Archinect - News 2014-07-28T16:27:59-04:00 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/101705491/singapore-sets-a-record-for-world-s-largest-vertical-garden Singapore Sets a Record For World’s Largest Vertical Garden Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-12T13:57:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/2614dc0fb0ed9a894cf852c2840f9a78.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In land-scarce Singapore greenery too is going sky-ward, with a 24-storey condominium earning a Guinness record for boasting the world&rsquo;s largest vertical garden. Tree House condominium, completed in 2013 by property firm City Developments Limited, has covered its fa&ccedil;ade in nearly 2,300 square meters of greenery. [...] The condo uses the plants as natural insulation to help filter pollution, absorb heat and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool individual units.</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/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-02T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:31:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qb5kj7jhsfcvisiy.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan&rsquo;s backers say it represents a rare chance at economic revitalization for the neighborhood. Its opponents say it would destroy the fabric of Holy Cross, and might represent the first step toward changing the traditionally low-rise New Orleans waterfront into something very different [...] &ldquo;The argument is that the Lower Ninth Ward has to take what it can get,&rdquo; says DeBacher. &ldquo;We believe that we deserve&mdash;as any community deserves&mdash;good development, not just any development.&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/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/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/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/87388705/unstudio-selected-to-design-the-baumkirchen-mitte-in-munich UNStudio selected to design the Baumkirchen Mitte in Munich Justine Testado 2013-11-25T18:03:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T18:07:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fudblfi9za3w5sbf.jpg" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UNStudio was recently chosen to design the Baumkirchen Mitte, an office and residential complex in Munich, Germany. In collaboration with OR else Landscapes, UNStudio won out of six shortlisted finalist teams that included BIG, J Mayer H Architects, and Schneider + Schumacher Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zh/zhsr577v2iqktinu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sj3h5ntc2m46bkms.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjdq4clgrojarih7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ia/iaztu91qy9auacwl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gv/gv5ngc0dr57e6bjr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of UNStudio.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87070012/oma-completes-de-rotterdam-vertical-city-tower OMA completes De Rotterdam “Vertical City” Tower Justine Testado 2013-11-21T14:52:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T21:41:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6accbt3ui37wtr1.jpg" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA announced today the completion of De Rotterdam Tower at the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam. Widely described as a "Vertical City", stacked on top of the structure's six-story base are three transparent towers - built with 7 meters of space between them.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqfgbjbo0zta331v.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2z4jlhty24n38klo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nccrstu3ej64tlb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9r6je7c7cpnjeprp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xpf10ytl3rpjq4ex.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1spvwdysh1gu5vgm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xp904katvvq8jsgf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mmkylalrvbgdpyla.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of OMA; photography by Ossip van Duivenbode, Philippe Ruault, Michel van de Kar (see image gallery below for details).</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86617859/unstudio-completes-ardmore-residence-tower-in-singapore UNStudio completes Ardmore Residence tower in Singapore Justine Testado 2013-11-15T18:04:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:31:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y4ccckdzbr2anot7.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UNStudio recently announced the completion of the Ardmore Residence tower in Singapore City. The building's monochromatic facade is distinctive yet it easily complements neighboring structures and location near the Orchard Road luxury shopping district. And at 36 stories high, residents are guaranteed envy-inducing panoramic views of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lk0d0qnabw16x5xp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0s3j6wfcsmqdvl3z.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6gk46cnzssi6ma4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wih2bp2a18w6plub.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x3/x3rxltvpgoyqtdus.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fyod3vg9hih9w4d9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zvo2j13hm54ja8g0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All photos &copy; Iwan Baan, courtesy of UNStudio.</em></p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unstudio_completes_ardmore_residence_tower_in_singapore/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full project description.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86450707/wiel-arets-architects-completes-e-tower-in-eindhoven-the-netherlands Wiel Arets Architects completes E’ Tower in Eindhoven, the Netherlands Justine Testado 2013-11-13T14:10:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T16:50:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8ru7ypuaavw8c9b0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the E' Tower in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The design of the 22-floor, 110-apartment building is derived from the Brick Expressionist style that was common during the city's industrial period and throughout Northern Europe in the early 20th century.</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/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/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/77461531/unstudio-to-design-yongjia-world-trade-center-in-wenzhou-china UNStudio to Design Yongjia World Trade Center in Wenzhou, China Alexander Walter 2013-07-19T19:59:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T20:16:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rs/rs6uxm2q5p1rnhk5.jpg" width="514" height="786" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UNStudio has recently been named winner in the Yongjia World Trade Center competition in Wenzhou, the Chinese city in the Yangtze River Delta region. The concept proposes 5 towers of various heights and programs, including office spaces, commercial areas, hospitality and residential.</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/75805393/taichung-city-cultural-center-entry-by-kamjz Taichung City Cultural Center Entry by KAMJZ Alexander Walter 2013-06-24T16:00:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:07:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6n/6np5e6jxi1ihm6ev.