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Campaign Launched to Build 124-Meter Smoke-Ring-Blowing Chimney at Copenhagen Power Plant


17 Aug 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bjarke Ingels has launched a public crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a 124-meter power plant chimney that will blow smoke rings to symbolize CO2 consumption. The power plant will convert waste to energy. Read more.

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council Green Lights Slew of High-Rise Projects


17 Aug 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The total floor area of projects approved by Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council more than tripled in the second quarter of 2015 with the amount of land under development on course to be significantly higher in 2015 compared to 2014. Read more.

Construction Begins on One Thousand Museum in Miami


17 Aug 2015, Miami, United States

The concrete pour will soon begin on Zaha Hadid Architect's new residential tower overlooking downtown Miami's Museum Park. The 62-story tower, located at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, includes "museum-quality" town homes. Read more.

Lagos Plans to Build West Africa’s Answer to Dubai, Eko Atlantic


14 Aug 2015, Lagos, Nigeria

The government of the state of Lagos – Nigeria’s former capital – has announced its intentions to build a new city that will become the new financial center of Nigeria, and perhaps West Africa. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out in Sharjah High-Rise

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14 Aug 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out the evening of August 13 in a high-rise under construction in the Al Khan area of Sharjah. The fire gutted the 21st and 22nd stories of the building and consumed parts of the 20th floor . Read more.

High-Rise Chicago Retirement Community Begins Extensive Upgrades


14 Aug 2015, Chicago, United States

The Clare, a 53-floor high-rise retirement residence, will begin a multi-million dollar renovation. The tower is the only urban, luxury high-rise fully constructed specifically to serve as a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Read more.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ Latest Skyscraper Destined for Shenzhen


13 Aug 2015, Shenzhen, China

Designs have been revealed for a new high-rise building in Shenzhen. The Minmetals Capital South Tower will rise 29 stories among a host of other glazed high-rise offices, with gently curving façades that evoke wind-filled sails. Read more.

Potential Buyers Bemoan Price of Living in Singapore’s Sky Habitat


13 Aug 2015, Singapore, Singapore

Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie has received letters of complaint from homeowners who want to buy a piece of his latest Singapore project, a pair of condominium towers called Sky Habitat. Read more.

“Containerscraper” Poses Housing Solution for Mumbai


12 Aug 2015, Mumbai, India

A vision aiming to find a temporary housing solution for the densely populated Dharavi Slum in Mumbai, India would employ shipping containers as a volumetric unit of construction for two residential skyscrapers. Read more.

2016 Start Determined for Manchester’s St. John’s Neighborhood


12 Aug 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom

A developer has completed planning applications for the final phases of its $2 billion redevelopment of the St. John’s neighborhood in Manchester. The new neighborhood will be made up of a cluster of mixed-use buildings of varying height. Read more.

Construction Ready to Begin on Pricey Chicago Condo Tower


12 Aug 2015, Chicago, United States

One of Chicago's priciest condo developments is ready to begin construction in the Gold Coast. The No. 9 Walton tower has just been issued a building permit by the city to begin work on the building's foundation and first floor. Read more.

Damper at TAIPEI 101 Records Biggest Movement Ever


11 Aug 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

This past weekend TAIPEI 101's internal mechanisms set a new record while keeping it upright during a typhoon. On August 8, the building’s mass damper moved further than it ever had before in its decade-long history. Read more.

Miami’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower Announced


11 Aug 2015, Miami, United States

Construction cranes keep coming to South Florida, evidenced this week by Miami's newest boutique high-rise, Elysee Residences. The newly announced condo tower will feature only 100 units in a 57-story waterfront tower. Read more.

Civic Centre Tower Completes in Lagos


11 Aug 2015, Lagos, Nigeria

A new 17-story office building, which is being described as Nigeria’s first intelligent structure, has completed and opened for business on the crowded Ozumba Mbadiwe Way in Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more.

Beirut-Based Firm Wins $78.5 Million Contract in Gurgaon


10 Aug 2015, Gurgaon, India

A Beirut-based construction firm has just won its sixth major construction contract in India four years after its entry into the market. The firm has played a role in developing World One Tower, the tallest in the country when completed. Read more.

