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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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Supertall Tower Planned for Imperial Square in Gold Coast

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15 May 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has revealed plans for a massive supertall tower in Southport, which would contain more floors than the Empire State Building and reportedly take the title as Australia’s and the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building. Read more.


New Owners Rebrand Seattle High-Rise Project

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15 May 2017, Seattle, United States

The team behind the Potala Tower, a 41-story mixed-use tower under construction in downtown Seattle, is rebranding the development as Arrivé. The tower is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. Read more.


Construction Contractor Declares Melbourne’s EQ Tower Officially Complete

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15 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A construction contractor has just completed work on the 63-story EQ Tower, delivering the brand new residential building to Melbourne’s CBD skyline. The tower comprises a total of 633 apartments in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations. Read more.


Japanese Lamp-Inspired Office Tower Proposed in Vancouver

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15 May 2017, Vancouver, Canada

With a design inspired by a Japanese lamp, a new high-rise planned for 400 West Georgia Street could become a bright spot on Vancouver's architectural design scene. The 24-story tower features offset cubes sprouting from a central stem. Read more.


Mountain-Shaped Tower Complex Nears Completion in Beijing

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12 May 2017, Beijing, China

New images offer a first look at the nearly completed glass volumes of Chaoyang Park Plaza. Construction began on the project in 2012, with the main focus being a pair of asymmetrical skyscrapers modeled on the shapes of rock formations. Read more.


Demo Permits Filed for Site of Proposed Supertall in New York City

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12 May 2017, New York City, United States

After a long-gestating but never-executed plan to develop buildings at 80 South Street and 163 Front Street in the South Street Seaport, the site’s owner has officially filed demolition permits at both locations. Read more.


Design Competition Win Revives Aarhus Ø Complex Plans

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12 May 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

Two architecture firms have won a competition to design a new mixed-use development on the harbor front, reviving a project that was proposed in 2014. Called Aarhus Ø, the complex will offer residential, retail, and conference uses. Read more.


Work Begins on High-Rise Hospital in Philadelphia

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12 May 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Work on a new high-rise hospital has begun in Philadelphia. The $1.5 billion scheme for the University of Pennsylvania is being built on the former site of the 20-story, 1975-built Penn Tower Hotel, which was demolished in 2016. Read more.


Heritage Recommendation Advances Design for Nobu Residences in Toronto

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11 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto city staff have recommended approval for Nobu Residences' heritage plan, moving the project a step forward. Up next will be a May 18 review at the Toronto Preservation Board (TPB), which will continue the approvals process. Read more.


New Commercial Tower Planned as Part of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Renewal

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11 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane City Council has recommended approval of plans for a new office tower in Fortitude Valley. The 23-story tower will encompass the first phase of a US$368.5 million, multi-stage development. Read more.


Unit Closings Underway at Miami’s Biscayne Beach Development as Construction Completes

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11 May 2017, Miami, United States

Joint developers are moving forward with unit closings at Biscayne Beach in East Edgewater. Construction of the 51-story bayfront tower is now complete and an initial temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) has been issued. Read more.


Bandar Malaysia Complex on Hold as Government Cancels Development Deal

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11 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s biggest real estate project, the Bandar Malaysia complex, is in turmoil after the government canceled – without warning – a deal with its Chinese-Malaysian master developer, citing repeated failure to meet payment obligations. Read more.


Construction Begins on Four-Phase Residential Project in Rostov-on-Don

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10 May 2017, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Construction has begun on the first phase of a new four-tower residential project, called The Seasons. The project will be developed in four phases, comprising almost 1,100 apartments to be completed by the end of 2021. Read more.


Design Team Chosen for Etobicoke Civic Centre in Toronto

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10 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

A team has won a competition to design the new Etobicoke Civic Centre, beating out proposals from three other contenders. The development will include municipal offices, community services, and an expansive outdoor plaza. Read more.


Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen to Open in Summer of 2017

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10 May 2017, Shenzhen, China

Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen will house 258 rooms, varying in size and layout. Rooms will feature a mix of the brand's usual music-inspired décor as well as modern Chinese elements. Read more.


