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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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Russian Practice Takes Over Lakhta Center Job


30 Sep 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

A Russian practice, Gorproyekt, has been appointed to the Lakhta Center project in St. Petersburg, replacing the original architect on the scheme. Once complete, the tower will be the tallest in Europe at 462 meters. Read more.

Los Angeles Modifies Fire Code Requiring Skyscraper Helipads


30 Sep 2014, Los Angeles, United States

On September 29, city officials and local business leaders announced a change to a half-century-old fire code that required all tall buildings in the city of Los Angeles to be topped by helicopter landing pads. Read more.

Builder Plans $122 Million East London Residential Scheme


30 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

A London apartment builder has struck a deal to progress the first phase in the redevelopment of Poplar Business Park in East London. The development rises to 22 stories, with construction expected to be completed in 2018. Read more.

Damaged Medellin Tower Blocks Imploded


29 Sep 2014, Medellin, Colombia

Colombian authorities demolished the last buildings of a large apartment block in a Medellin neighborhood that partially collapsed in October 2013, killing 12 people. The first of the damaged towers was demolished in February 2014. Read more.

“French Spiderman” Scales Yekaterinburg Skyscraper


29 Sep 2014, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Daredevil Alain Robert, who is known as “The French Spiderman,” due to his extreme climbs, has successfully ascended the tallest building in Russia outside of Moscow, the Vysotsky tower in Yekaterinburg. Read more.

Emaar’s Five-Bedroom High-Rise Penthouse in Dubai Sells for $6.2 Million


29 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, has sold 72 units in The Address Residence Sky View in Downtown Dubai, with a five-bedroom penthouse selling for Dh $23 million (US $6.2 million), according to a media report. Read more.

Cladding Begins on 10 Hudson Yards in New York City


29 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Besides more concrete and steel, the first of 10 Hudson Yard's cladding has begun to appear along the side of the building. The glass appears to be of a very high quality, reflecting nearby structures without major distortion. Read more.

Middle East Buyer Mulls Purchase of iSTMarina in Istanbul


26 Sep 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

A Middle Eastern buyer is interested in purchasing one of the five towers in the Turkish iSTMarina project. Based in the Kartal region of Istanbul, iSTMarina is a five-tower project overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Read more.

Plans Submitted for Canary Wharf Residential Twin Towers in London


26 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been submitted for an interlinked residential high-rise building with towers of 29 and 39 stories on London’s Isle of Dogs. The scheme will appear as a single mass at the lower level before splitting at the 23rd floor. Read more.

Elevator Free Fall in Hanoi’s Lotte Center Terrifies Riders Inside


26 Sep 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam

An elevator at the Lotte Center in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District fell rapidly from the 63rd to 35th floor on the evening of September 25, terrorizing seven people inside it. No casualties were reported. Read more.

Park Place Breaks Ground in Wuhan


25 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Spanning over 20 acres (8 hectares) in Wuhan, China, Park Place is a large mixed-use development that just broke ground. It merges high-end retail, residential, and commercial spaces with an agrarian program. Read more.

Permits Filed for 101 Murray Street in New York City


25 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Permit filings have been submitted for 101 Murray Street. The tower will have a flute-like appearance and will rise to a height of 950 feet (290 meters). Kohn Pedersen Fox is the design architect. Read more.

The Curtain Will Rise in Sydney


25 Sep 2014, Sydney, Australia

The new Curtain apartment building has just been approved at Wolli Creek near Sydney Airport. The 200-apartment building is located at the waterfront and has panoramic views of Sydney's skyline. Read more.

Proposed Financial District Tower Could Alter Boston’s Skyline


25 Sep 2014, Boston, United States

Plans have been resurrected to build one of Boston’s tallest buildings, a glass tower of up to 740 feet (226 meters) that would be a new centerpiece on the city’s rapidly changing skyline. Read more.

New Phases to Enhance Emerald City Community in Toronto


25 Sep 2014, Toronto, Canada

Located directly across from Fairview Mall, the first three towers of Emerald City are now essentially complete and being occupied by new residents. Now, the next phase is on the horizon, and Emerald City is preparing to grow again. Read more.

