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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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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.

New York Crane Collapses, Injuring Seven


10 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

A construction crane collapsed Wednesday at the TF Cornerstone development site, injuring seven workers. The incident comes two months after Hurricane Sandy infamously collapsed a crane on top of the One57 development. Read more.

Combining the World’s Great Skyscrapers into One Skyline


08 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

An artist is creating an imaginary city combining many of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. Mark Lascelles Thornton is drafting a eight- foot by five-foot rendering called “The Happiness Machine,” which is part art and part science fiction. Read more.

Video: Magazine Launches ‘Framed in Steel’ Series


07 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

BD Online has launched a video series focusing on “the construction challenges behind some of the UK and Ireland’s prominent steel structures.” The first two projects featured in the "Framed in Steel" series are The Walbrook Building and the Neo Bankside building, both in London. Read more.

Video: World’s Tallest Building Celebrates New Year


02 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, welcomed in the new year with an appropriately Dubai-scale fireworks display. The light show was accompanied by a performance by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra playing on the Burj Steps, an arena-style venue extending from the building. Read more.

Project Accused of ‘Pirating’ Zaha Hadid Design


02 Jan 2013, Chongqing, China

A developer in Chongqing has been accused of counterfeiting Zaha Hadid’s design for the Wangjing SOHO complex in Beijing, Der Spiegel reports. It is possible the copycat version may actually be completed before the original, according to the magazine. Read more.

Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning


11 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photos have emerged of a lightning bolt striking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world was hit during a rare electric storm that passed through the Emirate this weekend. Read more.

Builder Digs Foundations Around Grave


07 Dec 2012, Taiyuan, China

Builders laying the foundation for a residential complex in Taiyuan, China have been forced to dig around a grave located on the site. The conflict arose because the relatives of the deceased person refused the $160,000 offered as compensation for the land. Read more.

Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower


05 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom Tower, including the challenges, features, innovations and significance of the project. Read more.

CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers


03 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports spotlighting the state of the skyscraper around the world. Features focus on everything from maintenance in the world’s tallest building to the Kone’s lift-testing facility. Read more.

One Bligh Street Receives Another Award


30 Nov 2012, Sydney, Australia

The CTBUH 2012 Best Tall Building in Asia & Australasia, 1 Bligh Street, has received ‘The International High-rise Award 2012’ from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The award recognizes the office tower as the world’s most innovative high-rise building, the first for an Australian building. Read more.

New Photos of Collapsed Crane in NYC


14 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York and Construction Graffiti have obtained some "vertigo-inducing" photos of the infamous collapsed crane perched on top of Manhattan's One57. The crane, which was finally secured last week, collapsed in the 90-mile-per-hour winds of Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Dangling Crane Generates Publicity for One57


06 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The damaged crane at the top of One57 has served to boost the tower's popularity, according to CNBC. The crane, which was damaged last week by Superstorm Sandy, drew another storm of media attention as it dangled over city streets and caused evacuation of nearby buildings. Read more.

Toppled Crane Becomes Symbol of NYC Storm Damage


30 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

A collapsed construction crane dangling from the top of the One57 tower under construction in Manhattan quickly became one of the images of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive force. The damaged crane was suspended 1,000 feet above the street, as officials determined how to secure it. Read more.

2013 Venice Biennale Name Inspired by a DC Skyscraper


30 Oct 2012, Venice, Italy

Massimiliano Gioni, the man in charge of the 2013 Venice Biennale, announced that the exhibition's theme will be "The Encyclopedic Palace." Mr. Gioni revealed that the name found its roots in Marino Auriti's 1950s design for a 2,322-foot conceptual skyscraper, the Encyclopedic Palace of the World. Read more.

Envisioning Grand Central's Revitalization


26 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Manhattan's Grand Central Station, which will celebrate its centennial next year, is on the verge of major changes due to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to increase building heights in the area. New renderings detail plans created by three firms, SOM, WXY and Foster + Partners, to recreate the neighborhood around—and above--the station. Read more.

Charlotte's Tallest Tower Turns 20


25 Oct 2012, Charlotte, United States

Charlotte's tallest building, the Bank of America Corporate Center, turned 20 years old yesterday. At 60 stories, the building, designed to be a skyscraper and not merely a tall building, became the tallest in Charlotte upon its completion in 1992. Read more.

CTBUH: Dennis Poon Honored by University of Texas at El Paso


23 Oct 2012, El Paso, United States

CTBUH Board of Trustees member Dennis Poon was recognized as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas El Paso. The award was officially given to Mr. Poon, class of 1977, at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on October 19. Read more.

Willis Tower Exhibit Celebrates Its Omnipresence in the City


19 Oct 2012, Chicago, United States

A free exhibition of 25 large-scale photographs of Willis Tower made by architectural photographer Mark Ballogg looks to re-examine and revisit the tower's impact on the city. Willis Tower: Look Up, Look Down, Look Around, is an exhibit that documents the tower and its lobbies, illustrating how the building looms over the city's landscape.Read more.

Photos Released of Burj Khalifa in a Fog


19 Oct 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Daily Mail offers exclusive photos of Burj Khalifa at sunrise rising above an engulfing fog. German photographer Bjoern Lauen captured the images of the 828-meter (2717-foot) building from another nearby tower. Read more.

425 Park Shortlisted Designs on Display


19 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York has posted all the renderings from the recently completed competition for the redesign of 425 Park Ave. The design by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners was chosen earlier this month from the four Pritzker Prize-winning architects who competed. Read more.

Photographic Exhibition of Detroit


11 Oct 2012, Washington DC, United States

The National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington DC is featuring an exhibit entitled "Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore." The show features haunting images of the resulting remnants of the city's massive exodus.Read more.

Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street


10 Oct 2012, Sydney, Australia

Photography and communications firm Hyatt and Associates has produced a 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Street Office Tower, the winner of the 2012 CTBUH Best Tall Building Award for Asia and Australasia designed by Ingenhoven Architects. Read more.