Aspen West Campus Student Housing Tower on the Rise in Austin

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10 May 2017, Austin, United States

The co-developer of The Independent is witnessing their latest project come to life near the University of Texas campus. The $60 million Aspen West Campus student housing tower is now under construction at 1909 Rio Grande Street. Read more.


Construction Progresses on The Opus in Dubai

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09 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Opus is steadily nearing completion in Dubai. At the moment, the interior of the building remains a forest of scaffolding, and the only guide to its eventual appearance are the renderings produced by the architects. Read more.


Affordable Mixed-Use Tower Proposed at 495 Eleventh Avenue in New York City

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09 May 2017, New York City, United States

The New York City Economic Development Corporation has selected a development team to build an affordable 234-unit, mixed-use tower at 495 Eleventh Avenue, located between West 39th and 40th Streets in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more.


Jarvis Street Residence Tops Out in Toronto

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09 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

The 30-story Jarvis Street Residence has been steadily growing upwards since reaching grade in mid-2016. Roughly one year since this milestone was met, the building is now topped out at its final height. Read more.


LED Artwork Proposed for Crown of San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower

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08 May 2017, San Francisco, United States

At a Planning Commission hearing on May 4, the city considered a proposal for a light display designed by a San Francisco-based LED artist for the top of the 326-meter Salesforce Tower. A decision has yet to be made on the proposal. Read more.


New Skyscraper Included in Bratislava's Eurovea 2 Complex Proposal

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08 May 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

The developer behind the multifunctional complex Eurovea 2 has revealed more details and renderings for the upcoming project. The proposal includes plans for a new skyscraper in Bratislava, a tower rising over 150 meters. Read more.


Nearly 400 Birds Found Dead After Slamming Into Galveston Office Building

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08 May 2017, Galveston, United States

On the morning of May 4, office workers found 395 dead birds outside One Moody Plaza – also known as the American National Insurance building – after the flock apparently became disoriented and crashed into the skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Read more.


New Owner Rekindles Redevelopment of London’s Elizabeth House

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08 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

The planned US$776 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House by Waterloo Station has been revived by new owners. The new scheme comprises two 29- and 10-story buildings that would provide offices, retail, and residential units. Read more.


Architect Reflects on Huangshan Mountain Village Following April Opening

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05 May 2017, Huangshan, China

Huangshan Mountain Village, comprising towers of five to 21 stories, has opened after five years of construction. In an interview with Wired, MAD’s founder and principal partner, Yansong Ma, reflects back on the design process for the complex. Read more.


Anchor Tenant Signs Lease for Proposed 110 North Wacker Drive in Chicago

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05 May 2017, Chicago, United States

An anchor tenant has been secured for a new 51-story office tower on Chicago’s Wacker Drive. The tenant will lease about 46,500 square meters in the proposed 125,400-square-meter high-rise at 110 North Wacker Drive. Read more.


Melbourne to House World’s Tallest Student Accommodation Tower

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05 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer claims that it is planning the world’s tallest student accommodation tower at 97 Franklin Street. The US$222 million, 60-story tower would be located in the Melbourne CBD and overlook RMIT University. Read more.


Campaigners Attack Policy Shift to Allow More Tall Buildings in Westminster, London

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05 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A petition has been launched against a potential change to Westminster City Council’s policy on tall buildings. Meanwhile, the council is running an eight-week public consultation to garner opinion about expansion in the borough. Read more.


40-Story Residential Tower Proposed for 75 Broadway Avenue in Toronto

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04 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

A developer has submitted a proposal for a new project at 75 Broadway Avenue. Plans would see the demolition of a portion of an existing 10-story apartment building in order to allow for the construction of a 40-story tower containing 402 rental units. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City's Historic District 4 Riverfront to Undergo Massive Redevelopment

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04 May 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Boston-based urban design firm recently unveiled a multi-tower master plan for the redevelopment of Ho Chi Minh City’s two-kilometer-long port located in District 4’s Khanh Hoi and Ben Nha Rong neighborhoods. Read more.


Oak Park High-Rise Tops Out and Gets Another New Name

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04 May 2017, Oak Park, United States

Crews have topped out a new mixed-use tower next to the central transit hub of Oak Park, a close-in Chicago suburb. The project, which consists of a 20-story tower and a five-story low-rise component, is expected to open in late 2017. Read more.