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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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Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing

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03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.


Melbourne’s Upcoming Collins Arch Project Selects Hotel Brand

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03 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have confirmed that W Melbourne will open in 2020 as part of its USD$769 million mixed-use luxury precinct Collins Arch. The hotel will be located in the eastern core of the project, offering 294 spacious guestrooms across 15 levels. Read more.


Cladding Continuing to Rise at Telus Sky in Calgary

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03 Feb 2017, Calgary, Canada

Cladding is continuing to rise up the base of Telus Sky in downtown Calgary, where the 59-story tower is set to become a signature piece of the local skyline. If construction remains on pace, the project should be on track to complete by 2018. Read more.


888 Boylston Street Completes in Boston

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03 Feb 2017, Boston, United States

As the last development site within the Prudential Center complex, the recently completed 71-meter 888 Boylston Street creates a new front door to one of the world’s most successful urban, commercial environments. Read more.


Three-Tower Greenwich Peninsula Proposal Unveiled in London

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02 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a $1.26 billion development on Greenwich Peninsula have been unveiled along with the full consultant team for the project. The Peninsula Place scheme will feature three towers rising to 30 stories in height. Read more.


Marco Melbourne Residential Tower Complex Completes

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02 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The signature dual towers of Marco Melbourne recently reached completion, creating a prominent presence on Melbourne’s skyline and a new residential address within the heart of Melbourne at Southbank. Read more.


16-Story Tower to Neighbor Historic K-Town Building in Los Angeles

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02 Feb 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A Los Angeles-based real estate firm plans to construct a 16-story residential tower on the parking lot behind Koreatown's Wilshire Professional Building, according to an environmental report published by the Planning Department. Read more.


City Officials Reveal $500 Million Plans to Rejuvenate Chicago’s Willis Tower

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01 Feb 2017, Chicago, United States

City officials have released renderings of proposed improvements for Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. The $500 million plans include six floors of new retail, an outdoor deck, and a "winter garden." Read more.


Curvy Hangzhou Gateway Completes in China

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01 Feb 2017, Hangzhou, China

Architects have completed the 16-story Hangzhou Gateway office building in China. The tower's curvy signature form is derived from two large voids carved into the structure’s mass – a feature inspired by Chinese rice fields. Read more.


New Details Emerge for Toronto’s Lower Yonge Precinct Development

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01 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

A December 2016 application for Site Plan Approval was filed with the City of Toronto for the redevelopment site on Queens Quay Boulevard East, known as the Lower Yonge Precinct. Documents have revealed new details about the complex. Read more.


19-Story Jardino Building Planned for Kangaroo Point in Brisbane

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31 Jan 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted a development application for a new 19-story residential tower located at 12 Hamilton Street, Kangaroo Point. Its design has borrowed concepts and ideas from the City Council’s new subtropical design guide. Read more.


150-Meter Apartment Tower Headed to Chicago’s Greektown

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31 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The unprecedented development boom taking place in Chicago’s West Loop is about to yield its tallest project yet – a 44-story cylindrical tower known as One South Halsted. A construction permit was recently issued for the project. Read more.


Leeds Councilors Back Proposal for City’s Tallest Tower

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31 Jan 2017, Leeds, United Kingdom

Plans for a USD$439 million mixed-use scheme in Leeds, which include proposals for the city’s tallest tower, have cleared a key planning hurdle. A pre-planning presentation for the South Bank project went before Leeds councilors last week. Read more.


New Luxury Hotel Proposed for Mecca

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31 Jan 2017, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A competition winning scheme for a hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Mecca has been revealed. The scheme addresses the shortage of accommodation in Mecca in response to the rapid growth in visitor numbers. Read more.


Proposed St. Michael’s Development in Manchester Submitted with Updated Cladding

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30 Jan 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

The revised designs for the proposed St. Michael’s development – which include a color change from black to bronze – were revealed as the 31- and 21-story towers close to Manchester Town Hall were finally submitted for planning. Read more.


