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September 28, Shanghai

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is one step closer to having its name etched into the world’s fastest elevator when the Shanghai Tower is completed, reclaiming the title it lost seven years ago. Upon completion in 2014, describing the soaring Shanghai Tower will unavoidably call for a mouthful of superlatives..
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September 28, New York

Sometime this winter people will start moving into Via Verde, the subsidized housing development rising on a long, narrow slice of formerly contaminated city property in what used to be one of the worst stretches of the South Bronx. The co-ops and rentals apartments spiral around what will be a leafy, semi-enclosed court..
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September 28, Gold Coast, Australia

Tourists seeking the ultimate bird's-eye view will soon be able to walk on the rooftop of a skyscraper 270 metres above the Gold Coast's shore. Dreamworld theme park owner Ardent Leisure will today unveil its plans to build Australia's highest external building walk atop the Gold Coast's iconic Q1 building..
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September 28, Paris

KONE has been selected to modernize the elevators of the Tour Areva building in the La Défense district outside of Paris. The 37-year-old Tour Areva at 184 meters high is the second tallest skyscraper in La Défense. The new technologies will improve the daily flow of the thousands of employees moving in the building..
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September 27, Charlotte, USA

Colored exterior lights have already made the Duke Energy Center high-rise an iconic part of Charlotte's skyline. Duke Energy CEO says he plans to open one of the building's top floors to local nonprofits for board meetings and benefits. The 46th floor atrium and conference rooms feature panoramic views of the city..
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September 27, Auckland

Apartment living or quarter acre dream? Auckland Council is advocating the high-rise lifestyle to put an end to the city's urban sprawl. Auckland faces population growth of up to a million people over the next 30 years, on top of the 1.3 million people already living here..
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September 27, London

Britain's highest ever crane is being put in place to complete London's Shard tower - offering a dramatic bird's eye view of the capital. Workers will use the machine to complete the building. When fully extended the crane will sit at 1,040 feet above ground level – making it more than 20 feet taller than the building's eventual peak..
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September 27, South Bend, USA

South Bend's tallest building, mired in receivership since February, is in disrepair and needs better management, one of its major tenants told Common Council members. The Chase Tower in downtown South Bend is in need of major repairs. Those repairs could cost at least USD6 million..
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September 26, Houston

Downtown's brand new Hess Tower is up for sale, and it could shatter price records for a Houston office building when it sells. The 29-story tower could fetch up to USD444 million – or USD525 per square foot. The Bank of America Center currently holds the record for total sales price at USD367 million..
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September 24, London

The future of tall buildings was discussed at a seminar recently held at Buro Happold’s London office, with an audience of planners, architects, developers and policy makers. The seminar looked at the commercial viability of tall buildings and the role they play in creating the sustainable cities of the future globally..
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September 26, Detroit

The Riverfront Towers complex faces foreclosure after a USD55 million mortgage default, and lawyers fear the landmark high-rise, where civil rights icon Rosa Parks died, could fall into disrepair. Federal court records dangerous conditions inside a complex that once defined luxury high-rise living downtown..
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September 24, Tokyo

None of Japan's skyscrapers fell in the massive earthquake that hit the country in March, but they shook violently - and with experts saying a big quake under Tokyo is overdue, the city's love affair with the high-rise lifestyle may be coming to an end. So it has forced Tokyo residents to confront the uncomfortable reality..
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September 24, Mecca

Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas and the moniker is not a compliment. Over the past 10 years the holiest site in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world..
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September 23, Adelaide

Hines Property wants to build the 17-story, AUD65 million development at 122 Grenfell Street. Work on site is planned to begin next year, with the hotel to open its doors in 2014. It will include 300 rooms and suites, restaurants, conference and meeting space, guest lounge and business facilities, and a fitness centre..
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September 23, London

Architect Piers Gough, whose controversial plans for a 25-story “wavy” tower block were rejected, has spoken out in defense of the scheme. Arsenal had hoped to build the 78-meter high tower on a site opposite the Emirates Stadium. The design was to feature the club’s red& white colors, along with a curved roof and sculpted corners..
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September 23, Gangtok, India

The recent earthquake has brought the Gangtok and Darjeeling skylines into focus – hill towns that are located in seismic zones and where, according to experts, flouting of building rules can bring down structures like a pack of cards. Although officials insist they are vigilant on this issue, a cursory glance at the towns belies all claims..
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September 23, Karachi

