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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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New Designs Revealed for Toronto’s The One


29 May 2015, Toronto, Canada

The design of The One, an 80-story retail and residential skyscraper, which could become Canada's tallest building, is evolving. This week, the building made its first appearance at Toronto's Design Review Panel. Read more.

Melbourne Buildings Audited for Non-Compliant Cladding


29 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria's Building Regulator has announced that every high-rise built in Melbourne's central business district and inner suburbs in the past decade will be inspected for cheap, imported, non-compliant cladding found to be flammable. Read more.

Qatari Development Firm to Focus on Finishing 60-Tower Pearl Development in Doha


29 May 2015, Doha, Qatar

A Qatari development firm will prioritize building its half-finished Pearl Development in Doha, a 60-tower residential project situated on a manmade island. With soaring land values, developers are focusing on high-end complexes. Read more.

New York City Council Green Lights One Vanderbilt Place


28 May 2015, New York City, United States

The New York City Council voted on May 27 to approve plans for One Vanderbilt Place, a 462-meter 64-story office tower just west of Grand Central Terminal, in exchange for $220 million in transit upgrades. Read more.

Layered Scheme Wins Porsche Residential Tower Competition in Frankfurt


28 May 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The winner of the coveted task of designing the Porsche Design Tower in Frankfurt has been announced. A German architecture firm has won the $109,000 prize for their 100-meter 28-story building that incorporates the required elements. Read more.

UAE Design Firm Unveils Winning Master Plan Bid for Mecca


28 May 2015, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A UAE-based design firm has won a competition to craft a new master plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the holiest city in the world for Muslims. Engineering consultants Buro Happold also worked to develop the master plan. Read more.

Land-Pooling Policies in Delhi Set the Stage for High-Rise Developments


27 May 2015, Delhi, India

Nearly 2.5 million new homes may be constructed within the National Capital Region over the next few years following the adoption of land-pooling policies that favor 15- to 30-story high-rise developments. Read more.

Lotte World Tower to Use GNSS Technology for High-Accuracy Construction


27 May 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte World Tower, which is currently under construction in Seoul, South Korea, will become the nation’s first building to use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology in order to improve structural safety. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for 1 Park Lane in New York City


27 May 2015, New York City, United States

The first official renderings of 1 Park Lane have been revealed. The building is expected to stand 1,210 feet tall (369 meters), making it another supertall addition to the New York skyline when it completes in 2020. Read more.

State Planning Minister Overturns Height Limits for 306-Meter Parramatta Tower


26 May 2015, Sydney, Australia

Parramatta building height limits have been overturned by New South Wales (NSW) Planning minister Rob Stokes in a bid to see a 306-meter, 90-story skyscraper built in Sydney’s second central business district. Read more.

San Diego Condo Developer Offering Contest to Name Its Next Downtown Tower


26 May 2015, San Diego, United States

A San Diego property developer is looking to the public to name its under-construction condo tower along the downtown waterfront. The 41-story project is expected to offer units starting at around $1 million each when it opens by 2017. Read more.

Emaar to Launch New Downtown Dubai Tower Project


26 May 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar will launch its latest project the weekend of May 30, a two-tower residential development located in Downtown Dubai. Forte is a 50- and 70-story residential development located in the upcoming Opera District of Dubai. Read more.

Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Luxury Condo Tower in Downtown LA


22 May 2015, Los Angeles, United States

With downtown Los Angeles facing a condominium shortage, a Chinese developer has unveiled plans for a $100 million luxury high-rise residential tower near Staples Center, continuing the trend of tall buildings proposed in the area. Read more.

Auckland to See First Commercial High-Rise in Over a Decade


22 May 2015, Auckland, New Zealand

Work will start later in 2015 on the first high-rise commercial tower to be built in Auckland in over a decade. 1 Mills Lane will be a 30-story office, hotel, and retail building in the city's central business district. Read more.

13-Story Timber Tower to Built in Quebec City


22 May 2015, Quebec City, Canada

The province of Quebec has a lot of trees and forests, and a nascent Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) industry. Now Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district is getting a 13-story tower constructed of mostly CLT. Read more.

