Archinect - News 2015-03-29T00:35:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123669152/a-new-ethics-of-the-skyline-the-mile-high-building-is-coming A new ethics of the skyline: the mile-high building is coming Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:07:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg" width="514" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The technology of supertall buildings is a bit like genetic testing or nuclear energy: a volatile form of power. Technological capacities have outpaced our judgment. We know we can do it, but we don&rsquo;t know when not to do it. And so some endlessly wealthy mogul [...] will eventually move into a preposterously expensive penthouse so far above the Earth&rsquo;s crust that the air is thin and gales hammer at the glass. A mile&rsquo;s not science fiction. It&rsquo;s not even an outer limit.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123275741/chicago-s-willis-tower-sold-for-1-3b-to-blackstone-group Chicago's Willis Tower sold for $1.3B to Blackstone Group Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T15:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/sunx1q6e360e0qob.jpg" width="476" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the U.S., and plans to upgrade the retail and observatory space in a bet on growth in the city. [...] On a per-square-foot basis, the valuation for the more than 40-year-old Willis Tower is lower than deals for newer buildings. The Blackstone price is about $342 a square foot, based on about 3.8 million square feet (353,000 square meters) of rentable space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market Need a skyscraper? Chicago’s Willis Tower just hit the market. Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T17:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-07T20:23:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riduod6gm859myp9.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest building and one of the city&rsquo;s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. [...] The 1,450-foot (442-meter) building, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest in the U.S., and was the world&rsquo;s highest from its completion in the early 1970s until 1998 [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s iconic in the size and how it dominates the skyline, [...] As an office building, however, it&rsquo;s 1970s construction.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121508911/the-troubles-of-evacuating-one-of-the-world-s-tallest-residential-buildings-during-a-fire The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T19:21:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents affected by the fire that broke out in The Torch tower in Dubai Marina at the weekend have been moved to a nearby hotel while the extent of the damage is assessed. [...] More than 1,000 people fled after a fire broke out at around 2am on Saturday in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. [...] The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada. Justine Testado 2015-02-19T09:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0ku9yuax9tgtbs2.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>BIG and Dialog's TELUS Sky Tower recently broke ground along 7th Avenue block in the heart of Calgary, Canada, a city full of corporate towers surrounded by low-density suburban neighborhoods. Unveiled i<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76682209/canadian-telecom-giant-telus-taps-big-for-landmark-tower-in-calgary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">n 2013</a>, the 761,235 sq.ft commercial tower integrates both working and living environments into one structure that aims to make Calgary's city center more varied and walkable. The tower's textured glass fa&ccedil;ade complements yet stands out from its environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqudji392zpp9849.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dq3yj7q5vpiquqol.jpg"></p><p>According to the TELUS Sky website, the 59-story tower will begin with dining and retail spaces as well as access to adjacent buildings. The tower also has 26 floors of office spaces ranging from 7,636 sqft-18,997 sq.ft, followed by 29 floors of residential spaces consisting of 326 executive rental suites.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtaai518h1aqggv8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pb6ex44vavrnktf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvu45a7tdpme6b2z.jpg"></p><p>"The large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions&nbsp;of residential floor depths. The texture of the fa&ccedil;ade in a similar fashion evolves&nbsp;from a smooth glass fa&ccedil;ade enclosing the work space to a three-di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120588789/a-return-to-regional-style-or-just-gimmicky-dubai-unveils-aladdin-city A return to regional style or just gimmicky? Dubai unveils 'Aladdin City' Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T15:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:25:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbc70a95dfe58dade4f2fa9e27adb1b7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction work on 'Aladdin City', a project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, will start next year, Dubai Municipality chief told Emirates 24|7. [...] The project, which was announced in April 2014, will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek. The total cost has not been revealed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower Jeanne Gang praises San Francisco's architecture 'ecosystem' as context for new residential tower Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-04T14:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-09T15:52:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c4897c49c1f40baa1cbe5ab990b1d6b.jpg" width="514" height="906" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;San Francisco is really focused on getting things right on the ground, creating a rich fabric,&rdquo; said Gang... &ldquo;You have your own ecosystem.&rdquo; [...] She&rsquo;s at work here on a 40-story tower proposed at Folsom and Spear streets, one block in from the Embarcadero. The form would be simple, a lean rectangle, but the silhouette would be a ripple of angled bay windows, jagged and subtle at once. &ldquo;Some designers focus on the profile. We&rsquo;re looking more at the elements, starting from the inside out,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119508158/minneapolis-rejects-plan-to-build-minnesota-s-tallest-new-tower Minneapolis rejects plan to build Minnesota's tallest new tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T14:51:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hijk4ra4xm4kc8zs.