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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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UK's Tallest Residential Tower Plans Unexpectedly Deferred


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

Plans to build the UK's tallest residential tower in Canary Wharf have been deferred by Tower Hamlets Council due to concerns over the height of the building. Developer Chalegrove Properties wants to build a 75-story tower on the site of the former City Pride pub at 15 Westferry Road. Read more.

Sydney Scales Back Darling Harbour


25 Jun 2013, Sydney, Australia

A series of towers as tall as 40 stories and a major town square have been proposed to revamp Sydney's Haymarket as part of a AU$2.5 billion revival of Darling Harbour. The City of Sydney has since called for the removal of one tower from the proposal in order to avoid a wind-tunnel effect from the development. Read more.

West Avenue Sales Mark Dubai Real Estate Revival


25 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Select Property has announced that its West Avenue project in Dubai Marina has sold over 90 percent in five months. The $109 million residential tower is the first to be launched on the Marina since the downturn for 2008, Construction Week reports. Read more.

Former Murdoch Site to Become Residential Complex


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

NI Group Ltd.’s former headquarters in Wapping, East London, will be transformed into a residential district with up to 1,800 new homes in towers ranging between five and 33 stories. The proposals include affordable housing, educational facilities and more than 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.

New Tower in Honolulu


24 Jun 2013, Honolulu, United States

Development proposals for a 60-acre, 22-tower complex in the Kakaako district of Honolulu will soon be presented to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). The first phase would include a 400-foot (122-meter), 424-unit condominium tower, to be built at 404 Ward Avenue. Read more.

David Walker Plans Albert Embankment Tower


24 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

David Walker Architects has submitted a planning application for an 89-meter high rise in London's Albert Embankment on the Thames, The Architects’ Journal reports. The mixed-use tower will be built between a proposed Foster + Partners project and an under-construction Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners project. Read more.

Gold Coast Buildings May Harbor Degraded Concrete


24 Jun 2013, Gold Coast, Australia

Griffith University's Head of Architecture, Professor Gordon Holden, has expressed concerns that many of Gold Coast's most iconic high-rises may be suffering from "concrete cancer." The problem is caused by weather and atmosphere, and is degrading the poorly-built structures in the city, reports. Read more.

Unauthorized Base Jumpers Scare Residents and Evade Police


24 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

Three thrill seekers broke onto the roof of Chicago's Trump Tower overnight Thursday, June 20, and jumped from a roof area of the 1,389-foot (423-meter) skyscraper using parachutes. The trio was spotted jumping around 12:30 AM, prompting a series of 911 calls from Trump Tower residents. Read more.

Court Strikes Down Gazprom's Tall Plans


21 Jun 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia

A St. Petersburg court has struck down the exemption which previously granted Russian oil giant Gazprom permission to build its Okhta Center. The site, which contains remains of an ancient Swedish fortress from the time of Peter the Great's rule, is now on the city's cultural heritage protection list. Read more.

Trump Announces Vancouver Tower


20 Jun 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Billionaire business tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump is lending his brand to a new Vancouver project, developed by Holborn. The real estate magnate announced the new $360 million Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver as a press event at the future building site on June 18. Read more.

Lumber Company to Build KPF Tower


20 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

An undulating 12-story office tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will be built on the site of West 15th Street and Ninth Avenue in New York sometime next year. With an anticipated opening in 2016, Prince Tower is being developed by the owners of the lumberyard, Prince Lumber. Read more.

Gehry Updates Highly-Anticipated Toronto Project


20 Jun 2013, Toronto, Canada

A newly updated plan for the Mirvish + Gehry development on King Street West in Toronto was released by developer Projectcore this week. Originally announced last October, three Frank Gehry-designed towers will replace low-rise brick warehouse office buildings and the Princess of Wales Theater. Read more.

Cheesegrater Tops Out in the City of London


20 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

A ceremony marking the topping-out of The Leadenhall Building was held on Tuesday, June 18, attended by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Owned by the joint venture of British Land and Oxford Properties, the building has been under construction since early 2011 and is due to complete in summer 2014. Read more.

Chinese Company Makes Major Property Moves in UK


20 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

Dalian Wanda Group, one of China's largest property developers, announced it will launch a two-tower hotel and apartment complex in western London as part of a multi-billion dollar international property expansion. The skyscraper project will cost around £700 million (US$1.1 billion). Read more.

