Archinect - News 2018-09-24T05:45:41-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150087290/chicago-s-lake-point-tower-is-turning-50 Chicago's Lake Point Tower is turning 50 Alexander Walter 2018-09-20T18:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:33:20-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/7080a43399bb2c2f1a60e909f61d0487.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>As Lake Point Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest all-residential high-rise, celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, it&rsquo;s an apt time to reflect on its legacy. The 70-story condominium tower, which sits just west of Navy Pier at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, is both hero and villain, though it is more the former than the latter.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin looks back at the history and the significance of Lake Point Tower; as he calls it "by all accounts a spectacular and rare object &mdash; a poetic expression of curves in a city that worships the right angle."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150087250/two-historic-nyc-theaters-in-times-square-to-be-redeveloped Two historic NYC theaters in Times Square to be redeveloped Hope Daley 2018-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/be8b2b5da404988129600c4e6928bd37.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Two historic New York City theaters are getting ready to shine brightly under the Times Square spotlight once again. This week, developers behind the Times Square Theater and the Palace Theater, unveiled ambitious renovation and expansion plans for their establishments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Palace <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/7561/theater" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theater</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/21769/redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a> includes raising the structure about 30 feet&nbsp;to accommodate retail space below and an 18,000 square foot wraparound sign. The&nbsp;existing DoubleTree hotel above the theater will be demolished to be replaced by a&nbsp;46-story tower including retail, dining, and a hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a1aca3e37413c9645c15e85d0cdd30b6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a1aca3e37413c9645c15e85d0cdd30b6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>The new&nbsp;complex, called TSX Broadway,&nbsp;also includes a 4,000-square-foot performance venue to be suspended 30 feet above <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/87175/times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a>. The new outdoor stage will be the only of its kind located in Times Square.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/939744f0ae31244c7bdbdb193b57c5e8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/939744f0ae31244c7bdbdb193b57c5e8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway retail section rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>Nearby the Times Square Theater, which has been vacant for 30 years,&nbsp; will be redeveloped as a large retail venue. Architecture and planning firm&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/beyerblinderbelle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a> will restore most of the existing building while adding in two glass stories.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/95305a1471543cdfeebd7bbb3fb3c91f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/95305a1471543cdfeebd7bbb3fb3c91f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Times Square Theater redevelopment rendering. Image: Stillman Development International.</figcaption><p>New additions also include a glass box overhang on th...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150079239/studio-gang-reveals-new-twisting-tower-design-for-san-francisco Studio Gang reveals new twisting tower design for San Francisco Hope Daley 2018-08-25T11:03:00-04:00 >2018-08-27T21:38:07-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3c/3c95a4da4196bb6129828019f2c22cb6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/studiogang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a> reveals a new, 400-foot tall residential tower called "MIRA" for <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>'s Transbay neighborhood. The building features classic bay windows staggered in a twisting design around the structure.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d2/d293438888a46c692ee562cf8fb4932f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d2/d293438888a46c692ee562cf8fb4932f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"MIRA" high rise rendering by Studio Gang, located in San Francisco. Image: Studio Gang.</figcaption></figure><p>The design provides each unit with ample lighting and views of the bay, while also creating a high-performance facade reducing energy consumption.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/da4606727aa6ffb545298ba4f8c4098d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/da4606727aa6ffb545298ba4f8c4098d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"MIRA" high rise rendering by Studio Gang, located in San Francisco. Image: Binyan.</figcaption></figure><p>40% of the building's units have been designated to be priced below market rate.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fe6320db01e953ca32a0b73550989c3f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fe6320db01e953ca32a0b73550989c3f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"MIRA" high rise rendering by Studio Gang, located in San Francisco. Image: Studio Gang.</figcaption></figure><p>The high rise also includes sustainable&nbsp;features such as a VRF cooling system, a&nbsp;graywater harvesting system, green roofs, and high-efficiency fixtures and is targeted for&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/36738/leed-gold" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Gold</a> certification.