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CTBUH Global News

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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Kingdom Tower Mobilizes Construction


24 Feb 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The kilometer-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, currently under construction, is showing new signs of life, as the developer of the project has commissioned engineering and construction consultants to test the required building materials. Read more.

Housing Tower Project to Rise in Yangon


24 Feb 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

The Singapore-based Golden Land Real Estate Development Group announced the development of a housing community in Myanmar’s capital, Yangon, which will include nine 33-story high rise residences on 33,977 square meters of land. Read more.

Atypical Tower Re-development Revealed


21 Feb 2014, New York, United States

Plans to demolish a university building at 101 Murray Street in New York, and build in its place a 262-meter Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed skyscraper, reveal a structure that resembles a top-heavy observation, rather than residential, tower.Read more.

Skyscrapers Double as Billboards with New Video Glass Technology


21 Feb 2014, Hong Kong, China

In Hong Kong, “Video Glass” technology is being developed to replace existing LED video advertisements on tall buildings with an energy-efficient system that can transform an entire building into a projection screen. Read more.

Unanimous Approval for New Comcast Tower in Philly


21 Feb 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Five bills that will pave the way for the construction of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, a 341-meter addition to the Philadelphia skyline, have been unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission.Read more.

Approval of Skyscraper to Bring "Gotham" to London


20 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a 170-meter skyscraper at 40 Leadenhall Street, which has been nicknamed the “Batman Building,” have been recommended for approval by the City of London’s planning office. Read more.

Buildings Don Invisibility Cloak


20 Feb 2014, Cheongna, South Korea

Reflective buildings have captured the imaginations of architects, as more seemingly invisible skyscrapers blend in with the sky, or in the case of a tower in South Korea, attempt to outright disappear. Read more.

Design Details Revealed for Hudson Spire


19 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The much-anticipated plans for New York City’s Hudson Spire, located in the developing Hudson Yards district, were released by MJM + A Architects and indicate that the building is to rise to an astounding 549 meters. Read more.

Building Tall in Bangalore


19 Feb 2014, Bangalore, India

The IT capital of India, Bangalore, will soon tout a tall tower addition to its skyline, if Golden Gate Properties realizes its vision to develop the Presidential Tower, a 162-meter skyscraper. Read more.

Floor-Area Ratio Stalls Austin High-Rise Approval


19 Feb 2014, Austin, United States

The sale of a land parcel in downtown Austin to developer Riverside Resources is contingent upon the decision of city hall to increase the parcel’s zoning in order to allow a planned 37-story residential tower to be built. Read more.

Forgotten Space Beneath Tower-Adjacent Bridge Transformed into Public Showcase


18 Feb 2014, Vancouver, Canada

The development space under Granville Street Bridge, which includes the 150-meter Beach and Howe Street Tower, is to be brought to life as a vibrant public space that will function as a covered urban plaza for special occasions.Read more.

Design Revealed for Mormon Apartment Tower in Philadelphia


18 Feb 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Robert A.M. Stern Architects has unveiled its design of 1601 Vine Street, Philadelphia, which will include a meetinghouse and a 32-story residential tower adjacent to the existing Mormon temple located in the city center.Read more.

Tower Residences Launched on Palm Jumeirah Island


18 Feb 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nakheel put 504 luxury units in a 50-story Dubai tower on the market this week. The Palm Tower will include a five-star hotel, viewing platform, and infinity pool, which are available to the fully serviced residences. Read more.

Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt


17 Feb 2014, Shanghai, China

The two daredevils who scaled the under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower have prompted tighter security controls from tall building owners, who previously authorized professional photographers with proper harnesses to ascend their properties. Read more.

Tower Howl Heard Throughout Manchester


17 Feb 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

With wind gusts of up to 113 kph (70 mph), in recent weeks the “Beetham Tower Howl” was heard screeching across the city center and into the suburbs, due to a glass and metal sculpture that rests atop the building. Read more.

