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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.

Beloved Chicago Skyscrapers Come to Life in Animation


24 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and artist Al Boardman has created a short film using motion graphics to honor five of the city's notable tall buildings. His inventive animation features the John Hancock Center, the Crain Communications Building, Marina City, Trump Tower and the Willis Tower. Read more.

High-Rise Tenants Have Longer Life Expectancy


24 May 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have produced a study indicating that residents of the upper levels of high-rises can enjoy a longer life expectancy than their lower-level peers. Key factors to this phenomenon may include less air pollution and traffic noise, as well as exercising by climbing stairs. Read more.

Patterns in the City Fascinate Photographer


24 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

Singapore-based photographer Jared Lim expresses his fascination with the fabric of the city in the creation of his newest series, Urban Exploration. In the collection, Lim features the patterns and geometries created by tall buildings and other urban architecture that he encounters through his work. Read more.

Get a First Look at Hadid's Miami Tower


24 May 2013, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has released images of its much-anticipated 60-story residential skyscraper to be built in downtown Miami. The 215-meter One Thousand Museum Tower will be located at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard and features a concrete exoskeleton structural system. Read more.

Sandton City Tower to Undergo Renovation


23 May 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg's Sandton City Office Tower will undergo significant renovations at the recommendation of investigating structural engineers. The 40-year-old tower will receive upgrades to its systems, including electrical and mechanical, over the next 18 months. Read more.

Yahoo! Moves to Former NYT Building


23 May 2013, New York City, United States

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced at a press event that Yahoo! is taking over four stories of the old New York Times building in Times Square, signing a 10-year lease for 176,000 square feet (16,300 square meters). Yahoo!'s 500 New York employees are currently split across three different locations. Read more.

Video: King Kong Comes to Australian Tower


23 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Stunt actress Leigh-Anne Vizer posed in the giant hand of King Kong high above the city of Melbourne as part of a PR stunt for the new theater production of King Kong: the Musical. The hand was hoisted to the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the second-tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more.

Massive World Center Hotel Coming to Miami


23 May 2013, Miami, United States

A video released by architecture firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Assoc. showcases the design for the new convention center and hotel tower at Miami World Center. The 1,800-room Marriott, to be built on the site of the demolished Miami Arena, sits atop a 600,000-square foot convention center. Read more.

Houston's First Skyscraper Re-Imagined as Hotel


22 May 2013, Houston, United States

Developer Pearl Hospitality is in the process of renovating Houston's historic Samuel F. Carter Building to include a new JW Marriott Houston Downtown Hotel. The 22-story Samuel F. Carter Building was Houston's first skyscraper when it was finished 100 years ago, according to High Rise Facilities. Read more.

Skyscraper Romance Comes to Queens


22 May 2013, New York City, United States

Rockrose Development Corp. is expected to break ground on the tallest residential building in Queens, New York later this year. The company is demolishing seven run-down warehouses on the site at 43-25 Hunter Street, where it plans to build the $400 million 50-story tower.Read more.

Emaar Revives Lagoons Project With 1,000-Meter Tower Plan


22 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Properties Group and Emaar Properties have made the decision to re-launch The Lagoons project on Dubai Creek with construction work likely to restart soon. The companies are reportedly planning to include a 1,000-meter tower in the development, Emirates 24/7 reports. Read more.

The Future of “Space Travel” – In Spain?


22 May 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Apogee Investors has secured a €1.5 billion (US$1.9 billion) investment to build a Mobilona Space Hotel on a man-made island off the coast of Barcelona. Designed by architect Erik Morvan, the 300-meter (984-foot) building would be Europe's tallest hotel if it reaches completion. Read more.

Qatar Takes Major Stake in Porta Nuova


21 May 2013, Milan, Italy

Qatar Holding has officially bought a 40 percent stake in Milan's real estate project, Porta Nuova, for an undisclosed sum, developer Hines Italia announced. Porta Nuova is one of the most ambitious skyscraper developments in Europe, with a market value in excess of €2 billion (US$2.58 billion).Read more.

Seagram Owners Re-Finance for $1 Billion


21 May 2013, New York City, United States

The owner of the Seagram Building, RFR Holdings, has taken out a $1 billion loan to refinance the landmark tower after failing to sell the building. The refinance will pay off about $400 million of existing debt on the property, according to Crain's New York. Read more.

