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Adrian Smith to Receive Honorary Doctorate

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14 Feb 2013, College Station, United States

Adrian Smith will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Texas A&M at the school's spring commencement. Mr. Smith is regarded as an outstanding alumnus of A&M's College of Architecture and is a founding principal of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Read more.


Seattle Skyscraper Project Announces Hotel Tenant

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14 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

SLS Hotels, owned by Los Angeles hospitality company SBE, will open a 14-story hotel in the re-launched Fifth and Columbia Tower, developers announced yesterday. The 660-foot (201-meter) downtown Seattle mixed-use tower is scheduled to break ground by October 1. Read more.


Comcast Buys 30 Rock, the GE Building

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14 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

As part of Comcast's $16.7 billion purchase of General Electric's stake in NBCUniversal, the company will buy 30 Rockefeller Plaza for $1.4 billion. GE, which has occupied space in the New York landmark since its completion in 1933, will reportedly maintain corporate offices in the building. Read more.


RXR Buys Lehman Bros' Skyscraper as Part of Buying Spree

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13 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

RXR Realty, a real estate and investment company based in New York, has acquired 21-story 237 Park Avenue from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. The building reportedly sold for $800 million on Tuesday, and RXR assumed the property's existing loan as part of the transaction. Read more.


Heliostats Make Progress in Australia

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13 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia

Engineering Source looks at the increasingly popular use of heliostats in tall building design in a recent feature article. Heliostats, which are mirrored devices used to reflect the sun into targets to generate energy, were originally used in solar farms but now designers are using the systems to improve daytime lighting and heating in buildings. Read more.


Committee Approves Tower Repurposing in Croydon

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13 Feb 2013, Croydon, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Croydon's planning committee has granted permission to developer Legal & General (L&G) to convert an office building in East Croydon into 288 apartments. The 24-story St. George's House was once the headquarters of Nestlé, until the company moved last year. Read more.


Kenya Launches 'Popup City'

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13 Feb 2013, Konza Technology City, Kenya

In January, Kenya launched its Konza Technology City, a $14.4 billion "popup city" located 40 miles from Nairobi. Nicknamed the "African Silicon Savannah," Konza was master planned by SHoP Architects and is part of Kenya's Vision 2030 plan. Read more.


Brazilian Artist Pays Homage to Oscar Niemeyer

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12 Feb 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra has painted an abstract portrait of the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer on the side of a skyscraper in downtown San Paulo. The 56-meter tall work is tribute to the famous designer, who passed away in December at the age of 104. Read more.


Atlanta's Tallest Building is Half Empty

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12 Feb 2013, Atlanta, United States

Atlanta's tallest building, Bank of America Plaza, stands half-empty, having lost more than 2,000 workers in recent years. The building was America's tallest foreclosed building last year, and is still seen by many as the symbol of the South's economic troubles, the Covington News reports. Read more.


Israel Takes Steps to Encourage High-rise Living

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12 Feb 2013, Bat Yam, Israel

The Caanan-Shenhav Architects-designed Ashdar One Tower will be the second of a series of six residential towers to be constructed in the city of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv. The buildings are part of the city's plan to provide citizens with affordable housing. Read more.


Builders Plan Myanmar's Tallest Towers

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11 Feb 2013, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar-based December Construction Company (DCC) has submitted a proposal to construct Myanmar’s tallest building in downtown Yangon. The plans outline a 44-story mixed-use building, named Shwe Gone Office and Apartment Tower, according to local media. Read more.


OMA's 425 Park Unsuccessful Submission Profiled

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11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

OMA's entry for the 425 Park redesign competition is profiled by designboom, which features a form that twists in an attempt to circumvent the city's planning practices and skyscraper aesthetics. OMA was one of the four Pritzker Prize-winning firms short-listed for the 425 Park Avenue commission. Read more.


Proposed Tower Would Grow Gardens in the Sky

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11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Morali Architects has released its design for New York's 80 South Street, the site once designated for a 1,123-foot Santiago Calatrava tower. The new proposal includes a 998-foot (304-meter) tower which will feature vertical farming space through a series of vegetative roofs. Read more.


OMA's 425 Park Unsuccessful Submission Profiled

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11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

OMA's entry for the 425 Park redesign competition is profiled by designboom, which features a form that twists in an attempt to circumvent the city's planning practices and skyscraper aesthetics. OMA was one of the four Pritzker Prize-winning firms short-listed for the 425 Park Avenue commission. Read more.


