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Infamous High-Rise “Fortress” Coming Down

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06 Nov 2013, Beijing, China

The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year by health-care entrepreneur Biqing Zhang, much to the chagrin of its other occupants. Read more.


Sky City to Possibly Begin Construction, BSB Makes Plans for Sky City II

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30 Oct 2013, Qingdao, China

The ambitious China Broad Group today announced plans to build a sister tower to its highly-anticipated Sky City project in Changsha. Sky City II has been proposed as a 236-story, 1,008-meter (3,307-foot) supertall, built using same prefabricated process as its 838-meter (2,749-foot) predecessor. Read more.


Guangzhou International Financial City Commences Construction

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25 Oct 2013, Guangzhou, China

Construction has reportedly begun on the multi-tower Guangzhou International Financial City (GIFC), Building.hk reports. The Aedas-designed GIFC master plan will feature a pair of supertall skyscrapers, a 450-meter (1,476-foot) landmark tower and another 400-meter (1,312-foot) tower. Read more.


HENN Tops Cenke Tower Competition

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22 Oct 2013, Taiyuan, China

Berlin-based practice HENN Architekten has won the competition for the Cenke Tower in Taiyuan, in China's Shanxi Province. The 280-meter (918-foot) building, which takes the form of a pair of convex shells, will contain office space, a hotel on the upper floors and a retail center at the ground level. Read more.


'Rooftopper' Produces Set of Skyscraper Rooftop Photos

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18 Oct 2013, Hong Kong, China

"Rooftopper" photographer Andrew Tso has released a series of images he captured during his many visits to skyscraper rooftops around the world. The 25-year-old from Hong Kong has been climbing since childhood, and has been professionally climbing for the past three years to cultivate his collection. Read more.


Greenland Engages Goettsch for Two Huge Projects

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09 Oct 2013, Suzhou, China

Greenland Group has hired Goettsch Partners to design two of its latest projects in China. Both designs, the Chancheng Greenland Center in Foshan and the Suzhou Greenland Center, are the result of international design competitions held by the Group. Read more.


Stock Exchange Tower Completed in Shenzhen

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08 Oct 2013, Shenzhen, China

OMA has completed the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in the heart of the city's Central Business District. As one of OMA's best-known designs, the 250-meter (820-foot) skyscraper, nicknamed "the Miniskirt," features a three-story podium that has been elevated 36 meters (118 feet) above the ground. Read more.


Aedas’ Composite Building Re-Interprets Hong Kong's Past

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27 Sep 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm Aedas has created an apartment building to reinterpret Hong Kong's traditional architecture. Located in the Mongkok District, which has a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometer (333,000 people per square mile), Composite Building features a lush living wall to enhance quality of life. Read more.


Harbin's Twin Towers to Serve as Northern Gateway

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13 Sep 2013, Harbin, China

Chinese architectural firm spatial practice is behind the Harbin High-Speed Railway West Train Station Twin Towers project. The mixed-use structure houses office space, residential apartments, retail spaces and serves as a connection to the city's new underground infrastructural hub. Read more.


Yansong Continues Mountain Tower Theme

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12 Sep 2013, Beijing, China

As a continuation to his Shan-Shui City concept, which envisions a "city of mountains and water," Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has proposed the Chaoyang Park project as an interpretation of China's ancient natural philosophy in the contemporary city of Beijing. Read more.


Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud

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06 Sep 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai Tower introduced the basics of the BIM (building information modeling) Cloud service used in the design of the skyscraper.Read more.


Work Stalls on Sky City, But BSB Remains Positive

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28 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Farrells Master-Plans Pair of Major Developments in Shanghai

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28 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


DOS Architects Wins GWA Tower Competition

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16 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Atkins Launches Baoneng Shenyang Project

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16 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


More Questions Surrounding Sky City

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14 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Shanghai Transformation Chronicled in Pair of Photos

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13 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Residents Protest Rock Lair at the Top of a High-Rise

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13 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping Out to Worldwide Fanfare

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02 Aug 2013, 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, traveling the building's entire height in one minute. Read more.


Major Rising Sun Complex Underway

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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, 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. Read more.


Sheraton Huzhou to Open Its Doors

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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.


Piling Work Underway on SOHO Tower

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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.


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

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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.


Aedas Tower to Grace Xuhui Binjian Media City

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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.


Five-Tower UNStudio Design Wins Wenzhou CBD Competition

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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.


China's Government to Impose a Great Migration

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08 Jul 2013, Beijing, China

The Chinese government is pushing a plan to move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. These drastic steps create a Chinese urban population greater than most of the world's urban populations combined. Read more.


American Companies Export High-Rise Firefighting Equipment to China

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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.


Shanghai's L'Avenue Tower Celebrates Opening

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17 May 2013, 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. Read more.


Video: China Broad J220 Animation

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13 May 2013, 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. Read more.


Photographer Features Hong Kong's Skyscraper

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29 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze has created Vertical Horizon, a book of his photographic journey between the buildings of Hong Kong. With seven million people squeezed into 426 square miles (1,104 square kilometers), Hong Kong is one of the world's most densely populated areas. Read more.