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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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Architect Wins Design Competition for Mississauga’s M City


27 Jan 2017, Mississauga, Canada

An architect has won a competition to design a landmark building with offset floor plates for the master planned M City in Mississauga. The 60-story flagship Tower 8 will rise from the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway. Read more.

New Victoria Police Tower Gets the Green Light in Melbourne


27 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The City West Police Complex, headquarters for the Victorian police force in Melbourne, has been given the green light to add a new, 39-story, high-security tower. The addition, set for 311 Spencer Street, is estimated to complete by 2020. Read more.

Chicago’s Newest Residential Tower Opens in River North


27 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The recently opened Exhibit on Superior draws its name from its location in the heart of River North’s art gallery and furniture showroom district. The cream colored high-rise contains a variety of unit layouts starting at about $1,700 per month. Read more.

Chinese Firm Demolishes 19 Buildings in 10 Seconds to Make Way for the Wuhan CTF Finance Center


26 Jan 2017, Wuhan, China

In what is being called the largest demolition of its kind in China, 19 towers were reduced to rubble in just 10 seconds in a spectacular demonstration of controlled implosion to make way for the 648-meter Wuhan CTF Finance Center. Read more.

City of London Planners Approve 1 Leadenhall Tower


26 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Local architecture practice Make has been given the go-ahead for a new 32-story office block in the City of London. Backed by developers Brookfield Property Partners, the 1 Leadenhall scheme was approved by Corporation planners. Read more.

New Tower to Complete South Brisbane Student Accommodation Precinct


26 Jan 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A new 17-story-tall student accommodation tower designed by Plus Architecture that would include 471 rooms will see the completion of an entire precinct block of student accommodation developments in South Brisbane. Read more.

Hotel Redevelopment Boosts Darling Harbour Rejuvenation in Sydney


25 Jan 2017, Sydney, Australia

Darling Harbour’s rejuvenation has taken another step forward following the recent redevelopment of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 161 Sussex Street. The redevelopment process took place over a two-year period beginning in December 2014. Read more.

New Fire Code Targets Cladding Flammability in UAE Buildings


25 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New fire safety regulations came into force across the UAE on January 22 in response to a series of blazes in towers in the Emirates over the past few years. The new code specifically targets flammability issues involving exterior cladding. Read more.

Preliminary Renderings Revealed for Times Mirror Square Development in LA


25 Jan 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Preliminary renderings have been revealed for the long-rumored, 1,126-unit Times Mirror Square development that aims to replace the 1970s-era William Pereira addition to the Los Angeles Times Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Read more.

Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction


25 Jan 2017, Budapest, Hungary

An architect has won the commission to design a new multi-tower master plan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, Hungary. The project is set to become the largest singular urban development in the city in nearly 30 years. Read more.

Architecture Firm Named for Two-Tower Shenzhen Scheme


24 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

A new 129,000-square-meter, two-tower office complex in Shenzhen will sport a design by Goettsch Partners after the Chicago-based practice was announced as the winner of an intensive design competition. Read more.

New Photos Reveal Completed Qatar Foundation Headquarters in Doha


24 Jan 2017, Doha, Qatar

OMA's new headquarters building for the Qatar Foundation in Doha is revealed for the first time in exclusive photographs. The building comprises a large 57-meter-tall cube with a façade of precast white concrete. Read more.

Permit-Ready Purchase Lays Foundation For New South Melbourne Residential Tower


24 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Salvo Property Group has secured almost a full hectare site at 60-82 Johnston Street for more than AUD$40 million (USD$30.4 million), with a permit for four residential towers in the Fishermans Bend precinct. Read more.

Condos at New York’s 15 Hudson Yards Are a Quarter Sold


23 Jan 2017, New York City, United States

Hudson Yards' first condominium offering is now a quarter sold since commencing sales in September 2016. Though not slated to open until October 2018, 15 Hudson Yards in Manhattan has found buyers for 75 of its 285 condominiums. Read more.

Select Apartment Sales Set to Launch at Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Resorts


23 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer is launching sales of apartments at its Royal Atlantis Resorts and Residences on the Palm as it banks on an upturn in Dubai’s real estate investor sentiment. Starting January 28, about 20 units will go on sale. Read more.