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150076881/seattle-s-space-needle-reopens-after-major-renovation-now-sporting-a-rotating-glass-floor Seattle's Space Needle reopens after major renovation—now sporting a rotating glass floor Alexander Walter 2018-08-08T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-11T00:52:47-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1f/1f17317d7960db9272e6252b76002c9d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Those who have a fear of heights might not want to look down next time you go up to the Space Needle. One of the centerpieces of the landmark&rsquo;s massive remodel, designed by Olson Kundig, is now complete: a rotating glass floor, allowing visitors to look down at the 500 feet between them and the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After receiving a massive $100 million <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/49784837/olson-kundig-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>-designed <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150031556/seattle-s-space-needle-is-getting-a-makeover-new-renderings-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">makeover</a>, the&nbsp;55-year-old Seattle icon recently reopened to the public with an improved visitor experience, enhanced views (floor-to-ceiling glass&nbsp;panels further opened up the&nbsp;360-degree views of the Puget Sound), and, what it claims to be, the world's first and only revolving glass floor.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e887b9a58731c787454af602a4d55a6e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e887b9a58731c787454af602a4d55a6e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Oh look, there's our car!" Photo courtesy of John Lok and Space Needle LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>"Through the glass floor, guests are able to see the mechanics of the turntable, which consist of a series of 12 motors," explains the project description. "The power transmission relies on rolling peg gears to minimize friction and wear."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150075083/a-350-foot-artificial-waterfall-gushes-down-this-chinese-skyscraper-because-why-not A 350-foot artificial waterfall gushes down this Chinese skyscraper. Because, why not? Alexander Walter 2018-07-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/00/007656c8d3d2c387027b3af8a91a1da4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>As more skyscrapers rise to fill the skylines of Chinese cities, it&rsquo;s getting harder to come up with original designs to stand out. That prompted a novel idea: How about a 350-foot waterfall on one side of the building? The waterfall was built as part of the Liebian Building in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Fortune</em> reports that "the waterfall has generated some local controversy because the electricity needed to power its four pumps costs 800 yuan, or about $118, per hour&mdash;although the building&rsquo;s managers say that the waterfall will run only on special occasions and use recycled water from rain or the tap."</p> <p>One way to beat the summer heat.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150072824/cheesegrater-2-skyscraper-approved-for-city-of-london 'Cheesegrater 2' skyscraper approved for City of London Alexander Walter 2018-07-11T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:28:31-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/7738b28cb9142e24890d780e3246c7e2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>A 56-storey tower called The Diamond is set to join the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the City of London and will be the financial district&rsquo;s third-tallest building when completed. The planned 263.4m tower at 100 Leadenhall Street will rank behind 1 Undershaft at 290m, nicknamed the Trellis, where work is yet to start, and 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle at 278m, which is under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/57909885555173d2ac22765fc49c1119.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/57909885555173d2ac22765fc49c1119.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Diamond.</figcaption></figure><p>The City of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/722/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s third-tallest building has just received planning permission, and it will be somewhat of a d&eacute;j&agrave; vu: the <a href="https://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>-designed, wedge-shaped 56-story tower, officially called The Diamond, is going to sit right next to <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/55220775/rogers-stirk-harbour-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Roger</a>'s <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/492521/cheesegrater" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&mdash;London's OG wedge.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150072135/30-hudson-yards-the-development-s-tallest-tower-tops-out-at-1-296-feet 30 Hudson Yards, the development's tallest tower, tops out at 1,296 feet Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:33:51-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ffaba5eb2cf518419b6e95b4660a027d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. [....] YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building&rsquo;s parapet.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/46/4622a246cc6c62b3484347b3f88c5772.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/46/4622a246cc6c62b3484347b3f88c5772.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Visualization of the Hudson Yards development with the KPF-designed supertall 30 Hudson Yards tower in the foreground. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>Now only 50 Hudson Yards remains to be finished from the phase one batch of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/53803/hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> towers. "<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150050675/frank-gehry-santiago-calatrava-rumored-to-be-designing-hudson-yards-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phase two</a> will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch," writes <em>NY YIMBY</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/15/156cf34ec6c9db55383715ce271a6aa0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/15/156cf34ec6c9db55383715ce271a6aa0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction photo from April 2018 when 30 Hudson Yard's observation deck platform was lifted into place. Image: Related Companies.</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150070557/plans-proposed-for-supertall-downtown-la-tower-that-could-be-the-city-s-tallest Plans proposed for supertall Downtown LA tower that could be the city's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7d/7de39ed52c10bcfab5425783634e8340.