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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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Brisbane Government Launches Tower Project


21 Dec 2012, Brisbane, Australia

The Queensland Government has confirmed that Cbus Property will build its AU$653 million (US$681 million) skyscraper in Brisbane's CBD. Construction will start early next year on the 43-story One William Street project. Read more.

Celebrating Jakarta’s Five Tallest


21 Dec 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

In anticipation of the proposed Signature Tower, the Jakarta Post has produced a piece examining the city’s five tallest completed buildings: Graha Energi, The Peak Twin Towers, Equity Tower, Menara BCA and Wisma 46. Read more.

Oregon Developers Rejuvenate Development


21 Dec 2012, Portland, United States

Portland-based developers Wood Partners and Hoyt Street Properties have announced an agreement to pursue development of a 21-story apartment tower on the west side of downtown Portland’s Pearl District. Hoyt Street is the District's biggest landholder. Read more.

CTBUH: Top Ten Tall Building Stories of the Year


21 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

This was a pivotal year for the tall building industry, with dramatic projects making headlines around the world. Not only did skylines grow taller, skyscrapers were often at the center of debates about how cities should evolve and develop as efficient urban centers. Read more.

Atlantic Yards Modular Tower Launched


20 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the first building of the borough's Atlantic Yards development. The 32-story B2 tower is slated to be the tallest prefabricated building in the world upon completion. Read more.

Citizens Propose Amending Their Urban Habitat


20 Dec 2012, Toronto, Canada

Residents of a block of 19 post-war apartment buildings in Toronto are working to create a residential apartment commercial (RAC) zone in their neighborhood, as part of a Tower Renewal project. The residents hope to bring needed small-scale retail and community services to the area. Read more.

BIG Phoenix Observation Tower


20 Dec 2012, Phoenix, United States

Developer Novawest has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group to design a 420-foot observation tower, in an attempt to created an architectural symbol for the city of Phoenix. The tower is designed to resemble a pin marking a location on a map. Read more.

Minneapolis Looks to a High Density Future


19 Dec 2012, Minneapolis, United States

Minneapolis is known for its suburban neighborhoods, but there is a move to create more high-density districts. Several large projects are in development in the downtown area, most built around towers 20-stories or taller. Read more.

Argentina Welcomes Its Newest Condo Building


18 Dec 2012, Rosario, Argentina

Los Angeles-based firm P-A-T-T-E-R-N Architects has completed its Argentinian condo building. Jujuy Redux is an eight-story, 13,500-square foot apartment building located in the growing city of Rosario, about 200 miles north of Buenos Aires. Read more.

Rumors Fly of a Miami Zaha Hadid Tower


18 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker Prize winning architect, is reportedly designing a Miami condo tower at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, her first skyscraper in the western hemisphere, according to Curbed Miami. The building will become a part of the city’s "Biscayne Wall" of condo towers. Read more.

Revisiting a Chicago Icon


18 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

Ongoing renovations at Chicago’s Wrigley Building have exposed some of the towers' original bricks and other parts of the building's bones. The work inspired Stephan Benzkofer at the Chicago Tribune to write an article detailing the history of the iconic tower. Read more.

Extell's Plans Tall Midtown Tower


17 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

New York developer Gary Barnett is planning a new midtown skyscraper that would be 300 feet taller than the Empire State Building, the Wall Street Journal reports. His company, Extell Development, has hired Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design the project. Read more.

Cheesegrater Attracts New Tenants


17 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm Amlin has agreed to rent 110,000 square feet (33,500 square meters) of office space in the building, also known as the Cheesegrater. Read more.

Tower Verre Design Updated


17 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

The architects of record for Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre, Adamson Associates, have released the latest project renderings, New York YIMBY reports. Originally conceived to stand at 1,250 feet, the tower’s height has shrunk to 1,050 feet which would make the tower the seventh tallest in the city. Read more.

Venetians Take Sides in the Palace of Light Debate


14 Dec 2012, Venice, Italy

After 75 years in the fashion industry, the 90-year-old couturier Pierre Cardin has set his sights on shaping the Venice skyline. His proposed Palais Lumière, a 60-story structure of glass and steel, represents either economic salvation or misplaced obsession, depending on whom you ask. Read more.