Proposed Tower Would Grow Gardens in the Sky

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11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Morali Architects has released its design for New York's 80 South Street, the site once designated for a 1,123-foot Santiago Calatrava tower. The new proposal includes a 998-foot (304-meter) tower which will feature vertical farming space through a series of vegetative roofs. Read more.


Plans Moving Forward to Build Tallest Tower in Los Angeles

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11 Feb 2013, Los Angeles, United States

After years of delays and changes, Korean Airlines has unveiled its AC Martin-designed plans for the 73-story Wilshire Grand tower in LA’s financial district. The $1 billion mixed-use tower will reach 1,100 feet (335 meters) and claim the title of the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion. Read more.


CNN and the World's Tallest Hotels

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07 Feb 2013, Atlanta, United States

CNN has produced a series profiling six of the world's highest skyscraper hotels, located in "city-defining skyscrapers." These buildings include the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong; Trump Tower, Chicago and the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Read more.


OMA Wins Shenzhen Tower Competition

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07 Feb 2013, Shenzhen, China

Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. The design was chosen from the shortlist of four other entries by international and Chinese practices. Read more.


MVRDV Presents Its Porous City Lego Exhibit

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07 Feb 2013, Cannes, France

Rotterdam-based MVRDV will display its "Porous City - Open the Tower" exhibit at the MIPIM world real estate expo, as part of the Innovation Forum. The show, which was first on display at the 2012 Venice Biennale, features Lego towers illustrating futuristic concepts of urban design. Read more.


Peter Zumthor Reveals Tall Aspirations

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07 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Swiss architect and Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor admitted to Building Design that he is intrigued by the idea of designing high-rises. But the architect, who won the 2013 RIBA Gold Medal this week, expressed his strong desire to only design architecture with social meaning. Read more.


Student High-rise Approved in Philadelphia

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06 Feb 2013, Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia's Brandywine Realty Trust is joining Charlotte-based Campus Crest Communities to build a high-rise student tower on ground leased from the University of Pennsylvania. The joint venture tower will be 33 stories and cost $158.5 million, according to local media. Read more.


Elephant and Castle Proposal Moves Forward

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06 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

The first phase of the regeneration of the Heygate Estate at Elephant & Castle in south London has received planning permission. The GBP1.5 billion (US$2.3 billion) project will ultimately include a series of residential towers on the estate's site designed to revitalize the depressed neighborhood. Read more.


Spark Launches Pair of Malaysian Towers

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06 Feb 2013, Georgetown, Malaysia

International architecture and design consultancy Spark has launched construction of a pair of towers in Malaysia. The Arte S residential towers, which will be the tallest in the city of Georgetown, are located at the base of Bukit Gambir mountain on Penang Island in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of Malaysia. Read more.


Al Maryah to Build Shopping Center Tower Combo

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05 Feb 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The latest installment of Al Maryah Island will be the Sowwah Central development, developers announced. Designed by Boston-based Elkus Manfredi, the complex pairs a luxury shopping center featuring more than 500 retail, leisure and dining options with a residential and hotel tower. Read more.


Silverstein Plans Beekman Tower Renovation

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05 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has acquired the Beekman Tower Hotel, a New York City landmark built in 1929, for $82 million. The company and its partners plan to transform the two-tower property into a luxury corporate apartment destination that will reportedly require a minimum stay of 30 days. Read more.


Arup Envisions the Future of Smart Buildings

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05 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

Arup's Foresight + Innovation team has produced a report titled "It's Alive!" which outlines their vision for the future of tall buildings. The report’s version of a 2050 skyscraper includes flexible modular structures, urban agriculture, climate-conscious façades and intelligent building systems. Read more.


Businessweek Examines Elevator Advancements

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04 Feb 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

As tall buildings become grow taller, the elevator industry is attempting to refine elevator designs in order to carry people to unparalleled heights. Bloomberg Businessweek follows Otis Elevator, Schindler Group and Kone in their efforts to bring people to new heights. Read more.


KPF's Pinnacle in Danger of Demolition

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04 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

The GBP1 billion Pinnacle skyscraper has stood at seven-stories since construction halted a year ago, due to a failure to secure tenants. An independent developer has proposed demolishing the empty tower and replacing it with a cheaper design. Read more.


The Shard Celebrates Foggy Opening Day

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04 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

London's Shard officially acquired the title of Europe's tallest skyscraper with the opening of the viewing platform on February 1. Designed by Italian Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano, the building will serve as an icon for the city of London, although it has attracted both opposition and admiration. Read more.