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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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Zurich Voters Greenlight New Stadium and High-Rise Complex


28 Nov 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

A new 18,000-seat football stadium complex is to be built in Zurich, Switzerland, following local voter approval. The project, which includes two adjacent 137-meter high-rises, has a total estimated cost of $571 million. Read more.

Two-Tower Complex Joined by Illuminated Skybridge Proposed for Montreal


28 Nov 2018, Montreal, Canada

Developers have submitted a proposal for a two-tower mixed-use development to join Montreal’s downtown skyline. The 51- and 53-story towers are planned to host 1,500 new units and will be connected by an illuminated skybridge. Read more.

Four-Tower Southall Scheme in West London Approved


27 Nov 2018, London, United Kingdom

A developer has secured approval for a 575-home, four-tower scheme in west London. The $254 million project will include 2,100 square meters of office space as well as 926 cycle spaces, communal gardens and public space. Read more.

Tall Timber Commercial Tower Opens in Brisbane


27 Nov 2018, Brisbane, Australia

What is claimed to be Australia's tallest commercial tower engineered from timber, 25 King, has opened in Brisbane. A major engineering firm is occupying 43.5 percent of the building's 14,965 square meters of net-lettable area. Read more.

A 50-Meter Timber Tower to Rise on Paris’ Left Bank


27 Nov 2018, Paris, France

A timber tower on Paris’ left bank is scheduled for a 2021 completion. The residential project, known as the Wood Up tower, will rise 50 meters and 17 stories tall, and will accommodate 105 homes, ranging from studios to five-room apartments. Read more.

44-Story Gold Coast Tower Commences Construction


26 Nov 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The first phase of construction has begun on a 44-story residential tower, which is slated for an 1,821-square-meter Gold Coast site. The US$180.9 million high-rise features amenities such as a pool, lounge, and communal work space. Read more.

Funding Secured for Birmingham Development’s Tower II


26 Nov 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

A funding agreement has been secured to develop a 33-story residential tower in Birmingham as the second phase of a scheme. The proposed 217-unit building is scheduled for completion in 2019. Read more.

Fire Extinguished at Karachi’s Bahria Icon Tower


26 Nov 2018, Karachi, Pakistan

A fire broke out on the eighth story of a 273-meter tower in Karachi, Pakistan. The blaze has reportedly been contained within the under-construction tower, which is planned to become one of the tallest in the city. Read more.

29-Story Coquitlam Tower to Proceed Following Council Approval


26 Nov 2018, Coquitlam, Canada

The Coquitlam council has approved a 29-story tower to proceed with a rezoning application. The 251-unit high-rise is planned to replace a three-story condominium building in the city’s Burquitlam neighborhood. Read more.

Demolition Complete for Tree-Topped Skyscraper in New York City


21 Nov 2018, New York City, United States

The demolition for a planned 40-story, tree-topped skyscraper at 75 Nassau Street in New York City, is now complete. If permits are approved, the new 229-unit residential tower could reach completion sometime in 2021 or 2022. Read more.

Glass Floor Observatory Opens Atop King Power MahaNakhon in Bangkok


21 Nov 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The 78-story King Power MahaNakhon has been outfitted with an outdoor glass observatory deck called SkyWalk, which juts out over the edge of the building, allowing visitors to view Bangkok from a height of 314 meters. Read more.

Elevator Manufacturer to Equip Global Trade Center in Nairobi


21 Nov 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Global Trade Center Nairobi identified a major elevator manufacturer to supply elevators for the six-tower complex. The project includes a 43-story office tower, four residential towers and a 35-story hotel component. Read more.

Century Plaza Rebuild Well Underway in Los Angeles


20 Nov 2018, Los Angeles, United States

The Century Plaza Development in Los Angeles is scheduled for a 2019 completion. The project includes two 46-story towers that house a combined 300 luxury condominiums, in addition to the 400-guestroom hotel with commercial space. Read more.

Shibuya Scramble Square To Get Nearly 230-Meter-High Observation Deck in Tokyo


20 Nov 2018, Tokyo, Japan

The Shibuya Scramble Square, a 47-story skyscraper in Tokyo, has been scheduled for an autumn 2019 completion. The building will be topped with an observation deck offering a 360-degree, nearly 230-meter-high view of Tokyo. Read more.

Hotel Built Nearly 90 Meters Into a Shanghai Quarry Opens


20 Nov 2018, Shanghai, China

A 337-room underground hotel built nearly 90 meters deep into a quarry has opened in Shanghai. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland has two floors above ground and 16 floors below, with two of the underground levels also underwater. Read more.

