Archinect - News 2015-11-30T13:52:21-05:00 Kingdom Tower megaproject secures new funding to complete long-delayed construction Alexander Walter 2015-11-30T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T13:39:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developer behind the Kingdom Tower, set to become the world&rsquo;s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. [...] The company said that 26 of the planned 252 floors of the tower had been completed by contractor Saudi Binladin Group (SBL). The tower would overtake the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the world&rsquo;s tallest building when it is expected to be completed in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AS+GG Designs Kingdom Tower, to Be the World&rsquo;s Tallest Building</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li></ul> Fire on 50th floor of Chicago's Hancock Center left five people injured Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T13:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T13:03:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five people were injured in a fire that broke out Saturday afternoon in a bedroom on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center, officials said. [...] The cause of the fire has not been determined, officials said. [...] Earlier Saturday, flames could be seen shooting out of a window on the 50th floor, catching the attention of Michigan Avenue shoppers, some of whom were getting ready for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. A smoky smell lingered near the ground several hours later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home</a></li></ul> With city's approval, London "The Stump" Pinnacle celebrates resurrection as 22 Bishopsgate Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T05:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T20:59:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of London skyline is to be dominated by a newcomer after the latest version of a tower formerly known as the Pinnacle or Helter Skelter received the green light from planners. The revived building, officially known as 22 Bishopsgate &ndash; or simply 22 &ndash; will be the tallest building in the Square Mile at 278 metres (912ft) [...]. The new design scrapping the expensive curved-glass panels at the top was the work of PLP Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arrested development: London's tallest building-to-be slated for demolition</a></p><p>Related London news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3(00) feet and rising: an aerial video tour of London</a></li></ul> Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers Alexander Walter 2015-11-11T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo first found herself drawn to air traffic control towers in 2006 on a flight into LaGuardia when she first studied the architectural details and circular windows of that now inactive structure [...] I viewed each tower as both an essential aviation artifact and a vessel with a powerful presence&mdash;watching over the vastness of the airport and sky; a non-judgmental cultural greeter [...] In the presence of the tower, I sensed the complex orchestration of humans</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden.</p><p>See more photos from Carolyn Russo's new book&nbsp;<em>The Art of the Airport Tower</em> (Smithsonian Books, 2015) and read an interview with her over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li></ul> Korea's tallest tower poised to rival Dubai’s Burj Khalifa as iconic tourist attraction Alexander Walter 2015-11-09T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T19:57:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LDF aims to grow the Lotte Duty Free Shop World Tower into the world&rsquo;s No.1 duty-free shopping destination. [...] Lotte is poised to turn the Lotte World Tower into a tourist attraction that can compare well with Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa and Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay Sands On top of that, the company plans to make the Lotte World Tower the largest tourism hub in Gangnam by equipping it with the world's highest observatory (located on the 123rd floor (555 meters high) [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul's Lotte World Tower complex passes safety inspections, allowed to reopen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction in Seoul&rsquo;s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story &ndash; amid safety concerns</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></li></ul> Neutelings Riedijk Architects propose these flamboyant golden glass and steel towers for defunct Moscow auto plant Alexander Walter 2015-10-15T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:23:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developers have released design plans for the housing element of the Moscow ZiL industrial zone redevelopment. According to RBK Realty magazine, nine architecture firms from Russia, the USA and the Netherlands will be working on housing in the redevelopment of the former automobile&nbsp;factory, located in the south of Moscow. [...] The building presented by Dutch agency Neutelings Riedijk Architecten consists of 10 towers, each with a golden glass and steel facade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the grand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZiL redevelopment</a> scheme includes various buildings assigned to architectural firms including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asymptote Architecture</a>,&nbsp;bureau Speech and&nbsp;Sergey Skuratov Architects, it's Dutch studio&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architecten</a>'s exuberant, soviet-chic, and certified blingy towers that caught our attention.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The new high-rise building consists of five connected premium residential towers on top of a three stories high public plinth building with shopping, health spa and restaurant facilities," the architects told us. "The facade has a striking tectonic surface composed of diamond shaped, steel/glass elements. The plinth building is organized around a central court, covered with a spectacular glass dome. The building is located alongside the park, at the new main boulevard, adjacent to the future Hermitage Moscow museum."