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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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Chinese Curtain Wall Company to Join One the Elephant Project


17 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Lend Lease has chosen Far East Façade to design and supply the curtain walls for its 37-story tower block at London's Elephant & Castle. One the Elephant tower, designed by Squire & Partners, is the centerpiece of the ₤3 billion (US$4.8 billion) Elephant & Castle regeneration project. Read more.

One Lincoln Plaza Upgrades, Becomes Ross Tower


17 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

As part of a $25 million repositioning effort of Dallas' One Lincoln Plaza, Houston-based Lionstone Group, a privately owned real estate investment firm, will rename the office building Ross Tower. The new name is intended to celebrate the 45-story tower's location at the center of Ross Avenue. Read more.

Delayed Libeskind Tower Opens Marketing Suite


16 Sep 2013, Warsaw, Poland

The Zlota 44 Tower, designed by Poland-born, New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind, is offering potential clients preview of apartment units after a legal battle caused years of delay. A marketing suite has been opened in the high-rise, displaying views of the city in addition to apartment interiors. Read more.

Back Bay Tower Approved


16 Sep 2013, Boston, United States

Boston city officials on Thursday approved construction of what will be the city's tallest residential building, a 691-foot (210-meter) hotel and condominium tower that will rise at the edge of the city's Christian Science Plaza. The development is also set to include a 25-story tower with 255 apartments. Read more.

Proposed Skyscraper to Grow in LA's Historic Core


16 Sep 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles developer Joseph Hellen has proposed a 40-story residential building for the Historic Core of the city. Designed by Martinez + Cutri Corporation, the Stationer's Building is projected to cost more than $120 million and will feature 252 apartment units as well as ground floor retail space. Read more.

CTBUH Credited With Coining New Term


16 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

The opening paragraph of BD's weekend e-newsletter featured the Council's latest Tall Buildings in Numbers report on skyscraper 'vanity height.' Last week BD published an article covering the research topic, highlighting the fact that buildings in the UAE tend to feature the highest vanity height ratios. Read more.

Anonymous Buyer Nabs David Stott Building for a Low Price


13 Sep 2013, Detroit, United States

The 209,400-square foot (19,454-square meter) David Stott Building in downtown Detroit has been sold at auction for $8.95 million. The reddish-brown, art-deco skyscraper had a starting bid of $3.5 million and was part of an online sell-off at, along with the former Detroit Free Press Building, sold for $4 million. Read more.

Developer Plans North Dakota's Tallest


13 Sep 2013, Fargo, United States

Fargo real estate investor Doug Burgum is marketing a 252-foot (77-foot) mixed-used tower in downtown Fargo that would be the tallest building in North Dakota. The 500,000-square foot (46,000-square meter) Block 9 tower would include retail and office space, a hotel and high-end condos. Read more.

Monaco Millionaire Looks to Profit From Manhattan Skyscraper Sale


13 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Monaco-based British millionaire Michael Tabor will auction off his 41-year-old Manhattan skyscraper, 450 Park Avenue, which he purchased in 2007 for $509 million. The 391-foot (119-meter) office building is now valued at around $600 million, according to The Financial Times. Read more.

Harbin's Twin Towers to Serve as Northern Gateway


13 Sep 2013, Harbin, China

Chinese architectural firm spatial practice is behind the Harbin High-Speed Railway West Train Station Twin Towers project. The mixed-use structure houses office space, residential apartments, retail spaces and serves as a connection to the city's new underground infrastructural hub. Read more.

Owners May Lose Midtown Skyscraper Over Iranian Business Ties


13 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

The federal government may seize ownership of a skyscraper whose owners broke the law by doing business with Iran, a judge ruled Wednesday. Prosecutors sued for control of 650 Fifth Avenue on grounds that its owners were secretly funneling money to a bank run by the Iranian government. Read more.

Norwegian Fund Makes Major Investment in NYC Tower


12 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Boston Properties has agreed to sell a 45 percent interest in the ground leasehold interest and tax credits in Times Square Tower to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global for $684 million. The 246,000-square foot (22,854-meter) office tower was developed by Boston Properties in 2003 and is 99 percent leased. Read more.

Yansong Continues Mountain Tower Theme


12 Sep 2013, Beijing, China

As a continuation to his Shan-Shui City concept, which envisions a "city of mountains and water," Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has proposed the Chaoyang Park project as an interpretation of China's ancient natural philosophy in the contemporary city of Beijing. Read more.

Forbes Launches Global Media Tower Initiative


11 Sep 2013, Makati, Philippines

Forbes Media has teamed with Century Properties Group to build the world's first Forbes-branded tower in the Century City district of Makati. The height of the commercial office tower has not yet been finalized, but the company reports it will be located in Century Properties' mixed-used development Century City. Read more.

Newcastle Hastens Gold Coast Tower


11 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago-based real estate investment firm Newcastle Limited has announced imminent plans to begin constructing a 35-story building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. The tower will feature a combination of studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Read more.

