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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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Jeanne Gang Tries to Save Prentice Hospital


18 Oct 2012, Chicago, United States

Northwestern University's plans to build a new biomedical research facility in Chicago on the site of iconic Prentice Hospital caused an uproar of opposition in July. In an effort to save Prentice, Jeanne Gang of Gang Architects has produced an idea to build their new facility on top of the existing hospital. Read more.

Moscow Development Plans to Build 14 Skyscrapers


17 Oct 2012, Moscow, Russia

The Crocus Group Holding announced it will augment its Crocus City development in the city of Moscow with 14 skyscrapers. The previously suspended project will emulate New York, according to the company. Read more.

Developers Upset Ministers by Selling Without a Permit


17 Oct 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The Singapore-based developers of the proposed Tower Melbourne have raised concerns after they started selling apartment units, even though they have not yet obtained final building approval from the government. Tower Melbourne is a 220-meter tall tower destined for Melbourne's fast growing CBD.Read more.

Fabricator Withholds One World Trade Center Structure


17 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

The company that owns One World Trade Center has sued a steel firm for holding "hostage" the structure designed to top the building, according to media reports. ADF Steel Corporation, a Canadian structural steel fabricator, refuses to deliver the antenna as part of a separate contract fight.Read more.

SOM Master Plans Cornell's Roosevelt Campus


16 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

SOM has completed the master plan of Cornell Tech's new campus, which will be built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The entire campus is scheduled to be completed by 2037, accommodating 5,400 people with 2.1 million square feet of housing.Read more.

Detroit Celebrates Two Imminent Residential Openings


16 Oct 2012, Detroit, United States

The highly anticipated redevelopment of the Broderick Tower, 124 apartments on the edge of Detroit's CBD, is now just days from opening to tenants, property manager Eric Novak told MLive Detroit. The newly completed Auburn apartment building will also open within a month. Read more.

Philly's Chinatown to Redevelop Vacant Lot with a Revitalizing Tower


16 Oct 2012, Philadelphia, United States

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) hopes to build a 23-story, 265-foot-high residential and office tower, with a community center on the ground floor. Chinatown's long-lived desire for a community center prompted the project, called Eastern Tower Community Center.Read more.

Transbay Tower Defeats Another Round of Naysaying


16 Oct 2012, San Francisco, United States

The San Francisco Planning and the Recreation and Park Commissions have agreed that the shadow of the proposed Transbay Tower at 101 First St. won't have a significant or adverse impact on those public spaces.Read more.

Photographic Exhibition of Detroit


11 Oct 2012, Washington DC, United States

The National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington DC is featuring an exhibit entitled "Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore." The show features haunting images of the resulting remnants of the city's massive exodus.Read more.

Top Buyers Tour the Tops of Top Towers


11 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Interested parties in New York with enough money, powers of persuasion and impressive social connections have been enjoying rides to the top of under-construction, high profile projects like One57 or One World Trade Center.Read more.

Work Begins on Miami’s Stalled Tallest Tower


11 Oct 2012, Miami, United States

Site-work has officially begun for the stalled 74-story 1101 Brickell residential tower in Downtown Miami. Upon completion, the project will become Miami's tallest building, and will reportedly cost between $500 to $600 million.Read more.

Oregon Abandons Sustainable Skyscraper Dream


10 Oct 2012, Portland, Oregon

Portland is abandoning its plan to build a sustainable skyscraper, according to a statement from Mayor Sam Adams. The Oregon Sustainability Center lost its impetus after a series of rejections and reductions in the scale of the project.Read more.

Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street


10 Oct 2012, Sydney, Australia

Photography and communications firm Hyatt and Associates has produced a 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Street Office Tower, the winner of the 2012 CTBUH Best Tall Building Award for Asia and Australasia designed by Ingenhoven Architects. Read more.

New York Plans Its Densest Development Yet


10 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

New York-based Related Companies has hatched a redevelopment plan for Hudson Yards, the city's largest piece of undeveloped land. The 26-acre site will receive an $800 million concrete roof, and include 12-million-square-feet of offices, shops, movie theaters, gyms, hotel rooms, museum galleries and 5,000 apartment units. Read more.

