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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Charlotte's 121 West Trade Tower Sold


07 Oct 2013, Charlotte, United States

The Dilweg Cos. has acquired the 121 West Trade building, formerly known as the Interstate Tower, in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, for $59.6 million. An affiliate of Dilweg, TDC Trade & Tryon, recently closed on the purchase of the 32-story office tower, located at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets. Read more.

New Hotel Brand Launches Major Global Initiative; Next Stop Singapore


04 Oct 2013, Singapore, Singapore

glh., a London-based international hotel subsidiary of GuocoLand Leisure Group, has launched a new luxury hotel and private residences brand, Clermont. The Clermont brand will begin with three developments on two continents with a gross development value of $3.4 billion. Read more.

Foster Building Designed With Sandy's Flooding in Mind


04 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Foster + Partners has designed a 19-story condominium tower overlooking New York's Hudson River. Work on the building at 551 West 21st Street has already started. When completed in the summer of 2015, it will feature 44 apartments, including three penthouses. Read more.

Refinancing Deal Saves Heron Tower From Sale


04 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Heron Tower has reportedly sealed a ₤370 million (US$594 million) refinancing deal to prevent a sale of the building. The deal includes a ₤270 million (US$434 million) loan from private equity group Starwood Capital; three unnamed investors are providing ₤100 million (US$161 million) of new equity. Read more.

Buzz About Heritage Plaza Sale


03 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

A Brookfield Office Properties partnership in Houston is putting its 53-story Heritage Plaza skyscraper up for sale. The price for the building, which once housed the headquarters of the Texaco Oil Company, is expected to go as high as $480 million. Read more.

Video: Sagrada Familia Animation Illustrates the Final Basilica Vision


03 Oct 2013, Barcelona, Spain

More than a century has passed since construction began on the Sagrada Familia, the Barcelona cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. This week, the architects responsible for finishing the basilica published an animation of what it will look like in 2026, when construction is expected to be completed. The event would mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death in 1926. Read more.

Sale Sets Trump Tower Record


03 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow has sold his 3,700-square foot (344-square meter) condominium in New York's Trump Tower for $16.5 million, the highest recorded sale price in the building's 30-year history. Chodorow created the three-bedroom, six-bathroom unit by combining three separate apartments on the 38th floor into one. Read more.

Skyscraper Powerhouse Extell Plans Next Pair of Towers


02 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

This week Extell Development has set in motion efforts to build two towers in New York in the near future. The company revealed preliminary plans for the mixed-use 217 West 57th Street, and announced that it had bought air rights for a residential tower at 536-547 10th Avenue. Read more.

SOM Tower Coming to Main Street, Salt Lake City


02 Oct 2013, Salt Lake City, United States

Illinois-based Cushman & Wakefield is planning a downtown Salt Lake City office building to be located at 111 Main Street. The 24-story tower, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by Hamilton Partners, will be adjacent to the new Utah Performing Arts Center. Read more.

First KONE UltraRope Installation at Marina Bay


02 Oct 2013, Singapore, Singapore

KONE has announced the first customer installation of its new, lightweight and durable UltraRope elevator hoisting technology at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. The new elevator hoisting ropes were installed in a passenger elevator that travels from the ground floor to floors 34-57 in Tower 3. Read more.

Aqua Doppel-Gang-er Sprouting in Houston


01 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

PM Realty has started construction in Houston on a 40-story high-rise which is drawing criticism due to its close resemblance to Studio Gang's famed Aqua Tower in Chicago. Upon completion, in about two years, the 40-story 2929 Weslayan Houston tower could be Houston's tallest residential building. Read more.

Developers Launch Tower at Triangular Site


01 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Developers have set in motion plans to build a tower as tall as 672 feet (205 meters) at a triangular site at 30 Marsh Wall, near Canary Wharf, approximately 1,640 feet (500 meters) from One Canada Square. The 21st Architecture-designed scheme has already been fully submitted for planning. Read more.

Jon Pickard Details Milwaukee Tower’s Gestation


01 Oct 2013, Milwaukee, United States

Following the announcement of the latest Pickard Chilton-designed tower, to be built in Milwaukee, The Wall Street Journal released an interview with co-founding principal Jon Pickard. In the interview, Pickard discusses the efforts that went into making the firm's tall building design become a reality. Read more.

Reunion Tower Reopens With High-Tech Deck


01 Oct 2013, Dallas, United States

Reunion Tower, located in the southwest corner of downtown Dallas for 35 years, is prepared to reopen its observation deck for the first time in six years. The GeO-Deck will feature interactive touch-screen and high-definition telescopic cameras that will allow visitors to see Dallas as never before. Read more.

610 Lexington Avenue Is Back, This Time With a New Architect


30 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

RFR Realty has secured a $70 million bridge loan to finally begin construction on the long-stalled 610 Lexington Avenue. The building was first proposed in 2005, originally as a Foster + Partners-designed Shangri-La Hotel. Later, the plan was changed to a hotel and condo tower by SLCE Architects. Read more.

