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June 29, London

Dezeen has produced a guided video tour of the Royal College of Art 2012 graduate architecture show, featuring student designs exploring the nature of high-rise construction and urban habitat in London's future. The show also features work from other departments in the College. Read more.

June 29, Energy Biz

Smart grids and their applications in tall building construction is the focus on an article in Energy Biz, titled "Smart High-Rises: Optimizing Properties." The piece details the advantages of smart grids in terms of building management, cost conservation and advancing technologies. Read more.

June 29, Fribourg

French architect Dominique Perrault has won an international competition to design the Esplanade Tower in Fribourg, Switzerland. The competition was to design a mixed use tower for the Swiss Federal railways, which will include housing, offices and retail space. Read more.

June 28, Singapore

London-based Serie Architects and collaborators Singapore-based Multiply Architects won a competition to triple the size of the Singapore Subordinate Courts Complex, which contains the district and magistrates’ courtrooms. The winning design calls for the creation of two new 35-story towers, as well as the renovation of the existing octagonal court building. Read more.

June 28, Jakarta

Indonesian developer PT Danayasa Arthatama is seeking funding for the proposed Signature Tower in Jakarta, which is slated to be the world's fifth tallest building upon completion. The company's director announced negotiations with "several local and foreign banks," which are interested in providing loans for the project. Read more.

June 28, San Francisco

Audio technology company Dolby Laboratories this week agreed to buy a 16-story office tower in San Francisco from DivcoWest for USD109.8 million, approximately USD310 per square foot (USD3,200 per square meter). Dolby plans to occupy the entire building as its corporate headquarters. Read more.

June 27, Manila

Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, sons of billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, led the groundbreaking ceremony this week of their latest project, Trump Tower Manila. The project is a USD150 million residential development that will rise in Makati, a part of the metropolitan area of Manila. Read more.

June 27, New York

The Associated Press has released a short video of the topping out ceremony of Four World Trade Center that took place earlier this week. The AP interviews developer Larry Silverstien, architect Gary Kamemoto and construction worker Joseph Hereghty. Read more.

June 26, Tel Aviv

An 80-story office tower, which would be the tallest building in Israel, has been approved by Tel Aviv authorities as part of a new master-planned real estate development. The proposed 2000 Complex reportedly includes 2,500 housing units and a transportation hub to be built on a 390-dunam (97-acre‏) land parcel. Read more.

June 26, New York

Curbed recently asked readers to name, in their opinion, the best and worst skyscrapers in New York. The real estate site’s preliminary list also includes categories devoted to “can't wait to be built" and "wish someone would build," based on responses. Read more.

June 26, Edinburgh

CTBUH board member William F. Baker, partner in charge of structural engineering for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM), was recently named an honorary Doctor of Engineering by Heriot-Watt University in Scotland in recognition of his distinguished career and influential contribution in the field of structural engineering. Read more.

June 25, New York

Crews staged a topping out ceremony Monday for Four World Trade Center, the first of the buildings under construction on the site to reach the milestone. The ceremony centered on a beam signed by members of the construction crew, which was hoisted 977 feet to the top the building. Read more.

June 25, Chicago

The Wall Street Journal featured the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art’s upcoming exhibition "Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity." The exhibition features artists' impressions of skyscrapers and will open this weekend in Chicago. Read more.

June 25, Raleigh

A 23-story apartment tower could be constructed in downtown Raleigh as early as this fall. Atlanta developer Novare Group and local developer Beacon Partners are proposing SkyHouse Raleigh, a 320-unit high-rise which will be reviewed by city officials this week. Read more.

June 25, London

Plans for London's tallest student-residential tower, The Quill, were approved by the city last week, after three years of a series of overturned decisions and protests. The tower will be 109 meters tall (358 feet) and it will be built next to The Shard. Read more.

June 22, Moscow

Moscow's historic Shukhov Radio Tower has fallen into disrepair and may soon be lost permanently, argues Vladimir Shukhov, the great-grandson of the engineer and architect who designed the tower. The 90-year-old tower was built during the Russian Civil War and is an archetype of the Russian avant-garde movement. Read more.

June 22, Liverpool

A deal is reportedly in the works to sell Liverpool’s tallest building, West Tower, which was put up for sale in April with a price tag of GBP12.5 million (USD19.5 million). The owners have sold the 40-story tower to an unnamed buyer, according to local media reports. Read more.

