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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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432 Park Hits $1 Billion in Sales


18 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The tower at 432 Park Avenue has almost reached $1 billion in sales, of the projected $2.7 billion in takings, CIM Group and Macklow Properties announced. The Raphael Viñoly-design tower is set to become the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere upon completion in 2015. Read more.

Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall


18 Jun 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express interest in building a higher tower in another city, perhaps as tall as one mile (1.6 kilometers). The board of directors of Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) met in Riyadh to discuss the Kingdom's progress. Read more.

Elevators Fail in Princess Tower


17 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Homeowners living in the tallest residential skyscraper still have to climb as much as 50 flights of stairs, after all eight elevators in the building broke down last week. The Princess Tower, which stands at 1,356 feet (413 meters), became the tallest residential building upon completion in September last year. Read more.

Sweden May Be Home to the Future Tallest Wooden Building


17 Jun 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

The latest addition to the timber high-rise discussion comes from Danish design firm C.F. Møller. For HSB Stockholm's architectural competition, the firm designed a solar-powered 34-story residential building made mostly of wood, with a concrete core and rooftop garden terraces. Read more.

'Oculi Solution' to Museum Tower Glare Rejected


17 Jun 2013, Dallas, United States

Researchers have unveiled a solution to the Museum Tower glare that has upset Nasher Sculpture Center officials. Under the proposal, oculi, openings in the screen covering the roof of the Center which admit natural light, would be recalibrated to prevent damage to the interior and its exhibits. Read more.

Sandy Inspires New York Safety Guidelines


14 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

A new report on safeguarding New York buildings from major storms and rising sea levels recommends changes to zoning code changes to improve, among other things, the resilience of high-rise residences. The city commissioned the 438-page report in order to better cope with storms like Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

The Christian Science Tower Gets Taller


14 Jun 2013, Boston, United States

Developers hope to add nearly 200 feet to the proposed Back Bay tower planned for the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, making it third tallest in the city. The latest version of the mixed-use development, submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, would now stretch 691 feet. Read more.

Willis Tower Struck by Lightning


14 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

Photographer Scott Olson captured an image of lightning hitting the Willis Tower on Wednesday night, June 12. Severe storms passed through downtown Chicago and other part of the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and high winds. Read more.

NYCHA Looks to Raise Money by Building Towers


13 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plan to lease public land to developers to build luxury apartment towers dozens of stories tall, has angered public housing residents. NYCHA released drawings that show eight Manhattan developments the agency wants constructed on rented sites. Read more.

UNESCO Stomps Its Foot Again


13 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the body that recognizes sites of global cultural importance will soon make a decision whether to place London's Parliament Square on its "endangered list." The move follows concerns that famous views of Westminster are threatened by increasing skyscraper development. Read more.

NYFD Saves Hearst Tower Maintenance Workers


13 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

Two maintenance workers were left dangling from a collapsed scaffold near the top of a skyscraper for more than an hour on Wednesday before rescuers cut open windows to pull them inside to safety. The men were stuck in wind gusts outside the 45th floor of the 597-foot (182-meter) Hearst Magazine Tower. Read more.

Cincinnati Welcomes Grocery Tower


12 Jun 2013, Cincinnati, United States

The Cincinnati City Council granted preliminary approval to a plan that calls for a 30-story mixed-use tower in the city's downtown area. Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins is planning to build the $80 million tower and will begin construction in 2014. Read more.

Wells Fargo Center Sale is Seattle's Largest


12 Jun 2013, Seattle, United States

Ivanhoé Cambridge has acquired the Wells Fargo Center at 999 3rd Ave. in Seattle, WA from Beacon Capital Partners for $390 million, about $396 per square foot. The 47-story office tower was built in 1993 in Seattle's central business district and is 80 percent leased to multiple tenants. Read more.

Hudson Yards Tower to Ask Above Market Rents


12 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The Moinian Group has announced plans for 3 Hudson Boulevard, its 1.8 million-square foot mixed-use tower located on 11th Avenue in the growing Hudson Yards development. The 1,000-foot (301-meter) skyscraper, designed by Dan Kaplan of FXFLOWLE, is expected to cost $800 to $900 million to build. Read more.

Melbourne Encourages Including Schools in High-rises


11 Jun 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne-based developer HWD Australia has proposed a tower which could be 30-stories tall, as long as the plans include a AU$20 million three-story public school. The Melbourne City Council had previously set the site's height limit at 20 meters (66 feet), but lifted the restriction with the inclusion of the school. Read more.

