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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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Toronto City Council Approves King Street Gehry Towers


29 Aug 2014, Toronto, Canada

Toronto moved a step closer to having two skyscrapers by Frank Gehry. City Council voted to support Toronto Planning staff’s recommendations to approve an application plan for the King Street West development. Read more.

New York City’s Empire State Building Surpassed by 432 Park Avenue


29 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

With its core now standing approximately 390 meters above the street, 432 Park Avenue has surpassed the architectural height of the Empire State Building, and is now the tallest building in New York north of One World Trade Center. Read more.

Lotte Center Opens in Hanoi


29 Aug 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam

Five years after its groundbreaking, Lotte Center Hanoi, the 272-meter-high skyscraper in Hanoi constructed by Lotte Group, is finally ready to open on Vietnam’s National Liberation Day, September 2. Read more.

Residences of 488 University Avenue Coming to Downtown Toronto


28 Aug 2014, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's University Avenue will soon be the site of another ambitious development, with Amexon Development Corporation announcing the launch of The Residences of 488 University Avenue. Read more.

Yarra’s Edge Forges Ahead in Melbourne


28 Aug 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Stage 1 of Wharf's Entrance on the Yarra River comprises a 30-story tower - named Forge - consisting of 228 apartments, as well as 11 luxury riverfront homes, known as Wharf Residences. Read more.

One World Trade Center 57 Percent Leased


28 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

The Durst Organization has signed Australia-based Servcorp, a provider of equipped executive offices and virtual office space, to a 15-year, 3,200-square-meter, full “tower floor” lease on the 85th floor of One World Trade Center. Read more.

Shenzhen Super City Vision Revives Brutalist “Streets in the Sky”


27 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

In China, designers are looking to layer more transport corridors vertically above and below ground. One example is the Shenzhen Bay Super City - Xtremendous by UNIT Urban New Idea Team, which includes a 152-meter-high walkway. Read more.

SkyRise Miami Approved by Voters


27 Aug 2014, Miami, United States

A proposal to bring a 1,000-foot (305-meter) skyscraper featuring a restaurant, observation decks and thrill rides to downtown Miami was approved by South Florida voters amid hopes it will help re-invigorate Bayside Marketplace. Read more.

Edmonton to Receive 62-story Stantec Tower


27 Aug 2014, Edmonton, Canada

At 62 stories, the new Stantec Tower will be the tallest building in Edmonton and one of the tallest in western Canada once it is completed. The building will be home to 1,700 employees of the engineering, planning, and architecture firm. Read more.

Magellan Development Gets Approval for Tower in Chicago


27 Aug 2014, Chicago, United States

The building at 167 West Erie Street in Chicago will soon be demolished to make way for Magellan Development and Mac Management's second, effectively simultaneous River North apartment project. Read more.

Firm Presents La Tour Residential Tower in Aarhus


26 Aug 2014, Aarhus, Denmark

An architecture firm has presented its design for “La Tour Tower”, a 31-floor residential building sited in Aarhus, Denmark. Situated near a major vehicular route, the project aims to become a prominent visual feature of the neighborhood. Read more.

Details Emerge for New York City’s Manhattan West Development


26 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

A new promotional video for Brookfield's massive Manhattan West project highlighted a few changes for the 5.4 million-square-foot (500,000-square-meter) multi-building development in the Hudson Yards District. Read more.

New Apartment Tower Cleared to Replace Motel in Chicago's River North

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26 Aug 2014, Chicago, United States

The 35-story apartment tower intended to be built at the current site of the '50s-throwback Howard Johnson Inn in Chicago’s River North district doesn't yet have a name, but it has been cleared for takeoff. Read more.

Aspire’s Aspirations Abated by Aviation Authorities in Sydney Area


26 Aug 2014, Sydney, Australia

The intervention by Australian aviation authorities to reduce Parramatta’s proposed Aspire tower by up to 30 stories could be replicated across all of Sydney, says the Urban Taskforce. Read more.

Developer Set to Deliver Pink Tower in Melbourne


25 Aug 2014, Melbourne, Australia

A taller, grander residential project has been put forward in an amendment to an existing planning permit for 54-64 A'Beckett Street in Melbourne, a pinkish-red tower designed by Elenberg Fraser. Read more.

