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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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Flames Engulf Dubai's Torch Tower Once Again


04 Aug 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For the second time in two years, a large blaze has ripped through the 79-story Torch Tower in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. All residents inside were safely evacuated. Read more.

New Manchester Student Tower Would Replace Music Venue


04 Aug 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Proposals for a 30-story, 573-bedroom student housing block have been submitted for approval, but would require the demolition of a music venue and a neighboring disused industrial building. Read more.

New Renderings Reveal Crooked, Pixelated Tower in Los Angeles


04 Aug 2017, Los Angeles, United States

New renderings have revealed a new, slanted look with a pixelated motif for a long-delayed 45-story, mixed-use residential tower project proposed for Los Angeles’ historic core. Read more.

Proposed Toronto Tree Tower to be Built from Cross-Laminated Timber


03 Aug 2017, Toronto, Canada

A proposed 18-story residential tower would have a cross-laminated timber structure, be clad in wood, and sprout trees from apartment balconies, to contrast the city's ubiquitous steel, concrete, and glass. Read more.

Plans Revealed For 42-Story Mixed-Use Tower in Tribeca


03 Aug 2017, New York City, United States

Plans for the 265 Broadway tower have recently been released, and show a 510-foot (155-meter) glassy skyscraper spanning 144,000 square feet (13,400 square meters) with both commercial and residential space. Read more.

Government Rejects Gold Coast Casino Development in Favor of Community-Led Plan


03 Aug 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The Palaszczuk Government has terminated a proposed development on the Gold Coast Spit and will move forward with a community-led master plan. The decision was based on ensuring the best long-term solution for the Gold Coast. Read more.

German Architecture Firm Commissioned to Design 150-Meter Tower in Shanghai


02 Aug 2017, Shanghai, China

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to design China UnionPay’s (CUP) new 150-meter headquarters tower, located near the former Expo area on the Huangpu River. Read more.

London Council Approves Scheme for 162-Home Battersea Project


02 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom

Wandsworth Council has approved a scheme for 162 homes as part of the £15 billion Nine Elms Development in Battersea, south London. The proposals include four buildings ranging in height from nine to 16 stories. Read more.

China Asks Waldorf Owner Anbang to Sell Assets Abroad


02 Aug 2017, Beijing, China

Chinese authorities have asked Anbang Insurance Group Co., whose chairman was detained in June, to sell its overseas assets and bring the proceeds back to China. The company, however, said they have no plans to comply. Read more.

Art and Science-Inspired Hotel Tower Opens in Downtown Chicago


02 Aug 2017, Chicago, United States

The 22-story, 195-room Hotel EMC2 has opened in downtown Chicago, and contains 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 120-seat restaurant, and interior designs inspired by the intersection of art and science. Read more.

New Office Building in Seoul Reflects the Passing of Time


01 Aug 2017, Seoul, South Korea

A slim 14-story office building located next to the Namdeamun Market, the oldest and largest market in South Korea, has been completed, and acts as a counterbalance to the colorful frenzy of the market’s nonstop activity. Read more.

Long Island City’s Latest Mixed-Use Development Will Include Factory Space


01 Aug 2017, New York City, United States

Long Island City’s booming waterfront could see yet another high-rise, mixed-use project—this time with factory space—spanning 4.5 acres (18 hectares) at 5-40 44th Drive and 4-99 44th Drive. Read more.

North Korea Gives Makeover to World’s Tallest Unoccupied Building


01 Aug 2017, Pyongyang, North Korea

After years of stalled construction, Pyongyang recently unveiled the newly renovated Ryugyong Hotel: a pyramid-shaped building that is both the capital's biggest landmark, and what is believed to be the world's tallest unoccupied building. Read more.

New Renderings Show Changes to 125 Greenwich Street Tower

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31 Jul 2017, New York City, United States

Plans for 125 Greenwich Street, the latest addition to Downtown’s condominium tower boom, are undergoing design and height changes after real estate developer departs from the project. Read more.

Probe into London’s Grenfell Tower Fire Shows Flammable Cladding in 80+ Buildings


31 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

The investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people in June, has revealed that a type of cladding and insulation used in more than 80 tower blocks across the UK poses a “significant fire hazard.” Read more.

