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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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Prince Bay, Shenzhen Design Competition Winner Announced


24 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

The winner of a design competition for a new site in Prince Bay, Shenzhen has been announced. The winning entry, by John Portman & Associates, features a 5-star hotel, 10,000 square meters of retail and 350 guestrooms. Read more.

New 35-Story High-Rise Near Stockholm to Include Over 450 Apartments


24 May 2018, Nacka City, Sweden

Nacka, a municipality in Stockholm’s capital region, is getting a new 35-story high-rise in its new public transportation node, right above its central metro station. The high-rise is expected to set a new precedent for bold, tall architecture in the growing area. Read more.

East Side Tower Plans Presented to Berlin Senate


23 May 2018, Berlin, Germany

A proposal for a 140-meter office building known as East Side Tower has been presented to the Berlin Senate. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the tower features stair-like slits in its façade that will contain small green terraces. Read more.

Wrigley Building Will Sell for $225 Million to Chicago Billionaire


23 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The Wrigley Building, one of Chicago’s best-known skyscrapers, will be sold to a local billionaire for $225 million. The 27-story building was completed in 1922, and features 43,850 square meters of office space overlooking the Chicago River. Read more.

Developer Wins Approval for Parramatta Skyscraper


23 May 2018, Parramatta, Australia

A developer has won approval for a 33-story office tower in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. Known by its address, 140 George Street, the high-rise will offer office space with large, open floor plates for maximum fit-out flexibility. Read more.

Public Square, Hotel and High-Rise Proposed in the Center of Oslo


22 May 2018, Oslo, Norway

A new “urban life generator” project has been proposed for Oslo Central Station, consisting of a square, a hotel and a high-rise. The project, which includes roof gardens on terrace rings, seeks to devote 50 percent of the site to public space. Read more.

Tech Giant Signs Lease at Park Tower, San Francisco


22 May 2018, San Francisco, United States

A social media giant signed a lease at the 43-story Park Tower in San Francisco, making it one of the city’s largest tenants. It joins other tech companies based in the South Bay or on the Peninsula. Read more.

126-meter Residential Tower Proposed Near Mexico City


22 May 2018, Huixquilucan, Mexico

A 36-floor luxury apartment complex in a Mexico City suburb is expected to complete by 2020. The gently rotating tower will feature 360-degree panoramic views for each unit, and will include a garden, spa, and pool. Read more.

Melbourne Approves Queen Victoria Market Project


21 May 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Plans for the AU$450 million (US$340 million) development in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market precinct have been approved. Construction on the city council-owned site is projected to begin in July. Read more.

San Diego’s Manchester Pacific Gateway Development Begins Construction


21 May 2018, San Diego, United States

A multi-phase project spanning eight ocean-fronting city blocks in San Diego has entered the construction stage. The development will include a new 17-story Navy building, a 29-story office tower, and a 1,100-room convention hotel. Read more.

First Interior Images of Stockholm’s Gasklockan Tower Have Been Released


21 May 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

The interior concept for a tower in the Stockholm Royal Seaport development has been unveiled. The building will have a round shape with protruding “v-shaped” arms, comparable to villa architecture. Read more.

Construction to Begin on Dubai's Dubawi Project


21 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction on a mixed-use tower in Dubai will begin soon. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the $410 million Dubawi project will include 500 hotel rooms and more than 500 apartment units and penthouses. Read more.

UK Government to Consider Cladding Ban After London’s Tragic Grenfell Tower Fire


18 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

Following the publication of a controversial review of current regulations, the UK Parliament agreed to consult on banning combustible cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings. Read more.

Proposed Tower in Aarhus May Become Denmark’s Tallest Residential Building


18 May 2018, Aarhus, Denmark

New details on the project teams, plus updated renderings, have been revealed for a 44-story residential tower along the Aarhus harbor. The building will include a reflective façade, more than 200 apartments, and an observation deck. Read more.

Updated Delivery Schedule Set for Miami Worldcenter Project


18 May 2018, Miami, United States

The developers of the Miami Worldcenter project released construction timelines for multiple buildings in the $2 billion mixed-use development. The concept will total 10.9 hectares spanning 10 city blocks. Read more.