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City of Minneapolis planners on Friday rejected a proposal for an 80-story tower downtown and revealed problems they saw in the efforts of its developer. The move quashed the prospects for a building that would have surpassed the IDS Center to become the tallest in Minnesota and injected new drama into an unusual public contest the city created to redevelop a parking lot on Nicollet Mall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118812138/uncertain-future-for-sou-fujimoto-s-taiwan-tower Uncertain future for Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T21:44:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14i71nulqmqnqwhf.jpg" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greater Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (&#26519;&#20339;&#40845;) has temporarily pulled the plug on the ambitious Taiwan Tower project, citing concerns over safety and its costs, which have ballooned from NT$8 billion (US$253.5 million) to NT$15 billion. [...] Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who won an international competition in 2011 to draw up plans for the building, Taiwan Tower&rsquo;s ornate steel structure was inspired by the trunk of a banyan tree.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733118/as-manhattan-grows-supertaller-its-shadows-are-getting-superlonger As Manhattan grows supertaller, its shadows are getting superlonger Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kymi2w83510p9oma.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But all New Yorkers are losing familiar vistas, and some are losing light and air, as supertall buildings sprout like beanstalks in midtown Manhattan. There are a dozen such &ldquo;supertalls&rdquo; &ndash; buildings of 1,000 feet or higher &ndash; in the construction or planning stages. And the buildings are not, as in Dubai or Shanghai&rsquo;s Pudong district, being constructed where nothing else had stood. They are, instead, crowding into already dense neighbourhoods where light and air are at a premium [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118506093/work-at-manhattan-s-432-park-ave-tower-ordered-to-stop-after-pipe-falls-from-81st-floor Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor Alexander Walter 2015-01-16T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3ck5m1vnq04n6kan.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work was halted on a luxury-condominium tower in midtown Manhattan after an 8-foot piece of guardrail from a construction elevator fell from the 81st floor to the street below. The New York City Department of Buildings ordered all work stopped at 432 Park Ave., the 1,397-foot tower being built by Harry Macklowe and CIM Group [...]. The building, slated for completion this year, is one of the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, according to the property's website.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118427416/boston-s-tallest-new-skyscraper-in-40-years-breaking-ground-today Boston’s tallest new skyscraper in 40 years breaking ground today Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88cb418d749499a4108fad0c72ffad03.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Wednesday, developer Richard L. Friedman will formally kick off construction of the tallest skyscraper to be built in Boston in 40 years &mdash; a 700-foot tower at 1 Dalton St. that will include the city&rsquo;s second Four Seasons Hotel and some of its most expensive condominiums. [...] The skyscraper at One Dalton is being designed by Hancock Tower architect Harry N. Cobb, of Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners, in collaboration with Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven Associates Inc.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T20:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:40:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/393c7c0eef2abf630804a04877dc4947.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elevator doors snap shut behind Otto Solis and his fellow ironworkers. With a quick shudder, gears kick in for a rattling 90-second ascent through the concrete structure rising at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. The men huddle in the confined space. Wearing hard hats, bandannas, kneepads and gloves, they look like gladiators ready to fight.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93501997/downtown-la-to-set-record-for-world-s-largest-concrete-pour" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA to set record for world's largest concrete pour</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343918/here-s-what-the-manhattan-skyline-will-look-like-in-2018 Here's What The Manhattan Skyline Will Look Like In 2018 Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:09:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6uj2po53134xtuex.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Realty made the rendering above, which they say gives us an idea of what the city will look like in 2018 based on projections for buildings currently being planned or already in construction: "New York City skyline circa 2018 2,500 feet above Central Park. Image features upcoming supertall skyscrapers such as One Vanderbilt, 53W53, 432 Park Avenue, 225 West 57th, and 111 West 57th Street are completed."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112493011/china-s-obsession-with-vertical-cities China's obsession with vertical cities Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:48:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b911110e736139b64b29492e3209f56a.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By the end of next year one-in-three of the world&rsquo;s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza [...] China now has over 140 cities of more than one million people; America has nine</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108102544/russia-s-shukhov-tower-is-saved-following-a-91-smartphone-vote-in-favor-of-keeping-it Russia's Shukhov Tower is saved following a 91% smartphone vote in favor of keeping it Archinect 2014-09-03T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T10:09:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85bxgiar6ff57n3l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the 92-year-old structure had fallen into disrepair since it stopped transmitting TV signals in 2002. Plans to dismantle and relocate the tower were announced earlier this year, prompting Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and other architects to petition Vladimir Putin to save it. Moscow's city council has now announced that the tower will be preserved at its current site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107403597/the-cheesegrater-a-tower-of-no-small-ambition The Cheesegrater – a tower of no small ambition Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85c3d8e5c0249c01f70a8450eaaff189.jpg" width="460" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Someone has told the bouncers to be nice. It is now standard for architectural anoraks like myself to find ourselves challenged by smile-less security as we go about our blameless business &ndash; no loitering, no photography, no looking, as if al-Qaida scouts would do their dastardly work in this way or as if, years after the invention of the camera phone, photography can be controlled as it could in the age of the tripod. But not at the base of the Cheesegrater.