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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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Obituary: Lake Point Tower's George Schipporeit Dies


30 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

At the age of 80, iconic Chicago architect George Schipporeit, co-designer of the Lake Point Tower and former Dean of the IIT College of Architecture, died Thursday, August 29. The cause of death was reported as complications from pneumonia. Read more.

Lawsuit Attacks Millennium Towers' Integrity


30 Aug 2013, Los Angeles, United States

A coalition of local homeowners has filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the developer of the Hollywood Millennium project. The suit alleges the city failed to study the environmental impacts of the two-tower development and accuses city officials of hiding evidence of a possible earthquake fault near the site. Read more.

Cityplace Center East Tower For Sale


30 Aug 2013, Dallas, United States

The Tower at Cityplace Center East, a 1.35 million-square foot (125,000-square meter) office tower in Dallas' Uptown district, has hit the market after being owned by the same entity for six years. The 42-story office and retail tower is the only completed building of what was once planned to be a three-tower development. Read more.

Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont


30 Aug 2013, San Francisco, United States

Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to build a 54-story tower which, at 805 feet (246 meters) could be the third-tallest building in San Francisco upon completion.Read more.

MAD in Europe


30 Aug 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects was invited to outline a master plan for a 200,000-square meter (2.15 million-square foot) commercial and retail project in Amsterdam's Zuidas business district. His office has produced drawings for a cluster of tall buildings which resemble crater-topped mountains. Read more.

Farrells Master-Plans Pair of Major Developments in Shanghai


28 Aug 2013, Shanghai, China

Farrells has won commissions for two major mixed-use developments in Shanghai, located on either side of the Huangpu River, World Architecture News reports. Farrells will master plan The Springs development north of the city and a further development within the Shanghai shipyard area in Pudong. Read more.

Tema to Build Helical Hermann Place Tower


28 Aug 2013, Houston, United States

Houston-based Tema Development has unveiled plans for a new, helical residential tower near the city's Hermann Park. The Tower at Hermann Place, which will house 550 residents in 270 units, twists 30 degrees over its 42 stories, granting residents views of the neighboring park and the Houston skyline. Read more.

Work Stalls on Sky City, But BSB Remains Positive


28 Aug 2013, Changsha, China

The New York Times has produced a trio of pieces on the ever-interesting Sky City project by Broad Sustainable Building in Changsha, China. The articles paint a determined picture of Chairman Zhang Yue, who remains steadfast in his ambitions to build what he sees as the world's next tallest building. Read more.

ULI Reports Progress on Environmental Performance


28 Aug 2013, Washington, United States

A new report published by the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance suggests that its members involved in the global real estate industry have made tangible progress in improving the environmental performance of existing buildings. Read more.

Iconic Buildings Become Pawns in Skyline Chess


28 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Iconic London architecture becomes kings, queens and pawns in Skyline Chess Set, by Ian Flood & Chriss Prosser. Famous and cherished structures of the city, including The Shard, The Gherkin and One Canada Square, are modeled in 3D and physically prototyped via 3D printing. Read more.

High-Rise Basement Storage Costs Soar


27 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

While residents will pay between $2,000 and $6,000 per square foot ($22,000 and $67,000 per square meter) to live at 56 Leonard Street, Tribeca's under-construction luxury skyscraper, some are also willing to pay $1,500 to $1,800 per square foot ($16,700 to $20,000 per square meter) for storage space. A 200-square foot (18.6-square meter) storage unit in its basement has been sold for $300,000. Read more.

Ward Village Project Phase I Approved


27 Aug 2013, Honolulu, United States

The Howard Hughes Corporation has received the go-ahead for a total of three residential-commercial towers in the Ward District of Honolulu. The first phase of the master plan for Ward Village, Kakaako will include more than 4,000 residential units and about 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space. Read more.

Hudson Yards Moving Along at a Clip


27 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

The future of Hudson Yards looks robust as the 26-acre project moves along at a rapid pace, Bloomberg reports. Despite past project turbulence, construction is underway on the first tower of 10 in the $15 billion development and the recent real estate boom in New York has launched two neighboring mega-developments. Read more.

Langham Chicago Opens in Mies Icon


27 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

CTBUH Editor Dan Safarik had the chance to tour the recently completed hotel renovation of Mies van der Rohe's 330 North Wabash in Chicago. Langham Hotel Group converted the first 13 floors of the skyscraper, and will open for business next week. World Architecture News published Safarik's review. Read more.

FXFOWLE Tower Includes High-School Space


26 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

FXFOWLE Architects has been hired to design a cantilevered glass and granite building, which rises at an angle toward the sky for developer Alchemy Properties. The building, 35XV, is located at 35 West 15th street in Manhattan, and will include six stories of space belonging to neighboring Xavier High School. Read more.

