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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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Construction Progresses on The Exchange in Vancouver


28 Oct 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Construction has nearly reached ground level on The Exchange, a 31-story office tower in Vancouver. The $240 million development will become the second tallest office building in Canada with LEED Platinum status. Read more.

Conservationists Petition Against Millbank Tower Plans in London


28 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

Conservationists have written to Westminister Council objecting to the proposed revamp of Millbank Tower. Several preservation societies have flagged concerns about the plans for the grade II-listed Thames-side landmark. Read more.

50-Story Tower to Replace TCF Bank Building in Downtown Minneapolis


28 Oct 2015, Minneapolis, United States

The owner of the TCF Bank Building in downtown Minneapolis said it plans to build an approximately 50-story mixed-use tower on the site. The company has yet to sign development agreements, but hopes to break ground by the end of 2016. Read more.

New Images Released of New York Skyscraper in Anticipation of Sales Launch


27 Oct 2015, New York City, United States

Developers of Foster + Partners' residential tower in Manhattan have released new images in anticipation of a sales launch. The 63-story skyscraper, called 100 East 53rd Street, is rising next to the famed Seagram Building. Read more.

Iconic Adelaide Office Tower Goes On Sale


27 Oct 2015, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s most prestigious and iconic office tower, Westpac House, is on the market in the city’s biggest central business district (CBD) investment opportunity in recent years. The 31-story building was designed by Woods Bagot. Read more.

Construction Progresses on the Brighton i360 Tower


27 Oct 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

New photographs have been released showing the latest work on the Brighton i360 Tower, which is now two-thirds built. When completed next summer, the $61 million steel structure will stand 162 meters tall. Read more.

Dubai’s Most Expensive Apartment on the Market for $74.5 million


26 Oct 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s most expensive apartment is now on the market for a whopping $74.5 million. The 4,000-square-meter penthouse of the One at Palm Jumeirah will have seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, its own art gallery, and a personal gym. Read more.

New Micro-Housing Tower Proposed for East London


26 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

A group of stakeholders has proposed a new housing scheme for East London that would include micro-housing units as part of a mixed-use program. If planning permission is granted, the 30-story building would be completed by 2018. Read more.

Japanese Construction Firm Admits to Faulty Construction in Yokohama


26 Oct 2015, Yokohama, Japan

Following several media reports, one of Japan’s largest chemical companies, has admitted that a subsidiary that builds residential homes performed substandard work and falsified data on apartment towers it built in Yokohama. Read more.

Barcelona’s Sagrada Família Enters Final Stage of Construction


23 Oct 2015, Barcelona, Spain

The Sagrada Família basilica has entered its final stage of construction, over 100 years since its foundation stone was laid and 90 years after its designer, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, died. Read more.

Skyscraper Foes Raising Money to Fund Review for Sutton Place Rezoning Plan in New York


23 Oct 2015, New York City, United States

A coalition of politicians and anti-development activists is looking to pay its own way to push through proposed rezoning that would limit the construction of new skyscrapers in the Upper East Side neighborhood's residential areas. Read more.

Plans Called Off For Kuala Lumpur Skyscraper


23 Oct 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The plan to replace Menara DBKL 2 with a new high-rise building has been called off. Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the redevelopment project was not feasible in the current economic climate. Read more.

First Phase of Icône Condos Tops Out in Montreal


22 Oct 2015, Montreal, Canada

The first phase of a two-tower mixed-use development known as Icône Condos has recently topped out at 39 floors, rising 146 meters above street level. Completion of this phase is currently scheduled for early 2016. Read more.

Chinese Contractor Signs Deal to Build London Residential Tower


22 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese contractor has been chosen as the main contractor for Croydon's $770 million One Lansdowne Road project. The deal is one of several agreements recently signed between China and the UK. Read more.

Construction Begins on Aurora Melbourne Central


22 Oct 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A Malaysian property developer has officially broken ground on its first Australian development, the $555 million Aurora Melbourne Central, in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). Read more.

