Archinect - News 2014-09-02T22:59:32-04:00 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/105315632/london-s-gherkin-is-put-up-for-sale London's Gherkin is put up for sale Archinect 2014-07-29T11:21:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T11:22:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b9e866ef468bab0b638073fe8f4cf5c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's Gherkin skyscraper has been put up for sale, with interest expected from Chinese, other Asian, and US buyers, estate agency Savills has said. The City of London tower is expected to fetch offers in the region of &pound;650m, the firm said.</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/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 >2014-06-23T14:02:24-04:00 <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/100587198/finalists-announced-for-scandinavia-s-tallest-skyscraper-in-gothenburg-sweden Finalists announced for Scandinavia’s tallest skyscraper in Gothenburg, Sweden Justine Testado 2014-05-28T18:38:00-04:00 >2014-06-01T02:40:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8bposuljw1mpg9dn.jpg" width="514" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's no surprise that the stakes are high to design the Gothenburg tower in Sweden, a mixed-use tower that will be the tallest building in the Nordic region. Swedish construction company SERNEKE initiated the idea of the skyscraper. Each team submitted their proposal under anonymity to the jury. The winner will be announced on June 17.</p><p>The well-known finalists make up a competitive group for the last round. They are:</p><ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/48429/ian-simpson-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Simpson Architects</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4269075/wing-rdhs-arkitektkontor-ab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/44761984/manuelle-gautrand-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuelle Gautrand Architecture</a></li></ul><p>Try to guess who designed what!</p><p>(Pictured above) - <strong>Proposal #1 </strong><br>Title: Ursa</p><p><strong>Proposal #2</strong><br>Title: Svall</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hg45jlsb0myhm2vp.jpg"></p><p><strong>Proposal #3</strong><br>Title: Glasklart</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/to3qzno1n46s5ga7.jpg"></p><p><strong>Proposal #4</strong><br>Title: Polstj&auml;rnan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3cflk6vy9jriwpzg.jpg"></p><p><strong>Proposal #5</strong><br>Title: Kyssen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cduak0ph1obeu76e.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100120632/renzo-piano-s-the-shard-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award Renzo Piano’s The Shard wins Emporis Skyscraper Award Justine Testado 2014-05-20T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-05-21T14:59:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oiy2uyq3szj81m0t.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers designed by some of the world's biggest firms go head to head to get to the top in the yearly Emporis Skyscraper Award, the international prestigious prize for skyscrapers. Winning the top prize this year is Renzo Piano and Adamson Associates' "The Shard", which is also currently Western Europe's tallest building at 306 meters tall. The London-based tower was chosen out of 300 skyscrapers at least 100 m. in height and that were completed in the previous calendar year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Do you agree with the jury's winner selection? Have a look at this year's top 10 below.</p><p>(Pictured above) <strong>1. The Shard (London, UK)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano Building Workshop</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/19053601/adamson-associates-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adamson Associates International</a></p><p><strong>2. DC Tower 1 (Vienna, Austria)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46086/dominique-perrault-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault</a>, Hoffmann-Janz</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/26ev7jwyh01g4a8z.jpg"></p><p><strong>3. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort (Huzhou, China) </strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>, Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hqbziwkj6ydlv0yc.jpg"></p><p><strong>4. Cayan Tower (Dubai, UAE)&nbsp;</strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, Khatib &amp; Alami</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mmb0dcl0r99qpcs0.jpg"></p><p><strong>5. One Central Park, East Tower (Sydney, Australia)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/990/ateliers-jean-nouvel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel</a>, PTW Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8nrs8fvhj3aerung.jpg"></p><p><strong>6. Flame Towers (Baku, Azerbaijan) </strong><br>Architect: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/9343/hok" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/13/13768i0xb8otehod.jpg"></p><p><strong>7. Mercury City (Moscow, Russia)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/27040142/frank-williams-and-partners-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F. Williams</a>, G.L. Sirota, M.M. Posokhin</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uiyr3znftkfdv5s9.jpg"></p><p><strong>8. Ardmore Residence (Singapore)</strong><br>Architects: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>, Architects 61</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ym/ym86wk3v8okhazqp.jpg"></p><p><strong>9. AZ Tower (Brno, Czech Republic)</strong><br>Architect: Architektonick&aacute; kancel&aacute;&#345; Burian-K&#345;ivinka</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/jopkszyt82ljrshy.jpg"></p><p><strong>10 (tied). Nanfung Commercial Hospitality and Exhibition Complex (Guangzhou, China)</strong><br>Architect: Andrew Bromberg of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6259264/aedas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aedas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgth26wq8cvwyse0.jpg"></p><p><strong>10 (tied). Tour Carpe Diem (Courbevoie, France)</strong><br>Ar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98453364/too-rich-too-thin-too-tall Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall? Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T20:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T21:49:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/50aed62feff2325ca1271bd18056c8df.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, it is not just a woman who can never be too rich or too thin. You can say almost exactly the same thing about skyscrapers, or at least about the latest residential ones now going up in New York City, which are much taller, much thinner, and much, much more expensive than their predecessors. And almost every one of them seems built to be taller, thinner, and pricier than the one that came before.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Did Paul Goldberger just say that <em>women can never be too thin</em>?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97655429/new-condo-towers-are-racing-skyward-in-midtown-manhattan New Condo Towers Are Racing Skyward in Midtown Manhattan Archinect 2014-04-09T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T11:25:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/50aed62feff2325ca1271bd18056c8df.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ever taller, ever thinner, the new condo towers racing skyward in Midtown Manhattan are breaking records for everything, including price. Sold for $95 million, the 96th floor of 432 Park Avenue will be the highest residence in the Western world. As shadows creep across Central Park, Paul Goldberger looks at the construction, architecture, and marketing of these super-luxury aeries, gauging their effect on the city&rsquo;s future.</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/97043636/why-china-is-turning-to-chicago-for-advice-on-its-new-skyscrapers Why China is turning to Chicago for advice on its new skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T19:30:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:32:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/125dc10742b72858151b9261ba8b368e.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, writes about China's building boom in his story, "Designed in Chicago, made in China." [...] "Chinese developers lack the expertise to do great skyscrapers," he says. "During the Cultural Revolution their architectural profession was decimated. It really became more about purely engineering. So if you're a Chinese developer, you go to Chicago."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Also read Blair Kamin's recent three-part series for the Chicago Tribune about China's building boom, "<a href="http://apps.chicagotribune.com/news/chicago-architecture-in-china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designed in Chicago, Made in China</a>."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96407909/better-a-small-house-than-a-skyscraper-that-signifies-nothing Better a small house than a skyscraper that signifies nothing Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-24T13:42:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/718b485bc14f0c66c1337ed713acfc0b.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The White House may be the centre of great power, but it is not in itself that big or that shouty. It&rsquo;s just a nice, white house, rather elegant, with a fine sweeping drive, but utterly dwarfed by the US Treasury next door &ndash; a fact that is, in itself, a bit of a clue to the relative significance of wealth in American society. [...] If the White House gleams simply because of the influence of the man inside it, the rest of the Washington complex is designed to make its case for significance.</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/96120397/2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners Justine Testado 2014-03-20T20:19:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T09:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0ngrg2wi493qn1j7.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners for the 9th annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition have finally been revealed! The sky is indeed the limit for the popular worldwide competition, which gave participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs. Imaginative ideas aside, entrants also had to examine the skyscraper's definition, purpose, and potential in the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 525 entries from 43 countries in all continents, the Jury awarded three winners and 20 Honorable Mentions.</p><p><strong>1st place: "Vernacular Versatility" by Yong Ju Lee - U.S.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtkn98w5p8673qp2.jpg"><br><br><strong>2nd place: "Car and Shell: or Marinetti&rsquo;s Monster" by Mark Talbot and Daniel Markiewicz - U.S.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64mlkt1ww8rkeisi.jpg"><br><br><strong>3rd place: "Propagate Skyscraper" by YuHao Liu and Rui Wu - Canada</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/7843uxf47ucchxtm.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/2014_evolo_skyscraper_competition_winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Click the thumbnails below to see the Honorable Mentions.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96101879/cranes-are-dismantled-from-china-s-shanghai-tower-skyscraper Cranes are dismantled from China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper Alexander Walter 2014-03-20T14:26:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T14:28:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a3ad11860816c0d5d37176cc8a29d35.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cranes that have helped to build the Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest, are seen being dismantled.