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Atkins, Joy Air Launch New Town for 110,000 in Fuzhou


10 Dec 2013, Fuzhou, China

Global architecture-engineering firm Atkins and AVIC Joy Holdings Ltd have formed a strategic partnership to create a new town for up to 110,000 people across 6 million square meters along the Min River in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. The project, for which Atkins will devise the master plan, will require an investment of 50 billion RMB ($8.2 billion).Read more.

World’s Tallest Vertical Garden to Grow in Sri Lanka


10 Dec 2013, Kotte, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will be the next nation to vie for the title of the “world’s tallest plant-covered building,” if the Clearpoint Residencies by Milroy Perera and Maga Engineering is realized as planned. The 46-story, 164-unit tower would give each apartment its own garden terrace, such that residents can still get the advantage of ground-floor living in proximity to greenery. Read more.

Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower


10 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a 56-story cylindrical skyscraper as part of a nine-hectare masterplan for London’s Canary Wharf, according to Dezeen. The residential tower is one of five new buildings proposed for Wood Wharf, at the eastern end of Canary Wharf, in the first phase of a mixed-use development submitted for planning approval Dec. 10 by Allies and Morrison, which is designing two office blocks in the zone. Read more.

Ground Broken for Indonesian Supertall


10 Dec 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian energy company Pertamina has started construction of the 530-meter, 99-floor Pertamina Energy Tower project, according to Metro TV News. Commencement of the project was marked by groundbreaking ceremony, led by Pertamina president/director Karen Agustiawan and the management of Pertamina in Central Epicenter, Rasuna, Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Dec. 9.Read more.

Yangon Considers Limits on High-Rises


09 Dec 2013, Yangon, Myanmar

Concerned about losing its cultural heritage to commercial development, Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, has set about creating its first zoning plan, which would include limiting high-rises to certain districts and establishing view corridors to historic landmarks such as Shwedagon Pagoda.Read more.

New Skyscraper May Surpass Melbourne’s Tallest


09 Dec 2013, Melbourne, Australia

The Far East Consortium has proposed constructing a four-tower complex at 250 Spencer Street in the center of Melbourne. The site was recently purchased from ISPT, which had earlier proposed a different four-tower design. The tallest of the Far East towers is planned at 300 meters, which would make it 3 meters taller than Melbourne’s current tallest building, the Eureka Tower. The project is projected to cost $AUS 1 billion ($US 907.5 million), which would also make it the largest inner-city development in Melbourne to date. Read more.

Hancock Center Considers Tilting Glass Deck Extension


09 Dec 2013, Chicago, United States

Seeking to boost its visitor levels, Chicago’s John Hancock Center Observatory is considering building The Tilt, a glass-enclosed extension of its 94th-floor viewing area that would rival the thrill factor of the wildly successful neighbor, the Ledge on the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. Read more.

Seattle’s Next Tallest Planned


06 Dec 2013, Seattle, United States

Real estate developer Greg Smith plans to build a 77-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, on a site where a popular 30-year-old restaurant, the Metropolitan Grill, currently operates, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. The developers say they want to include the restaurant in the new building. Read more.

Toronto Triple Towers Purchased


06 Dec 2013, Toronto, Canada

Starlight Investments Ltd. has acquired a three-tower Class-A, LEED Gold-Certified office and retail complex located at 3250 and 3300 Bloor Street West in Toronto, locally known as Clarica Centre. Read more.

Turkish Tower Shortlist Revealed


06 Dec 2013, Canakkale, Turkey

Eight teams have been shortlisted for a competition to design a 100 meter-high antenna tower with public amenities and observation areas in the Turkish town of Çanakkale. The seaport on Turkey’s far western edge is situated on the southern coast of the Dardanelles, the strait that connects the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Read more.

Wings Oando Takes Flight


05 Dec 2013, Lagos, Nigeria

Ground has broken on twin 12,000 square-meter office towers in Lagos, Nigeria, one of which will contain the headquarters of Oando, the oil company. The project, dubbed “Wings Oando” will rise on Victoria Island, between Lagos Island and the Lekki Peninsula. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Piling Work Completes


05 Dec 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company’s (JEC) new CEO, has announced the completion of the piling work for the Kingdom Tower, set to be the future-tallest building in the world, upon completion in 2019. Read more.

Tower Proposed for Convention Center Site


05 Dec 2013, Nashville, United States

Nashville plans to redevelop its Convention Center site with a $230 million, 1-million-square-foot (92,903 square-meter) project, which would be crowned with a 28-story building containing 840,000 square feet (78,038 square meters) of office space, making it the center city’s largest office building. Read more.

Waterfront Finance Center Begins Construction in Shanghai


04 Dec 2013, Shanghai, China

Foster + Partners and Thomas Heatherwick have unveiled images of the Bund Finance Centre, which is now under construction in Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River. The 420,000-square meter (4.5 million-square foot) complex will feature two 180-meter (590-foot) office towers at the end of Shanghai's waterside street, The Bund. Read more.

