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Officials Aspire to Build World’s Tallest Tower in Hyderabad


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

London Mayor Rejects Most Skyline Campaign Proposals


06 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

London‘s Mayor Boris Johnson has largely rejected the proposals by the Skyline campaign, organized by the Architects’ Journal and the Observer, which aimed to introduce measures to allow more considered development in London. Read more.

Seifert’s Tower 42 in London Refused Listing


01 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

Richard Seifert’s landmark Tower 42 in London has been turned down for listing. After considering the merits and condition of the 183 meter-tall building at 25 Old Broad Street, English Heritage ruled out giving the tower protection. Read more.

Los Angeles Modifies Fire Code Requiring Skyscraper Helipads


30 Sep 2014, Los Angeles, United States

On September 29, city officials and local business leaders announced a change to a half-century-old fire code that required all tall buildings in the city of Los Angeles to be topped by helicopter landing pads. Read more.

Swiss Cottage Tower Thrown Out by Camden Planners in London


18 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

The proposal for a 24-story tower at Swiss Cottage has been thrown out by Camden’s planning committee. The decision to bin the £100 million (US $164 million) project follows a heated campaign by locals. Read more.

Nanjing Office Complex Proposal Encapsulates Multi-Modal Connectivity


18 Sep 2014, Nanjing, China

A large-scale masterplan has been proposed for Nanjing, China that would act as a zone of transition between the Old Nanjing City and the rapidly developing industrial area. The plan places an emphasis on walkable urban space. Read more.

Heygate Estate Redevelopment Plan Submitted in London


16 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Lend Lease has submitted plans for the second phase of its £1.5 billion (US $2.4 billion) regeneration of Elephant & Castle in Central London. This will see the firm build nearly 600 homes on the site of the demolished Heygate Estate. Read more.

Planning Granted for South London Towers


10 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been granted for a pair of residential towers in Croydon, south London. The 17- and 32-story towers will contain 320 flats and are linked at the ground floor with a reception area and ancillary spaces. Read more.

Lifted Height Restrictions Allow Influx of High-Rises in Mumbai


08 Sep 2014, Mumbai, India

A Mazgaon high-rise has become the first in south Mumbai since 2010 to get BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) approval after height restrictions for high-rises situated close to the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) were recently lifted. Read more.

Outrage Builds as London Planners Approve Swiss Cottage Skyscraper


05 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Thousands of residents fighting a fierce battle against plans to build one of the highest towers in Camden, London, could see their campaign amount to nothing after council planners have recommended granting permission for the scheme. Read more.

New York Developer Makes Changes to “Poor Door” Design


03 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called "poor door" is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, city officials and the developers said on August 29. Read more.

SkyRise Miami Approved by Voters


27 Aug 2014, Miami, United States

A proposal to bring a 1,000-foot (305-meter) skyscraper featuring a restaurant, observation decks and thrill rides to downtown Miami was approved by South Florida voters amid hopes it will help re-invigorate Bayside Marketplace. Read more.

Aspire’s Aspirations Abated by Aviation Authorities in Sydney Area


26 Aug 2014, Sydney, Australia

The intervention by Australian aviation authorities to reduce Parramatta’s proposed Aspire tower by up to 30 stories could be replicated across all of Sydney, says the Urban Taskforce. Read more.

Demolition Approved for Istanbul’s Skyline-Damaging Skyscrapers


20 Aug 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The Council of State has approved an earlier order by the Istanbul 4th Administrative Court to demolish controversial skyscrapers in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district that damage the city's historic skyline. Read more.

Moscow’s Shukhov Tower Saved After Top Architects Step In


20 Aug 2014, Moscow, Russia

A campaign led by some of the biggest names in architecture has persuaded Moscow City Council to overturn plans to dismantle the 150-meter steel lattice radio tower to make way for a new development. Read more.

San Francisco Tower May Skirt Affordable Requirement


18 Aug 2014, San Francisco, United States

The new glass tower under construction at 181 Fremont in San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment District looks like it's going to get away with excluding an affordable component, with prices exceeding $21,500/square meter. Read more.

Birmingham’s Alpha Tower Receives Historic Listing


07 Aug 2014, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Alpha Tower, a 28-story concrete tower in Birmingham, has been listed at Grade II, which means that it has significant historic interest and may not be altered or demolished without approval from a local planning authority. Read more.

“Jenga Tower” in London Gets Approval Despite Complaints


06 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

London's “Jenga Tower”, formally referred to as New Bondway, has been given the go-ahead despite protesters claiming the 50-story skyscraper will rob surrounding homes of sunlight and ruin views of Westminster. Read more.

Silverstein Will Roll Out Case for Hudson Yards Supertall in New York City


31 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties will present its case for turning a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street into a 1,100-foot (335-meter)-tall residential and commercial tower in the proposal’s first public hearing. Read more.

Skyscraper Faces Tall Order in Melbourne


31 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia

A 77-story silver skyscraper planned for the Melbourne suburb of Carlton is likely to be opposed because of a little-known decree in its planning scheme. There are seven public spaces in the city that cannot be overshadowed by new high-rises. Read more.

Federal Aviation Administration Wants Shorter Buildings Near US Airports


30 Jul 2014, Washington D.C., United States

The FAA says buildings should be shorter to bolster safety at 388 airports nationwide, specifically to give pilots more options for emergency landings up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) from an airport in case of engine failure. Read more.