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02 Jun 2015, Tokyo, Japan
A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion was shown to the media on Monday, June 1, after being installed in the 55-story Shinjuku Mitsui Building in central Tokyo. Read more.
27 May 2015, Seoul, South Korea
Lotte World Tower, which is currently under construction in Seoul, South Korea, will become the nation’s first building to use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology in order to improve structural safety. Read more.
26 Mar 2015, Melbourne, Australia
The 40-story building under construction at 888 Collins Street, Victoria Harbour, will be linked to the Bureau of Meteorology and light up every half-hour in a dazzling display according to the current weather. Read more.
24 Mar 2015, Agra, India
In a bid to encourage self-regulation of electricity consumption in the power deficit city, Agra is set to introduce prepaid meters starting April 1 in the newly built ADA Heights, a residential complex at Taj Nagri Phase-2. Read more.
24 Dec 2014, Singapore, Singapore
Hamilton Scotts, a high-class apartment and condominium tower in Singapore, is offering residents the ultimate luxury in terms of parking – an individual two-car garage located inside each apartment. Read more.
01 Dec 2014, Essen, Germany
ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering giant, has created the next big leap forward in the elevator industry: a system that isn’t dependent on ropes or steel cables. The technology, named MULTI, will begin tests in 2016. Read more.
29 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada
This week, workers will begin being whisked to the top of the under-construction One Bloor condominium project in two KONE JumpLifts that will travel at almost four times the speed of traditional hoists. Read more.
19 Sep 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the world’s tallest construction crane. Read more.
19 Sep 2014, Seattle, United States
In what is believed to be the first system of its kind, waste heat generated from a data center will provide much of the heat for a nearby high-rise campus under construction in downtown Seattle. Read more.
21 Aug 2014, New York City, United States
Developer Douglas Durst is letting New Yorkers have controls to the lights atop two midtown skyscrapers — Bank of America Tower and 4 Times Square. Users can manipulate the lights on the spire and add sparkles or pulses of light. Read more.
02 Jul 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1,000 meter)-tall Kingdom Tower will be a luxury experience. As it turns out, even the elevators will be VIP. The Kone-supplied elevators will feature a variety of innovative technology. Read more.
29 Apr 2014, San Luis, United States
Annapolis-based Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. has received approval for a 686-meter energy-generating tower that would result in the tallest structure in North America. The tower is designed to use ambient desert heat to create a draft to produce energy. Read more.
21 Apr 2014, Guangzhou, China
Hitachi will deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou. The elevators are expected to reach speeds of 1,200 m/min. Read more.
06 Feb 2014, Miami, United States
Underneath the parking lot destined to become the fourth and final phase of MDM Development Group’s multi-billion-dollar project lie the remains of an historic Native American village, thus throwing a wrench in the works. Read more.
31 Jan 2014, Chicago, United States
Nine cities have joined together in The City Energy Project, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by boosting efficiency in tall buildings. Goals include fighting financial and legal barriers to energy efficiency and sharing best practices. Read more.
21 Jan 2014, Hangzhou, China
Scientist Yu Shaocai has discovered that water sprayed into the atmosphere from at least 100 meters high will effectively clear air pollution. Smog in China has continued to worsen, due to rapid economic growth and expansion of industrial activity. Read more.
03 Dec 2013, Oslo, Norway
A proposal for a graveyard housed in a skyscraper from architecture student Martin McSherry earned a commendation at the Oslo Conference for Nordic Cemeteries and Graveyards. In a nation where the tradition of wrapping bodies in plastic has left graveyards full, the idea comes as a "highly original contribution." Read more.
07 Nov 2013, New York City, United States
A recent installment of Yahoo! News feature “The Future Is Now” explores the emerging trend of super-skinny skyscrapers in New York. Following the proposal for 111 West 57th Street, Yahoo! interviews practitioners from JDS Development and SHoP Architects. Read more.
05 Nov 2013, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has produced a conceptual master plan called Souk Mirage/Particles of Light, designboom reports. The commercial complex features gateways at either end, as well as the Outlook Tower, all of which are constructed of vertically-arranged, arched module systems.Read more.
25 Oct 2013, New York City, United States
Gizmodo has published an article that takes the reader on a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards factory, which fabricates the elements that will be used to construct the B2 Tower in Atlantic Yards. B2 will be the tallest prefab building in the country when completed. Developer Forest City and contractor Skanska created a joint venture, FCS Modular, to tackle the large-scale production of the units, the volume of which was in excess of the capabilities of most North American producers. Read more.
08 Oct 2013, New York City, United States
West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues reopened Monday after crews secured a massive crane counterweight dangling 40 stories above the ground at the 79-story One57. The tower is the same one where winds from Hurricane Sandy left a crane damaged and dangling nearly a year ago. Read more.
04 Oct 2013, New York City, United States
Foster + Partners has designed a 19-story condominium tower overlooking New York's Hudson River. Work on the building at 551 West 21st Street has already started. When completed in the summer of 2015, it will feature 44 apartments, including three penthouses. Read more.
02 Oct 2013, Singapore, Singapore
KONE has announced the first customer installation of its new, lightweight and durable UltraRope elevator hoisting technology at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. The new elevator hoisting ropes were installed in a passenger elevator that travels from the ground floor to floors 34-57 in Tower 3. Read more.
24 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States
In June, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released its Timber Tower Research Project, a study of the possibilities of tall wood construction. In a recent story, The New York Times investigates SOM's findings, interviewing engineers who worked on the report and others involved in tall wood-building design. Read more.
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.
18 Sep 2013, Phoenix, United States
Science-fiction author Neal Stephenson has designed a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) concept skyscraper from which objects could be easily launched into outer space. The Tower Project is a Project Hieroglyph collaboration at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination. Read more.
09 Sep 2013, Seattle, United States
Construction company Hammer & Hand, which builds commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest, will move to Seattle's first Passive House building. The 100-foot (30.5-meter) Bullitt Center debuted in spring of 2013 and is built to the principles of the Living Building Challenge. Read more.
06 Sep 2013, Shanghai, China
The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai Tower introduced the basics of the BIM (building information modeling) Cloud service used in the design of the skyscraper.Read more.
06 Sep 2013, Rome, Italy
Architects Paolo Venturella and Angelo Balducci have put forth renderings for their skyscraper concept, Twilt Tower. The wildly zigzagging skyscraper features photovoltaic panels spread across the façade, capturing the sun's rays and warming the building throughout the day. Read more.
28 Aug 2013, Washington, United States
A new report published by the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance suggests that its members involved in the global real estate industry have made tangible progress in improving the environmental performance of existing buildings. Read more.