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images&nbsp;&copy; Neutelings Riedijk Architecten icw Project Meganom</em></p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asymptote to design Hermitage satellite museum in abandoned Moscow factory</a></p>... Rainforest in the desert? This new Dubai tower will have one. Oh, and an artificial beach, too. Alexander Walter 2015-10-13T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:40:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. [...] The project consists of two towers, 47 storeys high with a combined five-storey podium and two basement levels, that will house the facilities. [...] Kieferle &amp; Partner is the architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few images of the two-tower development via ZAS Group's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the lead consultant on the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up</a></li></ul> Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers? Alexander Walter 2015-09-21T17:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:12:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A slew of innovative new condo towers are being proposed for Vancouver, as the city aims to take its arguably boring architecture to the next level. [...] Vancouver's move into adventurous architecture arguably began back in 2013, when Danish architect Bjarke Ingels revealed his design for twisting tower Vancouver House, which is now under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interview with Vancouver Art Gallery's director: how will Herzog &amp; de Meuron's new museum impact Canadian architecture?</a></li></ul> First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Alexander Walter 2015-09-11T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-12T18:38:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A&nbsp;masterplan has been unveiled for the Burj 2020 District, an upcoming megaproject set to include a skyscraper dubbed &lsquo;the diamond of Dubai&rsquo; [...] The centerpiece of the district, the Burj 2020 tower, will be designed by Adrian Smith and Gordin Gill (AS + GG), the architects behind the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The demand that will be registering will dictate the exact height of the tower, but at the highest, it might go 700 plus," the Executive Chairman of the&nbsp;Dubai Multi Commodities Centre,&nbsp;Ahmed Bin Sulayem, was quoted saying. "We are looking at a supertall tower, and we are looking at having one of the world&rsquo;s highest viewing decks which will offer 360 degree experience." Of course, we didn't expect anything less than that.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower</a></p> Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T14:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul> Newly patented space elevator could take astronauts 12 miles up into the stratosphere Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T12:30:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canadian space and defense company Thoth Technology is attempting to make reaching the stratosphere as simple as riding an elevator up a tower about 23 times taller than the world&rsquo;s tallest building. The Thoth space elevator patent, approved by the US patent office on July 21, specifies that the tower could be built on any &ldquo;planetary surface,&rdquo; (i.e. not just Earth), a sign that Thoth is thinking pretty far ahead. [...] the top of the tower will serve as a rocket launch site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In slightly more <em>recent-technology</em> elevator news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li></ul> Arrested development: London's tallest building-to-be slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:29:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Pinnacle skyscraper&nbsp;grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Often referred to as The Stump, its stunted lift core has stood as a concrete folly ever since work halted more than three years ago. Its days are numbered. Scaffolding is now climbing up the core in preparation for demolition. The replacement building will have a very&nbsp;different design. The old core must be pummelled to rubble and a new one constructed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from London's skyline:</p><ul><li><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a title="Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London</a></li><li><a title="Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li></ul> Red Road towers, built to combat Glasgow's slums in the 1960s, now slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T13:46:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They were once the tallest residential structures in Europe and a beacon of hope for residents of Glasgow&rsquo;s slums. Now ... the remaining structures of the Red Road flats will, at last, be demolished. [...] Built in the 1960s on Glasgow&rsquo;s north-eastern edge, the flats were intended to house almost 5,000 people as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and combat slum conditions. But in the decades that followed, they were plagued by a range of problems, social and structural.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Glasgow:</p><ul><li><a title="Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration</a></li><li><a title="Faulty tower: Glasgow's &pound;10m white elephant" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faulty tower: Glasgow's &pound;10m white elephant</a></li><li><a title="Mackintosh&rsquo;s best friend ...or worst foe?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackintosh&rsquo;s best friend ...or worst foe?</a></li></ul> Artist Carsten Höller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London Alexander Walter 2015-08-03T15:03:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T15:19:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London&nbsp;announced that &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s longest and tallest tunnel slide&rdquo; will wrap around Anish Kapoor&rsquo;s &ldquo;ArcelorMittal Orbit.&rdquo; When the sculpture went up in 2009 after winning a design challenge, it proceeded to receive mostly scathing reviews &mdash; and&nbsp;a spot on the shortlist of the 2012 Carbuncle Cup [...].