Façade Installation Underway at the Stratosphere in London


23 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Stratosphere – a project in London's Stratford area consisting of two towers of 38 and 12 stories – has reached its structural high point, with the façade of the taller tower sealing in the bones of what will be a 307-apartment complex. Read more.

Fresh Renderings Revealed for New High-Rise at Chicago’s Roosevelt Collection


23 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

New renderings have been revealed for a high-rise proposed for the Roosevelt Collection in Chicago's South Loop, as well as information that preliminary bids for the project are expected to be forthcoming. Read more.

Land Sale Brings the Gold Coast’s Orion Towers One Step Closer to Reality


20 Jan 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A USD$18.8 million deal locked in a site for a tower destined to become the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. Developers of the proposed Orion Towers project settled on a 5,724-square-meter parcel of land in Surfers Paradise. Read more.

Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre Redevelopment Granted Approval in London


20 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Proposals for the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre on Ripple Road in Barking, east London – billed as “a rival” to the nearby Westfield center in Stratford – were approved by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham on Monday, January 16. Read more.

Conceptual Renderings Revealed for Thompson Center Redevelopment in Chicago


20 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The Illinois governor and other Republican lawmakers are making a second run at selling and demolishing the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago’s Loop. The decision could allow conceptual plans for a 115-story tower to proceed. Read more.

L’Avenue Nears Completion in Montréal


20 Jan 2017, Montréal, Canada

Progress on L'Avenue – a 50-story condominium in Montréal – has been steady, with most of the blue and black curtain wall glazing installed and the tower's pointy crown bringing the sloping elevations to an appropriate conclusion. Read more.

17-Story High-Rise in Tehran Collapses after Fire


19 Jan 2017, Tehran, Iran

Soldiers, sniffer dogs, and rescue workers are searching for an estimated 25 trapped firefighters in the ruins of a 17-story commercial building that collapsed on January 19 while they were trying to put out a blaze. Read more.

244-Meter Riverfront Tower Proposed in Chicago


19 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

A team led by Howard Hughes Company and Chicago’s Riverside Investment and Development have taken the wraps off a dramatic 800-foot (244-meter) office building proposed for 110 N. Wacker Drive along the Chicago River. Read more.

Chinese Construction Giant to Build the Tallest Towers in Strategic Djibouti


19 Jan 2017, Djibouti, Djibouti

Construction giant China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has laid the foundation stone for a $70 million, 23-story twin-tower development in Djibouti, set to be the tallest structures in the east African port country. Read more.

New World Trade Centre Could be Perth's Next Tallest Building


18 Jan 2017, Perth, Australia

A 75-story World Trade Centre that would be Perth's biggest skyscraper will be built in the center of the city by private developers under plans backed by the Western Australia Government. The project also includes a 36-story tower. Read more.

Plans for Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower in Jeopardy


18 Jan 2017, Boston, United States

There could be trouble in the skies for Winthrop Square Tower in Boston after concerns were raised on the tower's potential impact on the nearby airport's takeoff corridor. Plans for the project are likely to change as a result. Read more.

Planners Recommend London’s 54 Marsh Wall for Approval


18 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

A 42-story tower proposal at 54 Marsh Wall for east London's Canary Wharf has been recommended for approval by Tower Hamlets councilors. The project would deliver 216 apartments between the main tower and a linked 16-story sister block. Read more.

Barcelona’s Torre Agbar Sold for the Second Time in Three Years


18 Jan 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Torre Agbar has been sold for the second time in just three years, with its site in Barcelona's emerging technology district struggling to hold onto tenants. The recent acquisition is expected to see the tower continue its life as an office tower. Read more.

The Eiffel Tower to Undergo 15-Year Renovation Project


17 Jan 2017, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is set to undergo a massive 15-year renovation project, which will encompass a full structural analysis, replacement of the tower’s lighting systems, and an overhaul of its elevators. Read more.

Site Plan Filed for Max Condos on Mutual Street in Toronto


17 Jan 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following a successful rezoning appeal in October of 2016, a proposal for Max Condos at 81 Mutual Street is back before the City of Toronto's planning department. The residential tower is now slated to be 36 stories tall. Read more.