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Delayed Libeskind Tower Opens Marketing Suite


16 Sep 2013, Warsaw, Poland

The Zlota 44 Tower, designed by Poland-born, New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind, is offering potential clients preview of apartment units after a legal battle caused years of delay. A marketing suite has been opened in the high-rise, displaying views of the city in addition to apartment interiors. Read more.

Winnipeg's Tallest Gets Taller


10 Sep 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

The Toronto-based Fortress Real Developments is planning Winnipeg's tallest tower, LiveWorkPlay Winnipeg. The CA$200 million (US$193 million) proposal was originally 42 stories, but has grown to 55, and is now proposed to include housing units, commercial space and a grocery store. Read more.

Nordstrom Buys Supertall Site


05 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Seattle-based luxury retailer Nordstrom has reportedly paid $102.5 million for the site of its future Midtown flagship store at 217 West 57th Street. The seven-floor will anchor what may be a massive 88-story, 1,550-foot (472-meter) residential condo tower that Extell Development is building at the site. Read more.

High-Rise Basement Storage Costs Soar


27 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

While residents will pay between $2,000 and $6,000 per square foot ($22,000 and $67,000 per square meter) to live at 56 Leonard Street, Tribeca's under-construction luxury skyscraper, some are also willing to pay $1,500 to $1,800 per square foot ($16,700 to $20,000 per square meter) for storage space. A 200-square foot (18.6-square meter) storage unit in its basement has been sold for $300,000. Read more.

Kansas City's Latest Tower Growing Taller


15 Aug 2013, Kansas City, United States

The tallest residential tower in Kansas City has gained two floors and 61 apartments in a new planning submission for the project. The revised proposal by Cordish Co. calls for a 25-story, 311-unit apartment building at 13th and Walnut Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light district. Read more.

More Questions Surrounding Sky City


14 Aug 2013, Changsha, China

Since Broad Sustainable Building held a groundbreaking ceremony for Sky City on July 20, questions arose around all aspects of the project. Christian Science Monitor Beijing correspondent Peter Ford has published an article exploring the realities of what could be the world's next tallest building. Read more.

Fairway Market to Join the Hudson Yards Community


12 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Fairway Market, the grocery store chain, will be the anchor food tenant in the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side. The company announced that a 45,000 square foot supermarket will take up the ground floor retail space in the project's South Tower at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue. Read more.

30 Park Place Revision Filed


09 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

New York YIMBY is reporting that Silverstein Properties has filed plans for a 937-foot (286-meter) revision of its skyscraper project at 30 Park Place in New York. The proposal is 25 feet (7.6 meters) taller than a previous version, and will include a Four Seasons Hotel and 161 condominium units. Read more.

Sydney Hotel Proposal Condensed From Two to One


08 Aug 2013, Sydney, Australia

Developers of a luxury hotel complex at Darling Harbour have erased one high-rise from the plans after complaints that the previous two-tower design blocked views and monopolized waterfront space. The proposal has been consolidated into a single 38-story tower that offers 250 fewer rooms than the original plan. Read more.

One Thousand Museum Approved


08 Aug 2013, Miami, United States

One Thousand Museum Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has received unanimous approval from the Miami Urban Design Review Board. At 706 feet (215 meters), the development will be ZHA's first skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Read more.

Mayor of London Supporting Elephant & Castle Tower


06 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that work is finally scheduled to begin on the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed tower at Elephant & Castle in London early next year. Once complete, the 44-story tower will contain one of the largest collections of homes for long-term private rental in the country. Read more.

Latest Jade Signature Design and Construction Details


05 Aug 2013, Miami, United States

While no official launch ceremony has been held, construction has begun in Miami on the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Jade Signature tower, according to reports by local media. The Basel-based practice has also just released a series of updated and detailed renderings of the tower. Read more.

Court Denies Arsenal Proposal Again


02 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

A High Court judge has rejected plans by the Arsenal Football Club for a 25-story student accommodation tower near the Emirates Stadium in Islington, North London. If the club wishes to proceed, the proposal will have to be reheard by the Council and approved by a government planning inspector. Read more.

Los Angeles Council: Fault Line Not a Factor in Millennium Project


30 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has approved the $665 million Millennium Hollywood project, which will feature hotel, housing, retail and office space. The project previously came under fire for its planned location next to the Capitol Records building, and allegedly near an active earthquake fault. Read more.

Arup Making a Strong Impact in Mexico City


30 Jul 2013, Mexico City, Mexico

Arup reports that the company is working on five tall buildings in Mexico City: Torre Manacar, Torre Pedregal 24, Punta Chapultapec, Torre BBVA Bancomer and Torre Reforma, which could be the city's tallest. The five projects are in various stages of design and construction, according to Arup. Read more.

