Archinect - News 2015-07-28T16:00:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132348361/evolo-s-2016-skyscraper-competition-is-open-for-registration 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lz9fjx6g8ir5v58t.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2i/2id94wlsi6480yk2.jpg"></p><p>2015 2nd prize - "Shanty-Scraper" by...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131960517/berlin-lists-communist-era-towers-of-alexanderplatz-as-historical-monuments-gehry-high-rise-still-happening 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fipusd6q9gk0uoy1.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/395227/alexanderplatz" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/125819570/berlin-s-alexanderplatz-high-rise-developments-continue-to-take-shape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92304250/berlin-hopes-germany-s-tallest-residential-tower-has-the-bilbao-effect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World&rsquo;s Chaotic Change</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126889741/berlin-heals-war-scars-with-ambitious-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin heals war scars with ambitious architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p3t03w75ub79eiv4.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12096/prentice-women-s-hospital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prentice Women's Hospital</a> could not be saved from the wrecking ball &mdash;&nbsp;despite enormous public outcry.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131489455/walkie-talkie-tower-summons-the-elements-again-this-time-it-s-wind 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rr52vgshkn8n06wp.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/80975331/rafael-vi-oly-designed-walkie-talkie-skyscraper-melts-car-with-light-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99882337/walkie-scorchie-building-given-permanent-sunshade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gkvnfgrqdbvzcmai.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/128813766/vancouver-architect-michael-green-proposes-35-story-wooden-skyscraper-for-paris" target="_blank">Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129882706/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-selected-to-design-burj-2020-the-world-s-tallest-commerical-tower 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/te/tekcoq6q5t7s7o22.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/129712218/how-the-chinese-steve-jobs-is-trying-to-build-the-ideal-city 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yh640qzevaq696i9.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/128813766/vancouver-architect-michael-green-proposes-35-story-wooden-skyscraper-for-paris 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v5irxq3cjqgzvlo.jpg" 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="http://mg-architecture.ca/news/a-proposal-to-transform-the-parisian-skyline-and-define-a-new-era-of-carbon-neutral-building-in-france/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More:</p><p><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/121146922/canadian-wood-council-pushes-for-more-wood-architecture-excellence-in-the-latest-wood-design-awards" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66d8431d905cf455fb560a9b26054584.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127304066/crowded-skies-sunlight-as-the-new-amenity-for-the-super-rich 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yofa17h51chktyy.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqa3ecm9br5n17ls.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127118730/nordstrom-tower-aiming-to-snatch-tallest-building-title-from-one-world-trade-center 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izgjjnepx9cdy6ag.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/471370/nordstrom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126485922/rachel-slade-dares-to-ask-why-is-boston-so-ugly 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3dbff250720c1cbe336ab24e47575f3.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaa09922d998cce10a6dbeee98327bb8.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126069552/the-new-skinny-kid-on-the-block-303-e-44th-st-promises-floating-gardens-in-the-manhattan-skies 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/om7puicvncgdr3kt.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125819570/berlin-s-alexanderplatz-high-rise-developments-continue-to-take-shape 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4jd9fg03j9sai032.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/92304250/berlin-hopes-germany-s-tallest-residential-tower-has-the-bilbao-effect" target="_blank">Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125433971/envisioned-as-tallest-tower-in-turkey-ankara-s-partially-built-republic-tower-is-now-heading-for-demolition 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhvfwcxecyvma39b.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125286811/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-wanda-vista-tower-could-be-chicago-s-third-tallest Jeanne Gang's proposed Wanda Vista tower could be Chicago's third-tallest Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:44:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lsg7wj94rprkwdfd.jpg" width="260" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The outlines of what could be Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project's developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower &mdash; a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city's skyline. [...] Details about the plan, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects, were revealed at a community meeting called by Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd [...].</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/124746279/this-guangzhou-skyscraper-still-stands-unfinished-after-16-years This Guangzhou skyscraper still stands unfinished after 16 years Alexander Walter 2015-04-07T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-07T15:22:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a3a64227d4947ea99cc5e6312c3616.jpg" width="280" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An abandoned skyscraper still stands incomplete in the bustling capital of Guangdong Province after 16 years because no one is brave enough to ask for it to be torn down. The 46-story building looks strange as it towers over Guangzhou, a commercial hub in southern China with a population of more than 12 million. Its location just behind a golden high-rise building -- popular in China -- and luxury hotels makes the concrete shell look especially creepy and eerie.</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/123741481/morphosis-turns-vals-into-skyscraper-village Morphosis turns Vals into "Skyscraper Village" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:37:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mnicpclixmqwxvm.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for a 381m high luxury hotel tower in a sleepy Alpine village have just been unveiled &ndash; and the designer is convinced it will fit right in. But is it any more than a castle in the air? [...] The new hotel tower, designed by Pritzker prizewinner Thom Mayne&rsquo;s practice, Morphosis, will shoot up 381m into the clouds (almost a third taller than the Shard), a looming spectre visible for miles around the tiny alpine village. It is a gigantic mirror-clad middle finger aimed at the region [...].</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/123669152/a-new-ethics-of-the-skyline-the-mile-high-building-is-coming A new ethics of the skyline: the mile-high building is coming Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg" width="514" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The technology of supertall buildings is a bit like genetic testing or nuclear energy: a volatile form of power. Technological capacities have outpaced our judgment. We know we can do it, but we don&rsquo;t know when not to do it. And so some endlessly wealthy mogul [...] will eventually move into a preposterously expensive penthouse so far above the Earth&rsquo;s crust that the air is thin and gales hammer at the glass. A mile&rsquo;s not science fiction. It&rsquo;s not even an outer limit.