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Happy Holidays from the CTBUH!       

Dec 23, Chicago

The Council would like to wish happy holidays to all our friends and supporters! CTBUH Headquarters will be closed from Friday, December 24th through Monday, January 3rd in observance of the holidays. To see the Council's holiday card sent to all CTBUH members, click here

Beijing's tallest building to top 500 meters       

Dec 23, Beijing

A 500-meter-tall building is expected to be built in Beijing's Central Business District, making itself the highest in the Chinese capital.  The 122-floor skyscraper will stand on an 11,478-square-meter site that sold at auction for 6.3 billion yuan (948.15 million U.S. dollars).  The land where the building will stand is located on Guanghua Road in Chaoyang district, right at the heart of the CBD…more

British Land, Oxford Properties to Develop London's Cheesegrater Building       

Dec 22, London

British Land Co. and the property arm of Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System completed a joint-venture agreement to build a 47-story office tower in London. The Leadenhall Building, known as the Cheesegrater because of its shape, will be completed in mid-2014 at a cost of 340 million pounds ($526 million)…more

The future is a high-rise world       

Dec 22

Award-winning architect Thom Mayne is certain of one thing: city populations will continue to grow - and that will be good for architects. Mayne says the tall apartment tower is about to come into its own. Big cities such as Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles and London have reached their boundary limits. For all cities, at some point, ''there will be no choice''…more

London: Tower Hamlets Refuses Tower Schemes       

Dec 22, London

The planning committee of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has refused planning approval for two high-rise schemes proposed in the Isle of Dogs. The project, which would contain four towers ranging from 86 to 164 meters in height with 806 apartments and a 123-bedroom hotel was refused primarily on the basis of being too tall and too large…more

Nabito Architects: A Desert Green, Abu Dhabi       

Dec 20, Abu Dhabi

Barcelona-based Nabito Architects' proposal 'A Desert Green', has won the Total Housing Competition in Abu Dhabi. The stairscraper is a superposition of individual singular garden houses with the same characteristic of horizontal sprawl, but liberating the land and concentrating the uses and the energy. It is a social collective of individualities…more

New York: Former parking facility transformed into popular residential tower       

Dec 20, New York

Located on over two acres in Tribeca, at the southern tip of Manhattan, 101 Warren Street transformed an unsightly parking lot into one of the most sought after residential projects in the city. Tribeca’s first large scale luxury condominium, the one-million-sq ft project brought much needed services bridging Tribeca with the heavily residential Battery Park City…more

Botanical Tower, Aurelia Li, Nu Long & Andrew Tang, University of Nottingham       

Dec 20

This scheme aims to extend the Lea Valley ‘green corridor’ – a series of parks and wetlands that stretch northwards from the site, along the river Lea – into the sky, by embracing vertical greenery within a tall building. The design comprises of two slender residential wings, offset from each other to maximize key views to the east and west and to promote cross-ventilation…more

Council Approves New York’s Riverside Center       

Dec 20, New York

Extell Development got the green light from City Council to build Riverside Center on one the last major parcels of land at the edge of the Upper West Side. Among several concessions made to the community, the developer agreed to sink $17.5 million into Riverside Park, build a 100 square foot school, renovate a recreation center and build 500 affordable housing units…more

Aedas and Rogers Stirk Harbour win $400 million Hong Kong government competition       

Dec 20, Hong Kong

Aedas and Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners have beaten stiff competition from Fosters and SOM to land a $400 million project to design a customs processing center for the Hong Kong government. It will be built close to Hong Kong’s international airport on a reclaimed island as part of the 50km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge…more

Calgary's Eighth Avenue Place recognized for environmental design       

Dec 20, Calgary

One of Calgary's newest highrise office towers has received recognition for its environmental design. Eighth Avenue Place, a 49-story, 1.1 million-square-foot building owned by Alberta Investment Management Corp., Matco Investments Ltd. and SITQ, has been awarded a LEED Platinum pre-certification…more

Shanghai hotel aims to set height record       

Dec 20, Shanghai

A hotel in Shanghai that will occupy the 84th to 110th floors of a 121-story skyscraper is aiming a world record. The Shanghai Tower J Hotel, part of the Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Co Ltd, will be finished in 2014. It will be part of the Shanghai Tower, which will rise 632 meters, or 121 stories…more