&nbsp;Today, Kapoor revealed that the slide is actually a work of art, designed by none other than Carsten H&ouml;ller at Kapoor&rsquo;s own invitation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other artsy-slide-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to install massive slides on London's Hayward Gallery</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carsten H&ouml;ller Is Installing a Slide at New Museum</a></li></ul> Boston's John Hancock Tower is now '200 Clarendon' Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T11:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can still call it the John Hancock Tower, but the company that paid $930 million for New England&rsquo;s tallest building can&rsquo;t. Now that John Hancock&rsquo;s last lease in the office building has expired, owner Boston Properties Inc. can no longer use the financial services company&rsquo;s name on the property.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston&rsquo;s tallest new skyscraper in 40 years breaking ground today</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston&rsquo;s John Hancock Tower Receives the 2011 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award</a> (on Bustler)</li></ul> Downtown Jerusalem gets a Libeskind-designed Pyramid Tower Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new high-rise building called the Freedom Pyramid will change the face of Jerusalem&rsquo;s downtown area. The project, conceived by architects Daniel Libeskind and Yigal Levi, will see a multi-purpose tower comprising commercial shopping and residential units atop the old Eden theater. The idea for a high-rise at this location, adjacent to Mahaneh Yehuda market, first hit headlines in 2011. But a Jerusalem municipal committee only now approved the construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><strong>Correction: </strong>Studio Daniel Libeskind has informed us that the correct project title is "The Pyramid." The incorrect title "Freedom Pyramid" has been the result of an unauthorized press leak.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a> also provided us with new renderings of the project as well as some more information about The Pyramid:</p><p><em>The Jerusalem Municipality approves a mixed-use tower designed by Studio Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich) in conjunction with local architect Yigal Levi.</em></p><p><em>Located adjacent to the Mahane Yehuda market, commonly known as &ldquo;The Shuk&rdquo;, in the heart of the city, the 105-meter, 26-story complex entitled The Pyramid will feature 200 apartments, a boutique hotel, a public plaza lined with shops, and a roof-top observatory and restaurant that will provide sweeping views of the ancient city.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Pyramid mediates between ancient traditions and myths, while providing a 21st century reinterpretation of that great form,&rdquo; said architect Daniel Libeskind. &ldquo;The design complements the context...</em></p> Berlin lists communist-era towers of Alexanderplatz as historical monuments; Gehry high-rise still happening Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:03:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin has just said &ldquo;yes&rdquo; to Communist-era blocks and &ldquo;no&rdquo; to more new skyscrapers. On Monday, the city announced that it was listing some key Communist-era structures in Alexanderplatz, East Berlin&rsquo;s central square, as historical monuments. It is an irremovable nail in the coffin of a 22-year-old plan to demolish the square and replace it with a &ldquo;little Manhattan&rdquo;&mdash;a set of 10 new 150-meter high towers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexanderplatz</a> won&rsquo;t stay entirely unchanged. Two new towers will still be built, one of them a twisting number from Frank Gehry."</em></p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World&rsquo;s Chaotic Change</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin heals war scars with ambitious architecture</a></li></ul> Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status Alexander Walter 2015-07-10T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T19:49:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marina City, the iconic Chicago riverfront complex famed for its corncob-shaped towers, could soon be on the way to becoming an official city landmark. [...] Goldberg's design, a poetic expression in concrete that combined residential, commercial and entertainment uses to form a "city within a city," is one of the most recognizable images on the Chicago skyline.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other Goldberg buildings in Chicago weren't so lucky: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prentice Women's Hospital</a> could not be saved from the wrecking ball &mdash;&nbsp;despite enormous public outcry.</p> Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again — this time it's wind! Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T18:09:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of London Corporation has promised a more "rigorous" assessment of developers' predictions of ground winds, following complaints about strong gusts outside the 20 Fenchurch Street Building, better known as the Walkie Talkie. "I almost got blown over the other day walking up past the building," a sales assistant working nearby said earlier this year. "When I got around the corner it was fine. I was scared to go back."</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's not the tower's first run-in with the laws of physics:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li></ul> Tokyo visitors will soon be able to watch Shibuya's busy crossing from high above Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T15:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:41:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s bustling Shibuya district will get a 230-meter high observation deck before the Olympics that could become more famous than its statue of Hachiko the dog or the &ldquo;scramble crossing&rdquo; by the train station, plans unveiled by Tokyu Corp. showed Thursday. [...] Visitors will be able to see the capital&rsquo;s other landmarks, including Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, as well as Mount Fuji on a clear day.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The many lives of Johannesburg’s notorious Ponte tower Alexander Walter 2015-06-19T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T12:18:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ponte saga is a classic South African story. Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s as the wealthy fled to the suburbs, then the object of failed luxury-condo schemes, the tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg&rsquo;s urban revitalization. [...] The hollow core began to fill with garbage and rubble &ndash; several stories high.