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Fruits and Vegetables Skyscraper Fresh in Singapore


17 Jan 2014, Singapore, Singapore

Skygreens, a vertical farm in Singapore, could provide a case study for skyscraper-based greengrocers elsewhere. Around the world, there is an increased need for sustainable methods of acquiring fresh fruits and vegetables.Read more.

"Bikescraper" Planned in Portland


17 Jan 2014, Portland, United States

The 21-story tower offers a valet bicycle parking space for each of its 657 housing units, in addition to an underground lot that can accommodate an additional 547 bikes. That totals 1,204 bike spaces and only 328 residential car spaces. Read more.

Comcast to Build New Supertall in Philly


16 Jan 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Comcast Corp. will surpass the height of its own Philadelphia headquarters in a new skyscraper development that will accommodate its expanding workforce. The 341-meter tower will be the tallest building in the United States outside of New York and Chicago. Read more.

Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower


16 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

A new Renzo Piano-designed tower is joining the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood; less than a year after the completion of The Shard. The "new" 27-story tower will be a redevelopment of an existing building, Fielden House, on London Bridge Street. Read more.

Auckland High-Rise Brings Public Street to the Sky


16 Jan 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

A thoroughfare running through an apartment complex will open public airspace in Auckland, New Zealand. The high-rise has nearly sold out to buyers attracted to the blend of residential, commercial, and retail space. Read more.

Nordstrom Tower Part of Cantilever Trend


15 Jan 2014, New York, United States

In New York, sculptural cantilevers are coming out from the back alleys and into the mainstream streetscape. The engineering feat of expanding sideways into airspace was once applied with restraint. Increasingly, the cantilever has become an overt design component. Read more.

Saskatoon Skyline Takes Cue from Shanghai


15 Jan 2014, Saskatoon, Canada

In an effort to promote urban growth, Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, has lifted a ban that restricted downtown buildings to a height of 76 meters. City officials would like to impose a minimum height of 10 meters. Read more.

Vida Residence Launched in Downtown Dubai

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14 Jan 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties has launched a swanky new 57-story residential tower in downtown Dubai. The fully-serviced 320-unit apartment complex targets the changing demographic of the city. Read more.

Guangzhou Graced by Glazed Doughnut


14 Jan 2014, Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou Circle, a skyscraper that appears to some as a doughnut, has opened in its namesake city, maintaining an iconic connection to place. Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale of AM Progetti, S.r.l. emphasized the importance of local context to the design.Read more.

Shaoxing City Tower Photos Unveiled


13 Jan 2014, Shaoxing, China

The rapidly developing city of Shaoxing, China, boasts another tall building as a symbol of its modern advancement. The 137-meter Shaoxing City Tower slopes inward and upward from the horizontal base, and then sprouts outward in unfolding subsequent layers. Read more.

Hudson Yards Site Could Host Supertall


13 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Two parcels of land in Hudson Yards, if developed together, could host a supertall tower that would surpass One World Trade Center at an astounding 549 meters. Major developers are attracted to the monumental potential of the Hudson Yards site. Read more.

Tallest Woodscraper Moves Closer to Reality


10 Jan 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Berg / C.F Moller Architects and DinellJohansson won a competition to build a new landmark for Stockholm. One of the associated schemes would be the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper if built, at 34 stories and approximately 110 meters. Read more.

Union Attempts to Block Re-Start of Portland Tower


10 Jan 2014, Portland, United States

A labor union has attempted to block the re-start of construction on the Park Avenue West Tower in downtown Portland for the second time, on the basis that the mixed-use building does not contain affordable housing.Read more.

Marbella Skyscraper Scheme Stopped


10 Jan 2014, Marbella, Spain

The Spanish coastal resort of Marbella has put a stop to a proposed six-tower, 50-story agglomeration of skyscrapers, under significant pressure from a coalition of expatriates, aristocrats and locals. An offer to limit height to 30 stories instead was also rejected. Read more.

Greenland Investing in Two London Towers


09 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

Chinese real-estate giant Greenland Group is planning to build two high-rises in East London, one of which will be the tallest building in Canary Wharf; the other will replace a centuries-old defunct brewery, news media reported this week.Read more.

North America’s Tallest Hotel Opens


09 Jan 2014, New York City, United States

The Marriott Hotel chain has opened what it is calling the “tallest all-hotel building” in North America, at 1717 Broadway in New York. At 754 feet (22.9 7 meters) the Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 23 feet (7 meters) taller than the Detroit Marriott. Read more.