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Move over Wilshire Grand: A planned 77-story skyscraper wants to be the tallest building in Los Angeles and west of the Mississippi. That&rsquo;s no accident. Unlike the Wilshire Grand&mdash;which was, purportedly, not intentionally planned to be the tallest tower in the city or beyond&mdash;this skyscraper was definitely intended to a record-holder, says Jeff DiMarzio, whose firm DiMarzio Kato Architects is designing the project at Figueroa and Third in Bunker Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Los Angeles is reaching for new heights: last week, the $1-billion, 88-story <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150070027/plans-submitted-for-1-billion-angels-landing-mixed-use-in-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angels Landing Development</a> submitted plans to the city, and now another (potentially) supertall tower vis-&agrave;-vis the iconic Bonaventure Hotel has been proposed by Chinese developer Shenzhen New World Group.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9d/9d0fd97cd162e529a8b2ea7aac784b75.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9d/9d0fd97cd162e529a8b2ea7aac784b75.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: LADCP, via urbanize.la.</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by LA-based&nbsp;DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, the redevelopment of an existing 13-story hotel at 333 South Figueroa Street plans to become the tallest structure in the city, and west of the Mississippi River, by surpassing the current record holder, the 1,100-foot-tall <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/245573/wilshire-grand-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower</a>, by a mere seven feet.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150069838/supertall-35-hudson-yards-tops-out-at-1-009-feet Supertall 35 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,009 feet Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T14:47:10-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a9e0a701bd00520ef7aaaf6488bf2077.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Progress on the second highest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development has reached a milestone. 35 Hudson Yards has officially topped out at 1,009 feet. Now that it has reached that height, it is the ninth tallest structure in New York City and 19th tallest in the United States. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development. Next door, 30 Hudson Yards is tantalizingly close to topping out, but the milestone has not yet officially occurred.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64faaa6a93abed3343791e921de958af.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/64faaa6a93abed3343791e921de958af.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of what the completed 35 Hudson Yards will look like. Image courtesy of Related-Oxford.</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150067571/calatrava-designed-dubai-creek-tower-completes-massive-concrete-pile-cap Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower completes massive concrete pile cap Alexander Walter 2018-06-04T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-06-04T18:06:20-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3f7be232ef6177983079acbbce353724.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Concrete placement work for Dubai Creek Tower's pile cap has been completed two months ahead of schedule.&nbsp; A 20m-thick, multi-layered pile cap has been developed for the $1bn (AED3.67bn) Dubai Creek Tower, which is part of the 6km2 Dubai Creek Harbour master development.&nbsp; The pile&nbsp;covers and transfers the load to the foundation barrettes.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/49/49164e072e4b70ed81359f214d00ab98.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/49/49164e072e4b70ed81359f214d00ab98.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Emaar Properties.</figcaption></figure><p>Up to 16,000 tons of steel reinforcement, reportedly twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower, have been buried in the sandy Dubai ground to support (what has been promised to become) the world's tallest tower at a yet to be disclosed height: the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/558683/dubai-creek" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1636/santiago-calatrava" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150064661/new-two-tower-development-at-chicago-spire-site-could-dominate-the-city-skyline New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T09:47:00-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j8/j8x62r0lmnhf7k8k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1636/santiago-calatrava" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/727316/chicago-spire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m7/m7n286rkimt06ocj.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m7/m7n286rkimt06ocj.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>A new proposal by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/31717720/related-companies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related Midwest</a> for a pair of towers at&nbsp;400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by&nbsp;architect David Childs with <a href="https://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, could rehabilitate the site.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150063468/chicago-s-willis-tower-is-getting-new-elevators Chicago's Willis Tower is getting new elevators Alexander Walter 2018-05-08T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T15:36:35-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7v/7vexhat7r620g0xm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The 16,000 people who work in and visit Willis Tower each day could soon be spending less time on their elevator rides in Chicago's tallest building. A five-year project to upgrade the tower's 83 elevator shafts -- and replace 97 passenger cabs, as some shafts have two-level elevators -- will start in June, according to the building's owner, Blackstone Group's Equity Office, and elevator firm Otis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major upgrade is expected to significantly reduce trip times as well as energy consumption (by as much as 30-35%), according to&nbsp;Equity Office and Otis.