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Japan’s Tallest Building Planned Near Tokyo Station


31 Aug 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced on August 31 it will build a 390-meter-tall, 61-story skyscraper near JR Tokyo Station. The new structure will be the tallest building in Japan, surpassing Osaka’s Abeno Harukas, which stands at 300 meters. Read more.

Visionary Project Reimagines High-Rise Typology in Los Angeles


31 Aug 2015, Los Angeles, United States

In an exhibition currently on view in Los Angeles, MAD architects has proposed “Cloud Corridor” as a future concept for residential design. The multi-story project addresses the concern of urban sprawl and presents an alternative solution. Read more.

Dubai Developer Launches First Phase of Massive Midtown Development


31 Aug 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A local developer has announced the launch of the first phase of its Midtown master plan in Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. Sales for the district will begin in September, and construction will start before the end of 2015. Read more.

Gehry Unveils Design for Mixed-Use Development on LA’s Sunset Strip


28 Aug 2015, Los Angeles, United States

Architect Frank Gehry has conceived five distinct but interrelated buildings for a prominent site along LA's famous Sunset Strip. The design for 8150 Sunset Boulevard features five buildings that are united by a common plaza at street level. Read more.

Reconstruction of the Hotel Okura Main Building in Tokyo Set for September Start


28 Aug 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Starting in September, Tokyo’s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake. The main building will be closed for reconstruction on August 31. The complex will be composed of two buildings, with office space provided in the high-rise building. Read more.

West Melbourne Towers Approved with Height Cuts


28 Aug 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A seven-year effort to get approval for two towers in West Melbourne has finally paid off after Victoria's Planning Tribunal gave them a green light, dismissing a Melbourne Council bid to reject the proposal. Read more.

20-Story High-Rise Apartment Building Proposed for Sandton


27 Aug 2015, Sandton, South Africa

The Illovo neighborhood of Sandton, which directly borders Johannesburg, will soon to be home to a 20-story luxury apartment building named The Beacon. The Art Deco-style building will include a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Leak Discovered at World Trade Center Basement in New York City


27 Aug 2015, New York City, United States

An underground leak has been discovered under the World Trade Center complex – and officials fear the seepage may be coming from the slurry wall that separates the newly rebuilt site from the Hudson River. Read more.

The Shard is Nearly 70 Percent Leased with Some of the Highest Rents in London


27 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

A letting at The Shard in London has broken price records for the South Bank and the City, as a German IT company has struck a deal to take the entire 26th floor of the tower for around $140 per square foot ($1,500 per square meter). Read more.

Investors Plan $2.2 Billion Casino Complex in Vladivostok


26 Aug 2015, Vladivostok, Russia

Plans are taking shape for a major new gambling and entertainment complex in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok. Investors hope the high-rise casino cluster will draw 10 million visitors a year from cities in China, Korea, and Japan. Read more.

40-Story Jollibee Tower Proposed in Ortigas


26 Aug 2015, Ortigas, Philippines

The 40-story Jollibee Tower is expected to rise in the Ortigas central business district by 2018. After an agreement was signed with a local property developer, construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015. Read more.

26-Story Hotel Proposal Faces New Orleans Planning Commission


26 Aug 2015, New Orleans, United States

A decade-old proposal to build a 26-story hotel and condo tower on Royal Street along the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans returned to the City Planning Commission on August 25 to heavy criticism. Read more.

Sharjah Unveils $5 Billion Waterfront City


25 Aug 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A new waterfront city is being built in Sharjah at the cost of around $5 billion that will accommodate 200,000 people in over 200 towers upon completion of 10 natural islands, which will be connected by bridges and canals. Read more.

Emerald Park Condos Approaching Completion in North York, Toronto


25 Aug 2015, Toronto, Canada

Emerald Park Condos is closing in on completion, as residents and businesses replace construction workers in the 42- and 33-story condo towers at Yonge and Bogert in the North York area of Toronto. Read more.

Redevelopment Plans Revealed for Fenix 1 Warehouse in Rotterdam


25 Aug 2015, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Fenix Warehouse, located opposite Hotel New York and the Rijnhaven Bridge in Katendrecht, Rotterdam was completed in 1922. In 2013, a Dutch firm was awarded a contract to redevelop the warehouse into a mixed-use high-rise. Read more.

