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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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Russian Developer Planning Hermitage Plaza Complex in La Défense


07 Apr 2017, Courbevoie, France

Residents of a number of houses in Courbevoie, outside of Paris, have granted permission to a Russian developer to demolish their homes and start the construction of two skyscrapers, part of the Hermitage Plaza complex. Read more.

New Residential Supertall Planned for the Gold Coast


20 Feb 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The 22-story International Beach Resort in Surfers Paradise will soon make way for a new 90-story residential tower at 84-88 The Esplanade. The developer has purchased the site for USD$44.5 million in a deal that closes on February 28. Read more.

Chinese Firm Demolishes 19 Buildings in 10 Seconds to Make Way for the Wuhan CTF Finance Center


26 Jan 2017, Wuhan, China

In what is being called the largest demolition of its kind in China, 19 towers were reduced to rubble in just 10 seconds in a spectacular demonstration of controlled implosion to make way for the 648-meter Wuhan CTF Finance Center. Read more.

Preliminary Renderings Revealed for Times Mirror Square Development in LA


25 Jan 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Preliminary renderings have been revealed for the long-rumored, 1,126-unit Times Mirror Square development that aims to replace the 1970s-era William Pereira addition to the Los Angeles Times Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Read more.

Empire Landmark in Vancouver Poised to be Demolished


23 Sep 2016, Vancouver, Canada

The 40-story Empire Landmark, which is 44 years old and features a rotating restaurant, is facing the threat of demolition. The current property owners want to replace the old tower with two new high-rises of 28 and 30 stories. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 200 Amsterdam Avenue in New York City


21 Jun 2016, New York City, United States

Plans have been revealed for 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which will rise 203 meters to its roof, becoming the tallest building on the Upper West Side of New York City. Demolition of the site's current occupant is underway. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for New York City’s 23 Park Row


15 Jun 2016, New York City, United States

Demolition is underway on the site of J&R Music and Computer World’s former flagship at 23-32 Park Row. A new 54-story at 23 Park Row will replace the building and three others in a development expected to cost $492 million. Read more.

Panin Bantaro Building Collapses in Tangerang


02 Jun 2016, Tangerang, Indonesia

Sections of the 20-plus-year-old, under-construction Panin Bintaro Building in Bintaro, South Tangerang collapsed on June 2, causing clouds of dust in the surrounding area. The tower had only reached the first 17 of its 24 stories. Read more.

Construction Begins on London’s Marble Arch Place


25 May 2016, London, United Kingdom

Construction has begun on a USD$662 million redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower in London’s West End. The scheme will see the 23-story tower demolished and replaced by an 18-story, cylindrical-shaped skyscraper. Read more.

Bombay High Court Demands Demolition of Mumbai High-Rise


29 Apr 2016, Mumbai, India

On April 29, The Bombay High Court ordered the demolition of a high-rise building known as Adarsh for violation of green norms. The building was allegedly constructed in total violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules. Read more.

New Renderings Released as Demolition Begins for 50-Story Midtown East Skyscraper


01 Apr 2016, New York City, United States

New building permits for the 49-story residential 141 East 47th Street were filed on March 30 and an updated rendering has been released. The removal of the site’s low-slung structures has commenced. Read more.

29-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Yonge North of Finch


25 Mar 2016, Toronto, Canada

A proposal aims to replace a group of existing single-story properties at 5840, 5868, and 5870 Yonge Street with a 29-story residential building, which will also contain retail and service areas on the ground floor. Read more.

Buffalo’s Former Freezer Queen Warehouse to be Replaced by 23-Story Apartment Tower


25 Mar 2016, Buffalo, United States

A revised development plan for the former Freezer Queen warehouse on Buffalo’s waterfront requests the structure be demolished to make way for a 23-story apartment tower. If constructed, it will be Buffalo’s largest residential tower. Read more.

Demolition of London’s Historic Newcombe House Set for Approval Amid Controversy


11 Mar 2016, London, United Kingdom

Planning officers have recommended the go-ahead on controversial plans for an 18-story residential tower in Notting Hill Gate, which will involve the demolition of the historic 1950s Newcombe House. Read more.

