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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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Architecture Firm Selected to Design Bank’s New Headquarters in New York City


31 Oct 2018, New York City, United States

An architecture firm has been selected to design a bank’s new headquarters in New York City. The high-rise is set to replace the company’s current office tower, which will become the world’s tallest conventionally demolished building to date. Read more.

Demolition of Existing Buildings Makes Way for Melbourne's Paragon


04 Oct 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A Malaysia-based developer has finished demolition as part of an AU$200 million (US$141 million) Melbourne CBD development, which will include a new residential tower with 227 luxury apartments. Read more.

Top Knocked Off the Last of Grimsby's Iconic High-Rise Towers


14 Sep 2018, Grimsby, United Kingdom

Six tower blocks are being demolished in the East Marsh area of Grimsby, with the final tower set to be flattened by September 15. A community stadium or a housing development have been proposed to rise on the former towers’ site. Read more.

Vancouver's Empire Landmark Hotel Being Erased from City Skyline


11 Jul 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Demolition has commenced on a 44-story hotel building in Vancouver. The project, which is estimated to complete by March 2019, will make way for two residential towers with cantilevered balconies. Read more.

Cartagena Development May be Demolished and Suspended Indefinitely


21 Jun 2018, Cartagena, Columbia

A five tower project under construction near the Castillo Dan Felipe in Cartagena may be demolished and discontinued, as recommended by the government and UNESCO. The residential development proposes a threat to the city’s World Heritage status. Read more.

REIT Considers Tearing Down Two Penn Plaza, New York City, to Make Way for New Tower


10 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

The CEO of a major real estate investment trust said in a letter to investors that the firm is considering demolishing Two Penn Plaza in New York City to make way for a new tower that would double the current building’s footprint. Read more.

Leicester May Demolish Tallest Remaining Large-Panel-System Block


10 Apr 2018, Leicester, United Kingdom

Proposals have been put forward to flatten Goscote House, a 23-story residential high-rise in Leicester, due to fears over the building’s structural stability. The tower was built using the Large Panel System technique. Read more.

Capital Plaza Tower Demolished in Frankfort


20 Mar 2018, Frankfort, United States

The Capital Plaza Office Tower, the tallest building in the US state of Kentucky’s capital Frankfort, was demolished on March 18 to make way for a new office building. The tower was completed in 1972 and stood at 103 meters and 28 floors. Read more.

Banking Giant to Build New Midtown Headquarters in New York City


21 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

A major US bank plans to build a new 232,257-square-meter headquarters at 270 Park Ave. in New York City, the first major project under a city rezoning plan designed to rejuvenate the building stock in one of its biggest job centers. Read more.

64-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Toronto


21 Dec 2017, Toronto, Canada

A new proposal has been submitted for a 64-story mixed-use building in Toronto. The project would house office and retail space, and be built on the existing Commerce Court site, which will have to be demolished. Read more.

Landmark London Hotel to be Replaced by Mixed-Use Development


20 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been drawn up to replace London's Kensington Forum Hotel with a mixed-use scheme that delivers 178 homes. The new structure will be concentrated in the eastern part of the site, allowing for the creation of a “garden square.” Read more.

Two Vancouver Condo Buildings to be Demolished for a 39-story Residential Tower


28 Sep 2017, Vancouver, Canada

A rezoning application has been filed to build a 39-story condo skyscraper that will replace two residential buildings on the southeast corner of Alberni and Bidwell Streets. The two buildings to be demolished are 27 and 37 years old. Read more.

Demolition Phase on 237-Meter Sydney Residential Tower Now Complete


21 Jul 2017, Sydney, Australia

An early milestone has been reached on Sydney Greenland Centre, which could become the tallest residential tower in Sydney’s CBD when completed in 2019. Demolition work has completed at the site after a 12-month process. Read more.

ITV to Replace London Television Centre with Three Towers


25 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

ITV wants to replace its 1970s-built headquarters in London with a 38-story tower flanked by two shorter buildings. Plans would involve constructing brand new 38-, 14-, and nine-story towers. Read more.

Demo Permits Filed for Site of Proposed Supertall in New York City


12 May 2017, New York City, United States

After a long-gestating but never-executed plan to develop buildings at 80 South Street and 163 Front Street in the South Street Seaport, the site’s owner has officially filed demolition permits at both locations. Read more.

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.