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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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Exhibition Examines Unbuilt Skyscrapers


09 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin have opened a highly-celebrated exhibition called Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum in LA. The exhibition reveals an alternative "what-if" version of the city, by exploring innovative and forgotten schemes once proposed but never built. Read more.

CTBUH Leader Supports Skyscraper Community


08 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Sourceable has published an interview with CTBUH City Representative Melbourne Matthew Gaal titled "Skyscraper Ambitions: No Ego, Just Purpose." Aided by global tall building data provided by the Council, Gaal argues that tall buildings can really serve the communities in which they are built. Read more.

One Thousand Museum Approved


08 Aug 2013, Miami, United States

One Thousand Museum Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has received unanimous approval from the Miami Urban Design Review Board. At 706 feet (215 meters), the development will be ZHA's first skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Read more.

Sydney Hotel Proposal Condensed From Two to One


08 Aug 2013, Sydney, Australia

Developers of a luxury hotel complex at Darling Harbour have erased one high-rise from the plans after complaints that the previous two-tower design blocked views and monopolized waterfront space. The proposal has been consolidated into a single 38-story tower that offers 250 fewer rooms than the original plan. Read more.

Institute Recognizes World's First Passivhaus Skyscraper


08 Aug 2013, Vienna, Austria

The Raiffeisen-Holding Hochhaus office tower in Vienna has been certified as the world's first Passivhaus skyscraper. The Atelier Hayde Architekten building for Raiffeisen-Holding Group uses careful design strategies to reduce energy consumption to a fraction of conventional construction. Read more.

Beacon Buys West Loop Tower


07 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Beacon Capital has agreed to pay $113 million for a 35-story tower at 300 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago's West Loop, a deal which would bring the Boston-based company back into Chicago after an absence of about six months. The deal amounted to about $220 per square foot ($2,444 per square meter). Read more.

South Quay Supertall to be Designed by Foster


07 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Developer Berkeley Homes has selected Foster + Partners to design a supertall tower to be built at South Quay Plaza on the Isle of Dogs in London. The submitted planning application outlines an 80-story residential building, according to the Architect's Journal. Read more.

Winnipeg Launches Pump House Redevelopment


07 Aug 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

The James Avenue Pumping Station in the Exchange District of Winnipeg, Canada, is set to become the podium of a 24-story mixed-use tower. The project includes public, retail and office space as well as rental apartments and condominiums on the upper levels, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Read more.

Mayor of London Supporting Elephant & Castle Tower


06 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that work is finally scheduled to begin on the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed tower at Elephant & Castle in London early next year. Once complete, the 44-story tower will contain one of the largest collections of homes for long-term private rental in the country. Read more.

European Firm Develops Breathing Skyscraper for NYC


06 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Madrid-based Independent Architectural Diplomacy (IAD) was selected by the City of New York to design a new, sustainable "super-skyscraper" concept. The result is the New York Breathing Machine, a carbon-neutral building which uses solar panels and micro turbines to produce natural-conduction airflow. Read more.

U of C to Construct Three Student Towers


06 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

A recent announcement revealed that the newest addition to the University of Chicago campus will be a residence hall tower and dining common designed by Studio Gang Architects. The building is designed to become a gateway between campus, Hyde Park and the rest of Chicago. Read more.

O'Donnell Launches "Wine-Glass" Riverside Tower


05 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer John O'Donnell has unveiled a plan for a 53-story office tower on the west bank of the Chicago River. The 1.2 million-square foot (111,000-square meter) office tower would be built at 150 N. Riverside Plaza, a site which has stood empty for more than 50 years. Read more.

SHoP Towers to Dance in Manhattan


05 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

The empty site at First Avenue between 35th and 42nd streets in Manhattan will host a pair of luxury residential towers designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development. The two "dancing" towers, clad in copper, will feature 800 apartments, a rooftop infinity pool and a sky bridge. Read more.

Latest Jade Signature Design and Construction Details


05 Aug 2013, Miami, United States

While no official launch ceremony has been held, construction has begun in Miami on the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Jade Signature tower, according to reports by local media. The Basel-based practice has also just released a series of updated and detailed renderings of the tower. Read more.

Court Denies Arsenal Proposal Again


02 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

A High Court judge has rejected plans by the Arsenal Football Club for a 25-story student accommodation tower near the Emirates Stadium in Islington, North London. If the club wishes to proceed, the proposal will have to be reheard by the Council and approved by a government planning inspector. Read more.

New York and Chicago: Each Pushes the Other to Build Taller


02 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Skyscrapers have played important roles in the histories of New York and Chicago, two American cities which have been involved in a skyscraper "race" for as long as building tall was possible. The Atlantic Cities explores this relationship by profiling urban economist Jason Barr, and his studies of skyscrapers. Read more.