June 22, Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based Boutique Design has released the design of its landscaped skyscraper, The Canopy. The firm has included private gardens for all units, creating what they call a "green envelope" for the building, bringing nature up the façade from the street level. Read more.

June 21, New York

Silverstein Properties and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System have entered into a contract to sell a 35-story office building for USD360 million to Normandy Real Estate Partners and New York Life Insurance.  Read more.

June 21, Ontario

Ontario housing minister Kathleen Wynne has announced new building codes intended to prevent glass from breaking off high-rise balconies. The move was prompted by several recent incidents of falling glass in Toronto, according to local media. Read more.

June 20, Tshwane

Controversy continues regarding South African project Symbio-City, a three-tower development that, if completed, will include the continent's tallest building. Following the announcement of this project last month, locals have voiced a series of objections concerning its necessity and consequences. Read more.

June 20, London

British property company Hammerson has sold six London office buildings to one of the biggest developers in North America for GBP518m (USD813 million). Hammerson sold the London assets to Brookfield Office Properties in order to focus on prime shopping centers and retail parks in the UK and France, according to media reports. Read more.

June 19, New York

The Sony Corporation is considering selling its New York headquarters to help recover from its USD5.7 million fiscal year loss. The company recently held talks with the Blackstone Group, a private-equity firm, regarding sale of the Sony Tower, the iconic post-modernist building, the New York Post reports. Read more.

June 19, Poznan, Poland

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has revealed its design for the18-story Baltyk Tower, a mixed-use building proposed for the center of the city of Poznan, in Poland. The project features a staggered design with a glass fiber and concrete louvered façade to control the solar impact on the interiors. Read more.

June 19, Mumbai

Members of Mumbai's high-rise committee this week backed the concept of building 78 buildings over 70 meters tall (230 feet) in order to relieve the city's residential shortage. Mumbai has only 30 buildings of 100 meters or more, while Shanghai has 130 and New York has 550, committee leaders noted. Read more.

June 18, London

A proposal for a 38-story residential tower on the site of a Shakespearean theater in London's historic Shoreditch district will be submitted to officials later this month. The development, Stage Shoreditch, will sit beside recently uncovered remains of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre, a venue that held the first performances of Romeo and Juliet and Henry V. Read more.

June 18, New York

New York developers have announced the naissance of two skyscrapers to be constructed around New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Hines is resurrecting its long-delayed plans for a tower, while Starwood Capital is reportedly planning a new hotel and residential tower. Read more.

June 18, Changsa

Reports that Chinese pre-fab specialist Broad Group is planning to construct the world’s tallest building in nine months has sparked international media coverage, including a detailed report in the Wall Street Journal. The tower, named Sky City, would reach 838 meters (2,750 feet), passing the Burj Khalifa (828 meters), Broad Group says. Read more.

June 18, New York

Curbed has produced a map pinpointing 23 skyscraper construction sites in New York City. Click on a point and the location, description and picture direct you to the construction site. The tour includes prominent projects like One World Trade Center, 432 Park Avenue and One57. Read more.

June 14, New York

The One World Trade Center tower under construction is “not exactly the tower New Yorkers were led to believe they would see” when the plan was first unveiled in 2006, the New York Times contends in a new article. But the developer counters that the changes in the much-discussed tower had to be made. Read more.

June 14, Dubai

Dubai developer Damac Properties is giving away a yacht, a speed boat or a Jet Ski with every property bought this summer, in an attempt to boost sales in its residential towers. The gift the buyer receives will depend on the value of the unit purchased, the developer says. Read more.

June 13, London

As the Shard nears completion, the London tower and its dramatic design are attracting scrutiny and reflection. Recent programs by London’s Channel 4 and the Royal Institute of British Architects examined the project’s origins and the construction obstacles. Read more.

June 13, Abu Dhabi

Owners of Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi's leaning glass tower, announced Tuesday that more than 60 percent of the building is now leased. Etihad Rail, which leased 4,000 square meters (43,500 square feet) of the building, will become an anchor tenant along with the existing Hyatt hotel. Read more.

