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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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JW Marriott Brand to Make Tampa Debut in $3 Billion Master-Planned Development

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06 Feb 2018, Tampa, United States

The JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts luxury brand will construct a new hotel in the Water Street Tampa district, adding 519 rooms to a $3 billion waterfront development that will see some 18 buildings constructed across 5.2 hectares when complete. Read more.


New York’s Empire State Building’s Upper Observation Deck to Be Overhauled

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06 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

Plans have been revealed for a revamp of the exterior of the 102nd-floor observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building. The plans would remove the existing windows and lower structure, replacing them with floor-to-ceiling windows. Read more.


Newark Developers Propose 11-Story Timber High-Rise

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05 Feb 2018, Newark, United States

Developers have planned an 11-story timber high-rise for the Riverfront Square redevelopment project in Newark. The city’s building code currently restricts timber construction to six stories, but developers are hoping for an exemption. Read more.


A Circular Office Tower is Planned in Lódz

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05 Feb 2018, Lódz, Poland

An architecture firm has released plans for a 13-story, 31,000-square-meter cylindrical office building across from the newly developed train station in Lódz, Poland. The developers will break ground in the summer of 2018. Read more.


Developer Launches Student Accommodation Tower in Brisbane

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05 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer of student housing has announced the launch of Student One Wharf Street, a 753-bed, 40-story student accommodation high-rise in Brisbane. The AU$120 million, 122-meter high Wharf Street tower completed in 2017. Read more.


Manchester High-Rise Construction Continues After Contractor Switch

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02 Feb 2018, Manchester, United Kindgom

Work has restarted on the Angel Gardens Tower project in Manchester after a replacement contractor was found, following the previous firm’s collapse. The 466-unit, 110-meter project, part of the NOMA regeneration, has not suffered delays. Read more.


Four Fulton Market Office Projects Top Chicago Plan Commission’s Agenda

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02 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The development boom in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood looks to keep on rolling with no less than four new Fulton Market office projects slated to go before the city’s Plan Commission for approval in February. Read more.


Architect’s Proposal for China Merchants Bank Headquarters in Shenzhen is Revealed

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02 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

A Dutch architect has revealed its design competition proposal for a major development in Shenzhen. Located along the city’s waterfront, the new global headquarters of a major Chinese bank seeks to form a part of the city’s coastline. Read more.


Two 50-Story-Plus Residential Towers Proposed for Chicago’s Fulton Market District

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01 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

Developer Related Midwest presented plans for two residential buildings in Chicago’s booming Fulton Market district. One will rise 58 stories and contain 370 apartments, a hotel, and fitness club; the 51-story tower will contain 300 condos. Read more.


Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Reaches Final Height in Fort Lauderdale

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01 Feb 2018, Fort Lauderdale, United States

The two-tower Auberge Beach Residences & Spa development in Fort Lauderdale has reached its final height along the Atlantic coast. The 171-unit project now stands at 23 and 17 stories, and contains units ranging from one to five bedrooms. Read more.


Proposal Submitted for ‘Subtropical’ Apartment Tower in Brisbane’s West End

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01 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

An application has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council for a 12-story residential tower in the heart of West End. The development comprises 446 units, retail space, and communal open space on the roof of the tower. Read more.


Architect Reveals Rendering of Mirrored “Crystal Rock” Office Block in Germany

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01 Feb 2018, Esslingen, Germany

A Dutch architecture firm has unveiled plans for a 12-story office block with an interactive mirrored façade in the city of Esslingen in southern Germany. The square grid façade will give the building a 3D profile resembling a pixelated map. Read more.


Brisbane’s Herston Quarter Approved for Construction

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31 Jan 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A pivotal component of Brisbane’s Herston Quarter health precinct is a step closer following the approval of an AU$347 million specialist rehabilitation care center. The health center will include numerous high-rise buildings. Read more.


Foundation Work Underway on The Pinnacle Tower in Nairobi

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31 Jan 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Foundation work is underway at The Pinnacle Tower, which will be Africa’s tallest skyscraper once completed in 2020. The high-rise will stand 320 meters and 70 stories tall, with a 275-meter observation deck with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more.


Tech Giant’s Seattle Headquarters Opens Rainforest Spheres

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31 Jan 2018, Seattle, United States

The world’s largest online retailer has opened The Spheres complex on its high-rise campus in Seattle. The Spheres’ three glass domes house some 40,000 plants and contain walkways and unconventional meeting spaces for employees. Read more.


