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August 30

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August 29, Shanghai, China

Farrells has won commissions for two major mixed-use developments in Shanghai, located on either side of the Huangpu River, World Architecture News reports. Farrells will master plan The Springs development north of the city and a further development within the Shanghai shipyard area in Pudong.
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August 29, Houston, United States

Houston-based Tema Development has unveiled plans for a new, helical residential tower near the city's Hermann Park. The Tower at Hermann Place, which will house 550 residents in 270 units, twists 30 degrees over its 42 stories, granting residents views of the neighboring park and the Houston skyline.
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August 28, Changsha, China

The New York Times has produced a trio of pieces on the ever-interesting Sky City project by Broad Sustainable Building in Changsha, China. The articles paint a determined picture of Chairman Zhang Yue, who remains steadfast in his ambitions to build what he sees as the world's next tallest building.
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August 28, Washington, D.C., United States

A new report published by the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance suggests that its members involved in the global real estate industry have made tangible progress in improving the environmental performance of existing buildings.
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August 28, London, United States

Iconic London architecture becomes kings, queens and pawns in Skyline Chess Set, by Ian Flood & Chriss Prosser. Famous and cherished structures of the city, including The Shard, The Gherkin and One Canada Square, are modeled in 3D and physically prototyped via 3D printing.
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August 27, New York City, United States

While residents will pay between $2,000 and $6,000 per square foot to live at 56 Leonard Street, Tribeca's under-construction luxury skyscraper, some are also willing to pay $1,500 to $1,800 per square foot for storage space. A 200-square foot storage unit in its basement has been sold for $300,000.
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August 27, Honolulu, United States

The Howard Hughes Corporation has received the go-ahead for a total of three residential-commercial towers in the Ward District of Honolulu. The first phase of the master plan for Ward Village, Kakaako will include more than 4,000 residential units and about 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space.
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August 27, New York City, United States

The future of Hudson Yards looks robust as the 26-acre project moves along at a rapid pace, Bloomberg reports. Despite past project turbulence, construction is underway on the first tower of 10 in the $15 billion development and the recent real estate boom in New York has launched two neighboring mega-developments.
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August 27, Chicago, United States

CTBUH Editor Dan Safarik had the chance to tour the recently completed hotel renovation of Mies van der Rohe's 330 North Wabash in Chicago. Langham Hotel Group converted the first 13 floors of the skyscraper, and will open for business next week. World Architecture News published Safarik's review.
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August 26, New York City, United States

FXFOWLE Architects has been hired to design a cantilevered glass and granite building, which rises at an angle toward the sky for developer Alchemy Properties. The building, 35XV, is located at 35 West 15th street in Manhattan, and will include six stories of space belonging to neighboring Xavier High School.
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August 26, Chicago, United States

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is spending $32 million of pension capital funding on the major rehabilitation of 2101 South Michigan, its 26-story residential tower on Chicago's South Side. Rehabilitation work on the aging property is intended to improve the quality of life for residents, according to the company.
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August 26, Las Vegas, United States

After four rounds of inspections and testing, Las Vegas judge has approved the demolition of the faulty, unfinished Harmon Tower hotel on the Strip. The defective 26-story shell has lain empty for years, embroiled in court disputes over who is to blame and who will cover the cost of demolition.
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August 26, New York City, United States

Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, has announced he plans to sell 50 to 80 percent of the $5 billion complex to interested investors. The proceeds of the sale will go to help build some of the stalled 14 residential buildings.
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August 23, Makati, Philippines

Singapore-based Pomeroy Studio has completed Gramercy Skypark, billed as the highest sky garden and the tallest green wall in the Philippines. The Skypark is located within the Roger Villarosa-designed Gramercy Residences, which at 250 meters (820 feet) has become the second-tallest building in the Philippines.
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August 23, London, United Kingdom

The uproar over London mayor Boris Johnson’s recent approval of the Elizabeth House redevelopment is picked up by The Guardian's blogger Dave Hill. The Mayor has given the go-ahead to replace the 16-story Elizabeth House with a 29-story tower, despite protests from English Heritage and the Palace of Westminster.
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August 23, Midland, United States