June 13, Glasgow

The first of eight towers of the controversial Scottish housing project Red Road Block was demolished Monday in an effort to destroy the buildings' hazardous conditions. The city is in the process of considering plans to redevelop the area once the remaining towers come down. Read more.

June 12, Boston

A New York developer, Millennium Partners, has proposed constructing the third tallest building in the city of Boston, Millennium Tower, which will share its site with an existing Burnham building. The USD615 million tower would be 606 feet tall (185 meters) and replaces a project that stalled years ago. Read more.

June 12, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia real estate developer Al-Suwaiket officially opened the SR350 million (USD93 million) Dhahran Tower last week. The luxury apartment building, equipped with a helipad and 291 furnished apartments, seeks to introduce the area to "Manhattan-style of living," the Al-Suwaiket Group told the press. Read more.

June 12, Singapore

Business Insider has released new photos of the nearly completed Singapore project Gardens by the Bay. The Gardens feature giant "supertrees"--tree-like steel structures which will generate solar power, support a complex vertical plant system, collect rainwater and cool the area. Read more.

June 11, London

Architect’s Journal offers exclusives photos of One St George Wharf, the tower under construction in London. The 181-meter (594-foot) tower will be the tallest residential building in Europe when it is completed next year. Read more.

June 11, Charlotte

Florida-based Parkway Properties has purchased the Hearst Tower in Charlotte for USD250 million. This is the latest in a series of tall building deals across the country by the company, including the sale of properties in Chicago and Jackson. Read more.

June 11, Surrey, Canada

The city of Surrey, in Canada, plans to build a 517-foot tall (158-meter) tower, 3 Civic Plaza, as part of on-going efforts to redevelop the city center. The CAD125 million (USD121.7 million) project, 3 Civic Plaza, will be the tallest building in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver. Read more.

June 8, Chicago

The Chicago City Council has officially granted landmark status to the 438-foot (134-meter) Wrigley Building, built in 1921 by the gum company. The move will grant protection to the 91-year-old building, and officially recognizes it as a significant part of American history and culture. Read more.

June 8, WangCheng, China

Chinese builder
Broad Sustainable Building has proposed constructing an 838-meter (2,750-foot) prefabricated skyscraper, according to unconfirmed media reports. The company claims the tower, which would be 10 meters taller than Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, can be built in just seven months. Read more.

June 8, CTBUH

The completion of the Tokyo SkyTree in March and the Canton Tower in 2010 have raised the global bar for telecom and observation towers. A new study by the CTBUH examines the history and trends of the world's “supertall” occupiable telecommunication and observation towers. Read more.

June 7, Milan

Foundation work has been completed on the first tower in the much-discussed CityLife development in Milan, Italy, an initiative to create a business district on the site of the historical Milan Fair, the Fiera Milano. The USD2.6 billion development includes towers designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Studio Daniel Libeskind, which created the master plan for the project. Read more.

June 7, Ghent

MG Tower, the 6th tallest building in Belgium, officially opened yesterday in Ghent, as the gateway to the new ‘Loop’ district in the city. The 118-meter (389-foot) building will be the headquarters for the KBC Bank and the tallest building in Belgium outside Brussels. Read more.

June 7, San Francisco

San Francisco voters decided Monday to support the city's efforts to preserve historic Coit Tower, the local landmark. Last week the city promised USD1.7 million to the restoration fund. In order to protect the tower in the future, voters passed Proposition B, which prioritizes funds for maintenance and limits private access to the tower. Read more.

June 6, V Sauce

Video science blog V Sauce explores the "Best Tall Buildings of All Time," beginning with the pyramids and working through a condensed history of skyscrapers and towers around the world. The video celebrates the fact that with the construction of Burj Khalifa, tall buildings again surpass communications towers as the tallest manmade structures in the world. Read more.

June 6, Chicago

A new tower has been proposed for the long-empty site once designated for a Shangri-La hotel in Chicago. The proposal for 111 West Wacker Drive calls for a 59-story 630-foot (192-meter) apartment building, which will be far shorter than the 1,047-feet-tall (319 meter) tower originally planned for the site. Read more.

June 6, Detroit

A Canadian real estate company has officially purchased the Penobscot Building in Detroit, one of the city’s most historic skyscrapers. The 568-foot (173-meter) tower, Detroit's third tallest, sold for USD5 million, which amounts to about USD5 per square foot, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read more.

