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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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Melbourne’s Australia 108 Height Reduced


30 Apr 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have resubmitted shorter plans for Australia 108, after it was determined that the 388-meter tower would violate aviation regulations limiting building heights to 375 meters, so as to avoid interfering with flight paths to nearby Essendon Airport. Read more.

Chicago’s Mired Spire to Get Another Shot


30 Apr 2014, Chicago, United States

The ever-stillborn, yet seemingly invincible Chicago Spire has yet another lease on life. In a court-approved restructuring plan, developer Garrett Kelleher and his new partner, Atlas Apartment Holdings, will provide financing to pay off Related Companies, the debt-holder on the project. Read more.

First Phase of Azerbaijani Mega-Project to be Completed by May


30 Apr 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Avesta Company has announced that the first phase of the 3,000-hectare Khazar Islands project will be completed by May 28, the Azertag state news agency reports. The first phase consists of several beaches, restaurants, bridges and about 4 km of roads, as well as two 5-ha parks. Read more.

“Dell” Dorm at University of Texas to Get Makeover


30 Apr 2014, Austin, United States

The first high-rise dormitory at the University of Texas, Austin campus is set to receive a $4 million makeover. The Dobie Center, a 979-bed, 29-story project completed in 1972, will get a facelift from Modern Declaration, an interior design firm in New York. Read more.

Mountain Towers Form in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park


29 Apr 2014, Beijing, China

As one of the first built MAD projects to realize studio founder Ma Yansong’s Shan-Shui City concept, the studio has recently broken ground on Chaoyang Park Plaza, a nature-influenced development in the heart of Beijing’s central business district. Read more.

Big, Tall, Sustainable: Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Planned for Arizona


29 Apr 2014, San Luis, United States

Annapolis-based Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. has received approval for a 686-meter energy-generating tower that would result in the tallest structure in North America. The tower is designed to use ambient desert heat to create a draft to produce energy. Read more.

Tall Landmark Planned for Plymouth University


29 Apr 2014, Plymouth, United Kingdom

The Student Housing Company has released plans to build Plymouth’s tallest building at Beckley Court, replacing the existing Plymouth University student apartments with a modern residential high-rise, to be 22 stories and 78 meters high. Read more.

High Rises Going Up in Smaller US Cities


29 Apr 2014, Minneapolis, United States

While the housing market may still be feeling the effects of the recession, cities across the United States are seeing a definite increase in the number of high-rise apartment buildings being developed in downtown districts. Read more.

Brookfield Multiplex “Surfs” Up New Gold Coast Residential High-Rise


28 Apr 2014, Gold Coast, Australia

As an answer to increasing demands for residential properties in the Gold Coast area, Brookfield Multiplex has secured the building contract for Rhapsody Surfer's North, the first residential high-rise to be constructed in the area in two years. Read more.

New Developments on Madison’s Old University Avenue


28 Apr 2014, Madison, United States

Despite a six-year planning effort that seeks to limit the height of the residential development for Madison’s Old University Avenue, city officials are calling for taller buildings and more intense development for the area. Read more.

Nautical-Themed Skyscraper to Rise in Portsmouth's Harbor District


28 Apr 2014, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The latest in a series of nautical-themed skyscrapers is the contribution from international design practice Scott Brownrigg, with a proposal for the redevelopment of a 12-story office building into a mixed-use tower in Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays district. Read more.

Calgary’s 3 Eau Claire Project Stalls


28 Apr 2014, Calgary, Canada

A project that would have brought two additional towers to the Calgary skyline has been halted due to financial concerns surrounding the developer. The mixed-use project would have consisted of two towers over 40 stories linked by a skybridge. Read more.

London’s Gherkin Faces Financial Pickle


25 Apr 2014, London, United Kingdom

The 40-story Gherkin office tower, one of the most iconic contributions to London’s skyline, is facing financial woes. The tower, officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, has been placed into receivership by its creditors. Read more.

Deyaar Announces New Premium Hotel Tower in Business Bay


25 Apr 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based developer Deyaar has launched a plan for a premium hotel apartments tower at The Atria, a mixed-use twin tower development in the Business Bay district of Dubai, marking the company's debut into the hospitality sector. Read more.

