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Seaglass Tower Proposed for Jacksonville


16 Dec 2013, Jacksonville, United States

Developer Killashee Investments has proposed a 1,000-foot (304.8-meter) tower as the centerpiece of a $1 billion development to revitalize Jacksonville, Florida’s Shipyards district. The $100 million tower would include restaurants and an observation deck. Read more.

Regency Tower Revived


11 Dec 2013, Wollongong, Australia

Once-shelved plans for the tallest building in the Australian city of Wollongong have been revived, according to local news reports. The Regency Tower would rise 25 stories above street level on a prominent hill in the coastal city, containing a 4.5-star hotel and 23 luxury apartments above seven levels of commercial space.Read more.

Tower Proposed for Convention Center Site


05 Dec 2013, Nashville, United States

Nashville plans to redevelop its Convention Center site with a $230 million, 1-million-square-foot (92,903 square-meter) project, which would be crowned with a 28-story building containing 840,000 square feet (78,038 square meters) of office space, making it the center city’s largest office building. Read more.

Permission Granted for Irish Odyssey Development


03 Dec 2013, Belfast, United Kingdom

A ₤100 million (US$164 million) redevelopment scheme at Belfast's Odyssey complex, designed by HJ Lyons, has received outline planning permission. The plan allows for almost 800 homes, two hotels, a retail area and restaurants, and includes a signature tower built on the complex's waterfront edge. Read more.

Vertical Cemetery Proposal Alleviates Dead-Space Problem


03 Dec 2013, Oslo, Norway

A proposal for a graveyard housed in a skyscraper from architecture student Martin McSherry earned a commendation at the Oslo Conference for Nordic Cemeteries and Graveyards. In a nation where the tradition of wrapping bodies in plastic has left graveyards full, the idea comes as a "highly original contribution." Read more.

RSH+P Takes School of Economics Student Tower Competition


02 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

The London School of Economics has selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) to design the new Global Centre for the Social Sciences. Beating proposals from OMA, Hopkins, Heneghan Peng and Grafton, RSH+P's winning design was also voted the public's favorite by a large margin. Read more.

Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower


27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.

New Bondway Tower Design Unveiled


26 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed its design for the New Bondway tower at London's Vauxhall interchange. The 551-foot (168-meter) tower replaces an unsuccessful, 489-foot (149-meter) zig-zag proposal designed by Make Architects, which was rejected in early 2011. Read more.

Grand Avenue Submission Marks Major Milestone


26 Nov 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Related Companies submitted the new conceptual plan designed by Gehry Partners to the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority. The $650 million development addresses the three-block area across Grand Ave. from the Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. Read more.

Great Gulf Moves Forward on Long-Stalled Dallas Tower


22 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

Canada-based developer Great Gulf has launched efforts to build a 24-story tower on a 1.4-acre (5,600-square meter) site in Dallas' Turtle Creek neighborhood. Great Gulf, in collaboration with designer Hariri Pontarini Architects, has pursued this project since before the 2008 recession, and plans to include around 60 high-end residential units. Read more.

Seaport Redevelopment Plan Draws Opposition


22 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

A proposed redevelopment of New York's South Street Seaport that includes a 50-story building, marina and expansion of the city's footprint was met with skepticism in its first community board presentation. The plan for the Seaport was created by developer Howard Hughes Corporation and SHoP Architects. Read more.

UNStudio Wins Competition with Sustainable Tower


22 Nov 2013, Munich, Germany

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a residential and office complex in the German city of Munich. UNStudio's design for the city's new Baumkirchen Mitte development features a 60-meter (196-foot) tower, and was chosen over entries from firms including BIG and Schneider + Schumacher Architects. Read more.

Skyrise May Shine on Miami’s Shore


20 Nov 2013, Miami, United States

Developer Jeff Berkowitz is pursuing a plan to build an observation tower as tall as 990 feet (302 meters), called Skyrise Miami. The tower, designed by Arquitectonica, will include three observation decks, a restaurant, nightclub, private lounge and a ballroom. Read more.

Developer Proposes UK's Tallest Housing Tower


20 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

An Irish developer plans to build the tallest residential tower in the UK on a site in the city's Canary Wharf area. Ryan Corp. UK has paid ₤100 million (US$160 million) for the site, where it is looking to build the 242-meter (794-foot) Hertsmere tower by 2018. Read more.

Lerch Bates to Design Façade Access System for China Supertall


15 Nov 2013, Suzhou, China

Lerch Bates was awarded the contract to design the exterior building maintenance equipment system for China's future tallest building, the Suzhou Zhongnan Center. When completed, the Center will be 700 meters (2,297 feet) and could earn the title of the tallest building outside of the Middle East. Read more.

Canada Water Project to Move Forward


14 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Sellar Property Group has received planning permission from the Southwark Council for its David Chipperfield-designed Canada Water project. The proposal includes a long narrow block, a medium-rise building and a slender landmark residential tower of 150 meters (492 feet). The entire site would include 1,030 apartments. Read more.

Approval Obtained for 256-260 City Road Project


14 Nov 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy has reportedly granted approval for the skyscraper project at 256-260 City Road. The 61-story tower, designed by Australian firm Hayball, will combine residential, retail and hospitality uses. Read more.

Funds Secured for Symphony Project


13 Nov 2013, Honolulu, United States

A developer planning a high-rise project near downtown Honolulu has secured a $120 million construction loan and plans to start building this month. Developer Oliver McMillan reports it secured the loan for its 3.5-acre (1.4-hectare) Symphony Honolulu project from three lenders, including the First Hawaiian Bank. Read more.

Russian Trump Tower in the Pipeline


12 Nov 2013, Moscow, Russia

American real estate tycoon Donald Trump, while in Moscow for the finale of his Miss Universe pageant Saturday, announced that he was planning to build a skyscraper in the Russian capital. The billionaire is reportedly in talks with several companies, hoping to start a joint venture on the construction project. Read more.

Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.