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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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Architects Release Revised Designs for Transbay Tower in San Francisco


09 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

Pelli Clark Pelli with HKS Architects has made design revisions to their Transbay Parcel F proposal, the final building expected to rise within the transformative Transbay District in San Francisco. Read more.

Contractor Selected for Wood Skyscraper in Brumunddal


09 Feb 2017, Brumunddal, Norway

A contractor has been selected for Mjøstårnet, which is expected to become the tallest wood skyscraper in the world at 80 meters. The structure features extensive applications of cross-laminated timber. Read more.

Architects Win Go-Ahead for Newcastle's Tallest Tower


09 Feb 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

FaulknerBrowns Architects has won the go-ahead for contentious proposals to build a 26-story tower at Rutherford Street, Newcastle. The 12,500-square-meter tower will include 96 one-bedroom and 66 two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Construction Progresses at 5Pointz Complex in New York City


08 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

Recent photos reveal that construction has now reached 15 stories above street level on the taller tower of the two-building, 1,115-unit mixed-use 5Pointz complex. Foundation work is also underway on the shorter tower. Read more.

Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai to Delay Completion Until Summer 2018


08 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor is working to get its Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai back on track following a 2016 fire at the site. The 65-story project was initially scheduled for completion in 2017, but is now targeting an opening in 2018. Read more.

Competition-Winning, Multi-Tower Master Plan to Transform Chelyabinsk


08 Feb 2017, Chelyabinsk, Russia

A competition-winning, multi-tower master plan is set to activate Chelyabinsk’s existing grid structure and use it as a vehicle for spatial transformation, while adding density to the area in the form of skyscrapers. Read more.

Foundation Pours Advance Construction of Supertall Towers in New York and Chicago


07 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

On Saturday February 4, construction workers in New York and Chicago completed concrete foundation pours for One Vanderbilt and Vista Tower, respectively. The two supertall towers are set to rise after this construction milestone. Read more.

Terraced, Mixed-Use Complex Designed for Aarhus Port District


07 Feb 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

Architects have won a competition to design a significant new residential and commercial complex in the heart of Aarhus Ø, the newly developed port district of Aarhus, Denmark. The winning proposal is dubbed Nicolinehus. Read more.

38-Story Seattle Office Tower Set to Begin Construction


07 Feb 2017, Seattle, United States

A developer is set to start work on 2&U, a lifted, 37-story, 665,000-square-foot (62,000-square-meter) office tower in Seattle’s urban core. The $392 million building is named for its location, at Second Avenue and University Street. Read more.

Local Broker Discusses Development in Melbourne


06 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Sydney, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Melbourne. Read more.

52-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Figueroa Street in Los Angeles


06 Feb 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A 52-story high-rise has been proposed for the southern tip of South Park in downtown Los Angeles. It would create more than 300 residential units along with a hotel, adding density to a fast growing neighborhood. Read more.

Dubai Developer Agrees to Largest Ever Insurance Claim in the Region


06 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar Properties has agreed a significant insurance claim with Orient Insurance over the dramatic fire at its Address Downtown hotel on New Year’s Eve 2015. It is thought to be the largest ever claim in the Middle East. Read more.

Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.