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13 Nov 2012, Oakland, United States
Developer Seth Hamalian is planning a 28-story residential tower for Oakland’s Uptown area, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The tower is intended for the site of an un-realized 2008 design by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Read more.
13 Nov 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel
Foundation work has begun on a 110-meter (360-foot) high-rise in Tel Aviv, which will include the country's most expensive penthouse. The city is also moving to encourage vertical expansion in the city by allowing property owners to construct additional floors on existing structures. Read more.
13 Nov 2012, New York City, United States
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Canadian fabrication company have settled the lawsuit over the structure that will be placed at the top of the One World Trade Center. ADF Steel Corporation withheld the structure while demanding about $6 million in payments for another project. Read more.
09 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States
Construction work on 435 North Park was halted due to the discovery of radioactive soil on the site. The area was contaminated 80 years ago with 40,000 tons of radioactive thorium-232 by the Lindsay Light Company, according to media reports. Read more.
09 Nov 2012, Washington DC, United States
At the request of Congress, federal and District of Columbia agencies will conduct a nine-month study on potential changes to building height restrictions in the nation's capital. The National Capital Planning Commission will launch the study in December and conclude next September. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom
London's Southwark Borough planning commission has approved plans for the St Mary’s Residential development. The Squire and Partners-designed scheme will create a residential tower, shops, restaurants, business space and communal gardens. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom
London's Walkie Talkie building has signed Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ascot as its newest tenant. The 38-story skyscraper, which is owned by British company Land Securities, is now 23 percent leased, according to the London Evening Standard. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, Osaka, Japan
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun Co. celebrated the opening of its headquarters, the Nakanoshima Festival Tower, in Osaka this week. The 200 meter (656 foot) tower became the fourth tallest building in the city upon its completion. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, San Diego, United States
San Diego-based investment firm Cruzan Monroe, in partnership with Cigna Investments Inc., has purchased DiamondView Tower in downtown San Diego for $121 million. The sale of the 15-story building is one of the year’s largest commercial property transactions, according to a statement from brokerage firm CBRE. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Municipality hopes to soon mandate the use of wind tunnel testing in the design of the region's tall buildings. The revised Wind Code requires designers to evaluate the impact of their buildings on the city and is based on international guidelines. Read more.
07 Nov 2012, Quito, Ecuador
The provincial governor of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, is still planning to construct The Tower of the Sun, a mile-high skyscraper located directly on the equator. The project, which has been discussed for years, may cost as much as $200 million, according to the AFP. Read more.
07 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom
The Financial Times has published an article dealing with the issues of building tall buildings in historic cities. Many cities rely on their ancient buildings to generate tourism, but the practice of instantly opposing any vertical development is counterproductive, the author notes. Read more.
06 Nov 2012, New York City, United States
The damaged crane at the top of One57 has served to boost the tower's popularity, according to CNBC. The crane, which was damaged last week by Superstorm Sandy, drew another storm of media attention as it dangled over city streets and caused evacuation of nearby buildings. Read more.
06 Nov 2012, Wuhan, China
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won the competition to design the Qintai Center in Wuhan. The complex will include a 248 meter (814 foot) tall, mixed-use tower and related podium structure, designboom reports. Read more.
06 Nov 2012, New York City, United States
Chicago-based Studio Gang is poised to make its New York debut with its proposed 10th Avenue tower, located outside the Gansevoort Market Historic District. The firm designed the tower to maximize views of the neighboring High Line as well as bring light and air into the project. Read more.
06 Nov 2012, Doha, Qatar
Qatar-based Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) has announced plans to restart work on the 112-story Doha Convention Centre Tower (DCCT) two years after its initial launch. The company has invited firms to submit bids for the construction of the 551 meters (1,807 feet) tall project. Read more.
05 Nov 2012, Paris, France
Plans to build two of Europe’s tallest towers in a Paris suburb are moving forward, despite community protests. The Russian developer expects to have financing in place for the Hermitage Plaza towers by January, according to a Reuters report. Read more.
05 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States
Two closely-watched Chicago towers are facing different fates. After months of debate it appears Prentice Hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg will be demolished, while the long-stalled project at 111 W, Wacker is moving forward. Read more.
02 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States
Faced with a laundry list of complaints from neighbors, the development team behind a three-tower project on the Chicago River has submitted new plans for the development. The revisions call for an increase in public space and measures to mitigate traffic. Read more.
01 Nov 2012, Bangalore, India
Bhartiya Group and Broadway Malyan have launched $2-billion Bhartiya City, a 125-acre integrated township in Bangalore. The project will reportedly be the largest urban development within any Indian metropolitan area, according to BD Online. Read more.
01 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom
Private equity firm Carlyle Group has submitted plans for a 425,000 square meter residential and office development in London. The development will be located close to the One Blackfriars development and include a 48-story skyscraper with 500 apartments, at an estimated cost of GBP1 billion (US$1.6 billion). Read more.
01 Nov 2012, Moscow, Russia
Construction on the 75-story Mercury City Tower in Moscow has surpassed the height of The Shard as the structure topped out at 339 meters this week. The 306-meter Shard will be the tallest building in Europe when it is completed next year. Read more.
01 Nov 2012, Pyonyang, North Korea
The 105-story, pyramid-shaped hotel which has been under construction since the ‘80s in North Korea’s capital city might be opening for the first time in a matter of months. The Ryugyong Hotel will “partially, probably” open in mid 2013, Reto Wittwer, CEO of hotel operator Kempinski AG, said Thursday. Read more.
31 Oct 2012, Noida, India
The Delhi-based Brys Group on Monday announced plans to develop a 300-meter residential tower in Noida. The company reports that the building will cost INR10 trillion (US$186 million) and feature 285 apartments and villas and will be built in nearly four years. Read more.
31 Oct 2012, Taipei, Taiwan
A consortium led by IGB Corp together with Japanese and Taiwanese partners has won the bid to build the Taipei Twin Towers. The project will reportedly cost of between CNY7.3 billion and CNY8.35billion (US$1 billion and US$1.3 billion), according to local media. Read more.
31 Oct 2012, Doha, Qatar
Architecture Source's article A Tale of Contradictions: Qatar's Green Building Movement reports on fast-growing Qatar's advancements in the green building movement, which is a contrast to the country’s status as one of the world's highest carbon emitters per capita. Read more.
30 Oct 2012, Sydney, Australia
Five international architecture firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are vying for the chance to provide master planning services for Barangaroo Central. The Master Plan will link Headland Park with the financial hub and include a landmark hotel. Read more.
30 Oct 2012, Venice, Italy
Massimiliano Gioni, the man in charge of the 2013 Venice Biennale, announced that the exhibition's theme will be "The Encyclopedic Palace." Mr. Gioni revealed that the name found its roots in Marino Auriti's 1950s design for a 2,322-foot conceptual skyscraper, the Encyclopedic Palace of the World. Read more.
30 Oct 2012, New York City, United States
A collapsed construction crane dangling from the top of the One57 tower under construction in Manhattan quickly became one of the images of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive force. The damaged crane was suspended 1,000 feet above the street, as officials determined how to secure it. Read more.
30 Oct 2012, Birmingham, United Kingdom
British firm K4 Architects has announced it will abandon proposals to build a tower above Birmingham’s Central Fire Station. The scheme, which was in its third version for redeveloping the site, featured a large student housing tower above the former fire station. Read more.