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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.

High-rise Demand Growing Rapidly in Minneapolis


26 Oct 2012, Minneapolis, United States

On Thursday Chicago-based Magellan Development Group started construction on the 36-story mixed-use high-rise located at 1369 Spruce Place in Minneapolis. The building is part of a residential tower boom which is attempting to supply the shortage of apartments in the Twin Cities. Read more.

SOM Master Plans Cornell's Roosevelt Campus


16 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

SOM has completed the master plan of Cornell Tech's new campus, which will be built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The entire campus is scheduled to be completed by 2037, accommodating 5,400 people with 2.1 million square feet of housing.Read more.

Bloomberg Calls for New Height Limits in New York City


08 Oct 2012, New York city, United States

Hoping to spark a new era of skyscraper development, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked for sweeping changes in zoning for the historic 70-block neighborhood around Grand Central Station. Current regulations cap new towers in the area at 30 stories. Read more.