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f33df22e114df804a8e92c64292c28b.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Turkish Council of State has ordered three luxury apartment blocks to be bulldozed amid widespread outrage. But will it have any impact on the country&rsquo;s unstoppable, and often unlawful, construction boom?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104786875/venezuelan-government-evicts-residents-from-world-s-tallest-slum Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96d737867e120b79f415648534b6c377.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world's tallest slum. Residents from the "Tower of David&rdquo; were going to new homes in the town of Cua, south of Caracas [...]. President Nicolas Maduro's government has not yet said what it will do with the tower, but one local newspaper reported Chinese banks were buying it to restore to its original purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58212662/iwan-baan-presents-torre-david-gran-horizonte-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan presents TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE in Los Angeles</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73093362/anywhere-but-here-deserted-banking-empire-turned-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80454817/the-world-s-tallest-slum-rare-look-at-an-illegal-ghetto-in-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The world's tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104490693/usgs-raises-new-york-city-s-earthquake-threat-but-lowers-risk-for-tall-towers USGS raises New York City's earthquake threat but lowers risk for tall towers Archinect 2014-07-18T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:19:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcljke5n0r0girb7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is another reason to buy a mega-million-dollar apartment in a Manhattan high-rise: Earthquake forecast maps for New York City that a federal agency issued on Thursday indicate &ldquo;a slightly lower hazard for tall buildings than previously thought.&rdquo; The agency, the United States Geological Survey, tempered its latest quake prediction with a big caveat. &ldquo;The tall buildings in Manhattan are not where you should be focusing [...]"</p></em><br /><br /><p>More insight in the geological survey and the updated U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps at <a href="http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/new-insight-on-the-nations-earthquake-hazards/?from=title" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">usgs.gov</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103782637/nordstrom-tower-in-new-york-will-be-world-s-tallest-residential-building-at-1-775 Nordstrom Tower in New York Will be World's Tallest Residential Building at 1,775' Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T13:28:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f697736e6d94d5e0167f60adb46dab0a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>225 West 57th Street&lsquo;s facade will top-out 1,479&prime; above street level, while a surprise spire on top will cap the tower at 1,775 feet. Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill are designing the building. The new height details will result in several superlatives: Manhattan will finally retake the &lsquo;tallest roof&rsquo; in the United States from Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, which stands 1,451&prime;, and 225 West 57th Street will become the tallest residential building in the entire world [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102553852/phoenix-towers-plans-revealed-as-world-s-tallest-pinkest-and-greenest-skyscrapers-to-be-built-in-china Phoenix Towers plans revealed as world’s tallest, pinkest and greenest skyscrapers to be built in China Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-01-22T02:21:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d446281b49d8f3efeeee789f9d0e13b1.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagined with bright pink and green lights, standing more than 150m taller than the Burj Khalifa and emerging from an island in a lake in central China, these plans for Wuhan&rsquo;s Phoenix Towers seem a world away from grey old London. Yet the ambitious design revealed this week has been put forward by the British architectural firm Chetwoods, and owes much of its inspiration to an award-winning project for a new, greener London Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It remains to be seen if Wuhan's Phoenix Towers will enjoy a smoother run to completion than Hunan's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failed Sky City project</a>&nbsp;&mdash; once proposed as the world's tallest building.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100729279/daniel-libeskind-s-60-story-century-spire-breaks-ground-in-metro-manila-philippines Daniel Libeskind’s 60-story Century Spire breaks ground in Metro Manila, Philippines Justine Testado 2014-05-30T20:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:24:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wu/wu2hz4vdy2znaq5j.jpg" width="514" height="736" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Daniel Libeskind is at it again with the recent unveiling and groundbreaking of Century Spire, a 60-story tower that will be built in the city of Makati in Manila, Philippines. Showrooms officially opened on May 28, and Libeskind joined Century Properties and Armani/Casa officials at the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting. The tower is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a> collaborated with Robbie Antonio of major Philippine real estate firm Century Properties Group and Giorgio Armani's Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio in designing the office and residential tower &mdash; which they all believe will reshape Metro Manila's skyline (It <em>sure </em>will...)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zm1j0ml4n8to2plu.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eq4mluo8k3fcjc8s.jpg"></p><p>So, Archinecters, any thoughts on Libeskind's latest project? (I know you do). Feel free to share them in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99882337/walkie-scorchie-building-given-permanent-sunshade 'Walkie Scorchie’ building given permanent sunshade Alexander Walter 2014-05-16T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-05-16T14:15:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6b83bbeab2e3a3b2edd19a1c41c0645f.