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Torre Cube II Redefines Office Typology in Zapopan

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11 Jun 2015, Zapopan, Mexico

Catalan architect Carme Pinós returns to Zapopan, where she completed Torre Cube in 2006, with Torre Cube II. Both buildings attempt to redefine the traditional office typology in Mexico through innovative design. Read more.


Paris Skyscrapers Becoming More Prominent After 2010 Planning Change

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04 Jun 2015, Paris, France

A 2010 change to the city planning law is beginning to remake Paris's architectural profile, at least in its outlying arrondissements, where height restrictions once kept new buildings below 37 meters. Read more.


UAE Design Firm Unveils Winning Master Plan Bid for Mecca

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28 May 2015, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A UAE-based design firm has won a competition to craft a new master plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the holiest city in the world for Muslims. Engineering consultants Buro Happold also worked to develop the master plan. Read more.


Land-Pooling Policies in Delhi Set the Stage for High-Rise Developments

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27 May 2015, Delhi, India

Nearly 2.5 million new homes may be constructed within the National Capital Region over the next few years following the adoption of land-pooling policies that favor 15- to 30-story high-rise developments. Read more.


London Mayor Rejects Calls for More Scrutiny Over Tall Buildings

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15 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Mayor of London has rejected calls by London Assembly members for a new body to assess the design quality and viability of dozens of new skyscrapers. Instead, the city will continue using the Mayor's London Plan document. Read more.


Park Royal High-Rise Decision on Hold in Vancouver

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23 Apr 2015, Vancouver, Canada

City council will not approve plans to add two commercial and residential high-rise towers until Park Royal delivers on commitments on a traffic reduction plan and a decrease in building height. Read more.


Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights

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21 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Plans to turn part of Shenzhen's Qianhai special economic zone (SEZ) into the Pearl River Delta's version of Manhattan are being overshadowed by a battle between urban planners and aviation authorities over building heights. Read more.


Metro Vancouver Malls Reach For The Sky

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01 Apr 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Many shopping malls in the Metro Vancouver area with convenient transit access are hard at work on plans to build residential and office towers on land that currently accommodates surface parking lots. Read more.


BDP Designs New Business District For Burgeoning Wuhan

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25 Mar 2015, Wuhan, China

A UK-headquartered architect has completed a commission by the city to plan a dense urban area in the Qingshan Riverside District. The master plan would make use of the riverside location by creating a new iconic skyline. Read more.


Saudi Arabia Progressing With $100 Billion King Abdullah Economic City

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23 Mar 2015, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city, dubbed Kingdom Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), on its western coast. The city would be the size of Washington, DC and cost about $100 billion. Read more.


SOM To Design New Egyptian Capital City Near Cairo

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16 Mar 2015, Cairo, Egypt

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill says Egypt’s new $45 billion capital city will be designed and built to meet the needs of a modern city with a burgeoning economy. The new city will alleviate pressure on Greater Cairo’s struggling infrastructure. Read more.


Melbourne’s 334-344 City Road Tower Revised to Address Planning Concerns

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26 Feb 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Even with a considerable reduction in height and apartment yield, 334-344 City Road has found no favor in a report to the Future Melbourne Committee, which was tabled earlier in February. Read more.


Colombo Port City in Doubt as Government Insists on Probe

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20 Feb 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Chinese-funded, $1.5 billion Port City development in Colombo, Sri Lanka is in doubt once more after the prime minister said that the deal was signed without cabinet approval and without following procedures. Read more.


Mumbai to Redefine High-Rise Height Minimums to Expedite Development

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12 Feb 2015, Mumbai, India

In a move that could change Mumbai’s skyline drastically, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to simplify the procedures involved in constructing high-rise buildings. Read more.


Minneapolis Rejects 80-Story Tower Scheme

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29 Jan 2015, Minneapolis, United States

On January 24, the Minneapolis Planning Department rejected a bid by developer Alex Duval to build an 80-story tower — taller than any other building in Minnesota — on the city-owned Nicollet Hotel Block. Read more.


