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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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New Residential Development in Beirut Completed


05 Dec 2017, Beirut, Lebanon

Designed to respond directly to the site and culture of Beirut, Lebanon, the 3Beirut residential tower has completed, and will create a sustainable residential and retail development in the heart of the city. Read more.

Winner Selected for Brussels Delta Tower Competition


05 Dec 2017, Brussels, Belgium

A Japanese/Belgian design team has won an international design competition for a new tower in the outer Brussels municipality of Auderghem. The scheme would activate a triangular site at a prominent city corner. Read more.

Planning Permission Granted for Modular Tower in London


05 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been granted for a 44-story tower that will be built from nearly 1,500 modules manufactured offsite. The development will provide 546 homes to rent, an art gallery, and a café. Read more.

New Details Emerge for Multi-Tower Block 675 Redevelopment in New York City


05 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

New renderings have been released for the Block 675 redevelopment, located just southwest of the Hudson Yards supertalls. The site sits on the corner of 30th Street and 11th Avenue, and will comprise more than 1,200 apartments. Read more.

Honolulu “Poor Door” for High-Rise Renters Under Fire


04 Dec 2017, Honolulu, United States

A real estate developer in Hawaii is under scrutiny for its plans to build a residential high-rise that has two separate entrances: one for high-income residents and another for low-income earners. Read more.

Montreal’s Arbora to Become One of World’s Largest Mass Timber Projects


04 Dec 2017, Montreal, Canada

Comprising three eight-story buildings totaling just shy of 600,000 square feet (55,741 square meters), the Arbora Complex near downtown Montreal is one of the largest mass timber projects in the world. Read more.

Teenager’s Daredevil Stunts on Mumbai High-Rises Raise Security Concerns


04 Dec 2017, Mumbai, India

Videos and photographs of a 17-year-old mechanical engineering student performing daredevil stunts on a high-rise under construction in Mumbai have gone viral on social media, leading to security concerns. Read more.

Melbourne Builder Finally Agrees to Replace Flammable Cladding on Lacrosse Towers


04 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Three years after fire ripped through 15 floors in a matter of minutes, the builder behind the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne’s Docklands has agreed to replace the combustible cladding on the tower. Read more.

Design Selected for Huafa International Seafront Garden in Zhuhai


04 Dec 2017, Zhuhai, China

With the recent design competition win of Huafa International Seafront Garden, an international partnership of architects and designers has been selected for a third major project in the Shizimen CBD, a new financial hub of Zhuhai, China. Read more.

Plans Lodged for Oakland’s Next Tallest Building


01 Dec 2017, Oakland, United States

A new project aims to bring the Oakland's East Bay its newest – and tallest – mixed-use tower. The forthcoming 36-story building will be located at 1261 Harrison Street and comprise 185 apartment units, office space, and commercial uses. Read more.

Apartment Fire Kills 10 in Tianjin


01 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

A skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, December 1, 2017. The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m. on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city center. Read more.

Two 30-Story Towers Coming to Downtown Hamilton, Canada


01 Dec 2017, Hamilton, Canada

A CAD300 million (USD235 million) residential development is coming to Hamilton's downtown. The two-tower scheme is planned for the corner of King and Hughson streets, and would put an indelible stamp on the skyline. Read more.

Hong Kong Office Tower 70% Leased Before Opening


30 Nov 2017, Hong Kong, China

The office component of the HK$20.3 billion (US$2.6 billion) New World Centre / Victoria Dockside complex in Kowloon, Hong Kong is already 70 percent leased, and will be fully rented by March or April 2018, when the entire building opens. Read more.

London High Court Challenge Against Paddington Cube Fails


30 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

The London High Court has thrown out a legal challenge against Communities Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision not to call in the controversial £775 million ($1 billion) Paddington Cube development. Read more.

Japan's Condo Developers Spot Opportunities in Asia-Pacific Urbanization


30 Nov 2017, Melbourne, Australia

As people around the world are adopting urban lifestyles at an increasing rate, Japanese companies are seeing new opportunities to expand their overseas operations, especially in building commercial and residential complexes. Read more.