Top 10 tallest freestanding towers       

Dec 19

When it comes to ranking the world’s tallest structures, freestanding towers have a long and proud history of displacing skyscrapers as the loftiest construction projects on earth. It was Moscow’s Ostankino Tower that finally snatched the Empire State Building’s title as world’s tallest structure when it was completed in 1967…more

Venezuelan squatters bank on the future in office tower       

Dec 19, Caracas, Venezuela

The views from the 20th floor of the Confinanza Tower are among the most spectacular in Caracas, reminiscent of those from an expensive penthouse apartment. But the homes being built in this high-rise building are not expensive apartments. They are the kind of breeze-block shacks found in the city's hundreds of shanty towns…more

St. Petersburg: RMJM left in the dark as Gazprom plans change       

Dec 17, St. Petersburg

Embattled practice RMJM has been left in the dark over the future of its Gazprom Tower in St Petersburg following the decision to move it to a different location. It was announced by governor Valentina Matviyenko that she and gas giant Gazprom had made a “mutual decision” to move the project following years of opposition by heritage campaigners…more

Grand Plans For Downtown Los Angeles       

Dec 17, Los Angeles

Despite grand ambitions, downtown LA has built precious few skyscrapers in recent years. The major culprits are the economic downturn, a bloated bureaucracy, and a short-staffed planning department, which all help explain why the Wilshire Grand Redevelopment, first proposed in April 2009, took until December 2011 to receive approval from the LA Planning Commission…more

Gold Coast: High-profile high-rise placed in receivership       

Dec 17, Gold Coast

One of Australia's largest luxury apartment tower projects has been voluntarily placed in receivership after the developer was unable to service its loans. The company behind the $850 million Oracle Broadbeach complex was placed in receivership by Gold Coast developer Michael Nikiforides of Niecon…more

Giuseppe Vultaggio: Tower in Manhattan       

Dec 17, Manhattan

The museum-tower in the New York City Bay is a representative lantern, which aims to root the city back to the moment of its economic and politic growth. The tower contributes to strengthen the cohesion feeling among the various ethnic and cultural groups which during the xx century came to USA…more

Construction underway on Four Seasons Bahrain       

Dec 17, Bahrain

The Four Seasons hotel will be a 201-meter waterfront community area, comprising 43-stories, 260 guest rooms and boast a penthouse level “Sky Pod” restaurant which will extensive views of the Arabian Gulf. The construction has now moved in to a new phase with detailed design works underway and completion scheduled before the end of 2013…more

Taiwan Tower Competition Entry / Aedas R&D       

Dec 17, Taiwan

The conceptual development for the project came from the geometry of a pebble dropped into the sea, and the shape of the tower was derived from the patterns that emerge on the surface of the water as the consequence. The rippling effect on the water was taken to develop the landscaping around the tower, as well its extrusion into the wrapping skin of the tower…more

Lend Lease given approval to build high-rise over water       

Dec 16, Sydney

Lend Lease has won the right to build Sydney's first high-rise building in the harbor after the state government approved a new plan for Barangaroo that also allows an extra 15 per cent floor space. Announcing the approval, the Premier, Kristina Keneally, said work on the $6 billion redevelopment of the former Sydney container wharf could begin…more

The Austonian Wins National Construction Award for Luxury High Rise Project       

Dec 15, Mangalore

The Austonian, an iconic high rise luxury development in Austin, has won a national construction award —the only award-winning project in Texas among the 21 national winners. The Austonian was selected for a 2010 Best of Award in the Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality category…more

Skyscraper coming up in Mangalore       

Dec 15, Magalore

The tallest building of Mangalore is expected to be located near the Kadri Park and will be ready by 2014. To be called “Planet SKS”, it will be a luxury residential building. This 35-storied 375-foot building will have 484 three-bedroom and four-bedroom units. This is expected to be city's first building to have rooftop helipad…more

Weekly World Trade Photo Update       

Dec 15, New York

One World Trade will soon break the skyline and all throughout the site there are signs of vigor. Over the last couple of weeks, windows began to appear on some of the structures. It’s hard not to be awed, regardless of how unfashionable that may be in an area where locals studiously observe a nonchalant protocol, as though the massive tower were just another visiting celebrity…more

Most high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur have fire safety features       

Dec 15, Kuala Lumpur

All the 548 high-rise buildings exceeding 12 stories in this city can be categorized as safe because they have the full complement of safety features in handling fires, Fire and Rescue Department Director-General Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said. The fire safety features installed in these buildings complied with international standards…more

