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Melbourne Southbank to Get a Superslim

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20 Dec 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne appears set to join the elite club of cities with “superslim” residential towers, as a 73-story, 256-unit building has been greenlighted for the city’s Southbank neighborhood. The tower at 54 Clarke Street is shaped like a twisting flower stem.Read more.


MesseTurm May Be For Sale

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20 Dec 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Germany’s second-tallest building has been put up for sale, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The 63-story MesseTurm is valued at about 500 million euros ($680 million) and its current owners are reportedly entertaining multiple bids. Read more.


Burrard Gateway Tower Approved

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20 Dec 2013, Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver City Council has approved a rezoning application that will permit the construction of a mixed-use, multi-tower complex at Burrard and Drake streets, the largest of which will rise to 54 stories and 526 feet (160 meters). Read more.


Chevron Tower On Hold

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20 Dec 2013, Houston, United States

Just a few months after announcing plans to build a 50-story tower in downtown Houston and build an “urban campus” for its growing workforce, energy company Chevron has pulled back on its building plans, the Houston Chronicle reported. Read more.


Sequis Centre Tower Breaks Ground

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20 Dec 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

KPF announced the Sequis Centre Tower’s groundbreaking in Jakarta. The 210-meter tower is being touted as Indonesia’s first LEED Platinum building, and is situated in the capital region next to the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex. Read more.


Al-Bidda Workers Going Hungry

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19 Dec 2013, Doha, Qatar

Migrant laborers, who have worked for almost a year without pay on Qatar’s Al-Bidda Tower, are running out of food and are prohibited from leaving the country or seeking other employment, according to Amnesty International. Read more.


Curving High-Rise to Reference Rose Bud

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19 Dec 2013, Fushun, China

UA Studio 7 has released renderings of a twisting high-rise in Fushun, China, in the new town core of Shen-Fu. The 280-meter New City Flower building is part of the city’s “Trinity” master plan, adjoining a five-star hotel and the Circle of Life tower. Read more.


Empress State to be Converted to Residential Use

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19 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

A planning application has been submitted to convert the 120-meter Empress State Building in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from office to residential use, comprising up to 340 units and 353 square meters of retail Read more.


Transbay Block 6 Breaks Ground

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19 Dec 2013, San Francisco, United States

Ground has been broken for a 32-story tower and accompanying townhome development on Block 6 of the Transbay site on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The tower will house 409 market-rate apartments. Read more.


Ashby Project Goes to Court

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18 Dec 2013, Houston, United States

A Houston jury has awarded $1.7 million to 20 households that filed suit against the developers of the proposed Ashby high-rise, but they can only collect if the tower is actually built. That decision will be made separately by a judge early next year. Read more.


Soviet High-RiseTopped With Traditional Cabins

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18 Dec 2013, Kosice, Slovakia

Artist Tomas Dzadon has placed three traditional log cabins on the roof of a panelak, one of the ubiquitous high-rises in which more than 50 percent of Slovakians live. Read more.


Heading for Heaven on the Ashes of Philadelphia Soul

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18 Dec 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Developer Carl Dranoff has unveiled plans for a 47-story mixed-use luxury boutique hotel and condominium tower on the site of the fire-damaged Philadelphia International Records building. The building will be called SLS International. Read more.


Fire Engulfs Jianye Mansion

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17 Dec 2013, Guangzhou, China

An unfinished high-rise in central Guangzhou was ablaze for 11 hours before firefighters finally gained control. No deaths were reported, but 20 people were evacuated from the 25-story Jianye Mansion. Read more.


Munich Hotel Does Some Fancy Tricks

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17 Dec 2013, Munich, Germany

Victor Enrich Tarres, a Spanish artist, has manipulated photos of a Munich hotel into gravity-defying, distorted images, reports the Daily Mail. It took six months to create 88 images, which depict the tower and podium in realistic-looking but impossible postures. Read more.


BAM South Tower Moving Ahead

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17 Dec 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has granted permission for the construction of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) South Tower, a 32-story mixed-use building that will house 286 apartments, performance space, and a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.Read more.


Mumbai High-Rise Fire Kills Seven, Exposes Wide Safety Issues

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16 Dec 2013, Mumbai, India

A massive fire in the 26-story Mont Blanc tower in Kemps Corner, an upscale section of Mumbai, has killed seven residents and injured at least as many firefighters. The incident has highlighted the risk posed by known fire-code violations in the city's skyscrapers. Read more.


Eiffel Tower Lit for Mandela

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16 Dec 2013, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower was lit with a spectacular display in honor of the recently deceased freedom fighter and president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The inscription “Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013” was illuminated in 5-meter-high letters in the colors of the South African flag. The French icon was lit for three nights starting December 14. Read more.


Seaglass Tower Proposed for Jacksonville

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16 Dec 2013, Jacksonville, United States

Developer Killashee Investments has proposed a 1,000-foot (304.8-meter) tower as the centerpiece of a $1 billion development to revitalize Jacksonville, Florida’s Shipyards district. The $100 million tower would include restaurants and an observation deck. Read more.


