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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.

Trump Announces Vancouver Tower


20 Jun 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Billionaire business tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump is lending his brand to a new Vancouver project, developed by Holborn. The real estate magnate announced the new $360 million Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver as a press event at the future building site on June 18. Read more.

Hollywood Towers Cut to Frame Capitol Records Building


19 Jun 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council committee has approved a proposal to cut the height of the Millennium Hollywood Towers by 25 percent. Millennium Partners has agreed to build shorter structures to frame the nearby iconic Capitol Records building, The Los Angeles Times reports. Read more.

The Christian Science Tower Gets Taller


14 Jun 2013, Boston, United States

Developers hope to add nearly 200 feet to the proposed Back Bay tower planned for the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, making it third tallest in the city. The latest version of the mixed-use development, submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, would now stretch 691 feet. Read more.

Melbourne Encourages Including Schools in High-rises


11 Jun 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne-based developer HWD Australia has proposed a tower which could be 30-stories tall, as long as the plans include a AU$20 million three-story public school. The Melbourne City Council had previously set the site's height limit at 20 meters (66 feet), but lifted the restriction with the inclusion of the school. Read more.

Public Library to Form Podium of Baccarat Tower


04 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The Donnell Library on West 53rd Street in New York will be rebuilt at the base of Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital's Baccarat Hotel & Residences tower. Designed by TEN Arquitectos, the new $20 million space will include an auditorium, a children's reading room and a technology hub. Read more.

Herzog & de Meuron's Miami Tower Revealed


29 May 2013, Miami, United States

Swiss Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the design of its Jade Signature Tower on Miami's Sunny Isles Beach. Produced in collaboration with interior design firm PYR and landscape designer Raymond Jungles, the 57-story building will feature 224 ocean-view apartments. Read more.

Get a First Look at Hadid's Miami Tower


24 May 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released images of its much-anticipated 60-story residential skyscraper to be built in downtown Miami. The 215-meter One Thousand Museum Tower will be located at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard and features a concrete exoskeleton structural system. Read more.

Massive World Center Hotel Coming to Miami


23 May 2013, Miami, United States

A video released by architecture firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Assoc. showcases the design for the new convention center and hotel tower at Miami World Center. The 1,800-room Marriott, to be built on the site of the demolished Miami Arena, sits atop a 600,000-square foot convention center. Read more.