Singaporean Developer Proposes Brisbane’s Tallest Skyscraper


24 Aug 2015, Brisbane, Australia

The central business district of Brisbane could be set for its third building at the city's maximum allowable height, 270 meters, if Brisbane City Council gives a new proposal at 30 Albert Street the go-ahead. Read more.

Barbican’s Blake Tower in London Remodeled to Include Luxury Apartments


24 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

A London-based design and architecture studio is reworking the interior of a 17-story block that forms part of London's Brutalist Barbican Estate, transforming it from a youth hostel into high-end apartments. Read more.

Downtown Pittsburgh’s Tower at PNC Plaza Set for October First Opening


24 Aug 2015, Pittsburgh, United States

Downtown Pittsburgh's newest skyscraper is set for an October 1 opening. The date for the opening of the $400 million Tower at PNC Plaza was announced in an invitation sent by PNC CEO William Demchak. Read more.

New Images of The One in Toronto Revealed as Design Development Continues


21 Aug 2015, Toronto, Canada

The One, which will be Canada's tallest building upon completion, has undergone a number of design changes. Recent renderings reveal changes to the building's exterior façade. The new designs also improve ground-level interaction. Read more.

Demolition Begins on London’s Pinnacle


21 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

It was supposed to be the tallest building in the City of London. Instead, the Pinnacle skyscraper grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Now its days are numbered as it is being prepared for demolition. Read more.

Sydney Residential Tower Launched for International Buyers


21 Aug 2015, Sydney, Australia

Crown Green Square, the $423 million residential project soon to be built in the Green Square Town Centre, was officially unveiled for international buyers at the Grand Hyatt Singapore the week of August 17. Read more.

Shanghai Joint-Venture Under Construction in Jingan District Renamed


20 Aug 2015, Shanghai, China

A new name has recently been announced for a Shanghai joint-venture formerly known as the Dazhongli project. Now known as HKRI Taikoo Hui, the complex comprises a retail mall, two office towers, and three hotels/serviced apartments. Read more.

Construction Begins on Dollar Bay Residential Tower in London


20 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

Construction of Dollar Bay in Canary Wharf has recently been announced. Named for the site's World War Two heritage, the premier residential tower will feature 121 residential apartments, each provided with an insulated winter garden. Read more.

56-Story Tower Proposed for Long-Vacant Jersey City Lot


20 Aug 2015, Jersey City, United States

A rendering is now available for the first of two highly anticipated residential towers slated for a long-vacant lot near the Journal Square PATH station. Dubbed One Journal Square, the property was purchased earlier in 2015. Read more.

Vijayawada Tower Will Feature Modular Elements That Residents Can Personalize


19 Aug 2015, Vijayawada, India

An architecture studio has devised a modular façade system for a high-rise block in Vijayawada, India, that will allow residents to customize the appearance of the building with hanging gardens and balcony details. Read more.

Glasgow’s Red Roads Flats Are Set for Demolition


19 Aug 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom

After becoming a byword for the failure of high-rise housing, and following a proposal to blow them up on live television that caused an outcry, the remaining structures of the Red Road Flats will, at last, be demolished. Read more.

28-Story Tower Proposed for Northeast Minneapolis


19 Aug 2015, Minneapolis, United States

The latest plans for a 28-story apartment tower in northeast Minneapolis were presented on August 18 for the third and final meeting of a Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association task force. Read more.

Mumbai Gets 90-Meter Snorkel to Combat High-Rise Fires


18 Aug 2015, Mumbai, India

Three years after planning to import a new snorkel to combat high-rise fires, the Mumbai Fire Brigade unveiled the brand new 90-meter device. The hydraulic platform can scale up to 30 floors and has a turntable ladder. Read more.

Singaporean-Backed Park Hotel Adelaide Could Be City’s Newest Skyscraper


18 Aug 2015, Adelaide, Australia

A new four-star hotel is set to be built in downtown Adelaide in what would be the city’s second-tallest building. The 30-story hotel and apartment development has been proposed for the old State Bank building. Read more.

New Residential High-Rise Proposed in Los Angeles


18 Aug 2015, Los Angeles, United States

An application was filed the week of August 10 with the Department of City Planning for a condominium high-rise in the City West neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 24-story building would have 223 market-rate residences and 18 affordable units. Read more.