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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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Plan Unveiled to Retrofit Milan Office Tower


20 Sep 2018, Milan, Italy

PLP Architecture has unveiled €160 million ($188.2 million) plans to breathe new life into a 1962 office tower in Milan that has lain empty for years. The retrofit will result in lower energy consumption. Read more.

First Residents Move into Melbourne CBD's Tallest Residential Tower


19 Sep 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Residents have begun to move into the first 336 apartments of a 941-unit residential tower in Melbourne, which is slated to be the tallest in the city’s CBD. The 269-meter building features residential, retail, and office uses. Read more.

City of North Vancouver Council Approves 18-Story Building


19 Sep 2018, Vancouver, Canada

An 18-story mixed-use building has been approved to rise on the site of a medical building in North Vancouver, Canada. The project includes 2,947 square meters of office space and 1,703 square meters of commercial retail space. Read more.

Holiday Inn Hotel to Open in Riga’s Preses Nams Tower in 2022


19 Sep 2018, Riga, Latvia

A prominent hospitality brand has signed an agreement to open a hotel in Riga’s Preses Nams tower. The 280-room facility, which is planned to launch in 2022, will include a restaurant, conference hall, and fitness center. Read more.

60-Story Mixed-Use Tower to Transform Watamu, Kenya Skyline


19 Sep 2018, Watamu, Kenya

A 370-meter tower is planned to rise in the Kenyan town of Watamu. The 61-story scheme includes 180 serviced apartments, a casino, nightclub, retail mall, cinema, five-star hotel, and convention center. Read more.

London’s Finsbury Tower to be Redeveloped


18 Sep 2018, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been announced for the redevelopment of an existing 15-story office building in London’s tech district into a 29-story mixed-use structure with more contemporary accommodations. Read more.

New York City’s One Seaport Tops Out


18 Sep 2018, New York City, United States

One Seaport, in New York City’s Financial District, has topped out. The 204-meter building is notable for its protruding balconies wrapping around its smooth, rectilinear glass façade. Read more.

Sydney’s ARC by Crown Group’s Serviced Apartments to Open by Mid-October 2018


17 Sep 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Skye Suites-branded serviced apartment offering is set to open in the new ARC by Crown Group in central Sydney by mid-October 2018. The building will host will host 73 serviced apartments among 179 residential apartments. Read more.

Chicago’s Willis Tower Base Renovation Name, Tenants Announced


17 Sep 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of Chicago’s Willis Tower have revealed that its nearly 28,000 square-meter podium addition will be called “Catalog,” in recognition of the tower’s original developer, Sears, Roebuck & Company. Read more.

Phase Two of Cordoba’s Capitalinas Complex to Open in 2019


14 Sep 2018, Cordoba, Argentina

The second building of a 100,000 square-meter development in Cordoba, Argentina is set to open to office tenants in June 2019. The 34-story tower includes a convention center, a hotel, and 14,000 square meters of office space. Read more.

Top Knocked Off the Last of Grimsby's Iconic High-Rise Towers


14 Sep 2018, Grimsby, United Kingdom

Six tower blocks are being demolished in the East Marsh area of Grimsby, with the final tower set to be flattened by September 15. A community stadium or a housing development have been proposed to rise on the former towers’ site. Read more.

Vegetation-Focused Complex Under Construction in Shanghai


14 Sep 2018, Shanghai, China

A multi-tower development has begun construction in the Yangpu district of Shanghai, with a projected completion date of 2020. The development, inspired by the landscapes of rural China, includes a plaza with gardens and public art. Read more.

Developer Submits Plans for 123-Meter Gold Coast Tower


14 Sep 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has submitted plans for a 40-story tower in the central Broadbeach sector of Gold Coast. The 123-meter project comprises 61 apartments, a retail tenancy, and an infinity symbol-shaped floorplate. Read more.

New Photos Released of a 38-Story Residential Tower in Honolulu


13 Sep 2018, Honolulu, United States

Photos have been released of a 311-unit condominium in Honolulu, as part of a 60-acre (24-hectare) master plan. The building features a cantilevered saltwater pool 4.5 meters from the edge of the seventh floor. Read more.

Sydney's Martin Place Development Going Forward


13 Sep 2018, Sydney, Australia

A financial group has signed a deal with the New South Wales government to develop two towers near Sydney’s historic 50 Martin Place as part of the Martin Place integrated station development. The timeline for the project is six years. Read more.

