Archinect - News 2016-02-12T17:36:36-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147271957/taking-your-pad-for-a-spin-dubai-s-rotating-tower-proposal-is-back Taking your pad for a spin: Dubai's rotating tower proposal is back Alexander Walter 2016-02-03T14:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T12:12:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j3/j33o2adg1qj61l7f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An 80-storey &lsquo;Dynamic Tower&rsquo; will be standing in Dubai by 2020 is everything goes to plan, architectural firm Dynamic Group has told us. When built it will be the world&rsquo;s first skyscraper consisting of separate rotating floors attached to a central column, and inside there will be luxury apartments (natch). If you&rsquo;re wondering what a rotating skyscraper actually is, it&rsquo;s very much as the name suggests.&nbsp;[...] control the rotation speed and direction of their apartment through&nbsp;voice activation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Proposed back in 2008 by architect David Fisher, the tower aims to be 420m tall, which would make it the second tallest building in Dubai, as well as the second tallest residential tower in the world behind New York&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue (which stands at 425.5m)."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sl/slexlnojr629rl4a.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146657627/what-s-new-in-dubai-shipping-a-gigantic-floating-swimming-pool-deck-over-all-the-way-from-finland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's new in Dubai: shipping a gigantic floating swimming pool deck over all the way from Finland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145656227/as-432-park-ave-reaches-completion-the-number-of-supertall-skyscrapers-in-the-world-is-now-100 As 432 Park Ave reaches completion, the number of supertall skyscrapers in the world is now 100 Alexander Walter 2016-01-13T15:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:21:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gljcjf2xlrk1rueb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are now officially 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world following the completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City. The construction of supertall buildings has increased at an astounding rate in recent years, an indicator of the tremendous growth within the global tall building industry. Whereas the first 50 supertalls took 80 years to complete &ndash; between 1930 and 2010 &ndash; the total number of supertalls has doubled from 50 to 100 in just five years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"With supertall skyscrapers becoming increasingly common, many look to the megatall (600-plus-meter) distinction as the new frontier for the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings."</em>&nbsp;Buckle up, everyone.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143383899/mark-foster-gage-wants-to-propose-this-game-of-thrones-like-skyscraper-for-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage wants to propose this Game of Thrones-like skyscraper for NYC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128473885/a-trashcan-inspired-the-design-of-rafael-vi-oly-s-432-park-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club – after 41 years! Alexander Walter 2016-01-07T15:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:27:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31v6ocojhgm7yg0a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanghai Tower has officially completed as the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. [...] The completion of Shanghai Tower is especially notable for pushing Chicago&rsquo;s 442-meter Willis Tower (originally Sears Tower), once the world&rsquo;s tallest building, out of the Top 10 list for the first time since it completed in 1974. Willis Tower was among the Top 10 Tallest Buildings for 41 years</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat goes on to say: "Given the rapid development of urban centers in these regions and the new heights that are being realized by contemporary tall buildings, CTBUH data projects that it will be less than five years before Willis Tower also falls out of the Top 20 Tallest Buildings."</p><p><em>Cue the sad trombone, Chicago.</em></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/v5/v5g7lr38bso8xe19.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v5/v5g7lr38bso8xe19.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; The updated CTBUH Current Tallest 20 poster (click image to enlarge).</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96101879/cranes-are-dismantled-from-china-s-shanghai-tower-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cranes are dismantled from China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper</a></li><li><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></li><li><a 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></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143912781/world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-at-least-for-now-under-construction-in-vancouver World’s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver Alexander Walter 2015-12-21T17:31:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T21:17:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gj5t64au4w6kedg.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Made possible by a special change in law, a building that is set to claim the title of world&rsquo;s tallest timber tower is now under construction in Vancouver, Canada. When complete in 2017, the 18-storey (53m) tower, called Brock Commons, will house hundreds of students at the University of British Columbia (UBC). [...] the CAN$51.5m residence is set to be the world&rsquo;s tallest, beating the 13-storey &lsquo;Origine&rsquo; apartment block now being built in Quebec City.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Earlier this year the provincial government of British Columbia passed a new regulation that allowed UBC to go over timber-structure height limits if the building met rigorous health and safety standards. The architects, Acton Ostry, and UBC building officials helped draft the regulation."