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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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'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.

London's First Skyscraper May Get Residential Conversion


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Two Liberty Place Hopes to Acquire Hotel Tenant


11 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

IStar Financial has decided to sell its portion of Philadelphia's 58-story Two Liberty Place for development as a high-end hotel, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Jones Lang LaSalle is marketing the sale of IStar's floors in the city's third tallest building. Read more.

Detroit Art Deco Skyscraper Poses Real Estate Opportunity


05 Mar 2013, Detroit, United States

Florida-based Luke Investments has placed its art deco David Stott Building in downtown Detroit on sale for $10.4 million. The 84-year-old tower, though almost totally empty, poses an opportunity to be transformed into a successful mainly residential building, according to Curbed Detroit. Read more.

Seattle's Oldest Tower Celebrates Recovery


20 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

In 2012, just 19 percent of the office space was let in Seattle's oldest skyscraper, Smith Tower. A year later, occupancy has risen to 50 percent and is likely to increase to 75 percent within a couple of months, the Seattle Times reports.Read more.

Committee Approves Tower Repurposing in Croydon


13 Feb 2013, Croydon, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Croydon's planning committee has granted permission to developer Legal & General (L&G) to convert an office building in East Croydon into 288 apartments. The 24-story St. George's House was once the headquarters of Nestlé, until the company moved last year. Read more.

Silverstein Plans Beekman Tower Renovation


05 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has acquired the Beekman Tower Hotel, a New York City landmark built in 1929, for $82 million. The company and its partners plan to transform the two-tower property into a luxury corporate apartment destination that will reportedly require a minimum stay of 30 days. Read more.

New Owner Outlines Plan for Salvaging Mies Towers


30 Jan 2013, Detroit, United States

Automotive millionaire Gregory Jackson purchased the Lafayette Towers in Detroit and has offered plans for the restoration of the Mies van der Rohe-designed project. He wants to update the buildings with amenities intended to specifically attract young professionals. Read more.

Real Life Lord of the Rings Tower Sold


30 Jan 2013, Birmingham, United Kingdom

An English charity for the homeless has purchased the tower which reportedly inspired one of J. R. R. Tolkien's towers in Lord of the Rings. The charity bought the dilapidated seven story, seven room Perrott's Folly Tower for one pound. Read more.

Sony Tower Sells for ‘Aggressive’ Price


22 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

New York's post-modernist Sony Tower, formerly owned by AT&T, has been sold to Joseph Chetrit, a real estate developer who plans to convert the building into a luxury hotel and residential tower. The Chetrit Group signed a $1.1 billion contract to purchase the 37-story Philip Johnson-designed tower on January 18. Read more.