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Construction is underway on the “Ping An International Finance Center” skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. Once completed, Ping An Insurance’s new headquarters will be the 3rd tallest building in the world and the tallest in China. Architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) designed the 660-meter tall skyscraper and Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for the project. The skyscraper will cost $680 million.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 18 June 2014

London’s 87-story skyscraper, The Shard, recently received first place in the Emporis Skyscraper Competition. The mixed-use tower beat out 300 entries from across the world to claim the prestigious prize. The Emporis Skyscraper Award has been awarded annually since 2000, and the winner is selected based on aesthetics and functional design.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:37

Tilt! Set To Open to Public on Saturday

Chicago’s newest tourist attraction is set to open to the public on Saturday. Tilt! is part of the newly redesigned John Hancock observatory, referred to as 360 Chicago for its panoramic views of the city. Visitors will be able to spend 75 seconds leaning up against the 94th floor windows as they tilt outward up to a 30-degree angle. The attraction will compete with the Willis Tower’s retractable glass boxes for the most nerve wrecking view of the city. The Skydeck boxes opened in July 2009 and they allow people to walk a few feet out of the skyscraper and look directly down at the street below. Tilt! is unlike any other tourist attraction in the world as it allows people to go from standing inside the skyscraper to leaning out over the street below and back. Most other observation deck attractions around the world are stationary and usually retract only to be cleaned or during bad weather.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 08 May 2014

A 73-story skyscraper will become London’s tallest residential building if it receives approval from the Tower Hamlets Council.  The 250-meter, 73-story skinny skyscraper will take the record from St. George Wharf Tower once completed (181 meters, 50-story). Foster and Partners submitted their planning application in April and expects to begin construction on the building and surrounding development by 2015.

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  • Date occured Monday, 05 May 2014

The 111-story Guangzhou CTF Financial Center tower is under construction in Southern China. The building will feature the world’s fastest elevators when it opens in 2016. It will take just 43 seconds in the elevator to reach the 95th floor of the tower, and riders’ ears will not pop along the way.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Construction on the world’s tallest building, the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to begin this week. The Kingdom Tower will measure 3,280 feet tall once completed and will feature a 98-foot terrace on the 157th floor. The building will measure 568 feet taller than the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower is expected to cost $1.23 billion and take five years to construct.

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  • Date occured Monday, 21 April 2014

Architect Zaha Hadid chose 1000 Museum Tower in Miami, Florida to be the first building she designed in the United States. The 62-story, 706-foot structure will be a super-luxury condominium that will sell units for $5 to $15 million. The unique exterior design combined with the open space in each unit has many Miami residents wishing they could move into the building. Construction will break ground in June.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 08 April 2014
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:02

South Korea’s Invisible Skyscraper

Rather than try to build the world’s largest tower, hotel, or other type structure, South Korea has approved the world’s first invisible skyscraper. The 1,476-foot Tower Infinity will use cameras to capture real-time images of the surroundings and then process and display those images in a way to make the tower seem invisible.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A new study published, by the New London Architecture think tank on Wednesday, found that there are currently 236 towers proposed, approved, or under construction in London.  The report defines a tower as a building with 20 or more stories. Of the new buildings, 80 percent will be residential and the rest will either be office space, hotels, or mixed-use. Also, 33 of the 236 new buildings are between 40 and 49 floors, and 22 are taller than 50 stories. Peter Murray, Director of New London Architecture, believes the skyscraper boom is the result of increased pressure on the Greater London Assembly to build more housing. London Mayor Boris Johnson announced last year, as part of his housing plan, that London would need to add 42,000 new houses each year to meet the country's housing demands. 

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 12 March 2014

One of the largest “spec” office building projects in the world recently broke ground in Houston, Texas. Houston-based international real estate company Hines is developing the 48-story, 756-foot skyscraper. The company announced their plan to build the tower, referred to as 609 Main at Texas, in 2011 and has since increased the size of the project. The building will be the 23rd skyscraper that Hines has built in downtown Houston.

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  • Date occured Friday, 07 March 2014
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