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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 Renderings Released for 25 Park Row in New York City's Financial District


28 Aug 2018, New York City, US

A new mixed-use skyscraper called 25 Park Row is planned for New York City’s Financial District. The 54-story building will contain 110 condos and amenities include a 65-foot pool and parking. Read more.

Office Portion Opens in Philadelphia’s Tallest Building


27 Aug 2018, Philadelphia, United States

A 60-story mixed-use tower, the tallest in Philadelphia, has officially opened its doors to employees. The 341-meter high-rise, which has not yet opened to the public, will include residential, office, entertainment, and hotel uses. Read more.

Wuhan High-Rise, Designed to be China’s Tallest, Receives Height Cuts


27 Aug 2018, Wuhan, China

The Wuhan government has imposed a 20 percent height reduction on a planned 126-story tower, amid airspace zoning concerns. The tower, originally designed to become China’s tallest, has now received approval to rise to 500 meters. Read more.

Foundation Works Proceed on First of Two Uptown Dubai High-Rises


27 Aug 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Foundation works have begun for the first of two high-rise towers in a Dubai complex. The scheme includes hotel rooms, restaurants, grade-A office space, and 237 residential units, as well as a two-level central plaza within the podium. Read more.

A Tech Giant Considers Downtown Chicago Tower for Office Expansion


24 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

A software giant is looking to potentially expand in a new space of around 500,000 square feet (46,451 square meters), possibly anchoring a prominent new riverfront skyscraper at Wolf Point South. Read more.

Revised Plans for Skyscraper Development in Parramatta Have Been Submitted


24 Aug 2018, Parramatta, Australia

Revised plans have been submitted to the local council for a 42-story tower in Parramatta. The new plans include a taller tower with larger floor plates spanning 3,025 square meters and creating 112,00 square meters of office space. Read more.

The New Visitor Center at New York City's Empire State Building Celebrates Opening Day


23 Aug 2018, New York City, United States

Empire State Building’s new visitor center celebrated its opening day, unveiling a new entrance for visitors and tourists. The new lobby features a two-story-tall model of the iconic building, allowing visitors to observe its detail up close. Read more.

Caracas Skyscraper Damaged by Earthquake


23 Aug 2018, Caracas, Venezuela

The Torre de David, a 45-story unfinished, abandoned skyscraper in Caracas, was damaged in a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that was felt throughout the country and neighboring islands. Read more.

Milwaukee's Potawatomi Casino Tops Off New Hotel Tower


23 Aug 2018, Milwaukee, US

The second hotel tower at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has topped out, and the new addition will rise 19 stories and add 119 rooms. The Milwaukee-based venture is also adding 6,503 square meters of event space.Read more.

Oregon Becomes the First State to Permit Mass Timber High-Rises


22 Aug 2018, Portland, United States

Oregon has become the first state in the US to allow timber buildings to exceed six stories without special consideration. Three new building classifications were introduced, at a maximum of nine, 12 and 18 stories. Read more.

210-Meter High-Rise Breaks Ground in Phnom Penh


22 Aug 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A 210-meter, 46-story high-rise building has broken ground on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island. The total investment is estimated to be US$160 million and includes offices, a five-star hotel and a restaurant. Read more.

Fire in Ajman High-Rise Injures 20


21 Aug 2018, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in a 53-story tower in the United Arab Emirates, injuring 20. It allegedly started on the 26th floor in the air conditioning room before spreading to other levels, however it was extinguished before it could spread to nearby buildings. Read more.

Tower with Shifted Floorplates Takes Shape in Frankfurt


21 Aug 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

New construction photos of Frankfurt am main's Omniturm tower have been revealed, including progress of the glass cladding on the office portion of the tower. The 45-story, mixed-use project includes residential programming. Read more.

Tallest Tower of Gold Coast’s Jewel Development Tops Out at 170 Meters


20 Aug 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The tallest tower of a $731 million development on the Gold Coast waterfront has topped out, with the complex’s other two towers quickly approaching that status. The 47-story tower features a glass façade inspired by a local quartz crystal. Read more.

38-Story Condo Tower Plans Supported by Toronto City Council


20 Aug 2018, Toronto, Canada

Updated plans for a 38-story condominium tower have received support from the Toronto City Council, following a settlement with the Planning Department. The tower rises from a four-floor podium and is planned to host 560 suites. Read more.

