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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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Window Aperture Design Attempts to Mix Nature and Technology


29 Jan 2013, Lima, Peru

Los Angeles-based B+U Architects has released a conceptual design for its 20-story Animated Apertures Housing Tower project in Lima, Peru. The building features a series of window "apertures" which resemble palm fronds and attempt to create an "interactive and intelligent building organism." Read more.

Chicago Skyline Goes Green to Save Green


11 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

The AFP has published an article exploring the advances in “green technology” in Chicago skyscrapers. The techniques employed by the buildings covered in the article are reportedly producing positive results and saving operators money. Read more.

How Tall Can a (Lego) Tower Go?


06 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

While architects and engineers are questioning the limits of building megatall towers, some people are asking another question: How tall can a Lego tower go? A research team working with the BBC has determined that a tower consisting of 375,000 individual Lego bricks would crush the bottom brick. Read more.

Student Tower Designed to Cope with Harsh Desert Conditions


06 Dec 2012, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Students at the University of Nottingham have designed a skyscraper for Abu Dhabi inspired by sikkas, the narrow alleys between buildings in old Middle Eastern cities. The project was influenced by the needs of local inhabitants and adapts to the environmental issues specific to the region. Read more.

Video: Empire State of Lights


30 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The top of the 81-year old Empire State Building was the setting for a new light show, using an LED lighting system recently installed on its crown. The LEDs feature more than 16 million rippling colors, upgrading from the previous 10-color system. Read more.