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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.


Suspended Night Club Tower Proposed for Hong Kong

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26 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

Architecture firm Urbanplunger has created a proposal for a nightclub and hotel tower in Hong Kong that would be completely suspended above the ground. The structure, which would lean on neighboring buildings' infrastructure, acts as an "architectural parasite," Architecture Source reports. Read more.


Evacuation Slide Installed in Shanghai

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24 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

A retired machinist in Shanghai has invented a slide that will allow high-rise residents to more quickly and safely evacuate their buildings, China Daily reports. In the event of a fire, residents can slide down the chute to the exit in a matter of seconds. Read more.


Update: Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters

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16 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters (1,643 feet) April 11, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao Building and the World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower is now the second tallest structure in China, and will become the tallest building when it reaches completion in 2014. Read more.


Manulife Pays High Price for Tower

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15 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

Canada's largest insurance company, Manulife Financial Corp., has purchased an under-construction office tower in Hong Kong’s One Bay East development for HK$4.5 billion (US$588 million). The 21-story Manulife Tower will become the headquarters for the company's Hong Kong operations. Read more.


Carlyle Acquires Shanghai Central Plaza

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12 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

Private equity giant the Carlyle Group has announced its acquisition of the Shanghai Central Plaza for US$267 million, Reuters reports. The 19-story office building was bought from Forterra Trust, the Singapore-based real estate fund.Read more.


Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition

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08 Apr 2013, Shenyang, China

Architecture firms RMJM, Aedas, Pelli Clarke Pelli and SCUT have been shortlisted to work on a giant skyscraper in the Chinese city of Shenyang. The tower would rise 92 stories and be connected by a shared podium to a second tower of 66 stories. Read more.


Artist Focuses on Hong Kong's Density

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08 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

German-born photographer Michael Wolf has documented the extreme density of Hong Kong in his series "Architecture of Density." His images distort the scale of monolithic walls of apartment buildings, creating patterns with edges, windows, balconies and AC units. Read more.


MAD Architects on the Creators Project

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02 Apr 2013, Tianjin, China

The Creators Project has produced a feature of MAD Architects and its Sinosteel International Plaza building. The building, which is under construction in Tianjin, features a honeycombed structural façade that eliminates interior columns. Read more.


Shanghai's Needle Towers Design Revealed

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25 Mar 2013, Shanghai, China

Italian firm Gianluca Milesi Architecture (GMA) has released its design for the Needle Towers in Shanghai, World Architecture News reports. The project includes a 470-meter pair of tubular towers coated in glass and aluminum. Read more.


Shenzhen Construction Halted After Cheap Sand Warning

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19 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Work has been halted on several major tall building projects in Shenzhen, China, including the 660-meter Ping An Finance Centre, which is to be the country’s tallest, due to reports that concrete used by some local developers was made from untreated sea sand. Read more.


Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist

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18 Mar 2013, Beijing, China

Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to light and fresher air. Read more.


Farm-scrapers Bring 'Eco-vision' to Tall Buildings

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15 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Belgian firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released the design of sustainable "farm-scrapers." The Asian Cairns project is designed to produce more energy than it consumes by producing food and harnessing wind and solar power. Read more.


Istanbul Launches International Financial Center

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14 Mar 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Construction work has commenced on the $2.6 billion Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) project in Turkey. The HOK-designed master plan is composed of four different districts, which are centered around culture, commerce, civic functions and government. Read more.


OMA Tower Promotes Serious Sustainability Techniques

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07 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

ArchDaily has produced an interview with Arpan Bakshi, the Sustainability Manager at YR&G, consultants for the Essence Financial Building. The competition-winning building, designed by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be built in Shenzhen, China. Read more.


Hong Kong Proposal Transforms Runway Into Tower

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05 Mar 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm MA2 has produced a design proposal for Hong Kong's Kai Tak development. The Kai Tak tower is part of efforts to transform an air port landing strip in the city into a new cultural, business and residential district. Read more.