Infinity Tower is Renamed at Opening Ceremonies


11 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The AED1 billion Infinity Tower has been renamed Cayan Tower, after its developer. The name was chosen to end the confusion with the other two Infinity Towers, in Brisbane and Manama. The twisting 310-meter (1,017-foot) tower opened last night in Dubai Marina after seven years on construction. Read more.

London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate


11 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

As the tall building community comes to London for the CTBUH 2013 London Conference, media sources in the city are examining the legacy of the tall building in the historic city. The Financial Times, BD and The Telegraph have all published editorials concerning the implications of vertical expansion in London. Read more.

Video: Watch the Climb to the Top


10 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photographer Joe McNally recently captured a series of dizzying images from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. He has also released an interesting four and a half minute behind-the-scenes look at how he ascended the tower and held a photo shoot at the top of the world. Read more.

New York's Tall Building Boom, As Seen By the Times


10 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The New York Times is taking a serious interest in the continuing debate about tall buildings in North America. In its latest piece, The Times tackles the complex economics of building skyscrapers in the city, as it examines the candidates for New York's future tallest residential building. Read more.

Plan Resurrected for Malta's Tallest


10 Jun 2013, Valletta, Malta

The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) has renewed the development permit for the Metropolis Plaza in Gżira, which is set to include the country's tallest building. The three-tower project, which has been stagnate for four years, never progressed past digging the foundation hole. Read more.

Fourth Philip Johnson Tower Sold This Year


10 Jun 2013, Dallas, United States

Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas has been sold for an undisclosed sum to a partnership of M-M Properties Inc. and CBRE Global Investors. The deal puts to rest the mortgage problems suffered by the Johnson/Burgee Architects-designed office tower in recent years. Read more.

New High-rise Condo Project Planned in Houston


07 Jun 2013, Houston, United States

A new high-rise luxury condominium project is planned for a prime location in uptown Houston, the developer announced this week. The 26-story Belfiore tower will feature 46 four-bedroom residences, priced at about $600 per square foot ($6,452 per square meter), built on two acres of land. Read more.

Six New Boston High-Rises to Replace Parking Garage


07 Jun 2013, Boston, United States

Developers have filed plans to revive the area of Boston's Government Center Garage by building a series of six towers on the site. The 2,300-space parking garage would be replaced with 771 apartments, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square meters) of office space, a hotel and 85,000 square feet (7,900 square meters) of retail and restaurant space. Read more.

Major Malaysian Project to Launch Next Month


07 Jun 2013, Penang, Malaysia

Penang-based developer Ideal Property Group is set to launch its Tree Sparina high-rise condo development next month, according to local paper Bernama. The MYR350 million (US$113 million) tower is the first phase of the 10 hectare (25 acre) Ideal Vision Park mixed-use development project. Read more.

New York Was Once Under an Enormous Mountain Range


07 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The BBC profiles Professor Iain Stewart, a geologist at Plymouth University in the UK, as he studies the incredible bedrock that has made possible Manhattan as we know it. The minerals in this rock, known as schist, provide clues to America's ancient geologic history and places in context the bedrock that anchors many of the world’s earliest and best-known skyscrapers. Read more.

Jerusalem Makes a Move Toward Becoming a Vertical Metropolis


06 Jun 2013, Jerusalem, Israel

As part of its new initiative to develop a new center for business and commerce in Jerusalem, the city's Regional Planning the Building Committee is set to approve a pair of 150-meter towers. If the pair reaches completion, these mixed-use towers would be the city's tallest, Haaretz reports (registration required). Read more.

Growing Minnesota City to Get 25-Story Tower


06 Jun 2013, Rochester, United States

Titan Development and Investment plans to build a 25-story office tower in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic. The mixed-use Broadway at Center tower will include a 150-room four-star hotel and 150 apartments, as well as a high-end grocery store, several restaurants and commercial office space. Read more.

The Bow Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Calgary


06 Jun 2013, Calgary, Canada

After being partially open for a few months, Calgary's tallest building celebrated its official grand opening Tuesday, June 4. At 238 meters (779 feet), the Foster + Partners-designed Bow building is the tallest skyscraper in Canada west of Toronto. Read more.

JPA Plays Major Role in San Diego’s Makers Quarter


05 Jun 2013, San Diego, United States

John Portman & Associates (JPA) has designed the plan and vision for the Makers Quarter of the I.D.E.A. District in San Diego. Makers Quarter is a $900 million master-planned district catering to "maker" residents who are involved in the innovation, design, education and arts industries. Read more.

Chlorophyll Tower Could Scrub Manhattan’s Air


05 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

Egyptian firm IAMZ Design Studio's submission to the eVolo skyscraper competition is directly inspired by nature. The Chlorophyll Tower's residential cells are designed to absorb New York city's emissions of harmful gases and convert them into energy. Read more.