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CTBUH Global News

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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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.

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.