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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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Detroit’s Leland Hotel to be Renovated


29 Jan 2018, Detroit, Untied States

The former Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit is expected to undergo a $120 million-plus renovation that will convert the building into a mix of 339 affordable and market-rate apartments and add a 650-space parking deck. Read more.

Detroit’s Monroe Blocks Project to Preserve National Theatre Façade


03 Jan 2018, Detroit, United States

The developers of the Monroe Blocks project in downtown Detroit have released conceptual drawings for its proposed incorporation of the vacant National Theatre into their $800 million redevelopment. Read more.

Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Undergo Major Renovations in 2018


06 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai will be shutting its doors for a few months next year while it undergoes major renovations from mid-May to early October 2018. The hotel will relaunch in time for its 21st anniversary celebration in December 2018. Read more.

Paris’ Tour Montparnasse Set to Receive "Green Makeover"


20 Sep 2017, Paris, France

Following years of calls for a revamp, a French design studio has been selected to give the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper a green makeover. The project is slated to complete in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Read more.

North Korea Gives Makeover to World’s Tallest Unoccupied Building


01 Aug 2017, Pyongyang, North Korea

After years of stalled construction, Pyongyang recently unveiled the newly renovated Ryugyong Hotel: a pyramid-shaped building that is both the capital's biggest landmark, and what is believed to be the world's tallest unoccupied building. Read more.

One Clearlake Centre Receives New Owner in West Palm Beach


24 Jul 2017, West Palm Beach, United States

A real estate investment company has purchased One Clearlake Centre – an 18-story, 218,461-square-foot (20,300-square-meter) Class-A office tower. Renovations include new public spaces and multiple spec suites. Read more.

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Sinks Another Inch But There Could be a Fix


21 Jul 2017, San Francisco, United States

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk another inch in the past seven months, but on the brighter side, engineers have found a potential fix, which would entail drilling new piles down to bedrock from the building's basement. Read more.

Life Returns to Michigan Central Station in Detroit for First Time in Decades


20 Jul 2017, Detroit, United States

For the first time in decades, a private event will be held in the long-vacant Michigan Central Station. Over $8 million has already been spent on renovations, and further construction is planned for the near future. Read more.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Thuan Kieu Plaza Receives Makeover, May Open Again This September


28 Jun 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The 1999-built, three-tower Thuan Kieu Plaza complex is receiving a makeover. Locals reported seeing progress in an effort to rejuvenate the buildings, starting with a completely new coat of green paint on the exterior of each tower. Read more.

Seattle Space Needle Upgrades Depicted in New Renderings


15 Jun 2017, Seattle, United States

A Seattle-based architecture firm has released new renderings of the firm’s proposed renovations for Seattle’s Space Needle, the most extensive upgrades undertaken in the structure’s 55-year history. Read more.

New York’s MetLife Building to Get New Logo


09 Jun 2017, New York City, United States

MetLife will replace the massive letters on its eponymous high-rise with a brand new typeface. The installation of the new, more modern logo will be the first time the building’s sign has changed since 1993. Read more.

Chicago Developer to Convert Downtown Office Towers to Residences


02 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

A Chicago developer is buying two vacant buildings on State Street from the federal government and plans to convert them into 429 apartments. Both buildings were built in the early 20th century. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for First Domino Sugar Building as Construction Commences in New York City


31 May 2017, New York City, United States

Development on the site of the former Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is moving along, with May 30 marking the launch of leasing at 325 Kent Avenue – the first building to open as part of the mega-development. Read more.

80 Collins Street to See Major Transformation in Melbourne


31 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A transformation of 80 Collins Street, scheduled for completion in 2020, will comprise a new premium-grade office tower, a significant refurbishment of the existing tower, a boutique hotel, and an array of retail and F&B facilities. Read more.