Proposed Brooklyn Skyscraper District Gets Mixed Reviews at LPC Hearing       

Dec 14, Brooklyn

These are “remarkably unremarkable buildings,” said one of the opponents of the proposed Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District at a public hearing before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “This is not stunning architecture,” said another. “It is a collection of very fine architecture,” said a supporter of the district…more

Seattle debates adding corporate signs to skyline       

Dec 14, Seattle

As urban skylines go, few are more striking than Seattle's sharp, clean panorama of skyscrapers looming above the waterfront, the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains in the background. Starting 2011, visitors may quickly become aware that the tall building near the center of the tableau is the corporate headquarters of Russell Investments…more

Vietnams Tropical Peacock       

Dec 13, Nha Trang, Vietam

The Peacock Marina City is planned for one of two sites in the Vietnamese coastal city of Nha Trang, the closest that the communist country has to a beach-side resort town like the Gold Coast. With two 70 floor towers, one of which will be hotel and the other housing, the design draws deeply from a peacock…more

Density and Urbanity       

Dec 13, San Francisco

Early in 2010, San Francisco witnessed another skirmish over density. This one involved a proposal to replace an existing building on the same block as the 48-story, 850-foot-high Transamerica Pyramid (1972). The proposed 38-story tower considerably exceeded the maximum-height “wall” of 200 feet called for by the City’s current zoning regulations…more

Rush of new high-rise for Adelaide's skyline       

Dec 13, Adelaide

Industry experts say a rush of development applications is a signal the city is bouncing back strongly from the global financial crisis and is on the cusp of major regeneration. Reports to a Development Assessment Commission meeting recommend approval of a 22-story hotel on Currie Street…more

Himmelbau Kreuzberg, Berlin       

Dec 13, Berlin

Even though this area of Kreuzberg is located in the geographical center of Berlin it possesses the character and feel of an abandoned suburb, with industrial buildings falling apart and very few dense urbanized areas. Himmelbau Kreuzberg is intended as a part of a larger plan to urbanize this part of Kreuzberg…more

Sports Tower, London       

Dec 13, London

Inspired by the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games, this design aims to create a new vertical residential community incorporating sports facilities at height. The tower accommodates a basketball court, bungee jumping station, playground on the mid-level skybridge, a huge climbing wall within the atrium and a rooftop Olympic-size swimming pool, among much else…more

First post-GFC tower opens in Sydney       

Dec 13, Sydney

Bovis Lend Lease has completed construction and opened the new high-rise 420 George Street, which the company has dubbed Sydney’s 'newest green landmark'. The developers say it is the first office building to completed since the GFC, as well as being Australia’s first high rise building to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 Certified Rating…more

Plans evolve for Regina’s first highrise in 18 years       

Dec 13, Regina

The first new highrise to be built in downtown Regina in 18 years will rise 18 storeys into the skyline, rather than the 20 that were originally planned. The $100 million office building will join McCallum Hill Centre Towers I and II on the changing Regina skyline, when it opens for occupancy in 2012. It will be known as Mosaic Potash Tower…more

Mumbai: Creating The Happiest Place!       

Dec 12, Mumbai

Building a tall building for the records and building a tall building for passion are two different things. People behind Palais Royale believe it falls under the second category. There is logic behind Disney World branding itself the happiest place on earth. “Our philosophy behind the Palais Royale project is not any different,” says Vikas Kasliwal, Vice Chairman and CEO of Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure Ltd…more

Ho Chi Minh City Skyscraper Boom Continues       

Dec 10, Ho Chi Minh City

Work is due to begin on another skyscraper for the burgeoning city of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) transforming a non-descript backwater plot into rising glass and steel. The 152-metre tall, 40 floor BIDV Tower is by DP Architects, a firm from Singapore who beat off competition by Ho Thieu Tri Architects and AREP back in 2007…more

From the tallest tower to a vibrant urban park       

Dec 10

It was a brutal year for architects. The fallout from the recession continued to plague the field with high unemployment and lack of opportunities. These successes shone through the gloom. A towering achievement: The record-shattering Burj Khalifa, which soars a half-mile above Dubai’s desert floor, took its place as one of the world’s great skyscrapers…more

In Rare Bow to Public, Russian Tower to be Moved       

Dec 10, St. Petersburg

The city authorities in St. Petersburg intend to relocate a planned 1,299-foot glass-and-steel tower for the state energy company Gazprom, saying it has caused too much dissension among architects and residents for it to be built at the chosen site in the city’s historic center…more