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 110-story <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11359/willis-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Willis Tower</a>&mdash;once ranked as the <a href="https://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">world's tallest building</a> for nearly 25 years&mdash;hasn't undergone such an <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149991375/chicago-s-willis-tower-is-about-to-get-a-500m-facelift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enormous overhaul</a> since it was completed in 1973 as <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11358/sears-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sears Tower</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150062975/the-tower-block-as-a-recurring-theme-in-post-soviet-photography The tower block as a recurring theme in post-Soviet photography Alexander Walter 2018-05-04T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2s/2s9rr4r2usvrzwkb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In some places, the tower block has never faded from view. The history of mass housing in eastern Europe is complex and uncomfortable. Yet what&rsquo;s striking is how prominently the tower block features in the work of contemporary photographers from that territory. These artists have every reason to turn their backs on such buildings. They&rsquo;re ugly and&nbsp;overbearing, not to say reminiscent of an authoritarian past. But the mass housing block is a recurring presence in their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer and critic Ekow Eshun provides a beautiful overview of the <em>tower block</em> as a recurring architectural, social, and aesthetic theme in the works of post-Soviet-era photographers in Russia, Serbia, the Baltic states, and throughout Eastern Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>"However ugly and monolithic such buildings were after all, they provided homes for people and are worth time and scrutiny as sites of possibility and connection," Ekow writes. "They were places where people gathered to sleep and eat, to argue and to raise families. And they continue to be so. Perhaps this is a modest artistic aim. But it&rsquo;s also a worthwhile one."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150062388/26-story-building-in-brazil-collapses-after-massive-blaze 26-story building in Brazil collapses after massive blaze Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T11:52:46-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxlfjeu033e2kqyl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>An abandoned 26-story building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, caught fire and collapsed early Tuesday, showering the surrounding streets with fiery embers and killing at least one person, firefighters said. About 150 firefighters were battling the blaze, which started at about 1:30 a.m. local time. It is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion, according to reports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Though officially abandoned as the former S&atilde;o Paulo&nbsp;headquarters of the federal police, about 50 families were believed to have occupied the building as squatters. Most people have reportedly managed to get out, however at least one person died in the building collapse, firefighters said.</p> <p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150059128/som-s-new-hangzhou-wangchao-center-features-an-impressive-curved-silhouette SOM's new Hangzhou Wangchao Center features an impressive curved silhouette Alexander Walter 2018-04-09T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-04-09T15:55:38-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rb/rbwwiineudznz35h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> just revealed designs for a new mixed-use skyscraper in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, a rapidly growing metropolis with a population of nearly 10 million and host of the Asian Games in 2022. <br></p> <p>The 288-meter-tall, 54-story Hangzhou Wangchao Center makes a strong first impression with its curved facade lines&mdash;merging the engineering feat of eight flowing mega-columns with architectural formal expression.</p> <p>Completion is scheduled for 2021.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3c3c12efwk2zctg.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3c3c12efwk2zctg.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | Brick Visual</figcaption></figure><p>Here's more information about the tower from SOM: <br></p> <p>"The Hangzhou Wangchao Center will serve as a gateway to the newly planned Qianjang Century Town in Hangzhou. It will add 125,000 square meters of office, hotel, and retail programming to the rapidly expanding region. The tower is directly adjacent to one of the city&rsquo;s new subway stations, and is accessible from a major roadway."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqe1ytzhyt1tea12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqe1ytzhyt1tea12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | Brick Visual</figcaption></figure><p>"The tower's expressive silhouette is the result of an integrated <br>architectural and engineering solut...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150058625/construction-of-david-adjaye-s-nyc-skyscraper-kicks-into-next-gear Construction of David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper kicks into next gear Alexander Walter 2018-04-05T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T14:00:08-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4h/4h6hiyoe2my6mwuy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Last December, plans were unfurled for 130 William, a reverential new skyscraper to jostle amongst the spired giants of lower Manhattan. [...] we can note that the project has achieved two small construction milestones in its journey against the sky: crews have reached street level and standing upright is a red kangaroo crane that will bring the rectangular tower to its full 66-floor, nearly 800-foot-tall summit.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l5/l5zno0xzneuvppbk.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l5/l5zno0xzneuvppbk.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150041508/david-adjaye-s-800-foot-hand-cast-concrete-condo-tower-in-ny-s-financial-district-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fully revealed</a> only a few weeks ago, the Lightstone-developed, <a href="https://archinect.com/adjayeassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>-designed 800-foot luxury condo tower is already making construction progress with its crane fully installed and prepared to stack 66 floors wrapped in a hand-cast concrete facade with bronze detailing towards the Manhattan sky.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150056809/thyssenkrupp-opens-first-rope-less-high-speed-elevator-test-tower-in-china thyssenkrupp opens first rope-less, high-speed elevator test tower in China Alexander Walter 2018-03-27T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-03-27T15:17:41-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3t/3t84i0mse542hwre.