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Piling Work Underway on SOHO Tower


23 Jul 2013, Shanghai, China

Foundations have reportedly been laid for the SOHO Hailun Plaza in Shanghai, designboom reports. Designed by UNStudio, the development features a 33-story tower as its centerpiece, surrounded by a series of mixed-use low-rise buildings arranged to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Read more.

Struggling City Pride Proposal Clears Major Hurdle


23 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The 239-meter (784-foot) tower in London's Docklands has been approved after the planning decision was unexpectedly deferred. The City Pride Tower on Westferry Road, planned by Chalegrove Properties, is expected to be the tallest residential building in the UK and the nation's second tallest overall. Read more.

Sheraton Huzhou to Open Its Doors


23 Jul 2013, Huzhou, China

The unusual 321-room Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, located on the Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai, is set to open its doors. The oval-shaped, 27-story building was designed by MAD Architects and is being touted as one of Sheraton's most elaborate hotels. Read more.

Aedas Tower to Grace Xuhui Binjian Media City


22 Jul 2013, Shanghai, China

International architecture practice Aedas has won the competition to design the 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium in the Xuhui Binjian Media City in Shanghai. One of nine tall buildings to be built in the Media City development, the tapering tower warps to accommodate the pedestrian pathways and views of the site. Read more.

French Urban Renewal Project Features Tower Community


22 Jul 2013, Nantes, France

LAN Architecture has won the Nantes Urban Regeneration competition with its master plan of mixed-use high-rise buildings, which focuses on creating community between buildings. The six-tower community includes affordable, student, social and temporary residences as well as schools, offices and restaurants. Read more.

Ambitious Post Office Redesign Gets Green Light from Planners


22 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved Phase 1 of the multi-billion dollar redevelopment for the old Chicago Main Post Office. The federally landmarked building would become the centerpiece of a long-term, 20-year reimagining of a new neighborhood featuring a pair of supertall towers. Read more.

China Broad Breaks Ground on Sky City – Or Does It?


22 Jul 2013, Changsha, China

The company hoping to build the world's tallest skyscraper in record time held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, July 20, in Changsha, China. But since then, media reports have circulated claiming that Broad Sustainable Building has failed to obtain government approval for the project. Read more.

Dubai Creek Harbor Is Happening


19 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have begun construction of their new central business district project, the Dubai Creek Harbor. The companies created the venture to develop the project in early July, and have since engaged in serious construction efforts on the site of the recession-halted Dubai Lagoons, Gulf News reports. Read more.

Boston Developer Proposes Trinity Tower


19 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

A Boston development team has filed plans to replace the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center with a new 33-story tower that offers hotel, residential and restaurant space. Developer Trinity Stuart proposes to demolish and replace the existing eight-story building. Read more.

Five-Tower UNStudio Design Wins Wenzhou CBD Competition


19 Jul 2013, Wenzhou, China

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a trade center in the growing city of Wenzhou, China, with its proposal for a family of segmented skyscrapers. Occupying an 11-hectare (27-acre) site near the riverfront, the Yongjia World Trade Centre will mix retail, leisure and residential uses, according to designboom. Read more.

Murdoch Company to Move to Shard's Smaller Cousin


19 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Media giant News Corp. will relocate its entire London operation into new headquarters next year. Rupert Murdoch's recently-reorganized News UK will reportedly take over all 430,000 square feet (40,000 square meters) of space available in The Place, which is widely known as the "Baby Shard." Read more.

Howard Hughes Goes High in Hawaii


18 Jul 2013, Honolulu, United States

A state agency has approved construction of a trio of high-rises in Honolulu's Kaka'ako district. The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build three condo towers in Phase 1 of its Ward Village master plan, the first of a planned 22 towers slated to be built in the development. Read more.

Sydney Plans New Harbor Community


18 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia

The city of Sydney is planning a new waterfront suburb of as many as 2,500 apartments, to be built on contaminated reclaimed mudflats. Apartment towers ranging from four to 25 stories, extensive pedestrian and cycling paths along the Harbor, and a school will be included in the Wentworth Point complex Read more.

20 Fenchurch Half-Let


18 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

More than half of the office space in London's 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie) has been pre-let, nine months before its scheduled completion, according to the building's developer. Land Securities expects two-thirds of the 37-story tower be leased by the time the tower opens in spring 2014. Read more.

Google Street View Goes to Paris


18 Jul 2013, Paris, France

A few weeks after Google took its Street View imagery to the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Internet giant has turned its attention to the French capital, giving the same treatment to the city's majestic Eiffel Tower. Read more.