The construction of the ambitious 56-story mixed-use Energy Tower in Midland, Texas, is expected to cost more than the $400 million originally projected. Developer Energy Related Properties is asking the city of Midland to contribute as much as $75 million in cash to build a five-story parking garage for the project.
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August 23, Warsaw, Poland

Henry Cobb, recipient of the 2013 Lynne S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, has been profiled by Polish media for the color photographs he took during his tour of the country in 1947 while a student of architecture at Harvard. The collection of about 100 images was reportedly the first color photographs made in Poland.
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August 22, Toronto, Canada

A housing dive may be in the future for the condominium housing market in Toronto. Although low-rise sales are declining faster than high-rise sales in the city, condominium prices are taking a dive due to the flood of new construction in the city and an overabundance of high-rise residences in the market.
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August 22, Chicago, United States

Phantom Chicago, produced by Alexander Eisenschmidt and his Visionary Cities project, presents over 100 unbuilt visionary schemes for the City of Chicago. As an iPhone app, the 160-foot (50-meter) long panorama creates "gallery walls" that link the unrealized visions to the existing Chicago.
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August 21, London, United Kingdom

Construction has reportedly begun on the Ian Simpson-designed tower at One Blackfriars Road, World Architecture News reports. Developed by St. George, the 52-story tower will include 274 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant space, a boutique hotel and a landscaped piazza.
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August 21, Istanbul, Turkey

The New York Times chronicles the tentative financial futures of the building industry in Istanbul. "Cheap loans" from the US facilitated a tall building boom in the city, but since the financial crash, have disappeared. A declining currency and sluggish economy mark the end of the "Turkish economic miracle."
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August 21, New York City, United States

Northwood Investors has added 100 Broadway to its New York portfolio, purchasing the 24-story vintage office tower for $150 million, according to the New York Post. The 116-year-old building contains 380,000 square feet (35,000 square meters) of rentable space, bringing the transaction’s value to $400 per square foot ($4,400 per square meter).
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August 20, New York City, United States

Washington, DC-based photographer Ajay Malghan has produced his latest series, Vertical Density, playing with abstract shapes of skyscrapers to create his photographs. The collection of blurred images is meant to mimic the non-specific nature of the human memory. 
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August 20, Wilmington, United States

A group of students in Delaware, USA, has reportedly broken the world record for the world's tallest free-standing LEGO tower. The team from John Dickinson High School built the 112-foot (34-meter), five-story tower from more than 500,000 bricks.
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August 20, Sydney, Australia

Leighton Properties has announced the development of North Sydney's first new commercial building in six years. The 30-story, AU$400 million (US$363 million) development at 177 Pacific Highway will feature 40,000 square meters (431,000 square feet) of commercial space.
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August 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

June marked the announcement by Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announcement of his project to build the world's future tallest office tower in Dubai. Bloomberg's latest article questions his ability to complete the project in the city's still-bleak market.
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August 19, New York City, United States

JP Morgan Chase & Co. is selling its former headquarters, the 60-story 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza in lower Manhattan. The tower, containing 2.2 million square feet (204,000 square meters) of office space, could fetch at least $1 billion, making it one of the largest commercial office deals in the area in recent years.
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August 19, Caracas, Venezuela

Global social news network Voactiv has produced a short film documenting life in Caracas' much-discussed Torre David, calling it "the world's tallest slum." Voactiv is one of the few companies allowed to bring cameras into the building to interview residents about their daily lives and struggles in the tower.
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August 19, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel features what developers are calling "the world's highest suspended suite," including a sky bridge that connects the two towers.
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August 19, New York City, United States

As part of its series of retrospective pieces looking at different aspects of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12 years in office, The New York Times has created a dynamic interactive webpage illustrating how the Mayor reshaped the city through bike lanes, new building construction and rezoning.
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August 16, Shenyang, China

Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed, ₤1 billion (US$1.6 billion) mixed-use Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre in Shenyang, China, which consists of two supertall towers. The 565-meter tower, named Pearl of the North, is poised to become the tallest building in Shenyang once complete.
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August 16, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles-based Ratkovich Company is planning a $160 million renovation of its recent acquisition, the Macy's Plaza. The 1.8 million-square foot (167,000-square meter) complex includes a 24-story hotel tower and a 33-story office tower and will be renamed The Bloc after the renovation is complete in 2015.
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August 16, Beijing, China

Grow Wealth Assets (GWA) has chosen London-based DOS Architects as the frontrunner of its Mixed-Use Development competition in the Lize Financial District of Beijing. The winning entry, Cantilevering Courtyard Tower, includes 219,000 square meters (2,400,000 square feet) of hotel, office, retail and residential space.
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August 16, Mumbai, India

Indian architecture firm Planet 3 Studios has released images of its Heliopolis Tower, a "neo-Gaudi" apartment block designed for Mumbai. The firm was inspired by the organic forms of Antoni Gaudi's balconies as well as Ancient Egyptian columns and modern building materials.
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August 15, Tokyo, Japan

A staffing company in Tokyo's financial district is using office space in its own headquarters to illustrate cutting-edge horticultural technique and inspire a new generation of urban farmers. Monocle Magazine has produced an insightful micro-documentary on the Pasona company headquarters in Tokyo.
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August 15, Calgary, Canada

GWL Realty Advisors has submitted for approval plans for the east tower of the First Canadian Centre to the Calgary Planning Commission. The new tower will be part of the second phase of the complex and will join the existing 41-story west tower, built in 1982, which is the 10th tallest in the city.
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August 15, New York City, United States

Megan McArdle at Bloomberg expresses strong opinions about the debate surrounding the pursuit of the title of "tallest" which pervades the tall building industry. In her piece, she examines the controversy surrounding the One World Trade Center and wonders whether the question is impractical.
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August 15, Kansas City, United States

The tallest residential tower in Kansas City has gained two floors and 61 apartments in a new planning submission for the project. The revised proposal by Cordish Co. calls for a 25-story, 311-unit apartment building at 13th and Walnut Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light district.
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August 14, Vancouver, Canada

A CA$200 million (US$194 million) tower, billed by its developers as one of the most sustainable office buildings in Canada, has been given the go-ahead for construction in Vancouver. The city's development permit board approved the 31-story Exchange, designed by Harry Gugger Studio.
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August 14, New York City, United States

June marked the announcement of 3 Hudson Boulevard, the 1,000-foot (304-foot) tower developed by the Moinian Group. The Commercial Observer interviewed Moinian Group Vice President and Director of Development Oskar Brecher, discussing his involvement in the project and its progress.
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August 14, Changsha, China

Since Broad Sustainable Building held a groundbreaking ceremony for Sky City on July 20, questions arose around all aspects of the project. Christian Science Monitor Beijing correspondent Peter Ford has published an article exploring the realities of what could be the world's next tallest building.
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August 14, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is pushing a code alteration to allow towers as tall as 25 stories in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. The zoning change could allow a group of five developers to build more than 3,000 new apartments in 18 residential skyscrapers in the area near the town center.
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August 13, Beijing, China

A Chinese businessman who built a house covered by an artificial mountain on top of a 26-story apartment block in Beijing has been told to remove it or risk its demolition. Local media reports that the man spent six years creating the structure using fake rocks, real trees and real grass.
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August 13, Shanghai, China

Reuters staff photographer Carlos Barria recently took a photo of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai from the same perspective and frame as a photo that was taken in 1987. The photos show Pudong transforming from a lightly-settled single-story landscape into the mega city it is today, with the addition of buildings and high-rise towers.
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August 13, Miami, United States

Bucharest-based studio Armarada has unveiled its Avis Magica conceptual skyscraper for Miami which boasts a 394-foot (120-meter) aquarium and energy-generating "feathers." An artificial ecosystem is stacked within the stylized 1,100-foot (335-meter) tower, serving as a giant oxygen tank for the city.
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August 13, Chicago, United States