A 28-floor shopping centre, The Mall, in Karachi is set to become functional by the end of this year and become Pakistan’s tallest skyscraper. 393 feet in height with an investment of USD81.3 million, the high-rise project is set to break the record of being the tallest building in the country..
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September 22, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia has edged its way towards a more sustainable future with this green-roofed skyscraper called the Kristalna Palača. Also known as the Crystal Palace, the country's tallest skyscraper features cutting-edge energy solutions that bring its energy consumption in line with some of the world's most advanced eco-projects..
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September 22, Nuvanut, The Arctic

Inspired by a 2007 visit to Nunavut, Toronto architect Reza Aliabadi came up with a design for Arctic skyscrapers, which satisfy the human desire to escape gravity and have a good view. Aliabadi says his design was just that – a concept – and not a blueprint for a real building..
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September 22, Minneapolis

Opus Development has announced plans to build a new 33-story apartment tower downtown for USD108 million. The property, temporarily dubbed Nicollet Residences, will be constructed atop a six-story parking garage at a vacant lot at the corner of Nicollet Mall and South Fifth Street..
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September 21, Switzerland

As the grand opening of Prime Tower in Zurich nears, it seems that skyscrapers are gaining acceptance in the Swiss landscape. At 126 meters tall, Prime Tower is the highest building in Switzerland – followed by Basel’s 105-meter Exhibition Tower, which was built from 2001-2003..
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September 21, Dubai

Liquidity woes may push the completion date of Infinity Tower, Dubai’s tallest, twisted skyscraper, to Dec 2012 in the latest in a series of delays for the project.  The building, which features a rotated design, was initially slated for completion in 2008 but suffered extended delays in the wake of the global financial crisis..
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September 21, Warsaw

Hines Polska, who until recently was the developer of a new residential tower, construction on which is now underway on Twarda in Warsaw, has announced that its cooperation with the scheme’s investor, Tacit Development Polska, had come to an end. The latter entity will now complete the 160-meter development..
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September 21

Researchers are perfecting a new technique that could speed construction of skyscrapers while also providing enough stiffness and strength to withstand earthquakes and forces from high winds. The project aims to develop a new kind of "core wall," a vertical spine that runs through the center of skyscrapers..
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September 20, Oklahoma City

The Devon Tower is a major milestone for the downtown skyline. It has reached its peak and construction workers will celebrate with a topping out ceremony soon. The ceremony is for the 1,200 or so construction workers who have been working on the tower..
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September 20, Chicago

The Chicago skyscraper architect, Jeanne Gang, is among the latest 22 recipients of the no-strings-attached MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." The USD500,000 fellowships for 2011 were announced by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation..
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September 19, Abu Dhabi

In a city whose skyline is dominated by new and exciting architecture, it takes something special to attract as much attention as the gently tapering Al Bahr Towers. Standing 145 meters, the landmark twin towers will be the new purpose-built headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council..
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September 19, Burnaby, Canada

The sky's the limit for the new Sovereign tower at Willingdon Avenue and Kingsway. Bosa Properties celebrated the start of construction of the 500-foot mixed-use residential tower at a groundbreaking ceremony. Construction is expected to be completed by spring 2014..
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September 19, Chicago

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. confirmed that the iconic Michigan Avenue towers have been sold to a consortium of buyers. As part of the deal, the new owners have committed to a significant renovation of the towers’ interior, the public plaza that separates them and the ground-floor retail space..
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September 19, Doha

US-based HOK has been appointed to act as lead consultant for Phase 4 of the USD5.5 billion Msheireb Downtown mega project in Doha. The Phase 4 comprises 135,000 sq m of mixed-use development across 12 buildings that will include commercial, healthcare, residential, a 4-star hotel, civic buildings & public spaces..
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September 19, Haikou

HENN has taken first prize in the international competition to design the Haikou Tower in China. Among the participants were Wilkinson Eyre, Broadway Malyan, Zaha Hadid and RMJM/Alsop. The masterplan for the central business district of Haikou thus marks a major milestone in a series of recent designs by HENN..
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September 19, New York

Artist Yukata Sone turned a village of Chinese artisans into urban topographers carving the city out of marble. As monumental as the solid block appears – it’s 21 3/4 X 104 3/8 X 33 1/2 inches – the dozens of piers and bridges around Little Manhattan carved as softly undulating folds render the whole thing eerily buoyant and fleshy...
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September 19, Beijing

