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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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Demonstration Held in Protest of Mexico City’s Mítikah Development


01 Aug 2018, Mexico City, Mexico

A demonstration in protest of a mixed-use development, including a 62-story tower, blocked a busy avenue in the Xoco neighborhood of Mexico City. Locals report concerns that the 460,000-square-meter scheme will cause water shortages. Read more.

Skyscraper Frenzy Divides Locals in Bulgarian Capital Sofia


30 May 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria

Projects to construct new skyscrapers in the trendiest parts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, have triggered fierce debates about city planning and the loose regulations on large-scale property investments. Read more.

Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development


19 May 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer of the under-construction Jeddah Tower has reiterated the importance of the upcoming Jeddah Economic City and accompanying tower projects to Saudi Vision 2030, highlighting job opportunities and ongoing development activities. Read more.

Architects Propose Melbourne Apartment Tower Set Above Rail Lines


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.

Wobbly Skyscrapers May Trigger Motion-Sickness and Depression, Experts Warn


20 Mar 2017, Bath and Exeter, United Kingdom

Skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness, sleepiness, and depression because they sway slightly in the wind, according to experts who are launching a $USD8.6 million study to gauge their impact and work out how to prevent it. Read more.

French Presidential Candidate Promotes Skyscraper Construction in La Défense


28 Feb 2017, Paris, France

Seven proposed La Défense skyscrapers are being promoted as part of an attempt to woo businesses from post-Brexit London. They were promoted by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron during a visit to London last week. 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.

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


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.

Local Broker Discusses Development in Sydney


09 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Sydney. Read more.

Local Broker Discusses Development in Melbourne


06 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Sydney, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Melbourne. Read more.

Conservationists Raise Concerns over London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens


14 Dec 2016, London, United Kingdom

Protestors claim that the under construction Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford, which will house a 145-room hotel, nearly 250 flats, and three large sky gardens, will mar a protected view of St. Paul's Cathedral. Read more.

Riverfront Construction Could Raise Ho Chi Minh City’s Temperature According to Expert


13 May 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is already known for its sweltering heat and tropical climate. Now, according to a local architect, riverfront high-rise development is poised to raise the temperature of the inner city by blocking cooling breezes. Read more.

Notable British Architect Criticizes Paddington Scheme in London


12 Jan 2016, London, United Kingdom

Architect Terry Farrell has spoken out against Renzo Piano's proposed 72-story Paddington Place skyscraper and has drawn up a rival scheme. Farrell's plans feature a group of 10- to 18-story blocks rather than a skyscraper. Read more.

Study Explores the Next Evolution of the New York City Skyline


24 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

Manhattan is in the midst of an unprecedented boom in tall buildings. To document this evolution, National Geographic, with assistance from the CTBUH, created an interactive study calling out these game-changing projects. Read more.

Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Project Named Top Influencer for Luxury Development


14 Oct 2015, Dubai, United Kingdom

The $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai has been named in the top 10 global influencers for new luxury developments, Knight Frank said in its “Global Development Report 2015.” Read more.

Pascal Residential Tower Explores Various Living Styles in São Paulo


18 Sep 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

Pascal is a high-rise residential tower in São Paulo, Brazil that hosts several apartment types, which range from 34 square meters on the small end, to three-story suites up to 160 square meters. Read more.

Building Design Magazine Bestows Notorious Award to London’s Walkie Talkie


02 Sep 2015, London, United Kingdom

A City of London skyscraper, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie and officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, has won the annual Carbuncle Cup, awarded by Building Design magazine to a building judged to be the UK's worst. Read more.

Frankfurt’s European Central Bank Besieged By Protests Amid Ribbon Cutting


20 Mar 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Dozens of police officers have been injured and hundreds of people detained after anti-austerity protesters clashed with riot police near the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) on the day of its inauguration. Read more.

Can Hong Kong’s Innovation Tower Inspire the City’s Architects?


26 Feb 2015, Hong Kong, China

In the thick of Hong Kong's concrete jungle lies the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has become a welcoming home for design professionals, students, and faculty. Read more.

Contractors Have High Hopes for Lima


30 Jan 2015, Lima, Peru

Officials see a future for the construction of skyscrapers on the hazy Lima horizon. The local economy is expected to continue to grow at a steady pace, and contractors are planning skyscrapers of 45 to 50 floors to complement the city's growth. Read more.

CABE Gives Muted Backing to Rework Kidbrooke Plans in London


16 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has given a general thumbs-up to plans to densify the Kidbrooke Village scheme, but emphasized that the tower component must be "outstanding" to warrant its height. Read more.

London’s Walkie Talkie Skygarden Opens Amid Controversy


08 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

The long-awaited Skygarden in Rafael Vinoly’s Walkie Talkie building in the City of London has opened to the public. But the result has already taken a drubbing from architecture critics for failing to live up to the space that was promised. Read more.

Qatar World Cup Memorial Tower Raises Awareness of Rising Construction-Death Toll


04 Dec 2014, Doha, Qatar

A conceptual Qatar World Cup Memorial tower was recently designed to represent the grim statistics of the nation’s increasing laborer death toll, which currently stands at over 180 since the beginning of 2014. Read more.

Rem Koolhaas: “Chinese Architecture Will Benefit” From Beijing’s CCTV Building


02 Dec 2014, Beijing, China

Rem Koolhaas has defended the design of OMA's CCTV tower in Beijing, after the Chinese president called for an end to the construction of "weird architecture" in the country. Koolhaas stresses that "CCTV is a very serious building." Read more.

Tower Melbourne Planning Fight Threatens Investor Funds


01 Dec 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Millions of dollars in deposits from hundreds of apartment owners in Melbourne's most controversial skyscraper might need to be repaid if a rival developer succeeds in getting Tower Melbourne's planning permit canceled. Read more.

English Heritage and CABE Launch Tall Buildings Consultation in London


21 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

English Heritage and Design Council Cabe have launched a six-week consultation on their joint tall buildings advice. The consultation closes on November 30, with the new advice likely to be published in early 2015. Read more.

Chinese President: “No More Weird Architecture”


21 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for an end to the "weird architecture" that has come as a result of China's construction boom. Xi attacked projects, including the Rem Koolhaas-designed CCTV headquarters in Beijing. Read more.

Outrage Builds as London Planners Approve Swiss Cottage Skyscraper


05 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Thousands of residents fighting a fierce battle against plans to build one of the highest towers in Camden, London, could see their campaign amount to nothing after council planners have recommended granting permission for the scheme. Read more.

"Manhattanization" Could be a Good Thing for Toronto


02 Sep 2014, Toronto, Canada

The "Manhattanization" of Toronto will be the best thing to happen to this city, according to Christopher Hume at The Star. Though the term has come to mean little more than a vertical city crammed with towers, there’s more to it than that. Read more.

Aspire’s Aspirations Abated by Aviation Authorities in Sydney Area


26 Aug 2014, Sydney, Australia

The intervention by Australian aviation authorities to reduce Parramatta’s proposed Aspire tower by up to 30 stories could be replicated across all of Sydney, says the Urban Taskforce. Read more.