Skyscraper Approved for Be’it Maariv


09 Jan 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel Land Development Co. has received approval to construct a 55-story, 45,000 square-meter tower in Tel Aviv on the site of the Maariv newspaper headquarters, which was vacated by its prior occupants last year. Read more.

West L.A. High-Rise Fire of “Undertermined” Causes Spurs Lawsuit


09 Jan 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A group of tenants is suing the owner of the Barrington Plaza, a 25-floor high-rise that caught fire on Oct. 18, 2013, claiming the owner was negligent by failing to maintain fire alarms and locking a door to the roof, among other charges.Read more.

Shanghai Tower Plans to Hire Leasing Agent


08 Jan 2014, Shanghai, China

The state-owned developer of Shanghai Tower, China’s next tallest building, is hiring a leasing agent to sell space in the building, a highly unusual move in China, especially for a state-sponsored building. The 220,000 square-meter tower has yet to sign a lease. Read more.

Site Acquired, Permit Issued for Third Avenue Tower


08 Jan 2014, Seattle, United States

British Columbia Investment Management Corp. has purchased a site at 2000 Third Ave. in Seattle, and plans to build a 43-story building containing 431 apartments and 40 hotel rooms. The Canadian pension fund manager acquired the site for $17.75 million. Read more.

Plans Advance to Cut Bridgewater Place Gales


08 Jan 2014, Leeds, United Kingdom

The owner of Bridgewater Place, a 32-story tower in central Leeds that has become infamous for its deadly downdrafts, has proposed a set of design interventions to lower the risk of such blow-downs happening again. Read more.

Fulton Street Tower to be Partially Crowd-Funded


08 Jan 2014, New York City, United States

A new residential tower is being planned for the lots at 90-94 Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan. The $250 million, 250,000 square-foot (23,225 square-meter) building will be partially developed by a crowd-funding effort, in partnership with iFunding.Read more.

James Avenue Tower Approved


07 Jan 2014, Winnipeg, Canada

The City Council of Winnipeg has approved a 24-story residential tower to be built on the site of a historic water pumping station on James Avenue along the city’s Red River waterfront. According to architect Sotirios Kotoulas, the 200-unit tower needed to be a certain height in order to carry the expense of restoring the pump house.Read more.

Skinny Tower Hits the Beach


07 Jan 2014, Sunny Isles Beach, United States

The Muse, a 47-story, 198-meter tower on Collins Avenue, will feature many of the characteristics of Manhattan towers on an increasingly crowded waterfront, literally with a “twist” to optimize ocean views. To sweeten the deal, each unit will contain a custom sculpture by Helidon Xhiha, who has been a sensation at the Art Miami show. Read more.

Solar Sheath Revealed on Equator Tower


07 Jan 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

REX Architecture of New York has revealed plans for an unusually pliable retractable sunshade for its Equator Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Because of the tower’s location near the equator, each side of the 80-story, 380-meter building can expect to receive full solar saturation for at least part of the year. Read more.

One Death, Multiple Injuries in High-Rise Fire


06 Jan 2014, New York, United States

A dramatic fire consumed a 20th-floor apartment in a Manhattan condominium tower on the morning of Sunday Jan. 5, leaving one man dead, another critically injured, and dozens of neighbors evacuated due to smoke conditions. More than 100 firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze at The Strand, 500 West 43rd Street. Read more.

"Dude Perfect" Sinks Shot from Reunion Tower


06 Jan 2014, Dallas, United States

Stunt daredevils Dude Perfect successfully pitched a basketball from the observation deck of the 171-meter Dallas Reunion Tower into a hoop – but only after “mobilizing” the hoop. Initial plans to hit a fixed target failed, but once two men on the ground began moving the hoop to meet the ball, the sinker was a “sure thing.” Read more.

Stranded Scaler “Was High and Wanted to Get Higher”


06 Jan 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

A Manchester man had to be rescued by the fire brigade on Sunday the 5th after deciding to climb the exterior of his apartment building and becoming stuck near the 12th floor. He clung to the wall at about 150 feet (46 meters) above the ground for about two hours before being rescued. Read more.

Fairmont Nanjing Opens in Jinao Tower


03 Jan 2014, Nanjing, China

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Nanjing in the Jinao Tower, featuring 359 guestrooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars (including one on the roof), tented cabanas, a jacuzzi, music bar, man-made beach and three lounges. Read more.

Lavenue Crown to Rise in Vietnam


03 Jan 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Atkins has released renderings of the new Lavenue Crown Hotel, to rise 160 meters above Ho Chi Minh City. A five-star Langham hotel, boutique mall, serviced apartments and sky bar will occupy the tower’s 66,000 square-meter gross floor area. Read more.