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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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Murdoch Company to Move to Shard's Smaller Cousin


19 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Media giant News Corp. will relocate its entire London operation into new headquarters next year. Rupert Murdoch's recently-reorganized News UK will reportedly take over all 430,000 square feet (40,000 square meters) of space available in The Place, which is widely known as the "Baby Shard." Read more.

Howard Hughes Goes High in Hawaii


18 Jul 2013, Honolulu, United States

A state agency has approved construction of a trio of high-rises in Honolulu's Kaka'ako district. The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build three condo towers in Phase 1 of its Ward Village master plan, the first of a planned 22 towers slated to be built in the development. Read more.

Sydney Plans New Harbor Community


18 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia

The city of Sydney is planning a new waterfront suburb of as many as 2,500 apartments, to be built on contaminated reclaimed mudflats. Apartment towers ranging from four to 25 stories, extensive pedestrian and cycling paths along the Harbor, and a school will be included in the Wentworth Point complex Read more.

20 Fenchurch Half-Let


18 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

More than half of the office space in London's 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie) has been pre-let, nine months before its scheduled completion, according to the building's developer. Land Securities expects two-thirds of the 37-story tower be leased by the time the tower opens in spring 2014. Read more.

Google Street View Goes to Paris


18 Jul 2013, Paris, France

A few weeks after Google took its Street View imagery to the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Internet giant has turned its attention to the French capital, giving the same treatment to the city's majestic Eiffel Tower. Read more.

Boston Redevelopment Authority Approves Hundreds of New Homes


17 Jul 2013, Boston, United States

Boston regulators approved construction of more than 1,100 new homes from East Boston to the Fenway, adding to a residential building boom that is transforming the city. The new homes, mostly luxury apartments, will be spread among four different neighborhoods in Boston. Read more.

Indiana Building Rouses Citywide Excitement


17 Jul 2013, Indianapolis, United States

Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis announced July 16 that local developers Flaherty & Collins Properties have been chosen to develop the site of the former Market Square Arena. The proposed residential building will cost $81 million; the city will contribute $17.8 million to the project. Read more.

Turkey Lashes Out at Tall Buildings


17 Jul 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey's Parliament has passed an amendment to protect its historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization. The new measures would transfer zoning authority in Turkish cities to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MEU) and set up architectural commissions in municipalities. Read more.

The WSJ on the Global Love Affair with Tall Buildings


17 Jul 2013, Opinion: The Wall Street Journal

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal explores contemporary tall buildings and the resurgence of skyscraper construction. Beginning with The Leadenhall Building in the City of London, author Peter Evans explores a series of tall building projects under construction around the world. Read more.

WSJ Laments Contemporary Brooklyn Towers


16 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

The last several years have seen many towers sprout in the downtown Brooklyn skyline, but as an article in The Wall Street Journal points out, these new edifices leave much to be desired. "They are, in short, places from which to watch Manhattan, not things to be seen themselves," according to the article. Read more.

County Approves Arlington's Largest High-Rise


16 Jul 2013, Pentagon City, United States

The Arlington County board on Saturday approved a mixed-use development that will include a new 22-story building with nearly 700 residential units and more than 40,000 square feet (3,716 square meters) of retail, according to The Associated Press. The project would be the largest residential and retail high-rise in Pentagon City. Read more.

Banks to Fund Completion of Burj Al Salam Towers


16 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UAE banks Emirates NBD and First Gulf Bank have signed an AED900 million (US$245 million) loan to fund the development of a three-tower project in Dubai. The topped-out Burj Al Salam Towers development, located just off Sheikh Zayed Road, will feature commercial, residential and hotel space. Read more.

Jean Nouvel & Friends Win EPO Competition


16 Jul 2013, Rijswijk, Netherlands

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that a consortium lead by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in association with Dam & Partners Architecten have won the international competition to design and construct its new Main Building in Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague, the Netherlands. Read more.

Jakartans Appreciate High-Rise Living


15 Jul 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

High-rise condominium sales in Jakarta have reached a rate of 96.2 percent, the highest cumulative level in the past ten years, The Jakarta Post reports. Property consultant Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia came to this conclusion while studying real estate trends in Jakarta. Read more.

Developers Grant Sneak Peek of Energy Tower


15 Jul 2013, Midland, United States

Midland-based developer Energy Related Properties and architect Edmonds International went to Houston to promote their skyscraper project. Energy Tower at City Center could stand as the sixth-tallest building in Texas when it opens in 2015, according to the company. Read more.