Shard Stakeholders Propose 224-Meter London Skyscraper


21 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

Three years after completing The Shard, architect Renzo Piano has unveiled designs for another London skyscraper – a 224-meter cylindrical tower expected to do for Paddington "what The Shard did for London Bridge." Read more.

City Council Gives Nod to Brisbane CBD Tower


21 Oct 2015, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane City Council has given the green light to a $234 million luxury five-star hotel and apartment tower which will see the renaissance of a landmark site in the heart of the central business district. Read more.

28-Story Hotel Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles


21 Oct 2015, Los Angeles, United States

The new Spring Street Hotel will rise 325 feet (99 meters) over downtown Los Angeles and feature 176 guest rooms. At 28 stories, the design introduces height to an area that’s currently predominantly mid-rise. Read more.

City of Vancouver Hit with Court Challenge That Aims to Block a 21-Story West End Tower


20 Oct 2015, Vancouver, Canada

The City of Vancouver is facing a legal challenge filed by a group of citizens who seek to stop the construction of a 21-story residential tower planned for their neighborhood that would add 178 rental units. Read more.

Chevron Seeks to Defer Tower Development in Perth’s Elizabeth Quay Precinct


20 Oct 2015, Perth, Australia

The government’s ambitions for Perth’s entertainment and tourism precinct, Elizabeth Quay, have suffered a major blow after proposed anchor tenant Chevron asked for a two-year deferral to begin work on its Australian headquarters. Read more.

First Rendering Revealed for 1500 Mission Residential Tower in San Francisco


20 Oct 2015, San Francisco, United States

With backing from developers Related California, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is moving forward with a new 39-story residential tower project at 1500 Mission Street and South Van Ness in San Francisco. Read more.

Plans Submitted for Controversial 90-Story Hotel in Melbourne


19 Oct 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A casino has re-launched plans for a controversial 90-story hotel tower on the banks of the Yarra River that would be taller than the Eureka Tower. The $725 million plan includes a 41-meter-long sky bridge over busy Queens Bridge Street. Read more.

Architects Selected to Design New Financial Center in Xiamen


19 Oct 2015, Xiamen, China

An architect has been selected in an international competition to design the Xiamen Cross Strait Financial Center. Located on the eastern coast of Xiamen Island, the 500,000-square-meter project will comprise four high-rise towers. Read more.

Illinois Governor Announces Plans to Sell Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center in Chicago


19 Oct 2015, Chicago, United States

The governor of Illinois has announced plans to sell Helmut Jahn's James R. Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop business district – a move that could lead to the demolition of the Postmodern government office building. Read more.

Work Begins on Australia 108 in Melbourne


16 Oct 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A giant new landmark is climbing into Melbourne's skyline, as construction officially begins on the Australia 108 skyscraper. Work has now started on the foundations of what will be the southern hemisphere's tallest apartment building. Read more.

FAA Approves Two Miami Supertall Towers


16 Oct 2015, Miami, United States

A local developer has obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the height of three planned towers in downtown Miami that will all exceed 300 meters in height, making them among the tallest buildings in the city. Read more.

One in Two South Koreans Visited Seoul's Lotte World Tower in the Last Year


15 Oct 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Nearly one in every two South Koreans have visited the controversial Lotte World Tower being built by conglomerate Lotte Group since its phased opening a year ago, company data shows, amid lingering safety concerns. Read more.

252 East 57th Tops Out in New York


15 Oct 2015, New York City, United States

Construction has topped out at 252 East 57th Street in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan. The design of the 65-story residential tower features a concave slice that runs through the three street-facing façades. Read more.

Proposed Kangaroo Point Development in Brisbane Would Include Three Towers


15 Oct 2015, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for a new mixed-use complex located at 352-364 Vulture Street at Kangaroo Point, known as Piazza. The proposal has a maximum building height of 20 to 21 stories, and will feature three towers. Read more.

New Renderings Show Fresh Views of New York’s One Vanderbilt


14 Oct 2015, New York City, United States

Preparations for One Vanderbilt are making significant headway, and demolition for the site’s former buildings is already ongoing. Now, some new renderings give an overview of the tower within the context of its Midtown surroundings. Read more.