</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/93889324/nyt-podcast-cities-of-the-present-cities-of-the-future NYT Podcast: Cities of the Present, Cities of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:54:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/026ef248c1f08d47666adb7923f7a79b.jpg" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What have we learned so far about how cities function &mdash; and how they don&rsquo;t? What is the role of that most symbolic of city features, the skyscraper? And is it possible to &ldquo;break&rdquo; a city? Five experts offered their perspectives on the use of data to solve urban problems, the ways in which the skyscraper is venerated and misused, and their best guesses on what the cities of the future might look like.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For his NYT Science Times Podcast, Jeffery DelViscio sits down with SOM structural engineer William F. Baker; architect and IIT architecture dean Wiel Arets; University of Chicago associate professor Virginia Parks; Columbia University professor Saskia Sassen; and Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat executive director Antony Wood to discuss "The Future Skyline."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91302506/foster-partners-to-design-second-taller-philadelphia-skyscraper-for-comcast Foster + Partners to design second, taller Philadelphia skyscraper for Comcast Alexander Walter 2014-01-15T15:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:02:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1635402f54ae606d3c2eff1f492d52f.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years after Comcast Corp. moved into the tallest U.S. skyscraper between Manhattan and Chicago, the cable-TV and Internet giant expects to break ground this summer on an even taller, more dazzling $1.2-billion tower. [...] One of the world's leading architects, Britain's Norman Robert Foster, has designed the trophy building with a host of innovative features.</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/84763055/henn-wins-cenke-tower-competition-in-taiyuan-china HENN wins Cenke Tower competition in Taiyuan, China Alexander Walter 2013-10-22T15:35:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T21:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1z/1zs4zez8dxz2w3vv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Taiyuan, the capital and largest city of North China's Shanxi province, is scheduled to receive a 280-meter / 919-foot addition soon: German firm HENN has won the architectural competition to design the new Cenke Group tower sporting a slick convex shell. Planning is expected to commence in 2014/15.</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/81532292/wiel-arets-architects-completes-the-avb-tower-in-the-hague Wiel Arets Architects completes the AvB Tower in The Hague Justine Testado 2013-09-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T22:59:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/235q63yev9icsy3s.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wiel Arets Architects announced today the completion of the Anna van Buerenplein (AvB) Tower located in The Hague in The Netherlands. Standing at 72 m (approx. 236 ft), the steel AvB Tower was built as a "hyper-hybrid" academic building that includes housing, dining, and retail for students and faculty.</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/81208741/vanity-height-the-use-less-space-in-today-s-tallest Vanity Height: the Use-less Space in Today’s Tallest Alexander Walter 2013-09-06T12:49:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vm28bkpcyxksyaxv.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We noticed in Journal 2013 Issue I&rsquo;s case study on Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, that a fair amount of the top of the building seemed to be an unoccupied spire. This prompted us to investigate the increasing trend towards extreme spires and other extensions of tall buildings that do not enclose usable space, and create a new term to describe this &ndash; Vanity Height, i.e., the distance between a skyscraper&rsquo;s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top, as determined by CTBUH Height Criteria.</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/80610928/across-china-skyscrapers-brush-the-heavens Across China, Skyscrapers Brush the Heavens Archinect 2013-08-29T18:42:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:46:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/371d4924a785ac562fd613cdd5a70cae.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is home to 60 of the world&rsquo;s 100 tallest buildings now under construction. But the skyward aspirations of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, have inspired incredulity tinged with hostility. [...] the project&rsquo;s scale and speed have set off a burst of national introspection in recent days about whether Chinese municipal leaders and developers have gone too far in their increasingly manic reach for the skies.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <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">Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80388788/just-launched-evolo-2014-skyscraper-competition Just Launched: eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-26T18:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zs/zsmldcf9w2v9xs30.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's time for the infamous eVolo Skyscraper Competition! As many of you here are probably familiar with, eVolo Magazine's Skyscraper Competition gives participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs while thoroughly examining its definition, its purposes, and its potential in the 21st century. All students, architects, engineers, and designers are welcome to compete&mdash;with multidisciplinary teams being encouraged. So start gathering your teams now!