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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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Bloomberg Weighs In on the Next Tallest Tower


20 Aug 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

June marked the announcement by Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announcement of his project to build the world's future tallest office tower in Dubai. Bloomberg's latest article questions his ability to complete the project in the city's still-bleak market. Read more.

New York Times Illustrates Bloomberg's Legacy in the Big Apple


19 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

As part of its series of retrospective pieces looking at different aspects of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12 years in office, The New York Times has created a dynamic interactive webpage illustrating how the Mayor reshaped the city through bike lanes, new building construction and rezoning. Read more.

Nation’s Towers Open, Featuring World's Highest Suspended Suite


19 Aug 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel features what developers are calling "the world's highest suspended suite," including a sky bridge that connects the two towers. Read more.

Video: Voactiv's Exclusive Inside Look at Torre David


19 Aug 2013, Caracas, Venezuela

Global social news network Voactiv has produced a short film documenting life in Caracas' much-discussed Torre David, calling it "the world's tallest slum." Voactiv is one of the few companies allowed to bring cameras into the building to interview residents about their daily lives and struggles in the tower. Read more.

One Chase Manhattan Plaza on the Market


19 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

JP Morgan Chase & Co. is selling its former headquarters, the 60-story 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza in lower Manhattan. The tower, containing 2.2 million square feet (204,000 square meters) of office space, could fetch at least $1 billion, making it one of the largest commercial office deals in the area in recent years. Read more.

Studio Heliopolis Tower Images Released


16 Aug 2013, Mumbai, India

Indian architecture firm Planet 3 Studios has released images of its Heliopolis Tower, a "neo-Gaudi" apartment block designed for Mumbai. The firm was inspired by the organic forms of Antoni Gaudi's balconies as well as Ancient Egyptian columns and modern building materials. Read more.

DOS Architects Wins GWA Tower Competition


16 Aug 2013, Beijing, China

Grow Wealth Assets (GWA) has chosen London-based DOS Architects as the frontrunner of its Mixed-Use Development competition in the Lize Financial District of Beijing. The winning entry, Cantilevering Courtyard Tower, includes 219,000 square meters (2,400,000 square feet) of hotel, office, retail and residential space. Read more.

Macy's Plaza to Undergo Complete Renovation


16 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles-based Ratkovich Company is planning a $160 million renovation of its recent acquisition, the Macy's Plaza. The 1.8 million-square foot (167,000-square meter) complex includes a 24-story hotel tower and a 33-story office tower and will be renamed The Bloc after the renovation is complete in 2015. Read more.

Atkins Launches Baoneng Shenyang Project


16 Aug 2013, Shenyang, China

Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed, ₤1 billion (US$1.6 billion) mixed-use Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre in Shenyang, China, which consists of two supertall towers. The 565-meter tower, named Pearl of the North, is poised to become the tallest building in Shenyang once complete. Read more.

Video: Vibrant Vertical Farming in Tokyo


15 Aug 2013, Tokyo, Japan

A staffing company in Tokyo's financial district is using office space in its own headquarters to illustrate cutting-edge horticultural technique and inspire a new generation of urban farmers. Monocle Magazine has produced an insightful micro-documentary on the Pasona company headquarters in Tokyo. Read more.

After 30 Years, First Canadian Centre to Gain Second Tower


15 Aug 2013, Calgary, Canada

GWL Realty Advisors has submitted for approval plans for the east tower of the First Canadian Centre to the Calgary Planning Commission. The new tower will be part of the second phase of the complex and will join the existing 41-story west tower, built in 1982, which is the 10th tallest in the city. Read more.

Bloomberg Poses Tough Questions on the World's Tallest


15 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Megan McArdle at Bloomberg expresses strong opinions about the debate surrounding the pursuit of the title of "tallest" which pervades the tall building industry. In her piece, she examines the controversy surrounding the One World Trade Center and wonders whether the question is impractical. Read more.

Kansas City's Latest Tower Growing Taller


15 Aug 2013, Kansas City, United States

The tallest residential tower in Kansas City has gained two floors and 61 apartments in a new planning submission for the project. The revised proposal by Cordish Co. calls for a 25-story, 311-unit apartment building at 13th and Walnut Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light district. Read more.

Building Boom May Come to Footscray


14 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is pushing a code alteration to allow towers as tall as 25 stories in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. The zoning change could allow a group of five developers to build more than 3,000 new apartments in 18 residential skyscrapers in the area near the town center. Read more.

More Questions Surrounding Sky City


14 Aug 2013, Changsha, China

Since Broad Sustainable Building held a groundbreaking ceremony for Sky City on July 20, questions arose around all aspects of the project. Christian Science Monitor Beijing correspondent Peter Ford has published an article exploring the realities of what could be the world's next tallest building. Read more.

