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Chicago Architect Seeks to Energize the West Loop


24 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Scott Sarver, co-founder and principal of Chicago-based smdp, has teamed up with Fifield Cos. to create a master plan to deck over the Kennedy Expressway downtown and create a "New West Loop." Their intention is to create a hub of office development that attracts new business to the city. Read more.

High-rise Developers Cater To Families


19 Apr 2013, Sydney, Australia

Developers in Sydney are capitalizing on growing demand from families wanting to live in high-rise buildings. The city's newest apartment towers are beginning to cater to families with multiple-bedroom units, moving away from the predominant single-bedroom apartment trend. Read more.

Jakarta Enacts Green Building Code


15 Apr 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Jakarta Building Supervision and Regulation Agency is implementing a green building code that will affect high-rise development in the city. The regulations set energy and water efficiency standards in order to reduce emissions and waste to help reduce the impact of climate change, the Jakarta Post reports. Read more.

Gold Coast to Scrap "View Tax"


10 Apr 2013, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast City Council has decided to remove its "view tax," which charges extra taxes to people living in high-rises. The council plans to abolish size and height premiums it charges unit owners living on levels above the fifth floor, a move which may leave an AU$1.38 million hole in the city's budget. Read more.

Nigerian Master Plan Creates Waterfront Destination City


05 Apr 2013, Abuja, Nigeria

London-based Studio Seilern Architects has recently completed a design for a 31 hectare waterfront master plan for Duval Properties. Situated on Jabi Lake in Abuja, Nigeria, the project aims to create a new destination for the city: a place to live, work, shop, be entertained and to enjoy. Read more.

Demolition May be the Greenest Option for Midtown Dinosaurs


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.

Pinnacle Proposes Canada's Largest Development


02 Apr 2013, Toronto, Canada

Vancouver developer Pinnacle International has announced plans to construct Canada's largest hotel and condominium tower project in Toronto, Bloomberg reports. The One Yonge Street scheme features six towers between 75 and 88 stories built on what is now a parking lot. Read more.

Istanbul Launches International Financial Center


14 Mar 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Construction work has commenced on the $2.6 billion Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) project in Turkey. The HOK-designed master plan is composed of four different districts, which are centered around culture, commerce, civic functions and government. Read more.

Long Island Development Marks Post-Sandy Recovery


06 Mar 2013, New York City, United States

Construction has officially begun on the first phase of the largest affordable housing project in New York City since the 1970s. When completed, this phase of the Hunter's Point South Project will include two high-rise residential buildings, an 1,100-seat school and a five-acre waterfront park. Read more.

Sellar's Canada Water Project Moves Forward


06 Mar 2013, London, United Kingdom

Sellar Propery Group has submitted for approval the design of the Canada Water redevelopment project in London. The master plan features a series of high-rise residential towers, retail spaces, public outdoor areas, improved access to the water, a community sports facility and a health center. Read more.

Revitalizing the Berlin Square


04 Mar 2013, Berlin, Germany

International architecture firm LAVA, in collaboration with developer Moritz Gruppe, has produced a design which it hopes will revitalize an urban square in Berlin. The Square 3 is a mixed-use development that draws its formal qualities from the neighboring Olympic Training Quarters, urban nature reserve and Alexanderplatz transport hub. Read more.

Kenya Launches 'Popup City'


13 Feb 2013, Konza Technology City, Kenya

In January, Kenya launched its Konza Technology City, a $14.4 billion "popup city" located 40 miles from Nairobi. Nicknamed the "African Silicon Savannah," Konza was master planned by SHoP Architects and is part of Kenya's Vision 2030 plan. Read more.

Peter Zumthor Reveals Tall Aspirations


07 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Swiss architect and Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor admitted to Building Design that he is intrigued by the idea of designing high-rises. But the architect, who won the 2013 RIBA Gold Medal this week, expressed his strong desire to only design architecture with social meaning. Read more.

Air Rights in New York Muddling Development Efforts


31 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

The complexities of New York's underutilized policy for merging and selling air rights of landmark buildings to new developments are analyzed in a new feature from the Real Deal. Developers often avoid the expensive process, defeating the purpose of the regulations, the article reports. Read more.

