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London’s newest and tallest skyscraper opened its doors to the public last weekend after being under construction for the past three years. The building is officially known as the Leadenhall Building, named after its location at 122 Leadenhall St, but is more commonly referred to as the Cheesegrater due to its wedge shape.  Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners designed the 738-foot, 48-story building and Arup were the structural engineers for the project. Nearly 80% of the $465 million building was prefabricated in the north of England and transported to the site in the middle of the night, proving to be one of the main challenges associated with the project.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Friday, 26 September 2014 10:05

Developer Proposes 740-Foot Boston Skyscraper

A new $900 million, 740-foot skyscraper is being proposed for Boston’s Financial District. If approved, the skyscraper would be the tallest building in the Financial District and the third tallest building in the city. Entrepreneur Steve Belkin is hoping to receive approval for the tower after failing to receive enough interest or funding for a 1,000-foot building at the same location in 2006. If built, the complex would include office and retail space, a 300-room hotel, and possibly condominiums on the upper floors. The tower would be one of a few skyscrapers built in the area since the 1980s.

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  • Date occured Friday, 26 September 2014

The interactive timeline below shows how the London skyline has changed over the past 50 years. London's skyline has been changing rapidly, especially over the last 15 years with skyscarpers like the Walkie-Talkie, Heron Tower and the Shard being completed. There are currently over 200 new buildings over 20 stories tall proposed in London ensuring that the skyline will continue to change in the future.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 16 September 2014

SURE Architecture unveiled plans this week for a futuristic skyscraper that could house thousands of people and have its own ecosystem. The Endless City proposal has already won the Skyscrapers and SuperSkyscrapers Competition. The firm believes the skyscraper would be a great space saver for densely populated cities because it will allow them to expand upward instead of outward. Although still in the planning stage and without any guarantees it will ever be built, SURE has earmarked a plot of land just north of the City of London to build the vertical city. If completed, the Endless city could be as tall as 300 meters, close to London’s tallest building the Shard, and take up an area of 165,000 square meters.

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  • Date occured Friday, 29 August 2014

Chicago Ironworker Danny Drozd has spent 13 years working on various jobs around the city of Chicago including the Trump Tower, McCormick Place, and other skyscrapers.  He realized he had a tough time explaining to his friends what an ironworker does so he decided to attach a GoPro to his helmet one day and show what them what his day at work is like at his newest project.  Last week he posted the video to Youtube and it already has 300,000 views.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:49

Sinkholes Found Near Lotte World Tower

Five years into construction on the Lotte World Tower, the developers of the skyscraper have received some worrying news. Two sinkholes have been reported in the residential neighborhoods surrounding the building and a nearby lake has seen its water level steadily declining over the past few years. One of the holes was located just 500 meters from the construction site and measured half a meter wide and 20 centimeters deep. The nearby lake has seen its water levels drop from 5 meters to 4.3 meters. Despite the local government ruling out the possibility that the skyscraper’s construction can be blamed for the two sinkholes and falling water level, the Seoul city government is investigating how the falling water level will affect nearby areas.

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  • Date occured Friday, 01 August 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:46

South Korea’s Tallest Skyscraper Opens

South Korea’s tallest building, the Northeast Asia Trade Tower (NEATT), has finally opened after being completed nearly three years ago. American firm Kohn Pedersen and Fox designed the tower and New York developer Gale International worked with South Korean steel company Posco Engineering and Construction to build the structure. The skyscraper is part of the $35 billion Songdo International Business District that was built from scratch starting eight years ago. The 1000-foot, $614 million skyscraper was completed in 2011, but its interior was not finished due to financial difficulties during the recession. After a three year delay, the NEATT is finally opening its doors to the public.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 24 July 2014

French architectural firm Chartier-Corbasson has joined in on the green structures trend by unveiling their own concept for a building made from the recycled waste of its occupants. The idea turns the traditional skyscraper financing model on its head by using the paper and plastic waste from current residents to build panels for the building’s continued construction and growth. As more and more material is recycled from the tenants, the building would keep adding floors. Thus, the faster people move into the building, the faster new floors can be added. Chartier-Corbasson believes there would be enough material produced in one year by the building’s residents to create the building’s facade.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 10 July 2014

Victoria Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, approved three new apartment developments this week in Melbourne, Australia including a 100-story skyscraper that will become the tallest apartment building in the southern hemisphere. The three projects are expected to cost a total of $830 million and provide housing to 4,000 people. The three developments will also create 5,800 construction jobs over the next five years. Construction will get underway on the tallest and most prominent of the three buildings, Australia 108, within the next year and it will be completed by 2019.

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  • Date occured Friday, 27 June 2014
Friday, 20 June 2014 10:46

Phoenix Towers Plan Unveiled

Chetwoods Architects, a British architectural firm, unveiled plans this week to build the world’s tallest and greenest towers. The Phoenix Towers as they are being called would be built in the Chinese city of Wuhan and would each stand 1,000 meters tall. In addition to being 150 meters taller than the Burj Khalifa, the two towers could actually help clean the city’s air and water and claim to be among the greenest skyscrapers in the world. Chetwoods submitted plans to the mayor of Wuhan six months ago and is waiting for approval to move forward with the project.

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  • Date occured Friday, 20 June 2014
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