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Polish architecture &amp; urban design firm KAMJZ has sent us its very intriguing entry to the Taichung City Cultural Center competition in Taiwan (previously on Bustler). The scheme is a collaborative effort together with Buro Happold.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To see more Taichung City Cultural Center entries, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/307060/taichung-city-cultural-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74511379/som-releases-timber-tower-research-project SOM releases Timber Tower Research Project Archinect 2013-06-03T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T13:18:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acpsh8b7eqq8l97h.jpg" width="200" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill LLP</a> today released <a href="https://www.som.com/publication/timber-tower-research-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timber Tower Research Project</a>, an initiative sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) to establish the structural viability of a 42-story-tall prototypical mass timber framed building. The structural solution is benchmarked against the existing concrete-framed DeWitt Chestnut Apartments in Chicago&mdash;a revolutionary structural solution when it was designed by SOM in 1965. The new prototype is a hybrid system that uses the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint of the resulting design by between 60 and 75 percent when compared to the concrete benchmark.</p> <p> The genesis of the project lies in the fact that a tall building&rsquo;s embodied carbon footprint is significantly higher relative to low-rise buildings on a per square foot basis. This is exacerbated by the fact that tall buildings are almost exclusively constructed of concrete or steel&mdash;high-strength non-combustible materials...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69381520/jahn-designed-japan-post-tower-to-open-in-tokyo JAHN-Designed Japan Post Tower to Open in Tokyo Alexander Walter 2013-03-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T18:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15yethdlrvd8ir46.jpg" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo has a new skyscraper: the Japan Post Tower, a 38-story high-rise building designed by Helmut Jahn's Chicago firm in collaboration with Mitsubishi Jishu Sekkei, will hold its official grand opening for all commercial space Friday, March 21, 2013.</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/69339921/evolo-2013-skyscraper-competition-winners eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition Winners Archinect 2013-03-12T20:42:00-04:00 >2013-03-13T16:06:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e089t91t3x4pxfeh.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at eVolo Magazine just announced the winners of the 2013 Skyscraper Competition. The annual award, established in 2006, recognizes design visions that rethink the conventions of vertical living and the use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. [...] The winners were selected for their creativity, ingenuity, and understanding of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To commemorate the award, eVolo published a collector&rsquo;s edition of its highly acclaimed book <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-collector-s-edition-book-only-150-copies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>eVolo Skyscrapers</em></a>. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received since 2006. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68404420/united-bank-of-addis-ababa-entry-by-s-hne-partner-architekten-and-bet-architects United Bank of Addis Ababa Entry by Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-26T19:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T18:02:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2r/2r72l7zvxf235y4w.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Viennese practice S&ouml;hne &amp; Partner Architekten has shared with us their competition entry for the new United Bank building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The tower design with the dragon-scale facade was conceived in collaboration with Ethiopian firm BET Architects.</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/67993058/massive-mixed-use-project-in-hollywood-clears-a-hurdle Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle Archinect 2013-02-20T16:47:00-05:00 >2013-02-21T07:59:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9ea98ce9f80c7f091b5538a55c2e8276.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A proposal for two skyscrapers that would flank the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood gained the approval of the city's planning department Tuesday despite push-back from dozens of disgruntled residents. The Millennium Hollywood plans are the most ambitious in a string of revitalization projects in the area, including the W Hotel and the Hollywood &amp; Highland Center. The $664-million mixed-use development could include more than 1 million square feet of apartment, office and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60503874/first-plans-released-for-huge-towers-next-to-capitol-records" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67106278/essence-financial-building-by-oma Essence Financial Building by OMA Alexander Walter 2013-02-07T13:17:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:38:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47evk8arxuapfe0d.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday we published a first image of OMA's latest competition win, the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen. Here is the project now in more detail.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67050072/oma-to-design-essence-financial-tower-in-shenzhen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA to Design Essence Financial Tower in Shenzhen</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67050072/oma-to-design-essence-financial-tower-in-shenzhen OMA to Design Essence Financial Tower in Shenzhen Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T17:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9u/9u82zp2reu27nzks.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been awarded the first place in the international design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas are heading the project which they intend to be a new generation office tower for Shenzhen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67106278/essence-financial-building-by-oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the project in more detail.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award Alexander Walter 2012-12-12T14:45:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:02:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmzz7mi9igik5sb2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ten winners of the 2011 Emporis Skyscraper Award have been announced with New York City's 8 Spruce Street tower taking home the top place. The winners were chosen from over 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011. Now in its 12th year, the award program rewards ten skyscrapers completed in the previous calendar year.</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/63202028/tianjin-hotel-entry-by-hao-holm-architecture-office Tianjin Hotel Entry by HAO / Holm Architecture Office Alexander Walter 2012-12-11T13:22:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:03:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2o9lqumwg9gtrvu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish firm HAO / Holm Architecture Office has shared with us its competition entry for a high-end hotel in Tianjin, Northern China.</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>