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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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The Woolworth Building Celebrates a Century of Commerce


25 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Yesterday, April 24, New York celebrated the centennial of a building that changed its skyline: Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building. Originally planned to be 16 stories, when it reached completion in 1913 the 60-story building was the tallest in the world at 792 feet (241 meters). Read more.

“Petite Crawler” Employed to Remove One57's Damaged Crane


24 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

A petite crawler crane is in the process of removing the damaged crane from the top of One57. At the top of the 90-story building, the broken crane, which collapsed in the high winds of Superstorm Sandy last October, was too high to be removed by a ground crane. Read more.

Evacuation Slide Installed in Shanghai


24 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

A retired machinist in Shanghai has invented a slide that will allow high-rise residents to more quickly and safely evacuate their buildings, China Daily reports. In the event of a fire, residents can slide down the chute to the exit in a matter of seconds. 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 Demolitions are Wasteful, British Architects Conclude


24 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

Post-war residential tower blocks should be refurbished rather than demolished, according to delegates at the Open City's Green Sky Thinking Week conference in London. The debate concluded that the amounts of embodied carbon in tall buildings are too great to lose through demolition. Read more.

Prudential Buys Miami Tower


23 Apr 2013, Miami, United States

New Jersey-based Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI) has acquired the Sabadell Financial Center in Miami, Florida, for $185 million from Testa American Real Estate Corporation. The 30-story office tower, built in 2000, was valued at $354 per square foot ($3,933 per square meter) and is 85 percent leased. Read more.

KPF to Design Turkish Bank Towers


23 Apr 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Ziraat Bank, Turkey's oldest and largest state-run lender, has commissioned New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to design its headquarters, World Architecture News reports. The two-tower project will be located in the under-construction, HOK-designed Istanbul International Financial Center. Read more.

Tower Launches Inaugural Composting Program


23 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

The Helena apartment building on Manhattan's West Side has become the first in New York City to offer residents regular food scrap collection as part of the city's Organics Collection Program. The residents of the Helena will divert approximately 35 percent of their waste from landfills to composting facilities. Read more.

Melbourne in Uproar Over Possible Supertall Tower


23 Apr 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is planning to ease height restrictions that prohibit building shadows on the Yarra River in order to allow a massive skyscraper. The 555 Collins Street site could be home to a 404-meter (1,325-foot) tower, which would be Melbourne's, and Australia’s tallest. Read more.

Tripoli Towers 'Back on Track'


22 Apr 2013, Tripoli, Libya

Al Waha, a two-tower development in downtown Tripoli, Libya, is back on track. The DH734 million (US$200 million) mixed-use tower project, which will be developed by Abu Dhabi-based Al Maabar, was put on hold due to the Arab Spring. Read more.

The Guardian's Readers Celebrate Tall Buildings


22 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom

As part of the Guardian's "Assignment of the Week" photography initiative, readers are encouraged to submit photos of tall buildings around the world. The theme was chosen in honor of last week's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s debate on the role of tall buildings in the City of London. Read more.

Porsche Design Launches Landmark Tower


22 Apr 2013, Miami, United States

Porsche Design Group (PDG) has broken ground on its 60-story landmark "ultra-luxury" tower in Miami. The skyscraper, which represents PDG's first foray into residential real estate, has reportedly sold 50 percent of the 132 units, already amounting to more than $400 million in sales. Read more.

Bill Pedersen Receives Historic AIA Award


22 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

On April 17, the AIA New York Chapter awarded its highest honor to William Pedersen, founding partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Previous Medal of Honor recipients include Louis Skidmore, 1949; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1958; Toshiko Mori, 2005; David Childs, 2010; and Daniel Libeskind, 2011. 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.

British Architect Wins Montpellier Tower Residence Competition


19 Apr 2013, Montpellier, France

Montpellier city officials have named London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture as winner of the Jardins de la Lironde tower competition. The unconventional design features a stack of shifting curved floor plates that will form the 11-story apartment block in the French city. Read more.

Photographer Celebrates Woolworth's Beauty


19 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Photographer Bob Estremera of Foto Architectura has produced a series of images documenting the recently renovated Woolworth Building, which turns 100 years old next week. The chance to photograph the interior of this "Cathedral of Commerce" is rare, as the building is no longer open to tourists. Read more.

