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Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud


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.

Zigzagging Tower “Twilts” to Optimize Solar Energy


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.

ULI Reports Progress on Environmental Performance


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.

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.

Institute Recognizes World's First Passivhaus Skyscraper


08 Aug 2013, Vienna, Austria

The Raiffeisen-Holding Hochhaus office tower in Vienna has been certified as the world's first Passivhaus skyscraper. The Atelier Hayde Architekten building for Raiffeisen-Holding Group uses careful design strategies to reduce energy consumption to a fraction of conventional construction. Read more.

European Firm Develops Breathing Skyscraper for NYC


06 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Madrid-based Independent Architectural Diplomacy (IAD) was selected by the City of New York to design a new, sustainable "super-skyscraper" concept. The result is the New York Breathing Machine, a carbon-neutral building which uses solar panels and micro turbines to produce natural-conduction airflow. Read more.

Google Street View Goes to Paris


18 Jul 2013, Paris, France

A few weeks after Google took its Street View imagery to the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Internet giant has turned its attention to the French capital, giving the same treatment to the city's majestic Eiffel Tower. Read more.

Google Takes to the Skies, Courtesy of the Burj


26 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Google has taken its Street View imagery to the top of the Burj Khalifa, under the direction of Pascal Malite, Street View Program Manager. Google spent three days at the Burj Khalifa, where, using its new Street View Trekker technology, a team was able to capture some stunning photos. Read more.

Sandy Inspires New York Safety Guidelines


14 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

A new report on safeguarding New York buildings from major storms and rising sea levels recommends changes to zoning code changes to improve, among other things, the resilience of high-rise residences. The city commissioned the 438-page report in order to better cope with storms like Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

SOM Joins the Timber Tower Party


04 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

Skidmore Owings & Merrill has released its Timber Tower research, studying the structural viability of a 42-story mass timber-framed prototype building. The 400-foot tower features a hybrid system in an effort to achieve the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint. Read more.

American Companies Export High-Rise Firefighting Equipment to China


28 May 2013, Beijing, China

Pennsylvania-based Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) has partnered with New Jersey-based First Priority Emergency Vehicles (FPEV) to introduce a new type of fire truck to the Chinese market. The American fire truck can more effectively fight fires in high-rises than what is currently available in China. Read more.

Parachutes May be a New Means of Egress


08 May 2013, Panama City, Panama

A Panamanian inventor has demonstrated a new parachute, which can open after just 100 feet (31 meters) to be used as an escape option for people in high-rise buildings during a catastrophe. The SOS Parachute by Morris Shahbazi can open more quickly and at lower heights than most similar devices. Read more.

Architecture Students Create Skyscraper for Bees in Buffalo


06 May 2013, Buffalo, United States

Four architecture students at the University of Buffalo in New York have designed and constructed an apartment building for bees. The Elevator B project is a steel, glass and cypress skyscraper bee colony created as part of the school's Ecological Practices Group competition. Read more.

Researchers Develop Silent Turbine System


03 May 2013, Wollongong, Australia

A team from Australia's University of Wollongong (UOW) under the direction of Professor Farzad Safaei has developed Power WINDows, a new type of wind-to-energy converter. The modular turbines were developed to keep noise vibration and operating costs to a minimum. Read more.

Evacuation Slide Installed in Shanghai


24 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

A retired machinist in Shanghai has invented a slide that will allow high-rise residents to more quickly and safely evacuate their buildings, China Daily reports. In the event of a fire, residents can slide down the chute to the exit in a matter of seconds. Read more.

Tower Launches Inaugural Composting Program


23 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

The Helena apartment building on Manhattan's West Side has become the first in New York City to offer residents regular food scrap collection as part of the city's Organics Collection Program. The residents of the Helena will divert approximately 35 percent of their waste from landfills to composting facilities. Read more.

Frank Gehry to Share His Paperless Design Software


12 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

In an interview published on Wired, Frank Gehry revealed plans to market GTeam, his personal, and previously exclusive, software program, by partnering with the cloud storage service, Box. GTeam was developed to create and store plans and precisely design Mr. Gehry's characteristic warped steel panels Read more.

