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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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Ground Loan Secured for 3 Hudson Boulevard


30 Jun 2014, New York City, United States

A recent report indicates that 3 Hudson Boulevard has secured a ground loan, which means that construction is imminent for the soon-to-be supertall tower in New York City’s Hudson Yards. Read more.

PKNS to Build 65-Story Tower in Petaling Jaya After Long Court Battle


30 Jun 2014, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Selangor State Development Corp (PKNS) is planning to build a 65-story tower that is slated to be the tallest building in Petaling Jaya, with a gross development value of RM $800 million (US $249 million). Read more.

High-Rise Condo Project Proposed in Calgary Beltline Area


30 Jun 2014, Calgary, Canada

A new CAN $110-million (US $103-million), 34-story residential condo tower is being launched in the burgeoning Beltline community near Central Memorial Park in Calgary. It will be part of a development that will include two high-rise buildings. Read more.

Tianjin’s “Manhattan Replica” Rises Against Backdrop of Vacancies


30 Jun 2014, Tianjin, China

China’s project to build a replica of Manhattan is taking shape against a backdrop of vacant office towers and unfinished hotels, underscoring the risks of a slowing economy due to the nation’s unprecedented investment boom. Read more.

Bouygues Construction Wins Contract for London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens


27 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Bouygues Construction has won its tussle with Kier Construction Corporation for the contract to build Manhattan Loft Gardens, a striking 42-story double-cantilevered residential tower in London’s Stratford City. Read more.

Proposed Toronto Tower Design to be “Simple and Logical”


27 Jun 2014, Toronto, Canada

A 33-story residential block called Alter is slated to go up on Church Street just south of Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The tower was designed by Heather Rolleston, who used influences of modernism to inform its appearance. Read more.

FMC Tower Breaks Ground in Philadelphia


27 Jun 2014, Philadelphia, United States

The long-awaited high-rise tower on Walnut Street in Philadelphia has broken ground and will be referred to as the FMC Tower, named after the twin headquarters of specialty-chemical company FMC Corporation, the anchor tenants.Read more.

Boston Developer Proposes $1 Billion Two-Tower Project for Harbor Garage Site


26 Jun 2014, Boston, United States

Boston developer Don Chiofaro is proposing a $1 billion project, which calls for a 600-foot (183-meter) residential tower and a 550-foot (168-meter) office tower, for a total of 1.3 million square feet (121,000 square meters). Read more.

Melbourne Planning Minister Approves Australia 108


26 Jun 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne will host the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, with a 100-story apartment tower approved for Southbank. Australia 108 will stand at 319 meters and will have more than 1100 units. Read more.

Allianz Report Sets Out Risks of Supertall Towers


26 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

With values often exceeding $1 billion, the latest “supertall” (300 meters plus) or “megatall” (600 meters plus) buildings pose new challenges for insurers as well as for architects and contractors. Read more.

First Pre-Certified LEED Platinum Office Tower Unveiled in Thane


25 Jun 2014, Thane, India

DIL Limited Venture has announced the development of Thane One, an Information Technology/Information Technology Enabled Services (IT/ITES) business hub in Thane, Maharashtra, India. Read more.

Bjarke Ingels' Hudson River Pyramid Growing on New York's 57th Street


25 Jun 2014, New York City, United States

The so-called “courtscraper“—a marriage of the European courtyard block and the American skyscraper—by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is rapidly rising on New York City‘s Hudson River waterfront.Read more.

Julia Barfield Blasts Design of Two London Towers


25 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Testifying before the London Assembly, the managing director of Marks Barfield has singled out Broadway Malyan’s The Tower, One St George Wharf, and BFLS’ Strata Tower as not being good enough for the city's skyline. Read more.

Pilings Complete on St. Petersburg’s Lakhta Center


24 Jun 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

Pile foundations have been completed for the 463-meter Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last pile under the foundation was produced on June 17, 2014, and the project is on schedule, developers say. Read more.

Seattle South Lake Union Project Moves Forward


24 Jun 2014, Seattle, United States

A San Francisco company has applied for a master-use permit to build a 25-story residential tower next to’s headquarters in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Read more.