Addressing the Public Realm of High-rise Design


18 Apr 2013, Sydney, Australia

In a recent article, Architecture Source addressed the challenges that face tall building designers. The piece provides examples of successful and unsuccessful solutions to the problems of restricted sunlight, exacerbated wind conditions, lack of activation at ground level and poor contextual response. Read more.

Miami's Tallest is a Go


18 Apr 2013, Miami, United States

Everything is in place to launch construction of Miami developer Tibor Hollo's high-rise project at 1101 Brickell Avenue. At 849 feet (259 meters), the Panorama Tower will become the tallest building in the state of Florida upon completion in 2016. Read more.

Video: Palais Royale Documentary


18 Apr 2013, Mumbai, India

The team behind India's future tallest building, the Palais Royale in Mumbai, is featured in this 15-minute documentary. The 320-meter (1,050-foot) building is the nation's first supertall building and represents many structural and logistical breakthroughs for Indian tall building design. Read more.

Hear the Burj Khalifa Creaking in a Storm


17 Apr 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A recent video posted on YouTube of Dubai's Burj Khalifa records what it's like to be in the tower while experiencing the strong winds of a storm. The building, which is engineered to gently sway in any given direction, emits perceptible creaks and groans in the storm. Read more.

Tour Odeon May Have World's Most Expensive Penthouse


17 Apr 2013, Monaco, Monaco

The apartment atop the under-construction Tour Odeon in Monaco could be listed for as much as $387 million, making it the world's most expensive penthouse, reports DesignBuildSource. The price tag is pure speculation, based on the size of the space and current prices for apartments in the building, which start at $7,958 per square foot. Read more.

Icon Tower First to Test Height Limits


17 Apr 2013, Ottawa, Canada

The Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed Icon Tower has cleared a zoning obstacle in Ottawa, eliminating the site's height limit of 25 meters (82 feet) to allow for the 143-meter (469-foot) project, the architects informed the CTBUH. Locals hope this decision will allow future density and vertical growth in the city. Read more.

Marseille to Welcome Residential Tower


16 Apr 2013, Marseille, France

Marseille's new Euroméditerranée district will be the future home of France's first residential tower since the 1970s. Designed by Jean-Baptiste Pietri, the H99 skyscraper will rise 99 meters (325 feet) and enjoy a view of the Mediterranean and Marseille's Côte Bleue. Read more.

Architects Build Record Tall Lincoln Log Tower


16 Apr 2013, Lincoln, United States

Lincoln, Nebraska has beat two world records by building a 12-foot (3.7-meter) replica of the Nebraska State Capitol with more than 10,000 Lincoln Logs. On April 14, a team of architects from DLR Group and students from the University of Nebraska completed the world's tallest and largest Lincoln Log structure. Read more.

Qatar May Purchase Italy's Entire Porta Nuova


16 Apr 2013, Milan, Italy

Qatar is considering buying some or all of Milan's under-construction Porta Nuova business district as Italy's economic crisis affects its US developer, Reuters reports. The project has been developed by Hines Group and is estimated to have cost over €1.8 billion (US$2.4 billion). Read more.

Update: Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters


16 Apr 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters (1,643 feet) April 11, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao Building and the World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower is now the second tallest structure in China, and will become the tallest building when it reaches completion in 2014. 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.

Honolulu High-rise Seeks 'Innovative' Residents


15 Apr 2013, Honolulu, United States

A & B Properties is launching a mixed-use high-rise project in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The Collection will include a 42-story high-rise tower featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a four-story mid-rise building with town homes and commercial space. Read more.

Manulife Pays High Price for Tower


15 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

Canada's largest insurance company, Manulife Financial Corp., has purchased an under-construction office tower in Hong Kong’s One Bay East development for HK$4.5 billion (US$588 million). The 21-story Manulife Tower will become the headquarters for the company's Hong Kong operations. Read more.

Brooklyn's Rockwell Place Aims to Make a Statement


15 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Developer Second Development Services has revealed plans to construct a 200-room hotel tower at 95 Rockwell Place this fall in the Brooklyn Downtown Cultural District. The 30-story tower is slated to open within two years to accommodate the district's rapidly growing number of tourists. Read more.