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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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Conservationists Raise Concerns over London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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20 Mar 2015, Frankfurt, 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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Bishopsgate Towers Draw Opponents’ Ire in East London

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05 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

A local campaign group has said proposals to build new tower blocks at Bishopsgate in east London threaten to tarnish the character of the area. The scheme includes two towers of 33 and 29 stories, and would accommodate 1,400 homes. Read more.


Crown Sydney Architect Favors Taller Towers

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22 Jul 2014, Sydney, Australia

The award-winning architect designing James Packer’s AUS $2 billion (US $1.9 billion) Barangaroo casino resort believes Sydney’s skyline would benefit from allowing the construction of taller towers. Read more.


Squatters Evicted from “Tower of David” Slum in Caracas

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22 Jul 2014, Caracas, Venezuela

On July 22, Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. Read more.


Controversial Vancouver High-Rise Moves Closer to Breaking Ground

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18 Jul 2014, Vancouver, Canada

A controversial condominium development planned for Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood is one step closer to reality after it was conditionally approved by the city's Development Permit Board. Read more.


Tianjin’s “Manhattan Replica” Rises Against Backdrop of Vacancies

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30 Jun 2014, Tianjin, China

China’s project to build a replica of Manhattan is taking shape against a backdrop of vacant office towers and unfinished hotels, underscoring the risks of a slowing economy due to the nation’s unprecedented investment boom. Read more.


Allianz Report Sets Out Risks of Supertall Towers

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26 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

With values often exceeding $1 billion, the latest “supertall” (300 meters plus) or “megatall” (600 meters plus) buildings pose new challenges for insurers as well as for architects and contractors. Read more.


Julia Barfield Blasts Design of Two London Towers

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25 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Testifying before the London Assembly, the managing director of Marks Barfield has singled out Broadway Malyan’s The Tower, One St George Wharf, and BFLS’ Strata Tower as not being good enough for the city's skyline. Read more.


Glitzy Skyscrapers Could Ruin Mumbai’s Skyline

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06 May 2014, Mumbai, India

Following recent declarations to turn Mumbai into India’s Shanghai, the city is facing concerns about several oddly-designed skyscrapers currently under development, many of which only look good at night when all lit up. Read more.


Skyscrapers Cast Shadows for Concerned Residents

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25 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

Residents of New York City who frequent public spaces such as Central Park have recently raised concerns about the large shadows cast by surrounding skyscrapers, particularly One57, which is currently under construction south of the park. Read more.


High-Rise Development May Compromise “Living Skies”

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22 Apr 2014, Saskatoon, Canada

The Saskatoon city council recently approved new regulations that would allow downtown buildings to be built taller, a measure that may compromise Saskatchewan's unparalleled views of the Canadian landscape and sky. Read more.