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O'Donnell Launches "Wine-Glass" Riverside Tower


05 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer John O'Donnell has unveiled a plan for a 53-story office tower on the west bank of the Chicago River. The 1.2 million-square foot (111,000-square meter) office tower would be built at 150 N. Riverside Plaza, a site which has stood empty for more than 50 years. Read more.

Israel's Tallest Approved as Part of Four-tower Plan


02 Aug 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv Local Planning and Building commission has approved the Keren HaKirya plan for an 80-story mixed-use tower, which could be Israel's tallest skyscraper, The Globes newspaper reported. The building will be part of a four-tower development, including office, commercial and residential space. Read more.

SOM to Design Manulife – Brion Energy Tower in Calgary


01 Aug 2013, Calgary, Canada

Manulife Real Estate announced on Tuesday, July 30, the development of new SOM-designed office tower in Calgary's downtown core. The 27-story, 564,000-square foot (52,000-square meter) tower is called 707 Fifth Street and will host Brion Energy as anchor tenant. Read more.

Kenya's Tallest Building Stalled Again


30 Jul 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

Plans for Nairobi's tallest building have stalled again due to environmental concerns. Earlier in the month, Kenya's National Social Security Fund (NSSF) made efforts to launch the Hazina Trade Centre, a 39-story skyscraper project that has been bogged down by funding issues for nearly two years. Read more.

Vinoly-flavored Rumors Surface for 22 Thames Street


29 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

International architect Raphael Viñoly is rumored to have designed the latest Fisher Brothers project: a skyscraper to replace the former American Stock Exchange buildings in downtown Manhattan. Permits have been filed for the 637-foot tower to be built at 22 Thames Street, New York YIMBY reports. Read more.

Opponents of Hollywood Towers Concerned Over Geologic Conditions


24 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood Development near the Capital Records building claim they have new information against the project. Robert Silverstein, attorney for Communities United for Reasonable Development, believes there is evidence the project will be built on top of an active earthquake fault. Read more.

Struggling City Pride Proposal Clears Major Hurdle


23 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The 239-meter (784-foot) tower in London's Docklands has been approved after the planning decision was unexpectedly deferred. The City Pride Tower on Westferry Road, planned by Chalegrove Properties, is expected to be the tallest residential building in the UK and the nation's second tallest overall. Read more.

Ambitious Post Office Redesign Gets Green Light from Planners


22 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved Phase 1 of the multi-billion dollar redevelopment for the old Chicago Main Post Office. The federally landmarked building would become the centerpiece of a long-term, 20-year reimagining of a new neighborhood featuring a pair of supertall towers. Read more.

Dubai Creek Harbor Is Happening


19 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have begun construction of their new central business district project, the Dubai Creek Harbor. The companies created the venture to develop the project in early July, and have since engaged in serious construction efforts on the site of the recession-halted Dubai Lagoons, Gulf News reports. Read more.

Boston Developer Proposes Trinity Tower


19 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

A Boston development team has filed plans to replace the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center with a new 33-story tower that offers hotel, residential and restaurant space. Developer Trinity Stuart proposes to demolish and replace the existing eight-story building. Read more.

Howard Hughes Goes High in Hawaii


18 Jul 2013, Honolulu, United States

A state agency has approved construction of a trio of high-rises in Honolulu's Kaka'ako district. The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build three condo towers in Phase 1 of its Ward Village master plan, the first of a planned 22 towers slated to be built in the development. Read more.

Indiana Building Rouses Citywide Excitement


17 Jul 2013, Indianapolis, United States

Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis announced July 16 that local developers Flaherty & Collins Properties have been chosen to develop the site of the former Market Square Arena. The proposed residential building will cost $81 million; the city will contribute $17.8 million to the project. Read more.

County Approves Arlington's Largest High-Rise


16 Jul 2013, Pentagon City, United States

The Arlington County board on Saturday approved a mixed-use development that will include a new 22-story building with nearly 700 residential units and more than 40,000 square feet (3,716 square meters) of retail, according to The Associated Press. The project would be the largest residential and retail high-rise in Pentagon City. Read more.

'Beyond Torre David' Presents Viable Slum Solutions


15 Jul 2013, Berlin, Germany

In a Berlin gallery, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is presenting its continued work with the Caracas squatter community. 'Beyond Torre David' is an exhibition exploring a series of interventions designed to improve the lives of the thousands of people living, working and playing in the abandoned skyscraper. Read more.

