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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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Chicago’s Willis Tower Glass-Floor Skydeck Cracks


30 May 2014, Chicago, United States

The Ledge, a glass-bottomed box suspended from the 103rd story of the Willis Tower’s west facade, will remain closed until the protective glass coating on its innermost layer can be repaired. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for JAHN’s 50 West Street in New York


30 May 2014, New York City, United States

New renderings of the Time Equities-developed residential tower at 50 West Street have been revealed, as excavation for the project gets underway. According to permits issued earlier this month, 50 West Street will stand 783 feet (239 meters) to its pinnacle.Read more.

Pakistan Aviation Authority Bans High-Rises Within 15 km of Airports


30 May 2014, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned the construction of high-rise residential and commercial buildings within a 15-km range around airports across Pakistan. Read more.

Makati’s Century Spire to Open in 2018


29 May 2014, Makati, Philippines

Century Properties Group held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Century Spire, a 60-story office and residential tower designed by Daniel Libeskind and Armani/Casa Interior Design in Makati, Philippines. Read more.

Mirvish Returns With Revised Gehry-Designed Proposal for Downtown Toronto


29 May 2014, Toronto, Canada

Developer David Mirvish has revealed revised plans for the Frank Gehry-designed megaproject, which had originally envisioned demolishing two popular theaters Mirvish owns to make way for three sculptural towers. Read more.

New 52-Story Mixed-Use Tower for Melbourne


29 May 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Squillace Architects has designed a 52-floor, AUS$280 million mixed use development for Melbourne’s Southbank district. The Platinum tower is to be ready for occupancy in June 2016. Read more.

Permits Filed for Thin, Tesselating Tower in New York’s Maiden Lane


29 May 2014, New York City, United States

Fortis Properties has filed permits for a tower at 39 Fletcher Street / 151 Maiden Lane in New York. Goldstein Hill & West is the architect of record, and the update from Fortis comes with several renderings that imagine the future skyscraper’s appearance on the East River waterfront. Read more.

More Towers Approved for Burnaby


28 May 2014, Burnaby, Canada

The Vancouver suburb of Burnaby has approved several high-rises for construction in the growing Station Square development, and has moved into final review of a 53-story tower at 4567 Lougheed Highway in Brentwood Town Centre. Read more.

Several Architects Shortlisted for Swedish Skyscraper


28 May 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden

Concept designs by the five finalists have been revealed in the contest to design one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia. Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Simpson Architects and the London office of SOM have drawn up schemes for a 200 meter-tall, mixed-use tower in Gothenburg. Read more.

Hotel Kapok Completed in Shenzhen


28 May 2014, Shenzhen, China

Chicago-based Goettsch Partners has released photos of its recently completed Hotel Kapok in the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center athletic complex. Hotel Kapok is a 19-story boutique hotel with 242 rooms. Read more.

TD Bank in Talks to Anchor New York’s One Vanderbilt


27 May 2014, New York City, United States

TD Bank, the US affiliate of Canada’s Toronto Dominion Bank, is in talks to become the anchor tenant of One Vanderbilt, a 65-story tower planned for the block west of Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Read more.

Quay House Tower Planned for London’s Canary Wharf


27 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been submitted to London’s Tower Hamlets council for a 228-meter skyscraper that would become the second-tallest in the Canary Wharf district, after the 236-meter One Canada Square. Read more.

Luxury Mixed-Use High-Rise Approved for Miami Arts District


27 May 2014, Miami, United States

Melo Group has won approval from the city of Miami to build a 36-story, luxury mixed-use residential high-rise at 245 NE 14 Street in Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District. Read more.

Acton Ostry Architects Design Mixed-Use District in Vancouver


23 May 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver firm Acton Ostry Architects have designed a mixed-use residential and retail development for the Mount Pleasant neighborhood at the intersection of two major transportation corridors, Kingsway and Broadway. Read more.

That’s “Salesforce Tower” to You Too, London


23 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

For the second time in less than two months, has claimed naming rights to a tall building, this time across the pond from its initial lease. London's 46-story Heron Tower will be renamed Salesforce Tower. Read more.

Developer Harry Macklowe Buys New York's One Wall Street


23 May 2014, New York City, United States

Real estate developer Harry Macklowe has purchased One Wall Street, the landmark Art Deco headquarters of the Bank of New York Mellon, securing the winning bid over a group that included JDS Development, Elad Group and Silverstein Properties. Read more.