Boston Redevelopment Authority Approves Hundreds of New Homes


17 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

Boston regulators approved construction of more than 1,100 new homes from East Boston to the Fenway, adding to a residential building boom that is transforming the city. The new homes, mostly luxury apartments, will be spread among four different neighborhoods in Boston. Read more.

Indiana Building Rouses Citywide Excitement


17 Jul 2013, Indianapolis, United States

Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis announced July 16 that local developers Flaherty & Collins Properties have been chosen to develop the site of the former Market Square Arena. The proposed residential building will cost $81 million; the city will contribute $17.8 million to the project. Read more.

Turkey Lashes Out at Tall Buildings


17 Jul 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey's Parliament has passed an amendment to protect its historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization. The new measures would transfer zoning authority in Turkish cities to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MEU) and set up architectural commissions in municipalities. Read more.

The WSJ on the Global Love Affair with Tall Buildings


17 Jul 2013, Opinion: The Wall Street Journal

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal explores contemporary tall buildings and the resurgence of skyscraper construction. Beginning with The Leadenhall Building in the City of London, author Peter Evans explores a series of tall building projects under construction around the world. Read more.

WSJ Laments Contemporary Brooklyn Towers


16 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The last several years have seen many towers sprout in the downtown Brooklyn skyline, but as an article in The Wall Street Journal points out, these new edifices leave much to be desired. "They are, in short, places from which to watch Manhattan, not things to be seen themselves," according to the article. Read more.

County Approves Arlington's Largest High-Rise


16 Jul 2013, Pentagon City, United States

The Arlington County board on Saturday approved a mixed-use development that will include a new 22-story building with nearly 700 residential units and more than 40,000 square feet (3,716 square meters) of retail, according to The Associated Press. The project would be the largest residential and retail high-rise in Pentagon City. Read more.

Banks to Fund Completion of Burj Al Salam Towers


16 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UAE banks Emirates NBD and First Gulf Bank have signed an AED900 million (US$245 million) loan to fund the development of a three-tower project in Dubai. The topped-out Burj Al Salam Towers development, located just off Sheikh Zayed Road, will feature commercial, residential and hotel space. Read more.

Jean Nouvel & Friends Win EPO Competition


16 Jul 2013, Rijswijk, Netherlands

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that a consortium lead by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in association with Dam & Partners Architecten have won the international competition to design and construct its new Main Building in Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague, the Netherlands. Read more.

Jakartans Appreciate High-Rise Living


15 Jul 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

High-rise condominium sales in Jakarta have reached a rate of 96.2 percent, the highest cumulative level in the past ten years, The Jakarta Post reports. Property consultant Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia came to this conclusion while studying real estate trends in Jakarta. Read more.

Developers Grant Sneak Peek of Energy Tower


15 Jul 2013, Midland, United States

Midland-based developer Energy Related Properties and architect Edmonds International went to Houston to promote their skyscraper project. Energy Tower at City Center could stand as the sixth-tallest building in Texas when it opens in 2015, according to the company. Read more.

'Beyond Torre David' Presents Viable Slum Solutions


15 Jul 2013, Berlin, Germany

In a Berlin gallery, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is presenting its continued work with the Caracas squatter community. 'Beyond Torre David' is an exhibition exploring a series of interventions designed to improve the lives of the thousands of people living, working and playing in the abandoned skyscraper. Read more.

50 United Nations Tops Out


15 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Manhattan's Foster + Partners-designed tower at 50 United Nations Plaza has topped out, reaching its full 44-story height in less than eight months. The building will feature 88 residences ranging from one-bedrooms to a duplex penthouse measuring nearly 10,000 square feet (929 square meters). Read more.

KPF Looks to Stretch Landmark Tower by 30 Percent


12 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been recommended for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' (KPF) plan to add 11 stories to a 41-year-old landmark building in London. The proposal would extend the 351-foot (107-meter) King's Reach Tower by more than a third, BD reports (registration required). Read more.

Foreclosed Thanksgiving Tower Sold to New Owners


12 Jul 2013, Dallas, United States

Commercial real estate investment company Woods Capital Management (WCM) has closed a deal to purchase Dallas' Thanksgiving Tower from Berkadia. WCM intends to reposition the building with capital upgrades to the lobby and exterior as well as additions to the on-site amenities. Read more.

Cardin Venice Project Quashed


12 Jul 2013, Venice, Italy

Public and government opposition has forced fashion tycoon Pierre Cardin to cancel plans for his pet skyscraper project. Pierre Cardin and architect Rodrigo Basilicati have axed plans for their 60-story Palais Lumière, due to criticism about how the building would clash with the Venetian landscape. Read more.