W Austin Hotel opens in $300 million downtown high-rise project       

Dec 10, Austin

The W Austin Hotel debuted the first component to open in a $300 million, 37-story high-rise at Second and Lavaca streets. The project, developed by Stratus Properties Inc. and the Canyon Johnson Urban Fund, also includes 159 condominiums, office and retail space, and a live music venue with new studios for the "Austin City Limits" music show…more

Mumbai’s High-rise Graveyard       

Dec 10, Mumbai

“Where to put the deceased?” you ask, and architects answer: “in a skyscraper.” Designers Yalin Fu and Ihsuan Lin have proposed a high-rise cemetery solution for Mumbai that promises to be both efficient and architecturally pleasing. Mumbai is a crowded place. According to the architects, “there is little recreation space for the living, let alone the dead.”…more

Wuhan: Construction Begins on what could become World's Third-Tallest Skyscraper       

Dec 9, Wuhan, China

Construction on Wuhan Greenland Center, the largest service industry complex in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province began. The 606-meter-tall building is expected to be the world's third highest tower after the 800-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the 632-meter Shanghai Tower in China…more

London: Shard of Glass progress celebrated       

Dec 9, London

Years after it was first conceived, the team behind Renzo Piano’s Shard of Glass celebrated the London building become the UK’s tallest. Speaking at a press conference on the 24th floor of the emerging skyscraper, founder and chairman of Sellar Properties, Irvine Sellar, added that the Shard’s 72-storey central core had been topped out…more

Canton Tower in Guangzhou       

Dec 8, Guangzhou

Its 610 metres in height and its elegant silhouette promise to turn the Canton Tower (or Guangzhou TV Tower) into the new landmark of this up-and-coming metropolis. The television tower rests on 24 bored piles of four metres’ diameter. Its dynamic effect is due to a simple geometrical twist…more

Chicago Spire developer loses control of site       

Dec 8, Chicago

Irish developer Garrett Kelleher’s company has lost control of the site on which he expected to build the Chicago Spire. A Cook County Circuit Court judge has granted a request by Anglo Irish Bank Corp. Ltd., the lender to Kelleher’s Shelbourne North Water Street L.P., and appointed a receiver for the infamous hole in the ground…more

Big controversy over ‘Brooklyn’s Skyscraper District’ plan       

Dec 8, Brooklyn

Critics this week slammed the proposed “Skyscraper Landmark District” slated for Downtown, calling the Brooklyn Heights Association’s long-dreamed-of plan an underhanded move to save a few old and historically unattractive towers — while raising the cost of living for tenants in the area…more

St. Petersburg skyscraper fate to be decided soon       

Dec 8, St. Petersburg

Authorities in Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, said they will decide where to build a controversial 400-meter skyscraper in the next few months. Plans by Russia's gas giant Gazprom to erect a needle-like tower next to the 18th century Smolny Cathedral have prompted fierce public opposition…more

Changsha, China: Broad Sustainable Building construct a 16 storey hotel in less than 6 days       

Dec 6, Changsha, China

Construction workers in China have erected a hotel in Hunan province in just under 136 hours, putting lengthy contractors the world over to shame. Using largely pre-fabricated parts, developer Broad Sustainable Building managed to complete the scarlet New Ark Hotel in only five days and 16 hours…more

Sleeping Giants: The World’s Top 10 Scrapped Skyscrapers       

Dec 6

Nothing screams the hubris of urban life like a giant building. And while for some cities a skyscraper is just another building, plenty peg their self-worth on mammoth projects, designed to serve as iconic credentials of progress. However of those planned, only a handful ever result in a shovel in the ground…more

Vertical Safari, Buenos Aires / Influx_Studio       

Dec 6, Buenos Aires

The aim of Influx_Studio was to create a unique zoo experience that would implement a new urban function and redefine the typical layout for wildlife sightseeing for its visitors. Through their dynamic, vertical attraction in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a new kind of building is conceived with hopes of inspiring other architects…more

China's skyscraper boom buoys global industry       

Dec 6, Beijing

The 121-story Shanghai Tower is more than China's next record-setting building: It's an economic lifeline for the elite club of skyscraper builders. Financial gloom has derailed plans for new towers in Chicago, Moscow, Dubai and other cities. But in China, work on the Shanghai Tower and dozens of other tall buildings is rushing ahead…more

Mumbai: Anil Ambani new house under construction after Mukesh's 'Antilla'       

