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18 May 2018, London, United Kingdom
Following the publication of a controversial review of current regulations, the UK Parliament agreed to consult on banning combustible cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings. Read more.
15 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A fire broke out in The Zen, a residential high-rise in Dubai Marina, on May 13. No injuries were reported, as many were away at work at the time, but the tower appears to be badly damaged. Officials said the fire started outside the building. Read more.
11 May 2018, London, United Kingdom
New details have emerged in the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, revealing that a plan to fit the 24-story high-rise with fire-resistant cladding was dropped amid pressure from the local council to save money. Read more.
01 May 2018, São Paulo, Brazil
An abandoned 24-story high-rise building in downtown São Paulo caught fire and collapsed on May 1. The fire is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. Firefighters said at least one person died in the collapse. Read more.
09 Apr 2018, New York City, United States
A fire broke out at Trump Tower in New York City on April 7, leaving one man dead and six firefighters injured before the blaze was put out. The fire was contained to the 50th floor of the 58-story, 202.4-meter tower. Read more.
05 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom
The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that decisions about the future of the Grenfell Tower site will be transferred to a new body representing residents and the bereaved. Read more.
15 Jan 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia
Dozens of people were injured when a floor at the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta collapsed. At least 77 people were taken to local hospitals. The cause of the collapse is unknown as of press time. Read more.
22 Dec 2017, Beijing, China
China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a draft regulation on fire safety for high-rise buildings and for public consultation, which includes a ban on shopping malls setting up on the third basement or below in high-rises. Read more.
19 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States
According to a new report, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower may be less safe than previously thought. The tower, already the center of several lawsuits, could be exposing residents to a widespread fire risk. Read more.
19 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom
An interim report into the review of building regulations, carried out in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, has concluded that they are “not fit for purpose,” and a “universal shift in culture” is needed to create “true and lasting change." Read more.
13 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom
Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety measures in tower blocks have cost United Kingdom’s councils and housing associations billions in retrofits, prompting arguments over who should pay for the measures. Read more.
11 Dec 2017, Changsha, China
A Chinese “rooftopping” star fell to his death while performing a stunt in November 2017. Police have confirmed that Wu Yongning fell to his death from the 54-story Huayuan Centre in Changsha, Hunan. Read more.
11 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom
Almost 400 companies are being investigated for possible offenses, including corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety laws, over their role in the construction or refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. Read more.
07 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States
A planned 51-story tower on Wacker Drive has run into an unexpected obstacle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the project for potential “adverse effect” from demolishing an architecturally significant building. Read more.
04 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Three years after fire ripped through 15 floors in a matter of minutes, the builder behind the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne’s Docklands has agreed to replace the combustible cladding on the tower. Read more.
01 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China
A skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, December 1, 2017. The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m. on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city center. Read more.
22 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom
The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry has refused a prominent architecture organization's application to become a “core participant” (CP) on the review into the 71 deaths caused by the tragic fire in June 2017. Read more.
20 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom
Responding to the Grenfell Tower fire, UK's RIBA has called for every new residential building over three floors to have more than one vertical means of escape, as well as sprinklers in all new and refurbished residential buildings. Read more.
22 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom
The Grenfell Tower fire probe has widened to include 336 firms thought to be involved in the construction, refurbishment, or management of the building. Manslaughter is among the offenses that may be discovered. Read more.
20 Sep 2017, Mexico City, Mexico
Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes, and apartment buildings early Wednesday after Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 killed at least 217 people. Read more.
12 Sep 2017, Philadelphia, United States
Construction atop the rising Comcast Technology Center has been halted over concerns that the steel being used is cracked. The cracking may have occurred during the steel’s galvanizing process. Read more.
11 Sep 2017, Miami, United States
Three construction cranes collapsed onto buildings in South Florida due to Hurricane Irma's heavy winds. Crews had to wait until the the winds calm to mobilize. There have been no reported injuries. Read more.
21 Aug 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that in late July, glass from three broken panels fell from the 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Manchester Civil Justice Centre onto a footpath and road below. Read more.
14 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom
While residents of the Ledbury estate in southeast London have been told to move out after structural problems were found, a cladding system using stonewall insulation has become the first to pass new government-ordered fire safety tests. Read more.
08 Aug 2017, Sydney, Australia
The New South Wales (NSW) government has unveiled a fire safety plan that it says is “Australia’s most comprehensive” response to the issues exposed by London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in June. Read more.
07 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom
A steel beam being lifted by a crane working at the 22 Bishopsgate construction site in London crashed into the side of the Cheesegrater building, resulting in damage to the external glazing. Read more.
04 Aug 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For the second time in two years, a large blaze has ripped through the 79-story Torch Tower in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. All residents inside were safely evacuated. Read more.
31 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom
The investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people in June, has revealed that a type of cladding and insulation used in more than 80 tower blocks across the UK poses a “significant fire hazard.” Read more.
19 Jul 2017, Moscow, Russia
A fire broke out in a high-rise building undergoing renovations at 19 New Arbat Street in central Moscow. There has been no information on any injured, and Moscow’s Emergencies Services said there were no people inside. Read more.
17 Jul 2017, Honolulu, United States
At least three people have died and another 12 have been injured in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said. Hundreds fled the condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors. Read more.