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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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Curvaceous Towers Coming to London’s South Bank


26 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

A new, predominantly residential project will replace the much-loathed National Grid building on London's South Bank. The project will consist of three buildings of 39 meters, 51 meters, and 70 meters in height. Read more.

Derelict Plaza Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur May Finally Continue Construction


26 Nov 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After 20 years in limbo, the metaphorical gates of the abandoned Plaza Rakyat project will finally open as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has taken vacant possession of the site. The original plan calls for a 79-story tower. Read more.

OMA Releases New Renderings of Miami’s Park Grove Condos


26 Nov 2014, Miami, United States

To display continued progress in the design of the Park Grove condos, new images have been released presenting views of the three towers in their context in the Coconut Grove district of Miami, as well as of the open luxury living units. Read more.

Redesigned South Street Seaport Tower Revealed


25 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

One of the most contested developments in New York City has received a design update. Most notably, the plan’s controversial centerpiece, the tower, has been reduced by 10 stories, now topping off just shy of 500 feet (152 meters). Read more.

Work on Dubai Pearl to Restart in December


25 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

After a series of delays since it was announced in 2003, work on the Dubai Pearl will restart in December, with the $6 billion megaproject set to be completed “by 2018”, the developer’s chief executive has said. Read more.

Officials Aspire to Build World’s Tallest Tower in Hyderabad


25 Nov 2014, Hyderabad, India

The Telangana government convened on November 22 and decided to build the world's tallest tower and other skyscrapers at 40 places around Hussain Sagar Lake in the heart of Hyderabad, India. Read more.

Construction Resumes on 3 World Trade Center in New York City


24 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has resumed construction of 3 World Trade Center after selling $1.6 billion in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds in October, secured by tenant leases and a mortgage. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018. Read more.

CTBUH Hosts Tour Through Toronto’s Ïce Condominiums


24 Nov 2014, Toronto, Canada

On November 19, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted a tour of the Lanterra Developments condominium project known, maybe all too appropriately in this instance, as Ïce. Read more.

Emirates Pearl Hotel Taking Shape in Abu Dhabi


24 Nov 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction is progressing steadily on the twisting Emirates Pearl Hotel in its location at the heart of Abu Dhabi. In close proximity to the Emirates Palace, the planned property aims to position itself among high-class business hotels. Read more.

Charleroi Police Headquarters Tower Completes

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21 Nov 2014, Charleroi, Belgium

In Belgium, Charleroi’s police headquarters has been expanded with a 75-meter tower on a site that also houses a local dance studio. A lively and accessible urban space has been created as a result, activating the surrounding neighborhood. Read more.

Skinny Skyscraper Floorplans Revealed in New York City


21 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

During a presentation about 111 West 57th Street, floorplans were shared confirming that each apartment will take up an entire floor. The skyscraper will reach more than 427 meters in height, but will only contain 45 apartments. Read more.

Selby Condo Plans Turn Heads in Toronto


21 Nov 2014, Toronto, Canada

The developers behind Mississauga’s curvaceous Marilyn Monroe towers have proposed a new condominium with clean-cut lines and a bold crimson hue to rise near the Sherbourne subway station. Occupancy is slated for spring 2019. Read more.

Six-Tower Office Complex Proposed for Shenzhen


21 Nov 2014, Shenzhen, China

The recently announced winner of an invited competition will design a grand office development on a 27,777-square-meter plot of land in Shekou, Shenzhen, which will create 80,000 square meters of office space. Read more.

Manhattan West Platform Completed in New York City


20 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

Brookfield Properties recently completed a 2.6-acre (1-hectare), 120,000-square-foot (11,000-square-meter) platform over railroad tracks leading into Penn Station, which will serve as the foundation for the Manhattan West megaproject. Read more.

High-Rise Resort in Zhengzhou to Open in 2018


20 Nov 2014, Zhenhgzhou, China

Projected to open in 2018, the 350-room Fairmont Zhengzhou hotel will be part of a new mixed-use high-rise development in the central business district of Zhengdong New Town, an upcoming financial and business hub in the city. Read more.