Rendering of Suburban Skyscraper Unveiled in Melbourne


17 Feb 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The 114-meter suburban Sovereign Square project, revealed by The Buchan Group, is based on a metro station-adjacent, transit-oriented plan that encourages pedestrians to move both vertically and horizontally through the building. Read more.

Fog Phenomenon Returns to Transform Dubai Skyline


14 Feb 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Twice a year, weather conditions generate a cloud-like fog that settles between the ground and sky, which creates a heavenly vision of the world’s tallest skyscraper tips and is captured by photographers and residents alike. Read more.

Mixed-Use Skyscraper Planned for Metro D.C.


14 Feb 2014, Rosslyn, United States

Rosslyn, Virginia, will soon be home to two 108-meter towers that will provide residential, retail, and public space, and will also share a block with a new Metro station. The project is intended to create an improved pedestrian experience for commuting residents. Read more.

Solution Planned for Walkie Scorchie's Rays


13 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

The owners of 20 Fenchurch, more recently known as “the Walkie-Scorchie” because of its ability to bend and concentrate light toward the street below, have proposed a solution to the building’s reflective beam. Read more.

Auckland Announces Proposed Tallest Skyscraper


13 Feb 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

Mayor Len Brown welcomed Shanghai-based New Development Group’s $350 million proposal for the 209-meter NDG Auckland Centre, which anticipates the title of “Auckland’s tallest building” upon completion. Read more.

Manhattan West Reveals Residential Rendering and Redevelopment Plan


13 Feb 2014, New York, United States

Brookfield Properties has unveiled images of its 60-story residential tower, as well as plans for the redevelopment of the existing building at 450 West 33rd Street, both of which are to be incorporated into the Manhattan West mega-development. Read more.

Science behind Falling Ice from One World Trade Center


12 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The ice falling from One World Trade Center and other modern skyscrapers is attributed to advances in the construction of efficient facades that insulate interiors and keep exteriors cool, according to a CTBUH report cited in the New York Times Feb. 11. Read more.

Farrells Wins Competition to Build Shenzhen Development


12 Feb 2014, Shenzhen, China

UK architecture firm Farrells has won a competition for a master plan that encompasses two adjacent sites in the Shenzhen Qianhai Special Economic Zone. The project is billed as an opportunity to expand trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Read more.

One Blackfriars Opens Sales Office in Dubai


12 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

One Blackfriars, a 165-meter residential tower developed by Berkeley Group, has opened a sales office in Dubai to market the residences directly to an increased global audience, which has caused a mixed response in London. Read more.

Wilshire Grand's Continuous Concrete Pour May Break World Record


11 Feb 2014, Los Angeles, United States

Construction of the supertall 335-meter Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles is underway, with plans to fill a 30-meter foundation with concrete in one fell swoop on February 15. The project will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest continuous pour. Read more.

Rosewood Sanya to Open at Haitang Bay


11 Feb 2014, Sanya, China

Poly Real Estate Group has been appointed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to manage Rosewood Sanya, which occupies 14 floors within a 46-story building at Haiting Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The Goettsch Partners design includes oceanfront views from each room. Read more.

Leeds' City Council Enacts Its Own Solution for Bridgewater Place Downdrafts


11 Feb 2014, Leeds, United Kingdom

In addition to the safety measures recently proposed by the owners of the 110-meter Bridgewater Place to deflect a deathly downdraft, the city has proposed additional interim measures to be enacted until the skyscraper’s owners have completed their own solutions.Read more.

Chengdu Opens "City within a City"


10 Feb 2014, Chengdu, China

The International Finance Square, which opened this month in Chengdu, features a 210,000 square-meter dynamic pedestrian podium to anchor the high-rise development of office, residential, and luxury hotel space.Read more.

Metropolis Development in L.A. Awards Construction Contract


10 Feb 2014, Los Angeles, United States

Tishman Construction has been selected to manage and construct phase one of Greenland Group’s massive Metropolis development, which will infill a downtown city block that spans along a corridor from work to play for L.A.’s growing pedestrian culture.Read more.

Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date


10 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel in May. Each room will offer unique floor-to-ceiling sloped windows. Read more.