Vancouver’s False Creek Co-op Concerned Over Future High-Rise Development


24 Jun 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Residents of Vancouver’s False Creek housing co-operative fear that their development may be replaced by future high-rise development when the majority of their leases expire in 2036. The nearly 6,000 residents have unobstructed views of the waterfront. Read more.

Las Vegas’ Harmon Hotel Begins Demolition


23 Jun 2014, Las Vegas, United States

MGM Resorts International has begun the year-long process of demolishing the Harmon Hotel, the only portion of the $8.5 billion, 67-acre CityCenter development that was never completed. Read more.

Luxury Residential Tower Tops Out in Beirut


23 Jun 2014, Beirut, Lebanon

DAMAC Properties has announced the topping out of the $300 million DAMAC Tower residential high-rise in Beirut’s Solidere area. The 28-story DAMAC Tower was introduced as the first Versace Home-branded residential tower in the region. Read more.

China Life Buys London’s 10 Upper Bank Street


23 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

China Life has purchased Canary Wharf skyscraper 10 Upper Bank Street for £795 million ($1.35 billion) from the Canary Wharf Group (CWG). CWG confirmed in a statement to IBTimes UK that the money from the sale will help pay down their debt. Read more.

Push to Build 72-Story Skyscraper in Tampa


23 Jun 2014, Tampa, United States

Argentinian architect Juan Carlos Ricardes has proposed a 72-story skyscraper, called the Icon, for Tampa. Despite an apparent lack of financing, the tower comes with the vision to demonstrate Tampa as no longer a small town, but a big player. Read more.

Miami Riverfront High-Rise Planned


20 Jun 2014, Miami, United States

The Edge on Brickell condominium has launched sales, becoming the only new luxury residential development offered on the waterfront of the Miami River. It is set to begin construction early 2015, and to be completed in the spring of 2017. Read more.

Controversy Over Tower in London’s Kidbrooke Village


20 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

A leading high-rise housing developer has commissioned Studio Egret West to work up plans for a 31-story tower in the London suburbs, sparking controversy over its “entirely inappropriate” height. Read more.

Mountain-Like Forms Envisioned for Istanbul Mixed-Use Complex


20 Jun 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

In order to maximize views toward the Sea of Marmara on the Istanbul coastline, JDS Architects has envisioned the mixed-use complex of Zeytinburnu City as a series of constructed peaks and valleys. Read more.

Hines Unveils Plans for 40-Story Denver Office Tower


19 Jun 2014, Denver, United States

Hines has unveiled plans for a new 40-story office tower in Denver, located at 1144 Fifteenth Street, between Arapahoe and Lawrence streets. The property will be the first office building of this height built in nearly three decades. Read more.

New Policy Framework for Maltese High Rises


19 Jun 2014, Valetta, Malta

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has published a new Policy Framework, setting forth policies for the design of tall buildings, in appropriate strategic locations in Malta. Read more.

Wealthier Frankfurters Now Favor Higher Living


19 Jun 2014, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt’s 140-meter Henninger Turm is one of at least seven upscale residential towers planned in Frankfurt, home of the European Central Bank and the euro area’s financial capital. Read more.

Singapore’s Skyterrace@Dawson to Feature Green Bridges


19 Jun 2014, Singapore, Singapore

SCDA Architects have designed Skyterrace@Dawson to address Singapore’s need to expand public housing. The project is set to be completed in 2015 and is composed of five towers ranging from 40 to 43 stories. Read more.

John Hancock Center Owners Want to Rock Chicago’s Streets


18 Jun 2014, Chicago, United States

One of the owners of the John Hancock Center has proposed a glass-enclosed, diamond-shaped structure in front of the skyscraper, in which musicians would entertain crowds in the public plaza along Michigan Avenue. Read more.

SOM Wins Contest for Swedish Skyscraper


18 Jun 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden

The London office of SOM has beaten four other finalists, including Zaha Hadid and Ian Simpson, in the contest to design one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia, a 230-meter mixed-use tower in Gothenburg. Read more.

One Vanderbilt May Rise to New York’s Number-Two Height Rank


18 Jun 2014, New York, United States

New illustrations released the week of June 16 indicate that One Vanderbilt, a proposed skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal, could rise as high as 1,350 feet (412 meters) to its roof and 1,450 feet (442 meters) to the tip of its crowning piece. Read more.