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CTBUH Global News

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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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.

How Tall Can a (Lego) Tower Go?


06 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

While architects and engineers are questioning the limits of building megatall towers, some people are asking another question: How tall can a Lego tower go? A research team working with the BBC has determined that a tower consisting of 375,000 individual Lego bricks would crush the bottom brick. Read more.

Detroit's Historic One Woodward Avenue Sold


05 Dec 2012, Detroit, United States

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures have purchased Detroit's One Woodward Avenue office tower. The building is the tenth downtown Detroit property acquired by Mr. Gilbert since January 2011, according to local media. Read more.

Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower


05 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom Tower, including the challenges, features, innovations and significance of the project. Read more.

Belfast's Tallest Tower Repossessed


05 Dec 2012, Belfast, United Kingdom

The 85-meter (279-foot) Obel Tower in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s tallest building, has been taken over by administrators. The administrators were appointed after the building's controlling companies applied for insolvency. Read more.

JPA Designs Nanning's Future Tallest


05 Dec 2012, Nanning, China

Atlanta-based John Portman and Associates (JPA) has designed a new tower for the Chinese city of Nanning. The 400-meter (1,312-foot) Tian Long Fortune Center will be one of the first supertall skyscrapers in the area, World Architecture News reports. Read more.

Miami's Future Tallest Nameless No More


04 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

The 74-story residential tower in Downtown Miami slated to become the city's tallest has been officially named Panorama Tower. Construction on the $600 million tower is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012, according to media reports. Read more.

Hudson Yards Construction Begins Today


04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

Construction workers broke ground today on the Hudson Yards project, New York's largest privately-funded development project since Rockefeller Center. A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the 26-acre site, according to the Associated Press. Read more.

Developers Plan Calgary's New Tallest Tower


04 Dec 2012, Calgary, Canada

International developer Brookfield Properties has submitted plans for a 56-story, 247-meter (810-foot) tower and an accompanying 178-meter (583-foot) tower in Calgary, Canada. The new skyscraper will surpass the city's current tallest, the 236-meter (774-foot) Bow. 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.

CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers


03 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports spotlighting the state of the skyscraper around the world. Features focus on everything from maintenance in the world’s tallest building to the Kone’s lift-testing facility. Read more.

One Bligh Street Receives Another Award


30 Nov 2012, Sydney, Australia

The CTBUH 2012 Best Tall Building in Asia & Australasia, 1 Bligh Street, has received ‘The International High-rise Award 2012’ from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The award recognizes the office tower as the world’s most innovative high-rise building, the first for an Australian building. Read more.

Video: Empire State of Lights


30 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

The top of the 81-year old Empire State Building was the setting for a new light show, using an LED lighting system recently installed on its crown. The LEDs feature more than 16 million rippling colors, upgrading from the previous 10-color system. Read more.

Pierre Cardin Defends His Venetian Bouquet


30 Nov 2012, Venice, Italy

Fashion mogul Pierre Cardin is determined to give his hometown of Venice a sculptural mixed-use skyscraper, despite protests from the citizens. To Mr. Cardin the 280-meter Palace of Light is “like a bouquet of flowers, an offering to Venice,” told a reporter. Read more.

First South American Trump Tower


30 Nov 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Trump brand is expanding to South America. Donald Trump announced the Trump Tower Punta del Este, a resort located along the southeastern coast of Uruguay. The 24-story $100 million apartment building will reportedly begin construction in May 2013. Read more.

Developer Plans Adelaide's Future Tallest


29 Nov 2012, Adelaide, Australia

Australian developer Datong and Pruszinski Architects have updated the design of Adelaide's future tallest building. The height of the 39-story mixed-use 123 Flinders Street was increased due to a recent change in the city's height restrictions. Read more.

Penthouse Sells in Modernist Icon


29 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

The penthouse of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed 880 North Lake Shore Drive has sold after two years on the market. The 3,400-square-foot (316-square-meter) apartment, originally listed for $2 million in 2010, sold for $1.7 million. Read more.

London Residential Market Driving Tall Building Development


29 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

While office tower construction has stagnated, London developers are actively pursuing a large number of residential projects, according to a report on the housing boom in the Architect's Journal. Several projects have been submitted for planning review in the past two weeks, the Journal reports. Read more.

Yoo to Design Manila Tower


29 Nov 2012, Manila, Philippines

Property developer Century Properties Group (CPG) has launched the fifth residential tower of its Acqua Private Residences complex in Mandaluyong. Yoo, the company cofounded by French designer Philippe Starck and developer John Hitchcox, is collaborating on the project. Read more.

New York Project Will Use Pre-Fab System


28 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

After months of speculation, New York developer Forest City Ratner has confirmed plans to use a pre-fabricated construction system for a 32-story residential tower in the Atlantic Yards development. Fifteen modular buildings are planned for the development. Read more.

Boston Developer Adds More Units to Its Planned Tower


27 Nov 2012, Boston, United States

AvalonBay Communities Inc. has expanded plans for a residential tower at TD Garden in Boston. The 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower will now contain 503 apartments, 140 more than in a previously approved 37-story version of the apartment building. Read more.

KPF Commissioned to Design Tower


27 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty Corp. has commissioned Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) to design an office building to be constructed next to Grand Central Terminal, the Wall Street Journal reports. If it is approved, the building would be one of the city's biggest with 1.4 million square feet. Read more.

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.