Major Australian Bank to Relocate to Under-Construction Melbourne Tower

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30 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A major Australian bank is set to take up the anchor tenancy at 839 Collins Street. Located in the Docklands precinct, the tower will rise to 20 stories and feature 38,000 square meters of grade-A commercial office space. Read more.


Edmonton’s Stantec Tower Rises Above Ground

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30 Jan 2017, Edmonton, Canada

Stantec Tower is beginning its ascent from the heart of Edmonton’s ICE District. Recent photos show progress on the building's steel-framed commercial podium, which has climbed about seven stories thus far. Read more.


Construction Work Underway on Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center

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27 Jan 2017, Fuzhou, China

Construction is underway for the Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center in Fuzhou, China. The new, 29-story corporate building is set for a site along the Minjiang River in the Straights Financial Street Development of Fuzhou’s Taijian District. Read more.


Architect Wins Design Competition for Mississauga’s M City

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27 Jan 2017, Mississauga, Canada

An architect has won a competition to design a landmark building with offset floor plates for the master planned M City in Mississauga. The 60-story flagship Tower 8 will rise from the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway. Read more.


New Victoria Police Tower Gets the Green Light in Melbourne

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27 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The City West Police Complex, headquarters for the Victorian police force in Melbourne, has been given the green light to add a new, 39-story, high-security tower. The addition, set for 311 Spencer Street, is estimated to complete by 2020. Read more.


Chicago’s Newest Residential Tower Opens in River North

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27 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The recently opened Exhibit on Superior draws its name from its location in the heart of River North’s art gallery and furniture showroom district. The cream colored high-rise contains a variety of unit layouts starting at about $1,700 per month. Read more.


Chinese Firm Demolishes 19 Buildings in 10 Seconds to Make Way for the Wuhan CTF Finance Center

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26 Jan 2017, Wuhan, China

In what is being called the largest demolition of its kind in China, 19 towers were reduced to rubble in just 10 seconds in a spectacular demonstration of controlled implosion to make way for the 648-meter Wuhan CTF Finance Center. Read more.


City of London Planners Approve 1 Leadenhall Tower

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26 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Local architecture practice Make has been given the go-ahead for a new 32-story office block in the City of London. Backed by developers Brookfield Property Partners, the 1 Leadenhall scheme was approved by Corporation planners. Read more.


New Tower to Complete South Brisbane Student Accommodation Precinct

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26 Jan 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A new 17-story-tall student accommodation tower designed by Plus Architecture that would include 471 rooms will see the completion of an entire precinct block of student accommodation developments in South Brisbane. Read more.


Hotel Redevelopment Boosts Darling Harbour Rejuvenation in Sydney

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25 Jan 2017, Sydney, Australia

Darling Harbour’s rejuvenation has taken another step forward following the recent redevelopment of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 161 Sussex Street. The redevelopment process took place over a two-year period beginning in December 2014. Read more.


New Fire Code Targets Cladding Flammability in UAE Buildings

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25 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New fire safety regulations came into force across the UAE on January 22 in response to a series of blazes in towers in the Emirates over the past few years. The new code specifically targets flammability issues involving exterior cladding. Read more.


Preliminary Renderings Revealed for Times Mirror Square Development in LA

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25 Jan 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Preliminary renderings have been revealed for the long-rumored, 1,126-unit Times Mirror Square development that aims to replace the 1970s-era William Pereira addition to the Los Angeles Times Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Read more.


Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction

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25 Jan 2017, Budapest, Hungary

An architect has won the commission to design a new multi-tower master plan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, Hungary. The project is set to become the largest singular urban development in the city in nearly 30 years. Read more.


Architecture Firm Named for Two-Tower Shenzhen Scheme

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24 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

A new 129,000-square-meter, two-tower office complex in Shenzhen will sport a design by Goettsch Partners after the Chicago-based practice was announced as the winner of an intensive design competition. Read more.


New Photos Reveal Completed Qatar Foundation Headquarters in Doha

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24 Jan 2017, Doha, Qatar

OMA's new headquarters building for the Qatar Foundation in Doha is revealed for the first time in exclusive photographs. The building comprises a large 57-meter-tall cube with a façade of precast white concrete. Read more.