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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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JPA Designs Nanning's Future Tallest

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05 Dec 2012, Nanning, China

Atlanta-based John Portman and Associates (JPA) has designed a new tower for the Chinese city of Nanning. The 400-meter (1,312-foot) Tian Long Fortune Center will be one of the first supertall skyscrapers in the area, World Architecture News reports. Read more.


Developer Reveals Drawings of KPF Grand Central Tower

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04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty has released sketches of its latest office tower, 1 Vanderbilt, which was announced last week. International firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is designing the 1.55 million-square-foot (144,000-square-meter) building, located on Midtown’s East Side. Read more.


Developers Plan Calgary's New Tallest Tower

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04 Dec 2012, Calgary, Canada

International developer Brookfield Properties has submitted plans for a 56-story, 247-meter (810-foot) tower and an accompanying 178-meter (583-foot) tower in Calgary, Canada. The new skyscraper will surpass the city's current tallest, the 236-meter (774-foot) Bow. Read more.


First South American Trump Tower

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30 Nov 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Trump brand is expanding to South America. Donald Trump announced the Trump Tower Punta del Este, a resort located along the southeastern coast of Uruguay. The 24-story $100 million apartment building will reportedly begin construction in May 2013. Read more.


Pierre Cardin Defends His Venetian Bouquet

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30 Nov 2012, Venice, Italy

Fashion mogul Pierre Cardin is determined to give his hometown of Venice a sculptural mixed-use skyscraper, despite protests from the citizens. To Mr. Cardin the 280-meter Palace of Light is “like a bouquet of flowers, an offering to Venice,” told a reporter. Read more.


London Residential Market Driving Tall Building Development

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29 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

While office tower construction has stagnated, London developers are actively pursuing a large number of residential projects, according to a report on the housing boom in the Architect's Journal. Several projects have been submitted for planning review in the past two weeks, the Journal reports. Read more.


New York Project Will Use Pre-Fab System

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28 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

After months of speculation, New York developer Forest City Ratner has confirmed plans to use a pre-fabricated construction system for a 32-story residential tower in the Atlantic Yards development. Fifteen modular buildings are planned for the development. Read more.


Australia 108 to Employ Prefabricated Structure

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27 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The Southern Hemisphere's future tallest building, Australia 108, will include prefabricated elements in an attempt to slash construction time. The project will employ a prefabricated modular building system created by the architects Nonda Katsalidis and Elenburg Fraser with building company UB Australia. Read more.


KPF Commissioned to Design Tower

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27 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty Corp. has commissioned Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) to design an office building to be constructed next to Grand Central Terminal, the Wall Street Journal reports. If it is approved, the building would be one of the city's biggest with 1.4 million square feet. Read more.


Permits Filed for New York Supertall

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27 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

New York-based developer Gary Barnett has filed building permits for a 1,550-foot (472-meter) tower at 225 West 57th Street, which would be one of the city's tallest upon completion. Construction equipment is already at the site, where demolition of a grocery store will make way for the skyscraper, according to the New York Observer. Read more.


Related Moves Forward with Latest Tower

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21 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The Related Companies is planning to launch another residential tower along the northern stretch of the High Line, at 539 West 29th Street. Related has secured $54 million in tax-exempt bonds from the New York Public Authority Control Board (PACB) to contribute to the tower’s financing. Read more.


Jakarta to Receive a New Landmark Building

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21 Nov 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

An international design team made up of MVRDV, The Jerde Partnership, ARUP and developer Wijaya Karya, have collaborated to create Peruri 88, a 400 meter (1,312 foot) skyscraper for Jakarta. Peruri 88 will be a vertical city in one building combining Jakarta´s need for more green spaces with the need for densification. Read more.


Studio Gang Takes Aim at New York

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06 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Chicago-based Studio Gang is poised to make its New York debut with its proposed 10th Avenue tower, located outside the Gansevoort Market Historic District. The firm designed the tower to maximize views of the neighboring High Line as well as bring light and air into the project. Read more.


Paris Development Making Progress

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05 Nov 2012, Paris, France

Plans to build two of Europe’s tallest towers in a Paris suburb are moving forward, despite community protests. The Russian developer expects to have financing in place for the Hermitage Plaza towers by January, according to a Reuters report. Read more.


Kennedy Family Revises Chicago Tower Plan

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02 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Faced with a laundry list of complaints from neighbors, the development team behind a three-tower project on the Chicago River has submitted new plans for the development. The revisions call for an increase in public space and measures to mitigate traffic. Read more.


