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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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Developer Plans North Carolina Tower


03 Apr 2013, Durham, United States

Colorado-based Austin Lawrence Partners is planning a 26-story skyscraper for downtown Durham, North Carolina. The developer plans a mixed-use 296-foot (90-meter) high-rise with retail, office space and 21 stories of apartments. Read more.

Pinnacle Proposes Canada's Largest Development


02 Apr 2013, Toronto, Canada

Vancouver developer Pinnacle International has announced plans to construct Canada's largest hotel and condominium tower project in Toronto, Bloomberg reports. The One Yonge Street scheme features six towers between 75 and 88 stories built on what is now a parking lot. Read more.

Office Development Gets Competitive in Chicago


02 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago-based developer J. Paul Beitler in collaboration with Next Realty has proposed constructing an office tower in the Loop at 200 W Randolf. The 23-story tower, which would be built on the site of an existing parking garage, is one of a large number of office building proposals around the city. Read more.

The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again


01 Apr 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview featured in Arabian Business Magazine, the mogul detailed his ambitions to again build the world's next tallest building. Read more.

Pennsylvania May See 33-story Landmark Tower


01 Apr 2013, Allentown, United States

Developer Bruce Loch unveiled plans last week for the 33-story Landmark Tower in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The $60 million skyscraper project would surpass the vacant Martin Tower, the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley's current tallest building. Read more.

Foster + Partners Tower Trio Approved


29 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Foster + Partners have received approval from the Borough of Lambeth Council for three mixed-use towers. Ranging from 15 to 27 stories, the 20-21 Albert Embankment will include affordable homes for senior living, offices, restaurants, a residents' bar, gym, pool and spa. Read more.

Desert Towers Generate Their Own Wind


29 Mar 2013, San Luis, United States

A Maryland-based company plans to build a pair of 2,250-foot solar wind-generation towers in the Arizona desert. The towers, which could be the tallest structures in the western hemisphere, would use desalinated water from the Sea of Cortez to generate downdrafts and create renewable energy. Read more.

Kenya Re Plans Green High-rise


27 Mar 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

The Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) plans to develop a KES1.5 billion (US$17.5 million) commercial high-rise in Nairobi. The building will be constructed on a 1.6-acre (0.65 hectare) site in the city's Upper Hill neighborhood and is designed to alleviate the scarcity of parking and office space in the city. Read more.

Plans Laid for North America's Tallest Timber Tower


25 Mar 2013, Prince George, Canada

The government of British Columbia is moving forward with plans to build a center for wood innovation in Prince George, Canada. The $25 million Wood Innovation and Design Center (WIDC) will reach 27.5 meters (90 feet), making it the tallest wooden building in North America upon completion. Read more.

Historic Philadelphia Homes Make Room for Episcopal High-rise


25 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The Philadelphia Episcopal Group is planning to build a 25-story tower on church property in order to raise money for the restoration of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. The $105 million tower will be built on the current site of two historic townhouses, also owned by the church. Read more.

Shanghai's Needle Towers Design Revealed


25 Mar 2013, Shanghai, China

Italian firm Gianluca Milesi Architecture (GMA) has released its design for the Needle Towers in Shanghai, World Architecture News reports. The project includes a 470-meter pair of tubular towers coated in glass and aluminum. Read more.

Drexel University Tower Takes Fire From Community


22 Mar 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Drexel University in Philadelphia plans a 24-story, 1,300-bed mixed-use student housing tower as part of its plan to add thousands of new students and accomodate them in dense commercial zones close to campus. But neighbors simultaneously contend that the $165 million Lancaster Square will cause parking and nighttime disturbances, and that it will not be enough to accommodate the University’s plan to add 9,000 students, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.Read more.

Landmarks Group Clears Way for 472-meter NYC Tower

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20 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously agreed to developer Extell’s plans to demolish a section of the BF Goodrich Building to make way for its 472-meter tower at 225 W. 57th Street. Read more.

Australia 108 Gets Nod from Melbourne Planning Minister


19 Mar 2013, Melbourne, Australia

The proposed 388-meter, 108-story Australia 108 tower has been given the green light by the Melbourne Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, MP, according to radio station 3AW 693. Read more.

Energy Tower to Rise in Midland, Texas


19 Mar 2013, Midland, United States

Energy Related Properties, a developer based in Midland, Texas, USA, has unveiled plans to build a 53-story mixed-use tower in the commercial capital of the oil-producing West Texas region. Read more.