Spire Installation at the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg is Complete

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30 Jan 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia

The installation of the Lakhta Center’s spire has been completed. The 462-meter-tall, 86-story high-rise in St. Petersburg will be the tallest building in Europe once complete, which developers expect to happen by the end of 2018. Read more.


Architect Appointed for Zhejiang World Trade Center Redevelopment in Hangzhou

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30 Jan 2018, Hangzhou, China

An architect has been chosen to redevelop the Zhejiang World Trade Center complex in Hangzhou, China, which was originally built in 1987. The project will add underground commercial space connecting the complex to the Metro system. Read more.


Chinese Developer Confirms Sale of Sydney’s Circular Quay, Gold Coast’s Jewel Projects

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29 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has confirmed the sale of its Australian real estate projects to an unnamed investor. The two projects, One Circular Quay in Sydney and Jewel at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, are both under construction. Read more.


Historic England “Unable to Support” Scheme for Manchester’s St. Michael’s Tower

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29 Jan 2018, Manchester, Untied Kingdom

Preservation group Historic England has said that it is unable to support an architect’s reworked design for the proposed St. Michael’s Tower development in downtown Manchester backed by two former footballers. Read more.


Detroit’s Leland Hotel to be Renovated

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29 Jan 2018, Detroit, Untied States

The former Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit is expected to undergo a $120 million-plus renovation that will convert the building into a mix of 339 affordable and market-rate apartments and add a 650-space parking deck. Read more.


Sydney’s Westpac Place Sold

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26 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

The world’s largest real estate owner is selling its 50 percent share in Sydney’s Westpac Place high-rise in a transaction that is expected to yield more than AU$800 million. The 35-story tower features 74,593 square meters of office space. Read more.


New Renderings Show Completed Wolf Point Skyscrapers in Chicago

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26 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A set of renderings recently shared by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects provides an updated look at Chicago’s Wolf Point mega-development. The renderings reveal additional details about the site’s third tower, which will rise 289.5 meters. Read more.


Architect’s Glass-and-Timber Tower to Adorn Oslo’s New Train Station

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26 Jan 2018, Oslo, Norway

A project called Nordic Light has won a competition for a high-rise building and train station in the center of Oslo. The modular tower will contain hotels and offices and will be made of timber and glass, reflecting Oslo’s historic structures. Read more.


New Supertall Skyscraper Could Rise Behind a Redeveloped Tribune Tower in Chicago

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25 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A skyscraper that could become Chicago’s second- or third-tallest building is planned for a parking lot next to the historic Tribune Tower. Expected to rise to 423 meters, the proposed development would contain residential units and a hotel. Read more.


Final Renderings Released for The Grand in Los Angeles

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25 Jan 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Final renderings have been released for The Grand in downtown Los Angeles. The scheme includes a cinema, a 20-story, 314-room Equinox Hotel, and a 39-story residential tower containing 436 apartments, with retail at ground level. Read more.


Details Emerge for Expo City 5 Tower Near Toronto

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25 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

Additional details for Expo City 5, a proposed 61-story residential tower planned for the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, have emerged. Designed by Quadrangle Architects, the tower would feature a glazed podium with a landscaped rooftop area. Read more.


Architect Awarded Multi-Tower Health Campus Design in Kunming

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24 Jan 2018, Kunming, China

John Portman & Associates has announced that, after winning a design competition in October 2017, the firm has finalized a contract to begin work on the Greenland Dian Lake International Health Town. Read more.


Taipei’s Latest Skyscraper Inspired by the Shape of Bamboo Shoots

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24 Jan 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

Architecture firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners is set to design the latest addition to Taipei's skyline – a 280-meter-tall, green bamboo-shaped skyscraper that will house two luxury hotels with a combined 500 rooms. Read more.


Chicago’s One Bennett Park Tops Off

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24 Jan 2018, Chicago, United States

One Bennett Park, set to be the tallest all-residential skyscraper in Chicago, has officially topped out. The 254-meter, 67-story tower will feature a mixture of 69 condominiums and 279 rental apartments with high-end amenities. Read more.


Architect References Moscow’s Historic Architecture with Competition-Winning Design

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23 Jan 2018, Moscow, Russia

An architect has been selected as the winner of an international design competition for a new mixed-use complex to be located near several important historic buildings in the city center of Moscow. Read more.