New Master Plan Submitted for Regeneration of London’s Canada Water


17 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

The master plan for the proposed redevelopment of the Canada Water complex has been submitted. The project spans 21 hectares and will include 3,000 homes, 40 new buildings, three clusters of high-rise towers, and a new town center. Read more.

Two Design Proposals Revealed for Tech-Focused “Unicorn Island” in Chengdu


17 May 2018, Chengdu, China

Designs for two of the four winning entries for the Unicorn Island master plan in the capital of China's Sichuan province have been revealed. The island’s position on Xing Long Lake offers an opportunity to create a memorable new skyline. Read more.

Designs for a Ride Share Company’s Flying-Car “Skyports” Unveiled


17 May 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Several architecture firms revealed their proposals for conceptual “Skyports,” which would facilitate urban aerial ridesharing in global cities. All designs can accommodate 1,000 takeoffs and landings per hour. Read more.

Two Towers Planned for Former Chicago Spire Site


16 May 2018, Chicago, United States

Related Midwest has unveiled plans for a two-tower development on the former Chicago Spire site. The 335- and 259-meter-tall high-rises would feature 550 apartments, a 175-room luxury hotel, and 300 condos. Read more.

Master Plan Unveiled for Government Complex in Amaravati, India


16 May 2018, Amaravati, India

Foster + Partners has unveiled the official design for a sustainable government complex in the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh, India. The legislative assembly will be housed in a 250-meter-tall building that sits at the center of a lake. Read more.

Pair of Sinuous Condominium Towers Completed in Penang


16 May 2018, Penang, Malaysia

Construction on a residential development in the Malaysian city of Penang has been completed. The complex, which features a sinuous design of undulating balconies, includes a total of 460 apartments, a sky garden, terraces, and pools. Read more.

Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre Breaks Ground


15 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to kick off construction of the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre. Upon completion, the RMB50 billion tower may become the tallest in Shenzhen at 668 meters. Read more.

Planned Observation Deck at Chicago’s Aon Center to Feature Thrill Ride


15 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of the Aon Center, Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper, unveiled plans for an observation deck atop the building that would include a thrill ride called Sky Summit. A new elevator tower would raise the official height of the building. Read more.

Dubai High-Rise Badly Damaged by Fire


15 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in The Zen, a residential high-rise in Dubai Marina, on May 13. No injuries were reported, as many were away at work at the time, but the tower appears to be badly damaged. Officials said the fire started outside the building. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 330-Meter Skyscraper in Melbourne


15 May 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has revealed plans for what could become Melbourne’s tallest building at 330 meters. The 60-story apartment tower would be built on a small triangular lot. Most of the profits would go to the Royal Society of Victoria. Read more.

New Details Released for Downtown Des Moines High-Rise


14 May 2018, Des Moines, United States

A proposed skyscraper in Des Moines will feature a boutique hotel and a lobby curated with modern art. The building, called The Fifth, was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and is set to rise 39 stories and 137.8 meters. Read more.

Sydney’s Martin Place Sees Objections from Lord Mayor


14 May 2018, Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s Lord Mayor has expressed concern over the state government’s approval of two towers in historic Martin Place. The AU$637 million project would be built in one of the city’s most important civic spaces. Read more.

London’s Barbican Rooftop Conservatory to be Overhauled


14 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London gave permission for the overhaul of the rooftop terrace of Cromwell Tower, a Brutalist tower built in 1973. City planners decided that the changes would not alter the distinctive silhouette of the tower. Read more.

New Neighborhood Proposed for Chicago’s South Loop Riverfront


11 May 2018, Chicago, United States

Related Midwest and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have revealed plans for The 78, a new mixed-use neighborhood proposed for 25 hectares along the Chicago River. The project will include numerous high-rises on the site’s eastern half. Read more.

Resident Wins Appeal Against Three-Tower Project in Brisbane


11 May 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A local resident has won an appeal against a high-rise development in Brisbane. The court’s decision was made on the grounds that the city planning scheme allows a maximum of 15 stories in height, while the proposal rises to 27 stories. Read more.