Developers Grant Sneak Peek of Energy Tower


15 Jul 2013, Midland, United States

Midland-based developer Energy Related Properties and architect Edmonds International went to Houston to promote their skyscraper project. Energy Tower at City Center could stand as the sixth-tallest building in Texas when it opens in 2015, according to the company. Read more.

KPF Looks to Stretch Landmark Tower by 30 Percent


12 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been recommended for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' (KPF) plan to add 11 stories to a 41-year-old landmark building in London. The proposal would extend the 351-foot (107-meter) King's Reach Tower by more than a third, BD reports (registration required). Read more.

Site Chosen for World's Next Tallest Commercial Tower


10 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The site of what could be the world's next tallest commercial tower has been revealed to Emirates 24/7. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), has selected a plot located on the southern side of the Jumeirah Lake Towers master community. Read more.

The Stage Approved in Shoreditch


09 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The proposed 38-story residential skyscraper on the site of what was once Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch has been granted planning permission by Hackney Council. The tower is part of a development known as The Stage, designed by architects Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will. Read more.

JMB Realty Committed to Building 'LA's Greenest High Rise'


08 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

As part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), JMB Realty Corporation has announced it will develop its Century City Center project as the "greenest high-rise in Los Angeles." The building, designed by Johnson Fain, will be the first LEED Platinum-rated high-rise in the city, and the sixth in the nation, according to the company. Read more.

Chevron to Build New Tower


08 Jul 2013, Houston, United States

Chevron is planning to build a skyscraper to accommodate its growing Houston workforce. The energy giant will build a 50-story tower at 1600 Louisiana St. at Pease Street, adding to the company's existing downtown portfolio, which includes 1500 Louisiana and 1400 Smith, the former Enron buildings. Read more.

DMCC Proposes Next Tallest Commercial Tower


03 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announced on Tuesday it is planning to build what could ultimately be the tallest commercial tower in the world, in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers development. The company announced that the tower will be taller than the 508-meter (1,666-foot) Taipei 101, the world's current tallest completed office building. Read more.

Pininfarina to Build Singapore Luxury Condo Tower


28 Jun 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Italian design firm and coachbuilder Pininfarina is launching a condominium tower concept in Singapore. Pininfarina's plan for the 104-unit, 335-foot (102-meter) Ferra Luxury Residences tower was created as an extension of the company's automobile aesthetic. Read more.

The Oval is Approved in Cyprus


27 Jun 2013, Limassol, Cyprus

Design, engineering and project management firm Atkins has released concept designs for a pebble-inspired office building in Limassol, Cyprus. The commercial tower, which has recently achieved planning permission, will offer a series of office units looking out over the coastline of the island. Read more.

West Avenue Sales Mark Dubai Real Estate Revival


25 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Select Property has announced that its West Avenue project in Dubai Marina has sold over 90 percent in five months. The $109 million residential tower is the first to be launched on the Marina since the downturn for 2008, Construction Week reports. Read more.

David Walker Plans Albert Embankment Tower


24 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

David Walker Architects has submitted a planning application for an 89-meter high rise in London's Albert Embankment on the Thames, The Architects’ Journal reports. The mixed-use tower will be built between a proposed Foster + Partners project and an under-construction Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners project. Read more.

New Tower in Honolulu


24 Jun 2013, Honolulu, United States

Development proposals for a 60-acre, 22-tower complex in the Kakaako district of Honolulu will soon be presented to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). The first phase would include a 400-foot (122-meter), 424-unit condominium tower, to be built at 404 Ward Avenue. Read more.

Chinese Company Makes Major Property Moves in UK


20 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

Dalian Wanda Group, one of China's largest property developers, announced it will launch a two-tower hotel and apartment complex in western London as part of a multi-billion dollar international property expansion. The skyscraper project will cost around £700 million (US$1.1 billion). Read more.

Lumber Company to Build KPF Tower


20 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

An undulating 12-story office tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will be built on the site of West 15th Street and Ninth Avenue in New York sometime next year. With an anticipated opening in 2016, Prince Tower is being developed by the owners of the lumberyard, Prince Lumber. Read more.

Brooklyn Tower to Save Public Library


19 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has approved a 32-story tower next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of efforts to increase the number of below-market-rate apartments in the area. The tower will also house a 109-year-old branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, which would otherwise have been forced to close. Read more.

Brookfield Launches Latest Australian Tower Project


19 Jun 2013, Perth, Australia

Brookfield Office Properties has launched the final piece of its Brookfield Place on St. Georges Terrace in Perth. The company announced immediate plans to build a second 16-story tower in the development, adding 34,000 square meters (366,000 square feet) of office space to the complex. Read more.