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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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London’s Paddington Cube Receives Green Light for Planning

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17 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

London Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has decided not to call in the 18-story Paddington Cube scheme in London, following its stalled approval. The decision paves the way for construction of the USD$627 million scheme. Read more.


Developer Cancels Plan for Timber-Framed Tower in New York

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17 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

The developer behind plans for New York's tallest timber-framed building has axed the project. The 10-story tower proposed for 475 West 18th Street in Chelsea was to be built using a mass-timber structure – a first of its kind for the city. Read more.


Proposed Gold Coast Residential High-Rise features 1:13 Slenderness Ratio

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16 Mar 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has unveiled the architectural design for a USD$154 million, cutting edge residential tower on a prime beachfront site in Surfers Paradise. A development application for the tower was lodged with City of Gold Coast. Read more.


New York Planners Seek to Update Obscure Shadow Rule

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16 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

New York City is looking to change a method developers use to calculate how much sunlight a building will obscure once it tops out in order to promote taller buildings in the 73-block Midtown East neighborhood. Read more.


Developers Pull Planning Application for Contentious Manchester Towers

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16 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has said it is expecting Jackson’s Row Developments to withdraw the planning application for their contentious St. Michael’s Towers scheme imminently after significant local outcry. Read more.


Construction Contractor Named for Africa’s Tallest Tower

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15 Mar 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Hass Group has announced that it has signed a $194 million agreement with the world’s largest construction company, CSCEC, to construct Hass Towers in Nairobi’s Upper Hills business district. Read more.


Historic Broadway Hotel to be Centerpiece of Brisbane Redevelopment

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15 Mar 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A Brisbane developer is progressing with its plans to transform Woolloongabba’s historic Broadway Hotel and surroundings into a world class residential, commercial, and food and dining destination. Read more.


Details Revealed for Residential High-Rise in LA’s Koreatown

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15 Mar 2017, Los Angeles, United States

New details are available for a 269-foot (82-meter) tower set to rise in LA’s Koreatown neighborhood. The proposal, referred to as 2900 Wilshire in planning documentation will contain 644 residential units. Read more.


Two-Tower Residential High-Rise Project Added to London’s Greenwich Peninsula

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15 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been granted for an ambitious new residential scheme featuring 400 residential units designed by Alison Brooks Architects for Knight Dragon’s Greenwich Peninsula development in London. Read more.


Yoma Central Complex Breaks Ground in Yangon

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14 Mar 2017, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar is receiving increased inward investment as a number of high-profile projects get underway across the country. In Yangon, a groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for Yoma Central, a two-tower complex. Read more.


Planners Approve Scheme for Twin Manchester Towers

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14 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for a 36-story twin tower scheme in Manchester. Plans for the scheme, which is part of master plan for the wider St. John’s area, include 600 homes for private rent. Read more.


Sales Launched for Second Tower of Via Bloor in Toronto

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14 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following the successful launch of phase one of the two-tower Via Bloor complex, phase two is being marketed to buyers. The 46-story phase-two tower, set to rise 139 meters, would feature 397 apartment units. Read more.


New Details Emerge for Orlando’s Proposed “Skyscraper” at Skyplex

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13 Mar 2017, Orlando, United States

While the official opening date for the 174-meter Skyscraper at Skyplex observation tower in Orlando has been pushed back to 2020 due to ongoing permitting, several additional attractions have been announced for the entertainment center. Read more.


Trinity Islands Scheme Submitted for Planning in Manchester

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13 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

A developer has submitted its Trinity Islands scheme. Subject to winning detailed planning approval, construction could start on the project in late 2017. As the final stage of the St. John’s scheme, the five-tower plan would complete by 2022. Read more.


Dubai-Based Firm Announces Concept for World’s First 3D-Printed Skyscraper

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13 Mar 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A construction technologies firm has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed skyscraper. As the technology has never been used or tested, it is likely that the plans will remain in a conceptual stage for the foreseeable future. Read more.


Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Historic Tea House to Include 39-Story Tower

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10 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

One of Southbank’s historic structures, The Robur Tea Building, is in line for a major new addition, with plans for a hotel and high-end apartments to be housed in a new 145-meter tower extending from its southern façade. Read more.


Massive Residential Development Unveiled for NYC’s South Bronx Waterfront

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10 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Developers are set to break ground on a 1,300-unit residential project on the South Bronx waterfront. Architects have sent along new renderings of the two-part complex at 2401 Third Avenue and 101 Lincoln Avenue in Mott Haven. Read more.


Reworked Vauxhall Tower Scheme Approved in London

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10 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

Following discussions, the revised plans for three buildings, which include a 37-story residential tower set for 12-20 Wyvil Road in the Vauxhall neighborhood of South London, have been approved by councilors. Read more.


33-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Evanston

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10 Mar 2017, Evanston, United States

On March 7, a 33-story residential tower was publicly revealed at a joint community meeting hosted by Evanston, Illinois’ 1st and 4th Wards. The project is slated to replace a bank drive-through and vacant lot at 601 Davis Street. Read more.


Hotel Named for Sloped Sydney High-Rise

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09 Mar 2017, Sydney, Australia

A new hotel featuring a 10-story hanging garden will open in Central Sydney in 2020, reportedly worth around USD$46 million. The 17-story tower at 430 Pitt Street will feature a sloping roof and “green waterfalls.” Read more.


Higold Headquarters Proposed for Foshan

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09 Mar 2017, Foshan, China

Pininfarina Architecture and Higold have announced Higold Headquarters. The 20-story building features a glazed double-skin façade with air ventilation placed within to facilitate heating and cooling. Read more.


Second Wolf Point Tower Sets Groundbreaking Date in Chicago

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09 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

News that the 48-story Wolf Point West tower is up for sale comes with a second exciting bit of information: the next phase of the project – an even taller residential development – is gearing up to start this spring. Read more.


Luxury Hotel Brand to Anchor Mercer Street Towers in Toronto

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09 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Adding a layer of gloss to what was already one of Toronto most-talked-about developments, the global luxury brand Nobu Hospitality has been announced as the operator of the 15-35 Mercer Street project. Read more.


Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne

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08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.


New Cladding Installation in Progress at Hanwha Headquarters in Seoul

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08 Mar 2017, Seoul, South Korea

The 1998-built Hanwha Headquarters in downtown Seoul is set to be revamped as part of an ambitious remodeling project to be completed by 2018. New cladding is currently making its way up the tower. Read more.


Peel Precinct Receives Planning Permission in Northwest London

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08 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

An architecture firm has won planning for Peel Precinct, a project set for the South Kilburn area. The seven-building scheme includes a 16-story tower and will feature a mix of residential, retail, café, healthcare, and pharmacy spaces. Read more.


Three-Tower Complex Proposed to Replace Arts District in Ho Chi Minh City

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07 Mar 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Nexus, a trio of 40-story towers, has been proposed for Ho Chi Minh City. Housing a commercial center, a business hotel, office space, and three high-rise apartment buildings, the complex will feature riverfront views. Read more.


Construction Contractor Named for San Antonio’s Frost Tower

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07 Mar 2017, San Antonio, United States

Weston Urban, KDC and TRT Holdings Inc. are developing Frost Tower in San Antonio, and now Clark Construction has won the contract to build the 440,000-square-foot (41,000-square-meter) office structure. Read more.


60-Story Skyscraper Proposed for Chicago’s River North

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07 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

An ambitious 60-story hotel and condominium tower will be heading to Chicago’s River North if the project's developer gets its way. The skyscraper would be the tallest built in the neighborhood in nearly 10 years. Read more.


Mannheim Master Plan Features Buildings in the Shape of H-O-M-E

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07 Mar 2017, Mannheim, Germany

MVRDV has released a proposal for an ambitious master plan to revitalize a former US army barracks in Mannheim, Germany. The project will see the 41-hectare site being transformed to offer mixed typologies and developments. Read more.