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>German elevator specialists <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/64325/thyssenkrupp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thyssenkrupp</a> just inaugurated a new plant and test tower&nbsp;in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China, only months after opening <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150032685/thyssenkrupp-s-rope-less-high-speed-elevator-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">another high-tech test tower</a> near the company's headquarters in Rottweil.&nbsp;</p> <p>At a height of 248 meters (or 31 floors above ground), the Zhongshan test tower even slightly surpasses the (not so) old structure in Germany. Both facilities feature the company's new <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/974407/multi-elevator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rope-less elevator system</a>, MULTI, which can go up, down and also sideways.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nw/nw9qfkg6w9e26dh8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nw/nw9qfkg6w9e26dh8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.</figcaption></figure><p>The 13-shaft tower is in for some heavy-duty testing: An Active Mass Damper system can both reduce the extent of tower swing caused by changes in weather conditions, and also simulate extreme seismic and&nbsp;meteorological conditions, like earthquakes and typhoons.</p><p>It comes as no surprise that China is&nbsp;thyssenkrupp's largest market in Asia: The company had sales of 17.8 percent in China in the last financial year.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150055262/work-to-begin-on-dubai-s-second-tallest-and-world-s-fifth-tallest-skyscraper Work to begin on Dubai's second tallest (and world's fifth tallest) skyscraper Alexander Walter 2018-03-19T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T10:16:31-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jj/jjfcdf757au39f18.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Azizi Developments will begin work on what will become the world&rsquo;s fifth tallest skyscraper in the third quarter of the year. Being developed at a cost of $816m (AED3bn) on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road, the 570-metre tall, 122-storey residential and commercial tower will house residential apartments on the first 100 floors, and a luxury hotel on the remaining 22. In an update, the Dubai-based developer said that it is currently consulting with Atkins to finalise the design based on its feedback.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It looks like there's new life in a flagship development on <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>'s&nbsp;Sheikh Zayed Road: after a previous proposal for the supertall Entisar Tower by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/113507088/ae7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AE7</a> with Meydan was sold to Azizi Developers, the company announced plans to work with global architectural firm <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/24512203/atkins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atkins</a> on the designs and make the 570-meter plus project a reality within the next 39 to 44 months.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150051792/marina-bay-sands-2-0-moshe-safdie-sets-record-for-tallest-sky-bridge-with-new-horizontal-skyscraper-in-chongqing Marina Bay Sands 2.0: Moshe Safdie sets record for tallest sky bridge with new "horizontal skyscraper" in Chongqing Alexander Walter 2018-02-26T13:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-26T14:00:10-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gd/gdk7i6xqftyr6bck.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of The Conservatory sky bridge has given Raffles City Chongqing the title of development with the highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers. [...] Designed by Moshe Safdie, Raffles City Chongqing also consists of a 350-m supertall skyscraper, which currently holds two records for being China&rsquo;s tallest residential tower and Chongqing&rsquo;s tallest building.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5w/5wcsjcypfpf39nel.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5w/5wcsjcypfpf39nel.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>If you thought <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/499437/marina-bay-sands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Bay Sands</a>' sky bridge in Singapore was pretty impressive, hold your breath now for its younger, bigger sibling, Raffles City Chongqing, currently growing towards the sky in Central China.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106501/safdie-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safdie Architects</a>, the 1.12 million sqm megadevelopment's centerpiece are four 250-tall skyscrapers holding up an enormous 300m-long and 30m-wide curved sky bridge&mdash;taller (of course) than its Singapore inspiration and now also holding the world record as the&nbsp;development with the highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37nh20gvtabk8ygf.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37nh20gvtabk8ygf.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>To make the project further stand out, the developers also threw in a couple of supertall 350m-tall apartment towers&mdash;one of which already topped out and took the title of China's&nbsp;tallest residential tower and Chongqing&rsquo;s tallest building.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bn/bnlp9a3id9vjndwl.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bn/bnlp9a3id9vjndwl.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>"Hoisting the three middle steel segments of The Conservatory&mdash;each weighing up to 1,100 tons&mdash;to the designated height of 250 m marks a world firs...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150050222/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-creek-tower-completes-design-development Calatrava's megatall Dubai Creek Tower completes design development Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T14:52:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T14:23:58-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ng/ngslhggp419cq9io.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The design development programme for Dubai Creek Tower is fully complete.