London's South Bank May See New Development

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01 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

Private equity firm Carlyle Group has submitted plans for a 425,000 square meter residential and office development in London. The development will be located close to the One Blackfriars development and include a 48-story skyscraper with 500 apartments, at an estimated cost of GBP1 billion (US$1.6 billion). Read more.


Broadway Malyan Plans India's Largest Development

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01 Nov 2012, Bangalore, India

Bhartiya Group and Broadway Malyan have launched $2-billion Bhartiya City, a 125-acre integrated township in Bangalore. The project will reportedly be the largest urban development within any Indian metropolitan area, according to BD Online. Read more.


IGB to Build Taipei Twin Towers

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31 Oct 2012, Taipei, Taiwan

A consortium led by IGB Corp together with Japanese and Taiwanese partners has won the bid to build the Taipei Twin Towers. The project will reportedly cost of between CNY7.3 billion and CNY8.35billion (US$1 billion and US$1.3 billion), according to local media. Read more.


Developers Plan 300-Meter Tower in Delhi Area

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31 Oct 2012, Noida, India

The Delhi-based Brys Group on Monday announced plans to develop a 300-meter residential tower in Noida. The company reports that the building will cost INR10 trillion (US$186 million) and feature 285 apartments and villas and will be built in nearly four years. Read more.


Qatar Aims to Become a Leader in Sustainability

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31 Oct 2012, Doha, Qatar

Architecture Source's article A Tale of Contradictions: Qatar's Green Building Movement reports on fast-growing Qatar's advancements in the green building movement, which is a contrast to the country’s status as one of the world's highest carbon emitters per capita. Read more.


UK's Future Fifth Tallest May be Cross-Shaped

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26 Oct 2012, Liverpool, United Kingdom

A crucifix-shaped skyscraper, which would be the UK's tallest building outside London, has been earmarked for the Liverpool waterfront. Architect Maurice Shapero designed the building, which will be called The King Edward Tower. Read more.


Toronto Project May Include Supertalls

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25 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's recently announced Oxford condominium redevelopment project will possibly see a pair of residential towers as tall as 1,070 feet (326 meters), according to the developer. If the project comes to fruition, they would be Toronto's first supertall towers. Read more.


Korean Air Begins to Clear Site for LA's Second Tallest Building

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24 Oct 2012, Los Angeles, United States

Demolition work began today on the 1952 Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles, clearing the site for a new hotel tower. The rebuilt $1 billion Wilshire Grand will still be three stories shorter than LA's tallest tower, US Bank Tower. Read more.


Union Station Renovation Ideas Create Dynamic Public Spaces

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18 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Following the July proposal to remove restrictions on building heights around New York's Grand Central Station, a coalition of architects has produced a series of exciting ideas to transform the area into a stately entry point to the city. Read more.


Australian School Considers Selling Property for High-Rise Project

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18 Oct 2012, New South Wales, Australia

The Ultimo Public School in New South Wales has been asked to consider selling its property to make way for a mixed-use high-rise development. The new development would provide classrooms on the lower floors and apartment spaces in the floors above. Read more.


Jeanne Gang Tries to Save Prentice Hospital

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18 Oct 2012, Chicago, United States

Northwestern University's plans to build a new biomedical research facility in Chicago on the site of iconic Prentice Hospital caused an uproar of opposition in July. In an effort to save Prentice, Jeanne Gang of Gang Architects has produced an idea to build their new facility on top of the existing hospital. Read more.


Moscow Development Plans to Build 14 Skyscrapers

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17 Oct 2012, Moscow, Russia

The Crocus Group Holding announced it will augment its Crocus City development in the city of Moscow with 14 skyscrapers. The previously suspended project will emulate New York, according to the company. Read more.


Philly's Chinatown to Redevelop Vacant Lot with a Revitalizing Tower

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16 Oct 2012, Philadelphia, United States

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) hopes to build a 23-story, 265-foot-high residential and office tower, with a community center on the ground floor. Chinatown's long-lived desire for a community center prompted the project, called Eastern Tower Community Center.Read more.


New York Plans Its Densest Development Yet

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10 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

New York-based Related Companies has hatched a redevelopment plan for Hudson Yards, the city's largest piece of undeveloped land. The 26-acre site will receive an $800 million concrete roof, and include 12-million-square-feet of offices, shops, movie theaters, gyms, hotel rooms, museum galleries and 5,000 apartment units. Read more.


Students Create a Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper for Beijing

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05 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Mock firm 'ANDO | Andalucia Office' explores the concept of "mutant vertical cities" in Beijing with its NODO project. With this prototypical tower, the students studied the possibility of locating ‘mini-cities’ within massive prefabricated skyscrapers. Read more.