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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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Kinetic Sculpture Would Protect Museum from Tower's Glare


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

5Pointz Art Center Marked for Redevelopment


26 Jul 2013, New York City, 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. Read more.

Thames Tower Marked for Refurbishment


24 Jul 2013, 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. Read more.

Boston Redevelopment Authority Approves Hundreds of New Homes


17 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

Boston regulators approved construction of more than 1,100 new homes from East Boston to the Fenway, adding to a residential building boom that is transforming the city. The new homes, mostly luxury apartments, will be spread among four different neighborhoods in Boston. Read more.

'Oculi Solution' to Museum Tower Glare Rejected


17 Jun 2013, Dallas, United States

Researchers have unveiled a solution to the Museum Tower glare that has upset Nasher Sculpture Center officials. Under the proposal, oculi, openings in the screen covering the roof of the Center which admit natural light, would be recalibrated to prevent damage to the interior and its exhibits. Read more.

Video: Portland Fed Building Goes Green


31 May 2013, 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. Read more.

Detroit's Oldest High-Rise Still Kicking


29 May 2013, 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. Read more.

Sandton City Tower to Undergo Renovation


23 May 2013, 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.

Houston's First Skyscraper Re-Imagined as Hotel


22 May 2013, 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.