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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Israel’s Future Tallest Building Granted Approval in Tel Aviv

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27 Mar 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel

Measuring 400 meters in height, the 100-floor Intercity Tower in Tel Aviv has been granted planning approval. When completed, the new tower would become Israel’s tallest, stripping the Moshe Aviv Tower of that designation. Read more.


Wembley Residential Scheme Receives Planning in North London

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23 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

Brent Council has approved plans for a 743-home development near Wembley Stadium in north London. The scheme, only one phase of a larger 25-year plan, features seven residential blocks ranging in height from 12 to 26 stories. Read more.


Architects Propose Melbourne Apartment Tower Set Above Rail Lines

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21 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with city authorities for a residential building that would be the nation's first to be set above rail lines, according to developers. The 24 Chapel Street tower would rise 20 stories. Read more.


Building Approval Granted for Warsaw’s Spinnaker Tower

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21 Mar 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Local authorities have issued a building permit for an office development with the working name “Spinnaker Tower,” set for Warsaw’s Wola district. The skyscraper will rise 203 meters in height at its tallest point. Read more.


Chicago Authorities Approve Plans for 51-Story Office Tower

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17 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

Chicago authorities have unanimously approved a proposal for a 51-story tower at 110 North Wacker Drive, which will utilize the same development, design, and leasing team that collaborated on the recently completed 150 North Riverside tower. Read more.


London’s Paddington Cube Receives Green Light for Planning

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17 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

London Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has decided not to call in the 18-story Paddington Cube scheme in London, following its stalled approval. The decision paves the way for construction of the USD$627 million scheme. Read more.


Developer Cancels Plan for Timber-Framed Tower in New York

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17 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

The developer behind plans for New York's tallest timber-framed building has axed the project. The 10-story tower proposed for 475 West 18th Street in Chelsea was to be built using a mass-timber structure – a first of its kind for the city. Read more.


New York Planners Seek to Update Obscure Shadow Rule

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16 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

New York City is looking to change a method developers use to calculate how much sunlight a building will obscure once it tops out in order to promote taller buildings in the 73-block Midtown East neighborhood. Read more.


Developers Pull Planning Application for Contentious Manchester Towers

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16 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has said it is expecting Jackson’s Row Developments to withdraw the planning application for their contentious St. Michael’s Towers scheme imminently after significant local outcry. Read more.


Sales Launched for Second Tower of Via Bloor in Toronto

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14 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following the successful launch of phase one of the two-tower Via Bloor complex, phase two is being marketed to buyers. The 46-story phase-two tower, set to rise 139 meters, would feature 397 apartment units. Read more.


Second Wolf Point Tower Sets Groundbreaking Date in Chicago

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09 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

News that the 48-story Wolf Point West tower is up for sale comes with a second exciting bit of information: the next phase of the project – an even taller residential development – is gearing up to start this spring. Read more.


Luxury Hotel Brand to Anchor Mercer Street Towers in Toronto

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09 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Adding a layer of gloss to what was already one of Toronto most-talked-about developments, the global luxury brand Nobu Hospitality has been announced as the operator of the 15-35 Mercer Street project. Read more.


Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne

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08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.


Construction Contractor Named for San Antonio’s Frost Tower

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07 Mar 2017, San Antonio, United States

Weston Urban, KDC and TRT Holdings Inc. are developing Frost Tower in San Antonio, and now Clark Construction has won the contract to build the 440,000-square-foot (41,000-square-meter) office structure. Read more.


52-Story NYC Skyscraper Secures International Financing

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06 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Following the success of the supertall 432 Park Avenue, Rafael Viñoly Architects’ next New York City project has moved a step closer to realization after developers received a $269 million construction loan. Read more.


Architecture Firm Selected for New York City’s Largest Fully Affordable Passive House Building

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03 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

City officials have selected an architecture firm for the 100 percent affordable SustaiNYC East 111th Street development site. The proposal is set to become the largest Passive House project in the nation. Read more.