London Mayor Wants Tall Buildings Review, 50% Affordable Housing


29 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

Sadiq Khan has set out proposals for a 50 percent affordable housing target, and has shined a spotlight on good design in his recently published London Plan draft. He is also planning a strategic overview of tall building locations across London. Read more.

44-Story Condo Tower Proposed in Toronto’s Midtown


29 Nov 2017, Toronto, Canada

Plans are in the works to redevelop a 10-story building in Midtown Toronto into a 44-story mixed-use building with ground-floor-retail and condominium units above. The project will be located at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton. Read more.

54-Story Tower at 43-22 Queens Street in New York City Nears Completion


29 Nov 2017, New York City, United States

The 54-story Eagle Electric Factory’s redevelopment at 43-22 Queens Street almost has its full façade, as construction nears the finish line. The forthcoming tower will comprise 790 new rental apartments. Read more.

Twenty New Residential Towers Are Being Built in Frankfurt Because of Brexit Demand


29 Nov 2017, Frankfurt, Germany

The prices for new condominiums in Frankfurt have now reached such a high level that it pays off for project developers to build high-rise residential buildings, and more and more of these towers are being built in the German financial capital. Read more.

Developer Launches Marketing for Gold Coast Tower


28 Nov 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A Brisbane-based developer is making its debut on the Gold Coast with the launch of Elysian, a 21-story apartment project in Broadbeach. The approved tower will contain 65 apartments on an 825-square-meter site. Read more.

Planned New York City Tower Triples in Size


28 Nov 2017, New York City, United States

The developer of a planned residential high-rise in New York City has purchased an additional 18,673 square meters of air rights. The added height would make the 236-meter tower the tallest on the Upper West Side. Read more.

Comcast Technology Center Tops Out in Philadelphia


27 Nov 2017, Philadelphia, United States

After nearly four years of construction, the 341.7-meter Comcast Technology Center in Downtown Philadelphia has topped out. Photographs have documented the raising of the top piece on November 22, 2017. Read more.

Hotel With Tiny “Pod” Units Planned for Melbourne


27 Nov 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A 910-square-meter site at 63-69 City Road, Southbank is back on the market with a permit for a 30-story hotel with 270 pod-style rooms. The site is expected to sell for around AU$15 million (US$11.45 million). Read more.

New Photos Show Miami’s Park Grove Towers Taking Shape


27 Nov 2017, Miami, United States

New photographs have emerged, revealing the significant progress being made on a trio of towers for Miami's Coconut Grove. Set for completion in 2018, the Park Grove complex is being built in the waterfront area south of Downtown Miami. Read more.

Shoring Begins for St. Lawrence Condos in Toronto


27 Nov 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following a lengthy planning and approvals process, as well as a subsequent marketing campaign, construction is now underway for St. Lawrence Condos, a 26-story paired-tower project at the corner of Toronto's Sherbourne and Front intersection. Read more.

64-Story 138 East 50th Street Tops Out in New York City’s Midtown East


22 Nov 2017, New York City, United States

Construction on 138 East 50th Street appears to have reached the parapet, 800 feet (244 meters) above the Midtown streets below. The building comprises 124 condominiums, as well as retail components to help round out the tower’s pedestrian sphere. Read more.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Turns Down Architecture Organization’s Offer to Help


22 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry has refused a prominent architecture organization's application to become a “core participant” (CP) on the review into the 71 deaths caused by the tragic fire in June 2017. Read more.

The Beach Apartments Completes in Gold Coast


22 Nov 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

Construction on the Beach Apartments, the latest tower in Gold Coast’s Broadbeach suburb, has been completed. The 108-meter-tall tower is within walking distance of the beach, the new light rail, and a popular dining precinct. Read more.

First Photos of Completed Paris Courthouse Complex Revealed


22 Nov 2017, Paris, France

The first images of the completed Tribunal de Paris have been unveiled. Situated on the northern edge of central Paris, the new law court building will alleviate the cramped accommodation of several different services around central Paris. Read more.

Chinese Conglomerate Attempts to Sell $5 Billion of Global Skyscraper Assets


21 Nov 2017, Beijing, China

A Chinese conglomerate is offering to sell all five of its large-scale projects in Britain, the US, and Australia to a single buyer for an estimated US$5 billion, as Beijing tightens control over companies’ offshore investments. Read more.