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June 14, Chicago, United States

Photographer Scott Olson captured an image of lightning hitting the Willis Tower on Wednesday night, June 12. Severe storms passed through downtown Chicago and other part of the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and high winds.
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June 14, Boston, United States

Developers hope to add nearly 200 feet to the proposed Back Bay tower planned for the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, making it third tallest in the city. The latest version of the mixed-use development, submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, would now stretch 691 feet.
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June 14, New York, United States

A new report on safeguarding New York buildings from major storms and rising sea levels recommends changes to zoning code changes to improve, among other things, the resilience of high-rise residences. The city commissioned the 438-page report in order to better cope with storms like Hurricane Sandy.
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June 13, New York, United States

Two maintenance workers were left dangling from a collapsed scaffold near the top of a skyscraper for more than an hour on Wednesday before rescuers cut open windows to pull them inside to safety. The men were stuck in wind gusts outside the 45th floor of the 597-foot Hearst Tower.
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June 13, London, United Kingdom

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the body that recognizes sites of global cultural importance will soon make a decision whether to place London's Parliament Square on its "endangered list." The move follows concerns that famous views of Westminster are threatened by increasing skyscraper development.
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June 13, New York, United States

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plan to lease public land to developers to build luxury apartment towers dozens of stories tall, has angered public housing residents. NYCHA released drawings that show eight Manhattan developments the agency wants constructed on rented sites.
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June 12, New York, United States

The Moinian Group has announced plans for 3 Hudson Boulevard, its 1.8 million-square foot mixed-use tower located on 11th Avenue in the growing Hudson Yards development. The 1,000-foot (301-meter) skyscraper, designed by Dan Kaplan of FXFLOWLE, is expected to cost $800 to $900 million to build.
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June 12, Seattle, United States

Ivanhoé Cambridge has acquired the Wells Fargo Center at 999 3rd Ave. in Seattle, WA from Beacon Capital Partners for $390 million, about $396 per square foot. The 47-story office tower was built in 1993 in Seattle's central business district and is 80 percent leased to multiple tenants.
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June 12, Cincinnati, United States

The Cincinnati City Council granted preliminary approval to a plan that calls for a 30-story mixed-use tower in the city's downtown area. Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins is planning to build the $80 million tower and will begin construction in 2014.
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June 11, London, United Kingdom

As the tall building community comes to London for the CTBUH 2013 London Conference, media sources in the city are examining the legacy of the tall building in the historic city. The Financial Times, BD and The Telegraph have all published editorials concerning the implications of vertical expansion in London.
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June 11, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The AED1 billion Infinity Tower has been renamed Cayan Tower, after its developer. The name was chosen to end the confusion with the other two Infinity Towers, in Brisbane and Manama. The twisting 310-meter (1,017-foot) tower opened last night in Dubai Marina after seven years on construction.
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June 11, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne-based developer HWD Australia has proposed a tower which could be 30-stories tall, as long as the plans include a AU$20 million three-story public school. The Melbourne City Council had previously set the site's height limit at 20 meters (66 feet), but lifted the restriction with the inclusion of the school.
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June 10, Dallas, United States

Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas has been sold for an undisclosed sum to a partnership of M-M Properties Inc. and CBRE Global Investors. The deal puts to rest the mortgage problems suffered by the Johnson/Burgee Architects-designed office tower in recent years.
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June 10, Gżira, Malta

The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) has renewed the development permit for the Metropolis Plaza in Gżira, which is set to include the country's tallest building. The three-tower project, which has been stagnate for four years, never progressed past digging the foundation hole.
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June 10, New York, United States

The New York Times is taking a serious interest in the continuing debate about tall buildings in North America. In its latest piece, The Times tackles the complex economics of building skyscrapers in the city, as it examines the candidates for New York's future tallest residential building.
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June 10, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photographer Joe McNally recently captured a series of dizzying images from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. He has also released an interesting four and a half minute behind-the-scenes look at how he ascended the tower and held a photo shoot at the top of the world.
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June 7, New York, United States

The BBC profiles Professor Iain Stewart, a geologist at Plymouth University in the UK, as he studies the incredible bedrock that has made possible Manhattan as we know it. The minerals in this rock, known as schist, provide clues to America's ancient geologic history and places in context the bedrock that anchors many of the world’s earliest and best-known skyscrapers.
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June 7, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Penang-based developer Ideal Property Group is set to launch its Tree Sparina high-rise condo development next month, according to local paper Bernama. The MYR350 million (US$113 million) tower is the first phase of the 10 hectare (25 acre) Ideal Vision Park mixed-use development project.
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June 7, Boston, United States

