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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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Oregon Becomes the First State to Permit Mass Timber High-Rises


22 Aug 2018, Portland, United States

Oregon has become the first state in the US to allow timber buildings to exceed six stories without special consideration. Three new building classifications were introduced, at a maximum of nine, 12 and 18 stories. Read more.

210-Meter High-Rise Breaks Ground in Phnom Penh


22 Aug 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A 210-meter, 46-story high-rise building has broken ground on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island. The total investment is estimated to be US$160 million and includes offices, a five-star hotel and a restaurant. Read more.

Fire in Ajman High-Rise Injures 20


21 Aug 2018, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in a 53-story tower in the United Arab Emirates, injuring 20. It allegedly started on the 26th floor in the air conditioning room before spreading to other levels, however it was extinguished before it could spread to nearby buildings. Read more.

Tower with Shifted Floorplates Takes Shape in Frankfurt


21 Aug 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

New construction photos of Frankfurt am main's Omniturm tower have been revealed, including progress of the glass cladding on the office portion of the tower. The 45-story, mixed-use project includes residential programming. Read more.

Tallest Tower of Gold Coast’s Jewel Development Tops Out at 170 Meters


20 Aug 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The tallest tower of a $731 million development on the Gold Coast waterfront has topped out, with the complex’s other two towers quickly approaching that status. The 47-story tower features a glass façade inspired by a local quartz crystal. Read more.

38-Story Condo Tower Plans Supported by Toronto City Council


20 Aug 2018, Toronto, Canada

Updated plans for a 38-story condominium tower have received support from the Toronto City Council, following a settlement with the Planning Department. The tower rises from a four-floor podium and is planned to host 560 suites. Read more.

Zhuhai CBD Complex to Feature Signature Skybridge


20 Aug 2018, Zhuhai, China

New images of a four-tower complex featuring a signature skybridge have been revealed. The development, slated for the New Hengqin District of Zhuhai, includes Grade-A office space, retail, leisure facilities, and outdoor terraces. Read more.

Guadalajara Tower Construction Terminated Following Adjacent Property Collapse


17 Aug 2018, Guadalajara, Mexico

Construction on a 24-story apartment building has been terminated in Guadalajara, following the collapse of part of an adjacent property. The local municipality plans to allow shoring work on the site to prevent further collapses. Read more.

Toronto “Future City” Vision Revealed, Includes Tall Timber


17 Aug 2018, Toronto, Canada

The vision for a “smart city” in Toronto’s Quayside port district has been unveiled. Plans include tall timber buildings reaching 50 stories, open air “stoas” or gathering spaces, and weather-modulating technological advancements. Read more.

Nairobi Governor Halts Construction of 43-Story Hotel Tower


17 Aug 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

The Nairobi Governor has halted the construction of a 43-story hotel tower, amid claims that the high-rise encroaches on public roads, and the contractors of the structure have not followed county planning laws. Read more.

Budapest’s Next Tallest Building to Proceed Despite Skyscraper Ban Announcement


16 Aug 2018, Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian government has announced a ban on the construction of buildings exceeding 90 meters in height in the capital city of Budapest. The ban will not alter approved plans for an oil company’s 120-meter new headquarters. Read more.

One Manhattan West’s Steel Installation Reaches Top Floor in New York City


16 Aug 2018, New York City, United States

Steel installation has officially reached the highest floor of a 303-meter building rising in New York City’s Midtown. The structure, which is the tallest of the Manhattan West development, will facilitate 195,096 square meters of office space. Read more.

Renderings Unveiled of 31-Story Tower Slated to Replace Vancouver Government Building


16 Aug 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Renderings for a 31-story downtown Vancouver office tower with a striped façade have been released. The 116-meter tower is planned to replace an existing 11-story government building, offering 33,352 square meters of new office space. Read more.

Late Award-Winning Architect’s Final London Scheme to Start Works


16 Aug 2018, London, United Kingdom

A 15-story corten steel-clad residential building is slated to begin works in London, following a refinancing of the project. Designed by a Stirling Prize-winning architect, the project will rise over an existing structure on the site. Read more.

“Green Spine” Selected to Rise in Melbourne’s Southbank


15 Aug 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A design featuring two towers wrapped in greenery has been selected as the winning proposal of a competition for Melbourne’s Southbank sector. The high-rises, one of which would be Australia’s tallest, are each topped by a botanical garden. Read more.

