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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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Toronto Welcomes Proposal for Distillery Tower


21 Feb 2013, Toronto, Canada

Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte Architectes have created an award-winning proposal to transform an abandoned warehouse in Toronto into a mixed-use tower. The design for the Rack House D Tower was inspired by planting the towers' roots in the industrial heritage of its site. Read more.

Sydney Skyscraper Competition Enlists Top Architects


21 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia

Four world-renowned designers have been shortlisted to create a design for the Crown Sydney resort tower in Barangaroo which is as iconic as the Syndey Opera House. The contenders are Renzo Piano, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Kohn Pederson Fox and Wikinson Eyre. Read more.

Steven Holl Gives a Personal Tour of His Latest Towers


21 Feb 2013, Chengdu, China

Upon last month's completion of Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, the designer took part in a pair of short films to document the project to the fullest extent. The films, created by Chicago-based Spirit of Space, paint a portrait of the buildings from the point of view of the user.Read more.

Partnership Plans Pair of Bonifacio Towers


20 Feb 2013, Taguig City, Philippines

Century Properties Group has partnered with Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC) to build a PHP1 billion (US$24 million) two-tower development in Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines. The project is part of Century Properties’ plan to expand its portfolio to include commercial and tourism developments. Read more.

Seattle's Oldest Tower Celebrates Recovery


20 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

In 2012, just 19 percent of the office space was let in Seattle's oldest skyscraper, Smith Tower. A year later, occupancy has risen to 50 percent and is likely to increase to 75 percent within a couple of months, the Seattle Times reports.Read more.

Arabtec Wins Abu Dhabi Hotel Contract


20 Feb 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based construction company Arabtec won a contract from the National Investment Corporation to develop the Fairmont Abu Dhabi hotel and apartments tower in Abu Dhabi. The 39-story project was designed by Dewan Architects and Engineers and will cost more than AED1 billion. Read more.

BIG's W57 Tower Approved


20 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has granted final approval to the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed West 57th Tower in Manhattan. After disputing the affordable housing options in the tower, the parties reached a compromise to include 173 affordable housing units in the 32-story tetrahedral-shaped W57 building. Read more.

Popular Science on Shanghai Tower


19 Feb 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in the tower's design explain the layered structure, the double façade and the twisted shape, which are key elements of the structure. Read more.

Rumors Fly of Trump Tower Vancouver


19 Feb 2013, Vancouver, Canada

The media is speculating that a deal is in place to build a Trump International tower in Vancouver on the site of a cancelled Ritz-Carlton hotel-condo project. The original project, a 60-story tower designed by Arthur Erickson, would have become Vancouver’s second tallest if it had reached completion. Read more.

Pakistan Makes a Move Toward the World's Tallest


19 Feb 2013, Karachi, Pakistan

The Pakistani construction tycoon Malik Riaz has signed a US$45 billion deal with Abu Dhabi Group to build what he claims would be the world's tallest building, Emirates 24/7 reports. The skyscraper would be part of a megaproject possibly constructed on an island off the coast of Karachi. Read more.

Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard


19 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo Piano as he explains the ideas behind The Shard and his own beliefs regarding the relationship between architecture, people and cities. Read more.

Shoreditch Residential Tower Approved


18 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Approval has been granted for a 152-meter (499-foot) residential skyscraper, designed by Make Architects for London's Shoreditch district, Construction Enquirer reports. The 145 City Road tower is part of a larger mixed-use project, which will include a separate 10-story office building. Read more.

Developer Proposes Tower to Revitalize Fenway


18 Feb 2013, Boston, United States

Developer Samuels & Associates filed a planning application last week for a 22-story residential building on the triangular lot at the intersection of Boston's Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street. The Point tower will replace the run-down retail building which currently occupies the site. Read more.

Flying Drones Build a Mock Skyscraper


18 Feb 2013, Orléans, France

Quadro-copters, flying drones primarily used for aerial videography and research projects, were recently used in a study by a team of researchers to build a mock skyscraper. Flight Assembled Architecture explored the potentials of using remotely-controlled flying robots for constructing skyscrapers. Read more.

Plans Laid for Taller Building in the West Loop


18 Feb 2013, Chicago, United States

Developer Steve Fifield is planning to build a 75-story mixed-use tower in Chicago's West Loop. The SMDP Studio-designed tower could include apartments, office space and a hotel, depending on demand in the city, the developer announced. Read more.

New Life Breathed into Stalled Chicago High-rise


14 Feb 2013, Chicago, United States

A stalled high-rise development in Chicago's north side will reportedly break ground this fall. Barcelona’s F451 Arquitectura collaborated with Chicago-based Pappageorge Haymes to extend the height and augment the design of the Bluewater 5440 apartment building. Read more.