Developers have filed plans to revive the area of Boston's Government Center Garage by building a series of six towers on the site. The 2,300-space parking garage would be replaced with 771 apartments, 1.3 million square feet of office space, a hotel and 85,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
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June 7, Houston, United States

A new high-rise luxury condominium project is planned for a prime location in uptown Houston, the developer announced this week. The 26-story Belfiore tower will feature 46 four-bedroom residences, priced at about $600 per square foot ($6,452 per square meter), built on two acres of land.
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June 6, Calgary, Canada

After being partially open for a few months, Calgary's tallest building celebrated its official grand opening Tuesday, June 4. At 238 meters (779 feet), the Foster + Partners-designed Bow building is the tallest skyscraper in Canada west of Toronto.
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June 6, Miami, United States

Yesterday, June 5, Terra Group broke ground on Grove at Grand Bay, the new luxury residence project designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) located in historic Coconut Grove. More than 90 percent of the units in the North Tower have sold in less than one year.
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June 6, Jerusalem, Israel

As part of its new initiative to develop a new center for business and commerce in Jerusalem, the city's Regional Planning the Building Committee is set to approve a pair of 150-meter towers. If the pair reaches completion, these mixed-use towers would be the city's tallest, Haaretz reports.
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June 6, Rochester, United States

Titan Development and Investment plans to build a 25-story office tower in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic. The mixed-use Broadway at Center tower will include a 150-room four-star hotel and 150 apartments, as well as a high-end grocery store, several restaurants and commercial office space.
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June 5, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabian developer Cayan Investment & Development will celebrate the inauguration of Dubai's Infinity Tower next Monday, June 10. The 75-story building spirals 90 degrees from base to tip and was designed and built by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and contractor Arabtec.
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June 5, Johor Baru, Malaysia

Developers are planning Malaysia's tallest residential building, a 301-meter (988-foot) luxury tower in the city of Johor Baru. The Astaka tower is phase one of a MYR4 billion (US$1.2 billion) development that will ultimately include three office towers, two additional residential towers and a major shopping mall.
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June 5, New York, United States

Egyptian firm IAMZ Design Studio's submission to the eVolo skyscraper competition is directly inspired by nature. The Chlorophyll Tower's residential cells are designed to absorb New York city's emissions of harmful gases and convert them into energy.
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June 5, San Diego, United States

John Portman & Associates (JPA) has designed the plan and vision for the Makers Quarter of the I.D.E.A. District in San Diego. Makers Quarter is a $900 million master-planned district catering to "maker" residents who are involved in the innovation, design, education and arts industries.
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June 4, New York, United States

A pair of foreign real estate developers has acquired a 40 percent stake in the General Motors Building. According to the Wall Street Journal, the stake sold for $1.4 billion, valuing the property at $3.4 billion. The transaction is the highest valuation for a property in the US since the GM Building sold in 2008.
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June 4, Chicago, United States

Skidmore Owings & Merrill has released its Timber Tower research, studying the structural viability of a 42-story mass timber-framed prototype building. The 400-foot tower features a hybrid system in an effort to achieve the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint.
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June 4, New York, United States

The Donnell Library on West 53rd Street in New York will be rebuilt at the base of Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital's Baccarat Hotel & Residences tower. Designed by TEN Arquitectos, the new $20 million space will include an auditorium, a children's reading room and a technology hub.
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June 4, London, United Kingdom

Residential developer Berkeley Homes has received planning consent for the first phase of its Royal Arsenal Riverside development. Located over the proposed Woolwich Crossrail station, the PRP Architects-designed 10- and 20-story towers will feature 219 apartments.
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June 3, New York, United States

The Carlyle Group has agreed to sell its 27-story office and retail tower at 650 Madison Ave. to Crown Acquisitions and Highgate Holdings for $1.3 billion. The purchase of the 600,000-square foot (56,000-square meter) building is the largest commercial property deal of its kind in the US since 2010.
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June 3, London, United Kingdom

The Canary Wharf Group has revealed plans to build a 500-foot (152-meter) residential tower on the western end of the estate. The proposed building, which has been dubbed the Diamond Tower would include 500 apartments and be the first fully residential tower in the development.
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June 3, Chennai, India

International practice John Portman & Associates (JPA) has released the design of its True Value Homes (TVH) development in Chennai on the banks of the Adyar River. The four-tower block was inspired by the city's historic Madras textiles and will include 108 luxury residences.
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June 3, New York, United States

The owners of the Empire State Building have obtained the go-ahead to take the iconic tower public. Investors of the company that owns the skyscraper have approved a plan to sell shares in the building to the public, a move which could reportedly raise as much as $1 billion.
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May 31, New York, 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.
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May 31, 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.
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May 31, 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.
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May 31, 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.
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May 30, New York, 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.
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May 30, Frankfurt, 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.
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May 30, 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.
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May 30, 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.
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May 29, 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.
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May 29, 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.
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May 29, 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.
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May 29, 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.
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May 28, 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.


