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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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Accountancy Firm Eyes German Skyscraper for Major Real Estate Deal

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04 Sep 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) pension fund is contemplating the purchase of a stake in a German skyscraper, in what could become one of Europe's biggest property deals of the year. The PwC pension fund is already the largest tenant in the 200-meter (656-foot) Tower 185 in the Gallus district of Frankfurt. Read more.


SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai

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04 Sep 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top, creating a shape that optimizes sun-lighting in the office units in the tower. Read more.


Walkie Talkie Glare May be Melting Neighboring Vehicles

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03 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch is reflecting light intense enough to melt cars, according to a series of recent reports. Claims surfaced over the weekend that glare from the curvaceous glass façade of the 37-story tower has caused vehicle paintwork to melt and bodywork to distort. Read more.


Libeskind Collaborates on WTC as Gesture of Democratic Solidarity

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03 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

After years of collaboration and controversy, the final One World Trade Center design which towers over Lower Manhattan is not Daniel Libeskind's, though it was his design that won the original competition to rebuild Ground Zero. The New Yorker explores Libeskind's reactions to the situation in a recent post. Read more.


New York Should Continue Its Tall-Building Tradition, Times Op-Ed Argues

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03 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Kenneth T. Jackson writes about the meteoric rise of property values in the city, describing the type of people who are willing to pay such high prices and the reasons for doing so. He argues against opposition to rezoning more parts of the city to accommodate tall buildings. Read more.


UNStudio Designs Enormous Observation Wheel

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03 Sep 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Dutch office UNStudio has developed a concept for the Giant Observation Wheel in Japan. Proposed for an as-yet undisclosed location, UNStudio's Nippon Moon will combine the familiar design of an observation wheel with a network of virtual interfaces that will allow visitors to create their own augmented realities. Read more.