London's First Skyscraper May Get Residential Conversion


21 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

The London Underground Headquarters at 55 Broadway, which was the city's first tall building, may be converted into apartments and sold. The 10-story 55 Broadway building was built by Charles Holder in 1929, and won the RIBA London Architecture Medal in 1931. Read more.

Penthouse Living Still on the Upswing in NYC


21 May 2013, New York City, United States

The Moinian Group, developer of the W New York Downtown Hotel and Residences, is bringing the building's $40 million penthouse to market. A combination of 12 units in a two-story duplex, the residence would be the most expensive in the financial district if it goes for the listed price. Read more.

Façades Require Multi-Disciplinary Approach


20 May 2013, Opinion: DesignBuild Source, Australia

A multi-disciplinary approach is key to a successful and innovative tall building façade, according to DesignBuild Source. Factors such as aesthetics, performance and engineering must be taken into account in order to achieve quality and longevity for the building's skin. Read more.

Skyscraper's “Hair” Could Generate Electricity


20 May 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

Architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter has developed a concept design for a skyscraper that uses piezoelectricity to power itself. The Strawscraper would function as a shell around an existing high-rise, the Söder Torn, producing energy through its straws, or piezoelectric fibers. Read more.

Developer Pulls in $750 million with Charles Street Tower


20 May 2013, New York City, United States

Repeating a pattern seen across Manhattan recently,150 Charles Street, a 16-story condominium tower in New York has practically sold out before completion. Only two units are not yet in contract, adding up to about $750 million in sales for developer Witkoff Group, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read more.

Marina Bay Celebrates Official Opening


20 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) celebrated its official opening May 15 in Singapore's central business district. The four-tower mixed-use development, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), has been under construction since 2006. Read more.

Skyscraper Respect in the Movies


17 May 2013, Opinion: ArchDaily, United States

ArchDaily writer Charlotte Nelson editorializes on the abuse skyscrapers tend to experience on the silver screen. She encourages filmmakers to move away from their negative attitudes toward tall buildings and calls skyscraper designers to take cues from the industry's fantastic creations. Read more.

Shanghai's L'Avenue Tower Celebrates Opening


17 May 2013, Shanghai, China

Last month marked the opening of the L'Avenue Shanghai commercial development, including a 28-story office tower and four-story retail podium. Located in the Changning district, the project features sustainable features such as rainwater recycling, high energy efficiency and reduced water consumption. Read more.

Silverstein Re-launches Major 30 Park Place Tower


17 May 2013, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has secured financing to move forward on its proposed 82-story skyscraper at 30 Park Place in Tribeca. The 926-foot (282-meter) building will be one of the tallest in New York City, and will incorporate a 185-room Four Seasons hotel and 157 private luxury residences. Read more.

US Bank Puts Names on Johnson Tower


16 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Minneapolis-based US Bankcorp will put its name on a downtown Chicago skyscraper as it expands its presence there, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bank purchased the naming rights through 2026 for 190 S. LaSalle, a 40-story Philip Johnson-designed office tower. Read more.

The Chicago Spire Site Attracts Developer Attention


16 May 2013, Chicago, United States

The property that was slated to hold the Chicago Spire is seeing renewed interest, with multiple bidders showing interest in the debt note on the stalled development. Ireland's National Asset Management Agency has received at least six initial offers for the $93 million in debt it holds on the property. Read more.

AJ Examines UN Studio's Canaletto Tower


16 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

Architects’ Journal writer Felix Mara conducted an interview with UN Studio director Ben van Berkel in which they discussed the practice's new 30-story residential tower Canaletto Tower in London. The pair discussed the tower's sustainable, social and parametric design characteristics. Read more.

Crown Hotel Sydney Announces Design Winner


16 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design finds its roots in an abstracted form of three stems growing out of the ground and twisting as they reach the top of the structure. Read more.

Jewel-Osco Tower Renderings Released


15 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Fifield Cos has released the design of the 42-story tower it was commissioned to develop for the Jewel-Osco grocery chain in Chicago’s North Loop. The Jewel Gold Coast Tower will feature apartments and a flagship grocery-store podium. Read more.