Italian Bank Tower in Turin Opens to the Public


21 May 2015, Turin, Italy

A 166-meter office building for the Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo has opened its doors in Turin after five years of construction. The building has been designed as an "environmental and social laboratory." Read more.

UAE Companies in Race to Build Second Tallest Tower in Dubai


21 May 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is home to the iconic 828-meter Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, but companies there are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate, with several new buildings in development. Read more.

New Mixed-Use, High-Rise Development Coming to Downtown San Diego


21 May 2015, San Diego, United States

A local real estate and investment company has named a lead architect for their 5,500-square-meter mixed-use development planned for downtown San Diego. It will be the first such development for the city since the recession. Read more.

Demolition of Damaged High-Rises Becomes Tall Order for Nepal


20 May 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

Knocking down thousands of multi-storied buildings damaged in the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, and which pose a serious threat to life and property, has become a tall order for the Nepal government to manage. Read more.

ICE Condos East Tower Nearing Completion in Toronto


20 May 2015, Toronto, Canada

The ICE Condominiums development consists of a 57-story and a 67-story tower which have expanded Toronto's downtown skyline south over the past four years. The taller tower is nearing completion, with tenants expected to move in shortly. Read more.

Next Phase of Goodman Fields Scheme Approved in London

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20 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

Goodmans Fields, a primarily residential project on the fringe of the City of London near Aldgate, has been recently approved for its next phase of development. It will consist of three mid-rise towers of 23, 24, and 25 floors. Read more.

Plans Announced for Luxury Tower Complete With Water Park in Doha


19 May 2015, Doha, Qatar

A Qatari developer has announced plans to build the country’s first water park inside a residential tower in Doha. The 29-story Amwaj Suites and Residences will include several swimming pools, an artificial wave pool, and water rides. Read more.

Riverside Center Tower Proposed in New York City


19 May 2015, New York City, United States

The new owner of a portion of New York's Riverside Center development has applied for permits to construct a 37-story tower at the location, according to an application filed with the city Tuesday, May 12. Read more.

New Plans Revealed for Office Headquarters in Hangzhou


19 May 2015, Hangzhou, China

Developers have revealed plans to build the Zhejiang Printing Group‘s new headquarters in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The building seeks to integrate itself within its urban fabric by providing easy access across the site. Read more.

Mecca Soon to Host Another Mega-Hotel Development


18 May 2015, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The holy city of Mecca is set to receive yet another mega-hotel development. At almost 686,000 square feet (63,700 square meters), the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will be home to 12 separate towers topped with helipads. Read more.

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Completes in Rainforest Near Manaus


18 May 2015, Manaus, Brazil

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (Atto) has been built deep in the heart of the Amazon to monitor chemical changes in the air that could shed new light on global climate change. At 325 meters, it is the tallest structure in South America. Read more.

New York’s 53 West 53rd Seeks Buyers for its Luxury Condominiums


18 May 2015, New York City, United States of America

The newest condominium tower in midtown Manhattan's richest neighborhood is ready to open its doors to buyers. The skyscraper at 53 W. 53rd Street will start marketing its 139 apartments, with prices starting at $3 million. Read more.

Developers to Build 110-Meter Office Tower in Frankfurt


15 May 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A developer has acquired a contract for the construction of a $400 million, 110-meter office tower in Frankfurt. The 63,600-square-meter Riverside Tower WINX will have 30 floors when complete in autumn 2017. Read more.

Qatari Fund Reportedly Acquiring Vietnam’s Tallest Building for $800 Million


15 May 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam

A Qatari sovereign wealth fund will likely become the new owner of the tallest building in Vietnam. The Qatar Investment Authority has accepted the $800 million price set for the acquisition of the Keangnam Landmark 72 tower in Hanoi. Read more.

London Mayor Rejects Calls for More Scrutiny Over Tall Buildings


15 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Mayor of London has rejected calls by London Assembly members for a new body to assess the design quality and viability of dozens of new skyscrapers. Instead, the city will continue using the Mayor's London Plan document. Read more.