Chicago Building Faces Multimillion-Dollar Rehab


26 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is spending $32 million of pension capital funding on the major rehabilitation of 2101 South Michigan, its 26-story residential tower on Chicago's South Side. Rehabilitation work on the aging property is intended to improve the quality of life for residents, according to the company. Read more.

Harmon Tower Demolition Approved


26 Aug 2013, Las Vegas, United States

After four rounds of inspections and testing, Las Vegas judge has approved the demolition of the faulty, unfinished Harmon Tower hotel on the Strip. The defective 26-story shell has lain empty for years, embroiled in court disputes over who is to blame and who will cover the cost of demolition. Read more.

Developer to Sell a Percentage of Atlantic Yards to Fund Construction


26 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, has announced he plans to sell 50 to 80 percent of the $5 billion complex to interested investors. The proceeds of the sale will go to help build some of the stalled 14 residential buildings. Read more.

Gramercy Skypark Is Completed


23 Aug 2013, Makati, Philippines

Singapore-based Pomeroy Studio has completed Gramercy Skypark, billed as the highest sky garden and the tallest green wall in the Philippines. The Skypark is located within the Roger Villarosa-designed Gramercy Residences, which at 250 meters (820 feet) has become the second-tallest building in the Philippines. Read more.

The Guardian Weighs In on Elizabeth House


23 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

The uproar over London mayor Boris Johnson’s recent approval of the Elizabeth House redevelopment is picked up by The Guardian's blogger Dave Hill. The Mayor has given the go-ahead to replace the 16-story Elizabeth House with a 29-story tower, despite protests from English Heritage and the Palace of Westminster. Read more.

Energy Tower Developers Ask for City Funding


23 Aug 2013, Midland, United States

The construction of the ambitious 56-story mixed-use Energy Tower in Midland, Texas, is expected to cost more than the $400 million originally projected. Developer Energy Related Properties is asking the city of Midland to contribute as much as $75 million in cash to build a five-story parking garage for the project. Read more.

Henry Cobb's Historic Images of Warsaw on Display


23 Aug 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Henry Cobb, recipient of the 2013 Lynne S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, has been profiled by Polish media for the color photographs he took during his tour of the country in 1947 while a student of architecture at Harvard. The collection of about 100 images was reportedly the first color photographs made in Poland. Read more.

Condos Flood the Market in Toronto, Causing Concern


22 Aug 2013, Toronto, Canada

A housing dive may be in the future for the condominium housing market in Toronto. Although low-rise sales are declining faster than high-rise sales in the city, condominium prices are taking a dive due to the flood of new construction in the city and an overabundance of high-rise residences in the market. Read more.

Smartphone App Resurrects a Phantom Chicago


22 Aug 2013, Chicago, United States

Phantom Chicago, produced by Alexander Eisenschmidt and his Visionary Cities project, presents over 100 unbuilt visionary schemes for the City of Chicago. As an iPhone app, the 160-foot (50-meter) long panorama creates "gallery walls" that link the unrealized visions to the existing Chicago. Read more.

One Blackfriars is Underway


21 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Construction has reportedly begun on the Ian Simpson-designed tower at One Blackfriars Road, World Architecture News reports. Developed by St. George, the 52-story tower will include 274 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant space, a boutique hotel and a landscaped piazza. Read more.

Why Turkey's Building Boom May Be Ending


21 Aug 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The New York Times chronicles the tentative financial futures of the building industry in Istanbul. "Cheap loans" from the US facilitated a tall building boom in the city, but since the financial crash, have disappeared. A declining currency and sluggish economy mark the end of the "Turkish economic miracle." Read more.

Northwood Snatches Up 100 Broadway


21 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Northwood Investors has added 100 Broadway to its New York portfolio, purchasing the 24-story vintage office tower for $150 million, according to the New York Post. The 116-year-old building contains 380,000 square feet (35,000 square meters) of rentable space, bringing the transaction’s value to $400 per square foot ($4,400 per square meter). Read more.

Vertical Density Blurs Skyscraper Memories


20 Aug 2013, New York City, United States

Washington, DC-based photographer Ajay Malghan has produced his latest series, Vertical Density, playing with abstract shapes of skyscrapers to create his photographs. The collection of blurred images is meant to mimic the non-specific nature of the human memory. Read more.

Latest LEGO Tower Record Goes to Delaware Students


20 Aug 2013, Wilmington, United States

A group of students in Delaware, USA, has reportedly broken the world record for the world's tallest free-standing LEGO tower. The team from John Dickinson High School built the 112-foot (34-meter), five-story tower from more than 500,000 bricks. Read more.

Leighton Launches Latest Tower


20 Aug 2013, Sydney, Australia

Leighton Properties has announced the development of North Sydney's first new commercial building in six years. The 30-story, AU$400 million (US$363 million) development at 177 Pacific Highway will feature 40,000 square meters (431,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.