June 5, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is now the object of an extensive experiment on building movement. Samsung, a Korean company, is tracking the building's movements remotely from its offices in Seoul in order to better understand supertall behavior. Read more.

June 5, Dallas

A California-based investor purchased Four Forest Plaza, an office tower in north Dallas, for USD23 million. The purchasers plan to renovate the 19-story office tower in order to fill the currently half-empty building. Read more.

June 5, Jakarta

An earthquake a few miles off-shore rocked the city of Jakarta Monday. Although no injuries occurred, citizens distinctly felt swaying for about 10 seconds in high-rise buildings around the city, according to The Associated Press. Read more.

June 4, New York

Firefighters put out a small fire on the 89th floor of One World Trade Center Saturday which apparently smoldered all night, according to the New York Times. Wooden decking ignited due to construction activity and the building's fire equipment required outside help. Read more.

June 4, Miami

A glass mansion built on the roof of a skyscraper in Miami is on the market for USD4.2 million. The 5,801-square-foot Taj Miami sits on top of the 40-story Palace Condominium and includes a 3,000-square-foot roof deck. Read more.

June 4, Melbourne

A proposed tower in Melbourne's Southbank has been approved by the city's Planning Minister, despite strong protests from area residents. The proposed Queensbridge Tower would be the second-tallest building in Melbourne at 275 meters (900 feet). Read more.

June 1, Chicago

The penthouse on the 89th floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago has hit the market with an asking price of USD32 million. The penthouse is reportedly the most expensive real estate listing in the city, according to media reports. Read more.

June 1, Dubai

Human psychology may be the only barrier to developing more tall buildings, writes Buro Happold’s Mark Lavery. Designers of tall buildings have a responsibility to occupants, but environmental psychology is rarely at the center of the design process, he says. Read more.

May 31, San Francisco

The West Coast's tallest residential building is the subject of a new scientific seismic study. The U.S. Geological Survey installed an extensive network of sensors in the 605-foot-tall project, One Rincon Hill, in order to monitor the performance of the building in the earthquake zone. Read more.

May 31, London

A Qatar-based broadcasting company and an American management consultancy are looking to move into London's Shard skyscraper. The unfinished building remains largely un-let, but analysts expect demand to be high for space in the iconic tower. Read more.

May 31, San Francisco

The city of San Francisco agreed this week to dedicate USD1.7 million to the restoration of Coit Tower, one of San Francisco's most iconic landmarks. The tower, which has fallen into disrepair, will receive both cosmetic and structural renovations in the coming year. Read more.

May 31, Wired Magazine

Wired senior editor Adam Rogers takes a sentimental view of skyscrapers in the latest edition of his online column. Inspired by the recent opening of the Tokyo Skytree, he considers the idea of space-time bubbles at the apex of tall buildings, and his on-going fascination with tall buildings. Read more.

May 31, New York

New details have emerged about plans for a New York tower, which would be the tallest residential building in the U.S., 432 Park. The project is currently under construction and is situated on the former site of the Drake Hotel on Park Avenue. Read more.

May 30, South Africa

A Johannesburg-based architect has released the design for the tallest building in Africa, World Architecture News reports. The 447-meter (1,500-foot) structure is part of three-tower development known as Centurion Symbio-City in Tshwane, South Africa. Read more.

May 30, Shanghai

Construction of the Shanghai Tower this week reached the 300-meter mark, almost half-way to its projected height of 632 meters. The Shanghai Tower will be the tallest skyscraper in China and the world's second-tallest building, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Read more.

May 30, Chicago

A company controlled by the Kennedy family released preliminary renderings Tuesday for the much-discussed Wolf Point riverfront project in Chicago. The USD1 billion project would be the city's largest real estate development since 2008. Read more.

May 30, Karratha

Karratha, a regional town in western Australia, has officially opened its first high rise building. The development, Pelago West, is a nine-story apartment building and is part of the government's AUD1 billion initiative to develop rural towns into "modern, vibrant cities.” Read more.

May 30, Bellevue

Su Development started foundation work this week on a 21-story apartment tower in downtown Bellevue, Washington, the city's first new high-rise since the real-estate market collapsed. The building is the first phase of a project called Soma Towers. Read more.