Developers in Chicago are reporting a major increase in condominium sales, and developer CMK Cos. may soon launch the first new tall building condominium project in the city since the economic crash, according to Crain's Chicago. The project would be a 150-unit building near Museum Campus.
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August 13, Memphis, United States

The tallest building in Memphis, at 100 North Main Street, has been sold by Zimmerman Revocable Trust to Nevada-based One Hundred North Main LLC, for $5 million. Zimmerman has owned the 48-year old building since it was acquired in 1970 for $10 million.
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August 12, New York, United States

Fairway Market, the grocery store chain, will be the anchor food tenant in the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side. The company announced that a 45,000 square foot supermarket will take up the ground floor retail space in the project's South Tower at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue.
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August 12, Chicago, United Kingdom

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture partner Robert Forest was interviewed by China Radio International English about the rising number of supertall skyscrapers, including the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Topics discussed include wind loading, elevator efficiency and financial restraints.
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August 12, London, United Kingdom

In a comparison of tall building development in the cities of New York and London, The Daily Telegraph highlights the high rate of skyscraper construction on the East Coast as proof that the region has successfully recovered from the economic slump, while the UK is close behind.
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August 9, Los Angeles, United States

Curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin have opened a highly-celebrated exhibition called Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum in LA. The exhibition reveals an alternative "what-if" version of the city, by exploring innovative and forgotten schemes once proposed but never built.
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August 9, Melbourne, Australia

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has granted approval to build a $130 million hotel and residential complex on one of the few remaining undeveloped spots in the northern end of Melbourne's Docklands. The Altus, a 37-story mixed-use tower, will be developed by Digital Harbour Holdings.
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August 9, New York, United States

New York YIMBY is reporting that Silverstein Properties has filed plans for a 937-foot (286-meter) revision of its skyscraper project at 30 Park Place in New York. The proposal is 25 feet (7.6 meters) taller than a previous version, and will include a Four Seasons Hotel and 161 condominium units.
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August 8, Vienna, Austria

The Raiffeisen-Holding Hochhaus office tower in Vienna has been certified as the world's first Passivhaus skyscraper. The Atelier Hayde Architekten building for Raiffeisen-Holding Group uses careful design strategies to reduce energy consumption to a fraction of conventional construction.
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August 8, Sydney, Australia

Developers of a luxury hotel complex at Darling Harbour have erased one high-rise from the plans after complaints that the previous two-tower design blocked views and monopolized waterfront space. The proposal has been consolidated into a single 38-story tower that offers 250 fewer rooms than the original plan.
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August 8, Miami, United States

One Thousand Museum Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has received unanimous approval from the Miami Urban Design Review Board. At 706 feet (215 meters), the development will be ZHA's first skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
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August 8, Melbourne, Australia

Sourceable has published an interview with CTBUH City Representative Melbourne Matthew Gaal titled "Skyscraper Ambitions: No Ego, Just Purpose." Aided by global tall building data provided by the Council, Gaal argues that tall buildings can really serve the communities in which they are built.
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August 7, Winnipeg, Canada

The James Avenue Pumping Station in the Exchange District of Winnipeg, Canada, is set to become the podium of a 24-story mixed-use tower. The project includes public, retail and office space as well as rental apartments and condominiums on the upper levels, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
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August 7, London, United Kingdom

Developer Berkeley Homes has selected Foster + Partners to design a supertall tower to be built at South Quay Plaza on the Isle of Dogs in London. The submitted planning application outlines an 80-story residential building, according to the Architect's Journal.
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August 7, Chicago, United States

Beacon Capital has agreed to pay $113 million for a 35-story tower at 300 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago's West Loop, a deal which would bring the Boston-based company back into Chicago after an absence of about six months. The deal amounted to about $220 per square foot, Chicago Real Estate Daily reports.
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August 6, Chicago, United States

A recent announcement revealed that the newest addition to the University of Chicago campus will be a residence hall tower and dining common designed by Studio Gang Architects. The building is designed to become a gateway between campus, Hyde Park and the rest of Chicago.
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August 6, New York, United States

