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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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Emaar Revives Lagoons Project With 1,000-Meter Tower Plan


22 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Properties Group and Emaar Properties have made the decision to re-launch The Lagoons project on Dubai Creek with construction work likely to restart soon. The companies are reportedly planning to include a 1,000-meter tower in the development, Emirates 24/7 reports. Read more.

Ottawa Developers Compete for Tallest


15 May 2013, Ottawa, Canada

ttawa developer Richcraft is the latest to propose building the city’s tallest towers. The company has filed plans with the city to make way for one 18-story building and two 48-story condo towers at 845 Carling Avenue. Read more.

Jewel-Osco Tower Renderings Released


15 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Fifield Cos has released the design of the 42-story tower it was commissioned to develop for the Jewel-Osco grocery chain in Chicago’s North Loop. The Jewel Gold Coast Tower will feature apartments and a flagship grocery-store podium. Read more.

Video: China Broad J220 Animation


13 May 2013, Changsha, China

The Broad Sustainable Building has released an animation of its much anticipated Sky City skyscraper in Changsha, which, if completed, would be the world’s tallest building. The short film demonstrates the prefabricated process that would be used in its construction. Read more.

Krueck + Sexton Planning Major Glass Tower


08 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer Tishman Speyer is planning to build Chicago-based firm Krueck + Sexton's largest project on the empty lot at 130 North Franklin Street. The 48-story faceted glass tower is the developer's first major project since the 2008 financial crisis. Read more.

JDS Plans Manhattan Tower Next to Steinway Building


07 May 2013, New York City, United States

With its March purchase of New York's landmark Steinway Hall, JDS Development Group is considering expanding its planned 105-107 W. 57th Street tower. Now that it owns Steinway's air rights, JDS may be able to build a skyscraper taller than 900 feet (274 meters) on the adjacent site. Read more.

Renzo Piano Plans Resurrection of Milan's Steel District


07 May 2013, Milan, Italy

Renzo Piano has completed the master plan for the derelict steel production district of Milan, designboom reports. The regenerated district, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, will include a series of towers ranging between 40 and 90 meters (131 to 295 feet) and will produce all of its own energy. Read more.

Major Convoys Wharf Redevelopment Plan Submitted


06 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

A new Terry Farrell and Partners-designed mater plan to transform Convoys Wharf on the Thames has been submitted for planning permission. Developer Hutchison Whampoa Property is planning to invest over £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) to transform the derelict site opposite Canary Wharf. Read more.

Emaar Mogul Hints Again At New Supertall


03 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar, continues to vaguely reference his next skyscraper project, which is supposed to be the world's next tallest building. The Chairman most recently hinted that the supertall may be located in Dubai, near his previous accomplishment, the Burj Khalifa. Read more.

Developer Plans Tallest Building in Singapore


02 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Singapore-based developer GuocoLand is planning to build Singapore's tallest building as part of the Tanjong Pagar Centre development. The Guoco Tower will be 290 meters (951 feet) when it is completed in 2016 and will contain 38 stories of office space and nearly 200 residential units. Read more.

Meydan Group to Launch 111-Story Tower


02 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai's Meydan Group is gearing up to launch its 111-story Meydan Tower in downtown Dubai, Emirates 24/7 reports. The company says construction on what would be the city's second tallest building will begin along Shikeh Zayed Road within the next six weeks. Read more.

Taiwanese Tower Façade to Generate Power from Wind


01 May 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office (DUO) has released the design of its Taiwan Wind Tower. The skyscraper's façade is composed of rotating wind-driven turbines, which are designed to produce enough energy to completely supply the building, eVolo reports. Read more.

Rehab Institute Tower Approved After Six Revisions


29 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has gained City Council approval for its Gensler-designed new research hospital tower in the Streeterville area of the city. The project is the product of six rounds of community meetings, and is expected to reach completion by 2016. Read more.

Suspended Night Club Tower Proposed for Hong Kong


26 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

Architecture firm Urbanplunger has created a proposal for a nightclub and hotel tower in Hong Kong that would be completely suspended above the ground. The structure, which would lean on neighboring buildings' infrastructure, acts as an "architectural parasite," Architecture Source reports. Read more.

New Orleans Accepts Tourism Tower Proposals


25 Apr 2013, New Orleans, United States

The New Orleans Building Corp. has received three submissions to its competition to revive the currently empty World Trade Center Tower on Canal Street. Two recommend renovating the existing building, while the third calls for its demolition and the construction of a completely new tower. Read more.

Chicago Architect Seeks to Energize the West Loop


24 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Scott Sarver, co-founder and principal of Chicago-based smdp, has teamed up with Fifield Cos. to create a master plan to deck over the Kennedy Expressway downtown and create a "New West Loop." Their intention is to create a hub of office development that attracts new business to the city. Read more.

KPF to Design Turkish Bank Towers


23 Apr 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Ziraat Bank, Turkey's oldest and largest state-run lender, has commissioned New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to design its headquarters, World Architecture News reports. The two-tower project will be located in the under-construction, HOK-designed Istanbul International Financial Center. Read more.

Icon Tower First to Test Height Limits


17 Apr 2013, Ottawa, Canada

The Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed Icon Tower has cleared a zoning obstacle in Ottawa, eliminating the site's height limit of 25 meters (82 feet) to allow for the 143-meter (469-foot) project, the architects informed the CTBUH. Locals hope this decision will allow future density and vertical growth in the city. Read more.

Marseille to Welcome Residential Tower


16 Apr 2013, Marseille, France

Marseille's new Euroméditerranée district will be the future home of France's first residential tower since the 1970s. Designed by Jean-Baptiste Pietri, the H99 skyscraper will rise 99 meters (325 feet) and enjoy a view of the Mediterranean and Marseille's Côte Bleue. Read more.

Brooklyn's Rockwell Place Aims to Make a Statement


15 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Developer Second Development Services has revealed plans to construct a 200-room hotel tower at 95 Rockwell Place this fall in the Brooklyn Downtown Cultural District. The 30-story tower is slated to open within two years to accommodate the district's rapidly growing number of tourists. Read more.

Honolulu High-rise Seeks 'Innovative' Residents


15 Apr 2013, Honolulu, United States

A & B Properties is launching a mixed-use high-rise project in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The Collection will include a 42-story high-rise tower featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a four-story mid-rise building with town homes and commercial space. Read more.

Warsaw Bank Plans Skyscraper Headquarters


10 Apr 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Poland's largest bank, PKO BP has announced it will build an office building in the center of Warsaw. Qualia Development, the bank's real estate development subsidiary, plans to replace an existing seven-story building with a 26-story, 106-meter (348-foot) scheme designed by Kurylowicz & Associates. Read more.

Waffle Tower Features Undulating Façade


09 Apr 2013, Culver City, United States

Eric Owen Moss Architects' Cactus Tower structure, which revamped a 60-year-old industrial press in Culver City, California, will be joined by a companion structure called the Waffle. The Waffle will provide flexible meeting space, including an open conference area, closed meeting rooms and an open roof deck. Read more.

The Race is On for Australia's Tallest


04 Apr 2013, Parramatta, Australia

The City Council of Parramatta, the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney, has accepted an application for the development of the Aspire Tower in the city's central business district (CBD). At 336 meters (1,102 feet) the Grimshaw Architects-designed tower would be the tallest building in the Sydney area upon completion. Read more.

Cornerstone Plans 45-story Residential Tower


04 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

New York developer TF Cornerstone has filed plans to build a 45-story tower at 606 West 57th Street in New York, a site which was once intended to host an Avalon Bay development. The tower would be built just one block south of the recently approved BIG W57 project. Read more.

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.