May 30, Colombo

An Indian real estate company announced plans to build Sri Lanka's tallest building, a 65-story condominium development in the nation's capital. Safdie Architects will design the 400-apartment building facing the capital's man-made Beira Lake. Read more.

May 29, New York

Following the recent debate about the design on top of One World Trade Center, the Port Authority and the Durst Organization have released images of the street-level design of the building. This is the first rendering of how the base of One World Trade Center will look up close—a four-sided façade of glass, stainless steel and aluminum. Read more.

May 29, Singapore

A proposed pair of residential towers in Singapore will feature an infinity pool spanning the distance between them at the height of 38 stories. The project is named Sky Habitat and will be the tallest building in the Bishan district of Singapore upon completion. Read more.

May 29, Abu Dhabi

In one of the most complex construction lifts of its kind, Abu Dhabi-based developer Sorouh has completed the first stage of the penthouse bridge for the 65-story Gate Towers. The penthouses will represent the highest sky bridge in the world, when the project is finished. Read more.

May 29, Pittsburgh

Oxford Development Co.’s plan to construct a USD238 million, 33-story skyscraper in downtown Pittsburgh hinges on its ability to find an anchor tenant. To move forward the developer needs to find a company willing to take at least 40 percent of the office space in the proposed 772,000 square-foot building (71,700 square meters). Read more.

May 29, Guangzhou

Chinese developer Yuexiu Property said Monday it sold one of the world's tallest buildings, Guangzhou International Finance Center, into its affiliated real estate investment trust for 8.85 billion yuan (USD1.4 billion). Read more.

May 25, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is the unlikely setting for the tallest building completed in the United States so far this year. Tenants are moving into Devon Tower, which hits 850 feet (259 meters) tall. In addition to the tallest built in the U.S., it is expected to be the third tallest building completed in the world this year. Read more.

May 25, Jakarta

Tomy Winata and MGM Hospitality are joining forces to build a Rp18 trillion (USD2 billion) skyscraper in Jakarta, which will be the tallest building in Indonesia. The 638-meter tower, to be named the Signature Tower, will be the world’s fifth largest building, and will house a hotel, convention center and retail space. Read more.

May 25, Melbourne

Australian company Lend Lease has unveiled plans to build Forté, the first and tallest wooden apartment building in the world. The company plans to use cross-laminated timber (CLT), which it says heralds a new era for the construction industry. Read more.

May 24, Macau

The public prosecutor in Macau filed charges this week against Joseph Lau, chairman and chief executive of Chinese Estates, alleging he offered a HKD20 million (USD2.6 million) bribe to a former government official. The prosecutor says Lau offered the bribe to secure the purchase of the site of a future development, Reuters reports. Read more.

May 24, Kampala

Construction work on Uganda's tallest tower will recommence in August after a long search for a suitable contractor. The UGS260 billion (USD106 million) project will be built by one of three Chinese companies currently bidding on the project. Read more.

May 23, Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)

A public housing project in Spain capped by a 20-story tower was able to conserve enough energy that it sold energy back to the grid, the architect says. Passive architectural methods and on-site generation also contributed to a "considerable reduction" in carbon dioxide emissions. Read more.

May 23, Dubai

The Guinness Book of World Records officially registered Dubai's Princess Tower as the world's tallest residential building. The building, which recently topped out at 413 meters tall (1,356 feet), will surpass the present record holder, 23 Marina, by 20 meters (67feet). Read more.

May 22, Toronto

Scotiabank finished deliberations this week to sell its Toronto headquarters for USD1.22 billion to two Canadian real estate trusts. Scotia Tower is 275 meters tall (902 feet), the second tallest tower in Canada. Read more.

May 22, New York

The Empire State Building reports a USD2.4 million reduction in energy costs in its first full year following an energy retrofit. The retrofit, completed a year ago, was intended to reduce energy use by 38 percent and save millions of dollars every year. Read more.

May 22, San Francisco

San Francisco's future tallest building will include a cable-car-like people mover connecting a plaza and a rooftop park, the developers say. The proposed Transbay project will serve as a gateway to the city and will provide links to 11 transit systems. Read more.