Beijing will begin building the city's tallest skyscraper in its central business district. The 108-story, 510-meter tall building , called "China Zun", is shaped like a zun, an ancient Chinese wine vessel, and will be completed within five years..
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September 16, Chicago

When it opened in 1977, Atrium Village became a model for community-developed, mixed-income housing nationwide. The owners  are looking to vastly expand Atrium Village by adding four high-rise towers, a series of townhouses, and two acres set aside for open space, all while staying true to its social mission..
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September 16, Hong Kong

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry's first building in Hong Kong is almost complete. Dubbed Opus Hong Kong, the 12-story residential block's design was inspired by its unparalleled location at 53 Stubbs Road. Perched on a hill with a sweeping, unobstructed panorama of Hong Kong Island..
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September 15, Xiamen, China

Recently, several accidents of skyscraper glass curtain walls bursting and hurting passers-by were reported in Shanghai, Nanjing, and other places. To prevent such accidents from occurring in Xiamen, the Xiamen Construction and Administration Bureau issued a notice requiring all skyscraper owners to check glass curtain walls..
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September 15, Gold Coast, Australia

The famous Hilton hotel family officially opened its first hotel on the Gold Coast but the special occasion comes amid a backdrop of gloom over the state of the economy. The building is the first five-star hotel to open on the Gold Coast since Palazzo Versace more than a decade ago..
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September 14, New York

The Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification. It is the tallest and almost certainly the best-known building in the U.S. to receive the award, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, the company that managed the retrofit..
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September 14, Taichung, Taiwan

For the hundredth birthday of the creation of Taiwan Republic of China, the Taichung City Government tower aims to honor local building traditions and symbolize new Taiwanese dynamics in economic, political, social and cultural achievements..
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September 14, Calgary

City board has given the Brentwood mall’s owner the green light to construct two condo high-rises, despite some residents’ concerns it would cause traffic, parking and societal nightmares for the community. The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board ordered the developer to follow some minor new conditions..
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September 14, Mumbai

The twin towers of India's second tallest residential building, Orchid Heights will both reach more than 300 meters and have 80 floors when they are completed in 2013. Construction has started on the infrastructure, which is beginning to rise from the foundations..
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September 13, Brooklyn

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District despite opposition from business groups that said the designation would burden owners with new costs and regulations, and from the co-op board of the district’s only residential building, 75 Livingston Street..
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September 13, London

Heron Tower’s developer has written to City planners in objection to a proposed new office tower in the City of London. Claiming that plans for 100 Bishopsgate will block views of London from many floors of Heron Tower. It also referred to the proposed new property as an "undistinguished piece of architecture"..
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September 13, Los Angeles

The economy may have stalled the grand plans for Bunker Hill, but the developer is moving forward on a 19-story, 258-unit residential apartment tower designed to complement the under-construction Broad Art Museum. Schematic plans for the tower designed by Arquitectonica go to the CRA board recently..
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September 12, New York

Thousands visited the September 11 Memorial at the site of the World Trade Center that was opened to the public for the first time on September 12. Mayor  Bloomberg greeted the first visitors to the memorial, a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the 1993 Trade Center bombing..
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September 11

The 9/11 attacks threw the architectural world into shock. “The age of skyscrapers is at an end,” city planner Howard Kunstler declared just after the tragedy, and Donald Trump reduced the height of a planned tower in Chicago, citing security concerns raised by 9/11..
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September 11, London

London’s Leadenhall Tower has been awarded “UK Best Tekla Model” in the BIM suppliers’ annual competition. The model, developed by the projects services and structural engineers, ARUP, will now be entered into the global BIM awards. It is described as a “landmark building” for the firms’ project team..
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September 10, Mumbai

Mumbai's slum dwellers will soon be re-housed in towers higher than 20 stories, making the city perhaps the only global one to do so. Earlier, most rehab buildings were seven to 10 stories high. However, in the past one year the Slum Rehabilitation Authority has started sanctioning unusually tall buildings for slum residents..
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September 10, Caracas, Venezuela

The unfinished 45-story office tower looming over this capital city lacks plumbing, elevators and walls. Yet it’s become a haven for squatters desperate for a place to live. The invasion of the half-built tower, a project abandoned during a 1990s banking crisis, offers a dramatic snapshot of Venezuela’s housing shortage..
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September 9, Chicago