Dec 6, Mumbai

After the World's third richest person Mukesh Ambani constructed the World's most costliest 27-story paradise ‘Antillia’, brother Anil Ambani has also started constructing his house at Bandra, in Mumbai. Anil had purchased the 1537 Square meter land in 2003 located in the Tony Pali Hill area…more

Sleeping Giants: The World’s Top 10 Scrapped Skyscrapers       

Dec 6

Nothing screams the hubris of urban life like a giant building. And while for some cities a skyscraper is just another building, plenty peg their self-worth on mammoth projects, designed to serve as iconic credentials of progress. However of those planned, only a handful ever result in a shovel in the ground…more

China's building boom buoys global skyscraper industry       

Dec 5, China

The 121-story Shanghai Tower is more than China's next record-setting building: It's an economic lifeline for the elite club of skyscraper builders.  Financial gloom has derailed plans for new towers in Chicago, Moscow, Dubai and other cities. But in China, work on the 632-meter (2,074-foot) Shanghai Tower, due to be completed in 2014…more

Saudi Arabia: Skyscraper builders told to go deeper       

Dec 5, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has ordered investors constructing large buildings and skyscrapers to work with the Saudi Geological Survey (SGI) to ensure the earth stability and suitability of proposed building sites. SGI head Zuhair Nawwab said the move was "wholly positive"…more

Will Brooklyn Get The First Historic Skyscraper District?       

Dec 3, Brooklyn

When someone mentions skyscrapers to us, our thoughts turn to the towering monoliths of midtown, or the glass giants of lower Manhattan. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has been considering creating the first historic skyscraper district in the city for the past several years, but it wouldn't be in either of those places, or in Manhattan at all…more

Milwaukee: Moderne high-rise project seeks city street work permit       

Dec 3, Milwaukee

The Common Council's Public Works Committee, at its Wednesday meeting, will consider a request for a permit allowing Moderne construction manager J.H. Findorff and Son to use a portion of an alley and Old World 3rd St. when it begins work on the upcoming project.  A big deal? Nope. But it's another sign it is moving forward…more

Vietnam Towers break ground       

Dec 3, Vietnam

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for VietinBank Business Center – a 300,000 square meter mixed-use development in Hanoi designed by Foster + Partners with structure by HP. A pair of landmark towers anchor the site – a 68-story office tower for VietinBank, one of Vietnam’s largest banking groups, and a 48-story tower…more

New York: After 30 Years, Times Square Rebirth Is Complete       

Dec 3, New York

Next month, 11 Times Square, a new, glassy 40-story office tower at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, will formally open with its first tenant. Compared with the metamorphosis that has occurred around it, there is nothing extraordinary about the building except for this: Its completion officially marks the end of the long and tortuous redevelopment…more

Shard London Bridge becomes the UK's tallest structure       

Dec 3, London

The tower, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, outgrew previous holder Canary Wharf's One Canada Square, which stands at 235m (771ft).  When completed, the south London skyscraper will be the tallest building in the European Union.  It will eventually rise to 87 stories, 310m (1,016ft), and is due to be completed in May 2012…more

Taiwanese skyscraper with blimps and wind power       

Dec 2, Taechung, Taiwan

Floating Observatories" is Stefan Dorin's (from Romania) winning entry in the recent Taiwan Tower Conceptual International Competition – and in return for his US$130,000 first prize, now he has to actually build the thing. The new tower, standing more than 300 meters tall with its helium-filled observatory "leaves"…more

Oklahoma City : Devon Tower progress and future plans       

Dec 2, Oklahoma City

The skyline is quickly transforming as workers continue to make progress on the Devon Energy Tower in downtown Oklahoma City. Developers say they have completed 22 floors since March. In the next few weeks, crews will start work on the interior of the building.  "We just want to build the entire project as efficiently as possible"…more

Alsop brings new work to RMJM       

Dec 2 

Will Alsop has brought at least 10 projects to RMJM, including a residential sector for Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and subway stations in Canada, wrested from his former outfit, Alsop Sparch. Alsop’s haul includes six new underground stations on Toronto’s Spadina Subway extension in Canada and a £300 million scheme in Haikou on Hainan Island in China…more

Phnom Penh Buckles Under Megagrowth       

Dec 2, Phnom Penh 

The deadly stampede in Cambodia's capital is drawing new attention to problems arising from the city's dramatic but pell-mell growth. A real-estate and economic boom is transforming Phnom Penh from one of the least developed major cities in Asia into the unlikely site for plans to build one of Asia's tallest building…more