Six Tower Redevelopment Plan Approved


30 Jan 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Victorian planning minister Matthew Guy has approved an AU$800 million redevelopment of the former Age newspaper headquarters at 250 Spencer Street. The proposal seeks to add six skyscrapers and almost 3,000 residential units to the site.Read more.

Long-Discussed Chelsea Barracks Project Put on Hold


29 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Developer Qatari Diar has decided to suspend work on its proposed Chelsea Barracks luxury apartment complex, citing concerns about the British economy. Although the company has completed the planning approval process for the project, they are unwilling to move forward at this point. Read more.

London's Tall Buildings Under Scrutiny


28 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Recent events in London have brought the city's tall building development under public scrutiny, Al Jazeera reports. Although London's development trend has moved toward taller buildings, city policies are still behind the times, some argue. Read more.

Herzog & de Meuron to Design Signature Tower at Wood Wharf


28 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Group has appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design a new residential tower at Wood Wharf, a redevelopment project adjacent to Canary Wharf. Herzog & de Meuron will design a landmark residential tower for the southwest corner of the site. Read more.

Urban Planner Discusses the ‘Walkable City’


08 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

The sustainability of cities is dependent on the ability to create walkable areas, “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck says in an interview with fellow urbanist Richard Florida. A walkable city is essential to attract the next generation of young urban professionals, he theorizes. Read more.

Miami Set for Construction Uptick


04 Jan 2013, Miami, United States

Construction is starting to pick up in Miami after a six-year slide, the Miami Herald reports. Several large projects are moving forward, led by residential towers.Read more.

Citizens Propose Amending Their Urban Habitat


20 Dec 2012, Toronto, Canada

Residents of a block of 19 post-war apartment buildings in Toronto are working to create a residential apartment commercial (RAC) zone in their neighborhood, as part of a Tower Renewal project. The residents hope to bring needed small-scale retail and community services to the area. Read more.

Minneapolis Looks to a High Density Future


19 Dec 2012, Minneapolis, United States

Minneapolis is known for its suburban neighborhoods, but there is a move to create more high-density districts. Several large projects are in development in the downtown area, most built around towers 20-stories or taller. Read more.

Dubai's Impending Building Boom


06 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Wall Street Journal questions the next wave of construction projects announced for Dubai, given that the emirate is still $100 billion in debt from its 2008 boom-turned-bust. Those behind the colossal effort claim that by spending billions more, Dubai's economy will regenerate. Read more.

Developer Reveals Drawings of KPF Grand Central Tower


04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty has released sketches of its latest office tower, 1 Vanderbilt, which was announced last week. International firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is designing the 1.55 million-square-foot (144,000-square-meter) building, located on Midtown’s East Side. Read more.

Melbourne's Tall Building Boom


20 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is in the midst of a tall building boom. Most of the projects are residential, as the central business district extends into Southbank, the fast-growing waterfront suburb. More than 10,000 people are expected to move into the area in the next two years, according to industry projections.Read more.

Seattle Neighborhood May See Buildings Five Times Taller


15 Nov 2012, Seattle, United States

On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council Land Use Committee heard arguments about zoning the city's South Lake Union neighborhood to allow taller buildings. The hearing was part of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's Living Building Challenge, which is trying to alleviate height restrictions in the district. Read more.

Israel's Capital Encourages Vertical Projects


13 Nov 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel

Foundation work has begun on a 110-meter (360-foot) high-rise in Tel Aviv, which will include the country's most expensive penthouse. The city is also moving to encourage vertical expansion in the city by allowing property owners to construct additional floors on existing structures. Read more.

Washington DC Considers Lifting Height Restrictions Again


09 Nov 2012, Washington DC, United States

At the request of Congress, federal and District of Columbia agencies will conduct a nine-month study on potential changes to building height restrictions in the nation's capital. The National Capital Planning Commission will launch the study in December and conclude next September. Read more.

Dubai Announces Wind Code Revisions


08 Nov 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Municipality hopes to soon mandate the use of wind tunnel testing in the design of the region's tall buildings. The revised Wind Code requires designers to evaluate the impact of their buildings on the city and is based on international guidelines. Read more.

Broadway Malyan Plans India's Largest Development


01 Nov 2012, Bangalore, India

Bhartiya Group and Broadway Malyan have launched $2-billion Bhartiya City, a 125-acre integrated township in Bangalore. The project will reportedly be the largest urban development within any Indian metropolitan area, according to BD Online. Read more.