Australia’s Tallest Skyscraper Will Have a Green Twist

Australia’s Tallest Skyscraper Will Have a Green Twist With its impressive height and ambitious twisting, greenery-covered design, you could be forgiven for assuming Southbank by Beulah was destined to remain on the drawing board. The supertall skyscraper has now received planning permission, however, and is due to begin construction in Melbourne next year. Southbank […] Australia’s Tallest Skyscraper Will Have a Green Twist – GCO Portal

Southbank by Beulah will be located on a waterfront site in Melbourne that’s currently occupied by a BMW dealership

City of London’s Scalpel Skyscraper Cuts a Fine Figure

The Scalpel (center)

Rising to a sharp gleaming point in the City of London,  the aptly-named Scalpel is another high-profile skyscraper by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). The office building is a striking addition to the capital’s skyline and rises to a height of 190 m (623 ft).” – Adam Williams May 6, 2020 new City of London’s Scalpel skyscraper Cuts a Fine Figure – GCO Portal

Philly’s Most Iconic Buildings | Mapped

“From the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Independence Hall, these buildings are the heart and soul of this city.”

Philadelphia City Hall – the largest city building in the United States
30th Street Station in Philadelphia
1 Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia

“That’s why we’d argue that Philly has some of the most iconic buildings in the U.S., from Independence Hall (It was the birthplace of America, after all) to the always dazzling Philadelphia Museum of Art.” via Philly’s most iconic buildings, mapped

The New New York Skyline

“Manhattan is in the midst of an unprecedented boom in tall buildings. Before 2004, Manhattan was home to 28 skyscrapers 700 feet and taller. Since then, an additional 13 have been built, 15 are under construction, and 19 are proposed—47 more in all. These additions are rapidly—and radically—changing the skyline.” National Geographic 2015

Check out the interactive map of NYC’s skyscraper construction boom What New York Could Look Like in 2020

Climate Change is Playing Havoc With Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterflies
National Geographic

“More than 95 percent of the species migrates each year to the same few hillsides in Central Mexico. Changing temperatures and weather are making their journey more precarious.” Climate change is playing havoc with Mexico’s monarch butterfly migration

Seduced and Abandoned: Tourism and Climate Change in the Alps | Environment | The Guardian

“Rising temperatures have contributed to the decline of hundreds of ski resorts on Italian slopes”. Seduced and abandoned: tourism and climate change in the Alps | Environment | The Guardian

“…the future of ski resorts at lower altitudes grows less certain, and those that do survive are forced to rely increasingly on artificial snow.”
Warmer winters and shorter ski seasons combined with bad investments and high running costs have contributed to the slow death of small- and mid-sized ski resorts.

“The Alps’ spectacular panoramas have changed, with white tongues of artificial snow now stretching through yellow meadows. Skiers queue to descend slopes that are increasingly frozen or rotten. Few of them realise how expensive it is to produce artificial snow, which costs €3-5 per cubic metre. Italy has about 2,500 miles (4,000km) of ski slopes, and the bill for covering them with fake snow adds up to €500m (£420m) every season.” — credit Tomaso Claravino Dec 9, 2019 The Guardian

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Photos: Inside the Fabled Walls of the Chelsea Hotel – Vanity Fair

The lobby, which was once filled with tenant artwork, now only showcases a sculpture of a child on a swing by Eugenie Gershoy, who was a resident artist in the 60s.
Another shot from inside #920, which was once composer Virgil Thomson’s apartment. Carlson and Taaffe moved in after Thomson’s death in 1989. Carlson said, “Virgil is still present in this place. Like a benign, gentle ghost. He died right here.”
Another papier-mâché sculpture by Eugenie Gershoy in the lobby.
Hotel Chelsea exterior

Inside the colorful former residence of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, and many more famous personalities. Photos: Inside the Fabled Walls of the Chelsea Hotel

“The Chelsea Hotel may be the only Manhattan lodging space famous for its grit rather than its glamour. Even as only a few of the establishment’s neon letters are lit at night, it remains a solid New York City tourist attraction, drawing all those curious about the infamous Nancy Spungen murder or their favorite Leonard Cohen lyric. Today, few tenants from that raucous era remain, and the hotel is now being renovated into an artist-friendly luxury hotel. As an accompaniment to Nathaniel Rich’s oral history of the Chelsea, we bid farewell to the former Chelsea with a photographic tour inside its storied hallways.” — Alex Beggs Vanity Fair | photos by Robert Polidori


Foster + Partners’ 100 East 53rd Tips Its Hat to Its Iconic Midtown Neighbors – Metropolis Foster + Partners’ 100 East 53rd Tips Its Hat to Its Iconic Midtown Neighbors – Metropolis

“In the days before the luxury mishmashes of the High Line and Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side, the closest thing the city had to a Starchitect Row could be found on (or near) East 53rd Street between Sixth Avenue and the East River. There rose a promenade of classics: Eero Saarinen’s Black Rock, MoMA’s Goodwin/Stone home, SOM’s Lever House, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, Hugh Stubbins’s Citigroup Center, and Philip Johnson’s Lipstick Building.”

Jesse Dorris October 2019 via


Your View of New York City From the Empire State Building Just Got Better | Travel + Leisure

Photos from Evan Joseph Images

Now the Empire State Building offers a 360-degree view of New York City from over 1,250 feet in the air.

One of the best views in New York City is finally coming back.  After more than four years of renovations, the Empire State Building — well known for its colorful nighttime light displays and incredible views of the city — is welcoming visitors to its 102nd floor observatory on Saturday, Oct. 12.


Central Park Tower Surpasses 432 Park Avenue to Become The Tallest Residential Building in The Western Hemisphere – New York YIMBY

Central Park Tower looking at the southwest corner from Broadway. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, image via Extell

“Extell’s Central Park Tower has officially eclipsed 432 Park Avenue as the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and New York City’s tallest..” Central Park Tower Surpasses 432 Park Avenue to Become The Tallest Residential Building in The Western Hemisphere – New York YIMBY