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T18:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T16:24:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tall buildings specialist Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG) has been chosen by the master developer of Dubai&rsquo;s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district to design the Burj 2020 tower - set to be the world&rsquo;s tallest commercial tower. [...] The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ranks New York&rsquo;s One World Trade Center as the world&rsquo;s tallest commercial tower, at 541 metres. The height of Burj 2020 is yet to be revealed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How the "Chinese Steve Jobs" is trying to build the ideal city Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T04:37:09-04:00 <img src="" width="426" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has a vision of a future where his company makes a third of the world's buildings &ndash; all modular, all steel, and all green. &ldquo;The biggest problem we face in the world right now isn't terrorism or world war. It's climate change,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fascinating profile of Zhang Yue, the man behind <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini Sky City</a>, a 57-story tower built in 19 days. Yue's company, the Broad Sustainable Group, was able to construct at such speeds by assembling prefab parts at the rate of 3-storeys a day. Now, Yue's set his sights on on building the full-size Sky City &ndash; a 220-story tower where residents would live and work &ndash; in seven months. That height would make it taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently&nbsp;the world's tallest building.</p><p>Watch a timelapse of the Mini Sky City building process below:</p><p></p> North Koreans hesitate to move into Kim Jong Un's shiny, new apartment towers Alexander Walter 2015-06-03T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T16:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite seeing completion last October, following orders from leader Kim Jong Un, only half of the units of a major apartment complex built near Pyongyang&rsquo;s Taedong River are currently occupied. [...] &ldquo;The elevator runs only during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, so for long spans of time it will be impossible to get to the 40th floor,&rdquo; the source said. &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t even a place for people to put their bicycles, which are the most fundamental tools for people&rsquo;s livelihoods.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>KONE has initiated the first stage of elevator and escalator installations at Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s 1km-tall Kingdom Tower. The Finnish lift firm is currently fitting elevator guiderails at the project, which is being developed by Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) and is set to become the world&rsquo;s tallest building on completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></p> Nordstrom Tower aiming to snatch 'tallest building' title from One World Trade Center Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T14:02:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current race to the top of the skyline is the most impressive in New York City&rsquo;s history, with ever-taller skyscrapers sprouting from the Financial District all the way to 57th Street. And YIMBY has now learned that 217 West 57th Street, aka the Nordstrom Tower, received a height boost between April and June of last year, pushing the tower&rsquo;s pinnacle to 1,795 feet.&nbsp;That&nbsp;will make it the tallest building in New York City, the United States, and the Western Hemisphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> New Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower to Rise in NYC DianePham 2015-05-06T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:36:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano's versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. Piano&mdash;who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews&mdash;has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi &amp; Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will be Piano's first large-scale residential project in the U.S.&nbsp;</p> First designs unveiled for Chicago Latino Cultural Center's new HQ Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T17:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:13:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Juan Gabriel Moreno is teaming up with Chicago's International Latino Cultural Center to build a new downtown headquarters in the form of a wild-looking $50 million complex. Announced during the most recent edition of Chicago Latino Film Festival that took place this month, the organization announced its ambitious new "Ibero-American Tower" which would house a number of components [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The new skinny kid on the block: 303 E. 44th St promises floating gardens in the Manhattan skies Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T19:16:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T14:15:09-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="924" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There's another project coming to Manhattan that's even thinner: 303&ndash;305 E. 44th Street, designed by Eran Chen of ODA Architecture. At 47 feet wide, this one's the narrowest of the bunch. Developed by Triangle Assets, the tower will rise about 600 feet high, creating 115,000 square feet of residential space. [...] The design for 305 E. 44th is predicated on a stack of volumes; nested between them are the project's signature amenities, private gardens.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Miami's SkyRise tower faces legal challenges over taxpayer money Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:59:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last August, Miami voters gave a developer permission to lease land on the city's sparkling downtown waterfront to build a 1,000-foot, hairpin-shaped tourist tower [...]. There was one key promise: No public money would be spent on the $430 million project. Now, the city and county are being sued by Raquel Regalado [...] Why? Because developer Jeffrey Berkowitz is seeking $9 million from an existing county economic development fund to pay for infrastructure improvements [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>