Experts Condemn Demolition of Heritage Manila Building, Fear High-Rise Replacement


25 Jan 2016, Manila, Philippines

Architects and other heritage experts have condemned the demolition of the iconic Philippine National Bank building on Escolta, fearing the addition of new high-rise buildings that wouldn't be sustainable for the city. Read more.

Illegally Constructed Tianjin Skyscrapers Could be Demolished


16 Dec 2015, Tianjin, China

China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise buildings because they were not built to planning specifications. One of the towers could be the tallest ever intentionally demolished. Read more.

NatWest Tower Demolition Underway in Birmingham


19 Nov 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The first phase of demolition at Birmingham’s NatWest Tower is underway. Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP and Sterling Property Ventures won approval to demolish the 22-story tower in August. Read more.

Demolition Begins on London’s Pinnacle


21 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

It was supposed to be the tallest building in the City of London. Instead, the Pinnacle skyscraper grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Now its days are numbered as it is being prepared for demolition. Read more.

Glasgow’s Red Roads Flats Are Set for Demolition


19 Aug 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom

After becoming a byword for the failure of high-rise housing, and following a proposal to blow them up on live television that caused an outcry, the remaining structures of the Red Road Flats will, at last, be demolished. Read more.

Demolition of Damaged High-Rises Becomes Tall Order for Nepal


20 May 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

Knocking down thousands of multi-storied buildings damaged in the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, and which pose a serious threat to life and property, has become a tall order for the Nepal government to manage. Read more.

Ankara’s Partially-Built Republic Tower to be Demolished


13 Apr 2015, Ankara, Turkey

The long stalled Republic Tower, aspiring to be the tallest observation tower in Turkey, will be demolished after a failed legal battle to change Anakara's municipal zoning laws. Construction began in 2003, and has been on hold since 2008. Read more.

Scotland’s Tallest Residential High-Rise Flats Coming Down in Glasgow


16 Dec 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Work is starting to demolish Scotland's tallest residential high-rise flats. The Whitevale and Bluevale flats will be brought down piece by piece due to the towers' proximity to busy roads and a nearby retail park. Read more.

Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland


19 Nov 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, have been outlined to councilors and the media. The Auckland Development Committee will consider the future of the building in February 2015. Read more.

Tokyo’s Futuristic Capsule Tower Threatened With Demolition


03 Oct 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Over the years, much of the once-modern Nakagin Capsule Tower has fallen into disrepair, and many owners would rather see the tower demolished and reap the profits of a brand new apartment building. Read more.

Damaged Medellin Tower Blocks Imploded


29 Sep 2014, Medellin, Colombia

Colombian authorities demolished the last buildings of a large apartment block in a Medellin neighborhood that partially collapsed in October 2013, killing 12 people. The first of the damaged towers was demolished in February 2014. Read more.

Las Vegas’ Harmon Hotel Begins Demolition


23 Jun 2014, Las Vegas, United States

MGM Resorts International has begun the year-long process of demolishing the Harmon Hotel, the only portion of the $8.5 billion, 67-acre CityCenter development that was never completed. Read more.

Disused High-Rise and Bridge Demolished Simultaneously in Maotai County


10 Jun 2014, Renhaui, China

The 900-ft (274-meter)-long bridge over the Chishui River, and an isolated, 25-story high-rise building were demolished in front of large crowds in Maotai County, Guizhou Province, China. Read more.

Murky Demolition Plans for Scottish High-Rises


05 May 2014, Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Another high-rise demolition controversy has come to Scotland, just weeks after a dramatic plan to dynamite Glasgow’s condemned Red Road towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies were scuttled. Read more.

Harmon Hotel Will Come Down, Eventually, Without a Bang


16 Apr 2014, Las Vegas, United States

Hopes for a “Vegas-style” implosion of the truncated Harmon Hotel have been dashed, as it will be necessary to dismantle the project slowly and carefully due to its proximity to other buildings. Read more.

Glasgow Games Blast Plans Scotched


15 Apr 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Controversial plans to implode five of Glasgow’s six remaining Red Road public housing towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies have been canceled, after strong public criticism that the plan was insensitive to former residents. Read more.