&nbsp; BMT, an&nbsp;international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced that it had&nbsp;taken the Emaar Properties project "to 100% design development". Wind engineering experts from BMT have completed aerodynamic shape optimisation studies, wind loading analyses, and fa&ccedil;ade wind pressure assessments for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>'s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, stopped by the <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1636/santiago-calatrava" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>-designed <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/558683/dubai-creek" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> megaproject last month and inspected the monumental foundation work of what may soon be the world's tallest building (the final height is still kept a secret but was announced to surpass the&nbsp;829.8&nbsp;m/2,722&nbsp;ft of the current and nearby record holder, the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>).</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150050204/70-story-wooden-skyscraper-proposed-for-tokyo-could-become-world-s-tallest 70-story wooden skyscraper proposed for Tokyo could become world's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T13:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-15T14:05:19-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ky/kyr2qwvi0tw7x6h8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. has announced that it plans to build a 70-story 350-meter mixed-use skyscraper in Marunouchi, a central Tokyo business district, by the year 2041. [...] The project [...] is estimated to cost 600 billion JPY (5.5 billion USD). This is almost twice that of conventional high-rise buildings using current technology, but the company hopes to reduce costs by making technological advances in wood-based construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tl/tli9a7rfrg6ix04z.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tl/tli9a7rfrg6ix04z.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/620311/wooden-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden skyscrapers</a> have been seeing an unprecedented boom phase in recent years, but even the more ambitious projects don't even come close to what Japanese company&nbsp;Sumitomo Forestry, in collaboration with Nikken Sekkei, is proposing to build in Tokyo by the year 2041.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz6w60mptlyumrl4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz6w60mptlyumrl4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p>To pull off the massive structure required for a 350-meter, 70-story wooden tower, as the concept <a href="http://sfc.jp/english/news/pdf/20180214_e_01.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">W350 plan</a> outlines,&nbsp;185,000 cubic meters of timber are needed &mdash; the equivalent of&nbsp;8,000 single-family homes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r4/r4i4wnbpkle113nw.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r4/r4i4wnbpkle113nw.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p>"The planned structure is a hybrid wood and steel structure made from 90% wooden materials," the company explains. "It will use a braced tube structure in which steel frame vibration control braces (diagonal braces) are positioned inside a column and beam structure, made from a combination of wood and steel."<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150049160/jeddah-tower-construction-reaches-63rd-floor Jeddah Tower construction reaches 63rd floor Alexander Walter 2018-02-08T15:05:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T15:24:29-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fj/fjiav9mzof7o0u0l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is going ahead, the head of the consortium behind the $1.5 billion project said, despite the detention of some businessmen backing the plan in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption. [...] Construction has reached the 63rd floor and the superstructure - the concrete shell and the cladding - is to be completed next year, Jomah said, adding that delays in some areas were inevitable because of technical challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e2/e2fx2j8zvwho27o7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e2/e2fx2j8zvwho27o7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Progress on the soon-to-be tallest structure on earth has been troubled for a while, with the main contractor (and partial owner)&nbsp;Saudi Binladin Group going through a financial rough patch and, more recently, several project officials and royal family members being targeted by the country's anti-corruption crackdown.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the challenges, work is going ahead on the&nbsp;1,000 m/3,281 ft <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/722553/jeddah-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeddah Tower</a> (formerly Kingdom Tower) designed by Chicago-based&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/51099/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, and construction recently reached the 63rd floor.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150045723/john-king-reviews-the-newly-opened-salesforce-tower-now-san-francisco-s-tallest-building John King reviews the newly opened Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building Alexander Walter 2018-01-19T14:26:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/68jt4snvdneuohni.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>All of which makes for a nuanced tower, conscientious and self-assured even as it reorients the skyline and redefines San Francisco&rsquo;s visual image. But there&rsquo;s also an air of detachment, as if the creators were so busy being tasteful they forgot that big buildings can be fun. In the works for a decade, and with plenty of work left to do, the 1.42 million-square-foot tower at First and Mission streets opened quietly Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>John King, the&nbsp;<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>&rsquo;s urban design critic, reviews <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106311/pelli-clarke-pelli-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelli Clarke Pelli</a>'s brand new <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/922352/salesforce-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salesforce Tower</a> which recently welcomed its first occupants. "And while it won&rsquo;t ever gain visual swagger," King writes, "you might come to like it more than you expect."&nbsp;</p> <p>At&nbsp;1,070 feet, it's a slick steel and glass behemoth and dethroned the&nbsp;853-foot Transamerica Pyramid from its top spot as San Francisco's tallest building &mdash; a title it managed to hold since 1972.