Judge Tosses Out Permit for Vancouver High-Rise

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29 Jan 2015, Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver City Council’s development process took a hit on January 27 from a B.C. Supreme Court judge, who canceled two development permits and ordered a new public hearing for a controversial 36-story condo tower. Read more.


Melbourne’s 57 Haig Street Seeks Extra Height

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28 Jan 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Proponents of a Haig Street development have gone back to planning in order to gain an additional eight floors of residential space for the high-rise project. Despite the added floors, overall apartment numbers will be reduced. Read more.


London Mayor Approves Vast Wood Wharf Scheme

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11 Dec 2014, London, United Kingdom

The 4.9 million-square-foot (455,000-square-meter) Wood Wharf scheme has been approved by the Mayor of London and will see Canary Wharf extended to the east with the addition of 30 new buildings. Read more.


Construction of Moscow’s Moscow-City Skyscraper Block to Complete in 2018

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08 Dec 2014, Moscow, Russia

Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Policy and Construction, said that the construction around Moscow’s International Business Center, Moscow-City, is wrapping up, and that the complex is set to be fully completed by 2018. Read more.


Design of Skinny Queen Street Tower Challenged by Melbourne Authorities

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03 Dec 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The super-thin tower at 338 Queen Street, set to rise from a tiny, 288-square-meter site, has been knocked back by the State of Victoria's planning adjudicator, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Read more.


Officials Aspire to Build World’s Tallest Tower in Hyderabad

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25 Nov 2014, Hyderabad, India

The Telangana government convened on November 22 and decided to build the world's tallest tower and other skyscrapers at 40 places around Hussain Sagar Lake in the heart of Hyderabad, India. Read more.


Paris City Council Rejects Tour Triangle Skyscraper Amid Contentious Vote

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17 Nov 2014, Paris, France

The Paris City Council voted 83-78 in a secret ballot against the Tour Triangle, which would be the second-highest tower in Paris after the Montparnasse Tower. The mayor immediately rejected the vote as invalid. Read more.


Three Skyscrapers Approved for Isle of Dogs in London

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11 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

Three of the tallest residential towers in the country, situated yards from each other in South Quay, were approved in a tense meeting at Tower Hamlets. Councilors also gave the green light to the Arrowhead Quay development. Read more.


Piano Wins Planning For Shard’s “Little Sister” in London

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06 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

A 26-story housing scheme has been approved to sit alongside Renzo Piano's Shard skyscraper and The Place. The structure will occupy a 0.3-hectare site, replacing the 1950s Fielden House office building on London Bridge Street. Read more.


Chennai Looks to the Skies

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04 Nov 2014, Chennai, India

With the relaxation of height restrictions, several skyscrapers have started coming up around the city, especially in south Chennai towards the Old Mahabalipuram Road, Egattur, Perumbakkam, and the East Coast Road. Read more.


South Quay Plaza Recommended for Approval in London

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30 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

A predominantly residential scheme of 888 homes built over two towers on the Isle of Dogs has been recommended for approval. The main tower will be 68 stories (220 meters high) and the second tower will be 36 floors (115 meters high). Read more.


Royal Wharf Residential Scheme Gets Planning Approval in London

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24 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

Newham Council has approved the second phase of the massive Royal Wharf development in east London. The latest stage of the 40-acre (16-hectare) riverside project in the Royal Docks will add 1,300 flats to the area. Read more.


Brisbane Skytower Approved for Launch

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23 Oct 2014, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane’s tallest building, Brisbane Skytower, has been given the green light, with the AUS $1 billion (US $878 million) project set to rise 270 meters over the central business district. A five-year construction time has been forecast. Read more.


Phase Three of London’s Battersea Power Station Given Go-Ahead

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20 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

Wandsworth Council has granted planning for phase three of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. This phase will include the construction of six high-rises: one designed by Norman Foster and five by Frank Gehry. Read more.


Bid to Preserve New York City’s Park Lane Hotel is Rejected by Local Board

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08 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

Just over a week after a campaign to preserve the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South in New York began, the landmarks committee of the local community board voted unanimously on Monday night to oppose the effort. Read more.