New Proposal for Glengall Bridge Revealed in London


20 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

Plans have once again surfaced for the redevelopment of a quay site in London's Docklands next to the western side of Glengall Bridge, which call for a 140-meter central tower of about 45 stories on the northern part of the site. Read more.

Construction Starts on Chengdu Greenland Tower


19 Nov 2014, Chengdu, China

Construction has begun on what will be the tallest skyscraper in the city of Chengdu. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower draws its architectural inspiration from the mountains that surround the city. Read more.

Samsung C&T to Build $310M High-Rise Complex in Kuala Lumpur


19 Nov 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Samsung C&T has signed a $310 million deal to construct the Star Development in the central business area of the city. It encompasses the construction of three luxurious residential high-rises. Read more.

New Tower Breaks Boxy Mold in New York's Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood


19 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

Demolition permits have been filed to make way for a 28-story tower in downtown Brooklyn that would provide 150 apartments across 11,000 square meters and a three-floor podium accommodating retail uses. Read more.

Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland


19 Nov 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, have been outlined to councilors and the media. The Auckland Development Committee will consider the future of the building in February 2015. Read more.

Cambodia’s Tallest Tower Fully Open for Tenants


18 Nov 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

TFP Farrells has taken the wraps off of a 38-story banking headquarters in Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s tallest skyscraper. The tower is 183.8 meters tall and accommodates offices, apartments, gardens, and retail amenities. Read more.

Goettsch Partners Celebrate Opening of Grand Hyatt Dalian


18 Nov 2014, Dalian, China

The Grand Hyatt Dalian has officially opened. This 44-story, 370-room hotel is triangular in plan, so as to ensure that all bays receive southern light as well as views of the meandering coastline. Read more.

Folded Slabs of Columbia Medical Center Take Shape in New York City


18 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

After having topped out in late September 2014, construction on the Columbia Medical + Graduate Education Building has moved into initial cladding work, with the first length of glazing installed on the west façade. Read more.

Sales Launch for Sydney by Crown


18 Nov 2014, Sydney, Australia

The Grand Opening of the Sydney by Crown Display Suite was marked with an invitation-only media event. The new AUS $250 million (US $218 million) tower will begin sales on November 22. Read more.

Paris City Council Rejects Tour Triangle Skyscraper Amid Contentious Vote


17 Nov 2014, Paris, France

The Paris City Council voted 83-78 in a secret ballot against the Tour Triangle, which would be the second-highest tower in Paris after the Montparnasse Tower. The mayor immediately rejected the vote as invalid. Read more.

Updated Design Revealed for 425 Park in New York City


17 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

The design for 425 Park Avenue has been in the works for several years, and was first revealed during a competition. Now, a video at the project’s new website offers a comprehensive look at the building. Read more.

Two Years Later, Cost to Repair Fire-Damaged Dubai Tower Soars to $21M


17 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The cost of repairing the fire-damaged Tamweel Tower has reached $21.2 million according to the latest assessment. Two years after a fire partially gutted the 34-story tower, the property is still no closer to receiving repairs. Read more.

Miami Megaproject to Include 60-Story Tower


14 Nov 2014, Miami, United States

The long-awaited, and at times controversial Miami Worldcenter megaproject unveiled plans on November 12 for its first tower, a 470-unit, 60-story luxury condominium high-rise that would be embedded into the planned shopping mall. Read more.

World Trade Center Nanjing Complex Progresses, Main Tower Lagging Behind


14 Nov 2014, Nanjing, China

The World Trade Center Nanjing is a mixed-use development that will include a luxury five-star hotel and two residential towers. The complex remains under construction, although the 328-meter main tower is still on hold. Read more.

KPF’s “Jenga” Tower Approved After Minister’s Eleventh-Hour Decision


14 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

Lambeth council has approved Kohn Pedersen Fox's proposal for a 50-story block of 450 flats in Vauxhall after an eleventh-hour decision by the Communities Secretary not to force a public inquiry. Read more.