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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 Details Emerge on Kuala Lumpur Supertall


24 Mar 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Project stakeholders announced in December 2016 that the 236-key hotel portion of the 65-story Four Seasons Place will open in early 2018, and as the date nears, new details have emerged on rest of the mixed-use tower’s offerings. Read more.

New Observatory Attractions Planned as Part of Renovation of Chicago’s Willis Tower


23 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

The owners of Chicago’s tallest building are exploring several thrilling enhancements for the Willis Tower's Skydeck, including a rappelling station and a “Ledgewalk." Upgrades would also double the attraction's capacity. Read more.

Wembley Residential Scheme Receives Planning in North London


23 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

Brent Council has approved plans for a 743-home development near Wembley Stadium in north London. The scheme, only one phase of a larger 25-year plan, features seven residential blocks ranging in height from 12 to 26 stories. Read more.

Architects Propose Renovation and Vertical Expansion of New York High-Rise


23 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Compelling new renderings have been unveiled for the renovation and vertical extension of an existing skyscraper at 666 5th Avenue in Midtown, resulting in a tower that will reportedly top 427 meters in height should it come to fruition. Read more.

Los Angeles’s New Multi-Tower Civic Center Master Plan Receives Key Approval


22 Mar 2017, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council's Entertainment and Facilities Committee has approved the new multi-tower Civic Center Master Plan, the latest step towards a dramatic realignment of the blocks surrounding City Hall. Read more.

Proposed Occitanie Tower to be First Skyscraper in Toulouse


22 Mar 2017, Toulouse, France

Architects have announced plans for a new skyscraper at the heart of Toulouse’s business district in France. Set to be the city's first skyscraper, the Occitanie Tower will rise 150 meters above the growing business sector. Read more.

Revised Plans Submitted for Two-Tower Midtown Toronto Project


22 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following input from the Toronto City Planning Department and the community, the recently re-submitted 200 Soudan Avenue project has been scaled down and re-conceptualized in an attempt to better fit the surrounding context. Read more.

Architects Propose Melbourne Apartment Tower Set Above Rail Lines


21 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with city authorities for a residential building that would be the nation's first to be set above rail lines, according to developers. The 24 Chapel Street tower would rise 20 stories. Read more.

Building Approval Granted for Warsaw’s Spinnaker Tower


21 Mar 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Local authorities have issued a building permit for an office development with the working name “Spinnaker Tower,” set for Warsaw’s Wola district. The skyscraper will rise 203 meters in height at its tallest point. Read more.

Multifaceted Massing Materializing at Massey Tower in Toronto


21 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

The 60-story Massey Tower is steadily rising above Yonge Street, north of Queen Street. The undulating curved design of the tower's floor plates is becoming ever clearer, though the structure still lacks any finishing materials. Read more.

Wobbly Skyscrapers May Trigger Motion-Sickness and Depression, Experts Warn


20 Mar 2017, Bath and Exeter, United Kingdom

Skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness, sleepiness, and depression because they sway slightly in the wind, according to experts who are launching a $USD8.6 million study to gauge their impact and work out how to prevent it. Read more.

Cladding Installation Continues on Topped Out Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin


20 Mar 2017, Tianjin, China

Cladding is climbing on the Goldin Finance 117 following its topping out in 2015. Like other major Asian skyscrapers, this tower is designed to be the center of a new CBD, and at 597 meters, it is set to be the tallest building in Tianjin. Read more.

Public Consultation Sought for Four-Block Manchester Development


20 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

The designs for the proposed four-block Angel Meadow development are out to public consultation until early April 2017, with a formal planning application expected to be submitted by the end of that month. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Phase One of Dubai’s Meydan One Complex


20 Mar 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for phase one of the Meydan One mega development. This first phase includes the construction of a 620-shop mall and a "hypermarket" with smart technology and other unique features. Read more.

Chicago Authorities Approve Plans for 51-Story Office Tower


17 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

Chicago authorities have unanimously approved a proposal for a 51-story tower at 110 North Wacker Drive, which will utilize the same development, design, and leasing team that collaborated on the recently completed 150 North Riverside tower. Read more.

