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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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Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out

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12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The three final designs for the biomedical research facility to be built on the site of Prentice Women's Hospital Building have been unveiled. The finalists are Perkins + Will; a team of Goettsch Partners and Ballinger; and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with Payette. Read more.


Armani Takes a Fashionable Approach to Apartment Design

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11 Nov 2013, Makati, Phillippines

Phillippines-based real estate developer Century Properties recently announced a collaboration with globally renowned fashion designer Armani at its latest luxury project, Century Spire. Located in Makati's Century City, the 60-story tower, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is set for completion in 2018. Read more.


Approval Granted for Canberra's Tallest

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08 Nov 2013, Canberra, Australia

Planning approval has been granted for Canberra's tallest residential building. The 27-story residential complex and adjoining hotel will be built by the GEOCON Group on the corner of Eastern Valley Way and Aikman Drive in the Belconnen town centre. Read more.


Arabtec Wins Mysterious Tower Contract

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08 Nov 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arabtec Holding, Dubai's largest publicly listed construction firm, has been awarded an AED1.8 billion (US$500 million) contract to build a 77-story mixed-use tower in the Emirate's central business district. The company would construct the tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, due for completion in May 2017. Read more.


Domino Sugar Factory Moves Forward

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06 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

Two Trees Management's plan for the SHoP Architects-designed Domino Sugar Factory master plan in Williamsburg has begun the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in New York. While the process itself takes several months, it marks a major milestone in an arduous review process. Read more.


Conceptual Master Plan Employs “Harmonious” Module Construction

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05 Nov 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has produced a conceptual master plan called Souk Mirage/Particles of Light, designboom reports. The commercial complex features gateways at either end, as well as the Outlook Tower, all of which are constructed of vertically-arranged, arched module systems.Read more.


Pennsylvania Developer Launches FMC Tower

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05 Nov 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Brandywine Realty has announced it will develop the 47-story FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, a skyscraper project which could become the sixth-tallest building in Philadelphia. The tower's primary tenant will be FMC Corp., which has signed a 16-year, 253,000-square foot (23,500-square meter) lease. Read more.


Race Heats Up to Build Western Canada's Tallest

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04 Nov 2013, Edmonton, Canada

BCM Developments is proposing a new 71-story mixed-use tower at 101 Street and 105 Avenue in Edmonton, Canada. The skyscraper, called The Edmontonian, is proposed at 278 meters (912 feet) in height, which could make it the tallest building in Western Canada. Read more.


Garden State Grants Tax Incentive to Launch Development

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04 Nov 2013, Jersey City, United States

Mack-Cali and Ironstate Development will get $33 million in tax credits to build a three-tower, $291 million development on the Jersey City waterfront. The joint venture partners have developed a concept they call URL (Urban Ready Living), which they say allows for "tremendous living density in a small footprint." Read more.


Staten Island's Record-Breaking Wheel Approved

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01 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council green-lighted plans for the putative “world's tallest observation wheel" to be built on Staten Island. The council’s approval is the final step in the process authorizing the wheel’s construction. Called The New York Wheel, the project will be 630 feet (192 meters) tall, accommodating as many as 1,440 passengers. Read more.


Conceptual Skyscraper to Grow Food and Foster Community

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01 Nov 2013, Berlin, Germany

Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus have unveiled plans for a figure-eight-shaped conceptual residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at the Alexanderplatz, Green8 would be a "vertical garden city" designed to cultivate healthy food and a community environment. Read more.


600 Wall Street Resurrected Near Space Needle

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31 Oct 2013, Seattle, United States

A California development company is updating plans for a stalled residential high-rise project, designed by Kwan Henmi Architecture and Planning, located close to Seattle's Space Needle. Laconia LLC plans to build the 38-story, 310-unit skyscraper project on the triangular site at 600 Wall Street. Read more.


Allies and Morrison Tower Scheme On Its Way

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31 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Work has begun on the Ealing Arcadia shopping center, a ₤6 million (US$9.6 million) renovation project designed by Allies and Morrison, which is also set to include a residential skyscraper. The project originally featured a 40-story tower by Foster + Partners and HKR, which has since been abandoned. Read more.


Sky City to Possibly Begin Construction, BSB Makes Plans for Sky City II

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30 Oct 2013, Qingdao, China

The ambitious China Broad Group today announced plans to build a sister tower to its highly-anticipated Sky City project in Changsha. Sky City II has been proposed as a 236-story, 1,008-meter (3,307-foot) supertall, built using same prefabricated process as its 838-meter (2,749-foot) predecessor. Read more.


Lend Lease Seeks Heygate Estate Approval

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29 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Lend Lease has submitted detailed plans for the first 360 homes at the Heygate Estate, part of the ₤1.5 billion (US$241 billion) regeneration of Elephant and Castle in south London. A total of 2,500 new homes are set to be built on the site during the next 15 years. Read more.