Richard Meier Tower Nears Completion in Tel Aviv


25 Jul 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

In anticipation of the completion of the Meier-on-Rothschild tower in Tel Aviv, Haaretz has published an interview with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. The 127-meter (417-foot) skyscraper features luxury apartments, whose high prices made international headlines. Read more.

Major Rising Sun Complex Underway


25 Jul 2013, Chongqing, China

The Rising Sun Taipei City is underway in Chongqing, China, with Phases 1 and 2 out of nine already under construction, reports. The development will feature a series of residential high-rises, a four-story shopping mall, a hotel, movie theater and retail, office and commercial facilities. Read more.

China Broad Breaks Ground on Sky City – Or Does It?


22 Jul 2013, Changsha, China

The company hoping to build the world's tallest skyscraper in record time held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, July 20, in Changsha, China. But since then, media reports have circulated claiming that Broad Sustainable Building has failed to obtain government approval for the project. Read more.

50 United Nations Tops Out


15 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Manhattan's Foster + Partners-designed tower at 50 United Nations Plaza has topped out, reaching its full 44-story height in less than eight months. The building will feature 88 residences ranging from one-bedrooms to a duplex penthouse measuring nearly 10,000 square feet (929 square meters). Read more.

Two Supertalls Squashed in Melbourne


11 Jul 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Plans to build what may have been the southern hemisphere's tallest skyscraper in Melbourne have been abandoned. Fender Katsalidis Architects has confirmed it is redesigning plans Australia 108 after a series of code requirements rendered the proposal "impossible." Read more.

Hines Expands Houston High-Rise


11 Jul 2013, Houston, United States

Hines Interests has announced plans to expand the size of its proposed 41-story office tower on Houston's Main Street. The company will increase the size of the 609 Main at Texas building from the originally proposed 815,000 square feet in order to meet demand, according to Houston Culture Map. Read more.

New Images of Foster + Partners' Faena House


10 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Foster + Partners has released new images of the 18-story luxury Faena House currently being constructed in Miami. Argentinean developer Alan Faena commissioned the project, which marks the first phase of the anticipated Faena District in Miami Beach. Read more.

Major Tenant for 3WTC Means Construction Can Continue


10 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Developer Larry Silverstein is on the verge of landing another major tenant, one that will allow his company to complete construction of the Three World Trade Center tower. GroupM, an advertising and media firm, is close to a final agreement on a 20-year lease at the planned 80-story building. Read more.

A Second Penthouse Appears in 432 Park


10 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Developers at 432 Park, Macklowe and CIM, have reconfigured the building's top floors in order to sell a 96th-floor unit for $95 million and a second, 95th-floor unit for a discounted $85 million, The Real Deal New York reports. The developers also plan to cut the number of units from 141 to 125. Read more.

ZHA Releases 1000 Museum Details


09 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released detailed renderings of the design of its 1000 Museum Tower, designboom reports. The 215-meter (705-foot) building will be the firm's first skyscraper in the western hemisphere and is set to be the fourth-tallest tower in Miami. Read more.

Prudential Launches Newark Office Tower


02 Jul 2013, Newark, United States

Skanska has secured a $117 million contract to build the first two phases of a three-phase Prudential Financial Inc. office complex in the city of Newark, New Jersey. The first phases of the $444 million project include a 20-story KPF-designed office tower and an adjoining parking structure, High Rise Facilities reports. Read more.

First Flame Tower Opens


01 Jul 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Fairmont Baku tower was held at the Flame Towers complex on June 24, the first of the three towers to be completed. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the 37-story, 163-meter (534-foot) hotel building, which features 318 rooms. Read more.

Sydney Scales Back Darling Harbour


25 Jun 2013, Sydney, Australia

A series of towers as tall as 40 stories and a major town square have been proposed to revamp Sydney's Haymarket as part of a AU$2.5 billion revival of Darling Harbour. The City of Sydney has since called for the removal of one tower from the proposal in order to avoid a wind-tunnel effect from the development. Read more.

UK's Tallest Residential Tower Plans Unexpectedly Deferred


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

Plans to build the UK's tallest residential tower in Canary Wharf have been deferred by Tower Hamlets Council due to concerns over the height of the building. Developer Chalegrove Properties wants to build a 75-story tower on the site of the former City Pride pub at 15 Westferry Road. Read more.

Gehry Updates Highly-Anticipated Toronto Project


20 Jun 2013, Toronto, Canada

A newly updated plan for the Mirvish + Gehry development on King Street West in Toronto was released by developer Projectcore this week. Originally announced last October, three Frank Gehry-designed towers will replace low-rise brick warehouse office buildings and the Princess of Wales Theater. Read more.