The Sears Tower might have collapsed faster and more catastrophically than the WTC towers. The Sears Tower consists of nine tubes bundled together, only two of them extending to the top of the tower. “I've wondered if the tubes that escaped damage would have held up the ones that didn't, keeping the building erect”..
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September 9, Jakarta

Jakarta City Council have agreed to limit the population of the capital to no more than 12.5 million in the next 20 years, stating the target in the city’s 2010-2030 Spatial Planning Bylaw. The bylaw is putting population caps for each municipality and regency in proportion to the respective area’s width and function designation..
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September 9

Ever since two aircraft ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, the idea that buildings are vulnerable to attacks has nestled deep into the psyche of architects across the globe. Despite that knowledge, architects have not taken to only designing somber, low-rise buildings..
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September 9, Makati, Philippines

Donald Trump is collaborating with Century Properties for the first Trump-branded residential tower in Makati, called Trump Tower Manila. This will be part of Century City, a 3.4-hectare development on Kalayaan Avenue, Makati..
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September 9, Sydney

A brand new glass high-rise in downtown Sydney that has earned the highest score in Australia’s Green Star standard was recently unveiled. Inaugurated by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the 1 Bligh office tower glows from within, with a 28 story-high atrium that stretches from the building's lobby to a skylight up top..
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September 9, Huaxi, China

A village in east China's Jiangsu Province grabbed attention after completing a 328-meter high building that houses a statue of an ox made from a ton of gold. The building is scheduled to open as a hotel on October 8 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the village's founding..
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September 8

No one wants to hear the old saw "the more things change, the more things stay the same" as the legacy of a catastrophic event. But in some ways the phrase summons what has happened in architecture since 9/11. The competition to build tall - very tall - is alive and well..
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September 7, London

Soaring dramatically over the night city, The Shard dwarfs everything in sight. The giant tower, pictured from a helicopter flying overhead, appears almost translucent as the sun sets on London. Eighteen months into its construction, the concrete core of the new skyscraper is now officially 800 feet tall, with 72 floors complete..
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September 7, New York

Managers of the iconic hotel are set to appear before the Landmarks Preservation Commission to ask for a makeover that would alter the look of the Art Deco-style skyscraper, whose façade has long been one of the most recognizable in New York..
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September 7, Taichung, Taiwan

When the Taiwan Tower competition in Taichung asked participants for an iconic skyscraper, Visiondivision responded with a cluster of over 100 slender towers that challenges the expected experiences within and aesthetics of a 21st-century tower. Tower Town creates a dense urban environment with its fragmented massing..
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September 7

The collapse of the Twin Towers served as a stark and stunning reminder to architects and engineers of the value of using concrete to protect skyscrapers from the ravages of fire. Miles O'Brien reports on how the design of skyscrapers has changed since 9/11..
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September 7, Singapore

Singapore’s skyline is one of the most distinctive in the world. To realize this, just look up: with more than 120 skyscrapers crowding an area measuring barely 800 square kilometers, one cannot deny that this is a city of impressive architectural achievements..
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September 6, Texas

It's been called a rocket ship and a Coke bottle and has starred as the headquarters for J.R.’s television oil company. Now Dallas’ 60-story Fountain Place Tower has received the Texas Society of Architects’ 25-year Award, presented to buildings that have stood the test of time..
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September 6, Beijing

Developers working on a new skyscraper, which once built will be the capital's tallest building, say they will break ground on the project on Sept 19. CITIC Group plans to build a 510-meter high office tower with 104 floors above ground and four basement levels..
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September 3, New York

Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in New York was the first skyscraper to attain LEED Platinum, and is loaded with green gizmos such as: high-tech glass, slag concrete, co-generation, and a giant Calmac icemaker that makes ice at night and cools by day. About the only thing it doesn't have is parking..
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September 3, Croydon, UK

Plans to build the UK’s tallest residential tower in Croydon have cleared the final planning hurdle. The proposed 55-story building in Cherry Orchard Road gained local council planning permission but still needed approval for the London Mayor because of the scale of the GBP250m project..
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September 2, New York

Brookfield Properties is seeking to gain an edge in the construction of millions of square feet of office space on Manhattan’s west side by using bridge-building technology to cover a 65-foot railroad trench. The plan would employ a method never used with a building project..
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September 2, The Netherlands

The idea might have started as a tongue-in-cheek remark by a newspaper columnist, but now architects, engineers, construction firms and investors are giving  serious consideration to building a 2,000-meter high artificial mountain..
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September 2, New York