May 28, 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.


May 28, 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.


May 28, 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.


May 24, 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.


May 24, 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.


May 24, 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.


May 24, 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.


May 23, 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.


May 23, 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.


May 23, New York, 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.


May 23, 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.


May 22, 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.


May 22, 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.


May 22, New York, 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.


May 22, 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.


May 21, New York, United States

The Moinian Group, developer of the W New York Downtown Hotel and Residences, is bringing the building's $40 million penthouse to market. A combination of 12 units in a two-story duplex, the residence would be the most expensive in the financial district if it goes for the listed price. Read more.


May 21, London, United Kingdom

The London Underground Headquarters at 55 Broadway, which was the city's first tall building, may be converted into apartments and sold. The 10-story 55 Broadway building was built by Charles Holder in 1929, and won the RIBA London Architecture Medal in 1931. Read more.


May 21, New York, 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.


May 21, 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.


May 20, Singapore

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) celebrated its official opening May 15 in Singapore's central business district. The four-tower mixed-use development, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), has been under construction since 2006. Read more.


May 20, New York, United States

Repeating a pattern seen across Manhattan recently,150 Charles Street, a 16-story condominium tower in New York has practically sold out before completion. Only two units are not yet in contract, adding up to about $750 million in sales for developer Witkoff Group, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read more.


May 20, Stockholm, Sweden

Architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter has developed a concept design for a skyscraper that uses piezoelectricity to power itself. The Strawscraper would function as a shell around an existing high-rise, the Söder Torn, producing energy through its straws, or piezoelectric fibers.
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May 20, Opinion: DesignBuild Source, Australia

A multi-disciplinary approach is key to a successful and innovative tall building façade, according to DesignBuild Source. Factors such as aesthetics, performance and engineering must be taken into account in order to achieve quality and longevity for the building's skin.
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May 17, New York, United States

Silverstein Properties has secured financing to move forward on its proposed 82-story skyscraper at 30 Park Place in Tribeca. The 926-foot (282-meter) building will be one of the tallest in New York City, and will incorporate a 185-room Four Seasons hotel and 157 private luxury residences.
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May 17, Shanghai, China

Last month marked the opening of the L'Avenue Shanghai commercial development, including a 28-story office tower and four-story retail podium. Located in the Changning district, the project features sustainable features such as rainwater recycling, high energy efficiency and reduced water consumption. 
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May 17, Opinion: ArchDaily

ArchDaily writer Charlotte Nelson editorializes on the abuse skyscrapers tend to experience on the silver screen. She encourages filmmakers to move away from their negative attitudes toward tall buildings and calls skyscraper designers to take cues from the industry's fantastic creations.
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May 16, Sydney, Australia

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design finds its roots in an abstracted form of three stems growing out of the ground and twisting as they reach the top of the structure.
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May 16, London, United Kingdom

Architects’ Journal writer Felix Mara conducted an interview with UN Studio director Ben van Berkel in which they discussed the practice's new 30-story residential tower Canaletto Tower in London. The pair discussed the tower's sustainable, social and parametric design characteristics.
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May 16, Chicago, United States

The property that was slated to hold the Chicago Spire is seeing renewed interest, with multiple bidders showing interest in the debt note on the stalled development. Ireland's National Asset Management Agency has received at least six initial offers for the $93 million in debt it holds on the property.
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May 16, Chicago, United States

Minneapolis-based US Bankcorp will put its name on a downtown Chicago skyscraper as it expands its presence there, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bank purchased the naming rights through 2026 for 190 S. LaSalle, a 40-story Philip Johnson-designed office tower.
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May 15, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame, a 150-meter-by-105-meter (492-by-344-ft) window frame structure in the emirate’s Zabeel Park, is set to be completed by the end of next year. The AED120 million (US$32.3 million) project won the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Architecture Award in 2009.
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May 15, Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa developer Richcraft is the latest to propose building the city’s tallest towers. The company has filed plans with the city to make way for one 18-story building and two 48-story condo towers at 845 Carling Avenue.
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May 15, Chicago, United States

Fifield Cos has released the design of the 42-story tower it was commissioned to develop for the Jewel-Osco grocery chain in Chicago’s North Loop. The Jewel Gold Coast Tower will feature apartments and a flagship grocery-store podium.
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May 14, New York, United States

The New York Times looks into the city’s world of high-rise living, emphasizing how infatuated New Yorkers have become with the phenomenon and the premiums they are willing to pay. Extraordinary views and enviable silence are driving prices higher than the apartments.
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May 14, Brisbane, Australia

Ever wanted to go to work by being lifted more than 250 meters (820 feet) by a crane? Through a recently released video, you can experience crane operator David Hooper’s daily vertical commute to his job constructing Brisbane’s future tallest building, Meriton Infinity Tower. Read more.