Madrid-based Independent Architectural Diplomacy (IAD) was selected by the City of New York to design a new, sustainable "super-skyscraper" concept. The result is the New York Breathing Machine, a carbon-neutral building which uses solar panels and micro turbines to produce natural-conduction airflow.
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August 6, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that work is finally scheduled to begin on the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed tower at Elephant & Castle in London early next year. Once complete, the 44-story tower will contain one of the largest collections of homes for long-term private rental in the country.
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August 5, Miami, United States

While no official launch ceremony has been held, construction has begun in Miami on the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Jade Signature tower, according to reports by local media. The Hamburg-based practice has also just released a series of updated and detailed renderings of the tower.
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August 5, New York, United States

The empty site at First Avenue between 35th and 42nd streets in Manhattan will host a pair of luxury residential towers designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development. The two "dancing" towers, clad in copper, will feature 800 apartments, a rooftop infinity pool and a sky bridge.
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August 5, Chicago, United States

Developer John O'Donnell has unveiled a plan for a 53-story office tower on the west bank of the Chicago River. The 1.2 million-square foot (111,000-square meter) office tower would be built at 150 N. Riverside Plaza, a site which has stood empty for more than 50 years.
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August 2, Shanghai, China

Topping out ceremonies for the Shanghai Tower were held in the Jujiazui financial hub of Shanghai on August 2. The ¥15 billion (US$2.4 billion) tower, whose concrete core is now complete, designed by Gensler, will measure 632 meters (2,073 feet) and feature the world's fastest elevators.
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August 2, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv Local Planning and Building commission has approved the Keren HaKirya plan for an 80-story mixed-use tower, which could be Israel's tallest skyscraper, The Globes newspaper reported. The building will be part of a four-tower development, including office, commercial and residential space.
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August 2, Opinion: The Atlantic Cities

Skyscrapers have played important roles in the histories of New York and Chicago, two American cities which have been involved in a skyscraper "race" for as long as building tall was possible. The Atlantic Cities explores this relationship by profiling urban economist Jason Barr, and his studies of skyscrapers.
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August 2, London, United Kingdom

A High Court judge has rejected plans by the Arsenal Football Club for a 25-story student accommodation tower near the Emirates Stadium in Islington, North London. If the club wishes to proceed, the proposal will have to be reheard by the Council and approved by a government planning inspector.
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August 1, Calgary, Canada

Manulife Real Estate has announced on Tuesday, July 30, the development of new SOM-designed office tower in Calgary's downtown core. The 27-story, 564,000-square foot (52,000-square meter) tower is called 707 Fifth Street and will host Brion Energy as anchor tenant.
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August 1, Tokyo, Japan

Mitsui Fudosan Co., a major Japanese real estate developer, plans to retrofit its 210-meter (689-foot) Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo with a set of six 300-ton counterbalancing weights to reduce seismic vibration. The JPY5 billion (US$50 million) installation should reduce seismic swaying by as much as 60 percent.
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August 1, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. has launched its high-rise project in Mindanao, located in Cagayan de Oro's central business district. The Loop, a development consisting of two 25-story buildings, will feature one- to three-bedroom units, a skywalk, swimming pools, a fitness gym and a multi-purpose hall.
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July 31, New York, 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.
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July 31, 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.
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July 31, 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.
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July 31, New York, 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.
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July 30, 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.
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July 30, 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.
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July 30, 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.
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July 30, 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.
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July 29, 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.
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July 29, New York, 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.
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July 29, The Hague, The 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.
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July 26, New York, 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.
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July 26, New York, 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.
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July 25, 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.
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July 25, New York, 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.
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July 25, 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.
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July 25, Chongqing, China

The Rising Sun Taipei City is underway in Chongqing, China, with Phases 1 and 2 out of nine already under construction, Building.hk 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.
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July 24, 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.
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July 24, 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.
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July 24, 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.
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July 23, 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.
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July 23, 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.
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July 23, 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.
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July 22, 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.
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July 22, 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.
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July 22, 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.
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