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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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London's First Skyscraper May Get Residential Conversion


21 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

The London Underground Headquarters at 55 Broadway, which was the city's first tall building, may be converted into apartments and sold. The 10-story 55 Broadway building was built by Charles Holder in 1929, and won the RIBA London Architecture Medal in 1931. Read more.

Penthouse Living Still on the Upswing in NYC


21 May 2013, New York City, United States

The Moinian Group, developer of the W New York Downtown Hotel and Residences, is bringing the building's $40 million penthouse to market. A combination of 12 units in a two-story duplex, the residence would be the most expensive in the financial district if it goes for the listed price. Read more.

Façades Require Multi-Disciplinary Approach


20 May 2013, Opinion: DesignBuild Source, Australia

A multi-disciplinary approach is key to a successful and innovative tall building façade, according to DesignBuild Source. Factors such as aesthetics, performance and engineering must be taken into account in order to achieve quality and longevity for the building's skin. Read more.

Skyscraper's “Hair” Could Generate Electricity


20 May 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

Architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter has developed a concept design for a skyscraper that uses piezoelectricity to power itself. The Strawscraper would function as a shell around an existing high-rise, the Söder Torn, producing energy through its straws, or piezoelectric fibers. Read more.

Developer Pulls in $750 million with Charles Street Tower


20 May 2013, New York City, United States

Repeating a pattern seen across Manhattan recently,150 Charles Street, a 16-story condominium tower in New York has practically sold out before completion. Only two units are not yet in contract, adding up to about $750 million in sales for developer Witkoff Group, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read more.

Marina Bay Celebrates Official Opening


20 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) celebrated its official opening May 15 in Singapore's central business district. The four-tower mixed-use development, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), has been under construction since 2006. Read more.

Skyscraper Respect in the Movies


17 May 2013, Opinion: ArchDaily, United States

ArchDaily writer Charlotte Nelson editorializes on the abuse skyscrapers tend to experience on the silver screen. She encourages filmmakers to move away from their negative attitudes toward tall buildings and calls skyscraper designers to take cues from the industry's fantastic creations. Read more.

Shanghai's L'Avenue Tower Celebrates Opening


17 May 2013, Shanghai, China

Last month marked the opening of the L'Avenue Shanghai commercial development, including a 28-story office tower and four-story retail podium. Located in the Changning district, the project features sustainable features such as rainwater recycling, high energy efficiency and reduced water consumption. Read more.

Silverstein Re-launches Major 30 Park Place Tower


17 May 2013, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has secured financing to move forward on its proposed 82-story skyscraper at 30 Park Place in Tribeca. The 926-foot (282-meter) building will be one of the tallest in New York City, and will incorporate a 185-room Four Seasons hotel and 157 private luxury residences. Read more.

US Bank Puts Names on Johnson Tower


16 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Minneapolis-based US Bankcorp will put its name on a downtown Chicago skyscraper as it expands its presence there, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bank purchased the naming rights through 2026 for 190 S. LaSalle, a 40-story Philip Johnson-designed office tower. Read more.

The Chicago Spire Site Attracts Developer Attention


16 May 2013, Chicago, United States

The property that was slated to hold the Chicago Spire is seeing renewed interest, with multiple bidders showing interest in the debt note on the stalled development. Ireland's National Asset Management Agency has received at least six initial offers for the $93 million in debt it holds on the property. Read more.

AJ Examines UN Studio's Canaletto Tower


16 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

Architects’ Journal writer Felix Mara conducted an interview with UN Studio director Ben van Berkel in which they discussed the practice's new 30-story residential tower Canaletto Tower in London. The pair discussed the tower's sustainable, social and parametric design characteristics. Read more.

Crown Hotel Sydney Announces Design Winner


16 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design finds its roots in an abstracted form of three stems growing out of the ground and twisting as they reach the top of the structure. Read more.

Jewel-Osco Tower Renderings Released


15 May 2013, Chicago, United States

Fifield Cos has released the design of the 42-story tower it was commissioned to develop for the Jewel-Osco grocery chain in Chicago’s North Loop. The Jewel Gold Coast Tower will feature apartments and a flagship grocery-store podium. Read more.

Ottawa Developers Compete for Tallest


15 May 2013, Ottawa, Canada

ttawa developer Richcraft is the latest to propose building the city’s tallest towers. The company has filed plans with the city to make way for one 18-story building and two 48-story condo towers at 845 Carling Avenue. Read more.

Dubai Frame to Be Monument to Past and Future


15 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame, a 150-meter-by-105-meter (492-by-344-ft) window frame structure in the emirate’s Zabeel Park, is set to be completed by the end of next year. The AED120 million (US$32.3 million) project won the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Architecture Award in 2009. Read more.

