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Growing Minnesota City to Get 25-Story Tower


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.

The Bow Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Calgary


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.

JPA Plays Major Role in San Diego’s Makers Quarter


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.

Chlorophyll Tower Could Scrub Manhattan’s Air


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.

Astaka Project to Include Malaysia's Tallest Residential Building


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.

Dubai's Infinity Tower Completed


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.

PRP Moves Forward with Royal Arsenal Homes


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.

Public Library to Form Podium of Baccarat Tower


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.

SOM Joins the Timber Tower Party


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.

GM Building Stake Sale Breaks Records


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.

The Empire State is Going Public


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.

JPA Designs Luxury Housing Block in India


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.

Canary Wharf Group Pursues Next Tower


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.

Manhattan Tower Deal Marks Largest Commercial Sale in Three Years


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.

Video: Portland Fed Building Goes Green


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.

Tower Invasion of Brooklyn


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.

Leadenhall Building 50 Percent Let


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.

New York Times Op-Ed Weighs in on WTC Debate


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.

Shigeru Ban Wins Hamburg Competition


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.

Canada Square Building Sold to Mysterious Buyer


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.

Frankfurt's Skyscraper Festival Draws Huge Crowds


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.

Top Firms Tackle Penn Station Redesign


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.

Detroit's Oldest High-Rise Still Kicking


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.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture Honored by AIA


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.

Melbourne's Tower Debate Casts Shadow on Skyscrapers


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.

Herzog & de Meuron's Miami Tower Revealed


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.

American Companies Export High-Rise Firefighting Equipment to China


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.

Untold History of Russian Skyscrapers Revealed


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.

Developers Plan Winnipeg's Tallest


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.

The BBC Tackles Smart Cities


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.