Archinect - News 2015-11-30T12:05:29-05:00 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> 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> 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> New Rafael Viñoly skyscraper will be tallest in Chicago's South Loop Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-24T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:10:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, which also designed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in Hyde Park, the 792-unit building would be the first of three that Crescent Heights plans just south of the park. [...] Crescent Heights has become one of the busiest apartment buyers in downtown Chicago, recently paying $126 million for a 298-unit apartment building in the South Loop. It also owns 160 rental condominiums in Walton on the Park, a Gold Coast high-rise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on development in Chicago:</p><ul><li><a title="Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed</a></li><li><a title="Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers</a></li><li><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</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> Can a massive makeover turn Montparnasse into the Times Square of Paris? Alexander Walter 2015-09-09T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T15:14:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has suggested the area around the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper could become the Times Square of the French capital. Now its owners plan to try and make that dream come true. [...] The owners of the 59-storey building are due to launch an international architecture competition next year to revamp the brown tower block and the shopping mall at its base with a major makeover that could cost up to &euro;700 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top architects defend some of the most hated buildings in the world</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris</a></li></ul> The eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition is accepting entries now until January. Register early! Justine Testado 2015-08-31T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T20:12:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Floating in mid-air, inspired by traditional designs, or built out of carbon dioxide, the sky is indeed the limit in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since eVolo first launched the contest in 2006, there's no question that the 2016 edition will be just as competitive.</p><p>Every year, participants worldwide are invited to&nbsp;reinvent the skyscraper: examining its definition, historical context, purpose, and exploring the potential for vertical living in the 21st century.&nbsp;The fun part is that entrants are given complete freedom in designing their skyscrapers.</p><p>Get a headstart on those submissions!&nbsp;You can sign up for<strong> early registration</strong> now until November 17, 2015 for $95. Then from November 18 until January 19, the registration fee will hike up to $135.</p><p>The final registration deadline is <strong>January 19, 2016</strong>. Submissions are due on <strong>January 26, 2016</strong> at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.</p><p>This year's jury features: Matias del Campo, Thom Faulders, Greg Lynn, Marcelo Spina, and Skylar Tibbits.</p><p>Here's a t...</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> Watch Taipei 101's 728-ton mass damper in action during Typhoon Soudelor Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T16:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:30:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like all supertall skyscrapers, Tapei 101 has a mechanism inside to help stabilize itself in high winds. [...] At 6:59 am, in the winds of Typhoon Soudelor, the damper moved by a full meter from its center position, farther than it has ever moved in the building's decade history. [...] Soudelor brought sustained winds of 100 mph, with at least one confirmed gust of 145 mph .</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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> eVolo's 2016 Skyscraper Competition is open for registration! Justine Testado 2015-07-20T18:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-20T18:14:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>eVolo wants to know the endless ways that the skyscraper can be reimagined in their annual Skyscraper Competition. First launched in 2006, 2016 is expected to be another popular year attracting hundreds of submissions worldwide. Participants rethink the skyscraper by incorporating novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Additionally, they're strongly encouraged to consider globalization, adaptability, and the various issues of contemporary urban living in their designs.</p><p>The registration deadline is currently scheduled for January 19, 2016 and the submission deadline is January 26, 2016. This year's jury includes: Matias del Campo, Thom Faulders, Greg Lynn, Marcelo Spina, and Skylar Tibbits.</p><p>To get a little headstart on those entries, check out a few winning entries from previous competitions below:</p><p>2015 1st prize - "Essence Skyscraper" by BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, and Jakub Pudo) | Poland</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2015 2nd prize - "Shanty-Scraper" by...</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> Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together." Alexander Walter 2015-07-08T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T11:17:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Their manufacture is very accurate, there&rsquo;s very little work that needs to be done on site,&rdquo; said Green. &ldquo;Because of this, construction will be very quick. Someday I&rsquo;d like to make a building where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together.&rdquo; Baobab&rsquo;s structure consists of a series of these solid timber walls that travel the full height of the tower, along with timber columns and a central timber &ldquo;core&rdquo; housing elevators and stairs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris</a></p> 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> Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris Justine Testado 2015-06-05T12:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:57:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver architect Michael Green is proposing to alter the iconic Parisian skyline &mdash; by building the world's tallest wooden building...'Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront,' said Green in a press release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More:</p><p><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></p><p><a title="A New Use for the Eiffel Tower" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></p><p><a title="Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals</a></p><p><a title="Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards</a></p><p><a title="2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p> Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-23T08:10:14-04:00 <img src="" width="456" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate. [...] the trend of building 'megatall' towers &mdash; those which reach more than 600 metres high &ndash; is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. [...] Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T18:37:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:48:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] shadows even turn light into another medium of inequality. Light becomes a resource that can be bought by the wealthy, eclipsed for the poor. [...] multimillion-dollar apartments in the sky will darken parts of the park a mile away. Enjoyment of the park in the park &ndash; a notably free activity in a high-cost city &ndash; will be dimmed a little to give billionaires views of it from above.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> 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> Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?" Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:20:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest of elevator cores sprouting up around town tells us that we&rsquo;re living in a once-a-century moment&mdash;a sugar rush of development unseen here since our parents&rsquo; parents&rsquo; time. But the dirty little secret behind Boston&rsquo;s building boom is that it&rsquo;s profoundly banal&mdash;designed without any imagination, straight out of the box, built to please banks rather than people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Economic boom isn't always congruent with good architecture in other cities either:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T10:56:48-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world&rsquo;s fastest builder after erecting a 57-storey skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. Broad Sustainable Building, a prefab construction firm, put up the rectangular, glass and steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, assembling three floors a day using a modular method [...]. The company now has ambitions to assemble the world&rsquo;s tallest skyscraper, at 220 floors, in only three months.</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> Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T14:22:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:47:38-04:00 <img src="" width="395" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yet as Berlin&rsquo;s property values continue to soar - rising faster than any German city over the past five years - residential developers are set to challenge the Park Inn&rsquo;s elevation supremacy. Two international builders have unveiled plans to erect skyscrapers at Alexanderplatz that will stand nearly 500-feet high[...] Though the new designs have triggered intense public reaction for their girth and ambition, they are being joined by more than 20 new residential properties in the planning[...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect'</a></p> Envisioned as tallest tower in Turkey, Ankara's partially-built Republic Tower is now heading for demolition Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Started in 2003 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo&#287;an and intended to be Turkey&rsquo;s tallest tower, the partially-constructed Republic Tower in Ankara&rsquo;s Ke&ccedil;i&ouml;ren district will now be demolished after the Ankara Municipal Assembly rejected its zoning plan. [...] First started in 2003 and stalled since 2008, the 144-meter tall tower which has already cost TRY 27 million (USD 10 million) will now be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling</a></p>