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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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Make Wins Planning for 53-Story Isle of Dogs Tower in London


30 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

Tower Hamlets has approved plans for a 53-story, 400-home tower on the Isle of Dogs. The Meridian Gate scheme includes office space and a new public realm at the base of the skyscraper, featuring cafés, public gardens, and a children’s play area. Read more.

Permit Filings Reveal Updated Design for New York’s 35 Hudson Yards


30 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

A new building permit application revealed new designs and programming details for 35 Hudson Yards, the mixed-use tower set to rise at the southeastern corner of 33rd Street and 11th Avenue. Read more.

Contractors Have High Hopes for Lima


30 Jan 2015, Lima, Peru

Officials see a future for the construction of skyscrapers on the hazy Lima horizon. The local economy is expected to continue to grow at a steady pace, and contractors are planning skyscrapers of 45 to 50 floors to complement the city's growth. Read more.

Planning Awarded for 169-Home Lewisham Towers In London


29 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Lewisham has approved two tower blocks as part of its Lewisham Gateway regeneration project. The scheme will provide 169 homes, along with 12,000 square meters of retail, restaurants, and commercial space. Read more.

Minneapolis Rejects 80-Story Tower Scheme


29 Jan 2015, Minneapolis, United States

On January 24, the Minneapolis Planning Department rejected a bid by developer Alex Duval to build an 80-story tower — taller than any other building in Minnesota — on the city-owned Nicollet Hotel Block. Read more.

Judge Tosses Out Permit for Vancouver High-Rise


29 Jan 2015, Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver City Council’s development process took a hit on January 27 from a B.C. Supreme Court judge, who canceled two development permits and ordered a new public hearing for a controversial 36-story condo tower. Read more.

Foster’s London Towers to Feature One Bike Parking Space Per Bedroom


28 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

A twin-tower residential development by Foster + Partners is set to become the most cycle-friendly high-rise in London, with one bike parking space per bedroom. The high level of cycling provision exceeds Transport for London's latest guidelines. Read more.

New York’s 30 Park Place Nears Topping-Out


28 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

Downtown’s new tallest residential building is nearly topped out, and 30 Park Place certainly holds its own on the New York skyline. Per building permits, the skyscraper will stand 937 feet (286 meters) tall, totaling 67 floors. Read more.

Melbourne’s 57 Haig Street Seeks Extra Height


28 Jan 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Proponents of a Haig Street development have gone back to planning in order to gain an additional eight floors of residential space for the high-rise project. Despite the added floors, overall apartment numbers will be reduced. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for New York’s Virgin Hotel


27 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

Renderings have been released of New York’s 38-story, 460-room Virgin Hotel tower in its entirety. The building’s most significant contribution will be at the street level, where 9,300 square meters of retail will activate a block of Midtown South. Read more.

London’s Centre Point to Get New Lease on Life


27 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

One of London’s most infamous landmarks, Centre Point tower, designed by Richard Seifert in the 1960s and located at the east end of Oxford Street, has begun its transformation from office uses to residential. Read more.

Planned High-Rise to Bring 221 Rental Units to Calgary’s East Village


27 Jan 2015, Calgary, Canada

A 28-story, 221-unit residential rental high-rise is being planned for Calgary’s East Village — part of new development plans announced by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), which is overseeing the local master plan. Read more.

Designs Revealed for New Jersey’s First Supertall Building


26 Jan 2015, Jersey City, United States

The Jersey City Planning Board voted to amend the Colgate Redevelopment Plan to permit the construction of a 95-story, 302-meter residential tower at 99 Hudson Street, which would be the tallest in the city and the state upon completion. Read more.

Reef Residence Coming to Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle


26 Jan 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A new residential tower is destined for Dubai's Jumeirah Village Circle. The 38-story tower, dubbed Reef Residence, will be adjacent to the Els Club Golf Course in Dubai Media City, a growing hub for regional media organizations. Read more.

Skyscraper With a Curving “Waist” Coming to Vienna


23 Jan 2015, Vienna, Austria

A Rotterdam-based firm has won a contest to design a new addition to the Vienna skyline by proposing a 110-meter tower with an "elegant, hourglass figure" that will reduce the impact of its shadow. Read more.