Zaha Hadid’s First U.S. Residential Tower to Rise in Miami


18 Mar 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid is set to design her first U.S. residential tower, a 60-story structure in downtown Miami with an insect-like concrete exoskeleton as its predominant design feature, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read more.

Farm-scrapers Bring 'Eco-vision' to Tall Buildings


15 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Belgian firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released the design of sustainable "farm-scrapers." The Asian Cairns project is designed to produce more energy than it consumes by producing food and harnessing wind and solar power. Read more.

Istanbul Launches International Financial Center


14 Mar 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Construction work has commenced on the $2.6 billion Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) project in Turkey. The HOK-designed master plan is composed of four different districts, which are centered around culture, commerce, civic functions and government. Read more.

Paramount Launches Major Four Tower Project


12 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paramount Pictures is partnering with developer Damac Properties to build a $1 billion hotel project in Dubai. The Damac Towers project is Paramount's first venture into the hotel and real estate industry and will include four 250-meter (820-foot) towers. Read more.

Hotel Demand Gives Rise to a Series of Tower Projects


11 Mar 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Marriott has revealed plans to build a $200 million Renaissance Hotel in downtown Los Angeles near the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new Renaissance Hotel tower will be more than 20 stories tall, will feature 450 rooms and is scheduled to open in 2016. Read more.

Long Island Development Marks Post-Sandy Recovery


06 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

Construction has officially begun on the first phase of the largest affordable housing project in New York City since the 1970s. When completed, this phase of the Hunter's Point South Project will include two high-rise residential buildings, an 1,100-seat school and a five-acre waterfront park. Read more.

Sellar's Canada Water Project Moves Forward


06 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Sellar Propery Group has submitted for approval the design of the Canada Water redevelopment project in London. The master plan features a series of high-rise residential towers, retail spaces, public outdoor areas, improved access to the water, a community sports facility and a health center. Read more.

Frank Gehry Comes Home


05 Mar 2013, Santa Monica, United States

Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California. The 22-story Ocean Avenue tower aims to stimulate the coastal city's economy. Read more.

Hong Kong Proposal Transforms Runway Into Tower


05 Mar 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm MA2 has produced a design proposal for Hong Kong's Kai Tak development. The Kai Tak tower is part of efforts to transform an air port landing strip in the city into a new cultural, business and residential district. Read more.

Emaar Reveals Twin Hotel Towers


04 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developer Emaar Properties has released the design of The Address Residence Sky View, a mixed-use scheme which will include hotels, residences and apartments. Construction of the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill-designed pair of 50-story towers will begin in the fall in downtown Dubai. Read more.

Revitalizing the Berlin Square


04 Mar 2013, Berlin, Germany

International architecture firm LAVA, in collaboration with developer Moritz Gruppe, has produced a design which it hopes will revitalize an urban square in Berlin. The Square 3 is a mixed-use development that draws its formal qualities from the neighboring Olympic Training Quarters, urban nature reserve and Alexanderplatz transport hub. Read more.

Company Proposes Africa's First Supertall in Ethiopia


04 Mar 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Guangdong Chuan Hui Group has announced it plans to develop the Chuan Hui International Tower in Addis Ababa. The mixed-use tower, tentatively named the Meles Zenawi International Center, will be 448 meters (1,470 feet) more than twice as tall as Africa's current tallest.Read more.

TED2013 Features Wooden Skyscraper Designer


28 Feb 2013, Monterey, United States

Canadian architect Michael Green, as part of his TED2013 session, explores the small but growing practice of constructing tall buildings out of wood. Mr. Green argues that using timber panels for skyscrapers sequesters a great deal of CO2 and creates touchable, human-scaled architecture. Read more.

Cincinnati Proposes Tower Redevelopment


25 Feb 2013, Cincinnati, United States

Cincinnati city leaders have launched a plan to build a $94 million 30-story luxury apartment tower on the site of bankrupt Tower Place parking garage and mall. The city reportedly purchased the 45-year-old building for $8.5 million last week. Read more.

Toronto Welcomes Proposal for Distillery Tower


21 Feb 2013, Toronto, Canada

Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte Architectes have created an award-winning proposal to transform an abandoned warehouse in Toronto into a mixed-use tower. The design for the Rack House D Tower was inspired by planting the towers' roots in the industrial heritage of its site. Read more.