be the tallest residential building in the UK and the nation's second tallest overall. Read more.

Sheraton Huzhou to Open Its Doors


23 Jul 2013, Huzhou, China

The unusual 321-room Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, located on the Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai, is set to open its doors. The oval-shaped, 27-story building was designed by MAD Architects and is being touted as one of Sheraton's most elaborate hotels. Read more.

Aedas Tower to Grace Xuhui Binjian Media City


22 Jul 2013, Shanghai, China

International architecture practice Aedas has won the competition to design the 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium in the Xuhui Binjian Media City in Shanghai. One of nine tall buildings to be built in the Media City development, the tapering tower warps to accommodate the pedestrian pathways and views of the site. Read more.

French Urban Renewal Project Features Tower Community


22 Jul 2013, Nantes, France

LAN Architecture has won the Nantes Urban Regeneration competition with its master plan of mixed-use high-rise buildings, which focuses on creating community between buildings. The six-tower community includes affordable, student, social and temporary residences as well as schools, offices and restaurants. Read more.

Ambitious Post Office Redesign Gets Green Light from Planners


22 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved Phase 1 of the multi-billion dollar redevelopment for the old Chicago Main Post Office. The federally landmarked building would become the centerpiece of a long-term, 20-year reimagining of a new neighborhood featuring a pair of supertall towers. Read more.

China Broad Breaks Ground on Sky City – Or Does It?


22 Jul 2013, Changsha, China

The company hoping to build the world's tallest skyscraper in record time held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, July 20, in Changsha, China. But since then, media reports have circulated claiming that Broad Sustainable Building has failed to obtain government approval for the project. Read more.

Dubai Creek Harbor Is Happening


19 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have begun construction of their new central business district project, the Dubai Creek Harbor. The companies created the venture to develop the project in early July, and have since engaged in serious construction efforts on the site of the recession-halted Dubai Lagoons, Gulf News reports. Read more.

Boston Developer Proposes Trinity Tower


19 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

A Boston development team has filed plans to replace the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center with a new 33-story tower that offers hotel, residential and restaurant space. Developer Trinity Stuart proposes to demolish and replace the existing eight-story building. Read more.

Five-Tower UNStudio Design Wins Wenzhou CBD Competition


19 Jul 2013, Wenzhou, China

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a trade center in the growing city of Wenzhou, China, with its proposal for a family of segmented skyscrapers. Occupying an 11-hectare (27-acre) site near the riverfront, the Yongjia World Trade Centre will mix retail, leisure and residential uses, according to designboom. Read more.