York&George Approval Launches Project

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29 Oct 2013, Sydney, Australia

The 39-story AU$90 million (US$85.5 million) mixed-use commercial, retail and residential project York & George has been granted development approval. Situated on Sydney's George Street, the 1,785 square-meter (19,200-square foot) site will feature a six-level podium and 32 levels of apartments. Read more.


Golub Obtains Funding For Latest Tower

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28 Oct 2013, San Francisco, United States

After securing financing form Multi-Employer Property Trust, Chicago-based Golub & Co. has announced it will soon begin construction on its $200 million, 32-story 299 Fremont Tower in San Francisco. Groundbreaking is set to commence before the end of the year. Read more.


BIG's Twisting Canadian Tower Unanimously Approved

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28 Oct 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved an iconic, twisting tower for the corner of Beach and Howe streets. The 52-story Beach and Howe Street tower development will feature 600 housing units, commercial space and public amenity space located under the Granville Street bridge. Read more.


Nordstrom Wins Cantilevered Approval

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23 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Extell Development received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday to cantilever a new supertall luxury residential tower that the company plans to build over a neighboring landmark at 217 West 57th Street. Read more.


HENN Tops Cenke Tower Competition

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22 Oct 2013, Taiyuan, China

Berlin-based practice HENN Architekten has won the competition for the Cenke Tower in Taiyuan, in China's Shanxi Province. The 280-meter (918-foot) building, which takes the form of a pair of convex shells, will contain office space, a hotel on the upper floors and a retail center at the ground level. Read more.


Galliard Launches Baltimore Tower

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21 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Galliard Homes has officially launched sales for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's curvaceous Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf. Occupying a section of the city's Crossharbour site, the 495-foot (151-meter) project is could become the tallest residential tower built in the area. Read more.


57th Street's Super Skinny Tower Clears First Approval

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18 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The new residential tower at 111 West 57th planned for New York may soon be able to lay claim to the title of skinniest skyscraper in the world. The design, by SHoP Architects, took a major step towards becoming a reality this week after it was granted approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Read more.


PLP's Southwark Towers Plan Wins Approval

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16 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

A development of nine new multi-story buildings on the South Bank in London has been given planning permission. The Southwark Council gave PLP Architecture the go-ahead for the development, located on the current site of Sampson House and Ludgate House housing blocks. Read more.


Pritzker-winning Architect Designs Paris Courthouse Tower

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14 Oct 2013, Paris, France

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled the design of the Paris Courthouse, a multi-story tower comprised of four volumes. The Palais de Justice, located in the Clichy-Batignolles district, was designed to gather the scattered entities of the French judicial system into a single building. Read more.


Extell's Cantilevered Proposal Encounters Community Obstacle

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14 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The Community Board of West 57th Street has declined to grant Extell Development a special permit to build a proposed supertall tower at 217 West 57th Street. The Board objected to the skyscraper's current design, which cantilevers over the neighboring historic Students Art League building.Read more.


LA to Finally See Grand Avenue Redevelopment Project

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11 Oct 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Frank Gehry has reportedly returned to the Grand Avenue Project, the long-awaited plan to develop the stretch of land east of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but now the speculation has finally become fact. Speaking last week at a panel discussion, Gehry confirmed that the project will eventually move forward. Read more.


MAG Steams Ahead with Four Major Developments

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10 Oct 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based MAG Group said on Sunday it will unveil four new Dubai freehold residential and retail leasing projects this month, with a combined sales values of AED3.25 billion (US$884 million). This latest announcement includes the launch of an M-shaped residential building in Dubai Marina. Read more.


Greenland Engages Goettsch for Two Huge Projects

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09 Oct 2013, Suzhou, China

Greenland Group has hired Goettsch Partners to design two of its latest projects in China. Both designs, the Chancheng Greenland Center in Foshan and the Suzhou Greenland Center, are the result of international design competitions held by the Group. Read more.


Lagoon Revival Arrives with a Splash

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09 Oct 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The world's largest manmade lagoon is to be constructed in Dubai as part of the planned Mohammed Bin Rashid City District One development. Meydan Group and Sobha Group, through a joint venture, will build the AED26 billion (US$7 billion) residential development centering on the new Crystal Lagoons. Read more.


Vancouver's Future Tallest to Rise in Delta

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07 Oct 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Blexo Developments has unveiled what will become Vancouver, British Columbia's tallest residential tower. Located in Delta, a district municipality that is part of metropolitan Vancouver, Delta Rise will comprise 37 stories of residences, catering to an increasing demand for residential space in the area. Read more.