London’s Paddington Cube Receives Green Light for Planning


17 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

London Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has decided not to call in the 18-story Paddington Cube scheme in London, following its stalled approval. The decision paves the way for construction of the USD$627 million scheme. Read more.

Developer Cancels Plan for Timber-Framed Tower in New York


17 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

The developer behind plans for New York's tallest timber-framed building has axed the project. The 10-story tower proposed for 475 West 18th Street in Chelsea was to be built using a mass-timber structure – a first of its kind for the city. Read more.

Proposed Gold Coast Residential High-Rise features 1:13 Slenderness Ratio


16 Mar 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has unveiled the architectural design for a USD$154 million, cutting edge residential tower on a prime beachfront site in Surfers Paradise. A development application for the tower was lodged with City of Gold Coast. Read more.

New York Planners Seek to Update Obscure Shadow Rule


16 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

New York City is looking to change a method developers use to calculate how much sunlight a building will obscure once it tops out in order to promote taller buildings in the 73-block Midtown East neighborhood. Read more.

Developers Pull Planning Application for Contentious Manchester Towers


16 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has said it is expecting Jackson’s Row Developments to withdraw the planning application for their contentious St. Michael’s Towers scheme imminently after significant local outcry. Read more.

Construction Contractor Named for Africa’s Tallest Tower


15 Mar 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Hass Group has announced that it has signed a $194 million agreement with the world’s largest construction company, CSCEC, to construct Hass Towers in Nairobi’s Upper Hills business district. Read more.

Historic Broadway Hotel to be Centerpiece of Brisbane Redevelopment


15 Mar 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A Brisbane developer is progressing with its plans to transform Woolloongabba’s historic Broadway Hotel and surroundings into a world class residential, commercial, and food and dining destination. Read more.

Details Revealed for Residential High-Rise in LA’s Koreatown


15 Mar 2017, Los Angeles, United States

New details are available for a 269-foot (82-meter) tower set to rise in LA’s Koreatown neighborhood. The proposal, referred to as 2900 Wilshire in planning documentation will contain 644 residential units. Read more.

Two-Tower Residential High-Rise Project Added to London’s Greenwich Peninsula


15 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been granted for an ambitious new residential scheme featuring 400 residential units designed by Alison Brooks Architects for Knight Dragon’s Greenwich Peninsula development in London. Read more.

Yoma Central Complex Breaks Ground in Yangon


14 Mar 2017, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar is receiving increased inward investment as a number of high-profile projects get underway across the country. In Yangon, a groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for Yoma Central, a two-tower complex. Read more.

Planners Approve Scheme for Twin Manchester Towers


14 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for a 36-story twin tower scheme in Manchester. Plans for the scheme, which is part of master plan for the wider St. John’s area, include 600 homes for private rent. Read more.

Sales Launched for Second Tower of Via Bloor in Toronto


14 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following the successful launch of phase one of the two-tower Via Bloor complex, phase two is being marketed to buyers. The 46-story phase-two tower, set to rise 139 meters, would feature 397 apartment units. Read more.

New Details Emerge for Orlando’s Proposed “Skyscraper” at Skyplex


13 Mar 2017, Orlando, United States

While the official opening date for the 174-meter Skyscraper at Skyplex observation tower in Orlando has been pushed back to 2020 due to ongoing permitting, several additional attractions have been announced for the entertainment center. Read more.

Trinity Islands Scheme Submitted for Planning in Manchester


13 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

A developer has submitted its Trinity Islands scheme. Subject to winning detailed planning approval, construction could start on the project in late 2017. As the final stage of the St. John’s scheme, the five-tower plan would complete by 2022. Read more.

Dubai-Based Firm Announces Concept for World’s First 3D-Printed Skyscraper


13 Mar 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A construction technologies firm has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed skyscraper. As the technology has never been used or tested, it is likely that the plans will remain in a conceptual stage for the foreseeable future. Read more.