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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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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.


5Pointz Art Center Marked for Redevelopment

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


London's First Skyscraper May Get Residential Conversion

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21 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

The London Underground Headquarters at 55 Broadway, which was the city's first tall building, may be converted into apartments and sold. The 10-story 55 Broadway building was built by Charles Holder in 1929, and won the RIBA London Architecture Medal in 1931. Read more.


Skyscraper's “Hair” Could Generate Electricity

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20 May 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

Architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter has developed a concept design for a skyscraper that uses piezoelectricity to power itself. The Strawscraper would function as a shell around an existing high-rise, the Söder Torn, producing energy through its straws, or piezoelectric fibers. Read more.


US Bank Puts Names on Johnson Tower

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16 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Minneapolis-based US Bankcorp will put its name on a downtown Chicago skyscraper as it expands its presence there, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bank purchased the naming rights through 2026 for 190 S. LaSalle, a 40-story Philip Johnson-designed office tower. Read more.


Langham Chicago Coming To Mies' Last Tower

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09 May 2013, Chicago, United States

The Langham Hotel Chicago is scheduled open in July in the Mies van der Rohe-designed 330 N. Wabash skyscraper in downtown Chicago. The 330-room hotel, located in what was once known as the IBM Building, is still under renovation and will occupy floors two through 13. Read more.


A Fresh Look for Dallas's Tallest Tower

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08 May 2013, Dallas, United States

Renovation work has begun on Dallas's tallest building, the 72-story Bank of America Plaza, which will include a new entry, lobby area and remodeled retail court. The $20 million project will also involve a replacement of the green argon lights that outline the building with more efficient LED lights. Read more.


New Orleans Accepts Tourism Tower Proposals

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25 Apr 2013, New Orleans, United States

The New Orleans Building Corp. has received three submissions to its competition to revive the currently empty World Trade Center Tower on Canal Street. Two recommend renovating the existing building, while the third calls for its demolition and the construction of a completely new tower. Read more.


San Antonio Tower to Rise on Top of Historic Building

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10 Apr 2013, San Antonio, United States

The owner of the San Antonio's historic Joske Building is planning to build a 23-story hotel and timeshare tower on top of the former department store. The landmark building has been unoccupied since its last occupant, Dillard's, left five years ago. Read more.


'Superman,' Rhode Island's Tallest, Is in Trouble

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09 Apr 2013, Providence, United States

Rhode Island's tallest building will soon be the most visible symbol of the US state's long economic decline, according to the Associated Press (AP). This month the 26-story Art-Deco 111 Westminster skyscraper is losing its sole tenant, the Bank of America, which occupied 20 percent of the building. Read more.


Demolition May be the Greenest Option for Midtown Dinosaurs

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02 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Mayor Bloomberg's plans to rezone midtown New York, allowing for bigger and bolder skyscrapers, has found an unlikely ally. A recently produced report suggests that the most environmentally friendly solution is to demolish and replace these aging giants with properly built, efficient modern replacements. Read more.


Video: Ponte Tower Resurrection

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27 Mar 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history, and now a promising future. The crime-ridden and derelict tower, once a symbol of extreme wealth, but now inhabited by very low-income families, has received attention from investors interested in transforming it into a decent and desirable place to live. Read more.


New York Penthouse Features Funhouse Slide

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26 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

David Hotson Architects has created a whimsical four-story penthouse in Park Place Tower in Lower Manhattan. The Sky House, transforms the residence into a funhouse, complete with a transparent glass bridge, a rock climbing column and an 80-foot (24-meter) slide. Read more.