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fl/flnl08fok6btpxuo.jpg"></p><p>In other tall-wood-building news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128813766/vancouver-architect-michael-green-proposes-35-story-wooden-skyscraper-for-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121976344/vienna-plan-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141742647/fire-on-50th-floor-of-chicago-s-hancock-center-left-five-people-injured Fire on 50th floor of Chicago's Hancock Center left five people injured Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T13:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T13:03:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ra8kabmmgz2gxj34.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five people were injured in a fire that broke out Saturday afternoon in a bedroom on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center, officials said. [...] The cause of the fire has not been determined, officials said. [...] Earlier Saturday, flames could be seen shooting out of a window on the 50th floor, catching the attention of Michigan Avenue shoppers, some of whom were getting ready for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. A smoky smell lingered near the ground several hours later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140899262/flying-firefighters-the-jetpack-is-quickly-becoming-a-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138878309/rainforest-in-the-desert-this-new-dubai-tower-will-have-one-oh-and-an-artificial-beach-too Rainforest in the desert? This new Dubai tower will have one. Oh, and an artificial beach, too. Alexander Walter 2015-10-13T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:40:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8ga523l0z8j90o98.jpg" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. [...] The project consists of two towers, 47 storeys high with a combined five-storey podium and two basement levels, that will house the facilities. [...] Kieferle &amp; Partner is the architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few images of the two-tower development via ZAS Group's&nbsp;<a href="http://zasa.com/project/view/rosemont-five-star-hotel-residences/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the lead consultant on the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8fg4fcbkrd7o4uj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/werfy44xwn3s46fg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/je/jeng33g1uk2gvc4m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qa/qaq9fg3yhpsxjwqg.jpg"></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136423349/first-design-of-burj-2020-unveiled-dubai-s-shiny-new-supertall-tower-by-adrian-smith-gordon-gill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers? Alexander Walter 2015-09-21T17:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/95c882bafdb3eec95dcc9c22a8820a1c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A slew of innovative new condo towers are being proposed for Vancouver, as the city aims to take its arguably boring architecture to the next level. [...] Vancouver's move into adventurous architecture arguably began back in 2013, when Danish architect Bjarke Ingels revealed his design for twisting tower Vancouver House, which is now under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45328468/big-s-490-foot-tall-beach-and-howe-tower-for-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98918046/interview-with-vancouver-art-gallery-s-director-how-will-herzog-de-meuron-s-new-museum-impact-canadian-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interview with Vancouver Art Gallery's director: how will Herzog &amp; de Meuron's new museum impact Canadian architecture?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577264/plans-for-japan-s-tallest-skyscraper-announced Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T14:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="514" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132950705/downtown-jerusalem-gets-a-libeskind-designed-pyramid-tower Downtown Jerusalem gets a Libeskind-designed Pyramid Tower Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hucwm5j216gdy6pl.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new high-rise building called the Freedom Pyramid will change the face of Jerusalem&rsquo;s downtown area. The project, conceived by architects Daniel Libeskind and Yigal Levi, will see a multi-purpose tower comprising commercial shopping and residential units atop the old Eden theater. The idea for a high-rise at this location, adjacent to Mahaneh Yehuda market, first hit headlines in 2011. But a Jerusalem municipal committee only now approved the construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><strong>Correction: </strong>Studio Daniel Libeskind has informed us that the correct project title is "The Pyramid." The incorrect title "Freedom Pyramid" has been the result of an unauthorized press leak.</em></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a> also provided us with new renderings of the project as well as some more information about The Pyramid:</p><p><em>The Jerusalem Municipality approves a mixed-use tower designed by Studio Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich) in conjunction with local architect Yigal Levi.</em></p><p><em>Located adjacent to the Mahane Yehuda market, commonly known as &ldquo;The Shuk&rdquo;, in the heart of the city, the 105-meter, 26-story complex entitled The Pyramid will feature 200 apartments, a boutique hotel, a public plaza lined with shops, and a roof-top observatory and restaurant that will provide sweeping views of the ancient city.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Pyramid mediates between ancient traditions and myths, while providing a 21st century reinterpretation of that great form,&rdquo; said architect Daniel Libeskind. &ldquo;The design complements the context...</em></p> 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/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/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T16:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T12:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c119ef1a1dfc5a4b06eda341b50fe9f7.