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Cheongna City Tower Infinity Receives Approval


06 Sep 2013, Seoul, South Korea

GDS Architects has achieved planning approval for its 450-meter (1,476-foot) Cheongna City Tower Infinity at Incheon, just outside of Seoul, South Korea. GDS collaborated with Samoo Architects and A&U Engineering. The group's proposal was awarded first prize in a national design competition held by Korea Land Housing in April 2011. Read more.

SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai


04 Sep 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top, creating a shape that optimizes sun-lighting in the office units in the tower. Read more.

200 N Michigan Nods to Art-Deco Neighbor


04 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

bKL Architecture has designed a 45-story skyscraper for 200 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, including retail space and 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of apartments. The apartments will be a mix of one- and two-bedrooms as well as studios. Read more.

UNStudio Designs Enormous Observation Wheel


03 Sep 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Dutch office UNStudio has developed a concept for the Giant Observation Wheel in Japan. Proposed for an as-yet undisclosed location, UNStudio's Nippon Moon will combine the familiar design of an observation wheel with a network of virtual interfaces that will allow visitors to create their own augmented realities. Read more.

Tema to Build Helical Hermann Place Tower


28 Aug 2013, Houston, United States

Houston-based Tema Development has unveiled plans for a new, helical residential tower near the city's Hermann Park. The Tower at Hermann Place, which will house 550 residents in 270 units, twists 30 degrees over its 42 stories, granting residents views of the neighboring park and the Houston skyline. Read more.

Farrells Master-Plans Pair of Major Developments in Shanghai


28 Aug 2013, Shanghai, China

Farrells has won commissions for two major mixed-use developments in Shanghai, located on either side of the Huangpu River, World Architecture News reports. Farrells will master plan The Springs development north of the city and a further development within the Shanghai shipyard area in Pudong. Read more.

Ward Village Project Phase I Approved


27 Aug 2013, Honolulu, United States

The Howard Hughes Corporation has received the go-ahead for a total of three residential-commercial towers in the Ward District of Honolulu. The first phase of the master plan for Ward Village, Kakaako will include more than 4,000 residential units and about 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space. Read more.

FXFOWLE Tower Includes High-School Space


26 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

FXFOWLE Architects has been hired to design a cantilevered glass and granite building, which rises at an angle toward the sky for developer Alchemy Properties. The building, 35XV, is located at 35 West 15th street in Manhattan, and will include six stories of space belonging to neighboring Xavier High School. Read more.

Leighton Launches Latest Tower


20 Aug 2013, Sydney, Australia

Leighton Properties has announced the development of North Sydney's first new commercial building in six years. The 30-story, AU$400 million (US$363 million) development at 177 Pacific Highway will feature 40,000 square meters (431,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.

Kansas City's Latest Tower Growing Taller


15 Aug 2013, Kansas City, United States

The tallest residential tower in Kansas City has gained two floors and 61 apartments in a new planning submission for the project. The revised proposal by Cordish Co. calls for a 25-story, 311-unit apartment building at 13th and Walnut Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light district. Read more.

After 30 Years, First Canadian Centre to Gain Second Tower


15 Aug 2013, Calgary, Canada

GWL Realty Advisors has submitted for approval plans for the east tower of the First Canadian Centre to the Calgary Planning Commission. The new tower will be part of the second phase of the complex and will join the existing 41-story west tower, built in 1982, which is the 10th tallest in the city. Read more.

Hudson Yards Heavyweight Provides Insights into the Development Process


14 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

June marked the announcement of 3 Hudson Boulevard, the 1,000-foot (304-foot) tower developed by the Moinian Group. The Commercial Observer interviewed Moinian Group Vice President and Director of Development Oskar Brecher, discussing his involvement in the project and its progress. Read more.

Digital Harbour to Build Hotel Complex in the Docklands


09 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has granted approval to build a $130 million hotel and residential complex on one of the few remaining undeveloped spots in the northern end of Melbourne's Docklands. The Altus, a 37-story mixed-use tower, will be developed by Digital Harbour Holdings. Read more.

The Stage Approved in Shoreditch


09 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

The proposed 38-story residential skyscraper on the site of what was once Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch has been granted planning permission by Hackney Council. The tower is part of a development known as The Stage, designed by architects Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will. Read more.

Winnipeg Launches Pump House Redevelopment


07 Aug 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

The James Avenue Pumping Station in the Exchange District of Winnipeg, Canada, is set to become the podium of a 24-story mixed-use tower. The project includes public, retail and office space as well as rental apartments and condominiums on the upper levels, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Read more.

