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Elevator Crash Halts High-Rise Construction in Istanbul


10 Sep 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

Two people have been detained in connection with the death of 10 workers on September 6, when an industrial elevator fell to the ground level from a higher floor of a high-rise building being constructed in Istanbul. Read more.

Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals


10 Sep 2014, Wujin, China

Overt symbolism is par for the course in Chinese architecture, and it's a pattern that an Australian architecture firm explored in the Forestry Tower, a competition-winning concept design for the Wujin Agriculture and Forestry Bureau. Read more.

Planning Granted for South London Towers


10 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been granted for a pair of residential towers in Croydon, south London. The 17- and 32-story towers will contain 320 flats and are linked at the ground floor with a reception area and ancillary spaces. Read more.

Nordstrom Tower in New York City Receives Updated Designs


09 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

The design of 217 West 57th Street remains in flux, but using the detailed blueprints that were made public earlier in May 2014 — for the tentatively 1,775-foot (541-meter) tower — its overall impact on the skyline can now be rendered. Read more.

Work on Lulu Cyber Tower 2 to Begin Soon in Kochi


09 Sep 2014, Kochi, India

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Lulu Cyber Tower 2, an office tower located in a tech-focused employment district called Infopark, will be held by the end of September. The tower is expected to be complete in early 2017. Read more.

Emaar Unveils BLVD Heights in Downtown Dubai


09 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On September 9, Emaar Properties announced the launch of BLVD Heights, comprising two residential towers connected by a podium, in Downtown Dubai. The new project will feature 280 one- to three-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Plans for High-Rise Student Residences in Portsmouth Given Green Light


09 Sep 2014, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The British coastal city of Portsmouth will receive a new high-rise building after planning approval was granted for a 25-story student residence hall. It is planned to open in time for the 2016/17 academic year. Read more.

New Orleans’ Plaza Tower, Vacant for More Than a Decade, Has Been Sold


09 Sep 2014, New Orleans, United States

Plaza Tower, the long-troubled 45-story skyscraper at the edge of the New Orleans Central Business District, has been sold to new owners, one of the building's sellers said. The sale closed September 3. Read more.

Firm Presents Master Plan for Jinan Business District


08 Sep 2014, Jinan, China

A UK-based architecture firm has revealed plans for Jinan's business district. The site serves as a link between the historic old town in the west and the new airport district situated to the east. Read more.

Negligence Charges Filed Against Builder of Collapsed Medellin High-Rise


08 Sep 2014, Medellin, Colombia

Colombia's Attorney General's Office has accused the builder of the Space residential high-rise complex of negligence. One of the towers collapsed in the city of Medellin in October 2013, leaving 12 dead. Read more.

Amstar Buys Warsaw’s Zlota 44


08 Sep 2014, Warsaw, Poland

Denver-based Amstar Global Advisers recently announced the purchase of Warsaw’s iconic Zlota 44 residential tower in an off-market transaction. Amstar is partnering with Poland-based developer BBI Development to complete the project. Read more.

Port Authority Delays 1WTC Opening in New York City


08 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Work is still underway on 1 World Trade Center, and it’s hard to know precisely when those doors will open to the public and what the final bill will be. In early September, the Port Authority would only say the tower will open “later this fall." Read more.

Lifted Height Restrictions Allow Influx of High-Rises in Mumbai


08 Sep 2014, Mumbai, India

A Mazgaon high-rise has become the first in south Mumbai since 2010 to get BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) approval after height restrictions for high-rises situated close to the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) were recently lifted. Read more.

Mixed-Use Sydney High-Rise to Feature Cascading Terraces


05 Sep 2014, Sydney, Australia

Positioned at the heart of Sydney’s central business district, Grimshaw Architects has been selected to construct 333 George Street, an 18-story mixed-use building offering both office space and a host of retail outlets. Read more.

Rendering Unveiled for New York’s 1711 First Avenue


05 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

A luxury real estate developer has unveiled renderings for 1711 First Avenue, which will rise 34 stories and contain 78 apartments of the one- to four-bedroom variety, ranging in size from 81 to 265 square meters. Read more.

