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06 Jun 2013, Rochester, United States
Titan Development and Investment plans to build a 25-story office tower in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic. The mixed-use Broadway at Center tower will include a 150-room four-star hotel and 150 apartments, as well as a high-end grocery store, several restaurants and commercial office space. Read more.
06 Jun 2013, Calgary, Canada
After being partially open for a few months, Calgary's tallest building celebrated its official grand opening Tuesday, June 4. At 238 meters (779 feet), the Foster + Partners-designed Bow building is the tallest skyscraper in Canada west of Toronto. Read more.
05 Jun 2013, San Diego, United States
John Portman & Associates (JPA) has designed the plan and vision for the Makers Quarter of the I.D.E.A. District in San Diego. Makers Quarter is a $900 million master-planned district catering to "maker" residents who are involved in the innovation, design, education and arts industries. Read more.
05 Jun 2013, New York City, United States
Egyptian firm IAMZ Design Studio's submission to the eVolo skyscraper competition is directly inspired by nature. The Chlorophyll Tower's residential cells are designed to absorb New York city's emissions of harmful gases and convert them into energy. Read more.
05 Jun 2013, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Developers are planning Malaysia's tallest residential building, a 301-meter (988-foot) luxury tower in the city of Johor Baru. The Astaka tower is phase one of a MYR4 billion (US$1.2 billion) development that will ultimately include three office towers, two additional residential towers and a major shopping mall. Read more.
05 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabian developer Cayan Investment & Development will celebrate the inauguration of Dubai's Infinity Tower next Monday, June 10. The 75-story building spirals 90 degrees from base to tip and was designed and built by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and contractor Arabtec. Read more.
04 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom
Residential developer Berkeley Homes has received planning consent for the first phase of its Royal Arsenal Riverside development. Located over the proposed Woolwich Crossrail station, the PRP Architects-designed 10- and 20-story towers will feature 219 apartments. Read more.
04 Jun 2013, New York City, United States
The Donnell Library on West 53rd Street in New York will be rebuilt at the base of Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital's Baccarat Hotel & Residences tower. Designed by TEN Arquitectos, the new $20 million space will include an auditorium, a children's reading room and a technology hub. Read more.
04 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States
Skidmore Owings & Merrill has released its Timber Tower research, studying the structural viability of a 42-story mass timber-framed prototype building. The 400-foot tower features a hybrid system in an effort to achieve the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint. Read more.
04 Jun 2013, New York City, United States
A pair of foreign real estate developers has acquired a 40 percent stake in the General Motors Building. According to the Wall Street Journal, the stake sold for $1.4 billion, valuing the property at $3.4 billion. The transaction is the highest valuation for a property in the US since the GM Building sold in 2008. Read more.
03 Jun 2013, New York City, United States
The owners of the Empire State Building have obtained the go-ahead to take the iconic tower public. Investors of the company that owns the skyscraper have approved a plan to sell shares in the building to the public, a move which could reportedly raise as much as $1 billion. Read more.
03 Jun 2013, Chennai, India
International practice John Portman & Associates (JPA) has released the design of its True Value Homes (TVH) development in Chennai on the banks of the Adyar River. The four-tower block was inspired by the city's historic Madras textiles and will include 108 luxury residences. Read more.
03 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom
The Canary Wharf Group has revealed plans to build a 500-foot (152-meter) residential tower on the western end of the estate. The proposed building, which has been dubbed the Diamond Tower would include 500 apartments and be the first fully residential tower in the development. Read more.
03 Jun 2013, New York City, United States
The Carlyle Group has agreed to sell its 27-story office and retail tower at 650 Madison Ave. to Crown Acquisitions and Highgate Holdings for $1.3 billion. The purchase of the 600,000-square foot (56,000-square meter) building is the largest commercial property deal of its kind in the US since 2010. Read more.
31 May 2013, Portland, United States
After four years of renovation and retrofitting, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in downtown Portland was rededicated May 30. The 39-year-old, 18-story facility is now a high-performance green building, reportedly one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the country. Read more.