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150045297/china-builds-world-s-biggest-air-purifier-to-battle-air-pollution China builds "world's biggest air purifier" to battle air pollution Alexander Walter 2018-01-17T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6z/6z9v8yzi6do09um5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China &ndash; dubbed the world&rsquo;s biggest air purifier by its operators &ndash; has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation&rsquo;s chronic smog problem. [...] The head of the research, Cao Junji, said improvements in air quality had been observed over an area of 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles) in the city over the past few months [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now that the experimental <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/415744/smog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smog</a>-eating tower is up and running in the city of Xian, authorities are hoping to build much bigger, scaled-up versions in other Chinese cities soon: "A full-sized tower would reach 500 metres (1,640 feet) high with a diameter of 200 metres (656 feet)," the <em>South China Morning Post</em> writes.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150043632/frank-gehry-presents-reworked-and-shortened-santa-monica-hotel-tower Frank Gehry presents reworked and shortened Santa Monica hotel tower Alexander Walter 2018-01-05T14:05:00-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vw/vw9wub05vc8a6hrs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>A developer looking to erect a hotel tower designed by Frank Gehry on Santa Monica&rsquo;s iconic Ocean Avenue has reworked its plans and released a new rendering of the project. Originally proposed five years ago as 22 stories, the hotel has been reduced to 12 stories&mdash;or 130 feet&mdash;to comply with the city&rsquo;s new development plan for downtown. It&rsquo;s just one part of a larger project that would also include a museum, shops, ground-floor open space, and 79 apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The newly released rendering shows the <a href="https://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a>-designed hotel tower as a considerably shortened and reworked version of what was <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/68788415/frank-gehry-designing-new-tower-in-santa-monica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">originally proposed</a> in March of 2013 &mdash; <em>before</em> the city's new height rules and design guidelines for downtown Santa Monica were implemented. For comparison, check out the rendering of the original proposal below.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mp/mpgxq7hcs8feoj6v.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mp/mpgxq7hcs8feoj6v.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The original 22-story Ocean Avenue Project proposal from 2013.</figcaption></figure><p>"The design team has received significant input from the community outreach process, the planning department, and the Architectural Review Board," it reads on the project's <a href="http://www.oceanavenueproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fl/flgyfgbnru7gzh2s.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fl/flgyfgbnru7gzh2s.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Public viewing platform. Image: Gehry Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The extensive outreach process used in developing the approved DCP informed the revised project, resulting in a lower maximum height appropriate to the Downtown context. A slender tower is oriented in an east-west direction, maximizing views to the oceanfront from areas to the east."</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c3/c3a54qmfsroyhwz6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c3/c3a54qmfsroyhwz6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The building street fronts are modulated to enhance activi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150043108/world-s-tallest-mostly-lego-tower-built-in-memory-of-eight-year-old-cancer-victim World's tallest (mostly) Lego tower built in memory of eight-year-old cancer victim Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T18:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T18:51:08-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1a/1a6o2oj0ag9k58sj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Plastic building blocks are once again reaching for the sky. This time, it was the city of Tel Aviv that made an attempt to build the tallest Lego tower &mdash; or, officially, the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks, not all of them made by the Danish toy giant. [...] a joint effort between Tel Aviv City Hall and Young Engineers, an organization that promotes learning with toy bricks. The tower is intended to honor a child who died from cancer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Omer Tower" was built in memory of Omer Sayag, himself an avid fan of the <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/29653301/lego-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">colorful plastic blocks</a>, who lost his battle with cancer in 2014 at the age of 8. <br></p> <p>Clocking in at a height of 35.85 meters (117 feet and 7 inches), the structure on Tel Aviv's Rabin Square beat previous world records including the most recent one in Milan in 2015.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150043049/looking-to-buy-an-unfinished-skyscraper-this-chinese-online-auction-has-one-listed-starting-price-84m Looking to buy an unfinished skyscraper? This Chinese online auction has one listed (starting price: $84m). Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T14:45:25-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ow/owzsnql1nvr6frgm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>A 156m (511ft) skyscraper in northern Shanxi province has been listed on Taobao, China's largest e-commerce website, by a local court. [...] Construction on the building first began in 2006 and was due to be completed by 2011, according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. However, the developer ran into funding troubles. The building was eventually seized by the Shanxi Provincial Higher People's Court.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/9572so74ifr0lf15.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/9572so74ifr0lf15.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2r/2rw6n75ds1p0gbiv.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2r/2rw6n75ds1p0gbiv.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Fresh coat of paint, some shiplap here and there, and this puppy can be open for business in no time.