Miami’s Panorama Tower to Rise from the Ground in March


23 Jan 2015, Miami, United States

To be the tallest residential building on the East Coast this side of New York, Panorama Tower is to rise 83 stories in the heart of Brickell in Miami. Foundation work began in June 2014 and will complete in late February. Read more.

East FiftyFive Proposed to Grace Toronto’s Corktown


23 Jan 2015, Toronto, Canada

Initial renderings of East FiftyFive depict a 24-story tower resting on a seven-story podium, clad in a dark charcoal brick with a massing that relates to the height of the neighboring commercial building to the south. Read more.

Beirut’s Credit Libanais Tower Approaches Completion


22 Jan 2015, Beirut, Lebanon

The $67 million Credit Libanais Tower is approaching completion in the Ashrafieh district of Beirut. The building, which features a host of green features, will be completed later in 2015. Read more.

Developer Sought for Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center High-Rise Hotel


22 Jan 2015, Atlanta, United States

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority released a request for qualifications that could lead to a 1,200-room hotel tower in downtown Atlanta. The Authority may target the well-known InterContinental Hotels Group brand. Read more.

Frankfurt’s Flying Garden Tower Ready to Take Off


22 Jan 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Flying Garden Tower, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, will form part of Gateway Gardens, an urban district development that is part of Frankfurt Airport City, one of Europe's main transportation hubs. Read more.

Work Begins on New York City’s 55 Hudson Yards


21 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

Three developers have announced that they have partnered on the full capitalization of 55 Hudson Yards and have broken ground on the trophy office tower, which will be ready for tenant fit-out in 2017. Read more.

New Great Mosque of Algiers to Elevate African Continent


21 Jan 2015, Algiers, Algeria

The 270-meter Great Mosque of Algiers, slated for completion later in 2015, will be the tallest building in Algeria. This development represents another step towards the growing high-rise future of the African continent. Read more.

London’s “Can of Ham” Back on Track After Six-Year Hiatus


21 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

London's skyline could be about to add another delicious-sounding skyscraper to its lineup. The “Can of Ham” building, designed by architects Foggo Associates, looks to be back on track after a six-year hiatus. Read more.

Taichung Mayor Suspends Plans for City Landmark as Budget Surges


21 Jan 2015, Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily halted development of Sou Fujimoto's tree-inspired 300-meter tower for the city, which he says is "problematic" in terms of structure, safety, and ballooning costs. Read more.

Related Sells Chicago’s OneEleven Tower at Record Price


20 Jan 2015, Chicago, United States

Only six months after opening to the public, OneEleven, a 504-unit luxury apartment tower, has been sold for $328,225,000. The tower is more than 80 percent leased, indicating a positive swing for the once-troubled piece of real estate. Read more.

Punggol Waterway Terraces Explore Future of Vertical Housing in Singapore


20 Jan 2015, Singapore, Singapore

The Punggol Waterway Terraces represent an evolution in the vertical public housing typology of Singapore. Themed landscape elements are featured strongly throughout the scheme, reinforcing the concept of an urban oasis. Read more.

Dubai to Receive the Middle East’s First ME by Melia Hotel


20 Jan 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Renderings have been released for the Middle East’s first “ME by Melia” hotel, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, in its flagship project The Opus. The hotel will feature an array of limited edition Hadid-designed furniture. Read more.

Fire in Under-Construction Mumbai High-Rise Takes 14 Hours to Douse


20 Jan 2015, Mumbai, India

On January 16, a fire that broke out in an under-construction Mumbai high-rise was followed by one of the city’s longest fire-fighting operations in recent times. The building is part of a complex called Altamonte. Read more.

Work Stopped on New York’s 432 Park Avenue After Pipe Falls From 81st Floor


16 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

The Department of Buildings hit 432 Park Avenue with a stop-work order after an eight-foot (2.4-meter) section of pipe fell from a hoist car on the 81st floor and crashed to the ground in front of an occupied building across the street. Read more.

CABE Gives Muted Backing to Rework Kidbrooke Plans in London


16 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has given a general thumbs-up to plans to densify the Kidbrooke Village scheme, but emphasized that the tower component must be "outstanding" to warrant its height. Read more.