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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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Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower


27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.

Washington Contemplates Easing Height Limits


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

The National Capital Planning Commission wants Congress to ease the more than 100-year-old restrictions on the height of buildings in Washington. The Commission's recommendation suggests changes to the 1910 Height Act, which generally requires that buildings must be no taller than the width of streets they face. Read more.

Grand Avenue Submission Marks Major Milestone


26 Nov 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Related Companies submitted the new conceptual plan designed by Gehry Partners to the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority. The $650 million development addresses the three-block area across Grand Ave. from the Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. Read more.

New Bondway Tower Design Unveiled


26 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed its design for the New Bondway tower at London's Vauxhall interchange. The 551-foot (168-meter) tower replaces an unsuccessful, 489-foot (149-meter) zig-zag proposal designed by Make Architects, which was rejected in early 2011. Read more.

FT Evaluates Shanghai Tower’s Sustainability


26 Nov 2013, Shanghai, China

A recent article from The Financial Times delves into the Shanghai Tower and its implications to Chinese society and its much-talked-about sustainability. The Shanghai Tower will become the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world upon completion. Read more.

Construction Closes on Innovation Tower


25 Nov 2013, Hong Kong, China

Construction of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Jockey Club Innovation Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), has completed. The 15-story building is ZHA's first in the city, and includes the School of Design, a lecture hall, a design museum, exhibition galleries and a communal viewing lounge. Read more.

Helicopter Crash Brings Skyscraper Fears to the Surface


25 Nov 2013, Seoul, South Korea

Last week a helicopter clipped the side of the 38-story I-Park 102 high-rise apartment building in Seoul, crashing to the ground and killing both pilots but harming none of the residents. Seoul was foggy on that morning, but city fire officials have not determined if the thick fog played a role in the crash. Read more.

Skyscraper Video Game Sets World Record


25 Nov 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The college professor who played a supersized video game on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper now holds a Guinness world record for his project. Drexel University professor Frank Lee recreated the classic Atari game Pong on the façade of the 29-story Cira Centre in the spring of 2013. Read more.

Eiffel Tower Stairs Put Up on Sale


25 Nov 2013, Paris, France

A 15-step section of the Eiffel Tower's original spiral staircase, which once was part of the connection between the second and third levels, will be sold today in Paris. The iron steps will probably sell for between $27,000 and $40,000 at Artcurial, an auction house that specializes in selling Art Deco furniture. Read more.

De Rotterdam Completed by OMA


22 Nov 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its colossal "vertical city" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. OMA designed the 44-story De Rotterdam complex for its home city, where the building sits on the south bank of the Maas River. Read more.

UNStudio Wins Competition with Sustainable Tower


22 Nov 2013, Munich, Germany

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a residential and office complex in the German city of Munich. UNStudio's design for the city's new Baumkirchen Mitte development features a 60-meter (196-foot) tower, and was chosen over entries from firms including BIG and Schneider + Schumacher Architects. Read more.

Seaport Redevelopment Plan Draws Opposition


22 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

A proposed redevelopment of New York's South Street Seaport that includes a 50-story building, marina and expansion of the city's footprint was met with skepticism in its first community board presentation. The plan for the Seaport was created by developer Howard Hughes Corporation and SHoP Architects. Read more.

Great Gulf Moves Forward on Long-Stalled Dallas Tower


22 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

Canada-based developer Great Gulf has launched efforts to build a 24-story tower on a 1.4-acre (5,600-square meter) site in Dallas' Turtle Creek neighborhood. Great Gulf, in collaboration with designer Hariri Pontarini Architects, has pursued this project since before the 2008 recession, and plans to include around 60 high-end residential units. Read more.

Construction at 181 Fremont Begins


21 Nov 2013, San Francisco, United States

Ground was officially broken on 181 Fremont St., a 54-story, 684,000-square foot (63,546 square-meter) residential and office tower near the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. The $500 million project's developer is the Jay Paul Co., which took over the project last April from SKS Investments. Read more.

Tower v. Club Decision Delayed


21 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has postponed his final decision on the controversial planning application for the Eileen House site at Elephant and Castle until December 19. The proposed 41-story tower is at the center of a dispute with a nightclub, which fears its license will be jeopardized by future occupants of the tower. Read more.

“Superman” Involved in Negligence Lawsuit


21 Nov 2013, Providence, United States

High Rock, the owner of Rhode Island's tallest building, is suing Bank of America for more than $23 million, saying it neglected the Art Deco-style skyscraper, leaving behind crumbling facades and other problems when the bank abandoned the building earlier this year. Read more.