Zhuhai CBD Complex to Feature Signature Skybridge


20 Aug 2018, Zhuhai, China

New images of a four-tower complex featuring a signature skybridge have been revealed. The development, slated for the New Hengqin District of Zhuhai, includes Grade-A office space, retail, leisure facilities, and outdoor terraces. Read more.

Guadalajara Tower Construction Terminated Following Adjacent Property Collapse


17 Aug 2018, Guadalajara, Mexico

Construction on a 24-story apartment building has been terminated in Guadalajara, following the collapse of part of an adjacent property. The local municipality plans to allow shoring work on the site to prevent further collapses. Read more.

Toronto “Future City” Vision Revealed, Includes Tall Timber


17 Aug 2018, Toronto, Canada

The vision for a “smart city” in Toronto’s Quayside port district has been unveiled. Plans include tall timber buildings reaching 50 stories, open air “stoas” or gathering spaces, and weather-modulating technological advancements. Read more.

Nairobi Governor Halts Construction of 43-Story Hotel Tower


17 Aug 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

The Nairobi Governor has halted the construction of a 43-story hotel tower, amid claims that the high-rise encroaches on public roads, and the contractors of the structure have not followed county planning laws. Read more.

Budapest’s Next Tallest Building to Proceed Despite Skyscraper Ban Announcement


16 Aug 2018, Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian government has announced a ban on the construction of buildings exceeding 90 meters in height in the capital city of Budapest. The ban will not alter approved plans for an oil company’s 120-meter new headquarters. Read more.

One Manhattan West’s Steel Installation Reaches Top Floor in New York City


16 Aug 2018, New York City, United States

Steel installation has officially reached the highest floor of a 303-meter building rising in New York City’s Midtown. The structure, which is the tallest of the Manhattan West development, will facilitate 195,096 square meters of office space. Read more.

Renderings Unveiled of 31-Story Tower Slated to Replace Vancouver Government Building


16 Aug 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Renderings for a 31-story downtown Vancouver office tower with a striped façade have been released. The 116-meter tower is planned to replace an existing 11-story government building, offering 33,352 square meters of new office space. Read more.

Late Award-Winning Architect’s Final London Scheme to Start Works


16 Aug 2018, London, United Kingdom

A 15-story corten steel-clad residential building is slated to begin works in London, following a refinancing of the project. Designed by a Stirling Prize-winning architect, the project will rise over an existing structure on the site. Read more.

“Green Spine” Selected to Rise in Melbourne’s Southbank


15 Aug 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A design featuring two towers wrapped in greenery has been selected as the winning proposal of a competition for Melbourne’s Southbank sector. The high-rises, one of which would be Australia’s tallest, are each topped by a botanical garden. Read more.

Casino License Consultation Progresses Athens Mega-Development


15 Aug 2018, Athens, Greece

The casino license consultation process has begun for a mega-development on the marina of Athens, Greece. The integrated casino resort, which includes a high-rise tower, is part of the first phase of the 6.2 million-square-meter scheme. Read more.

Specialized Irrigation Solution Developed for Vertical Forest Building in Toronto


15 Aug 2018, Toronto, Canada

Researchers have developed a specialized monitoring and irrigation system for Toronto’s proposed “vertical forest” high-rise that would accommodate 450 trees. The developer of the 27-story tower is currently seeking approval from the city. Read more.

State Files Lawsuit Against Trump Tower Over Chicago River Pollution


15 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

The Illinois Attorney General has filed a complaint against a 92-story tower along the Chicago River, regarding a violation of water pollution regulations. The office is seeking a fine of $10,000 for each day the tower has violated pollution rules. Read more.

Heritage Group Criticizes Tower Heights Included in London’s Canada Water Scheme


14 Aug 2018, London, United Kingdom

The master plan for London’s Canada Water has received criticism from a government heritage group, which has raised concerns regarding clusters of tall buildings included in the scheme, which reach up to 162 meters’ height. Read more.

272-Meter Office Tower Officially Joins Taipei Skyline


14 Aug 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

A 272-meter tower and an adjoined retail building with a three-dimensional stainless-steel lattice façade have reached completion in Taipei. The finished high-rise hosts an insurance company’s offices, as well as restaurants on the top floors. Read more.

Tallest All-Residential Tower in Germany Reaches Full Height in Frankfurt


13 Aug 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

At 172 meters, the tallest all-residential tower in Germany has reached its full height. The 401-unit building comprises 55,000 square meters of gross floor space and is slated for occupancy in 2019. Read more.