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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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Architect Proposes “Inverted Cone” to Protect Manchester’s City Core from Skyscrapers


08 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Of the 45 tallest skyscrapers under construction in the UK, seven are in Manchester, with the rest in London. This has prompted an architect to propose an "inverted core" to protect the city core from inappropriately tall skyscrapers. Read more.

Sweeping Rezoning of New York’s East Harlem Greenlights Wave of New Development


07 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

After rounds of contentious public hearings and protests from those on both sides of the debate, the New York City Council unanimously approved a wide-ranging rezoning for the East Harlem neighborhood. Read more.

Twenty New Residential Towers Are Being Built in Frankfurt Because of Brexit Demand


29 Nov 2017, Frankfurt, Germany

The prices for new condominiums in Frankfurt have now reached such a high level that it pays off for project developers to build high-rise residential buildings, and more and more of these towers are being built in the German financial capital. Read more.

Air Rights Secured for Spiral Tower in New York City’s Hudson Yards


09 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

The final air rights have been secured for The Spiral, a 65-story, $3.2 billion new tower set to rise in New York City's Hudson Yards. To date, the project's developer has spent $265 million on air rights alone. Read more.

Plans Revealed for New Residential Development in Toronto


13 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

In Toronto, a new residential development is being proposed at 169 The Donway West. Developers are now advancing a new site plan application for a 34-story residential tower, framed by the curve of a cascading mid-rise sibling. Read more.

Lakeshore East Developer Announces New Projects as Vista Rises in Chicago


29 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

After breaking ground in September, Chicago's Vista Tower is beginning to pop up into the city's iconic skyline. Meanwhile, one of its developers is preparing to unveil plans for more than 2,000 homes and nearly 1,000 hotel rooms nearby. Read more.

Liuzhou Forest City Master Plan Breaks Ground in China


26 Jun 2017, Liuzhou, China

A new “forest city” has broken ground in Liuzhou. Conceived as a green metropolis, the project will eventually accommodate 30,000 people with offices, houses, hotels, hospitals, and schools covered entirely by plants and trees. Read more.

Multi-Tower Design Wins Eindhoven Design Competition


20 Jun 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

A team has won a competition to create a new mixed-use hub in Eindhoven. The winning proposal includes a trio of towers and a urban plaza, called District E. The 70,000-square-meter proposal will be located next to Eindhoven Station. Read more.

Two-Tower Metro Martin Place Proposal Submitted in Sydney


05 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

A stage-one development application has been submitted for plans to build two towers above Sydney’s existing Martin Place Railway Station, the proposed Martin Place Metro Station, and a public underpass beneath Martin Place. 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.

Class-A Office Tower Proposed for Miami Worldcenter


24 May 2017, Miami, United States

An international real estate firm has announced plans to develop 110 10th Street, a 45-story office tower within Miami Worldcenter in the heart of downtown Miami. The new tower will include Class-A office space and high-street retail. Read more.

New Skyscraper Included in Bratislava's Eurovea 2 Complex Proposal


08 May 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

The developer behind the multifunctional complex Eurovea 2 has revealed more details and renderings for the upcoming project. The proposal includes plans for a new skyscraper in Bratislava, a tower rising over 150 meters. Read more.

Ho Chi Minh City's Historic District 4 Riverfront to Undergo Massive Redevelopment


04 May 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Boston-based urban design firm recently unveiled a multi-tower master plan for the redevelopment of Ho Chi Minh City’s two-kilometer-long port located in District 4’s Khanh Hoi and Ben Nha Rong neighborhoods. Read more.

Carillon Tower in Chicago Rejected Due to Traffic Concerns


10 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

A proposed 60-story tower will not be moving forward, a local alderman says. The Carillon Tower would have been the tallest tower built in River North in nearly a decade, but the community is concerned it would negatively impact traffic. Read more.

New Renderings and Info Unveiled for Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Yards Project


28 Mar 2017, Philadelphia, United States

New images of the Schuylkill Yards project have been released, along with a film and a website that details new information on the project. Further, an interactive map outlines 12 of the 14 proposed new buildings for the site. Read more.

New York Planners Seek to Update Obscure Shadow Rule


16 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

New York City is looking to change a method developers use to calculate how much sunlight a building will obscure once it tops out in order to promote taller buildings in the 73-block Midtown East neighborhood. Read more.

Developers Pull Planning Application for Contentious Manchester Towers


16 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has said it is expecting Jackson’s Row Developments to withdraw the planning application for their contentious St. Michael’s Towers scheme imminently after significant local outcry. Read more.

Mannheim Master Plan Features Buildings in the Shape of H-O-M-E


07 Mar 2017, Mannheim, Germany

MVRDV has released a proposal for an ambitious master plan to revitalize a former US army barracks in Mannheim, Germany. The project will see the 41-hectare site being transformed to offer mixed typologies and developments. 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.

Competition-Winning, Multi-Tower Master Plan to Transform Chelyabinsk


08 Feb 2017, Chelyabinsk, Russia

A competition-winning, multi-tower master plan is set to activate Chelyabinsk’s existing grid structure and use it as a vehicle for spatial transformation, while adding density to the area in the form of skyscrapers. 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.

Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction


25 Jan 2017, Budapest, Hungary

An architect has won the commission to design a new multi-tower master plan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, Hungary. The project is set to become the largest singular urban development in the city in nearly 30 years. Read more.

Developer Pulls Plans for Twin Gold Coast Towers


30 Sep 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

A proposal for a twin tower project on the Gold Coast has been withdrawn. Developers pulled the plans for Mariner’s Cove on Seaworld Drive after the Gold Coast City Council spelled out 14 reasons for recommending its rejection. Read more.

Rabat Master Plan Moves Closer to Reality


30 Aug 2016, Rabat, Morocco

A visionary scheme for Morocco’s capital, Rabat is underway, incorporating low-, mid-, and high-rise elements clustered along the Bouregreg River. The inspiration for the scheme began with an investigation into the country's rich cultural history. Read more.

Developer to Take One Year to Revise Bishopsgate Goodsyard in London


25 Jul 2016, London, United Kingdom

A developer has announced that it will spend a year redesigning its controversial Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme in east London in an attempt to win the backing of skeptical London City Hall officials. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for Hong Kong’s Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project


08 Jul 2016, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties unveiled plans for its continued development of Taikoo Place, an HK$15 billion (USD$1.9 billion) investment that will see the developer further transform its Quarry Bay home into a major business and commercial hub. Read more.

City of London Planners Explore Skyscraper Cluster Expansion Plan


08 Jul 2016, London, United Kingdom

City of London planners are looking at whether the visual impact of Rafael Viñoly’s 20 Fenchurch – also known as the Walkie Talkie – could be reduced by extending the Square Mile’s cluster of tall buildings southwards. 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.

Zaha Hadid’s Melbourne Tower Nears Planning Approval


10 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

A proposed 54-story tower was referred to Victoria’s planning minister for approval without consideration by the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee, meaning the project is now closer to obtaining a planning permit. Read more.

San José Experiencing High-Rise Building Boom


09 May 2016, San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rican cities across the Greater Metropolitan Area are experiencing a major high-rise building boom fueled by a combination of changing consumer preferences, more attractive housing credit, and quality of life concerns. Read more.