The Tulip Tourist Tower Proposed in London


19 Nov 2018, London, United Kingdom

A 305-meter tourist tower called The Tulip has been proposed adjacent to 30 St. Mary Axe in London. The proposal includes glass slides and gondola pod rides, with completion estimated for 2025. Read more.

Webster Place Owner Plans Residential Expansion in Chicago


19 Nov 2018, Chicago, United States

The New York-based developer behind the 12,541-square-meter Webster Place shopping center has plans to expand with two 20-story residential, office and retail towers on an adjacent land parcel. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out at The 42, a 260-Meter Building in Kolkata


19 Nov 2018, Kolkata, India

A fire broke out on 17 November 2018 at The 42, a 260-meter-tall building in Kolkata that is currently under construction. The fire spread through nylon netting surrounding the project’s air conditioners. No casualties has been reported. Read more.

Residential Amenities Revealed for 15 Hudson Yards in New York City


16 Nov 2018, New York City, United States

A first look at residential amenities from New York City's 15 Hudson Yards includes an open-air rooftop deck enclosed by an 18-meter glass screen wall, and adjacent to a lounge, private kitchen and dining room. Read more.

South Tower at Deansgate Square Tops Out in Manchester


16 Nov 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom

A topping out ceremony was held for the 200.5-meter South Tower at Deansgate Square, a four-tower development in Manchester that ranges in height from 38 to 66 stories and incorporates 1.1 hectares of public space. Read more.

Detroit’s Monroe Blocks to Break Ground in December 2018


16 Nov 2018, Detroit, United States

Detroit’s Monroe Blocks Development is on schedule for a December 2018 groundbreaking. The site will include 75,994 square meters of office space, 170,000 square meters of retail space and 482 residential units. Read more.

Six Tourists Rescued After Being Stuck in 875 N. Michigan Elevator in Chicago


16 Nov 2018, Chicago, United States

Six people were rescued by the Chicago Fire Department in a blind-shaft elevator inside the former John Hancock Center at 875 N. Michigan on Nov. 16, 2018. Firefighters had to breach a brick wall to reach those trapped inside. Read more.

Atlanta Approves Controversial $5-Billion Development


15 Nov 2018, Atlanta, United States

A controversial $5 billion proposal for “The Gulch” was approved, potentially adding 12 buildings to the city. Meanwhile, Colony Square received a cash infusion, which includes the revitalization of its retail component and a new office building. Read more.

Plans for 32-Story Skyscraper in Sheffield Approved


15 Nov 2018, Sheffield, United Kingdom

A 32-story skyscraper has gained outline planning approval by Sheffield City Council. The project would consist of residential apartments and retail, and would create a pedestrian link between The Moor and Sheffield City Centre. Read more.

Planned Residential Complex in Midrand Includes Four Towers


15 Nov 2018, Midrand, South Africa

Ellipse Waterfall, a new high-rise residential development in Midrand with 590 units, has made US$29.4 million in sales within the first week of being listed. The project consists of four towers, which are scheduled to be completed by 2021. Read more.

New York City’s Plans for Amazon HQ2 Swing Into Action


14 Nov 2018, New York City, United States

A prominent e-commerce company has released plans for its new headquarters in New York City’s Long Island City. The company is also slated to lease 92,903 square meters of a 50-story tower in the area. Read more.

New Wave of London Bridge Schemes Emerges


14 Nov 2018, London, United Kingdom

Developers have unveiled designs for the regneration of the London Bridge sector, which will undergo review by London’s Southwark Council. The schemes include retail and office buildings, as well as a tower featuring an “origami-style” façade. Read more.

Three-Tower Complex Proposed for Córdoba, Argentina


14 Nov 2018, Córdoba, Argentina

A three-tower complex rising 110 meters has been proposed for Córdoba, Argentina. The 127,000-square-meter project is planned to contain a mall and 750 parking spaces, 945 residential apartments, and office space. Read more.

Sugar-Cane-Inspired Tower to Rise 41 Stories in Honolulu


14 Nov 2018, Honolulu, United States

An architecture firm’s first project in Honolulu is slated to rise 41 stories and is designed to imitate the curve of the area’s native red sugar cane. The 570-unit tower is set to join a 24.3-hectare development in the Ward Village district. Read more.

Property Developer Resubmits Plans to Outbuild North Sydney Neighbors


13 Nov 2018, Sydney, Australia

A property developer has submitted an amended development application to the North Sydney Council for a hotel and office building, taking it from 35 to 48 stories, which would make it the tallest in the neighborhood.Read more.