</figcaption></figure><p>If a 511-ft fixer upper in the northern Chinese city of&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/63218922/isolated-tombstone-stands-among-chinese-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiyuan</a> has been on your real estate wishlist for some time, and you happen to have at least 553m yuan ($84 million) sitting idly by, then <a href="https://sf.taobao.com/sf_item/562087964638.htm?spm=a213w.7398504.paiList.1.lcr5f4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this listing</a> on China's popular Taobao online auction site is your biggest good news of 2018 yet.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Hurry though, the campaign ends later today.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150041869/san-francisco-s-sinking-millennium-tower-now-emitting-unsafe-odors-found-to-be-a-fire-hazard San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower now emitting unsafe odors found to be a fire hazard Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-19T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6x/6xpw6vs2sxfz183z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In a December 2016 assessment of the issue obtained by NBC Bay Area, Palo Alto-based building consultants Allana Buick &amp; Bers Inc. trace the odors to openings between the building&rsquo;s fa&ccedil;ade, or curtain wall, and the core structure. The consultants point to the &ldquo;excessive&rdquo; settlement as a likely source of the issue, adding, &ldquo;This condition may be more widespread than these two test areas and may be present in the entire stack. We recommend further investigation of this issue.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>New fire hazards have been found in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>'s infamous <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/831562/millenium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Tower</a>, making the luxury high-rise that has sunk 17 inches since 2009 even less safe than previously thought. According to a December 2016 assessment carried out by building consultants Allana Buick &amp; Bers Inc., gaps between the building's walls and structural frame have been found. These openings "represent a breach in the fire and smoke barrier" that in the event of a fire, would allow smoke to jump floors posing a huge safety risk to the occupants.&nbsp;</p> <p>Allana Buick &amp; Bers Inc. were hired by condo owner Paula Pretlow to assess the tower in order to trace the source of foul orders that had been plaguing the occupant. The consultants discovered that smells were likely coming from gaps that had occurred as a result of the structure's settlement. However, these findings were redacted from the copy of the report they returned to Pretlow.<br></p> <p>Pretlow has spent a year in court fighting to see the original reports and after ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150041407/report-the-year-2017-in-skyscrapers Report: The year 2017 in skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2017-12-14T19:25:00-05:00 >2017-12-14T19:36:46-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cs/cstq8sn176ortduc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is out with the latest edition of its annual web report, the <em><a href="http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/year-in-review/2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Tall Building Year in Review</a></em>, and it's a real treat for every serious skyscraper geek: interactive charts, rankings, and plenty of visualized data about all 144 buildings of 200 meters' height or greater that reached completion within the past 12 months.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/95yd6l0ea1o8cya4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/95yd6l0ea1o8cya4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Skyline: the tallest 2017 completions. Click <a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t1/t1impdlzp7yhyikl.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for a super high-resolution version.<br></p> <p>Taking the top ten spots for 2017 completions are five towers in China, three in Dubai, one in South Korea, and one in Los Angeles (the United States had only one tower among the top 50 this year):</p> <ol><li><strong>Ping An Finance Center</strong>, Shenzhen, China, <br>115 stories, 599 m / 1965 ft,<br>Design Architect:&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a></li><li><strong>Lotte World Tower</strong>, Seoul, South Korea, <br>123&nbsp;stories, 555 m / 1819 ft,<br>Design Architect:&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a></li><li><strong>Marina 101</strong>, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, <br>101&nbsp;stories, 425 m / 1394 ft,<br>Design Architect:&nbsp;National Engineering Bure...</li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150036139/renderings-released-for-300-biscayne-miami-s-future-tallest-tower Renderings released for 300 Biscayne, Miami's future tallest tower Alexander Walter 2017-11-01T14:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fv/fvj93mtcpli1s9wp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>300 Biscayne, one of several planned towers that would be Miami&rsquo;s tallest at 1,041 feet above ground, has launched its website and unveiled a batch of exterior renderings, notes The Next Miami. [...] Another large residential project comprised of nearly 700 &ldquo;smart apartments&rdquo; is planned to rise next door at 400 Biscayne by the same development team, Greybrook Realty Partners and Property Markets Group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/7094/miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> may soon gets its very own supertall stacked-boxes tower; and at a height of 1,041 feet, 300 Biscayne can &mdash; according to its <a href="http://300biscaynetower.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> &mdash; claim the title of "tallest residential tower south of New York."</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1o/1obrpvv35f46v5dk.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1o/1obrpvv35f46v5dk.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: ArX Solutions</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/83mrk6xpniuhoexb.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/83mrk6xpniuhoexb.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: ArX Solutions</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acd694vl54b49zgm.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acd694vl54b49zgm.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: ArX Solutions</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images via the project's website.</em></p> <figure></figure>