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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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Glasgow Demolishes Failed Housing Projects

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06 May 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow's Birnie Court, one of the city's controversial Red Road high-rise housing projects, was demolished yesterday, May 5, in the second stage of a regeneration project. Eighty-eight kilograms (194 pounds) of explosives brought down the 30-story building in five seconds. Read more.


High-rise Demolitions are Wasteful, British Architects Conclude

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24 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

Post-war residential tower blocks should be refurbished rather than demolished, according to delegates at the Open City's Green Sky Thinking Week conference in London. The debate concluded that the amounts of embodied carbon in tall buildings are too great to lose through demolition. Read more.


Demolition May be the Greenest Option for Midtown Dinosaurs

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02 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Mayor Bloomberg's plans to rezone midtown New York, allowing for bigger and bolder skyscrapers, has found an unlikely ally. A recently produced report suggests that the most environmentally friendly solution is to demolish and replace these aging giants with properly built, efficient modern replacements. Read more.


Cincinnati Proposes Tower Redevelopment

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25 Feb 2013, Cincinnati, United States

Cincinnati city leaders have launched a plan to build a $94 million 30-story luxury apartment tower on the site of bankrupt Tower Place parking garage and mall. The city reportedly purchased the 45-year-old building for $8.5 million last week. Read more.


KPF's Pinnacle in Danger of Demolition

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04 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

The GBP1 billion Pinnacle skyscraper has stood at seven-stories since construction halted a year ago, due to a failure to secure tenants. An independent developer has proposed demolishing the empty tower and replacing it with a cheaper design. Read more.


New York Times Examines Unfinished Luxury Tower

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23 Jan 2013, Las Vegas, United States

The New York Times chronicles the latest developments on the Harmon Tower, the defective and abandoned luxury hotel tower shell languishing on the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. An appeal focused on whether or not to demolish the tower is scheduled for later this year. Read more.


Video: Demolishing a Building Floor by Floor

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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.


Japan Looks at Skyscraper Demolition Techniques

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09 Jan 2013, Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Times featured Tokyo-based Taisei Corp.’s novel method for demolishing skyscrapers. Taisei claims the "Ecological Reproduction System" is more environmentally sensitive, safer, and reduces noise and dust by keeping all the disassembly work inside the building, according to the article. Read more.


Ireland Saves Its First Skyscraper

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16 Nov 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin’s Planning Board has refused to allow Ireland’s first skyscraper, Liberty Hall, to be demolished. This decision rescinds the permit the Dublin City Council issued last year to demolish the 17-story, 60 meter building and replace it with a 22-story building of more than 93 meters (305 feet). Read more.


Chicago Projects Going in Opposite Directions

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05 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Two closely-watched Chicago towers are facing different fates. After months of debate it appears Prentice Hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg will be demolished, while the long-stalled project at 111 W, Wacker is moving forward. Read more.


Korean Air Begins to Clear Site for LA's Second Tallest Building

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24 Oct 2012, Los Angeles, United States

Demolition work began today on the 1952 Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles, clearing the site for a new hotel tower. The rebuilt $1 billion Wilshire Grand will still be three stories shorter than LA's tallest tower, US Bank Tower. Read more.