Skyline Writer Honored

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13 Dec 2013, Chicago, United States

Chris Gillott, the head electrician of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield building, died of a heart attack at age 57. He was the man responsible for setting up the building's well-known lettered lighting schemes and organizing an army of volunteers to execute them. His colleagues paid tribute with a sign of their own. Read more.


Sydney's Next Tallest Expected to Sell Out

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13 Dec 2013, Sydney, Australia

On its very first weekend of sales, more than $AUS 275 million ($US 245 million) of apartments were sold in the 68-story, 252-meter Greenland Center, leading its developers to declare an expected sell-out. Designed by BVN and Woods Bagot, Greenland Center is a project that enjoys two local distinctions: It will be both the city’s tallest building and the first building of its height to be built atop an existing tall building. Read more.


First B2 Module Stacked

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13 Dec 2013, New York, United States

The first of 930 modular units was lifted into place at B2, which at 347 feet (105.8 m) is set to become the world’s tallest modular building. Considerable fanfare accompanied the lift, including an appearance by Bruce Ratner, head of Forest City Ratner, the developer behind the Atlantic Yards project, of which the B2 tower is one part.Read more.


Historic LeVeque Tower to be Renovated

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12 Dec 2013, Columbus, United States

One of the first skyscrapers to grace the Ohio capital’s skyline is due for a major renovation. The 1927 LeVeque Tower, originally known as the American Insurance Union Citadel, is about halfway through a $20 million restoration project that will bring back some of the Art-Deco grandeur that had gradually been eroded through unsympathetic prior renovations. A new three-story lobby will replace the current small shops facing Broad Street, bringing back the original purpose of the high windows specified in the building’s original plans. A smaller Art-Deco lobby for the tower portion is also being restored. Read more.


High-Rise Columbarium for Hong Kong?

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12 Dec 2013, Hong Kong, China

Closely following a Norwegian proposal for a high-rise crematorium, Hong Kong has now entered the race to be the site of the world’s first “deathscraper.” Read more.


Pinnacle Lives to Fight Another Day

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12 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

The “unbuildable” Pinnacle may soon return to life, according to The Independent. The development of the 63-story skyscraper had been halted in 2011 due to concerns about its constructability and £1 billion ($1.64 billion) price tag. The new design is said to retain the complex twisting shape of the exterior, but sacrifices the original planned retail at the base in favor of a larger atrium that theoretically could fit entrances for two major corporate tenants. Read more.


Regency Tower Revived

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11 Dec 2013, Wollongong, Australia

Once-shelved plans for the tallest building in the Australian city of Wollongong have been revived, according to local news reports. The Regency Tower would rise 25 stories above street level on a prominent hill in the coastal city, containing a 4.5-star hotel and 23 luxury apartments above seven levels of commercial space.Read more.


Marriott to Open Japan’s Highest Hotel Suite

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11 Dec 2013, Osaka, Japan

Marriott Hotels plans to offer Japan’s highest hotel suite on the 55th floor of the soon-to-open Abeno Harukas tower. For the princely sum of 350,000 yen ($3,410), guests will be able to luxuriate at a height of 263 meters above the ground, and will get free admission to the Harukas 300 observation deck on the 58th through 60th floors of the tower, before official operating hours begin. Read more.


22 Thames Street Renderings Revealed

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11 Dec 2013, New York, United States

Renderings of the 22 Thames Street residential tower in New York, designed by Rafael Vinoly, have been released by its developers, Fisher Brothers and Witkoff Group. The tower is to contain 400 units on 70 floors. Read more.


Atkins, Joy Air Launch New Town for 110,000 in Fuzhou

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10 Dec 2013, Fuzhou, China

Global architecture-engineering firm Atkins and AVIC Joy Holdings Ltd have formed a strategic partnership to create a new town for up to 110,000 people across 6 million square meters along the Min River in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. The project, for which Atkins will devise the master plan, will require an investment of 50 billion RMB ($8.2 billion).Read more.


World’s Tallest Vertical Garden to Grow in Sri Lanka

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10 Dec 2013, Kotte, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will be the next nation to vie for the title of the “world’s tallest plant-covered building,” if the Clearpoint Residencies by Milroy Perera and Maga Engineering is realized as planned. The 46-story, 164-unit tower would give each apartment its own garden terrace, such that residents can still get the advantage of ground-floor living in proximity to greenery. Read more.


Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower

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10 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a 56-story cylindrical skyscraper as part of a nine-hectare masterplan for London’s Canary Wharf, according to Dezeen. The residential tower is one of five new buildings proposed for Wood Wharf, at the eastern end of Canary Wharf, in the first phase of a mixed-use development submitted for planning approval Dec. 10 by Allies and Morrison, which is designing two office blocks in the zone. Read more.