Canberra’s Woden high-rise may be downsized       

Dec 2, Canberra 

The proponents of a southern Canberra residential development that includes a 35-story tower say they are considering reducing the height of some of the proposed buildings. Hindmarsh and the ACT Land Development Agency are proposing a large residential precinct adjacent to the Woden town centre comprising of 1,500 high density dwellings…more

London: Southwark Council approves Spparc's Quill tower       

Dec 1, London 

A controversial 31-story student accommodation tower in Southwark by architect Spparc won planning permission from the local council despite heavy criticism from Cabe and local residents. The scheme, nicknamed the Quill, is for a corner site in south London, close to Guy’s Hospital and Renzo Piano’s Shard skyscraper…more

New Zealand firm helps create pool in the sky       

Dec 1, Singapore 

Singaporean-based Tony McKee of Beca, the Auckland-headquartered business, was project manager for the Sands SkyPark terrace and said the development's most striking feature posed unique construction challenges. "We have a 7000-tonne steel structure that runs 340m across the top of three independent 55-story towers"…more

Najib dismisses concerns about 100-story project       

Nov 30, Kuala Lumpur 

The prime minister brushed aside Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s misgivings about Warisan Merdeka and argued for the project to be judged on a long-term basis instead. Former PM Dr Mahathir said that the construction of the proposed 100-story tower could cause a property glut in the capital…more

Brisbane City Council set to approve high-rise hotel       

Nov 30, Brisbane 

A new hotel for Brisbane's central business district is expected to be approved by Brisbane City Council. The 32-story building - which will feature 216 hotel rooms and 15 serviced apartments - was given preliminary approval by council's Neighborhood Planning and Assessment committee…more

Can Super Tall be Super Green?       

Nov 29 

Peter Weingarten participated on a panel at Greenbuild Expo in Chicago, that examined the role of tall buildings in tomorrow’s vertical cities. This interview gives an idea of why he thinks tall buildings are important in the context of sustainable design…(Part I + Part II)

Equation: Formula for Calculating a Skyscrapers’ Sway       

Nov 29, Taipei 

A skyscraper is a giant tuning fork. Give one a good knock — like with an earthquake or a heavy gust of wind — and it’ll start vibrating at its own natural resonance frequency. If you’re on the top floor of the 1,667-foot-tall Taipei 101, you could find yourself swaying back and forth abruptly, a total of up to 2 feet within five seconds…more

Taichung Echo Wind Tower Project in Taiwan       

Nov 29, Taichung, Taiwan 

Overseeing the Taichung basin, the Taiwan Tower is the observatory of the central Taiwan ecosystem ranging from the Central Mountain Range to the South China sea. The tower's envelope is composed of 2 million suspended thin metal leaves that tilt up against the wind…more

Stadium for International Lunar Olympics / Brian Harms & Keith Bradley       

Nov 28 

Within the lunar colonies of the future, recreational activities will arise and evolve to take advantage of the moon’s micro-gravity. The sports we know today will be modified, and brand new sports will be invented. Lunar sports associations will be created and people from all over the globe will watch as the best of the best compete in an arena…more

Philippines: A high-rise Cebu’s rich and famous can call home       

Nov 27, Philippines 

Ayala Land Inc. has poured in P1 billion for its first high-end condominium development in Cebu. The 27-story 1016 Residences will rise on the 50-hectare Cebu Business Park (CBP) and will be completed by 2014. The 1016 Residences will have 11 special units highlighting private gardens and patios, roof decks, gourmet and Asian kitchen…more

Dubai: World's tallest residential tower will be ready next year       

Nov 27, Dubai 

The 107-story Princess Tower in Dubai Marina, billed to be the tallest residential tower in the world, will be ready for delivery by fourth quarter of 2011. In the same quarter, the 91-story Elite Residence in Dubai Marina will also be completed and ready for handover…more

Top 10 concrete skyscrapers       

Nov 27 

Steel was the structural material of choice for skyscrapers in America for much of the last century, but the advent of the Falzur’s tube frame system and a desire to build more elaborate buildings with better working spaces led to a shift in thinking. The following is a list of tallest buildings that use concrete as their main structural element compiled using CTBUH's data…more

Mississauga: Like Marilyn herself, the Absolute Tower is smart, sexy, built to impress       

