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Kinetic Sculpture Would Protect Museum from Tower's Glare


14 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

For two years, the owners of the 42-story Museum Tower in Dallas have been in dispute with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center over an intense "hot spot" caused by the tower's highly reflective skin. Now, a team led by REX Architecture and Front has been commissioned to explore solutions to the phenomenon. Read more.

Approval Obtained for 256-260 City Road Project


14 Nov 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy has reportedly granted approval for the skyscraper project at 256-260 City Road. The 61-story tower, designed by Australian firm Hayball, will combine residential, retail and hospitality uses. Read more.

Council's 1 WTC Decision Makes Front Page News


13 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced on Tuesday, November 12, that it ratified the One World Trade Center's 1,776-foot height. The announcement of the decision sparked a media maelstrom, making it to the front page of four major US newspapers.Read more.

Bloomberg Pulls His Rezoning Proposals


13 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

Mayor Bloomberg's last major initiative, a plan to allow taller high-rises in Midtown was shelved Tuesday by the New York City Council. Bloomberg had sought to rezone the area to allow for the kind of supertall new office skyscrapers that rise in lower Manhattan and the residential towers rising a few blocks to the west of the area under consideration. Read more.

Funds Secured for Symphony Project


13 Nov 2013, Honolulu, United States

A developer planning a high-rise project near downtown Honolulu has secured a $120 million construction loan and plans to start building this month. Developer Oliver McMillan reports it secured the loan for its 3.5-acre (1.4-hectare) Symphony Honolulu project from three lenders, including the First Hawaiian Bank. Read more.

CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height


12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat convened its Height Committee on November 8th in Chicago to rule on the official height of One World Trade Center in New York. The Council affirms the height at 1,776 feet (541 meters). Read more.

Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out


12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The three final designs for the biomedical research facility to be built on the site of Prentice Women's Hospital Building have been unveiled. The finalists are Perkins + Will; a team of Goettsch Partners and Ballinger; and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with Payette. Read more.

Four World Trade to Open Soon


12 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

Four World Trade Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki, will be the first building at the Ground zero site to open. The ribbon-cutting for Four World Trade Center occurs Wednesday, followed later by the openings of World Trade Center Three, then Two. Read more.

Realtor Building Set for Demolition and Replacement


12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

A vote by the National Association of Realtors has approved a redevelopment project for the trade group's Chicago headquarters at 430 N. Michigan Ave. The project would involve demolishing the existing Realtor Building, which is more than a half-century old, and replacing it with a mixed-use tower. Read more.

Russian Trump Tower in the Pipeline


12 Nov 2013, Moscow, Russia

American real estate tycoon Donald Trump, while in Moscow for the finale of his Miss Universe pageant Saturday, announced that he was planning to build a skyscraper in the Russian capital. The billionaire is reportedly in talks with several companies, hoping to start a joint venture on the construction project. Read more.

Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi


11 Nov 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Rosewood Abu Dhabi became the first ultra-luxury hotel to open in Al Maryah Island, the new Central Business District (CBD) of Abu Dhabi. The hotel, designed by Handel Architects, will feature 189 rooms and suites, 58 serviced residences and 73 residences for long-term lease. Read more.

Armani Takes a Fashionable Approach to Apartment Design


11 Nov 2013, Makati, Phillippines

Phillippines-based real estate developer Century Properties recently announced a collaboration with globally renowned fashion designer Armani at its latest luxury project, Century Spire. Located in Makati's Century City, the 60-story tower, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is set for completion in 2018. Read more.

Geologists Check If the Washington Monument is Sinking


11 Nov 2013, Washington, D.C., United States

Surveyors in the Nation's Capital are checking to make sure that the Washington Monument is still 555 feet (169 meters). The survey is being conducted by the National Geodetic Survey and is the first of its kind since 1999. The object of the survey is to establish a definitive height that can be used as a reference point in the future. Read more.

Mövenpick Opens Sixth Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes


11 Nov 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has opened its doors, marking the Swiss operator's sixth Dubai hotel. The mixed-use property will contain 475 units, including 168 hotel condominium rooms, 287 residences and 20 furnished residences. Read more.

Approval Granted for Canberra's Tallest


08 Nov 2013, Canberra, Australia

Planning approval has been granted for Canberra's tallest residential building. The 27-story residential complex and adjoining hotel will be built by the GEOCON Group on the corner of Eastern Valley Way and Aikman Drive in the Belconnen town centre. Read more.