'Beyond Torre David' Presents Viable Slum Solutions


15 Jul 2013, Berlin, Germany

In a Berlin gallery, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is presenting its continued work with the Caracas squatter community. 'Beyond Torre David' is an exhibition exploring a series of interventions designed to improve the lives of the thousands of people living, working and playing in the abandoned skyscraper. Read more.

50 United Nations Tops Out


15 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Manhattan's Foster + Partners-designed tower at 50 United Nations Plaza has topped out, reaching its full 44-story height in less than eight months. The building will feature 88 residences ranging from one-bedrooms to a duplex penthouse measuring nearly 10,000 square feet (929 square meters). Read more.

KPF Looks to Stretch Landmark Tower by 30 Percent


12 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been recommended for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' (KPF) plan to add 11 stories to a 41-year-old landmark building in London. The proposal would extend the 351-foot (107-meter) King's Reach Tower by more than a third, BD reports (registration required). Read more.

Foreclosed Thanksgiving Tower Sold to New Owners


12 Jul 2013, Dallas, United States

Commercial real estate investment company Woods Capital Management (WCM) has closed a deal to purchase Dallas' Thanksgiving Tower from Berkadia. WCM intends to reposition the building with capital upgrades to the lobby and exterior as well as additions to the on-site amenities. Read more.

Cardin Venice Project Quashed


12 Jul 2013, Venice, Italy

Public and government opposition has forced fashion tycoon Pierre Cardin to cancel plans for his pet skyscraper project. Pierre Cardin and architect Rodrigo Basilicati have axed plans for their 60-story Palais Lumière, due to criticism about how the building would clash with the Venetian landscape. Read more.

Redesigning Sydney's Rail Yards


12 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales (NSW) government has called for international companies to help redevelop the space over Sydney's Central station, inner-city rail lines and adjacent land. The project intends to create a new heart of the city and would be the largest urban renewal project in Australia. Read more.

Hines Expands Houston High-Rise


11 Jul 2013, Houston, United States

Hines Interests has announced plans to expand the size of its proposed 41-story office tower on Houston's Main Street. The company will increase the size of the 609 Main at Texas building from the originally proposed 815,000 square feet in order to meet demand, according to Houston Culture Map. Read more.

Two Supertalls Squashed in Melbourne


11 Jul 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Plans to build what may have been the southern hemisphere's tallest skyscraper in Melbourne have been abandoned. Fender Katsalidis Architects has confirmed it is redesigning plans Australia 108 after a series of code requirements rendered the proposal "impossible." Read more.

Greenpeace Makes an Icy Statement on The Shard


11 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

Six women attempted to climb London's Shard this morning, Thursday, July 11, in protest over Arctic oil drilling. The six activists evaded security guards at 4 AM, London time, to begin the unauthorized attempt to scale the 1,004-foot (306-meter) skyscraper, which they are calling a "giant Shard of ice." Read more.

David Scott Talks Prefabrication, Wind Turbines, Innovation


11 Jul 2013, Dartford, United Kingdom

David Scott, member of the CTBUH Advisory Board, former CTBUH Chairman, CTBUH Awards jury member, is the focus of a recent New Civil Engineer feature article (subscription required). Scott made waves last year when he joined Laing O'Rourke's Engineering Excellence Group (EEG). Read more.

A Second Penthouse Appears in 432 Park


10 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Developers at 432 Park, Macklowe and CIM, have reconfigured the building's top floors in order to sell a 96th-floor unit for $95 million and a second, 95th-floor unit for a discounted $85 million, The Real Deal New York reports. The developers also plan to cut the number of units from 141 to 125. Read more.

Major Tenant for 3WTC Means Construction Can Continue


10 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Developer Larry Silverstein is on the verge of landing another major tenant, one that will allow his company to complete construction of the Three World Trade Center tower. GroupM, an advertising and media firm, is close to a final agreement on a 20-year lease at the planned 80-story building. Read more.

New Images of Foster + Partners' Faena House


10 Jul 2013, Miami, United States

Foster + Partners has released new images of the 18-story luxury Faena House currently being constructed in Miami. Argentinean developer Alan Faena commissioned the project, which marks the first phase of the anticipated Faena District in Miami Beach. Read more.

Site Chosen for World's Next Tallest Commercial Tower


10 Jul 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The site of what could be the world's next tallest commercial tower has been revealed to Emirates 24/7. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), has selected a plot located on the southern side of the Jumeirah Lake Towers master community. Read more.

The Stage Approved in Shoreditch


09 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

The proposed 38-story residential skyscraper on the site of what was once Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch has been granted planning permission by Hackney Council. The tower is part of a development known as The Stage, designed by architects Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will. Read more.