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>High-rise buildings and apartments are crowding small alleyways and residential areas, investors ignoring the huge pressure they are putting on already weak infrastructure. [...] Hai, a resident of Thanh Xuan District, said locals are most worried about the danger of fire [...] High-rise developments also put a huge strain on local power and water supplies, struggling sewage systems and storm-water drainage, creating more hazards for neighbouring residents.</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/129959041/the-many-lives-of-johannesburg-s-notorious-ponte-tower The many lives of Johannesburg’s notorious Ponte tower Alexander Walter 2015-06-19T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T12:18:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4g7njkhe0rldr3vi.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ponte saga is a classic South African story. Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s as the wealthy fled to the suburbs, then the object of failed luxury-condo schemes, the tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg&rsquo;s urban revitalization. [...] The hollow core began to fill with garbage and rubble &ndash; several stories high.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128713347/north-koreans-hesitate-to-move-into-kim-jong-un-s-shiny-new-apartment-towers North Koreans hesitate to move into Kim Jong Un's shiny, new apartment towers Alexander Walter 2015-06-03T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T16:26:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n3/n3rpcu8g052srq98.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite seeing completion last October, following orders from leader Kim Jong Un, only half of the units of a major apartment complex built near Pyongyang&rsquo;s Taedong River are currently occupied. [...] &ldquo;The elevator runs only during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, so for long spans of time it will be impossible to get to the 40th floor,&rdquo; the source said. &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t even a place for people to put their bicycles, which are the most fundamental tools for people&rsquo;s livelihoods.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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/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/126490145/first-designs-unveiled-for-chicago-latino-cultural-center-s-new-hq First designs unveiled for Chicago Latino Cultural Center's new HQ Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T17:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:13:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f22utj8at8v8ocnv.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Juan Gabriel Moreno is teaming up with Chicago's International Latino Cultural Center to build a new downtown headquarters in the form of a wild-looking $50 million complex. Announced during the most recent edition of Chicago Latino Film Festival that took place this month, the organization announced its ambitious new "Ibero-American Tower" which would house a number of components [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal? Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:37:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vy3bo3hyoh9sj9o8.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most buildings in the country today use the minimum structural safety standards that the government has prescribed, say building safety experts and structural engineers. "Our codes offer the lowest level of earthquake safety protection. We are designing for one-fifth the intensity that might hit a particular earthquake zone," says Sangeeta Waj, technical director at global design firm AECOM. Experts however point out that there is no separate code in India for high rise buildings.</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/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/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/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/120588789/a-return-to-regional-style-or-just-gimmicky-dubai-unveils-aladdin-city A return to regional style or just gimmicky? Dubai unveils 'Aladdin City' Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T15:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:25:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbc70a95dfe58dade4f2fa9e27adb1b7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction work on 'Aladdin City', a project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, will start next year, Dubai Municipality chief told Emirates 24|7. [...] The project, which was announced in April 2014, will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek. The total cost has not been 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/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/118886896/helmut-jahn-chats-about-his-latest-nyc-tower-50-west Helmut Jahn chats about his latest NYC tower, 50 West Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T13:24:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljau6sk63qa8yon2.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea is always that a building like this in a particular light merges with the sky. The building is on a very small site, and has a very small footprint. There was a requirement from a planning point of view, which we fully supported and were actually happy about, that we had to provide a plaza on the ground floor. And that&rsquo;s actually why the building toward the base, it pulls in its belly and it slopes so that the urban space is adequate and a required size.</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/118733118/as-manhattan-grows-supertaller-its-shadows-are-getting-superlonger As Manhattan grows supertaller, its shadows are getting superlonger Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kymi2w83510p9oma.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But all New Yorkers are losing familiar vistas, and some are losing light and air, as supertall buildings sprout like beanstalks in midtown Manhattan. There are a dozen such &ldquo;supertalls&rdquo; &ndash; buildings of 1,000 feet or higher &ndash; in the construction or planning stages. And the buildings are not, as in Dubai or Shanghai&rsquo;s Pudong district, being constructed where nothing else had stood. They are, instead, crowding into already dense neighbourhoods where light and air are at a premium [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <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>