May 22, Houston

A group of Houston citizens protested the development of a 23-story high rise Monday by parking their cars along several blocks of the site of the planned development. The protesters are planning several actions to illustrate the building's impact on surrounding neighborhoods. Read more.

May 21, Juba

South Sudan's first real estate company, UAP, has secured a USD5 million loan from the International Finance Corporation for construction of the tallest commercial building in the world's newest capital city, Juba. Read more.

May 21, Los Angeles

Development begins this week on The Vermont, which will be the largest residential project started in Los Angeles since the 2008 downturn, the Wall Street Journal reports. The USD150 million complex is designed to revitalize an inactive area in the Wilshire District. Read more.

May 21, New York

Carol Willis, the director of New York City's Skyscraper Museum, sat down with Architectural Record to discuss the new era of supertall buildings being built in far-flung places. American architects had an edge when the building boom started, she said. Read more.

May 18, Seoul

New York-based Rex Architecture has released preliminary plans for its Dreamhub 'Project R6,' a residential project in the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul. The building will join notable projects such as BIG's Cross Towers and AS + GG's Dancing Dragons. Read more.

May 18, New York

A mystery buyer has purchased the penthouse of One57 in New York for more than USD90 million, according to the building's developer. The price tops the USD88 million for an apartment in 15 Central Park West that Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought for his daughter last year. Read more.

May 17, Lehigh University

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has bestowed the 2012 Arthur M. Wellington Prize on Dan M. Frangopol, professor of civil engineering at Lehigh University, and his former graduate student, Nader M. Okasha, for their paper published in the Journal of Structural Engineering. The award recognizes the most significant contribution to the field of transportation from all of ASCE’s 30-plus journals. Read more.

May 17, Tokyo

The world's tallest telecom tower, Tokyo Skytree, is set to open May 22 as the main attraction of a 34-story entertainment complex in Tokyo. The tower is expected to boost developer Tobu Railway Co.'s revenue by 28.3 billion yen (USD352 million), according to Bloomberg. Read more.

May 17, Chicago

The city of Chicago will pay USD29.5 million toward the long-discussed River Point office tower, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday. He said it will be the largest new real estate project to break ground in the city since the 2008 economic downturn. Read more.

May 16, Beijing

OMA-designed CCTV Headquarters finally opened its doors Wednesday after more than eight years of work. The much-photographed building houses the studios, offices, broadcasting and production of the most powerful Chinese state broadcasting company. Read more.

May 16, China

Excavation work started on Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) skyscrapers in Beijing and Tianjin in the last week. The Beijing project, the China World Trade Center, will reach 918 feet (280 meters), while the  CTF Tianjin Tower is projected to hit 1,740 feet (530 meters). Read more.

May 16, New York

The flashing light at the tip of One World Trade Center's much-disputed mast will no longer spell out “N” in Morse code. Instead, it will simply blink. The “architectural beacon” was changed to project more light, the owners told the New York Post. Read more.

May 15, Seoul

In celebration of LEGO's eightieth birthday, 4,000 South Korean children completed the world's tallest LEGO tower Sunday outside the Olympic City Stadium. The Crown Prince of Denmark placed the last of more than 50,000 LEGO bricks completing the 31.9-meter tower (104.6 feet). Read more.

May 15, San Diego

UCSD's Jacob's School of Engineering completed a series of tests Monday showing “clear evidence that shock absorbers can greatly limit the amount of shaking that occurs inside such structures," UT San Diego reports. Researchers simulated the effects of earthquakes on a building outfitted with shock absorbers. Read more.

May 15, New York

Work on the foundation of 432 Park has officially commenced, a major milestone for a project planned as the tallest residential tower in the United States. The building is projected to rise to 426.1 meters tall (1,398 feet), surpassing Frank Gehry's Eight Spruce Street by 161 meters (528 feet). Read more.

May 15, Hunan Province

In China's central Hunan Province, a Chinese company recently completed a prefabricated office building in nine days, which was eights day longer than expected. The company originally planned to build the three-story building in 24-hours as a model for future high-rise projects. Read more.

May 14, Seoul

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, designer of several of the tallest buildings in the world, has revealed the final design of their Dancing Dragons Towers in Seoul.  The towers feature green design elements, including “breathing” scaled skin, which imitates reptilian methods of discarding excess heat. Read more.