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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.

New York Officials Approve “Poor Door” for Luxury High-Rise


22 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

New York City has approved a developer's proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and for those living in the building’s affordable housing unit. Read more.

Squatters Evicted from “Tower of David” Slum in Caracas


22 Jul 2014, Caracas, Venezuela

On July 22, Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. Read more.

Seoul’s Lotte World Tower Opening Put on Ice


15 Jul 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte is seeking permission from the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to open the lower part of the 123-story building first, before completing construction on the rest of the tower in 2016. Read more.

Sino-Singapore Knowledge City Taking Shape in Guangzhou


09 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

The Sino-Singapore Knowledge City (SSGKC) is progressively taking shape in the northern part of Guangzhou. Covering about 123 square kilometers, this new city will be developed over the coming 20 years. Read more.

Permits Filed For 320 Kent Avenue in New York City


08 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Two Trees’ Domino redevelopment in New York City continues to move forward, and administrative overhead is now underway. Permits have been filed for 320 Kent Avenue, which is “Site D” in the Domino plan. Read more.

Kuala Lumpur, Dreaming of Dubai or Tokyo


07 Jul 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, since the years of former Prime Minister Mohammad Mahathir, is filled up with ambitions to rival the world’s most sophisticated metropolises. Over the next six years, a string of megaprojects will once more transform the city center. Read more.

Turning London's Tolworth Tower Into Flats “Would Regenerate the Area”


07 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

Converting the iconic 22-story Tolworth Tower into flats could help regenerate the Tolworth area all by itself, according the leader of the Kingston Council, and bids to buy the property are currently being accepted. Read more.

Bouygues Construction Wins Contract for London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens


27 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Bouygues Construction has won its tussle with Kier Construction Corporation for the contract to build Manhattan Loft Gardens, a striking 42-story double-cantilevered residential tower in London’s Stratford City. Read more.

Melbourne Planning Minister Approves Australia 108


26 Jun 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne will host the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, with a 100-story apartment tower approved for Southbank. Australia 108 will stand at 319 meters and will have more than 1100 units. Read more.

Vancouver’s False Creek Co-op Concerned Over Future High-Rise Development


24 Jun 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Residents of Vancouver’s False Creek housing co-operative fear that their development may be replaced by future high-rise development when the majority of their leases expire in 2036. The nearly 6,000 residents have unobstructed views of the waterfront. Read more.