May 13, Changsha, China

The Broad Sustainable Building has released an animation of its much anticipated Sky City skyscraper in Changsha, which, if completed, would be the world’s tallest building. The short film demonstrates the prefabricated process that would be used in its construction.
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May 13, New York, United States

A new boom has successfully been hoisted onto the crane at One57, nearly seven months after the previous crane snapped during Hurricane Sandy. The maneuver involved swinging the boom over three buildings before hauling it up the side of the building.
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May 10, New York, United States

The final crowning piece has been attached to the roof of One World Trade Center in New York, bringing to a symbolic close a decade-plus process of politics, healing, design and construction, after the destruction of the original World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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May 10, Toronto, Canada

Hariri Pontarini Architects released new images of its 6.4 million-square foot (600,000-square meter) One Yonge six-tower development. The tallest of the towers will be an 88-story residential skyscraper, which will be joined by a 40-story office tower and a 70-story hotel tower, linked by a retail podium.
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May 10, Seattle, United States

This week, construction began on a 41-story residential project located at 2030 8th Avenue in downtown Seattle. GID Development Group's 355-unit luxury apartment tower features panoramic views of Seattle's downtown skyline, Lake Union, Puget Sound and Elliot Bay.
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May 10, London, United Kingdom

London's iconic Lloyd's building has been sold to the Chinese life insurance firm Ping An for around £260 million (US$400 million). The tower, commonly referred to as the “Inside-Out Building” because its circulation and ventilation are on the outside, was designed by British architect Richard Rogers.
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May 9, Sydney, Australia

Three internationally recognized firms are competing to design a multi-billion dollar resort hotel tower at Barangaroo South on Sydney's harbor foreshore. The shortlist is composed of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects (AS+GG) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Read more.


May 9, Chicago, United States

The Langham Hotel Chicago is scheduled open in July in the Mies van der Rohe-designed 330 N. Wabash skyscraper in downtown Chicago. The 330-room hotel, located in what was once known as the IBM Building, is still under renovation and will occupy floors two through 13.
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May 9, New York, United States

Shutterstock Inc., the image web-marketplace, has signed an 11-year lease for a new 85,000-square foot headquarters in the Empire State Building. Shutterstock will move from its current space at 60 Broad Street later this year, according to Real Estate Weekly. Read more.


May 8, Chicago, United States

Developer Tishman Speyer is planning to build Chicago-based firm Krueck + Sexton's largest project on the empty lot at 130 North Franklin Street. The 48-story faceted glass tower is the developer's first major project since the 2008 financial crisis.
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May 8, New York, United States

JP Morgan Asset Management is acquiring the 31-story office tower at 425 Lexington Ave. for around $650 million. The building is one of two midtown skyscrapers being auctioned off by the Houston-based real estate investment and development firm Hines, the other being the I.M. Pei-designed 499 Park Ave.
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May 8, Panama City, Panama

A Panamanian inventor has demonstrated a new parachute, which can open after just 100 feet (31 meters)  to be used as an escape option for people in high-rise buildings during a catastrophe. The SOS Parachute by Morris Shahbazi can open more quickly and at lower heights than most similar devices.
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May 8, Dallas, United States

Renovation work has begun on Dallas's tallest building, the 72-story Bank of America Plaza, which will include a new entry, lobby area and remodeled retail court. The $20 million project will also involve a replacement of the green argon lights that outline the building with more efficient LED lights.
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May 7, New York, United States

Boston Properties has completed the structure and envelope of its SOM-designed 250 West 55th Street tower. The company reports that saving $5 million by incorporating an "innovative viscous damping system  into the outrigger and belt truss at the crown of the building." 
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May 7, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan climbed to the top of the 828-meter (2,722-foot) Burj Khalifa last week with plans to photograph the city. When he arrived at the top, a sand storm engulfed the city, which he managed to capture on video.
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May 7, New York, United States

With its March purchase of New York's landmark Steinway Hall, JDS Development Group is considering expanding its planned 105-107 W. 57th Street tower. Now that it owns Steinway's air rights, JDS may be able to build a skyscraper taller than 900 feet (274 meters) on the adjacent site.
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