Singapore’s Oasia Hotel’s Vertical Greenery Growing In


31 Jul 2017, Singapore, Singapore

Completed in 2016, Oasia Downtown's living wall is blossoming. With 21 varieties of creeping plants, the vertical greenery helps attract biodiversity and supports ecosystems while providing natural resilience against diseases and bugs. Read more.

London's 20 Fenchurch Church Street Building Sold in Record-Breaking Deal


28 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

London’s landmark 36-story “Walkie Talkie” building has broken records with its US$1.7 billion sale to a Hong Kong firm best known for making oyster sauce. The deal easily surpasses the previous record price for a single building in the UK. Read more.

New Images Revealed for 565 Broome SoHo Tower in New York City


28 Jul 2017, New York City, United States

Currently under construction, 565 Broome SoHo is expected to open its doors in 2018. With sales now underway, further images of the development have been revealed, detailing the scheme’s luxury interiors and wide-ranging amenities. Read more.

Construction Underway at 36-Story 159SW Tower in Toronto


28 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

At the corner of Sherbourne and Wellesley in Downtown Toronto, a former gas station and doughnut shop is now a construction site. The 36-story 159SW Condos will add 360 units to the edge of the established high-rise neighborhood. Read more.

First Tower at Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale Tops Out


28 Jul 2017, Fort Lauderdale, United States

The development, sales, and construction teams responsible for Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale converged at the site of the two-building complex to mark the structural completion of the 17-story north tower. Read more.

Design Evolves for Trinity Ravine Towers in Toronto


27 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

A site plan application for Scarborough's Trinity Ravine Towers contains a number of design changes, including the heights of the towers – now 27 and 29 stories – and the number of residential units. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Grapevine-Draped Stone Tower in Stuttgart


27 Jul 2017, Stuttgart, Germany

A competition-winning design has been selected for a new mixed-use residential tower located at Mailänder Platz in Stuttgart, Germany. The tower will be draped in grapevines and feature a dynamic façade of shifting stone. Read more.

Foreclosure Imminent for New York City’s 111 West 57th Street Project


27 Jul 2017, New York, United States

The cost of building what developers claim to be the “World’s Skinniest Skyscraper” has ballooned so enormously that the 111 West 57th Street project, which is less than one-quarter complete, is now facing imminent foreclosure. Read more.

Brunel Street Works Approved by London Planning Officials


27 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

A scheme comprising four buildings and nearly 1,000 homes in east London was approved by the Newham council, with London mayor Sadiq Khan now due to have a final say on the plans. Read more.

Proposed 111-Story Ramat Gan Tower Could Become Israel’s Tallest


26 Jul 2017, Ramat Gan, Israel

A 111-floor high-rise office complex has been approved by the Ramat Gan Local Planning and Building Committee. When completed, the 440-meter-tall tower could become Israel's tallest building. Read more.

Manchester's Tallest Tower Recommended by Local Council


26 Jul 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans to build a 67-story skyscraper in the heart of Manchester’s Trinity Islands development have been recommended by local planning officials, despite objections from heritage groups. Read more.

Miami’s Hyde Beach House Launches Construction as Sister Property Completes


26 Jul 2017, Miami, United States

The Hyde Beach House project in Hollywood, Florida, is going vertical this summer after breaking ground late last year. There will be 77 residential units and 265 resort-style condominiums across its one-hectare site. Read more.

Contractor Selected for Massive Multi-Tower Districts in Dubai


26 Jul 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has awarded a US$163 million contract to a Dubai-based engineering and contracting company to build the first two districts of its Midtown project in Dubai Production City, near Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Read more.

Shifting Black and White Exterior Taking Shape at River City Phase 3 in Toronto


25 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

Construction is progressing on River City Condos Phase 3. The 29-story condominium development's dramatic massing utilizes a series of drawer-like volumes, giving it a distinctive character that sets the building apart from its surroundings. Read more.

Foundation Work Underway at The Warsaw HUB


25 Jul 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Construction of the three-tower Warsaw HUB is gaining momentum, with foundation work now underway. The development is one of the most technologically advanced construction projects in Poland, according to the developers. Read more.