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CTBUH Global News

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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British Developer Resurrects Chicago Post Office Scheme


11 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Bill Davies of the UK’s International Property Developers has submitted a set of revised plans for the redevelopment of the old Chicago Main Post Office. The latest proposal keeps the historic building as the centerpiece of a massive, multi-tower residential, commercial, office and hotel complex. Read more.

Pinnacle Scheme Officially Abandoned


11 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a redesign of the Pinnacle to reduce the cost of its construction, originally estimated at around £1 billion due to the expense of the curved windows. The partly built Pinnacle is presently known as The Stump, since only seven of its 63 stories have been built. Read more.

Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum


03 Apr 2013, San Francisco, United States

Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, has updated the design of the podium façade. Instead of a transparent, sinuous glass façade, the complex will be clad in perforated aluminum, a move which is expected to save the project about $10 million. Read more.

Kempinski Puts the Kibosh on Ryugyong Hotel


01 Apr 2013, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea's unfinished Ryugyong Hotel has suffered another setback with last week's loss of hotel operator Kempinski. The German hotel company, which expressed interest in operating the 330-meter (1,083-foot) pyramid in 2012, has backed away from the idea, citing unfavorable market conditions. Read more.

Australian Development Breaks Height Restrictions


28 Mar 2013, Perth, Australia

This week in Perth the Belmont Racecourse skyscraper development cleared a major planning hurdle. The Western Australia Planning Commission (WAPC) exempted the AU$3.5 million project from a 30-story height restriction, saying the limit was unwarranted and unnecessary. Read more.

Austin Planetarium Tower Canceled


21 Mar 2013, Austin, United States

A proposed 47-story mixed-use tower, the capstone of a public-private partnership between a nonprofit hoping to open a world-class planetarium and a developer, has been canceled as the State of Texas reviews its approach to “P3s." Read more.

Sydney Greenland Center Planned as Australia's Tallest Residential Tower


18 Mar 2013, Sydney, Australia

China’s Greenland Group is making a splashy foray into Australia by aiding Brookfield's ailing 70-story, 240-meter residential project at 115 Bathurst Street, Sydney, with a A$100 million investment. Read more.

Lenders Seek Buyers for Site of Failed Spire


15 Mar 2013, Chicago, United States

The site of the unrealized Santiago Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire, as well as the accompanying $93 million debt, has been put up for sale. The 2.2-acre property is currently occupied by a foundation pit, the only part of the 610-meter tower ever brought to reality. Read more.

Make Proposes Pinnacle Revision Scheme


13 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Make Architects is creating a proposal to replace the failed Pinnacle project in London. Founding partner Ken Shuttleworth is proposing to remove the "stump" that currently occupies the site and replace it with a simpler, more flexible tower, with residential and office space as well as hanging gardens. Read more.

Bay-Adelaide Tower Signs Second Major Tenant


05 Mar 2013, Toronto, Canada

The latest leasing deal completed at the Bay Adelaide East tower has taken the project's occupancy rate to 60 percent. The 44-story office tower, which is under construction in Toronto, is the second installment of a three-tower development, joining the previously completed Bay Adelaide West tower. Read more.

Milan's Garden Skyscrapers Excite Media Attention


28 Feb 2013, Milan, Italy

Milan's pair of forested skyscrapers, the under construction Bosco Verticale towers, are spotlighted by The Guardian. The towers, which will be cloaked in an outer layer of trees and other plants, are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Read more.

Squatters and Politics Stall Elephant & Castle Tower Again


27 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has cancelled a meeting at which he was due to decide the future of developer Oakmayne's proposals for a 41-story residential tower in Elephant & Castle. The meeting was cancelled after a third party requested a delay of the hearing to allow further discussions. Read more.

Millennium Hollywood Project Clears Hurdle


26 Feb 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles Planning Department this week approved a project that includes plans to develop a pair of skyscrapers adjacent to Hollywood's Capitol Records building, the Los Angeles Times reports. Developer Millennium Partners filed plans that call for 485- and 585-foot towers. Read more.

Boston's North Station to See Many More Towers


26 Feb 2013, Boston, United States

Boston's 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower, which has stalled for eight years, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week. Construction on the CBT Architects-designed tower is scheduled to begin this fall. Read more.