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123275741/chicago-s-willis-tower-sold-for-1-3b-to-blackstone-group Chicago's Willis Tower sold for $1.3B to Blackstone Group Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T15:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/sunx1q6e360e0qob.jpg" width="476" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the U.S., and plans to upgrade the retail and observatory space in a bet on growth in the city. [...] On a per-square-foot basis, the valuation for the more than 40-year-old Willis Tower is lower than deals for newer buildings. The Blackstone price is about $342 a square foot, based on about 3.8 million square feet (353,000 square meters) of rentable space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123273327/new-york-s-megatowers-nothing-but-vertical-money New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'? Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T12:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:00:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fd00b0abd6637e38e4403607df79e0c.jpg" width="250" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among this new breed of towers, design elements not directly tied to profit are often downgraded or eliminated as overall costs climb. [...] With today&rsquo;s mathematically generated super-spires, it&rsquo;s best to paraphrase Mae West: &ldquo;Architecture has nothing to do with it.&rdquo; [...] much as the new super-tall New York condos may serve that same general purpose, these are no works of art. If, as Goethe posited, architecture is frozen music, then these buildings are vertical money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98453364/too-rich-too-thin-too-tall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market Need a skyscraper? Chicago’s Willis Tower just hit the market. Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T17:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-07T20:23:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riduod6gm859myp9.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest building and one of the city&rsquo;s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. [...] The 1,450-foot (442-meter) building, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest in the U.S., and was the world&rsquo;s highest from its completion in the early 1970s until 1998 [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s iconic in the size and how it dominates the skyline, [...] As an office building, however, it&rsquo;s 1970s construction.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122050236/north-dakota-the-skyscraper-state North Dakota, the skyscraper state Alexander Walter 2015-03-03T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:51:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/tt6bxfp1m81tdb5w.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of the tallest structures in the world are not designed by starchitects, and you&rsquo;ve likely never seen them [...] dozens of nearly anonymous towers around the United States, most in small rural communities, dwarf all but the tallest man-made structures in the world. Take the KVLY-TV Tower in Blanchard, North Dakota, a township of 26 people north of Fargo. At 2,063 feet (628.8 meters), it&rsquo;s the tallest structure in the western hemisphere and the fourth-tallest structure in the 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/121508911/the-troubles-of-evacuating-one-of-the-world-s-tallest-residential-buildings-during-a-fire The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T19:21:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents affected by the fire that broke out in The Torch tower in Dubai Marina at the weekend have been moved to a nearby hotel while the extent of the damage is assessed. [...] More than 1,000 people fled after a fire broke out at around 2am on Saturday in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. [...] The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada. Justine Testado 2015-02-19T09:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0ku9yuax9tgtbs2.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>BIG and Dialog's TELUS Sky Tower recently broke ground along 7th Avenue block in the heart of Calgary, Canada, a city full of corporate towers surrounded by low-density suburban neighborhoods. Unveiled i<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76682209/canadian-telecom-giant-telus-taps-big-for-landmark-tower-in-calgary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">n 2013</a>, the 761,235 sq.ft commercial tower integrates both working and living environments into one structure that aims to make Calgary's city center more varied and walkable. The tower's textured glass fa&ccedil;ade complements yet stands out from its environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqudji392zpp9849.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dq3yj7q5vpiquqol.jpg"></p><p>According to the TELUS Sky website, the 59-story tower will begin with dining and retail spaces as well as access to adjacent buildings. The tower also has 26 floors of office spaces ranging from 7,636 sqft-18,997 sq.ft, followed by 29 floors of residential spaces consisting of 326 executive rental suites.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtaai518h1aqggv8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pb6ex44vavrnktf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvu45a7tdpme6b2z.jpg"></p><p>"The large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions&nbsp;of residential floor depths. The texture of the fa&ccedil;ade in a similar fashion evolves&nbsp;from a smooth glass fa&ccedil;ade enclosing the work space to a three-di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower Jeanne Gang praises San Francisco's architecture 'ecosystem' as context for new residential tower Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-04T14:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-09T15:52:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c4897c49c1f40baa1cbe5ab990b1d6b.jpg" width="514" height="906" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;San Francisco is really focused on getting things right on the ground, creating a rich fabric,&rdquo; said Gang... &ldquo;You have your own ecosystem.&rdquo; [...] She&rsquo;s at work here on a 40-story tower proposed at Folsom and Spear streets, one block in from the Embarcadero. The form would be simple, a lean rectangle, but the silhouette would be a ripple of angled bay windows, jagged and subtle at once. &ldquo;Some designers focus on the profile. We&rsquo;re looking more at the elements, starting from the inside out,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119508158/minneapolis-rejects-plan-to-build-minnesota-s-tallest-new-tower Minneapolis rejects plan to build Minnesota's tallest new tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T14:51:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hijk4ra4xm4kc8zs.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City of Minneapolis planners on Friday rejected a proposal for an 80-story tower downtown and revealed problems they saw in the efforts of its developer. The move quashed the prospects for a building that would have surpassed the IDS Center to become the tallest in Minnesota and injected new drama into an unusual public contest the city created to redevelop a parking lot on Nicollet Mall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118889309/can-of-ham-skyscraper-coming-to-london-after-all 'Can of Ham' skyscraper coming to London after all Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:26:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ke/kev1wkx5jb1gcjdz.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mace has been appointed to a pre-construction deal to build the much delayed &lsquo;Can of Ham&rsquo; project at 60-70 St Mary Axe, Construction News can reveal. [...] The project was granted planning approval by the City of London in the summer of 2008 but immediately hit delays as the global financial crisis took hold [...]. The Foggo Associates-designed project will join a cluster of iconic towers in the centre of the City, including neighbouring 30 St Mary Axe, commonly known as the Gherkin.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78335/can-of-ham" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p>