Brooklyn Tower to Save Public Library


19 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has approved a 32-story tower next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of efforts to increase the number of below-market-rate apartments in the area. The tower will also house a 109-year-old branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, which would otherwise have been forced to close. Read more.

Hollywood Towers Cut to Frame Capitol Records Building


19 Jun 2013, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council committee has approved a proposal to cut the height of the Millennium Hollywood Towers by 25 percent. Millennium Partners has agreed to build shorter structures to frame the nearby iconic Capitol Records building, The Los Angeles Times reports. Read more.

Brookfield Launches Latest Australian Tower Project


19 Jun 2013, Perth, Australia

Brookfield Office Properties has launched the final piece of its Brookfield Place on St. Georges Terrace in Perth. The company announced immediate plans to build a second 16-story tower in the development, adding 34,000 square meters (366,000 square feet) of office space to the complex. Read more.

OMA Tapped for Tors Torn


19 Jun 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

OMA has won the Tors Torn Competition for the development of two mixed-use towers in the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm. The two 100-meter (328-foot) landmark buildings will stand as the third-tallest skyscrapers in the Swedish capital, defining the area and city's growing center. Read more.

Should Skyscrapers be Protected from Other Skyscrapers?


18 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

At the CTBUH London Conference, Make Architects founding partner Ken Shuttleworth called for a designation of corridors to be put in place to protect views of The Gherkin. According to the architect, the building deserves official protection to prevent its being shrouded by new developments. Read more.

Oxford Launches New Toronto Project


18 Jun 2013, Toronto, Canada

Oxford Properties Group has unveiled plans to develop the new 40-story Ernst & Young Tower in the heart of downtown Toronto. The KPF-designed tower will be part of Oxford's full-block Richmond Adelaide Centre mixed-use complex and is scheduled for completion in 2017. Read more.

432 Park Hits $1 Billion in Sales


18 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The tower at 432 Park Avenue has almost reached $1 billion in sales, of the projected $2.7 billion in takings, CIM Group and Macklow Properties announced. The Raphael Viñoly-design tower is set to become the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere upon completion in 2015. Read more.

Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall


18 Jun 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express interest in building a higher tower in another city, perhaps as tall as one mile (1.6 kilometers). The board of directors of Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) met in Riyadh to discuss the Kingdom's progress. Read more.

Elevators Fail in Princess Tower


17 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Homeowners living in the tallest residential skyscraper still have to climb as much as 50 flights of stairs, after all eight elevators in the building broke down last week. The Princess Tower, which stands at 1,356 feet (413 meters), became the tallest residential building upon completion in September last year. Read more.

Sweden May Be Home to the Future Tallest Wooden Building


17 Jun 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

The latest addition to the timber high-rise discussion comes from Danish design firm C.F. Møller. For HSB Stockholm's architectural competition, the firm designed a solar-powered 34-story residential building made mostly of wood, with a concrete core and rooftop garden terraces. Read more.

'Oculi Solution' to Museum Tower Glare Rejected


17 Jun 2013, Dallas, United States

Researchers have unveiled a solution to the Museum Tower glare that has upset Nasher Sculpture Center officials. Under the proposal, oculi, openings in the screen covering the roof of the Center which admit natural light, would be recalibrated to prevent damage to the interior and its exhibits. Read more.

Sandy Inspires New York Safety Guidelines


14 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

A new report on safeguarding New York buildings from major storms and rising sea levels recommends changes to zoning code changes to improve, among other things, the resilience of high-rise residences. The city commissioned the 438-page report in order to better cope with storms like Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

The Christian Science Tower Gets Taller


14 Jun 2013, Boston, United States

Developers hope to add nearly 200 feet to the proposed Back Bay tower planned for the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, making it third tallest in the city. The latest version of the mixed-use development, submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, would now stretch 691 feet. Read more.

Willis Tower Struck by Lightning


14 Jun 2013, Chicago, United States

Photographer Scott Olson captured an image of lightning hitting the Willis Tower on Wednesday night, June 12. Severe storms passed through downtown Chicago and other part of the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and high winds. Read more.

NYCHA Looks to Raise Money by Building Towers


13 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plan to lease public land to developers to build luxury apartment towers dozens of stories tall, has angered public housing residents. NYCHA released drawings that show eight Manhattan developments the agency wants constructed on rented sites. Read more.

UNESCO Stomps Its Foot Again


13 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the body that recognizes sites of global cultural importance will soon make a decision whether to place London's Parliament Square on its "endangered list." The move follows concerns that famous views of Westminster are threatened by increasing skyscraper development. Read more.