31 May 2013, New York, United Sates
In order to take advantage of a 2005 rezoning of North Brooklyn to allow taller buildings, developers have recently launched plans to construct a mixed-use complex at the mouth of Newtown Creek in Brooklyn. The 22-acre Greenpoint Landing will include twenty 30- to 40-story towers, a park and a 640-seat school. Read more.
31 May 2013, London, United States
British Land and Oxford Properties have signed a deal to pre-let their London development, The Leadenhall Building, with London-based insurer Amlin PLC. The firm will occupy about 20 percent of the Leadenhall Building, also called the Cheesegrater, taking up residences on floors 18-24 and 45. Read more.
31 May 2013, New York City, United States
Thomas Leslie, a professor of architecture at Iowa State University and author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, has contributed his op-ed to The New York Times concerning the very complex situation of the One World Trade Center and its ultimate height. Read more.
30 May 2013, Hamburg, Germany
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the competition to design the Watertowers HafenCity, a residential complex in Baakenhafen Harbor, in Hamburg. The six-tower development will range between eight and twelve stories and will be built along the city's Elbe River front. Read more.
30 May 2013, London, United Kingdom
This week the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) brokered the sale of Citi Tower, London's fourth tallest building, for £1 billion. The 45-story building, also called 25 Canada Square, is located in Canary Wharf and is believed to have been sold to a Middle East investment fund. Read more.
30 May 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The city of Frankfurt celebrated its unique skyline during the 18th Skyscraper Festival this weekend on May 25 and 26. The two-day event gave attendees the chance to attend events hosted by the city's tall buildings and see daredevils perform stunts. Read more.
30 May 2013, New York City, United States
Four New York-based architecture firms have unveiled competition entries for a new Penn Station and a relocated Madison Square Garden. SHoP Architects, H3 Hardy Architecture, SOM and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, have had only two months to create their competition entries. Read more.
29 May 2013, Detroit, United States
A $6 million loan has been approved to fund the $37 million redevelopment of the United Way Community Services Building, also known as the Detroit Savings Bank Building, in the city's Capitol Park. The building will reportedly be converted into 56 residential units with commercial space at ground level. Read more.
29 May 2013, Chicago, United States
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) won AIA Illinois 2013 Honor Awards for two of its projects at a ceremony in April. The Louis Sullivan Award went to the firm's Randolph Tower redevelopment in Chicago. Read more.
29 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia
In late April Stamoulis Property Group announced plans to build a 404-meter skyscraper at 555 Collins Street in Melbourne. Planning Minister Matthew Guy sparked controversy against the anticipated shadows cast by the tower when he expressed his intentions to lift the area's height restrictions. Read more.
29 May 2013, Miami, United States
Swiss Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the design of its Jade Signature Tower on Miami's Sunny Isles Beach. Produced in collaboration with interior design firm PYR and landscape designer Raymond Jungles, the 57-story building will feature 224 ocean-view apartments. Read more.
28 May 2013, Beijing, China
Pennsylvania-based Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) has partnered with New Jersey-based First Priority Emergency Vehicles (FPEV) to introduce a new type of fire truck to the Chinese market. The American fire truck can more effectively fight fires in high-rises than what is currently available in China. Read more.
28 May 2013, Moscow, Russia
The strange history of Russian skyscrapers is the center of an article by The Calvert Journal, a cultural blog about modern Russia. The story details the history of Stalinist architects and their creations, most of which never made it past the design phase, which in many cases predicted the future of tall building design. Read more.
28 May 2013, Winnipeg, Canada
Ontario-based Fortress Real Developments and Mady Development Group last week announced plans to build what they are calling the “tallest free-standing structure between Toronto and Calgary.” If the 42-story mixed-use skyscraper is approved, construction is scheduled to begin in Winnipeg by fall 2014 and close in 2017. Read more.
28 May 2013, London, United Kingdom
As part of its Horizons series, the BBC has produced Smart Cities, a short documentary film about planning and designing architecture and sustainability for emerging urban spaces. The episode features Daniel Libeskind, Shanghai Tower and Europe's first carbon-neutral neighborhood. Read more.