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Walkie Talkie &ndash; or 20 Fenchurch Street &ndash; became known as the Walkie Scorchie because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun on to buildings in the next street in the City of London. Yesterday, the developer, Land Securities, said that it had received planning permission for a &ldquo;brise soleil&rdquo; sunshade to be attached to the building to replace a temporary system erected last summer. Work is due to start this month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99015236/cal-architecture-grad-asks-fellow-alums-to-urge-toy-titan-lego-my-campanile Cal Architecture Grad Asks Fellow Alums to Urge Toy Titan: LEGO My Campanile Alexander Walter 2014-05-01T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:16:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b770ac4baf7face31ca76ae690fd18c.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He merely wanted to immortalize the most iconic of Berkeley&rsquo;s icons&mdash;the Sather Tower campanile&mdash;in a Lego kit. &ldquo;A couple of months ago I started fooling around with Legos and I made a couple of mock-ups of the Campanile,&rdquo; he recalls. &ldquo;I knew that Lego has a suggestion site&mdash;if you submit a proposal and it gets 10,000 votes, they&rsquo;ll consider making a kit. I thought it would be very cool if they included the Berkeley Campanile in their architecture series.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98668958/one-architect-s-swiss-village-revival-in-retrospect One architect's Swiss village revival in retrospect Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-30T12:30:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a20426bc2493bf6b2722f1dee9df3c21.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Swiss architect Gion A Caminada is something of a cult figure. Now in his 50s, he's spent much of his working life since the late 1970s practising out of a small village called Vrin in the canton of Graub&uuml;nden. [...] Caminada's idea was to boost the place with a collection of well-designed and functional private and communal buildings, among them the Aussichtsturm Reussdelta, an ornithologists' observation tower, and Waldhuette, a woodland cabin containing a school classroom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98668954/a-radical-approach-to-adding-density-in-new-york-s-outer-boroughs A Radical Approach to Adding Density in New York's Outer Boroughs Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-29T08:30:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d639e8282b40882cbc95d6fb5b677b22.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The urban planning community is constantly touting the benefits of building dense communities around public transportation. But according to designers Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles, few solutions have been ambitious enough to do the whole Transit-Oriented Development idea justice. So they came up with their own. Behold the Urban Alloy Towers, a proposal to take over spaces immediately surrounding transportation infrastructure like elevated train lines and highways.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95562353/london-s-glittering-spires-nearly-250-high-rise-developments-planned London's glittering spires: Nearly 250 high-rise developments planned Alexander Walter 2014-03-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T19:31:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/oul3nmdxlz8bnbqk.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Up until recently Canary Wharf was the only place for skyscrapers in London. [...] Now it seems that London is going to receive a more cohesive skyline, with a new study produced by the New London Architecture (NLA) thinktank suggesting that at least 236 tall buildings (those over 20 storeys in height) are currently proposed, approved or under construction in the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95485817/london-s-current-obsession-its-own-identity-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Current Obsession: Its Own Identity Crisis</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95060128/winning-team-chosen-to-build-2nd-architectural-folie-of-the-21st-century-in-montpellier Winning team chosen to build 2nd “Architectural Folie of the 21st century” in Montpellier Justine Testado 2014-03-06T21:22:00-05:00 >2014-03-31T02:53:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwnz09o6hayjbvu7.jpg" width="514" height="678" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The "folie" continues with the winning team that will build a new "Architectural Folie of the 21st Century" for Montpellier, France. The team -- which includes Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisn&eacute; Associates, and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects as the architects -- won the closed competition with their project, "Arbre Blanc" (White Tree), a 10,000 m&sup2; mixed-use tower...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qf/qfdocqdep83x319x.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8npgfs7lcmn4smuz.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/sr8hgp4y0d1clz7m.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hafsn51ysv8zb9d.jpg"><br><br>Drawings:</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h1/h11ktzt70rtjwd74.jpg"><br><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1thgm9boz5idbiet.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winning_team_chosen_to_build_2nd_architectural_folie_of_the_21st_century_in" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><em>Copyright image + plans + documents: SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS + NICOLAS LAISNE ASSOCIES + MANAL RACHDI OXO ARCHITECTS + FRANCK BOUTTE CONSULTANTS + Rendering by RSI-STUDIO</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92304250/berlin-hopes-germany-s-tallest-residential-tower-has-the-bilbao-effect Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect' Alexander Walter 2014-01-28T14:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:20:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mrdkw2rm0mm3xom.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tallest residential block in Germany is to rise up next to Berlin's needle-like TV tower by 2017. Designed by the US architect Frank Gehry and paid for by US real estate firm Hines, the 150-metre (492ft) building on Alexanderplatz will have 39 floors, with about 300 apartments, restaurants, a hotel and a spa. [...] Nonetheless, the city senate's building director, Regula L&uuml;scher, welcomed the plans for "an extremely striking new landmark".</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>