South Quay Supertall to be Designed by Foster


07 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Developer Berkeley Homes has selected Foster + Partners to design a supertall tower to be built at South Quay Plaza on the Isle of Dogs in London. The submitted planning application outlines an 80-story residential building, according to the Architect's Journal. Read more.

U of C to Construct Three Student Towers


06 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

A recent announcement revealed that the newest addition to the University of Chicago campus will be a residence hall tower and dining common designed by Studio Gang Architects. The building is designed to become a gateway between campus, Hyde Park and the rest of Chicago. Read more.

European Firm Develops Breathing Skyscraper for NYC


06 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Madrid-based Independent Architectural Diplomacy (IAD) was selected by the City of New York to design a new, sustainable "super-skyscraper" concept. The result is the New York Breathing Machine, a carbon-neutral building which uses solar panels and micro turbines to produce natural-conduction airflow. Read more.

SHoP Towers to Dance in Manhattan


05 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

The empty site at First Avenue between 35th and 42nd streets in Manhattan will host a pair of luxury residential towers designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development. The two "dancing" towers, clad in copper, will feature 800 apartments, a rooftop infinity pool and a sky bridge. Read more.

O'Donnell Launches "Wine-Glass" Riverside Tower


05 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer John O'Donnell has unveiled a plan for a 53-story office tower on the west bank of the Chicago River. The 1.2 million-square foot (111,000-square meter) office tower would be built at 150 N. Riverside Plaza, a site which has stood empty for more than 50 years. Read more.

Israel's Tallest Approved as Part of Four-tower Plan


02 Aug 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv Local Planning and Building commission has approved the Keren HaKirya plan for an 80-story mixed-use tower, which could be Israel's tallest skyscraper, The Globes newspaper reported. The building will be part of a four-tower development, including office, commercial and residential space. Read more.

SOM to Design Manulife – Brion Energy Tower in Calgary


01 Aug 2013, Calgary, Canada

Manulife Real Estate announced on Tuesday, July 30, the development of new SOM-designed office tower in Calgary's downtown core. The 27-story, 564,000-square foot (52,000-square meter) tower is called 707 Fifth Street and will host Brion Energy as anchor tenant. Read more.

Kenya's Tallest Building Stalled Again


30 Jul 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

Plans for Nairobi's tallest building have stalled again due to environmental concerns. Earlier in the month, Kenya's National Social Security Fund (NSSF) made efforts to launch the Hazina Trade Centre, a 39-story skyscraper project that has been bogged down by funding issues for nearly two years. Read more.

Vinoly-flavored Rumors Surface for 22 Thames Street


29 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

International architect Raphael Viñoly is rumored to have designed the latest Fisher Brothers project: a skyscraper to replace the former American Stock Exchange buildings in downtown Manhattan. Permits have been filed for the 637-foot tower to be built at 22 Thames Street, New York YIMBY reports. Read more.

Opponents of Hollywood Towers Concerned Over Geologic Conditions


24 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood Development near the Capital Records building claim they have new information against the project. Robert Silverstein, attorney for Communities United for Reasonable Development, believes there is evidence the project will be built on top of an active earthquake fault. Read more.

Struggling City Pride Proposal Clears Major Hurdle


23 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The 239-meter (784-foot) tower in London's Docklands has been approved after the planning decision was unexpectedly deferred. The City Pride Tower on Westferry Road, planned by Chalegrove Properties, is expected to be the tallest residential building in the UK and the nation's second tallest overall. Read more.

Ambitious Post Office Redesign Gets Green Light from Planners


22 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved Phase 1 of the multi-billion dollar redevelopment for the old Chicago Main Post Office. The federally landmarked building would become the centerpiece of a long-term, 20-year reimagining of a new neighborhood featuring a pair of supertall towers. Read more.

Dubai Creek Harbor Is Happening


19 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have begun construction of their new central business district project, the Dubai Creek Harbor. The companies created the venture to develop the project in early July, and have since engaged in serious construction efforts on the site of the recession-halted Dubai Lagoons, Gulf News reports. Read more.

Boston Developer Proposes Trinity Tower


19 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

A Boston development team has filed plans to replace the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center with a new 33-story tower that offers hotel, residential and restaurant space. Developer Trinity Stuart proposes to demolish and replace the existing eight-story building. Read more.

Howard Hughes Goes High in Hawaii


18 Jul 2013, Honolulu, United States

A state agency has approved construction of a trio of high-rises in Honolulu's Kaka'ako district. The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build three condo towers in Phase 1 of its Ward Village master plan, the first of a planned 22 towers slated to be built in the development. Read more.