Ma Yansong Creates Mountain Towers


14 Dec 2012, Guiyang, China

MAD Architects has revealed its design proposal for Shan-Shui City, which means the City of Mountains and Water. The complex, containing five skyscrapers, is inspired by ancient Chinese mountain-water worship practices and will be built in Guiyang, China. Read more.

Chile’s Tallest Building Nears Completion


13 Dec 2012, Santiago, Chile

South America’s future tallest building, the 70-story Gran Torre Costanera Center in Santiago, Chile, is attracting controversy, the AFP reports. The $1 billion Cesar Pelli-designed structure topped out in February 2012 and is expected to be completed in March 2013. Read more.

Plans Released for London’s Shell Development Centre


13 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

Developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have released preliminary plans and renderings of their proposed transformation of the Shell Centre campus on London’s South Bank. The masterplan by Squire and Partners includes elements designed by several architects. Read more.

Students Compete to Design Temporary Timber Stadium Tower


12 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

A 200-meter timber tower near Wembley Stadium in the Borough of Brent, London has been proposed in a “temporary buildings” student competition. Called The Splinter, the tower is a design produced for the competition by one of a dozen groups of Royal College of Architecture students. Read more.

BIG Towers Coming to Miami


12 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in collaboration with a series of local designers, has produced a pair of 20-story towers for the city of Miami. The Grove at Grand Bay will include 96 residences and is scheduled to begin construction by the end of the year. Read more.

World Trade Center ‘Spire’ Construction Begins Today


12 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

Construction workers atop One World Trade Center today hoisted into place the first section of a spire that will extend the building to its full architectural height of 1,776 feet. It took crews about 45 minutes to lift the 16-foot section, weighing almost 70 tons, into place, The Daily News reported. Read more.

Chicago Skyline Goes Green to Save Green


11 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

The AFP has published an article exploring the advances in “green technology” in Chicago skyscrapers. The techniques employed by the buildings covered in the article are reportedly producing positive results and saving operators money. Read more.

Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning


11 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photos have emerged of a lightning bolt striking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world was hit during a rare electric storm that passed through the Emirate this weekend. Read more.

Builder Digs Foundations Around Grave


07 Dec 2012, Taiyuan, China

Builders laying the foundation for a residential complex in Taiyuan, China have been forced to dig around a grave located on the site. The conflict arose because the relatives of the deceased person refused the $160,000 offered as compensation for the land. Read more.

Transbay May Be Joined by Sibling Tower


07 Dec 2012, San Francisco, United States

A 52-story mixed-use building has been proposed for the Transit Center District Plan area of San Francisco. The Heller Manus-designed 700-foot (213-meter) 181 Fremont tower is intended to function as a complement to the Transbay Tower, which is in development. Read more.

Milwaukee Company Seeks City Financing for Proposed Tower


07 Dec 2012, Milwaukee, United States

Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. has announced plans to build a new office tower at its downtown campus. The company is attempting to acquire $48 million in city financing for the $300 million project. Read more.

Jordan’s Future Tallest Tower Tops Out


07 Dec 2012, Amman, Jordan

DAMAC Properties has announced its tower in Amman, Jordan is now topped out. The Heights, which will be the tallest residential tower in the country when it is completed, is a 35-story project in Al Abdali, the new downtown district of Amman. Read more.

Student Tower Designed to Cope with Harsh Desert Conditions


06 Dec 2012, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Students at the University of Nottingham have designed a skyscraper for Abu Dhabi inspired by sikkas, the narrow alleys between buildings in old Middle Eastern cities. The project was influenced by the needs of local inhabitants and adapts to the environmental issues specific to the region. Read more.

Revised Residential Tower Hopes to Preserve History


06 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

Revised plans for a development in southwest London have been submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth after a previous proposal for the site was blocked. The revised plans call for 669 homes, including 166 apartments in a 35-story tower designed by EPR architects. Read more.

Dubai's Impending Building Boom


06 Dec 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Wall Street Journal questions the next wave of construction projects announced for Dubai, given that the emirate is still $100 billion in debt from its 2008 boom-turned-bust. Those behind the colossal effort claim that by spending billions more, Dubai's economy will regenerate. Read more.