</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/80067485/at-top-of-l-a-s-tallest-skyscrapers-diverse-firms-get-great-views At top of L.A.'s tallest skyscrapers, diverse firms get great views Archinect 2013-08-22T14:00:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T03:13:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/4899bea6d59585a58478acf14ec018b7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only a select few businesses find themselves atop the skyscraping office suites of downtown L.A., where ears pop on the way up, gourmet meals are served, VIP clients are entertained and earthquakes occasionally shake things up. Working in these prestigious locations on the top floor of the city's five tallest towers are a big law firm, a metal service company, an investment management firm, a mutual fund company and a computer services firm involved in Japanese pornography.</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/79386514/rtkl-gets-to-design-a-28-story-tower-in-indianapolis RTKL Gets to Design a 28-story Tower in Indianapolis Alexander Walter 2013-08-13T18:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-13T18:40:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a87hqftba0jqxpeg.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bid to design an $81 million, 28-story residential tower on the site of Indianapolis' former Market Square Arena just went to RTKL (together with developer Flaherty &amp; Collins Properties). The winning design was chosen by a panel of local government, real estate and community leaders and prevailed over five other competitors.</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/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval Archinect 2013-07-31T14:11:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:45:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e03fve8j3jx60i04.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yin Zhi, head of Beijing Tsinghua Urban Design Institute, said, "The technique that Broad Group uses has no precedent in the world, and the cost they promised is very low. So they either have some record breaking techniques or it&rsquo;s a lie. They are gambling. If they win, they will change the history of world architecture, but that's one chance in a million."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In China&rsquo;s Hunan province, ground was broken for the next "world's tallest skyscraper". It was a brave ambition. The developer Broad Group planned to build an 838 meter tower with 202 stories, in just 10 months. The tower would surpass the current tallest skyscraper, Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa by 10 meters. But the project has been halted over questions concerning feasibility and government permission.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77831250/aedas-wins-competition-for-xuhui-binjan-media-city-188s-g-1-tower-in-shanghai Aedas Wins Competition for Xuhui Binjan Media City 188S-G-1 Tower in Shanghai Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T14:51:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T16:42:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/omyrgs9ahh8b7xs0.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Warped skyscrapers keep trending: global architecture firm Aedas announces its recent competition win in Shanghai &ndash; the Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium.</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/76688665/ctbuh-selects-the-4-best-tall-buildings-for-2013 CTBUH Selects the 4 Best Tall Buildings for 2013 Alexander Walter 2013-07-09T19:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T20:00:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jxkvc2m8z6rg2an.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has announced the four regional winners in the race for the title Best Tall Building Worldwide 2013. The top regional towers include The Shard in London (Winner Europe); CCTV in Beijing (Winner Asia and Australia); Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi (Winner Middle East and Africa); and The Bow in Calgary (Winner Americas).</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/75585062/oma-s-twin-skyscrapers-win-tors-torn-competition-in-stockholm OMA’s Twin Skyscrapers Win Tors Torn Competition in Stockholm Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T14:51:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pn/pnilxl9j2bwf2aro.jpg" width="514" height="646" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been announced as winner of the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm. The proposed pair of towers with its facetted facade was designed as the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden.</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/73777777/sky-city-gets-approval-to-be-tallest-building-in-the-world-with-contruction-schedule-now-estimated-at-7-months "Sky City" gets approval, to be tallest building in the world, with contruction schedule now estimated at 7 months Archinect 2013-05-23T17:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T22:20:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/541a52b5d6f7bf146667a8250ac56466.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, Broad Group announced it has received approval from the Chinese government and will break ground on the project next month, though according to Quartz's Lily Kuo, Broad Sustainable Building has pushed the building's schedule to a more modest seven months.</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/73093362/anywhere-but-here-deserted-banking-empire-turned-skyscraper-slum Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2013-05-13T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T14:05:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69ee0fdfdab39423d61115cf812dc2ca.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was built for stockbrokers and bankers in their thousand dollar suits to make million dollar deals, but for nearly two decades it has held the less impressive title of the world&rsquo;s tallest squat. Welcome to the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, more commonly known as the Torre David (the Tower of David) in Caracas, Venezuela, an unfinished skyscraper which has now been colonised by an ad hoc community of over 700 families.</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>