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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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Cornerstone Plans 45-story Residential Tower


04 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

New York developer TF Cornerstone has filed plans to build a 45-story tower at 606 West 57th Street in New York, a site which was once intended to host an Avalon Bay development. The tower would be built just one block south of the recently approved BIG W57 project. Read more.

Diagonal Tower Exemplifies Skyscraper Efficiency


04 Apr 2013, Seoul, South Korea

Earth Techling has published a story featuring SOM's Diagonal Tower, which was designed as part of Seoul's Yongsan International Business District (IBD). The 343-meter (1,127-foot) office building was designed to include several passive systems and requires 25 percent less structural steel than similarly sized buildings. Read more.

The Race is On for Australia's Tallest


04 Apr 2013, Parramatta, Australia

The City Council of Parramatta, the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney, has accepted an application for the development of the Aspire Tower in the city's central business district (CBD). At 336 meters (1,102 feet) the Grimshaw Architects-designed tower would be the tallest building in the Sydney area upon completion. Read more.

Olympus Tower Engulfed in Flames


04 Apr 2013, Grozny, Russia

Flames from a short circuit in the air-conditioning system engulfed a 40-story luxury apartment building in Grozny, Chechnya, on Wednesday, April 3. All residents of the 475-foot (145-meter) Olympus Tower, the tallest building in Chechnya, were evacuated as firefighters attempted to stop the blaze. Read more.

Moscow-City's Resurrection


04 Apr 2013, Moscow, Russia

Russia has re-launched the Moscow-City development in an attempt to draw international business to the city. The real estate development, which has suffered a series of setbacks and delays since its launch in 2004, is home to Mercury City Tower, which will soon become Europe's tallest building upon completion. Read more.

Developer Plans North Carolina Tower


03 Apr 2013, Durham, United States

Colorado-based Austin Lawrence Partners is planning a 26-story skyscraper for downtown Durham, North Carolina. The developer plans a mixed-use 296-foot (90-meter) high-rise with retail, office space and 21 stories of apartments. Read more.

Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum


03 Apr 2013, San Francisco, United States

Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, has updated the design of the podium façade. Instead of a transparent, sinuous glass façade, the complex will be clad in perforated aluminum, a move which is expected to save the project about $10 million. Read more.

Three-story 1WTC Observation Deck Unveiled to Press


03 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Officials developing the observation deck at One World Trade Center provided a preview of the attraction to the press yesterday. The tour will showcase the tower as "the most significant destination in the world," David Checketts, CEO of Legends Hospitality, told the media. Read more.

MAD Architects on the Creators Project


02 Apr 2013, Tianjin, China

The Creators Project has produced a feature of MAD Architects and its Sinosteel International Plaza building. The building, which is under construction in Tianjin, features a honeycombed structural façade that eliminates interior columns. Read more.

Office Development Gets Competitive in Chicago


02 Apr 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago-based developer J. Paul Beitler in collaboration with Next Realty has proposed constructing an office tower in the Loop at 200 W Randolf. The 23-story tower, which would be built on the site of an existing parking garage, is one of a large number of office building proposals around the city. Read more.

Pinnacle Proposes Canada's Largest Development


02 Apr 2013, Toronto, Canada

Vancouver developer Pinnacle International has announced plans to construct Canada's largest hotel and condominium tower project in Toronto, Bloomberg reports. The One Yonge Street scheme features six towers between 75 and 88 stories built on what is now a parking lot. Read more.

Demolition May be the Greenest Option for Midtown Dinosaurs


02 Apr 2013, New York City, United States

Mayor Bloomberg's plans to rezone midtown New York, allowing for bigger and bolder skyscrapers, has found an unlikely ally. A recently produced report suggests that the most environmentally friendly solution is to demolish and replace these aging giants with properly built, efficient modern replacements. Read more.

Pennsylvania May See 33-story Landmark Tower


01 Apr 2013, Allentown, United States

Developer Bruce Loch unveiled plans last week for the 33-story Landmark Tower in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The $60 million skyscraper project would surpass the vacant Martin Tower, the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley's current tallest building. Read more.

Kempinski Puts the Kibosh on Ryugyong Hotel


01 Apr 2013, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea's unfinished Ryugyong Hotel has suffered another setback with last week's loss of hotel operator Kempinski. The German hotel company, which expressed interest in operating the 330-meter (1,083-foot) pyramid in 2012, has backed away from the idea, citing unfavorable market conditions. Read more.

The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again


01 Apr 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview featured in Arabian Business Magazine, the mogul detailed his ambitions to again build the world's next tallest building. Read more.