Three Residential Towers to be Built in Málaga


13 Sep 2018, Málaga, Spain

Three residential towers totaling about 255 units, the majority of them luxury units, will be constructed in Málaga, Spain. The units will have access to a pool, a gym, recreational space and co-working space. Read more.

Tech Giant to Open New Toronto Headquarters in CIBC Square


12 Sep 2018, Toronto, Canada

A tech giant has announced plans to occupy 12,263 square meters of office space within a 49-story building under construction in Toronto. The company’s new headquarters are slated for completion in 2020. Read more.

Bank Aims to Occupy Proposed Chicago Union Station Tower


12 Sep 2018, Chicago, United States

A bank may move its Chicago operations to a proposed 218-meter tower included in the Union Station redevelopment plans. The scheme, which recently announced revisions, includes mixed uses and a 6,070-square-meter park. Read more.

2,000 of Brussels’ Public Service Officers Set to Occupy Rising 30-Floor Tower


12 Sep 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The local government of Brussels has announced the relocation of 2,000 public service officers to a 136-meter office tower, which is currently under construction along the Boulevard Saint-Lazare. Read more.

Architects Propose a "Wooden Skyscraper City" for Stockholm


11 Sep 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

Plans have been unveiled for a conceptual housing development on Stockholm’s waterfront, with 31 cross-laminated timber towers, which will be self-contained city blocks containing 3,000 homes and 30 restaurants. Read more.

The Cidade de Xustiza (City of Justice) in Vigo Has Been Idling for Four Months


11 Sep 2018, Vigo, Spain

Progress on the renovation of a former hospital into a courthouse in Vigo, containing at least 35 courts, has slowed substantially, however, the government has offered assurances that the project is moving forward. Read more.

25-Story Tower to Rise at Super Corridor in Indore


11 Sep 2018, Indore, India

A 75-meter tower to be built in Indore’s Super Corridor has been approved by the local High-Rise Committee. The project is estimated to cost Rs 300 crore (US$41.2 million) and will offer 464.5 square meters of commercial space. Read more.

Plans Lodged for First Phase of Brisbane’s Albion Redevelopment


10 Sep 2018, Brisbane, Australia

Phase one of a 4,900-square-meter transit-oriented scheme in the Brisbane suburb of Albion has been submitted for approval, with community feedback to begin soon. Towers reaching 30 and 23 stories, respectively, comprise the first stage. Read more.

Design Announced for Fractalized Residential Tower in Quito


10 Sep 2018, Quito, Ecuador

The design for a new residential tower, which is set to become one of Quito’s tallest, has been unveiled. The 24-story project features staggered stacks of units, which create private indoor and outdoor spaces for residents. Read more.

Fresh Renderings Released for 57-Story Tampa Bay Tower


10 Sep 2018, Tampa, United States

New images have been unveiled for a mixed-use tower planned for Tampa’s Riverwalk promenade, which feature the project’s ship-inspired design. The 57-story building will include office space, condos, and a sky deck. Read more.

Engineering Firm Selected to Construct Kuala Lumpur’s Oxyley Towers


10 Sep 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A construction and engineering firm has been selected to erect a complex in Kuala Lumpur, which includes three towers rising 79, 49, and 29 floors, respectively. The complex is slated to feature two hotels, residences, and office space. Read more.

Multiple Proposals Revealed for Landmark High-Rise Project in Auckland


07 Sep 2018, Auckland, New Zealand

Several proposed designs for a new mixed-use tower in Auckland have been released. The winning design for the hotel and apartment building, which is set to be announced in October, will rise in the city’s entertainment district. Read more.

Crack Appears in Sinking San Francisco Tower’s Window


07 Sep 2018, San Francisco, United States

A large crack has appeared in the window of a 36th-floor unit in a San Francisco high-rise. The fissure may indicate a separation of the façade from the building’s structure, which is currently tilting 45 centimeters from its original positioning. Read more.

Certified Passive House High-Rise in Bilbao Aims for Tallest Designation


07 Sep 2018, Bilbao, Spain

A recently completed 108-unit residential high-rise has achieved the Passive House energy efficiency standard in Bilbao, northern Spain. At 88 meters, the tower may be the tallest building with that designation. Read more.

Fire in Johannesburg Provincial High-Rise Burns for More Than Two Days


07 Sep 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa

A fire broke out in a 115-meter government building on September 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and had yet to be extinguished two days later. The incident occurred amid concerns that the building was unfit for habitation. Read more.