Phase One Opens at Bangkok Central Embassy


25 Aug 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Construction continues on the Bangkok Central Embassy, with an expected overall completion date in late 2014, and a hotel opening in 2015. Having nearly reached full height, the tower opened its doors in May 2014 to its lower floors. Read more.

Concrete Poured at Houston’s 609 Main


25 Aug 2014, Houston, United States

Construction is moving forward on one of Houston’s most talked-about office towers, 609 Main. On August 23, contractors began pouring the massive concrete mat that will be the foundation for the 48-story building. Read more.

Astana Skyline on the Rise


22 Aug 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan

After years of economic growth, the Astana skyline is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. More than a dozen high-rises have been built here in the last decade, with another dozen under construction. Read more.

Dates Set for McCormick Place Hotel and Arena Construction in Chicago


22 Aug 2014, Chicago, United States

The 51-story hotel building at McCormick Place, set to be a Marriott Marquis with 1,200 rooms and considerable conference and event space, as well as the 10,000-seat stadium, will both start construction in January 2015. Read more.

London’s Walkie Talkie Tower Covered With Sunshade to Tame “Death Ray” Glare


22 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

The entire south side of the 500-foot (152-meter) tower at 20 Fenchurch Street has been covered with black netting to reduce the glare caused by its unique facade focusing solar beams onto streets below. Read more.

Construction Begins on 551 West 21st Street in New York City


22 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Construction is underway on 551 West 21st Street – a new, 19-story luxury condominium overlooking the Hudson River in West Chelsea. The high-rise will feature 44 large-scale residences, including three penthouses. Read more.

Broadway Malyan Selected to Design Chengdu Creative Centre


21 Aug 2014, Chengdu, China

Broadway Malyan has been announced as the winning practice in a competition for Chengdu Creative Centre, a mixed-use venture blending office and retail units with green public spaces, anchored by a 110 meter-high central tower. Read more.

Brookfield Named General Contractor for 50-Story London High-Rise


21 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

Work at the site of a new London high-rise, One Blackfriars, is progressing with Brookfield Multiplex officially being appointed to build the tower, which is located on the south bank in the London Borough of Southwark. Read more.

Winner Chosen to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Shenzhen


21 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

A winner has been selected for an invited competition to design the new headquarters for CITIC Securities in Shenzhen. The winning design calls for a tower that is situated on the western gateway to Shenzhen Bay. Read more.

New Yorkers Can Control Two Skyscraper Lights with Mobile App


21 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Developer Douglas Durst is letting New Yorkers have controls to the lights atop two midtown skyscrapers — Bank of America Tower and 4 Times Square. Users can manipulate the lights on the spire and add sparkles or pulses of light. Read more.

Shenyang to Receive Diamond Hill Complex


20 Aug 2014, Shenyang, China

Architects have announced plans for Diamond Hill, a mixed-use project located in Shenyang, China. The project’s residential, office, and retail spaces will be built atop a fully integrated transportation hub. Read more.

New York City Hotel at 112 West 25th Street Revealed


20 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Plans for a new hotel at 112 West 25th Street have been uncovered. The Renaissance Hotel will have 330 rooms, comprising 16,500 square meters, and construction is expected to begin in January of 2015. Read more.

Demolition Approved for Istanbul’s Skyline-Damaging Skyscrapers


20 Aug 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The Council of State has approved an earlier order by the Istanbul 4th Administrative Court to demolish controversial skyscrapers in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district that damage the city's historic skyline. Read more.

Moscow’s Shukhov Tower Saved After Top Architects Step In


20 Aug 2014, Moscow, Russia

A campaign led by some of the biggest names in architecture has persuaded Moscow City Council to overturn plans to dismantle the 150-meter steel lattice radio tower to make way for a new development. Read more.

Goettsch Partners to Design High-Rise Complex in Shenzhen


19 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has been hired to design a massive project located in Neighborhood 2 of Shenzhen’s Qianhai district. The project covers 6.2 hectares and includes five commercial towers. Read more.