After Nearly a Century, Renovation Makes High-Rise Vogue Again


04 Dec 2013, Minneapolis, United States

The Soo Line Building, which was Minneapolis' tallest building when it was completed in 1915, is now the city's newest luxury apartment building after a yearlong renovation. Residents are now moving into the 19-story building, which boasts a completely new interior as well as a restored exterior. Read more.

Philadelphia Takes Scientology to Court Over 'Abandoned' Skyscraper


04 Dec 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The city of Philadelphia is suing the Church of Scientology after the religious organization left a 15-story construction in the city empty for six years. The church bought the Cunningham Piano skyscraper in 2007 for $7.85 million, using donations from its members under the premise for building a cathedral. Read more.

Rents Rates Released for B2 Tower


03 Dec 2013, New York City, United States

The subsidized units at Forest City Ratner's B2, a residential tower in the Atlantic Yards mega-development, will start at $494 per month. About half of the units will be affordable, with 20 percent for low-income households and 30 percent for middle-income households. Read more.

Vertical Cemetery Proposal Alleviates Dead-Space Problem


03 Dec 2013, Oslo, Norway

A proposal for a graveyard housed in a skyscraper from architecture student Martin McSherry earned a commendation at the Oslo Conference for Nordic Cemeteries and Graveyards. In a nation where the tradition of wrapping bodies in plastic has left graveyards full, the idea comes as a "highly original contribution." Read more.

New Gotham Tower Sells in Hell's Kitchen


03 Dec 2013, New York City, United States

New Gotham, a 34-story apartment building located at 520 West 43rd Street, has been sold to AEW Core Property Trust on behalf of the Gotham Organization and AIG Affordable Housing. The acquisition price of the 375-unit apartment property was approximately $170 million. Read more.

Permission Granted for Irish Odyssey Development


03 Dec 2013, Belfast, United Kingdom

A ₤100 million (US$164 million) redevelopment scheme at Belfast's Odyssey complex, designed by HJ Lyons, has received outline planning permission. The plan allows for almost 800 homes, two hotels, a retail area and restaurants, and includes a signature tower built on the complex's waterfront edge. Read more.

Video: Rem Koolhaas Explains De Rotterdam Complex


02 Dec 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dezeen has produced an exclusive interview with Rem Koolhaas, in which he tells the architecture website about his colossal new De Rotterdam Tower. The visibility of this latest tower is unique to the firm, as its previous tall-building designs have tended to be dwarfed by larger neighboring skyscrapers. Read more.

Worst-Kept Secret: Observation Decks Can Generate Huge Revenues


02 Dec 2013, New York City, United States

A recent article from Crain's New York examines the finer details of the money-earning potential of including observation decks in significant tall-building construction. The observation-deck trend grows more popular and more extravagant with each new skyscraper construction, especially in the Big Apple. Read more.

RSH+P Takes School of Economics Student Tower Competition


02 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

The London School of Economics has selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) to design the new Global Centre for the Social Sciences. Beating proposals from OMA, Hopkins, Heneghan Peng and Grafton, RSH+P's winning design was also voted the public's favorite by a large margin. Read more.

Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower


27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.

Washington Contemplates Easing Height Limits


26 Nov 2013, Washington, D.C., United States

The National Capital Planning Commission wants Congress to ease the more than 100-year-old restrictions on the height of buildings in Washington. The Commission's recommendation suggests changes to the 1910 Height Act, which generally requires that buildings must be no taller than the width of streets they face. Read more.

Grand Avenue Submission Marks Major Milestone


26 Nov 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Related Companies submitted the new conceptual plan designed by Gehry Partners to the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority. The $650 million development addresses the three-block area across Grand Ave. from the Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. Read more.

New Bondway Tower Design Unveiled


26 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed its design for the New Bondway tower at London's Vauxhall interchange. The 551-foot (168-meter) tower replaces an unsuccessful, 489-foot (149-meter) zig-zag proposal designed by Make Architects, which was rejected in early 2011. Read more.

FT Evaluates Shanghai Tower’s Sustainability


26 Nov 2013, Shanghai, China

A recent article from The Financial Times delves into the Shanghai Tower and its implications to Chinese society and its much-talked-about sustainability. The Shanghai Tower will become the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world upon completion. Read more.

Construction Closes on Innovation Tower


25 Nov 2013, Hong Kong, China

Construction of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Jockey Club Innovation Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), has completed. The 15-story building is ZHA's first in the city, and includes the School of Design, a lecture hall, a design museum, exhibition galleries and a communal viewing lounge. Read more.

Helicopter Crash Brings Skyscraper Fears to the Surface


25 Nov 2013, Seoul, South Korea

Last week a helicopter clipped the side of the 38-story I-Park 102 high-rise apartment building in Seoul, crashing to the ground and killing both pilots but harming none of the residents. Seoul was foggy on that morning, but city fire officials have not determined if the thick fog played a role in the crash. Read more.