Lippo Reveals Millennium Village Vision for Tangerang


22 May 2014, Tangerang, Indonesia

Developer Lippo Karawaci has announced its latest venture in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, a new integrated development in Tangerang, which will feature three skyscrapers along with retail, hotels, a university, museums, offices, parks and art districts. Read more.

Bangkok Central Embassy Hotel Rises


22 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Construction continues on the 30-story, 5-star hotel tower at Bangkok Central Embassy, while the 7-story retail podium of the tower recently celebrated its opening. The complex, designed by AL_A, offers upscale entertainment, retail, and accommodations. Read more.

Adco Submits Revised San Francisco Tower Design


22 May 2014, San Francisco, United States

Developer Adco is reviving design plans for a new 36-story condominium high-rise for San Francisco’s Cathedral Hill. The proposed 262-unit tower, designed by SLCE Architects and MWA Architects, would rise to a height of 416 feet (127 meters). Read more.

Mangalore’s Tallest to be Inaugurated


21 May 2014, Mangalore, India

A 26-story skyscraper, considered the tallest building in Mangalore, will be officially opened at the end of the month, marking the culmination of the “dream project” for In-Land Group founder Siraj Ahmed. Read more.

Contractor Balfour Beatty Selected for Houston High-Rise


21 May 2014, Houston, United States

Balfour Beatty Construction, a Dallas-based construction company, has been selected as the general contractor for a new 30-story office building to be located on the east side of Houston’s central business district. Read more.

Chicago's River North Tower Design Approved


21 May 2014, Chicago, United States

A new 29-story apartment tower planned for a River North site has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, marking a step towards the redevelopment of the 65-acre area where Cabrini-Green once stood. Read more.

Capital One Fairfax Tower to Rival Washington Monument Height


20 May 2014, Washington D.C., United States

With a proposal that some are calling “arrogant,” plans have been approved for a 143-meter tower in Fairfax, Virginia that could rival the height of the present-tallest building in the D.C. area, the 169-meter Washington Monument. Read more.

Hanhai Luxury Condos to Provide “Cloud” for Zhengzhou


20 May 2014, Zhengzhou, China

Construction recently began on a nine-tower condominium complex in Zhengzhou, China. The 353,767-square-meter project was designed by Los Angeles-based amphibianArc, and will feature three shorter buildings along with the nine residential high-rises. Read more.

Record-Setting Chicago Skyscraper Sale


20 May 2014, Chicago, United States

In a record-setting $850 million deal, developer Irvine Co. has agreed to purchase the 60-story building at 300 N. LaSalle St, Chicago. The office tower presents a good opportunity for the California-based developer to expand its Chicago portfolio. Read more.

Grid Architects Submit Plans for Tower in London’s Swiss Cottage


20 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

London-based Grid Architects has submitted a design for a 24-story tower for Swiss Cottage in North London. The mixed-use tower will feature 148 private rented flats and 36 affordable homes, along with retail space, community areas and rooftop terraces. Read more.

Silverstein Envisions Supertall for New York’s Eleventh Avenue


19 May 2014, New York City, United States

Confusion and controversy reign over the Silverstein Properties’ plans to develop a residential / retail tower project at 514 Eleventh Avenue on Manhattan’s far West Side, which may be more than 1,100 feet (335 meters) tall. Read more.

Jinan Evergrande Tower Joins China's Supertall Race


19 May 2014, Jinan, China

British architect Terry Farrell's firm has unveiled plans for a 560-meter-high skyscraper in Jinan, which could become one of China's tallest buildings. Farrells, whose 442-meter Kingkey 100 is currently Shenzhen's tallest skyscraper, claims the proposed Evergrande tower will become the second-tallest building in China. Read more.

Fix for London’s Walkie Talkie to Begin This Month


19 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

Work to alter Rafael Viñoly Architects‘ 20 Fenchurch Street – first called the “Walkie Talkie” due to its unusual shape, and then the “Walkie Scorchie” after it created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars last summer – is due to start in late May 2014, after planning permission for the additions was granted in April. Read more.

New York’s High Line To Gain Vertical Addition


16 May 2014, New York City, United States

Curbed New York reports that the angular New York High Line tower proposed by Chicago-based Studio/Gang Architects is in the works again, after community opposition and zoning restrictions caused a delay in the project from its announcement in late 2012. Read more.