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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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In Sao Paolo, “Frogger” Joins “Gamescraper” Ranks

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18 Apr 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

After record-breaking games of Tetris and Pong, played on a giant LED screen attached to a Philadelphia skyscraper last month, a Spanish game studio has revived an arcade classic, “Frogger,” on the FIESP building in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Read more.


Honolulu High-Rise Climate Heats Up

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09 Apr 2014, Honolulu, United States

The Kaka’ako district of Honolulu is developing high-rise projects at a rapid pace, but it has sparked the ire of many residents, who rallied to protest a plan to raise the local height limit. Read more.


History of Daredevil Jumping Is as Long as It Is Tall

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26 Mar 2014, New York City, United States

If it seems like there have been an unusual number of illicit tall-structure climbing and jumping incidents recently, that perception is correct. The latest stunt was a jump by three men from the top of New York’s One World Trade Center in September 2013. Read more.


Sky Tower Lights Up for Charity

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21 Mar 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

As a sign of support for the Child Cancer Foundation, Auckland’s 328-meter Sky Tower is lit in various colors, each representing a bead of courage a child is presented with when completing a treatment. Read more.


Winner Announced in Çanakkale Antenna Tower Competition

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05 Mar 2014, Çanakkale, Turkey

The competition to design Turkey’s Çanakkale Antenna Tower, which challenged participants to design a 100-meter observation and broadcast tower has been won by Inter.National.Design + Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with ABT. Read more.


Extell's One57 Park Hyatt Hotel Sets the Date

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27 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The five-star Park Hyat Hotel, set in the 306-meter supertall One57 tower in New York, will welcome guests on August 28. The Atelier Christian de Portzamparc-designed, 79,299 square-meter tower boasts ultra-luxe accommodations and residences. Read more.


"Dude Perfect" Sinks Shot from Reunion Tower

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06 Jan 2014, Dallas, United States

Stunt daredevils Dude Perfect successfully pitched a basketball from the observation deck of the 171-meter Dallas Reunion Tower into a hoop – but only after “mobilizing” the hoop. Initial plans to hit a fixed target failed, but once two men on the ground began moving the hoop to meet the ball, the sinker was a “sure thing.” Read more.


Dubai’s Record-Breaking Fireworks Show Includes Burj Khalifa

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02 Jan 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Always a place where “size matters,” Dubai kicked off 2014 with an appropriately gigantic fireworks display, launching more than 500,000 incendiaries in six minutes. The Burj Khalifa played a central role in the display. Read more.


Soviet High-RiseTopped With Traditional Cabins

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18 Dec 2013, Kosice, Slovakia

Artist Tomas Dzadon has placed three traditional log cabins on the roof of a panelak, one of the ubiquitous high-rises in which more than 50 percent of Slovakians live. Read more.


Munich Hotel Does Some Fancy Tricks

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17 Dec 2013, Munich, Germany

Victor Enrich Tarres, a Spanish artist, has manipulated photos of a Munich hotel into gravity-defying, distorted images, reports the Daily Mail. It took six months to create 88 images, which depict the tower and podium in realistic-looking but impossible postures. Read more.


Eiffel Tower Lit for Mandela

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16 Dec 2013, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower was lit with a spectacular display in honor of the recently deceased freedom fighter and president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The inscription “Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013” was illuminated in 5-meter-high letters in the colors of the South African flag. The French icon was lit for three nights starting December 14. Read more.


Eiffel Tower Stairs Put Up on Sale

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25 Nov 2013, Paris, France

A 15-step section of the Eiffel Tower's original spiral staircase, which once was part of the connection between the second and third levels, will be sold today in Paris. The iron steps will probably sell for between $27,000 and $40,000 at Artcurial, an auction house that specializes in selling Art Deco furniture. Read more.


Skyscraper Video Game Sets World Record

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25 Nov 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The college professor who played a supersized video game on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper now holds a Guinness world record for his project. Drexel University professor Frank Lee recreated the classic Atari game Pong on the façade of the 29-story Cira Centre in the spring of 2013. Read more.


CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height

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12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat convened its Height Committee on November 8th in Chicago to rule on the official height of One World Trade Center in New York. The Council affirms the height at 1,776 feet (541 meters). Read more.


World’s “Most Expensive Art Project” to Occupy Hudson Yards' Heart

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01 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been tapped to help create a multimillion-dollar public space and artistic centerpiece for the Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Manhattan. The 3-acre (1.6-hectare) public art installation will be created under the theme of “Gathering.” Read more.