Developers Launch Krrish Square Sales


30 Sep 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Developers have begun selling units in the Krrish Square development in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Designed by C.P. Kukreja Associates, the LKR5 billion (US$37.8 million) Krrish Square will feature four towers containing 450,000 square meters (4.8 million square feet) of offices, luxury apartments, a hotel, and a commercial center. Read more.

CTBUH Leader Addresses High-Rise Living in London


30 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

CTBUH Research Working Group Co-Chair Philip Oldfield has written an editorial for The Guardian, expounding upon the benefits of high-rise living and the necessary steps needed to make tall buildings more attractive to a wider variety of residents. Read more.

Aedas’ Composite Building Re-Interprets Hong Kong's Past


27 Sep 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm Aedas has created an apartment building to reinterpret Hong Kong's traditional architecture. Located in the Mongkok District, which has a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometer (333,000 people per square mile), Composite Building features a lush living wall to enhance quality of life. Read more.

Latest Canary Wharf Tower Given Go-Ahead


27 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been approved for a 623-foot (190-meter) office tower at the Heron Quays West site in Canary Wharf, designed by Adamson Associates. Tower Hamlets councilors gave the go-ahead for the plans, which replace an earlier scheme designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P). Read more.

Art-Deco Coyote Building to Become Boutique Hotel


27 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Plans to convert the iconic Wicker Park high-rise at Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues into a boutique hotel are finally back in motion. The 12-story art-deco office building, colloquially known as The Coyote Building, has long been in talks to receive a major redevelopment. Read more.

Tax Laws Cause Turmoil for Brookfield


27 Sep 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Brookfield Office Properties, which is in the midst of a major deal to purchase four downtown LA skyscrapers for $2.1 billion, is drawing fire from activists who accuse the company of using a loophole in the law to escape paying tens of millions of dollars in property taxes on some of the buildings in its portfolio. Read more.

After Turbulent Past, One Madison Park Hits the Market Again


26 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

After a troubled start, the ultra-thin skyscraper One Madison Park re-emerged on the New York City market last week, this time with a $50 million triplex penthouse at the top. The luxury high-rise on the south side of Madison Square Park has 53 apartments in total, spread out over its 60 floors. Read more.

Stratford Centre Tower Decision Deferred at Behest of Developer


26 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Developers of a large student housing block have welcomed planners' decision to defer consideration of their building application. Catalyst Capital submitted plans for a mixed-use development on the site of Morgan House next to Stratford Centre, including a 28-story student housing tower. Read more.

City Provides Major Funding for Northwestern Mutual Tower


25 Sep 2013, Milwaukee, United States

Plans for Milwaukee's tallest new office building in decades, a $450 million, 32-story office tower, have been revealed by Northwestern Mutual Life (NML). At 1.11 million square feet (103,000 square meters), the new Pickard Chilton-designed skyscraper will reportedly be the largest building under one roof in Wisconsin. Read more.

Video: Chronicling the Creation of 432 Park


25 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Architectural photographer Richard Berenholtz was commissioned to document the construction of the Rafael Viñoly-designed 432 Park Avenue. Since December 2011, the former architect has been chronicling the progress on what is slated to become the tallest residential building in New York. Read more.

Commerce Tower Set for Total Revamp


24 Sep 2013, Kansas City, United States

Commerce Tower, a 30-story fixture on the downtown Kansas City skyline for a half-century, may find new life as a $71 million apartment and office project. The office building at 911 Main Street, which is now 60 percent vacant, will be converted into 265 apartments, keeping 160,000 square feet (14,900 square meters) as office space. Read more.

Trump Tower Touts Luxury Transport to Tempt Tenants


24 Sep 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Hotel guests and condominium owners in the upcoming Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver will travel in style. The developers of the $360 million project have struck a pair of major deals to offer high-class chauffeuring and air transport to residents of the tower, beginning in 2016. Read more.

Timber Tower Gets Times Treatment


24 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

In June, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released its Timber Tower Research Project, a study of the possibilities of tall wood construction. In a recent story, The New York Times investigates SOM's findings, interviewing engineers who worked on the report and others involved in tall wood-building design. Read more.

Competition Crowns Norway's Future Tallest With Cradle-to-Cradle Principles


23 Sep 2013, Oslo, Norway

The Urban Mountain team has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal that includes the refurbishment and extension of Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14 in central Oslo, creating Norway's tallest building. The design team will employ Cradle-to-Cradle principles as well as a series of sustainable strategies. Read more.

Brickell CityCentre to Add Sixth Tower


23 Sep 2013, Miami, United States

Swire Properties Inc. announced details of the future addition to its Brickell CityCentre project, unveiling a mixed-use tower at 700 Brickell Ave., a site purchased in July for $64 million. The plans include 80 stories of retail space, office space, condominiums and a hotel. Read more.