The architect behind one of the four major skyscrapers planned at New York’s Ground Zero has described the news for the stalled plan as a “crying shame”, a decade after the 9/11 attacks. The proposed 71-story tower recently missed out on securing Swiss bank UBS as a major tenant..
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September 1, London

Seen close up, at 76 meters of its eventual 114.5-meter height, the Orbit also recalls an anatomical model, its central tower and unfinished loops splaying open like severed arteries. The 50-ton cradle of one of the two vast viewing platforms recalls the trepanned base of a giant skull..
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September 1, California

The term “skyscraper” was coined in the late 19th century when steel-frame buildings reached 10 stories. Today, the world's tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, standing at a commanding 2,717 feet. But Southern California has its share of edifices that reach for the clouds as well..
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September 1, Calcutta

“Deya,” a giant sculpture hosting a club in suspension, amorphous in shape, just like a cloud, is set to adorn Calcutta’s skyline. Floating at 500 feet, the crown jewel of the upcoming luxury residential condominium called Atmosphere on the EM Bypass is billed to be the first of its kind in the country..
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September 1, Blackpool, UK

Blackpool Tower has reopened to the public after a 10-month restoration program. The regeneration project, aimed at encouraging families to stay longer in the resort, is part of a 20 million GBP investment for the tower and promenade..
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August 31, Guangzhou

Imagine a big wheel being put on its side and placed on top of a skyscraper. That is pretty much what has happened at the Canton Tower in China – home to the latest in attractions that are not for the faint-hearted. The ride, which opens this week, consists of 16 see-through pods that travel round an elliptical track..
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August 31

These eye-catching UrbanTiles could turn skyscrapers into zero-energy light displays by harvesting energy during the day and releasing it at night in an array of customized graphics. The dual-sided linking tiles drape over the exterior of a building, and they flip from outward-facing solar panels to OLED panels..
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August 31, Ostend, Belgium

In the context of Ostend’s urban renewal policy, two competitions have been launched by the ‘Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Stadsvernieuwing Oostende’ to select a private partner for the full reconversion and development of a new multifunctional city part on the maritime site, Oosteroever..
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August 31, Vancouver

When completed in 2014, a new 35-story tower in Vancouver will rise like a cliff against the Marine Building. The structure sits on an 85-foot wide floor plate and has the ability to withstand seismic and wind threats. While the slender structure is an anomaly, the concept is an emerging reality as urban land diminishes..
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August 31, Port Phillip, Australia

The approval of a 26-story residential and commercial tower has been slammed by MP Martin Foley, saying it sends a message to developers that medium and low rise areas are “open slather.” The government called in and approved the St Kilda Rd development - the first high-rise, high-density tower south of the St Kilda Junction..
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August 30, New York

As hurricane Irene roared toward New York, residents were ordered to evacuate Battery Park City. Now, as the residents make their way back, the neighborhood is about to pass a milestone. With two condo towers nearing completion, every parcel in BPC has been built out, fulfilling a master plan that has taken 32 years to realize..
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August 30, Christchurch

A new, low-rise office development pitched at people who have become increasingly nervous about working in high-rise blocks, is being proposed by Wellington developer Craig Stewart. Stewart is looking to attract tenants for a proposed five-story block at 168 Thorndon Quay..
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August 29, Indianapolis

The Keystone Towers crumbled to the ground in 14 seconds (watch the video), but even before the dust settled, nearby residents and businesses had one thing in mind: What's next? The once-sparkling piece of real estate halfway between downtown and the city's northern suburbs is open for development..
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August 29, Dafur, Sudan

Transporting huge underwater lakes to skyscrapers and thus trying to solve the acute water problem is what H3AR has done to tide over the droughts and consequent water shortage in Dafur, Sudan. In 2007, scientists at Boston University discovered that the region has one of the biggest underwater lakes in the world..
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August 29, New York

Another shining tower is on the way to its Broadway debut. Ending years of speculation, Extell has begun building a major new Midtown hotel that some had predicted might never rise. The long-in-coming, 53-story project at 135 W. 45th St. will be the Hyatt Times Square..
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August 29, Brooklyn

A veritable who’s-who of Brooklyn’s most powerful landlords is coming out swinging against a city plan to landmark nearly two dozen tall buildings in Downtown and Brooklyn Heights, saying that the proposal would handcuff building owners from cashing in on the demand for new retail in the area around Borough Hall..
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August 28, Hanoi