Chinese Developer Inks Deal to Buy The Leadenhall Building in London

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02 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese property giant has bought The Leadenhall Building in London for £1.2 billion (USD$1.5 billion). Contracts have been exchanged but completion of the sale is conditional on approval by the purchaser's shareholders. Read more.


Firm Contracted to Manage Hamburg’s Überseequartier Süd Project

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01 Mar 2017, Hamburg, Germany

A US-based project management firm has announced that it has won a contract for Überseequartier Süd in Hamburg – a $1 billion dollar mixed-used scheme that will form the centerpiece of the HafenCity redevelopment project. Read more.


Investors in Stalled Abu Dhabi Project Refuse to Settle

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27 Feb 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Investors who bought flats in an Abu Dhabi complex where development stalled said they were offered half the cash they were owed in exchange for dropping lawsuits against the developer. Most have refused the deal. Read more.


Marketing and Leasing Launched for Solar Carve Tower in New York City

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24 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

The Solar Carve Tower office building, located at 40 Tenth Avenue in New York City’s Meatpacking District, is now ready for the light of day, with marketing and leasing efforts officially underway. The building should open in early 2019. Read more.


Planning for London’s Paddington Cube Stalled for Review

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24 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

Communities Secretary Savid Javid has put the brakes on the controversial Paddington Cube after issuing a notice under Article 31 preventing Westminster City Council from issuing formal planning consent for the scheme. Read more.


Melbourne’s Tallest Tower Approved

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16 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has approved a proposed 90-story tower in Melbourne’s Southbank. The approved tower will stand at 324 meters tall, which, if completed today, would be Australia’s tallest building. Read more.


Apartment Sales Launched at Majakka Tower in Helsinki

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15 Feb 2017, Helsinki, Finland

Sales of apartments in Majakka – the first residential tower building at the REDI complex – began on February 15, 2017, to great interest. Currently, around 90 percent of the apartments have been reserved. Read more.


Revised Artists’ Alley Presented at Design Review Panel in Toronto

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15 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Design Review Panel considered a slightly scaled down version of plans for Artists' Alley – a mixed-use, three-tower development on a block of land between St. Patrick and Simcoe Streets, just south of Dundas. Read more.


San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Deemed Safe, for Now, as Legal Issues Continue

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15 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

Although Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches and titled two at its base, inspectors have deemed the building safe, at this time. Inspections entailed evaluation of electrical, plumbing, and life-safety systems, among other components. Read more.


Conservationists Call for Public Inquiry for St. Michael’s Development in Manchester

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13 Feb 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Conservationists are calling on the secretary of state to hold a public inquiry into plans for the St. Michael’s development in Manchester. A primary concern is the planned demolition of historic buildings on Jackson’s Row near Town Hall. Read more.


Dubai Developer Agrees to Largest Ever Insurance Claim in the Region

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06 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar Properties has agreed a significant insurance claim with Orient Insurance over the dramatic fire at its Address Downtown hotel on New Year’s Eve 2015. It is thought to be the largest ever claim in the Middle East. Read more.


Melbourne’s Upcoming Collins Arch Project Selects Hotel Brand

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03 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have confirmed that W Melbourne will open in 2020 as part of its USD$769 million mixed-use luxury precinct Collins Arch. The hotel will be located in the eastern core of the project, offering 294 spacious guestrooms across 15 levels. Read more.


Major Australian Bank to Relocate to Under-Construction Melbourne Tower

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30 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A major Australian bank is set to take up the anchor tenancy at 839 Collins Street. Located in the Docklands precinct, the tower will rise to 20 stories and feature 38,000 square meters of grade-A commercial office space. Read more.


New Victoria Police Tower Gets the Green Light in Melbourne

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27 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The City West Police Complex, headquarters for the Victorian police force in Melbourne, has been given the green light to add a new, 39-story, high-security tower. The addition, set for 311 Spencer Street, is estimated to complete by 2020. Read more.