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New York Considers Composting Requirements


08 Jul 2013, New York, United States

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for a law requiring New York City residents to compost their food refuse by setting up programs in apartment buildings. The proposal would encourage voluntary composting initially, and which would become mandatory within three to four years. Read more.

China's Government to Impose a Great Migration


08 Jul 2013, Beijing, China

The Chinese government is pushing a plan to move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. These drastic steps create a Chinese urban population greater than most of the world's urban populations combined. Read more.

Quincy Launches Intense Urbanization Scheme


27 Jun 2013, Quincy, United States

The city of Quincy, Massachusetts, has launched a $1.6 billion initiative to dramatically redevelop the city with 3.5 million square feet (325,000 square meters) of new construction. The efforts include a series of mixed-use tall buildings designed to attract hundreds of young professional residents to the city center. Read more.

Former Murdoch Site to Become Residential Complex


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

NI Group Ltd.’s former headquarters in Wapping, East London, will be transformed into a residential district with up to 1,800 new homes in towers ranging between five and 33 stories. The proposals include affordable housing, educational facilities and more than 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.

Major Malaysian Project to Launch Next Month


07 Jun 2013, Penang, Malaysia

Penang-based developer Ideal Property Group is set to launch its Tree Sparina high-rise condo development next month, according to local paper Bernama. The MYR350 million (US$113 million) tower is the first phase of the 10 hectare (25 acre) Ideal Vision Park mixed-use development project. Read more.

Six New Boston High-Rises to Replace Parking Garage


07 Jun 2013, Boston, United States

Developers have filed plans to revive the area of Boston's Government Center Garage by building a series of six towers on the site. The 2,300-space parking garage would be replaced with 771 apartments, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square meters) of office space, a hotel and 85,000 square feet (7,900 square meters) of retail and restaurant space. Read more.

Jerusalem Makes a Move Toward Becoming a Vertical Metropolis


06 Jun 2013, Jerusalem, Israel

As part of its new initiative to develop a new center for business and commerce in Jerusalem, the city's Regional Planning the Building Committee is set to approve a pair of 150-meter towers. If the pair reaches completion, these mixed-use towers would be the city's tallest, Haaretz reports (registration required). Read more.

JPA Plays Major Role in San Diego’s Makers Quarter


05 Jun 2013, San Diego, United States

John Portman & Associates (JPA) has designed the plan and vision for the Makers Quarter of the I.D.E.A. District in San Diego. Makers Quarter is a $900 million master-planned district catering to "maker" residents who are involved in the innovation, design, education and arts industries. Read more.

Renzo Piano Plans Resurrection of Milan's Steel District


07 May 2013, Milan, Italy

Renzo Piano has completed the master plan for the derelict steel production district of Milan, designboom reports. The regenerated district, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, will include a series of towers ranging between 40 and 90 meters (131 to 295 feet) and will produce all of its own energy. Read more.

Major Convoys Wharf Redevelopment Plan Submitted


06 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

A new Terry Farrell and Partners-designed mater plan to transform Convoys Wharf on the Thames has been submitted for planning permission. Developer Hutchison Whampoa Property is planning to invest over £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) to transform the derelict site opposite Canary Wharf. Read more.

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.