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Bubble cities could come to offer a solution to our crammed urban living

PSFK’s CXI 2018 conference brings to life key trends in customer experience through talks and activations by pioneers at well known and new companies.<p>…

New York City

Yangon Puts the Brakes on Highrises

Myanmar’s new government has suspended the construction of skyscrapers in the former capital, choosing safety over quick profits.<p>A year and a half ago, a group of Yangon architects, engineers, and preservationists submitted a letter to Myanmar’s then-president, sounding the alarm on unruly urban …

Asia

Modern Zoning Would Have Killed Off America's Dense Cities

For people who like dense, walkable, transit-oriented, cosmopolitan cities, there are only a few genuine options in America. They have New York City, Chicago, DC, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and maybe portions of a few other cities. These “legacy cities” are unique because they grew before …

Urban Design

Supertalls and Sustainable Skyscrapers: Architect Adrian Smith on the Mile-High Building

On the continued pursuit of the world's tallest building<p>A rendering of the Jeddah Tower, currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture<p><b>How has architecture’s understanding of, and ability to design for, wind changed, from the Hancock Center, which you worked</b> …

Helmut Jahn’s latest Chicago skyscraper loses 200 feet in height

A few weeks ago, architect Helmut Jahn unveiled a new look for a downtown Chicago skyscraper proposal. It is not a minor tweak, but a wholesale …

As Rem Koolhaas Finally Designs First NYC Building, A Look Back at His Unbuilt Proposals

Thirty-eight years after the publication of his acclaimed book “Delirious New York,” Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his global architecture firm …

The Air Up There: Smaller Residential Buildings Profit From the Skyscrapers Next Door

Despite living in a city famed for its skyscrapers and crowded sidewalks, New Yorkers can be cantankerous when it comes to tall buildings going …

Success Tips From a Real Estate Tycoon: Larry Silverstein

New York View count:<p>November 17, 2015<p>As soon as we step into his stunning office on the <b>38th floor of 7 WTC</b> overlooking the city, American real estate …

Real Estate

The truth is, skyscrapers are as safe as houses

Despite the 'towering inferno’ in Dubai, there has been a design revolution in high-rise buildings<p>It’s never just a fire, if it’s in a skyscraper, is it? It has to be “an inferno”. Events are always more dramatic when they occur on the 60th floor. And as flames “engulfed” the 63-storey 5-star …

Aura: Toronto's most visible and invisible building | Toronto Star

A friend calls the Aura condo building “Toronto’s new CN Tower.” The tallest residential building in Canada for now, it’s the new landmark in …

This 57-Story Concrete Tower in Mexico is Designed to Bend, Not Break

<b>Torre Reforma</b>, a 57-story tower that opens its doors next month in Mexico City, may at first glance look slightly out of place. It's not because of its shape. The triangular form, positioned so one face has a clear view of Chapultepec Park, the Central Park of the Mexican capital, was designed by …

Loophole Allows Developers to Build 'Skyscrapers on Stilts' to Give Residents Ocean Views

<i>Image by CityRealty</i><p>There has been plenty of heated discussion over the city’s latest supertall towers such as 432 Park Avenue, 111 West 57th Street, …

This SOM Archive Video Offers a Look Back at the Early Days of 3D Visualization

Until recently, the only options for providing clients and the public with visualizations of what a prospective building would look like were almost …

These London High-Rises Are A Massive Experiment In Co-Living

In a city with rapidly rising rents, the Collective is creating a hotel-like space to house the young, penniless masses.<p>Move into a newly revamped London high-rise next year, and you can have a few hundred housemates. An abandoned office building is turning into one of the world’s largest …

Housing

Skyscraper Wars: Trump Wants America’s Tallest Building

I saw Donald Trump on TV the other day, the media filming him standing in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. “This is my wheelhouse,” he said, …

Nanjing skyscraper developers found guilty of stealing nearby residents' sunshine

The developers of the 450-meter high Zifeng Tower in Nanjing have been found guilty of robbing the surrounding neighborhood of precious sunshine, and …

How Chinese Developers Are Changing The Face Of London

As the Australian property industry continues to debate the effects of an influx of Chinese money, the UK is grappling with much larger flows that …

New Project: Oberoi Sky City | Mumbai | 10 x 60 floors

For a 25-acre-area in Mumbai’s northern suburb of Borivali (here on the map), Oberoi Realty presented a ten-tower complex called Sky City. The …

Architecture

India’s Top 20 Tallest Buildings – Skyscrapers in India - Grab List

As a rapidly developing nation, India has witnessed a positive trend in real estate development in the recent years. Not only the metro cities but …

SOM adds glass skyscraper to growing Chinese tech district

American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Nanchang, China, which features an exterior diagrid system that helps to shade the glass …

Increasingly popular exoskeleton technique creates sturdy supertall skyscrapers

Skyscraper heights are rising so significantly that the word “supertall,” used to describe buildings of at least 984 feet in height, at times seems …

Don't fear the skyscraper – why London needs more tall buildings

From New York, to London, to Tokyo, tall buildings are a familiar – though not always popular – part of the cityscape. In Paris, there is vocal …

No One Knows What to Do With This 76-Foot-Deep Hole in Chicago

If you didn’t know what to look for, you might miss it completely. But from the air—or from Google Earth—it’s impossible to overlook: A gaping, …

Chinese 'Nail Houses' Won't Budge for New Development

The holdout homes are a symbol of underdog defiance of wealth and power.<p>In Chinese cities, investment in new real estate and infrastructure is flowing unabated. High-rises, train stations, and airports are popping up at a velocity that's sometimes faster than the government can convince people to …

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …

Engineering

A High-Rise Race in Mumbai

Bandra Kurla Complex, or BKC, has emerged as the new epicenter of the bustling city’s finance industry, attracting a wave of luxury real estate<p>Mumbai’s financial district has moved to a different part of this bustling city—and real-estate developers are in hot pursuit.<p>Over the past few years, …

Real Estate

What Happens If You Flush Every Toilet in a Skyscraper Simultaneously?

An urban legend has it that if you flush every toilet in a skyscraper at once, you could destroy the building. Is it true?<p>I've heard that if all the toilets in a high-rise like the Sears Tower were flushed at once, it could destroy the building. True?<p>Couple of things: First, there is no Sears Tower …

Taller: How Future Skyscrapers Will Beat the Burj Khalifa

Architects and engineers are up to the task of building bigger still, yet they will deal with several problems along the way.<p><b>The 2010 completion of the absurdly tall Burj Khalifa</b> in Dubai has not curbed humanity's urge to reach even higher. This January, construction began in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, …

Elevatoring: The Art and Science of High-Rise Residential Lifts

The majority of high-rise buildings being built throughout the world today have been designed either entirely for residential or a combination of …