Nov 26, Mississauga 

Architecture lives in Mississauga. At long last. In a city with a reputation for building an unstoppable dull-scape, the Absolute condominium development has created some serious architecture envy. There were fireworks exploding from the 56-storey marvel by Beijing-based MAD Architects, to celebrate the tower’s topping-off…more

HIGHRISE, a NFB’s innovative documentary experiment       

Nov 26, Toronto 

HIGHRISE, the National Film Board of Canada’s innovative documentary experiment that examines the human experience in global vertical suburbs, has won the first DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam…more

Gen Building, Santiago by Assadi + Pulido       

Nov 26, Santiago 

Utilizing an urban renewal grant, Gen Building is an affordable housing residential complex located in the center of Santiago. Considering energy conservation and recycled materials the architects chose to design a facade that utilized discarded aluminum and zinc materials from industrial buildings…more

C. F. Møller Architects won the Science Tower in Central Copenhagen       

Nov 26, Copenhagen 

The Science tower and urban park in the heart of Copenhagen is the winning proposal for the extension of the University of Copenhagen’s Panum complex designed by C. F. Møller Architects. The expansion will make a significant impact in the cityscape, with a science tower which will form an identity-creating, sculptural focal point for the entire Nørre Campus…more

London: Campaigners lose their battle to prevent King's Cross tower       

Nov 25, King Cross, London 

A skyscraper for students will be built in the heart of King’s Cross after planning officials unanimously approved the controversial development at the Town Hall. The 27-story building will be one of the tallest in north London and affect protected views from Primrose Hill and Kenwood…more

Seoul’s Lotte tower reaches for sky       

Nov 25, Seoul 

Lotte Group is reaching for the sky. Construction began on Lotte Super Tower, which is slated to be one of the tallest skyscraper in the world. “Lotte Super Tower, the key operation for the second Lotte World project in Jamsil, will usher in a new epoch in Seoul’s high-rises and will be a mainstay of the tourism industry,” said Lee Won-woo, president and CEO of Lotte Corporation…more

Dohaland to host third Regional Meeting of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat       

Nov 25, Doha 

Dohaland announced that it will host the 3rd Regional Meeting of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Qatar Chapter at the floating Knowledge Enrichment Centre, on 30th November, 2010. The conference will be attended by an audience of prominent businessmen, architects, engineers and construction professionals from across the world…more

518m Tall Starts Construction In Dalian       

Nov 24, Dalian 

Groundwork has begun on what will be one of Dalian's tallest buildings, the 518 meter tall Greenland Center developed by the Shanghai-based Greenland Group. Designed by HOK International to tower above the north-eastern Chinese city, the scheme features an elegant tower based around a triangular footprint that morphs as it rises…more

London: Billionaire brothers present 140m tower to rival the Gherkin at Merchant Square       

Nov 24, London 

Sunday Times Rich Listers Simon and David Reuben have submitted plans for a 41 story residential tower at their prosperous Paddington Basin site in London's West End. The 140m skyscraper will also incorporate a 90 room boutique hotel and a public sky bar with panoramic views across the capital's increasingly busy skyline…more

NL architects: Taiwan’s Tower of Power       

Nov 24, Taiwan 

The ambition was to create a 300-meter high freestanding tower with sightseeing and recreational functions that will serve as a 'model green building'.  The 'tower of power' features 2000 rotors that together produce 8 MW. Tower of power is not just a symbol of good intentions; it actually produces green energy…more

London’s Shard Overtakes One Canada Square       

Nov 23, London 

Having spent many months inexorably rising above the London skyline, the Shard overtook One Canada Square and is now the tallest building under construction in the capital. The Renzo Piano designed scheme will be the first supertall tower built in Western Europe when it is complete in 2012 with a height to the tip of the pinnacle of 310 meters …more

Safdie Architects Selected to Design Golden Dream Bay Residential and Retail Complex in China       

Nov 23, Qinhuangdao, China 

Evolving From Moshe Safdie’s Pioneering Habitat, Golden Dream Bay Design Breaks Down Mega-Scale to Maximize Light and Outdoor Space in High-Density Residential Towers. Safdie Architects announced that it won a competitive bid to design Golden Dream Bay, a residential and retail complex in Qinhuangdao, China…more

Toronto: Contemporary Bay Adelaide Centre merges seamlessly with 1920s classic architecture       

