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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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Video: King Kong Comes to Australian Tower


23 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Stunt actress Leigh-Anne Vizer posed in the giant hand of King Kong high above the city of Melbourne as part of a PR stunt for the new theater production of King Kong: the Musical. The hand was hoisted to the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the second-tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more.

Video: Watching a Sand Storm from the Burj Khalifa


07 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan climbed to the top of the 828-meter (2,722-foot) Burj Khalifa last week with plans to photograph the city. When he arrived at the top, a sand storm engulfed the city, which he managed to capture on video. Read more.

The Woolworth Building Celebrates a Century of Commerce


25 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Yesterday, April 24, New York celebrated the centennial of a building that changed its skyline: Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building. Originally planned to be 16 stories, when it reached completion in 1913 the 60-story building was the tallest in the world at 792 feet (241 meters). Read more.

Bill Pedersen Receives Historic AIA Award


22 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

On April 17, the AIA New York Chapter awarded its highest honor to William Pedersen, founding partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Previous Medal of Honor recipients include Louis Skidmore, 1949; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1958; Toshiko Mori, 2005; David Childs, 2010; and Daniel Libeskind, 2011. Read more.

Frankfurt to Host Skyscraper Festival


09 Apr 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The city of Frankfurt will hold its 18th Skyscraper Festival this May, featuring events such as wall-walking, hot air balloons and base jumping. Ticket holders will be given access to participating high-rise buildings, including the Commerzbank Tower, Westendstrasse 1 and the Deutsche Bank towers. Read more.

Artist Focuses on Hong Kong's Density


08 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

German-born photographer Michael Wolf has documented the extreme density of Hong Kong in his series "Architecture of Density." His images distort the scale of monolithic walls of apartment buildings, creating patterns with edges, windows, balconies and AC units. Read more.

Olympus Tower Engulfed in Flames


04 Apr 2013, Grozny, Russia

Flames from a short circuit in the air-conditioning system engulfed a 40-story luxury apartment building in Grozny, Chechnya, on Wednesday, April 3. All residents of the 475-foot (145-meter) Olympus Tower, the tallest building in Chechnya, were evacuated as firefighters attempted to stop the blaze. Read more.

Three-story 1WTC Observation Deck Unveiled to Press


03 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Officials developing the observation deck at One World Trade Center provided a preview of the attraction to the press yesterday. The tour will showcase the tower as "the most significant destination in the world," David Checketts, CEO of Legends Hospitality, told the media. Read more.

Dubai in the Mist


29 Mar 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

German photographer Sebastian Opitz has created a series of images of the city of Dubai swathed in mist. Taken from the 85th floor of the 413-meter (1,356-foot) Princess Tower, the photos depict a phenomenon that occurs four to six times a year between 4:00 and 9:00 AM. Read more.

Leeds Attempts to Rectify Devastating Wind Problem


27 Mar 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

A wind tunnel effect caused by Leeds' tallest building has caused 25 serious incidents, which include several injuries as well as one death. The problematic building, 367-foot (112-meter) Bridgewater Place, will be subject to £245,000 (US$370,000) in modifications to attempt to alleviate the problem. Read more.

Podcast: Bringing Poetry to Tall Buildings


26 Mar 2013, Santaigo, Chile

Design and architecture talk show Roman Mars has produced a twelve minute podcast featuring Chilean poet Rodrigo Rojas's efforts to create marketable identities for Santiago's skyscraper developments. Since the 1990s, he has written poetic identities for more than 40 buildings in the capital. Read more.

Baku Flame Towers Take Cannes


21 Mar 2013, Cannes, France

The Baku Flame Towers of Azerbaijan have taken the MIPIM 2013 awards for Best Hotel and Tourism award. The sinuous dancing glass towers were noted for their graceful curves, reportedly inspired by Baku’s history of fire worshiping. Read more.

Skyscraper Art Takes Over Park Avenue


13 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

Ten twisted skyscraper sculptures by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea have been installed along the Park Avenue mall. His "No Limits" project consists of creatively re-imagined replicas of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Flatiron Building, the Seagram Building and more. Read more.

Obituary: W. Gene Corley, Structural Engineering Giant


05 Mar 2013, Skokie, United States

W. Gene Corley, long standing contributor to CTBUH and CTBUH leader, passed away on March 1, 2013 at the age of 77. Dr. Corley, Senior Vice President of the CTL Group was one of the world's foremost experts in analyzing buildings damaged by bombs, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes. Read more.