Refurbishment Planned for Australia’s First Skyscraper in Sydney


26 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A development application has been submitted to refurbish a heritage-listed building in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The AMP Building, which opened in 1962, was Australia's first skyscraper and held the title as its tallest building until 1964. Read more.

New York’s Citicorp Center to Undergo Renovation


28 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Architects have revealed designs for a 200,000-square-foot (18,600-square-meter) renovation of the recently landmarked 601 Lexington Avenue, commonly known by its former title, Citicorp Center. Read more.

Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Historic Tea House to Include 39-Story Tower


10 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

One of Southbank’s historic structures, The Robur Tea Building, is in line for a major new addition, with plans for a hotel and high-end apartments to be housed in a new 145-meter tower extending from its southern façade. Read more.

Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne


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.

Conceptual Design Revealed for Sirius Building in Sydney


24 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

An Australian architecture studio has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the iconic Sirius building in Sydney. The firm proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to demolishing the brutalist social housing building. Read more.

Completion Date Announced for London’s Buckingham Green Refurbishment


22 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

The developers behind the reworking of a 64-meter central London tower – renamed Buckingham Green – that was once the headquarters of Rolls Royce have announced that the scheme is on track to complete in 2018. Read more.

City Officials Reveal $500 Million Plans to Rejuvenate Chicago’s Willis Tower


01 Feb 2017, Chicago, United States

City officials have released renderings of proposed improvements for Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. The $500 million plans include six floors of new retail, an outdoor deck, and a "winter garden." Read more.

Hotel Redevelopment Boosts Darling Harbour Rejuvenation in Sydney


25 Jan 2017, Sydney, Australia

Darling Harbour’s rejuvenation has taken another step forward following the recent redevelopment of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 161 Sussex Street. The redevelopment process took place over a two-year period beginning in December 2014. Read more.

The Eiffel Tower to Undergo 15-Year Renovation Project


17 Jan 2017, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is set to undergo a massive 15-year renovation project, which will encompass a full structural analysis, replacement of the tower’s lighting systems, and an overhaul of its elevators. Read more.

Rio de Janeiro Hotel Resumes Operations After 20-Year Closure


06 Jan 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After being shuttered for over 20 years, the Hotel Nacional in Rio de Janerio, Brazil has reopened. Following a one-month soft opening of only 60 rooms, all 413 rooms will begin operation on January 15. Read more.

Brutalist Bunker to be Converted into Tower in Eindhoven


04 Jan 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

A Rotterdam-based architecture firm has unveiled plans to convert a 1960s-built brutalist bunker in Eindhoven, Netherlands into high-rise housing. Upon completion in 2019, the tower will rise 37 stories. Read more.

Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles


23 Dec 2016, Los Angeles, United States

New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion development aimed at retrofitting and expanding the Minoru Yamasaki-designed Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles’s Century City business district. Read more.

Former World's Tallest Building to Undergo Renovations in New York City


13 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

Developers have revealed that within the landmarked tower at 15 Park Row, a collection of rental apartments will be carved from its lower floors. Other upgrades will include works on the lobby, amenities, and ground-floor retail. Read more.

Repositioning and Renovation of Shanghai’s Cross Tower Completes


21 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

A Hong-Kong based design studio has completed the repositioning and renovation of Cross Tower in Shanghai, China. The firm was commissioned to refigure the architecture and interior of the office tower, originally constructed in 1998. Read more.

Design Changes Submitted for Toronto’s 700 Bay Street Development


07 Nov 2016, Toronto, Canada

Reduced down to 32 stories, the 700 Bay Street development transfers some of its space into a four-story extension of an existing building. In total, it will add 274 rental units, featuring 187 one-, 58 two-, and 29 three-bedroom units. Read more.

Approval Granted for Redevelopment of London Hilton on Park Lane


26 Sep 2016, London, United Kingdom

The City of Westminster Council has granted approval for the redevelopment of the London Hilton on Park Lane. The 29-story hotel will be revamped to include residential units on the top floors and a new building at the tower's base. Read more.