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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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Canadian Designers Continue to Pursue Wooden High-rises


15 Nov 2012, Vancouver, Canada

Canadian designers and researchers are continuing to investigate methods of building timber buildings as tall as 20 stories, according to the Globe and Mail. Supporters claim that the material is cheaper and more sustainable than steel and concrete, and a viable option for vertical construction. Read more.

Officials Concerned About High-rise Earthquake Vulnerability


14 Nov 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok officials have discovered that some 2,000 high-rises in the city do not have anti-quake features, but can reportedly endure minor quakes. Buildings constructed before 2007 were not required to have quake-proof designs, according to local media.Read more.

Questioning Europe's 'Small Plan Syndrome'


07 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

The Financial Times has published an article dealing with the issues of building tall buildings in historic cities. Many cities rely on their ancient buildings to generate tourism, but the practice of instantly opposing any vertical development is counterproductive, the author notes. Read more.

Falling Out of Love with LEED


26 Oct 2012, Las Vegas, United States

An in-depth feature in USA Today questions the practice of pursuing LEED points, and whether projects are truly enhanced. The article points out that by including random and often last-minute addendums, developers and owners can receive enormous tax breaks. Read more.

'High-Rise Hope' Studies Social Impacts of Green Technology


26 Oct 2012, Shepards Bush, West London, United Kingdom

A report recently produced for Rockwool by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has highlighted the social implications of energy efficiency retrofits for tower blocks. The study, 'High-Rise Hope,' measured the energy costs and social conditions of a GBP16 million repair and energy upgrade of three residential towers in Shepherds Bush, West London. Read more.

Video: Rem Koolhaas Talks CCTV


05 Oct 2012, London, United Kingdom

CNN interviews Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and discusses his recently completed CCTV Tower in Beijing. He also relates his profound experience as an 18-year-old visiting the Pantheon in Rome for the first time. Read more.