A New Shape-Shifter Planned for Sydney


24 Sep 2014, Sydney, Australia

Due to begin construction in 2018, the 49-story Quay Quarter Tower will rise 200 meters and comprise 102,000 square meters of office space in close proximity to the renowned Sydney Opera House. Read more.

White Sails Hospital to be Realized in Tunisia Economic City


24 Sep 2014, Tunisia Economic City, Tunisia

Envisioned as a medical facility and international clinic for patients to experience a sense of peace, the White Sails Hospital & Spa has been proposed in Tunisia Economic City (TEC), a planned beachfront urban project. Read more.

Painting Inspires Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai


24 Sep 2014, Zhuhai, China

Released soon after the completion of the unusual Aedas-designed Sandcrawler for George Lucas in Singapore, the Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai, China takes its inspiration from a historical Chinese painting. Read more.

Amorepacific HQ Breaks Ground in Korea


24 Sep 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Work has begun on the new Seoul headquarters of Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific. It will comprise offices, conference facilities, a museum, restaurants, and retail units when it completes in 2017. Read more.

Permits Filed for the Hudson Rise Hotel in New York City


24 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Permits have been filed for the Hudson Rise Hotel, at 462-470 11th Avenue. The tower will stand at the southeast corner of West 38th Street and 11th Avenue, across from the Javits Center, on land purchased for $115 million. Read more.

Sale of a Landmark Madrid Skyscraper Puts Spain on the Map for Chinese Investors


23 Sep 2014, Madrid, Spain

The purchase of the 25-story Edificio España by the Dalian Wanda Group for $340 million is seen as evidence that the Spain’s property market is on the mend — and that the country figures more prominently in the plans of Chinese investors. Read more.

Riyadh Tower Showcased at Cityscape Global

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23 Sep 2014, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Tower is being showcased this week at Cityscape Global, an international conference for real estate investors. The Riyadh Tower, located in the Olaya business district, is 338 meters tall and consists of 73 levels. Read more.

Silvercup’s Tower Expansion Makes a Comeback in New York City


23 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Special permits have been filed that seek to revive Silvercup West, the massive three-tower extension of the film and television studio. The plan includes apartments, an office tower, and an abundance of production space. Read more.

Salford’s Tallest Ready to Rise


23 Sep 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

A new collection of tall buildings approved for the former Canopus site overlooking the River Irwell in the Manchester borough of Salford is ready to rise. One of the towers will become the borough's tallest. Read more.

Mixed-Use Hub Planned for Ningbo


22 Sep 2014, Ningbo, China

Images have been released of a 120,000 square-meter mixed-use development in Ningbo, China. The scheme includes four high-rises and will blend residential units with retail outlets and commercial developments. Read more.

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Begins Construction Near Manaus


22 Sep 2014, Manaus, Brazil

On August 15, construction began on the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO), a 325-meter-tall cable-supported tower that will monitor weather and take long-term measurements of greenhouse gases. Read more.

Work to Resume on Nakheel’s Palm Gateway in Dubai


22 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nakheel is to resume work on the landmark development at the entrance of the Palm Jumeirah – more than six years after it was first launched. The project is targeted for completion in 2017. Read more.

Fire Engulfs High-Rise Building in Krasnoyarsk


22 Sep 2014, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Flames engulfed a 25-story apartment building, Novaya Vysota, in the city of Krasnoyarsk on September 22. The blaze damaged an area of about 2,000 square meters. The fire spread to the entire height of the building on two sides. Read more.

New Blackfriars Road Tower Plans Unveiled in London


19 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

The latest designs for a 336-home scheme on Blackfriars Road, south London have been revealed. The three-block scheme for Barratt London features a hexagonal, 27-story, brick-clad tower and includes a new square, offices, and shops. Read more.

São Paulo Skyscraper Inspired by Luxury Cars


19 Sep 2014, São Paulo, Brazil

Renderings of a Brazilian skyscraper unveiled on September 11 show a building that’s all curves, a blend of metal and glass that echoes the look of many of the luxury cars produced by Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and others. Read more.