The Shard's Project Managers to Oversee Kingdom Tower


25 Feb 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The £780 million (US$1.2 billion) project to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia will be managed by the firm behind the construction of the recently completed Shard. London-based Mace will take part in a joint venture with another British firm, EC Harris, to oversee the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Read more.

BIG's W57 Tower Approved


20 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has granted final approval to the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed West 57th Tower in Manhattan. After disputing the affordable housing options in the tower, the parties reached a compromise to include 173 affordable housing units in the 32-story tetrahedral-shaped W57 building. Read more.

Arabtec Wins Abu Dhabi Hotel Contract


20 Feb 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based construction company Arabtec won a contract from the National Investment Corporation to develop the Fairmont Abu Dhabi hotel and apartments tower in Abu Dhabi. The 39-story project was designed by Dewan Architects and Engineers and will cost more than AED1 billion. Read more.

Popular Science on Shanghai Tower


19 Feb 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in the tower's design explain the layered structure, the double façade and the twisted shape, which are key elements of the structure. Read more.

Seattle Skyscraper Project Announces Hotel Tenant


14 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

SLS Hotels, owned by Los Angeles hospitality company SBE, will open a 14-story hotel in the re-launched Fifth and Columbia Tower, developers announced yesterday. The 660-foot (201-meter) downtown Seattle mixed-use tower is scheduled to break ground by October 1. Read more.

New Life Breathed into Stalled Chicago High-rise


14 Feb 2013, Chicago, United States

A stalled high-rise development in Chicago's north side will reportedly break ground this fall. Barcelona’s F451 Arquitectura collaborated with Chicago-based Pappageorge Haymes to extend the height and augment the design of the Bluewater 5440 apartment building. Read more.

Plans Moving Forward to Build Tallest Tower in Los Angeles


11 Feb 2013, Los Angeles, United States

After years of delays and changes, Korean Airlines has unveiled its AC Martin-designed plans for the 73-story Wilshire Grand tower in LA’s financial district. The $1 billion mixed-use tower will reach 1,100 feet (335 meters) and claim the title of the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion. 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.

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.

Emaar Moving Forward with Dubai Hotel


09 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar has awarded the construction contract for a 370-meter hotel, which will be the second tallest building in Downtown Dubai, after Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Emaar hopes to complete the 72-story tower by 2015. Read more.

CTBUH: Top Ten Tall Building Stories of the Year


21 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

This was a pivotal year for the tall building industry, with dramatic projects making headlines around the world. Not only did skylines grow taller, skyscrapers were often at the center of debates about how cities should evolve and develop as efficient urban centers. Read more.

Oregon Developers Rejuvenate Development


21 Dec 2012, Portland, United States

Portland-based developers Wood Partners and Hoyt Street Properties have announced an agreement to pursue development of a 21-story apartment tower on the west side of downtown Portland’s Pearl District. Hoyt Street is the District's biggest landholder. Read more.

Brisbane Government Launches Tower Project


21 Dec 2012, Brisbane, Australia

The Queensland Government has confirmed that Cbus Property will build its AU$653 million (US$681 million) skyscraper in Brisbane's CBD. Construction will start early next year on the 43-story One William Street project. Read more.

BIG Phoenix Observation Tower


20 Dec 2012, Phoenix, United States

Developer Novawest has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group to design a 420-foot observation tower, in an attempt to created an architectural symbol for the city of Phoenix. The tower is designed to resemble a pin marking a location on a map. Read more.

Tower Verre Design Updated


17 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

The architects of record for Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre, Adamson Associates, have released the latest project renderings, New York YIMBY reports. Originally conceived to stand at 1,250 feet, the tower’s height has shrunk to 1,050 feet which would make the tower the seventh tallest in the city. Read more.

Ma Yansong Creates Mountain Towers


14 Dec 2012, Guiyang, China

MAD Architects has revealed its design proposal for Shan-Shui City, which means the City of Mountains and Water. The complex, containing five skyscrapers, is inspired by ancient Chinese mountain-water worship practices and will be built in Guiyang, China. Read more.