Hudson Yards Heavyweight Provides Insights into the Development Process


14 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

June marked the announcement of 3 Hudson Boulevard, the 1,000-foot (304-foot) tower developed by the Moinian Group. The Commercial Observer interviewed Moinian Group Vice President and Director of Development Oskar Brecher, discussing his involvement in the project and its progress. Read more.

'Green' Tower Addition Will Rescue Old Stock Exchange


14 Aug 2013, Vancouver, Canada

A CA$200 million (US$194 million) tower, billed by its developers as one of the most sustainable office buildings in Canada, has been given the go-ahead for construction in Vancouver. The city's development permit board approved the 31-story Exchange, designed by Harry Gugger Studio. Read more.

Romanian Firm Proposes Feathered Eco-Tower


13 Aug 2013, Miami, United States

Bucharest-based studio Armarada has unveiled its Avis Magica conceptual skyscraper for Miami which boasts a 394-foot (120-meter) aquarium and energy-generating "feathers." An artificial ecosystem is stacked within the stylized 1,100-foot (335-meter) tower, serving as a giant oxygen tank for the city. Read more.

Shanghai Transformation Chronicled in Pair of Photos


13 Aug 2013, Shanghai, China

Reuters staff photographer Carlos Barria recently took a photo of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai from the same perspective and frame as a photo that was taken in 1987. The photos show Pudong transforming from a lightly-settled single-story landscape into the mega city it is today, with the addition of buildings and high-rise towers. Read more.

Residents Protest Rock Lair at the Top of a High-Rise


13 Aug 2013, Beijing, China

A Chinese businessman who built a house covered by an artificial mountain on top of a 26-story apartment block in Beijing has been told to remove it or risk its demolition. Local media reports that the man spent six years creating the structure using fake rocks, real trees and real grass. Read more.

Chicagoans Covet Condos


13 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Developers in Chicago are reporting a major increase in condominium sales, and developer CMK Cos. may soon launch the first new tall building condominium project in the city since the economic crash, according to Crain's Chicago. The project would be a 150-unit building near Museum Campus. Read more.

Tallest Tower in Memphis Sold


13 Aug 2013, Memphis, United States

The tallest building in Memphis, at 100 North Main Street, has been sold by Zimmerman Revocable Trust to Nevada-based One Hundred North Main LLC, for $5 million. Zimmerman has owned the 48-year old building since it was acquired in 1970 for $10 million. Read more.

Comparing High-rise Living in London to New York


12 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

In a comparison of tall building development in the cities of New York and London, The Daily Telegraph highlights the high rate of skyscraper construction on the East Coast as proof that the region has successfully recovered from the economic slump, while the UK is close behind. Read more.

AS+GG Partner Discusses Supertall Construction on Chinese Radio


12 Aug 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture partner Robert Forest was interviewed by China Radio International English about the rising number of supertall skyscrapers, including the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Topics discussed include wind loading, elevator efficiency and financial restraints. Read more.

Fairway Market to Join the Hudson Yards Community


12 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Fairway Market, the grocery store chain, will be the anchor food tenant in the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side. The company announced that a 45,000 square foot supermarket will take up the ground floor retail space in the project's South Tower at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue. Read more.

The Stage Approved in Shoreditch


09 Aug 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.

30 Park Place Revision Filed


09 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

New York YIMBY is reporting that Silverstein Properties has filed plans for a 937-foot (286-meter) revision of its skyscraper project at 30 Park Place in New York. The proposal is 25 feet (7.6 meters) taller than a previous version, and will include a Four Seasons Hotel and 161 condominium units. Read more.

Digital Harbour to Build Hotel Complex in the Docklands


09 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has granted approval to build a $130 million hotel and residential complex on one of the few remaining undeveloped spots in the northern end of Melbourne's Docklands. The Altus, a 37-story mixed-use tower, will be developed by Digital Harbour Holdings. Read more.

Exhibition Examines Unbuilt Skyscrapers


09 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin have opened a highly-celebrated exhibition called Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum in LA. The exhibition reveals an alternative "what-if" version of the city, by exploring innovative and forgotten schemes once proposed but never built. Read more.

CTBUH Leader Supports Skyscraper Community


08 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Sourceable has published an interview with CTBUH City Representative Melbourne Matthew Gaal titled "Skyscraper Ambitions: No Ego, Just Purpose." Aided by global tall building data provided by the Council, Gaal argues that tall buildings can really serve the communities in which they are built. Read more.