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CTBUH Global News

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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How Tall Can a (Lego) Tower Go?


06 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

While architects and engineers are questioning the limits of building megatall towers, some people are asking another question: How tall can a Lego tower go? A research team working with the BBC has determined that a tower consisting of 375,000 individual Lego bricks would crush the bottom brick. Read more.

Detroit's Historic One Woodward Avenue Sold


05 Dec 2012, Detroit, United States

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures have purchased Detroit's One Woodward Avenue office tower. The building is the tenth downtown Detroit property acquired by Mr. Gilbert since January 2011, according to local media. Read more.

Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower


05 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom Tower, including the challenges, features, innovations and significance of the project. Read more.

Belfast's Tallest Tower Repossessed


05 Dec 2012, Belfast, United Kingdom

The 85-meter (279-foot) Obel Tower in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s tallest building, has been taken over by administrators. The administrators were appointed after the building's controlling companies applied for insolvency. Read more.

JPA Designs Nanning's Future Tallest


05 Dec 2012, Nanning, China

Atlanta-based John Portman and Associates (JPA) has designed a new tower for the Chinese city of Nanning. The 400-meter (1,312-foot) Tian Long Fortune Center will be one of the first supertall skyscrapers in the area, World Architecture News reports. Read more.

Miami's Future Tallest Nameless No More


04 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

The 74-story residential tower in Downtown Miami slated to become the city's tallest has been officially named Panorama Tower. Construction on the $600 million tower is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012, according to media reports. Read more.

Hudson Yards Construction Begins Today


04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

Construction workers broke ground today on the Hudson Yards project, New York's largest privately-funded development project since Rockefeller Center. A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the 26-acre site, according to the Associated Press. Read more.

Developers Plan Calgary's New Tallest Tower


04 Dec 2012, Calgary, Canada

International developer Brookfield Properties has submitted plans for a 56-story, 247-meter (810-foot) tower and an accompanying 178-meter (583-foot) tower in Calgary, Canada. The new skyscraper will surpass the city's current tallest, the 236-meter (774-foot) Bow. Read more.

Developer Reveals Drawings of KPF Grand Central Tower


04 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty has released sketches of its latest office tower, 1 Vanderbilt, which was announced last week. International firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is designing the 1.55 million-square-foot (144,000-square-meter) building, located on Midtown’s East Side. Read more.

CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers


03 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports spotlighting the state of the skyscraper around the world. Features focus on everything from maintenance in the world’s tallest building to the Kone’s lift-testing facility. Read more.