Casino License Consultation Progresses Athens Mega-Development


15 Aug 2018, Athens, Greece

The casino license consultation process has begun for a mega-development on the marina of Athens, Greece. The integrated casino resort, which includes a high-rise tower, is part of the first phase of the 6.2 million-square-meter scheme. Read more.

Specialized Irrigation Solution Developed for Vertical Forest Building in Toronto


15 Aug 2018, Toronto, Canada

Researchers have developed a specialized monitoring and irrigation system for Toronto’s proposed “vertical forest” high-rise that would accommodate 450 trees. The developer of the 27-story tower is currently seeking approval from the city. Read more.

State Files Lawsuit Against Trump Tower Over Chicago River Pollution


15 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

The Illinois Attorney General has filed a complaint against a 92-story tower along the Chicago River, regarding a violation of water pollution regulations. The office is seeking a fine of $10,000 for each day the tower has violated pollution rules. Read more.

Heritage Group Criticizes Tower Heights Included in London’s Canada Water Scheme


14 Aug 2018, London, United Kingdom

The master plan for London’s Canada Water has received criticism from a government heritage group, which has raised concerns regarding clusters of tall buildings included in the scheme, which reach up to 162 meters’ height. Read more.

272-Meter Office Tower Officially Joins Taipei Skyline


14 Aug 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

A 272-meter tower and an adjoined retail building with a three-dimensional stainless-steel lattice façade have reached completion in Taipei. The finished high-rise hosts an insurance company’s offices, as well as restaurants on the top floors. Read more.

Tallest All-Residential Tower in Germany Reaches Full Height in Frankfurt


13 Aug 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

At 172 meters, the tallest all-residential tower in Germany has reached its full height. The 401-unit building comprises 55,000 square meters of gross floor space and is slated for occupancy in 2019. Read more.

Lower Manhattan’s Newest Residential High-Rise Ready for Occupancy in New York City


13 Aug 2018, New York City, United States

A 241-meter condominium tower has officially reached completion in Lower Manhattan, New York City, with its dwellings slated for immediate occupancy. The 157-unit building features a pool, fitness center, plaza, and private garden. Read more.

Glass Prism Tower Completed in Nairobi


13 Aug 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

A 34-story glass-and-steel tower, designed to look like prisms stacked upon one another, has debuted in the Upper Hill sector of Nairobi, Kenya. The high-rise incorporates energy-conserving rain-harvesting systems in the design. Read more.

Discount Retail Company Announces Redevelopment in Tokyo’s Shibuya Sector


13 Aug 2018, Tokyo, Japan

A discount retail giant in Japan announced plans to redevelop the company’s Shibuya store site in Tokyo. The project includes a 120-meter, 28-story tower, which will facilitate retail, office space, and hotel uses. Read more.

Two-Tower Development Approved for Perth City Link Sector


10 Aug 2018, Perth, Australia

A two-tower complex has been approved, following years of redesign, to rise in Perth’s developing City Link sector. The 32-story and 23-story high-rises will be mixed-use, with apartments, a hotel, and restaurants on the ground level. Read more.

Dubai World Trade Center to be Preserved Under New Initiative


10 Aug 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Municipality has announced a new initiative to preserve landmark buildings from the 1960s and '70s, including the Dubai World Trade Center, the first tall building in the region. Read more.

Boston’s Third-Tallest Building Officially Topped Off


10 Aug 2018, Boston, United States

A 227-meter hotel and residential tower has officially topped off in Boston. The 61-story structure, which will become the city’s third-tallest building, includes 215 hotel rooms and 160 serviced condominiums. Read more.

Residential “Forest” Rising in Asunción


10 Aug 2018, Asunción, Paraguay

Construction has commenced on the site of a 24-story residential tower in Asunción, Paraguay. The high-rise features two- and three-bedroom units, as well as a pool, gym, permanent water supply, and family-focused amenities. Read more.

Basketball Legend Plans to Reside in His New 33-Story Tower in Newark


09 Aug 2018, Newark, United States

A 33-story residential tower, which is slated to become the tallest in Newark, New Jersey, has been approved by the Central Planning Board. A well-known NBA star, who is a partner in the project, plans to reside in the building upon completion. Read more.

45-Story Tower Moves Towards Construction in Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend


09 Aug 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Construction is set to commence soon on a 45-story tower in Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend neighborhood development, as piling works are underway. The 1,518-square-meter site will facilitate 244 new units within the 139-meter high-rise. Read more.