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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Empress State to be Converted to Residential Use

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19 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

A planning application has been submitted to convert the 120-meter Empress State Building in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from office to residential use, comprising up to 340 units and 353 square meters of retail Read more.


Historic LeVeque Tower to be Renovated

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12 Dec 2013, Columbus, United States

One of the first skyscrapers to grace the Ohio capital’s skyline is due for a major renovation. The 1927 LeVeque Tower, originally known as the American Insurance Union Citadel, is about halfway through a $20 million restoration project that will bring back some of the Art-Deco grandeur that had gradually been eroded through unsympathetic prior renovations. A new three-story lobby will replace the current small shops facing Broad Street, bringing back the original purpose of the high windows specified in the building’s original plans. A smaller Art-Deco lobby for the tower portion is also being restored. Read more.


After Nearly a Century, Renovation Makes High-Rise Vogue Again

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04 Dec 2013, Minneapolis, United States

The Soo Line Building, which was Minneapolis' tallest building when it was completed in 1915, is now the city's newest luxury apartment building after a yearlong renovation. Residents are now moving into the 19-story building, which boasts a completely new interior as well as a restored exterior. Read more.


Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower

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27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.


“Superman” Involved in Negligence Lawsuit

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21 Nov 2013, Providence, United States

High Rock, the owner of Rhode Island's tallest building, is suing Bank of America for more than $23 million, saying it neglected the Art Deco-style skyscraper, leaving behind crumbling facades and other problems when the bank abandoned the building earlier this year. Read more.


Tower Plays Part in Gaming Marketing

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19 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

The iconic OXO Tower on London's South Bank has undergone a transformation in a marketing stunt for the forthcoming launch of Sony's PlayStation 4. A team of rappellers have changed the letters on the tower to display a neon circle, cross, square and triangle, the main buttons of a PlayStation controller. Read more.


Solution Close for Walkie Scorchie

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19 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Land Securities is close to solving the incendiary solar glare problem for the Walkie Talkie, its landmark 37-story glass office block in the City of London. The developer reported that the fix will be an "externally applied solar-shading solution" and that the total cost would stay within the original budget. Read more.


One Dallas Center to Undergo Residential Conversion

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18 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

Construction will start this week to convert the upper floors of the One Dallas Center tower in downtown Dallas into apartments. Developer Todd Interests and Moriah Real Estate Co. have already converted the lower floors of the 1970s building into new office space for architect HKS and Greyhound Lines. Read more.


Kinetic Sculpture Would Protect Museum from Tower's Glare

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14 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

For two years, the owners of the 42-story Museum Tower in Dallas have been in dispute with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center over an intense "hot spot" caused by the tower's highly reflective skin. Now, a team led by REX Architecture and Front has been commissioned to explore solutions to the phenomenon. Read more.


Geologists Check If the Washington Monument is Sinking

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11 Nov 2013, Washington, D.C., United States

Surveyors in the Nation's Capital are checking to make sure that the Washington Monument is still 555 feet (169 meters). The survey is being conducted by the National Geodetic Survey and is the first of its kind since 1999. The object of the survey is to establish a definitive height that can be used as a reference point in the future. Read more.


Woolworth Updates Approved by Council

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05 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has approved the development of two new pavilions at Alchemy Properties' redesigned Woolworth Building. The terraces will flank the 29th floor wings of the classic skyscraper, whose top 30 floors Alchemy is converting into luxury residences. Read more.


Un-leaning the Tower of Pisa

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04 Nov 2013, Pisa, Italy

Pisa's famous bell tower has lost a little bit of its lean, according to a new report by researchers. The Tower of Pisa, which has been tilting perilously for more than 800 years, has straightened by 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) since 2001, thanks to a massive restoration project. Read more.


Empire State Building Installs Green Roofs

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21 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

A series of green roofs have been installed on one of New York's most iconic skyscrapers, The Empire State Building. The 1,250-foot (381-meter) office tower now includes four green roofs that cover 9,100 square feet (845 square meters) across three floors. Read more.