Philly Skyscraper Plays Part in Pong Projection


08 Apr 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Drexel University Professor Frank Lee has commandeered Philadelphia's Cira Centre, a 437-foot glass skyscraper, for a supersized game of Pong. The video game will be generated by 29 stories of LEDs embedded in the façade of the building. Read more.

MAD Architects on the Creators Project


02 Apr 2013, Tianjin, China

The Creators Project has produced a feature of MAD Architects and its Sinosteel International Plaza building. The building, which is under construction in Tianjin, features a honeycombed structural façade that eliminates interior columns. Read more.

Desert Towers Generate Their Own Wind


29 Mar 2013, San Luis, United States

A Maryland-based company plans to build a pair of 2,250-foot solar wind-generation towers in the Arizona desert. The towers, which could be the tallest structures in the western hemisphere, would use desalinated water from the Sea of Cortez to generate downdrafts and create renewable energy. Read more.

Farm-scrapers Bring 'Eco-vision' to Tall Buildings


15 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Belgian firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released the design of sustainable "farm-scrapers." The Asian Cairns project is designed to produce more energy than it consumes by producing food and harnessing wind and solar power. Read more.

OMA Tower Promotes Serious Sustainability Techniques


07 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

ArchDaily has produced an interview with Arpan Bakshi, the Sustainability Manager at YR&G, consultants for the Essence Financial Building. The competition-winning building, designed by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be built in Shenzhen, China. Read more.

TED2013 Features Wooden Skyscraper Designer


28 Feb 2013, Monterey, United States

Canadian architect Michael Green, as part of his TED2013 session, explores the small but growing practice of constructing tall buildings out of wood. Mr. Green argues that using timber panels for skyscrapers sequesters a great deal of CO2 and creates touchable, human-scaled architecture. Read more.

World's Largest Panorama Captured from BT Tower


25 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

The title of the world's largest digital picture has been claimed by a 320-gigapixel panorama of London which was captured from the top of BT Tower. Shot by 360 Cities shortly after the end of the 2012 Summer Games, the images is comprised of more than 48,000 images and took months to create. Read more.

Flying Drones Build a Mock Skyscraper


18 Feb 2013, Orléans, France

Quadro-copters, flying drones primarily used for aerial videography and research projects, were recently used in a study by a team of researchers to build a mock skyscraper. Flight Assembled Architecture explored the potentials of using remotely-controlled flying robots for constructing skyscrapers. Read more.

Heliostats Make Progress in Australia


13 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia

Engineering Source looks at the increasingly popular use of heliostats in tall building design in a recent feature article. Heliostats, which are mirrored devices used to reflect the sun into targets to generate energy, were originally used in solar farms but now designers are using the systems to improve daytime lighting and heating in buildings. Read more.

Proposed Tower Would Grow Gardens in the Sky


11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Morali Architects has released its design for New York's 80 South Street, the site once designated for a 1,123-foot Santiago Calatrava tower. The new proposal includes a 998-foot (304-meter) tower which will feature vertical farming space through a series of vegetative roofs. Read more.

Arup Envisions the Future of Smart Buildings


05 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Arup's Foresight + Innovation team has produced a report titled "It's Alive!" which outlines their vision for the future of tall buildings. The report’s version of a 2050 skyscraper includes flexible modular structures, urban agriculture, climate-conscious façades and intelligent building systems. Read more.

Businessweek Examines Elevator Advancements


04 Feb 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

As tall buildings become grow taller, the elevator industry is attempting to refine elevator designs in order to carry people to unparalleled heights. Bloomberg Businessweek follows Otis Elevator, Schindler Group and Kone in their efforts to bring people to new heights. Read more.

Window Washing in New York


31 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

The latest issue of The New Yorker features an article about the challenges of washing windows in New York City. The article, "Life at the Top," reports that modern skyscraper architecture often renders conventional window-washing methods impossible, leading to innovation in the field. Read more.