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Helicopter Crash Puts Scrutiny on Tall Buildings


17 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

In the aftermath of yesterday's helicopter tragedy, London Mayor Boris Johnson has tentatively called for a re-examination of tall building safeguards in the city. The city's current regulations include a 1,000-foot height limit for buildings, warning lights and airman notification lists. Read more.

‘Scalpel’ Skyscraper Approved


16 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

City of London planners have granted official approval for the GBP500 million (US$800 million) Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed skyscraper already known as “the Scalpel.” US insurance company W.R. Berkley will begin construction of the 38-story tower this year next to the Lloyds Building in the heart of the City. Read more.

Video: KL Tower Base Jumping Mania


16 Jan 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Base jumpers from around the world leapt off one of Malaysia's tallest towers last month as part of an annual private daredevil gathering in Kuala Lumpur. A total of 91 jumpers from 17 countries spent three days completing more than 2,200 jumps from the roof of the KL Tower observation deck. Read more.

Helicopter Crashes into Tower Crane


16 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

A helicopter crashed into a crane atop an unfinished London skyscraper Wednesday morning and fell in flames to the street. The helicopter struck the crane engaged in the construction of St. George Wharf Tower, a 49-story residential block, damaging the crane and causing the evacuation of surrounding areas. Read more.

Historic LA Hotel Hits the Market


15 Jan 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The historic 13-story Commercial Exchange Building in Los Angeles has been put on the market after standing empty for at least 20 years. The 109-year-old building is listed for $13.9 million and sellers expect to arrange a deal by next month, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read more.

Video: Demolishing a Building Floor by Floor


15 Jan 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation is attracting media coverage with method for disassembling, rather than demolishing, buildings taller than 100 meters. The process, known as Tecorep, seals the structure’s top floors into an enclosure which is then lowered by temporary columns and powerful jacks. Read more.

Richard Meier Architects Wins Hamburg Competition


15 Jan 2013, Hamburg, Germany

American firm Richard Meier Architects has won the competition to design the German real estate company Engel & Völkers' headquarters in Hamburg. The project will be a mixed-use complex located in the city's Hafencity district and is expected to open in 2015. Read more.

Grand Avenue Ground Breaking


14 Jan 2013, Los Angeles, United States

New York developer Related Cos. has begun construction on the first building of its long-delayed Grand Avenue development in downtown Los Angeles. The $120 million, 19-story apartment tower will be built next to the under-construction Broad Art Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Read more.

Video: One World Trade Escalators


14 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

Last week's The Weekly Flickr video centered on photos of escalators being hoisted into place in One World Trade Center. The photographer, Scott Lahmers, works as a technical specialist for ThyssenKrupp Americas, who is currently installing 74 elevators and 9 escalators in the building. Read more.

Plans Submitted for 75-Story Tower in Isle of Dogs


11 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

A developer has proposed building a 239-meter tower in the east London area known as Isle of Dogs. If approved by local planning officials and built, the project would be among the tallest buildings in the U.K., trailing only the Shard and One Canada Square. Read more.

India State Inaugurates 122-meter Tower in New Business District


11 Jan 2013, Gujarat International Finance Tech-City, India

Officials in the India state of Gujarat this week formally inaugurated a 122-meter tower that is part of the Gujarat International Financial Tec-City. The tower is the first project to launch in the center, which is planned to include 110 towers. Read more.

Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out


11 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

Tickets for the first two days of access to the Shard's viewing floor have sold out, despite a GBP24.95 price tag. The first visitors will be taken to the viewing area on the 72nd floor, which offers dynamic views of the city from 243 meters above the street. Read more.

New York Crane Collapses, Injuring Seven


10 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

A construction crane collapsed Wednesday at the TF Cornerstone development site, injuring seven workers. The incident comes two months after Hurricane Sandy infamously collapsed a crane on top of the One57 development. Read more.

A Look at ‘World’s Coolest Futuristic Buildings’


10 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

Travel + Leisure has compiled a slide show featuring what the editors deem the “World’s Coolest Futuristic Buildings.” The list is subjective, but many of the projects included will be familiar to fans of tall buildings. Read more.

Emaar Moving Forward with Dubai Hotel


09 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar has awarded the construction contract for a 370-meter hotel, which will be the second tallest building in Downtown Dubai, after Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Emaar hopes to complete the 72-story tower by 2015. Read more.

Japan Looks at Skyscraper Demolition Techniques


09 Jan 2013, Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Times featured Tokyo-based Taisei Corp.’s novel method for demolishing skyscrapers. Taisei claims the "Ecological Reproduction System" is more environmentally sensitive, safer, and reduces noise and dust by keeping all the disassembly work inside the building, according to the article. Read more.

‘The Scalpel’ Planned for London Skyline


09 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

The latest addition to London’s proposed skyline is a glass tower which has already been dubbed “The Scalpel.” The tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will serve as the headquarters for U.S.-based insurance company W.R. Berkley. Read more.

Investor Continuing Tall Building Buying Spree in Detroit


08 Jan 2013, Detroit, United States

Investment firm Rock Ventures is in the process of buying a 25-story office building in downtown Detroit, the Detroit News reports. If the deal goes through, it will be the 16th property in Detroit purchased by the firm since January, 2011. Read more.

Urban Planner Discusses the ‘Walkable City’


08 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

The sustainability of cities is dependent on the ability to create walkable areas, “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck says in an interview with fellow urbanist Richard Florida. A walkable city is essential to attract the next generation of young urban professionals, he theorizes. Read more.

Combining the World’s Great Skyscrapers into One Skyline


08 Jan 2013, New York City, United States

An artist is creating an imaginary city combining many of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. Mark Lascelles Thornton is drafting a eight- foot by five-foot rendering called “The Happiness Machine,” which is part art and part science fiction. Read more.

Video: Magazine Launches ‘Framed in Steel’ Series


07 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom

BD Online has launched a video series focusing on “the construction challenges behind some of the UK and Ireland’s prominent steel structures.” The first two projects featured in the "Framed in Steel" series are The Walbrook Building and the Neo Bankside building, both in London. Read more.

Waldorf Astoria Opens in Berlin Tower


04 Jan 2013, Berlin, Germany

The Waldorf Astoria has opened a hotel in the new 118-meter Zoofenster skyscraper in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. The 232-room hotel is designed in an art-deco style and includes a presidential suite on the top floor. Read more.

Miami Set for Construction Uptick


04 Jan 2013, Miami, United States

Construction is starting to pick up in Miami after a six-year slide, the Miami Herald reports. Several large projects are moving forward, led by residential towers.Read more.

Project Accused of ‘Pirating’ Zaha Hadid Design


02 Jan 2013, Chongqing, China

A developer in Chongqing has been accused of counterfeiting Zaha Hadid’s design for the Wangjing SOHO complex in Beijing, Der Spiegel reports. It is possible the copycat version may actually be completed before the original, according to the magazine. Read more.

China Company Breaks Ground on 560-meter Tower


02 Jan 2013, Jinan, China

Evergrande Real Estate Group has reportedly completed the foundation work on the Evergrande International Finance Center, a 560-meter tower in Jinan, China. The total complex will include more than 1.1 million square meters of residential, office, commercial and entertainment space. Read more.

Video: World’s Tallest Building Celebrates New Year


02 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, welcomed in the new year with an appropriately Dubai-scale fireworks display. The light show was accompanied by a performance by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra playing on the Burj Steps, an arena-style venue extending from the building. Read more.