Nov 23, Toronto 

Similar in scale to the surrounding bank towers, the 51 story Bay Adelaide Center Tower is located on the western edge of a development site that occupies 2 city blocks in the financial core of the City of Toronto. The project contains over 111,000 sq m of rentable class-AAA office space and includes over 3,700 sq m of below-grade retail space…more

Foster's incomplete Vegas hotel faces demolition       

Nov 22, Las Vegas 

A luxury high-rise hotel designed by Foster & Partners in Las Vegas may be demolished before completion due to “technical diffculties”. Plans to build the blue oval-shaped 49-story Harmon hotel had already been significantly reduced after it was discovered that steel reinfocements has been wrongly installed on 15 floors…more

Paolo Cucchi Architects: Taiwan Tower Proposal       

Nov 22, Taiwan 

The slender tower rises 400m. The original design integrates a delicately carved endless network of fret patterns: it is a familiar decoration, a tribute to the quality and creative ability of artisans and craftsmen. Taiwan’s past experiences, harmoniously combined with recent engineering processes…more

London: Plans By Arup For Guys Appear       

Nov 22, London 

Plans are starting to surface for the recladding of the fabulously Brutalist Guy's Hospital in London. Standing 143 meters in height and the tallest hospital in the world, not to mention the former tallest building in London, the present tower overlooks London Bridge and displays a stark concrete exterior…more

Rudolph's LOMEX in Retrospect       

Nov 20, Manhattan 

Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway is a show of about 30 full-sized reproductions of drawings for a megastructure proposed in the 1960s to be built atop the controversial highway near Canal Street. The show was jointly organized by the Drawing Center and the Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture…more

South Korea: 413 tall buildings fail fire check       

Nov 20, South Korea 

More than 400 high-rise buildings in Korea have been found to be vulnerable to fire accidents in an inspection carried out in the wake of a blaze that destroyed luxury apartments last month. Among the 4,955 buildings of 11 stories or more that were inspected, 413, or 8.3 per cent, were insufficiently prepared against fire…more

Chicago’s Marina City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking       

Nov 20, Chicago 

Marina City is about to celebrate a big milestone. November 22nd, 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the official ground-breaking for the great city-within-a-city and its iconic, corncob-shaped towers of concrete. They were the world's tallest concrete structures at the time of their completion in the 1960s…more

New York University Scraps Plan for Tallest Tower in Greenwich Village       

Nov 18, New York 

New York University abandoned plans to build the tallest tower in Greenwich Village after the influential architect I. M. Pei made his opposition known. N.Y.U. had sought approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to add a 38-story tower to the three-building Silver Towers complex that Mr. Pei designed 46 years ago…more

Dubai: Zabeel’s Blooming In The Wind       

Nov 18, Dubai 

This tower mixes various references to the history and culture of the city of Dubaï with a strong concern for sustainability  into a coherent structure that owes as much to history and tradition than to the newest technologies. The tower is made of a light structural metallic frame on which are attached hundreds of articulated sails…more

Singapore: A Building That Will Earn $1 Billion a Year, Built in Just Five       

Nov 18, Singapore 

There's a lot to be said for an economy where pesky barriers like democracy don't block the way for major real estate deals. Want to launch a job-creating, tourism-enhancing, revenue-generating multibillion dollar development in record time? If you're Singapore, you can pull off a mega-resort, with hotels, shopping, convention center…more

Classics: Lloyd’s of London Building / Richard Rogers       

Nov 18, London 

After the completion of Centre Pompidou in 1977 with Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers was commissioned to design a new building to replace the original Lloyd’s insurance building in London. Completed in1986, the Lloyd’s building brought a high-tech architectural aesthetic to the medieval financial district of London…more

Alliance Architects Crisscross Toronto Tower       

Nov 18, Toronto 

A new condo project worked on by property developers Lamb Development Corp has been approved to stand in the heart of Toronto, Canada. Although the slender tower at 224 King West completely dominates its more modest surroundings at a height of 157 meters, this is the cut down version that the planners had multiple floors lopped off before they would approve it reducing it to 47…more

A Turning Point for Serious Environmental Problems In Dubai       

Nov 18, Dubai 

When one thinks of Dubai shopping, economic prowess and cleanliness come to mind. While all three have become staples and synonymous with the Gulf city, the environmental toll that has been unleashed as a result is beginning to force government officials to take note. The city’s energy output, in order to turn sewage into fresh water, pump electricity into houses and the need to keep all the grand edifices running smoothly, is being hampered…more