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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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MetLife JV Buys Iconic Seattle Office Tower


27 Nov 2012, Seattle, United States

MetLife Real Estate Investments and Clarion Partners jointly bought the 55-story 1201 Third Avenue office tower in Seattle's CBD. Public records list the price as $548.8 million, which is about $492 per square foot. Read more.

Australia 108 to Employ Prefabricated Structure


27 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The Southern Hemisphere's future tallest building, Australia 108, will include prefabricated elements in an attempt to slash construction time. The project will employ a prefabricated modular building system created by the architects Nonda Katsalidis and Elenburg Fraser with building company UB Australia. Read more.

Permits Filed for New York Supertall


27 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

New York-based developer Gary Barnett has filed building permits for a 1,550-foot (472-meter) tower at 225 West 57th Street, which would be one of the city's tallest upon completion. Construction equipment is already at the site, where demolition of a grocery store will make way for the skyscraper, according to the New York Observer. Read more.

Related Moves Forward with Latest Tower


21 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The Related Companies is planning to launch another residential tower along the northern stretch of the High Line, at 539 West 29th Street. Related has secured $54 million in tax-exempt bonds from the New York Public Authority Control Board (PACB) to contribute to the tower’s financing. Read more.

Jakarta to Receive a New Landmark Building


21 Nov 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

An international design team made up of MVRDV, The Jerde Partnership, ARUP and developer Wijaya Karya, have collaborated to create Peruri 88, a 400 meter (1,312 foot) skyscraper for Jakarta. Peruri 88 will be a vertical city in one building combining Jakarta´s need for more green spaces with the need for densification. Read more.

Construction Begins on Benguela 88


20 Nov 2012, Benguela, Angola

Portugal-based firm OODA has begun construction on Benguela 88, a 26-story residential tower located in Angola. The architects designed the tower, which could be the second tallest building in the country upon completion, to include four different housing types to appeal to a variety of occupants. 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.

Ireland Saves Its First Skyscraper


16 Nov 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin’s Planning Board has refused to allow Ireland’s first skyscraper, Liberty Hall, to be demolished. This decision rescinds the permit the Dublin City Council issued last year to demolish the 17-story, 60 meter building and replace it with a 22-story building of more than 93 meters (305 feet). Read more.

Architects Discouraged by San Francisco’s Zoning Laws


16 Nov 2012, San Francisco, United States

The New York Times is questioning the lack of “brand name” architecture in San Francisco. While nearby Silicon Valley is seeing projects from Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, architects in the city are forced to create unimaginative towers by the city’s ultra-strict zoning laws. Read more.

Exclusive Slim Towers Brings High Profits to Luxury Apartment Towers


16 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

As land in cities becomes scarcer and more valuable, designers and developers are continually pushing for more slender floor plates in tall buildings. Building tall and slender is generally more expensive, but the price tags on luxury apartments make the projects very profitable, the Wall Street Journal reports. 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.

Canadian Designers Continue to Pursue Wooden High-rises


15 Nov 2012, Vancouver, Canada

Canadian designers and researchers are continuing to investigate methods of building timber buildings as tall as 20 stories, according to the Globe and Mail. Supporters claim that the material is cheaper and more sustainable than steel and concrete, and a viable option for vertical construction. Read more.

Hudson Yards Announces December Ground Breaking


15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Excavations for the first Hudson Yards office tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), will begin by the first week of December, according to Architectural Record. The 46-story tower will become Coach’s headquarters upon completion in 2015. Read more.

New York Tower is Foster + Partners' First Residential American Project


15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Construction has begun on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States, 50 United Nations Plaza. The 44-story luxury apartment tower will be located in New York's United Nations Plaza, with views of the UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Read more.

Officials Concerned About High-rise Earthquake Vulnerability


14 Nov 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok officials have discovered that some 2,000 high-rises in the city do not have anti-quake features, but can reportedly endure minor quakes. Buildings constructed before 2007 were not required to have quake-proof designs, according to local media.Read more.

New Photos of Collapsed Crane in NYC


14 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York and Construction Graffiti have obtained some "vertigo-inducing" photos of the infamous collapsed crane perched on top of Manhattan's One57. The crane, which was finally secured last week, collapsed in the 90-mile-per-hour winds of Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Optima Center Reaches Halfway Milestone


14 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Chicago's Optima Center has reached the halfway point of the 42-story mixed-use structure. Construction began one year ago on the 325-unit Streeterville tower, designed and built by architect/developer David Hovey and DeBartolo Development. Read more.

Ole Scheeren Reveals Singapore Towers Design


14 Nov 2012, Singapore, Singapore

International practice Buro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of towers in Singapore, set to break ground early 2013. The Twin Towers Duo will include a 186-meter residential building and a 170-meter office and hotel building. Read more.

Developer Announces Oakland's Newest Tower


13 Nov 2012, Oakland, United States

Developer Seth Hamalian is planning a 28-story residential tower for Oakland’s Uptown area, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The tower is intended for the site of an un-realized 2008 design by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. 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.

1WTC's 'Antenna' Surrendered by Canadian Fabricator


13 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Canadian fabrication company have settled the lawsuit over the structure that will be placed at the top of the One World Trade Center. ADF Steel Corporation withheld the structure while demanding about $6 million in payments for another project. Read more.

Radioactive Dirt Stalls Chicago Tower Construction


09 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Construction work on 435 North Park was halted due to the discovery of radioactive soil on the site. The area was contaminated 80 years ago with 40,000 tons of radioactive thorium-232 by the Lindsay Light Company, according to media reports. 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.

St. Mary's Tower Approved


08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

London's Southwark Borough planning commission has approved plans for the St Mary’s Residential development. The Squire and Partners-designed scheme will create a residential tower, shops, restaurants, business space and communal gardens. Read more.

Walkie Talkie Building Clinches Another Tenant


08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

London's Walkie Talkie building has signed Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ascot as its newest tenant. The 38-story skyscraper, which is owned by British company Land Securities, is now 23 percent leased, according to the London Evening Standard. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun Tower Celebrates Completion


08 Nov 2012, Osaka, Japan

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun Co. celebrated the opening of its headquarters, the Nakanoshima Festival Tower, in Osaka this week. The 200 meter (656 foot) tower became the fourth tallest building in the city upon its completion. Read more.

San Diego Tower Sells for 25 Percent Markdown


08 Nov 2012, San Diego, United States

San Diego-based investment firm Cruzan Monroe, in partnership with Cigna Investments Inc., has purchased DiamondView Tower in downtown San Diego for $121 million. The sale of the 15-story building is one of the year’s largest commercial property transactions, according to a statement from brokerage firm CBRE. 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.

Mile-high Monument to the Equator May Actually be Built


07 Nov 2012, Quito, Ecuador

The provincial governor of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, is still planning to construct The Tower of the Sun, a mile-high skyscraper located directly on the equator. The project, which has been discussed for years, may cost as much as $200 million, according to the AFP. Read more.

Questioning Europe's 'Small Plan Syndrome'


07 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

The Financial Times has published an article dealing with the issues of building tall buildings in historic cities. Many cities rely on their ancient buildings to generate tourism, but the practice of instantly opposing any vertical development is counterproductive, the author notes. Read more.