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A view of the Boise skyline, across tress int he foreground. The state capitol is visible amongst other office buildings.

Skyline-Defining High-Rise Potentially Coming to Boise

A rendering making the rounds in Boise depicts a 40-story apartment building that would be taller than all other buildings in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

March 20, 2023 - Boise Dev

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Austin’s Changing Skyline

Multiple proposed skyscrapers are changing the shape of once low-slung downtown Austin, signaling the growth of the city as a technology and manufacturing hub.

January 19, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

View of Vancouver House skycraper under construction with two cranes at top and other downtown Vancouver buildings surrounding it against a grey sky

Vancouver’s Spiral High-Rise Creatively Skirts Zoning Rules

To meet zoning constraints, the twisting skyscraper uses an innovative design that optimizes its small footprint.

January 12, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

A conceptual rendering of a large development including two high-rises and several smaller buildings.

Skyline-Shifting Development Approved in Los Angeles

The Downtown Los Angeles-adjacent neighborhood of Echo Park is set to get its first towers—including one new building reaching 49 stories.

July 8, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

111 West 57th St

Regulations on 'Mechanical Voids' in Luxury Residential Towers Coming Soon to NYC

The city is responding to controversies surrounding building practices that boost heights of luxury residential towers, while leaving big sections of the buildings empty.

January 24, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

Downtown Oakland

Proposed Development Could Redefine Height in the East Bay Area

The Easy Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area isn't known for skyscrapers, with none of its high-rise buildings topping 25 stories. A newly proposed development could change that.

November 4, 2017 - The Mercury News

Downtown Philadelphia

Cracking Found in Frame of Philadelphia's Comcast Technology Center Tower

The soon-to-be tallest building in the nation not located in New York City of Chicago has a structural issue that required a pause on construction. The issue is not expected to be catastrophic, however.

August 23, 2017 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Housing Construction

Fire Safety Testing Paves the Way for Timber Towers

A new kind of building will soon rise in the United States: the wooden tower. Extensive testing by the US Department of Agriculture and the timber industry will soon make timber viable for high-rise tower construction.

November 28, 2016 - Doggerel

Fall Sprawl

If Housing Affordability Is Top Concern, Let Metro Regions Sprawl

Research from BuildZoom, a San Francisco-based contractors' website, shows that housing affordability increases with a region's ability to build outwards, as opposed to upwards. Densification largely has not accompanied efforts to curb sprawl.

September 16, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Details of Chicago's Vista Tower—Soon to Be the Tallest Building Designed by a Woman

The Vista Tower is expected for completion in 2020, when it will become the world's tallest tower designed by a woman.

February 26, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Brooklyn's Tallest Proposed Building Has Date With Landmarks Preservation Commission

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the 1,066-foot building is what distinguishes it from other high rises of its size across the East River—it will be residential.

February 22, 2016 - The New York Times

The Sun Also Hides Behind Skyscrapers

The Washington Post details the concern over the shadows cast by skyscrapers on the city street below. The latest high-profile case study of the ability of skyscrapers to block the sun: New York's Midtown.

May 5, 2015 - The Washington Post

Studio Gang-Designed Tower Proposal Shows Need for Zoning Exceptions in San Francisco

The initial presentation of a 40-story tower, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, working for developer Tishman Speyer, prompted John King to argue in favor of the project. But will city planners and electeds grant the project an exception?

July 17, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

Council for European Urbanism Analyzes Paris High-Rise Proposals

David Brussat, architecture critic for the Providence, RI, Journal, describes a new report from the Council for European Urbanism, which finds that the high-rises planned for Paris will not live up to their promises.

April 2, 2012 - Providence Journal

The Case Against Skyscrapers in Delhi

Planners and development experts explain why modeling Delhi after cities like Singapore, Hong Kon and Mumbai is misguided and dangerous.

January 5, 2012 - The Times Of India

High Rise Boomlet Bringing Good and Bad to Chicago

High rise apartment construction is set to take off again in Chicago, though it's unclear for how long and whether the resulting projects will have a positive lasting impact on the city.

June 23, 2011 - Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles' First New Office High Rise in 22 Years Approved

The skyscraper, developed by Thomas Properties and financed by Korean Air, required a new signage district and a TFAR transfer. The development will provide a link between the Financial District and the emerging Figueroa Entertainment Corridor.

March 31, 2011 - The Planning Report

A Very High Density Future for Cities

Architect Peter Weingarten discusses the importance of high-rise buildings, and why the future of cities will be very high density.

November 30, 2010 - Gensler on Cities

Officials Demand High-Rise Crane Come Down

City officials in Chicago are demanding the removal of a high-rise crane which stands at the half-built Waterview Tower, a monument to the economic downturn.

June 21, 2009 - Chicago Sun Times

Sydney Pins New Growth to Mass Transit Plans

Officials in Sydney, Australia, are creating a blueprint for the city that envisions a broad mass transit system, increased density in the inner city and the suburbs and a much higher skyline.

January 6, 2009 - The Sydney Morning Herald

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