Video: Be Hoisted Up Brisbane’s Tallest


14 May 2013, Brisbane, Australia

Ever wanted to go to work by being lifted more than 250 meters (820 feet) by a crane? Through a recently released video, you can experience crane operator David Hooper’s daily vertical commute to his job constructing Brisbane’s future tallest building, Meriton Infinity Tower. Read more.

New York “Stratospherians” Pay Dearly for the High-Rise Life


14 May 2013, New York City, United States

The New York Times looks into the city’s world of high-rise living, emphasizing how infatuated New Yorkers have become with the phenomenon and the premiums they are willing to pay. Extraordinary views and enviable silence are driving prices higher than the apartments. Read more.

One57 Finally Replaces Ruined Crane


13 May 2013, New York City, United States

A new boom has successfully been hoisted onto the crane at One57, nearly seven months after the previous crane snapped during Hurricane Sandy. The maneuver involved swinging the boom over three buildings before hauling it up the side of the building.Read more.

Video: China Broad J220 Animation


13 May 2013, Changsha, China

The Broad Sustainable Building has released an animation of its much anticipated Sky City skyscraper in Changsha, which, if completed, would be the world’s tallest building. The short film demonstrates the prefabricated process that would be used in its construction. Read more.

Chinese Life Insurer Buys Lloyd's of London Building


10 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

London's iconic Lloyd's building has been sold to the Chinese life insurance firm Ping An for around £260 million (US$400 million). The tower, commonly referred to as the “Inside-Out Building” because its circulation and ventilation are on the outside, was designed by British architect Richard Rogers. Read more.

Residential Tower Launches Near Future Amazon HQ


10 May 2013, Seattle, United States

This week, construction began on a 41-story residential project located at 2030 8th Avenue in downtown Seattle. GID Development Group's 355-unit luxury apartment tower features panoramic views of Seattle's downtown skyline, Lake Union, Puget Sound and Elliot Bay. Read more.

New Images Released of One Yonge Development


10 May 2013, Toronto, Canada

Hariri Pontarini Architects released new images of its 6.4 million-square foot (600,000-square meter) One Yonge six-tower development. The tallest of the towers will be an 88-story residential skyscraper, which will be joined by a 40-story office tower and a 70-story hotel tower, linked by a retail podium. Read more.

One World Trade Center Tops Out


10 May 2013, New York City, United States

The final crowning piece has been attached to the roof of One World Trade Center in New York, bringing to a symbolic close a decade-plus process of politics, healing, design and construction, after the destruction of the original World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Read more.

Shutterstock Moves to Empire State


09 May 2013, New York City, United States

Shutterstock Inc., the image web-marketplace, has signed an 11-year lease for a new 85,000-square foot headquarters in the Empire State Building. Shutterstock will move from its current space at 60 Broad Street later this year, according to Real Estate Weekly. Read more.

Langham Chicago Coming To Mies' Last Tower


09 May 2013, Chicago, United States

The Langham Hotel Chicago is scheduled open in July in the Mies van der Rohe-designed 330 N. Wabash skyscraper in downtown Chicago. The 330-room hotel, located in what was once known as the IBM Building, is still under renovation and will occupy floors two through 13. Read more.

Barangaroo's Crown Hotel Competition Heats Up


09 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Three internationally recognized firms are competing to design a multi-billion dollar resort hotel tower at Barangaroo South on Sydney's harbor foreshore. The shortlist is composed of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects (AS+GG) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Read more.

A Fresh Look for Dallas's Tallest Tower


08 May 2013, Dallas, United States

Renovation work has begun on Dallas's tallest building, the 72-story Bank of America Plaza, which will include a new entry, lobby area and remodeled retail court. The $20 million project will also involve a replacement of the green argon lights that outline the building with more efficient LED lights. Read more.

Parachutes May be a New Means of Egress


08 May 2013, Panama City, Panama

A Panamanian inventor has demonstrated a new parachute, which can open after just 100 feet (31 meters) to be used as an escape option for people in high-rise buildings during a catastrophe. The SOS Parachute by Morris Shahbazi can open more quickly and at lower heights than most similar devices. Read more.

JP Morgan Buys Manhattan Tower from Hines


08 May 2013, New York City, United States

JP Morgan Asset Management is acquiring the 31-story office tower at 425 Lexington Ave. for around $650 million. The building is one of two midtown skyscrapers being auctioned off by the Houston-based real estate investment and development firm Hines, the other being the I.M. Pei-designed 499 Park Ave. Read more.