Despite a young, charismatic mayor, a rich history, and close proximity to New
York City’s business districts, Newark has been long considered a textbook example of urban blight. Newark’s biggest construction project in decades – the
$375 million New Jersey Devils hockey arena, completed in October 2007 – is
now seen as a symbol of the city’s rejuvenation, not least of all by the people directly involved with it.
Groundbreaking ceremonies held today marked the start of construction of the Shanghai Tower, the city’s latest super-tall building. The 632-meter building, which as things stand will be China’s tallest, was designed by global architecture firm Gensler who say they have used sustainable design strategies and have given prominence to public spaces.
For nearly a century, the New York Times Company and its most celebrated newspaper had been headquartered in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. But when the media giant outgrew its site and the surrounding area underwent extensive commercial redevelopment, the firm’s owners decided to construct a new headquarters building. Their goal: a structure in which the levels of technical and architectural sophistication would mirror the firm’s leading role within the media industry.
Not since the 1970s wave of warehouse-to-loft conversions have so many apartments taken over formerly non-residential structures in New York City. The homes fetch prices up to eight figures, partly because the architects have maintained quirky traces of history. The evidence of the buildings’ past uses – whether as foundries, factories, offices or dowager hotels – is keeping sales steady even in a difficult market. And the passersby benefit too, as exteriors are cleaned and reinforced and long-shuttered ground-floor spaces are reopened to the public.
If there is one staple in health-care design, it is that program takes priority. The functionality of the building to serve its doctors and patients is the primary design goal. This idea is resonant in the structural design for the Johns Hopkins Hospital New Clinical Building.
A consortium led by Portman Holdings in partnership with Samsung C&T Corp., Hyundai E&C, and SYM-Associates is financing the development of a 151-story, 2,000-foot mixed-use tower in Incheon, South Korea, that, when completed, could stand as the world’s second-tallest building. Designed by Atlanta-based John Portman & Associates with Thornton Tomasetti as structural engineer, Incheon 151 Tower will feature 30 floors of commercial offices, a 300-room hotel, apartments and condos, observation levels at 118 and 119, and sky restaurants at the top of the tower.
The planned 587-meter 151 Incheon has started the journey toward becoming one of the world’s tallest buildings. If all goes as planned, the 151-story mixed-use skyscraper, which broke ground in late June and is scheduled for a 2014 finish, would rank as the world’s second-tallest. But that is only if it beats the 609-m-tall Chicago Spire, which has a leg up on Incheon but is not yet out of the ground. The Spire’s finish, originally set for 2010, may be up in the air thanks to economic woes, say observers.