Developer Proposes UK's Tallest Housing Tower


20 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

An Irish developer plans to build the tallest residential tower in the UK on a site in the city's Canary Wharf area. Ryan Corp. UK has paid ₤100 million (US$160 million) for the site, where it is looking to build the 242-meter (794-foot) Hertsmere tower by 2018. Read more.

Skyrise May Shine on Miami’s Shore


20 Nov 2013, Miami, United States

Developer Jeff Berkowitz is pursuing a plan to build an observation tower as tall as 990 feet (302 meters), called Skyrise Miami. The tower, designed by Arquitectonica, will include three observation decks, a restaurant, nightclub, private lounge and a ballroom. Read more.

Solution Close for Walkie Scorchie


19 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Land Securities is close to solving the incendiary solar glare problem for the Walkie Talkie, its landmark 37-story glass office block in the City of London. The developer reported that the fix will be an "externally applied solar-shading solution" and that the total cost would stay within the original budget. Read more.

Controversial Tower Moves On


19 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

The court-appointed federal monitor of 650 Fifth Avenue has negotiated a deal for the retail space at the building. SL Green Realty has partnered with Jeff Sutton to acquire a 49-year leasehold interest in the retail portion of the Midtown property which has previously been linked to the Iranian government. Read more.

Tower Plays Part in Gaming Marketing


19 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

The iconic OXO Tower on London's South Bank has undergone a transformation in a marketing stunt for the forthcoming launch of Sony's PlayStation 4. A team of rappellers have changed the letters on the tower to display a neon circle, cross, square and triangle, the main buttons of a PlayStation controller. Read more.

Newest Tower Coming to South China Singapore City


19 Nov 2013, Foshan, China

CPG Singapore has launched construction on its Thrive United office tower in the South China Singapore City in the Nanhai District of Foshan. The building project will be part of a multi-tower mixed-use complex which will include residential, school, retail, hotel and office spaces. Read more.

Video: PARKROYAL on Pickering


18 Nov 2013, Singapore, Singapore

After placing as a finalist for the 2013 CTBUH Best Tall Building Asia & Australia, PARKROYAL on Pickering continues to win awards, including taking first place in the Hotels category of last month's Inside Festival. dezeen has produced a video featuring Wong Mun Summ of designer WOHA Architects explaining the project. Read more.

E' Tower Completed in The Netherlands


18 Nov 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the E' Tower in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The design of the 22-story, 110-apartment building is derived from the Brick Expressionist style that was common during the city's industrial period and throughout Northern Europe in the early 20th century. Read more.

Aggregate Paper Looks Deeply into 30 St Mary Axe's Design


18 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

A recent academic paper, originally published on Aggregate's website, examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners. Author Jonathan Massey introduces the concept of "Risk Design" by showing how the designers of the urban icon engaged and leveraged perceptions of risk. Read more.

One Dallas Center to Undergo Residential Conversion


18 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

Construction will start this week to convert the upper floors of the One Dallas Center tower in downtown Dallas into apartments. Developer Todd Interests and Moriah Real Estate Co. have already converted the lower floors of the 1970s building into new office space for architect HKS and Greyhound Lines. Read more.

UNStudio Completes Ardmore Residence


15 Nov 2013, Singapore, Singapore

UNStudio recently completed the Ardmore Residence, a 36-story residential tower near the Orchard Road luxury shopping district in Singapore. Inspired by the lush gardens of the city, the Residence is organized around specific views and repeats a landscape theme through the entire tower. Read more.

Spire Developer Looks to Begin Anew


15 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

Garrett Kelleher, Irish developer of the bankrupted Chicago Spire, is expressing confidence that he can pay off his creditors and jumpstart the project again. Kelleher is reportedly in talks with investors to secure funding for the 2,000-foot (610-meter) condominium tower. Read more.

Lerch Bates to Design Façade Access System for China Supertall


15 Nov 2013, Suzhou, China

Lerch Bates was awarded the contract to design the exterior building maintenance equipment system for China's future tallest building, the Suzhou Zhongnan Center. When completed, the Center will be 700 meters (2,297 feet) and could earn the title of the tallest building outside of the Middle East. Read more.

Canada Water Project to Move Forward


14 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Sellar Property Group has received planning permission from the Southwark Council for its David Chipperfield-designed Canada Water project. The proposal includes a long narrow block, a medium-rise building and a slender landmark residential tower of 150 meters (492 feet). The entire site would include 1,030 apartments. Read more.