Israel's Tallest Approved as Part of Four-tower Plan


02 Aug 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv Local Planning and Building commission has approved the Keren HaKirya plan for an 80-story mixed-use tower, which could be Israel's tallest skyscraper, The Globes newspaper reported. The building will be part of a four-tower development, including office, commercial and residential space. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping Out to Worldwide Fanfare


02 Aug 2013, Shanghai, China

Topping out ceremonies for the Shanghai Tower were held in the Jujiazui financial hub of Shanghai on August 2. The ¥15 billion (US$2.4 billion) tower, whose concrete core is now complete, designed by Gensler, will measure 632 meters (2,073 feet) and feature the world's fastest elevators, traveling the building's entire height in one minute. Read more.

Vista Land Launches New High-rise Complex


01 Aug 2013, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. has launched its high-rise project in Mindanao, located in Cagayan de Oro's central business district. The Loop, a development consisting of two 25-story buildings, will feature one- to three-bedroom units, a skywalk, swimming pools, a fitness gym and a multi-purpose hall. Read more.

Tokyo Building to Install Retrofit Dampers


01 Aug 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Mitsui Fudosan Co., a major Japanese real estate developer, plans to retrofit its 210-meter (689-foot) Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo with a set of six 300-ton counterbalancing weights to reduce seismic vibration. The JPY5 billion (US$50 million) installation should reduce seismic swaying by as much as 60 percent. Read more.

SOM to Design Manulife – Brion Energy Tower in Calgary


01 Aug 2013, Calgary, Canada

Manulife Real Estate announced on Tuesday, July 30, the development of new SOM-designed office tower in Calgary's downtown core. The 27-story, 564,000-square foot (52,000-square meter) tower is called 707 Fifth Street and will host Brion Energy as anchor tenant. Read more.

Skyscraper Offers Unique Urban Camping Experience


31 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The AKA Central Park in New York is offering an opportunity to experience the Big Apple from outdoors by "glamping"— glamorous camping. The 17-story building features a five-star "outdoor bedroom" on the top floor, including a queen bed, a fireplace, dining and a telescope. Read more.

Cousins Puts Faith in Texas Real Estate


31 Jul 2013, Fort Worth, United States

Cousins Properties of Atlanta has signed a definitive agreement with Crescent Real Estate Equities to pay $1.1 billion for a portfolio of 11 Texas office buildings. Under contract are the 777 Main Street building in Fort Worth, in addition to the 10-building, 4.4 million-square foot (409,000-square meter) Greenway Plaza in Houston. Read more.

Financing Secured for Vintage Hotel Project


31 Jul 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer John Murphy has secured a $45 million loan to convert the 100 W. Monroe Street Building in Chicago into a Hyatt Hotel. The 22-story vintage office tower was cleared of more than 60 Class C office tenants in March and April 2013 to make way for the 257-room hotel. Read more.

A Revision of Green Building Standards May Be In Order


31 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The Bank of America Tower, a 1,200-foot (366-meter) skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, was lauded as a triumph of green engineering when it opened in 2010. But as the New Republic reported this week, the building falls short of its lofty ambitions, possibly due to a flawed system of measuring efficiencies. Read more.

Arup Making a Strong Impact in Mexico City


30 Jul 2013, Mexico City, Mexico

Arup reports that the company is working on five tall buildings in Mexico City: Torre Manacar, Torre Pedregal 24, Punta Chapultapec, Torre BBVA Bancomer and Torre Reforma, which could be the city's tallest. The five projects are in various stages of design and construction, according to Arup. Read more.

Kenya's Tallest Building Stalled Again


30 Jul 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

Plans for Nairobi's tallest building have stalled again due to environmental concerns. Earlier in the month, Kenya's National Social Security Fund (NSSF) made efforts to launch the Hazina Trade Centre, a 39-story skyscraper project that has been bogged down by funding issues for nearly two years. Read more.

Los Angeles Council: Fault Line Not a Factor in Millennium Project


30 Jul 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has approved the $665 million Millennium Hollywood project, which will feature hotel, housing, retail and office space. The project previously came under fire for its planned location next to the Capitol Records building, and allegedly near an active earthquake fault. Read more.

Brookfield to Launch Western Canada's Tallest Building


30 Jul 2013, Calgary, Canada

Brookfield Office Properties will begin construction in September of a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper in downtown Calgary, the company announced in a press release. The Brookfield Place Calgary project will ultimately include 2.4 million square feet (223,000 square meters) of space, including offices, restaurants and retail. Read more.

Arets Brings AvB Tower to Completion


29 Jul 2013, The Hague, Netherlands

The Dean of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Wiel Arets, has completed his latest tower project in The Hague. The Anne van Bueren (AvB) Tower will become the newest home of the University of Leiden, providing its student residents with accommodations. Read more.