Quicken’s Dan Gilbert snaps up Detroit’s landmark Book Tower

Detroit's Book Tower and Book Building were recently purchased by Dan Gilbert. (Wayne Hsieh)

Detroit’s Book Tower and Book Building were recently purchased by Dan Gilbert. (Wayne Hsieh / Flickr)

Dan Gilbert, billionaire founder of Quicken Loans and champion of downtown Detroit commercial real estate, last week announced he will buy the long-vacant 38-story Book Tower skyscraper and two other adjacent buildings on Washington Boulevard.

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This tower by Atkins and Arup will soon be the tallest skyscraper in Vietnam

(Courtesy Atkins)

(Courtesy Atkins)

Vincom Landmark 81, a massive skyscraper project in Ho Chi Minh City’s lavish Vinhomes Central Park represents a collaboration between architects and engineers at Atkins and Arup. Developers at Vietnam-based Vingroup recently broke ground on the complex and when it’s completed, the tower will be Vietnam’s tallest at over 1,500 feet tall

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Vincent J. DeSimone explains the importance of wind tunnel testing to facade engineering

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

In South Florida, where hurricane “season” occupies a full six months of the calendar, AEC industry professionals are especially attuned to the challenge of designing for high winds.

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JAHN reportedly designing tower for Chicago’s South Loop

Helmut Jahn in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. (Courtesy University of Chicago)

Helmut Jahn in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. (Courtesy University of Chicago)

JAHN (the firm formerly known as Murphy/Jahn) has projects all over the world, but a tower project announced Thursday by Crain’s Chicago Business‘ Dennis Rodkin is on a site in the Chicago-based firm’s backyard.

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Arquitectonica’s newly opened zig-zagging tower in Miami is meant to reflect the rippling waters of Biscayne Bay

(Courtesy Arquitectonica)

(Courtesy Arquitectonica)

Miami-based Arquitectonica has completed a zig-zagging tower on booming Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The 42-story, luxury residence building was developed by the Related Group and has been dubbed the Icon Bay.

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57th Street comes to Downtown Brooklyn with a possible 1,000-foot tower

Development, East, Skyscrapers
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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A mock-up of the potential mass of the building by  City Realty.

A mock-up of the potential mass of the building by City Realty.

Downtown Brooklyn‘s ever-growing, not-all-that-inspiring, skyline could soon see a 57th Street–style addition. That’s right, Brooklyn might be getting its first supertall tower. It was only a matter of time, really.

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Daniel Libeskind is the latest high-profile architect to unveil a pyramid-shaped skyscraper, this time in Jerusalem

(Courtesy vingtsix/Studio Libeskind)

(Courtesy vingtsix/Studio Libeskind)

Jerusalem‘s municipal committee has approved the construction of The Pyramid, a 26 story building by starchitect Daniel Libeskind that will become the city’s second tallest building. Libeskind worked alongside Israeli architect Yigal Levi in designing the 344-foot-tall luxury high-rise that is set to break ground by 2019.

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This Saturday, a projection-mapped display will cover the Empire State Building to raise awareness about endangered species

Art, East, On View, Skyscrapers
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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As supertall residential towers reach new heights in Manhattan, the Empire State Building still stands strong in New York City‘s skyline—especially after dusk. The building’s crown is quintessential New York and a sky-high representation of holidays, anniversaries, and the day’s news in colorful light. On Saturday night, the Empire State Building will be used for even more.

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Video> Shum Yip Land’s Peter Kok on green skyscrapers and keeping East Asia’s skylines unique

Shum Yip Upperhills in Shenzhen, China (© Shum Yip Land via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)

Shum Yip Upperhills in Shenzhen, China (© Shum Yip Land via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)

This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s September symposium in Shanghai. The topic was “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism,” and among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Peter Kok, associate general manager of Shum Yip Land, the commercial property arm of Shenzhen Investment. Read More

Marvel Architects’ controversial library and condo development moves forward in Brooklyn

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

A controversial plan to boost the coffers of the financially-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system with the revenue from a new condo tower is moving forward.

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The tallest crane ever in New York City was just installed to build SHoP’s Manhattan supertall

(Courtesy SHoP)

(Courtesy SHoP)

The tallest freestanding crane ever erected in New York City is now in place to help SHoP‘s bronze, glass, and terracotta 57th Street tower rise to 1,428 feet.

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Australian architects get planning approval for skyscraper based on Beyoncé’s curves

(Courtesy Elenberg Fraser)

(Courtesy Elenberg Fraser)

Piggybacking off the axiom that sex sells and anything Beyoncé-related has the potential to break the Internet, Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser has nabbed planning approval for a “Beyoncé tower” inspired by the superstar’s hourglass form.

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