Outrage Builds as London Planners Approve Swiss Cottage Skyscraper


05 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Thousands of residents fighting a fierce battle against plans to build one of the highest towers in Camden, London, could see their campaign amount to nothing after council planners have recommended granting permission for the scheme. Read more.

Hudson Yards Exhibition Opens to Public in New York City


05 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

For the next three months, Related Companies is holding an exhibition showcasing the Hudson Yards plan and the newly announced flagship Neiman Marcus store that will occupy a quarter of the 93,000 square-meter Shops at Hudson Yards. Read more.

Elenberg Fraser-Designed Supertall Up for Approval in Melbourne


04 Sep 2014, Melbourne, Australia

A Singaporean developer has met with Planning Minister Guy in a bid to get its new 90-level tower approved. The tower would feature a curvilinear facade, almost 1,000 apartments, and 280 hotel rooms. Read more.

Construction Halts on B2 in New York City


04 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

On August 27, project contractor Skanska USA Building halted all construction on B2 BKLYN, the first of three residential towers to surround the Barclays Center sports arena and provide 1,500 units of mixed-income housing. Read more.

Energy Tower to Supply Electricity and Heat Power for Roskilde


04 Sep 2014, Roskilde, Denmark

Taking waste materials from nine municipalities in the nearby area as well as select international locations, The Energy Tower in Roskilde will generate electricity and heat through the process of incineration. Read more.

Plans Submitted for Libeskind-Designed Boca Raton Tower Complex


04 Sep 2014, Boca Raton, United States

The developer of New Mizner on the Green submitted new plans to Boca Raton city officials for its 500-unit "ultra-luxury" project, presenting the rationale for allowing the project to ascend to heights never before reached in the city. Read more.

Futuristic Towers Planned for ABC Studio Site in Brisbane


03 Sep 2014, Brisbane, Australia

A trio of residential towers is set to rise from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s abandoned studio complex in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong, putting diamonds in the skyline on the city fringe. Read more.

Aedas Releases Images of Grand Mixed-Use Project in Wuhan


03 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Located on Jinghan Avenue in the bustling Qiaokou District of Wuhan, Heartland 66, designed by Aedas, is a mixed-use development that comprises a world-class shopping mall, Grade-A office tower, and serviced apartments. Read more.

New York Developer Makes Changes to “Poor Door” Design


03 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called "poor door" is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, city officials and the developers said on August 29. Read more.

Firm Envisions Urban Silo for Copenhagen’s Nordhavnen District


03 Sep 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

Forming the centerpiece of the redeveloped Nordhavnen district in Copenhagen, a firm has revealed plans for the transformation of a 17-story silo. The existing industrial structure will be converted into a residential apartment building. Read more.

Piano Submits Plans for Shard’s Little Sister in London


03 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has submitted plans for a 27-story residential tower next to The Shard. The tower, standing 100 meters tall, is a third of the height of The Shard and steps back to maintain views of its taller counterpart. Read more.

New York Superslim 125 Greenwich Street to Stand 413 Meters


02 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Designs have been uncovered for 125 Greenwich Street, which will stand 1,356 feet (413 meters) tall. The tower, much like 432 Park Avenue, will be very slim, soaring 77 stories at a pencil-like width. Read more.

"Manhattanization" Could be a Good Thing for Toronto


02 Sep 2014, Toronto, Canada

The "Manhattanization" of Toronto will be the best thing to happen to this city, according to Christopher Hume at The Star. Though the term has come to mean little more than a vertical city crammed with towers, there’s more to it than that. Read more.

Elenberg Fraser Reveals Design for Victoria One in Melbourne


02 Sep 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Elenberg Fraser Architects have revealed designs for what is slated to be Melbourne’s tallest residential tower. The project seeks to reinvent the natural landscape of Australia’s Victoria state in an urban setting. Read more.

Hotel Apartments Lure Dubai’s Biggest Developers


02 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s larger developers are being drawn to hotel apartments as they move in on a sector traditionally dominated by small local operators. On August 30, a developer launched its second hotel apartment project, Al Barsha South. Read more.