Abandoned Apartment Building Becomes Graffiti Gallery

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25 Oct 2013, Paris, France

Galerie Itinerrance, a Parisian art gallery, invited 105 visual artists from around the world to paint the interior and exterior of an abandoned nine-story social housing tower, which has been slated for demolition. The Tour Paris 13 project is being called the largest temporary graffiti street art project in the world. Read more.


'Rooftopper' Produces Set of Skyscraper Rooftop Photos

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18 Oct 2013, Hong Kong, China

"Rooftopper" photographer Andrew Tso has released a series of images he captured during his many visits to skyscraper rooftops around the world. The 25-year-old from Hong Kong has been climbing since childhood, and has been professionally climbing for the past three years to cultivate his collection. Read more.


CTBUH Brings Tall Thoughts to WAD13

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16 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

CTBUH Director Antony Wood made his way to New York last week to participate in and present at World Architecture Day 2013 (WAD13), hosted by World Architecture News (WAN). Wood was one of 257 delegates who attended the three-day event, which was part of New York's Archtober month, celebrating design. Read more.


UN Headquarters Released by Lego

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08 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

As part of its Landmark Architecture series, Lego announced its latest product, the United Nations Headquarters. The set recreates the New York complex located along the East River, including the Secretariat Building, the General Assembly and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Read more.


The Times Interactive Films Chronicle High-rise History

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07 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The New York Times Op-Docs premiered its documentary "A Short History of the High-rise" at the 2013 New York Film Festival, exploring the 2,500-year history of vertical living. The four part series draws on the Times' photo archives as well as personal images submitted by the public. Read more.


Video: Chronicling the Creation of 432 Park

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25 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Architectural photographer Richard Berenholtz was commissioned to document the construction of the Rafael Viñoly-designed 432 Park Avenue. Since December 2011, the former architect has been chronicling the progress on what is slated to become the tallest residential building in New York. Read more.


Iconic Buildings Become Pawns in Skyline Chess

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28 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Iconic London architecture becomes kings, queens and pawns in Skyline Chess Set, by Ian Flood & Chriss Prosser. Famous and cherished structures of the city, including The Shard, The Gherkin and One Canada Square, are modeled in 3D and physically prototyped via 3D printing. Read more.


Henry Cobb's Historic Images of Warsaw on Display

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23 Aug 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Henry Cobb, recipient of the 2013 Lynne S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, has been profiled by Polish media for the color photographs he took during his tour of the country in 1947 while a student of architecture at Harvard. The collection of about 100 images was reportedly the first color photographs made in Poland. Read more.


Smartphone App Resurrects a Phantom Chicago

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22 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Phantom Chicago, produced by Alexander Eisenschmidt and his Visionary Cities project, presents over 100 unbuilt visionary schemes for the City of Chicago. As an iPhone app, the 160-foot (50-meter) long panorama creates "gallery walls" that link the unrealized visions to the existing Chicago. Read more.


Latest LEGO Tower Record Goes to Delaware Students

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20 Aug 2013, Wilmington, United States

A group of students in Delaware, USA, has reportedly broken the world record for the world's tallest free-standing LEGO tower. The team from John Dickinson High School built the 112-foot (34-meter), five-story tower from more than 500,000 bricks. Read more.


Vertical Density Blurs Skyscraper Memories

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20 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Washington, DC-based photographer Ajay Malghan has produced his latest series, Vertical Density, playing with abstract shapes of skyscrapers to create his photographs. The collection of blurred images is meant to mimic the non-specific nature of the human memory. Read more.


Exhibition Examines Unbuilt Skyscrapers

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09 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin have opened a highly-celebrated exhibition called Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum in LA. The exhibition reveals an alternative "what-if" version of the city, by exploring innovative and forgotten schemes once proposed but never built. Read more.


Skyscraper Offers Unique Urban Camping Experience

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31 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The AKA Central Park in New York is offering an opportunity to experience the Big Apple from outdoors by "glamping"— glamorous camping. The 17-story building features a five-star "outdoor bedroom" on the top floor, including a queen bed, a fireplace, dining and a telescope. Read more.


Infinity Tower is Renamed at Opening Ceremonies

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11 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The AED1 billion Infinity Tower has been renamed Cayan Tower, after its developer. The name was chosen to end the confusion with the other two Infinity Towers, in Brisbane and Manama. The twisting 310-meter (1,017-foot) tower opened last night in Dubai Marina after seven years on construction. Read more.


Frankfurt's Skyscraper Festival Draws Huge Crowds

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30 May 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The city of Frankfurt celebrated its unique skyline during the 18th Skyscraper Festival this weekend on May 25 and 26. The two-day event gave attendees the chance to attend events hosted by the city's tall buildings and see daredevils perform stunts. Read more.