Toronto’s Tall Building Boom Continues With 'L' Tower Topping Out


10 Oct 2012, Toronto, Canada

Studio Daniel Libeskind will host a ceremony tonight in Toronto to celebrate the topping out of the 58-story ‘L’ Tower, the latest addition to Toronto’s tall building boom. Toronto is home to more than 80 percent of Canada’s tall building construction. Read more.

‘Robust’ Demand is Increasing Tower Sales


09 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Sales of trophy office towers are increasing across the U.S. as landlords seek higher returns in second-tier cities, Bloomberg reports. Properties in many U.S. cities are benefiting from “robust” demand which helps to fuel deals on the towers. Read more.

ZHA Hong Kong Innovation Tower Tops Out


09 Oct 2012, Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) has topped-out the 76-meter-tall Zaha Hadid-designed Jockey Club Innovation Tower. On completion, Innovation Tower will be home to the School of Design and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Signs Foundation Deal


09 Oct 2012, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. this week announced it had signed a deal for the enabling works for Kingdom, the one-kilometer-tall tower planned for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Read more.

Bloomberg Calls for New Height Limits in New York City


08 Oct 2012, New York city, United States

Hoping to spark a new era of skyscraper development, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked for sweeping changes in zoning for the historic 70-block neighborhood around Grand Central Station. Current regulations cap new towers in the area at 30 stories. Read more.

Students Create a Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper for Beijing


05 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Mock firm 'ANDO | Andalucia Office' explores the concept of "mutant vertical cities" in Beijing with its NODO project. With this prototypical tower, the students studied the possibility of locating ‘mini-cities’ within massive prefabricated skyscrapers. Read more.

Video: Rem Koolhaas Talks CCTV


05 Oct 2012, London, United Kingdom

CNN interviews Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and discusses his recently completed CCTV Tower in Beijing. He also relates his profound experience as an 18-year-old visiting the Pantheon in Rome for the first time. Read more.

Future Tallest Hotel Tower Tops Out


05 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

A new hotel development that will be the tallest hotel building in the Western Hemisphere, 1717 Broadway, has topped out at 753-feet (230-meters), the tower’s developer Granite Broadway Development announced Thursday. Read more.

Gehry Tries His Hand at Renovating a Mies-Inspired Building


05 Oct 2012, Miami, United States

The National YoungArts Foundation has acquired the famed Bacardi Tower and Museum campus in Miami. Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has been retained to design a master plan that preserves the historic tower building while creating a "multidisciplinary arts campus and park." Read more.

Advertisers Consider Moving into 3WTC


04 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

GroupM, an advertising and media company, is reportedly in preliminary negotiations with developer Silverstein to become anchor tenant of Three World Trade Center. The potential lease could re-start construction on the 1,240-foot (378-meter) tower designed by the Pritzker-winning architect Richard Rodgers. Read more.

Bamboo Tower Design Addresses China's Housing Shortage


04 Oct 2012, JingHong, China

China-based Tokamarch Architects has proposed a bamboo skyscraper to accommodate the Chinese population's housing needs. The firm's proposal mimics traditional Dai homes, made of local materials such as bamboo and wood, in a vertical setting. Read more.

Arabtec Wins Gazprom Contract


04 Oct 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia

Arabtec has received a AED453 million (US$123 million) contract to build Europe's future tallest tower, the 463-meter (1,520-foot) Lakhta Center. The long-delayed Gazprom project found new life when it was relocated to a more acceptable site after initial opposition. Read more.

Norman Foster's Winning Park Avenue Design Released


04 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Foster & Partners won the competition to redesign 425 Park Avenue, which will be built on the current site of a 55-year-old office tower on a prime site. Work on the winning concept design is scheduled to begin construction in 2015. Read more.

Inside the Tower of Doom


03 Oct 2012, Pyongyang, North Korea

New photographs have surfaced of the Ryugyong Hotel, the 105-story skyscraper which has been under construction in Pyongyang since 1986. Finally, after decades of waiting, North Korean authorities opened the doors to the Ryugyong Hotel, giving outsiders a peek inside. Read more.