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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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Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing

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03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.


New York City’s Largest Permanent Modular Hotel Project Halfway Complete

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13 Jan 2017, New York City, United States

CitizenM Hotel was constructed in Poland and shipped to New York City in 210 pieces. Currently under construction, the upcoming tower is more than halfway done, and is the largest permanent modular hotel project in the city. Read more.


Window Washing System Out of Commission at New York City’s One World Trade Center

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28 Nov 2016, New York City, United States

A majority of the windows at New York City’s One World Trade Center haven’t been washed since 2015 because the system used to suspend the washers isn’t safe, according to a representative of the building's developer. Read more.


The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Undergoes Ground Engineering Testing

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23 Nov 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The world’s future tallest supported-tower – dubbed The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – which is currently under construction in Dubai has undergone an extensive ground engineering investigation to ensure its stability. Read more.


New York City’s One World Trade Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

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28 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

The 94-story One World Trade Center was able to achieve LEED Gold certification due to the diverse range of sustainable features that have been incorporated into its construction, design, and daily operation. Read more.


Updated W Hotel Los Angeles Proposal Features Massive Wrap-Around LED Screen

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19 Sep 2016, Los Angeles, United States

An updated set of renderings for the proposed W Hotel Los Angeles development reveal the addition of a massive wrap-around LED screen that will envelop the lower perimeter of all three towers central to the project. Read more.


Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower

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16 Aug 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The OUE Skyspace is part of a $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 310-meter U.S. Bank Tower. The renovations include a Skyslide, which starts at the 70th floor and is designed to endure the seismic activity common to the region. Read more.


Top Energy Rating Awarded to Melbourne High-Rise

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16 Aug 2016, Melbourne, Australia

A 20-story high-rise commercial office building in Victoria, Australia, has become the first in the state – and just the second in the country – to achieve a six-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rating. Read more.


Wind Tests Complete on World’s Future Tallest Supported-Tower Structure

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27 Jul 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer behind the upcoming Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 meters taller than the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, has confirmed that it has completed advanced wind tunnel tests. Read more.


World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building

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12 May 2016, Shanghai, China

A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the new technology to an elevator in China’s Shanghai Tower. Read more.


Vancouver's TELUS Garden Office Tower Earns LEED Platinum Certification

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02 Mar 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Following an extensive review, the Canada Green Building Council awarded TELUS Garden's office building LEED Platinum certification. The honor was presented during the launch of the new Smart Prosperity initiative at TELUS Garden. Read more.


New Damping Technology to be Implemented on Toronto High-Rise

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04 Dec 2015, Toronto, Canada

YC Condos, an under-construction high-rise in Toronto, will be fitted with a new type of viscoelastic damper in order to control for lateral resistance in the 199-meter building. These dampers are not typically used on concrete buildings. Read more.


Dubai to use Jetpacks for High-Rise Firefighting

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11 Nov 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On November 10, Dubai Civil Defense signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Aircraft for the intended future delivery of jetpacks to be used for targeted firefighting operations on the city's high-rises. Read more.


ThyssenKrupp Premiers World’s First Rope-Less Elevator System in Gijón

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05 Nov 2015, Gijón, Spain

On November 5, only one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveiled a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijón, Spain. Read more.


Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete to Keep Seattle Skyscraper Stable

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04 Nov 2015, Seattle, United States

Use of steel fiber-reinforced concrete in place of rebar in the coupling beams of a metro Seattle, United States, skyscraper has helped simplify and speed the building's construction while maintaining structural integrity. Read more.


US Construction Hit by Curtain Walling Crisis

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10 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

A shortage of US curtain walling makers caused by the 2008 global financial crisis is so severe that it is halting projects and has even forced the developer of Hudson Yards to open its own factory. Read more.


Damper at TAIPEI 101 Records Biggest Movement Ever

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11 Aug 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

This past weekend TAIPEI 101's internal mechanisms set a new record while keeping it upright during a typhoon. On August 8, the building’s mass damper moved further than it ever had before in its decade-long history. Read more.


Tokyo Skyscraper Gets Vibration Control System

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02 Jun 2015, Tokyo, Japan

A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion was shown to the media on Monday, June 1, after being installed in the 55-story Shinjuku Mitsui Building in central Tokyo. Read more.


Lotte World Tower to Use GNSS Technology for High-Accuracy Construction

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27 May 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte World Tower, which is currently under construction in Seoul, South Korea, will become the nation’s first building to use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology in order to improve structural safety. Read more.


Melbourne Tower To Change Color With The Weather

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26 Mar 2015, Melbourne, Australia

The 40-story building under construction at 888 Collins Street, Victoria Harbour, will be linked to the Bureau of Meteorology and light up every half-hour in a dazzling display according to the current weather. Read more.


Agra High-Rise Allows Residents To Use Prepaid Electricity Meters

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24 Mar 2015, Agra, India

In a bid to encourage self-regulation of electricity consumption in the power deficit city, Agra is set to introduce prepaid meters starting April 1 in the newly built ADA Heights, a residential complex at Taj Nagri Phase-2. Read more.


Singapore Skyscraper Allows Residents to Park Their Cars in the Living Room

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24 Dec 2014, Singapore, Singapore

Hamilton Scotts, a high-class apartment and condominium tower in Singapore, is offering residents the ultimate luxury in terms of parking – an individual two-car garage located inside each apartment. Read more.


ThyssenKrupp’s MULTI Elevators Will Go Up, Down, and Sideways

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01 Dec 2014, Essen, Germany

ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering giant, has created the next big leap forward in the elevator industry: a system that isn’t dependent on ropes or steel cables. The technology, named MULTI, will begin tests in 2016. Read more.


Toronto’s One Bloor Installs High-Speed KONE JumpLifts

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29 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

This week, workers will begin being whisked to the top of the under-construction One Bloor condominium project in two KONE JumpLifts that will travel at almost four times the speed of traditional hoists. Read more.


Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane

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19 Sep 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the world’s tallest construction crane. Read more.


Amazon’s Seattle Campus to Acquire Warmth From Data Center Waste Heat

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19 Sep 2014, Seattle, United States

In what is believed to be the first system of its kind, waste heat generated from a data center will provide much of the heat for a nearby high-rise campus under construction in downtown Seattle. Read more.


New Yorkers Can Control Two Skyscraper Lights with Mobile App

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21 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Developer Douglas Durst is letting New Yorkers have controls to the lights atop two midtown skyscrapers — Bank of America Tower and 4 Times Square. Users can manipulate the lights on the spire and add sparkles or pulses of light. Read more.


New Technologies Emerge for Elevators in Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower

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02 Jul 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1,000 meter)-tall Kingdom Tower will be a luxury experience. As it turns out, even the elevators will be VIP. The Kone-supplied elevators will feature a variety of innovative technology. Read more.


Big, Tall, Sustainable: Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Planned for Arizona

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29 Apr 2014, San Luis, United States

Annapolis-based Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. has received approval for a 686-meter energy-generating tower that would result in the tallest structure in North America. The tower is designed to use ambient desert heat to create a draft to produce energy. Read more.


Hitachi to Deliver World’s Fastest Elevators by 2016

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21 Apr 2014, Guangzhou, China

Hitachi will deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou. The elevators are expected to reach speeds of 1,200 m/min. Read more.