Arabtec Wins Mysterious Tower Contract


08 Nov 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arabtec Holding, Dubai's largest publicly listed construction firm, has been awarded an AED1.8 billion (US$500 million) contract to build a 77-story mixed-use tower in the Emirate's central business district. The company would construct the tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, due for completion in May 2017. Read more.

One World Trade Opens Sales Center


08 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

As part of a drive to attract commercial tenants, One World Trade Center's developers have opened for viewing a model office on the 63rd floor of the under-construction skyscraper. The 104-story building is now reportedly months away from becoming a functional office space. Read more.

Video: Skinny Is “In” for New York Skyscrapers


07 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

A recent installment of Yahoo! News feature “The Future Is Now” explores the emerging trend of super-skinny skyscrapers in New York. Following the proposal for 111 West 57th Street, Yahoo! interviews practitioners from JDS Development and SHoP Architects. Read more.

"Not Planning Megatall," Says Emaar


07 Nov 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties has issued a statement announcing that it currently has no plans to build a new tower that is taller than the Burj Khalifa. In the statement, a spokesperson said Emaar denies circulating media reports that the company has another megatall tower in the works. Read more.

One Brickell CityCentre Height Announced


06 Nov 2013, Miami, United States

Swire Properties has revealed the height of its latest proposed skyscraper project, One Brickell CityCentre. The building is slated to be built to the height of 1,102 feet (336 meters) , which would make the building taller than The Chrysler Building, and easily the tallest building in Miami. Read more.

Domino Sugar Factory Moves Forward


06 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

Two Trees Management's plan for the SHoP Architects-designed Domino Sugar Factory master plan in Williamsburg has begun the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in New York. While the process itself takes several months, it marks a major milestone in an arduous review process. Read more.

Infamous High-Rise “Fortress” Coming Down


06 Nov 2013, Beijing, China

The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year by health-care entrepreneur Biqing Zhang, much to the chagrin of its other occupants. Read more.

Woolworth Updates Approved by Council


05 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has approved the development of two new pavilions at Alchemy Properties' redesigned Woolworth Building. The terraces will flank the 29th floor wings of the classic skyscraper, whose top 30 floors Alchemy is converting into luxury residences. Read more.

Pennsylvania Developer Launches FMC Tower


05 Nov 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Brandywine Realty has announced it will develop the 47-story FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, a skyscraper project which could become the sixth-tallest building in Philadelphia. The tower's primary tenant will be FMC Corp., which has signed a 16-year, 253,000-square foot (23,500-square meter) lease. Read more.

Conceptual Master Plan Employs “Harmonious” Module Construction


05 Nov 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has produced a conceptual master plan called Souk Mirage/Particles of Light, designboom reports. The commercial complex features gateways at either end, as well as the Outlook Tower, all of which are constructed of vertically-arranged, arched module systems.Read more.

Race Heats Up to Build Western Canada's Tallest


04 Nov 2013, Edmonton, Canada

BCM Developments is proposing a new 71-story mixed-use tower at 101 Street and 105 Avenue in Edmonton, Canada. The skyscraper, called The Edmontonian, is proposed at 278 meters (912 feet) in height, which could make it the tallest building in Western Canada. Read more.

Walker Tower Unit Breaks Penthouse Price Record


04 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

A full-floor penthouse at the top of Walker Tower, a newly converted luxury condominium in Chelsea, has gone into contract for more than $50 million, a new high for a condo sale in the area of Manhattan below 34th Street. The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath unit occupies the entire top floor, nearly 6,000 square feet (557 square meters). Read more.

Garden State Grants Tax Incentive to Launch Development


04 Nov 2013, Jersey City, United States

Mack-Cali and Ironstate Development will get $33 million in tax credits to build a three-tower, $291 million development on the Jersey City waterfront. The joint venture partners have developed a concept they call URL (Urban Ready Living), which they say allows for "tremendous living density in a small footprint." Read more.

Un-leaning the Tower of Pisa


04 Nov 2013, Pisa, Italy

Pisa's famous bell tower has lost a little bit of its lean, according to a new report by researchers. The Tower of Pisa, which has been tilting perilously for more than 800 years, has straightened by 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) since 2001, thanks to a massive restoration project. Read more.

World’s “Most Expensive Art Project” to Occupy Hudson Yards' Heart


01 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been tapped to help create a multimillion-dollar public space and artistic centerpiece for the Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Manhattan. The 3-acre (1.6-hectare) public art installation will be created under the theme of “Gathering.” Read more.