Tribune Features CTBUH Reports, Leaders on 1WTC, Vanity Height


10 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

The front page of today's Chicago Tribune features architecture critic Blair Kamin's article on the ultimate height of the One World Trade Center in New York, drawing on the recently released CTBUH Tall Buildings in Numbers study of Vanity Height, i.e. the distance between a skyscraper’s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top, as determined by CTBUH Height Criteria. Read more.

Winnipeg's Tallest Gets Taller


10 Sep 2013, Winnipeg, Canada

The Toronto-based Fortress Real Developments is planning Winnipeg's tallest tower, LiveWorkPlay Winnipeg. The CA$200 million (US$193 million) proposal was originally 42 stories, but has grown to 55, and is now proposed to include housing units, commercial space and a grocery store. Read more.

Falling Iron Halts Work in Calgary


10 Sep 2013, Calgary, Canada

City officials issued a stop work order after a load of metal fell from a crane in downtown Calgary engaged in building Eighth Avenue Place West Tower. Officials say no further hoisting work will be allowed until inspectors can determine what happened and whether the public's safety can be guaranteed. Read more.

Pinnacle Sale Sets Nashville Record


10 Sep 2013, Nashville, United States

Highwoods Properties closed its $152 million acquisition of The Pinnacle at Symphony Place on Thursday, setting a record purchase price for a multi-tenant office building in Nashville. The Raleigh-based real estate investment trust paid $294 per square foot ($3,266 per square meter) for the office building. Read more.

Latest SkyHouse Project Launched in Dallas


09 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

The Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. have broken ground on SkyHouse Dallas, the brand's latest apartment development. When completed, in about a year, the 24-story property will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units with floor-to-ceiling glass. Read more.

“Living Building” Attracts Tenants with Zero Net-Energy Goals


09 Sep 2013, Seattle, United States

Construction company Hammer & Hand, which builds commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest, will move to Seattle's first Passive House building. The 100-foot (30.5-meter) Bullitt Center debuted in spring of 2013 and is built to the principles of the Living Building Challenge. Read more.

JDS Plans Another Skinny Tower on West 57th Street


09 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

JDS Development and Property Markets Group have launched a plan to build an ultra-skinny condominium tower at 111 West 57th Street, The Wall Street Journal reports. The 1,350-foot tower (411-meter) was designed by SHoP Architects, but has yet to secure sufficient financing to begin construction. Read more.

Cheongna City Tower Infinity Receives Approval


06 Sep 2013, Seoul, South Korea

GDS Architects has achieved planning approval for its 450-meter (1,476-foot) Cheongna City Tower Infinity at Incheon, just outside of Seoul, South Korea. GDS collaborated with Samoo Architects and A&U Engineering. The group's proposal was awarded first prize in a national design competition held by Korea Land Housing in April 2011. Read more.

Zigzagging Tower “Twilts” to Optimize Solar Energy


06 Sep 2013, Rome, Italy

Architects Paolo Venturella and Angelo Balducci have put forth renderings for their skyscraper concept, Twilt Tower. The wildly zigzagging skyscraper features photovoltaic panels spread across the façade, capturing the sun's rays and warming the building throughout the day. Read more.

Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud


06 Sep 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai Tower introduced the basics of the BIM (building information modeling) Cloud service used in the design of the skyscraper.Read more.

Branding Tall Buildings as Luxurious


06 Sep 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arabian Business profiles the process of marketing tall buildings in a recent article, including the man responsible for branding the Burj Khalifa. John Brash of Brash Brands, tasked with selling the world's tallest building, approached the task, not as a real estate project, but as a luxury lifestyle brand. Read more.

Windy Leeds Tower Solution Delayed


05 Sep 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom

Work to control a wind-tunnel effect around Leeds’ tallest building, which has led to one death and caused several injuries since it was finished in 2007, has been delayed. A potential solution was due to be made public in a short time, but the city council has said further planning is needed. Read more.

Nordstrom Buys Supertall Site


05 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

Seattle-based luxury retailer Nordstrom has reportedly paid $102.5 million for the site of its future Midtown flagship store at 217 West 57th Street. The seven-floor will anchor what may be a massive 88-story, 1,550-foot (472-meter) residential condo tower that Extell Development is building at the site. Read more.

Designer Imagines the Toronto of the Next Decade


05 Sep 2013, Toronto, Canada

Digital artist Scott Dickson of Upside-Down Marketing & Design has created an image of what Toronto's downtown skyline may look like within the next 10 years. Dickson spent over 100 hours creating renderings for a series of proposed tall-building projects and knitting them into the existing skyline. Read more.

200 N Michigan Nods to Art-Deco Neighbor


04 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

bKL Architecture has designed a 45-story skyscraper for 200 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, including retail space and 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of apartments. The apartments will be a mix of one- and two-bedrooms as well as studios. Read more.