Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – February 2013

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Mayor fears building planned to be tallest in southern hemisphere could overshadow Shrine of Remembrance

Melbourne, Australia - Lord Mayor Robert Doyle casts doubt on titanic tower he says could put Shrine of Remembrance in shadows. Cr Doyle, a Shrine trustee, said the 108-storey apartment and hotel tower proposed for Southbank exceeded the city council's height limits by almost 300m.

Architects Fender Katsalidis, who designed the nearby Eureka Tower, are behind the Australia 108 project, which would be the world's 18th tallest building at 70 Southbank Boulevard.

The Rise Of The Supertalls - Engineering advances have architects striving for the mile-high skyscraper

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Bill Baker, a structural engineer with the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), was at his office in downtown Chicago. SOM is the undisputed leader in skyscraper design, and, at least on the engineering side, Baker is its undisputed king. In the past 30 years, he has overseen or worked on six of the world’s 15 tallest buildings. But 9/11 was a bad day to be king: As the World Trade Center collapsed and rumors circulated about a rogue plane headed for the Sears Tower, Baker and his colleagues watched as the symbols of their profession became objects of terror.

A few days later, Baker and some of his co-workers drove to New York. The contractors at ground zero needed volunteer engineers to help take apart the towers. “They broke up the site into four zones,” he said. “Each zone had four structural-engineering teams, and we were the Chicago team.” As Baker picked through the rubble, it was hard not to question the future of high-rise architecture. One article in The Associated Press noted that architects were asking bluntly, “Should we ever build iconic skyscrapers again?”

New Development Proposed at 2131 Yonge Street

TORONTO, ON - Here is the latest development proposal from Freed Developments, on Yonge Street at the old Art Shoppe location. The project is being designed by aA also known as Architects Alliance.

RT @brad_tor74:  New Condo Development Toronto in the works by Great Gulf

TORONTO, ON - Here is a new condo tower being proposed in the downtown core of Toronto on the Eastside of Yonge Street. The project is being put together by Great Gulf Homes, and the location is at 24 Lombard. Great Gulf is best known for the One Bloor East Development which they are currently building in Yorkville. Downtown Toronto is in the midst of a massive condo boom…

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They can do that?? > Coeur d'Alene residents sue over high-rise plan

COEUR d'ALENE, ID - Coeur d'Alene residents who live downtown next to the site of a proposed 14-story luxury apartment building are suing the city to stop the development.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by a group of Coeur d'Alene North Condominium residents called Coeur d'Alene North Home Owners View Preservation.
The suit claims the $20 million project would harm existing residents' private property rights — rights they allege the city was obligated to protect.
Greg Hills, the Colorado-based developer spearheading the project, has said the company was prepared to face litigation.
Deputy city attorney Warren Wilson has previously said the city should not interfere with a private property owner's legal development.

Northwestern Mutual chooses designer for new lakefront high-rise

Milwaukee, WI - Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc., of Texas, will be the architect of record while Connecticut architects Pickard Chilton will design the exterior of the building. Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, a national firm, will be the interior architect for the high-rise. Hines, a real estate development firm, will continue as the development manager for the project.

The new Wilshire Grand Hotel, tallest building in the West to be built in downtown L.A.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The long-awaited design of a $1-billion hotel and office skyscraper to be built in downtown Los Angeles -- soon to be tallest building in the West -- was unveiled Thursday by developer Korean Airlines.
At 73 stories, the tower at Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street will be a dramatic addition to the city skyline and a symbol of South Korea's growing status as a global economic powerhouse.
The Wilshire Grand will slightly surpass in height the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower on Bunker Hill that has held the title of tallest west of Chicago since 1989.

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Congrats to our Clients on the list > Urbanation reveals the top selling Toronto developers and projects of 2012

TORONTO, ON - Tridel was ranked number one on Urbanation’s list of top selling developers, with Lifetime Developments/BLVD DevelopmentsCentreCourt DevelopmentsCresford Developments and Empire Communities rounding out the top five.

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Urban Capital has dug a big hole at Peter and Richmond

TORONTO, ON - It looks like the construction crew has made some tremendous progress, and that crane is ready for some work. Once Tableau is complete, it will stand 36 storeys, boasting one of the coolest designs in Toronto. What stands out the most to us, and what we’re really looking forward to, is watching the podium take shape. Tableau will have long, slender legs surrounding a sleek glass podium, supporting the building. Completion is scheduled for 2014, so expect Tableau to start taking shape very soon.

Cheers, Ralph

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