Skyscrapers Cast Shadows for Concerned Residents


25 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

Residents of New York City who frequent public spaces such as Central Park have recently raised concerns about the large shadows cast by surrounding skyscrapers, particularly One57, which is currently under construction south of the park. Read more.

UNStudio Plans Flashy Façade for Hanwha Headquarters


25 Apr 2014, Seoul, South Korea

The Hanwha headquarters in Seoul will receive a facelift from Amsterdam’s UNStudio in the form of a modern, animated façade designed to reduce solar gain, increase natural light, generate energy, and interact with its surroundings. Read more.

Foster + Partners Submit Plans for South Quay Plaza Tower


24 Apr 2014, London, United Kingdom

Foster + Partners has submitted plans for the 73-story skyscraper at Canary Wharf. Set to become the tallest residential building in the United Kingdom, the skyscraper will shape part of the South Quay Plaza development in east London. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for KPF’s Slender Skyscraper


24 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

Additional information and renderings have been revealed for the KPF-designed condominium skyscraper at 41 East 22nd Street. At 237 meters, it will become the tallest building between Midtown and Lower Manhattan when completed. Read more.

Cordish Breaks Ground on Luxury Apartment Building


24 Apr 2014, Kansas City, United States

The Cordish Companies and Kansas City officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the 25-story luxury apartment building One Light, the first residential tower to be constructed in downtown Kansas City in years. Read more.

Aria Adds Another Tower to South Brisbane Plan


24 Apr 2014, Brisbane, Australia

Property developer Aria continues its reign over residential development in South Brisbane with its recent application to develop a seventh apartment building in the area as part of a complex located at 109 Melbourne Street. Read more.

Video: Daring Duo Leap from World’s Tallest Building


23 Apr 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In an event that claimed the new Guinness World Record title of Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building, two men took the jump of a lifetime off the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai, a feat almost three years in the making. Read more.

Tree-Like Wright Tower to Open to the Public


23 Apr 2014, Racine, United States

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most unusual buildings, the 15-story SC Johnson research tower in southeastern Wisconsin, will be opened for tours this spring, allowing the public access to one of the country’s most important examples of cantilevered architecture. Read more.

Portman Poised to Revisit Peachtree Street Project


23 Apr 2014, Atlanta, United States

John Portman & Associates is preparing to renovate a 27-story building located at 230 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The 50-year-old tower was first developed as an office building by Portman Holdings as part of the Peachtree Center complex. Read more.

High-Rise Development May Compromise “Living Skies”


22 Apr 2014, Saskatoon, Canada

The Saskatoon city council recently approved new regulations that would allow downtown buildings to be built taller, a measure that may compromise Saskatchewan's unparalleled views of the Canadian landscape and sky. Read more.

Nairobi Skyline to Gain Academic Skyscraper


22 Apr 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

In order to accommodate a growing student population and to add a unique touch to a sprawling city skyline, the University of Nairobi, Kenya’s leading institution of higher learning, is currently building a 22-story skyscraper. Read more.

Sarawak Sees Increase in Demand for High-Rise Properties


22 Apr 2014, Kuching, Malaysia

The property buying trend in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has been notably moving towards condominium high-rise developments. High-rise condominiums provide security, parking and convenient access to amenities. Read more.

Hitachi to Deliver World’s Fastest Elevators by 2016


21 Apr 2014, Guangzhou, China

Hitachi will deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou. The elevators are expected to reach speeds of 1,200 m/min. Read more.

Arabtec Committed to Russian Projects Despite Ukraine Disputes


21 Apr 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

Arabtec Holding, a United Arab Emirates-based engineering and construction group, has stated that it will not pull out from its current construction projects in Russia despite the conflicts with Ukraine, specifically the 398-meter Ohkta Centre. Read more.

Settlement Reached for Iran-Linked Manhattan Skyscraper


21 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

A long-running dispute between the U.S. and Iranian governments about the ownership priority of a Manhattan skyscraper located at 650 Fifth Avenue has recently reached a promising settlement. Read more.

Burnaby’s Shape Tower Approved


18 Apr 2014, Burnaby, Canada

The first residential tower in the redevelopment of Vancouver suburb Burnaby’s Brentwood mall has been approved, despite concerns raised by Burnaby residents about potential impacts the development will have on the area. Read more.