Coit Tower to Close for Renovations

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18 Oct 2013, San Francisco, United States

Coit Tower, the San Francisco landmark that's been a fixture of the city's skyline for 80 years, is going to close its doors for several months, undergoing $1.1 million of repairs. A 2012 assessment of the building found a variety of problems including water damage, flaking lead-based paint and asbestos insulation. Read more.


RFR Re-imagines 285 Madison Avenue

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17 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Manhattan office building 285 Madison Avenue is undergoing a $65 million repositioning that will convert the vacant property into a premier, state-of-the-art Midtown office destination. Owner RFR has hired STUDIOS Architecture to transform the 530,000-square foot (49,000-square meter) building. Read more.


Traveler's Tower Renovation Proceeding

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14 Oct 2013, Hartford, United States

Downtown Hartford's landmark Travelers Tower $30 million makeover is well underway, developers report. The renovation involves cleaning the granite, replacing 30 miles (40 kilometers) of mortar between the stones and restoring decorative moldings. The project began in 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Read more.


Reunion Tower Reopens With High-Tech Deck

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01 Oct 2013, Dallas, United States

Reunion Tower, located in the southwest corner of downtown Dallas for 35 years, is prepared to reopen its observation deck for the first time in six years. The GeO-Deck will feature interactive touch-screen and high-definition telescopic cameras that will allow visitors to see Dallas as never before. Read more.


Art-Deco Coyote Building to Become Boutique Hotel

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27 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Plans to convert the iconic Wicker Park high-rise at Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues into a boutique hotel are finally back in motion. The 12-story art-deco office building, colloquially known as The Coyote Building, has long been in talks to receive a major redevelopment. Read more.


Commerce Tower Set for Total Revamp

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24 Sep 2013, Kansas City, United States

Commerce Tower, a 30-story fixture on the downtown Kansas City skyline for a half-century, may find new life as a $71 million apartment and office project. The office building at 911 Main Street, which is now 60 percent vacant, will be converted into 265 apartments, keeping 160,000 square feet (14,900 square meters) as office space. Read more.


Classic Brutalist London Tower Set for Major Transformation

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23 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

The 27-story Balfron Tower in east London is set for a full refurbishment. Designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963 for the London County Council, the 276-foot (84-meter) social housing tower will be transformed into a residential building comprised completely of private apartments. Read more.


Competition Crowns Norway's Future Tallest With Cradle-to-Cradle Principles

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23 Sep 2013, Oslo, Norway

The Urban Mountain team has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal that includes the refurbishment and extension of Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14 in central Oslo, creating Norway's tallest building. The design team will employ Cradle-to-Cradle principles as well as a series of sustainable strategies. Read more.


One Lincoln Plaza Upgrades, Becomes Ross Tower

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17 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

As part of a $25 million repositioning effort of Dallas' One Lincoln Plaza, Houston-based Lionstone Group, a privately owned real estate investment firm, will rename the office building Ross Tower. The new name is intended to celebrate the 45-story tower's location at the center of Ross Avenue. Read more.


Windy Leeds Tower Solution Delayed

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05 Sep 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

Work to control a wind-tunnel effect around Leeds’ tallest building, which has led to one death and caused several injuries since it was finished in 2007, has been delayed. A potential solution was due to be made public in a short time, but the city council has said further planning is needed. Read more.


Langham Chicago Opens in Mies Icon

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27 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Chicago Building Faces Multimillion-Dollar Rehab

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26 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Macy's Plaza to Undergo Complete Renovation

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16 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Video: Vibrant Vertical Farming in Tokyo

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15 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


'Green' Tower Addition Will Rescue Old Stock Exchange

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14 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Tokyo Building to Install Retrofit Dampers

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01 Aug 2013, 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. Read more.


Financing Secured for Vintage Hotel Project

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31 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

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