Wired Profiles China Broad Chairman


26 Feb 2013, Changsha, China

British magazine Wired profiles Broad Sustainable Building chairman Zhang Yue, the man behind the SkyCity proposal for the world's next tallest building. The article provides a summary of the company's efforts to create a sustainable, prefabricated, ultrafast building typology. Read more.

Steven Holl Gives a Personal Tour of His Latest Towers


21 Feb 2013, Chengdu, China

Upon last month's completion of Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, the designer took part in a pair of short films to document the project to the fullest extent. The films, created by Chicago-based Spirit of Space, paint a portrait of the buildings from the point of view of the user.Read more.

Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard


19 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo Piano as he explains the ideas behind The Shard and his own beliefs regarding the relationship between architecture, people and cities. Read more.

Adrian Smith to Receive Honorary Doctorate


14 Feb 2013, College Station, United States

Adrian Smith will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Texas A&M at the school's spring commencement. Mr. Smith is regarded as an outstanding alumnus of A&M's College of Architecture and is a founding principal of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Read more.

Brazilian Artist Pays Homage to Oscar Niemeyer


12 Feb 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra has painted an abstract portrait of the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer on the side of a skyscraper in downtown San Paulo. The 56-meter tall work is tribute to the famous designer, who passed away in December at the age of 104. Read more.

MVRDV Presents Its Porous City Lego Exhibit


07 Feb 2013, Cannes, France

Rotterdam-based MVRDV will display its "Porous City - Open the Tower" exhibit at the MIPIM world real estate expo, as part of the Innovation Forum. The show, which was first on display at the 2012 Venice Biennale, features Lego towers illustrating futuristic concepts of urban design. Read more.

Photographer Offers Panoramic Views from Burj Khalifa


29 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan has produced a 360-degree panorama from the top of the Burj Khalifa, providing stunning views of the Dubai landscape. The image was created by merging 70 individual photographs and a mechanized panoramic tripod. Read more.

Multimedia: Hong Kong's Skyline Timeline


29 Jan 2013, Hong Kong, China

The South China Morning Post chronicles the development of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor skyline in an animated feature. The accompanying article includes a brief history of tall development in the city, and spotlights the city's two tallest buildings, ICC Tower and Two IFC. Read more.

Fire Breaks out in Moscow City Construction Site


25 Jan 2013, Moscow, Russia

A fire broke out Friday in a skyscraper under construction in the Moscow City development. A spark from a fan heater used to warm liquid concrete started the blaze on the Oko skyscraper, according to local media reports. Read more.

Skyscrapers Reflect Photographer’s Artistic Vision


23 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

A 46-year-old German photographer Carsten Witte captures the images of buildings reflected in the façades of neighboring skyscrapers to create his own artistic statement. Mr. Witte's photos appear as abstract art, which he has collected in a series called "NYC Fractal." Read more.

Interactive 2013 Skyscraper Map


23 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

In honor of the new year, dezeen has produced and interactive skyscraper map of the 10 tallest towers schduled to be completed in 2013. The map is accompanied by an image and short profile of each tower and was compiled using CTBUH data. Read more.

Helicopter Crashes into Tower Crane


16 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

A helicopter crashed into a crane atop an unfinished London skyscraper Wednesday morning and fell in flames to the street. The helicopter struck the crane engaged in the construction of St. George Wharf Tower, a 49-story residential block, damaging the crane and causing the evacuation of surrounding areas. Read more.

Video: KL Tower Base Jumping Mania


16 Jan 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Base jumpers from around the world leapt off one of Malaysia's tallest towers last month as part of an annual private daredevil gathering in Kuala Lumpur. A total of 91 jumpers from 17 countries spent three days completing more than 2,200 jumps from the roof of the KL Tower observation deck. Read more.

Video: Demolishing a Building Floor by Floor


15 Jan 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation is attracting media coverage with method for disassembling, rather than demolishing, buildings taller than 100 meters. The process, known as Tecorep, seals the structure’s top floors into an enclosure which is then lowered by temporary columns and powerful jacks. Read more.

Video: One World Trade Escalators


14 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

Last week's The Weekly Flickr video centered on photos of escalators being hoisted into place in One World Trade Center. The photographer, Scott Lahmers, works as a technical specialist for ThyssenKrupp Americas, who is currently installing 74 elevators and 9 escalators in the building. Read more.

Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out


11 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Tickets for the first two days of access to the Shard's viewing floor have sold out, despite a GBP24.95 price tag. The first visitors will be taken to the viewing area on the 72nd floor, which offers dynamic views of the city from 243 meters above the street. Read more.