JAHN Designing Tower Planned for South Michigan Avenue in Chicago


10 Aug 2015, Chicago, United States

Chicago architect Helmut Jahn is designing a tower for a site at 1000 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop, according to people in the architecture community familiar with his plans. The building will add to JAHN's local legacy. Read more.

Tallest Tower in Birmingham Approved by City Council


10 Aug 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

On August 6, Birmingham City Council approved the new 26-story, 103-meter office block at 103 Colmore Row. The steel, aluminum, and glazed tower will house 18,500 square meters of offices and nearly 1,500 square meters of leisure space. Read more.

Brooklyn May Soon Get a Supertall Tower


07 Aug 2015, New York City, United States

Brooklyn could soon have a residential skyscraper as tall as the Empire State Building. Developers have struck a $90 million deal to acquire the former Dime Savings Bank of New York, creating enough development space for a supertall tower. Read more.

Skyscraper Plans Raise Fears for Durban Beachgoers


07 Aug 2015, Durban, South Africa

New plans for the Durban Point Waterfront have raised fears that soaring “Dubai-style” skyscrapers may impact the character of the city’s most popular beach. At a series of meetings, beachgoers have expressed their frustrations and concerns. Read more.

Mies Van Der Rohe’s Lafayette Park Complex in Detroit Named National Landmark


06 Aug 2015, Detroit, United States

The single-largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s built work is now a national landmark. On August 4, the National Park Service designated Detroit‘s Lafayette Park its 2,564th National Historic Landmark. Read more.

Plans in Place to Make London’s Millbank Tower Taller


06 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans are due to be submitted that seek to extend Millbank Tower by three stories and entirely reglaze the grade II-listed London landmark. If approved, renovation work would not begin until 2019. Read more.

Tallest Tower Completes in Petaling Jaya Township


06 Aug 2015, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Menara Mitraland is now officially open. Standing as the tallest structure in Kota Damansara, the opening of the 30-story building marks a significant milestone for the township, which lies just north of Petaling Jaya. Read more.

25-Floor Tel Aviv Mixed-Use High-Rise Approved


05 Aug 2015, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv District Planning & Building Committee, chaired by Gila Oron, decided at its August 3 meeting to pass the plan for the Eldan Tower, a development near the Ayalon Highway's La Guardia interchange. Read more.

Ennead Unveils Plans for Shanghai’s Taopu Sci-Tech City


05 Aug 2015, Shanghai, China

Taopu Sci-Tech City, a new research and development community, has been designed for Shanghai. Located on the city's western edge, the district will engage its context by establishing a multilayered pedestrian network. Read more.

Construction Set to Start on Long-Delayed Philadelphia High-Rise


05 Aug 2015, Philadelphia, United States

After 14 years of attempted development, there will finally be a groundbreaking ceremony on August 8 for Bridge, a 17-story high-rise at 205 Race Street that will bring a new look to the riverfront in Old City. Read more.

Megatall Tower to Anchor Proposed Mega-development in Dubai


04 Aug 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A local developer has announced the launch of a massive new development that will include a 711-meter skyscraper that will be the tallest residential tower in the world when completed. The entire project will house 78,300 residents. Read more.

Construction Underway on 35-Story Apartment High-Rise in San Francisco


04 Aug 2015, San Francisco, United States

Hines and Invesco Real Estate recently began construction on 41 Tehama, a new 389,000-square-foot (36,000-square-meter) luxury, multi-family high-rise complex in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Read more.

Court Challenges South Perth Tower


04 Aug 2015, Perth, Australia

Residents opposed to a $45 million 29-story development in South Perth have taken their concerns to the Supreme Court of Western Australia after filing an application to quash planning approval for the building at 74 Mill Point Road. Read more.

Construction begins on Vietnam’s Tallest Tower in Ho Chi Minh City


03 Aug 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

British architect Atkins has started work on the 460-meter Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, which is set to become the tallest building in Vietnam upon completion. The 81-story skyscraper will surpass the Landmark 72 in Hanoi. Read more.

Bahrain’s $650 million Villamar Project to Restart


03 Aug 2015, Manama, Bahrain

The developer of the long-delayed Villamar project – launched in 2007 close to the Bahrain Financial Harbour complex – said that work is restarting after the restructuring of the project’s finances. Read more.