Adrian Smith to Receive Honorary Doctorate


14 Feb 2013, College Station, United States

Adrian Smith will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Texas A&M at the school's spring commencement. Mr. Smith is regarded as an outstanding alumnus of A&M's College of Architecture and is a founding principal of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Read more.

Seattle Skyscraper Project Announces Hotel Tenant


14 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

SLS Hotels, owned by Los Angeles hospitality company SBE, will open a 14-story hotel in the re-launched Fifth and Columbia Tower, developers announced yesterday. The 660-foot (201-meter) downtown Seattle mixed-use tower is scheduled to break ground by October 1. Read more.

Comcast Buys 30 Rock, the GE Building


14 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

As part of Comcast's $16.7 billion purchase of General Electric's stake in NBCUniversal, the company will buy 30 Rockefeller Plaza for $1.4 billion. GE, which has occupied space in the New York landmark since its completion in 1933, will reportedly maintain corporate offices in the building. Read more.

RXR Buys Lehman Bros' Skyscraper as Part of Buying Spree


13 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

RXR Realty, a real estate and investment company based in New York, has acquired 21-story 237 Park Avenue from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. The building reportedly sold for $800 million on Tuesday, and RXR assumed the property's existing loan as part of the transaction. Read more.

Heliostats Make Progress in Australia


13 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia

Engineering Source looks at the increasingly popular use of heliostats in tall building design in a recent feature article. Heliostats, which are mirrored devices used to reflect the sun into targets to generate energy, were originally used in solar farms but now designers are using the systems to improve daytime lighting and heating in buildings. Read more.

Committee Approves Tower Repurposing in Croydon


13 Feb 2013, Croydon, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Croydon's planning committee has granted permission to developer Legal & General (L&G) to convert an office building in East Croydon into 288 apartments. The 24-story St. George's House was once the headquarters of Nestlé, until the company moved last year. Read more.

Kenya Launches 'Popup City'


13 Feb 2013, Konza Technology City, Kenya

In January, Kenya launched its Konza Technology City, a $14.4 billion "popup city" located 40 miles from Nairobi. Nicknamed the "African Silicon Savannah," Konza was master planned by SHoP Architects and is part of Kenya's Vision 2030 plan. Read more.

Brazilian Artist Pays Homage to Oscar Niemeyer


12 Feb 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra has painted an abstract portrait of the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer on the side of a skyscraper in downtown San Paulo. The 56-meter tall work is tribute to the famous designer, who passed away in December at the age of 104. Read more.

Atlanta's Tallest Building is Half Empty


12 Feb 2013, Atlanta, United States

Atlanta's tallest building, Bank of America Plaza, stands half-empty, having lost more than 2,000 workers in recent years. The building was America's tallest foreclosed building last year, and is still seen by many as the symbol of the South's economic troubles, the Covington News reports. Read more.

Israel Takes Steps to Encourage High-rise Living


12 Feb 2013, Bat Yam, Israel

The Caanan-Shenhav Architects-designed Ashdar One Tower will be the second of a series of six residential towers to be constructed in the city of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv. The buildings are part of the city's plan to provide citizens with affordable housing. Read more.

Builders Plan Myanmar's Tallest Towers


11 Feb 2013, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar-based December Construction Company (DCC) has submitted a proposal to construct Myanmar’s tallest building in downtown Yangon. The plans outline a 44-story mixed-use building, named Shwe Gone Office and Apartment Tower, according to local media. Read more.

OMA's 425 Park Unsuccessful Submission Profiled


11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

OMA's entry for the 425 Park redesign competition is profiled by designboom, which features a form that twists in an attempt to circumvent the city's planning practices and skyscraper aesthetics. OMA was one of the four Pritzker Prize-winning firms short-listed for the 425 Park Avenue commission. Read more.

Proposed Tower Would Grow Gardens in the Sky


11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Morali Architects has released its design for New York's 80 South Street, the site once designated for a 1,123-foot Santiago Calatrava tower. The new proposal includes a 998-foot (304-meter) tower which will feature vertical farming space through a series of vegetative roofs. Read more.

OMA's 425 Park Unsuccessful Submission Profiled


11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

OMA's entry for the 425 Park redesign competition is profiled by designboom, which features a form that twists in an attempt to circumvent the city's planning practices and skyscraper aesthetics. OMA was one of the four Pritzker Prize-winning firms short-listed for the 425 Park Avenue commission. Read more.