A fire broke out in Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam, at 2:00 pm on August 27. According to some workers who are working at the 7th floor of the building’s garage, the fire took place due to workers’ carelessness while installing air-conditioners.
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August 28, Chengdu, China

A 37-story mixed-use complex in Chengdu, China, recently reached substantial completion and opened its first phase, the 111,500-square meter Chicony Plaza department store. Occupying a full city block adjacent to a vibrant public square in the central business district of Chengdu.
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August 28, London

Despite London’s status as a leading world capital, the city has some very serious problems affecting its potential and that of its inhabitants – namely a chronic and dire housing shortage, the smallest room-sizes to be found anywhere in the western world, and prices so high that they exclude all but the very wealthy.
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August 27, Taipei

The design for the new Taipei Nangang High-tech District Office Tower, by AEDAS Beijing, draws inspiration from the shape of the river pebbles, developing a unique aesthetic that conveys the idea of softness and elegance as well as strength and character.
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August 27, Perth

After inking a deal for the AU$4 billion project with Perth Racing, Golden Group has now released the artist's impressions of what the development  may look like. The renderings show eight high-rise towers dotting the eastern and western ends of the 50 hectares Belmont peninsula.
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August 26, Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects have released new renderings of a 200-meter high commercial complex designed for Beijing. The Wangjing Soho complex will comprise three large pebble-shaped buildings overlooking a road that leads to Beijing Capital Airport.
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August 26, Aldar, Abu Dhabi

"Simple" is not the word that jumps to one's mind when driving into Abu Dhabi and seeing the gigantic disc standing on its side in the desert. The slim, circular building on a concrete plinth is the result of slightly less than three years of work and has more than 3,000 panes of glass.
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August 26, Shenzhen

Steven Holl Architects recently received a 2011 American Architecture Award for the Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China. The awards, administered annually by the Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies honor “new and cutting-edge design”... more


      

August 26, Davo City, Philippines

The tallest building in Davao City, if not in Mindanao, Philippines will soon rise.  Aeon Towers, as the building is called, will be built in Bajada, beside the Abreeza Mall. The construction will start in the first quarter of 2012, and the projected time to complete will be in the first quarter of 2016... more


      

August 25, Mojave Desert

BrightSource Energy is building a 392-megawatt solar thermal power facility located in the Mojave Desert, California. Ivanpah is using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers at the top of three 225-meter power towers. The complex is comprised of three separate plants to be built in phases between 2010 and 2013... more


      

August 24, New York

The recent earthquake rattled New Yorkers enough to make them evacuate glass-encased office towers. But was that the right thing to do? “The likelihood of a tall building collapse is very low, but the likelihood of you getting hit by a big plate glass window that shattered and cuts you and makes you bleed to death is more likely”... more


      

August 24, Bangkok

For years, Thailand’s top disaster guru has sounded an apocalyptic warning: the sea is rising, Bangkok is sinking and the coastal metropolis will sit under five feet of water by 2030. The only bulwark against this scenario is a $2.8 billion dyke sealing off Bangkok from the sea... more


      

August 24, Brooklyn

Forest City Ratner filed a building application for a residential tower on the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue. It’s been reported that they hope to break ground on a 33-story by the end of this year. Although there is no word yet on whether this tower will be the pre-fabricated tower that got people so excited back in March... more


      

August 25, Chicago

There are plans to build a 3,280-foot skyscraper in Saudi Arabia. It will be the tallest structure in the world, 500 feet higher than anything else. But on this date in 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright announced plans for an even grander Chicago structure. His building would top off at 5,280 feet – a mile high... more


      

August 24, Washington DC

The strongest earthquake to strike the eastern United States in more than a century rattled downtown Washington and sparked fearful evacuations from skyscrapers in New York. With the anniversary of September 11 just around the corner, many residents said they feared the 40-second shakedown was a terror attack... more


      

August 24

Wheat on the seventh floor and rice on the twelfth. Finally, enough food grown over 18-story tower that can feed a city of 50,000 citizens. This simple thought would one-day become a reality. Thanks to the vertical farms or sky farms, where various crops will be grown in eco-friendly skyscrapers... more


      

August 24, New York

A Manhattan apartment building has been immortalized by the U.S. postal service as part of its collection of 'Forever' stamps. An extreme close-up of West End Towers, at 75 West End Avenue, joins the ranks of Mount St Helens and Yellowstone Park's hot springs for the upcoming Earthscapes stamp series... more