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Chaoyang Park Plaza Tops Out in Beijing


30 Jun 2015, Beijing, China

A topping-out ceremony has been held for Chaoyang Park Plaza, a mixed-use project located in Beijing's central business district. The scheme reaches a total height of 120 meters and is expected to complete in 2016. Read more.

Renovation Work Begins on 425 Park Avenue in New York City


30 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Construction work has begun on the renovation of 425 Park Avenue. Built atop a 31-story building of the same name, the design for the tower emphasizes occupant health and will be the first WELL certified building in the city. Read more.

New Megatall Skyscraper Planned for Kuala Lumpur


29 Jun 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur skyline is expected to transform dramatically with the addition of the 110-story, 608-meter Tradewinds Square, a new megatall skyscraper approved to be built in 2016 and completed in 2020. Read more.

Superstructure of Mumbai’s World One 70 Percent Complete


29 Jun 2015, Mumbai, India

Construction on World One in India is now progressing at a rapid pace, with 70 percent of the superstructure completed. Company sources said that construction of the tower has reached the 83rd floor. Read more.

Brighton Marina Campaigner’s Appeal Rejected


29 Jun 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

Campaigners against the construction of Brighton Marina have been refused permission for a judicial review to halt the development. The project was approved in 2006, and work began on the first two buildings at the end of 2013. Read more.

Telus Garden in Vancouver Opens its Doors to Employees


26 Jun 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Telus employees are starting to move into the company’s new downtown headquarters, Telus Garden, which is being billed as one of the most sustainable developments in North America. Read more.

Six-Tower Vertical Village Planned for Manchester


26 Jun 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom

Developers have revealed plans to build an ambitious six-tower vertical village in Manchester. Known as Trinity Islands, the project forms part of a wider scheme to develop the St. John’s area. Read more.

Chicago Apartment Project Secures $160 Million in Financing


26 Jun 2015, Chicago, United States

A Local Chicago developer landed a $160-million construction loan for a 53-story apartment tower currently under construction in Streeterville. The 490-unit high-rise will compete in the booming downtown rental market. Read more.

As Economic Confidence Grows in Warsaw, Złota 44 Tower Relaunched


25 Jun 2015, Warsaw, Poland

The luxury 52-story Złota 44 tower will be one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in Europe when it’s completed in 2017. But it doesn’t stand in a traditional real estate hotspot like Paris, Barcelona, or London – it’s in Warsaw. Read more.

Goettsch Partners Design 185-Meter “Park Tower” for San Francisco


25 Jun 2015, San Francisco, United States

Planned to rise in the SOMA district, on the corner of Howard and Beale streets, across from the new Transbay Transit Center, the new Park Tower will feature a variety of office space flanked by a series of outdoor terraces. Read more.

Belfast Skyscraper to become 200-Room Hotel


25 Jun 2015, Belfast, United Kingdom

Northern Ireland's Hastings Hotels is aiming to transform Windsor House into a 200-bedroom hotel. The $47 million investment, subject to planning permission, would see the creation of over 150 new jobs for Belfast. Read more.

Twin Towers to Rise in Gold Coast as Part of Billion-Dollar Development Boom


24 Jun 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

A relic of the 1980s development boom is set to be demolished and redeveloped to create a two-tower complex according to plans now before city leaders. The proposal is part of the new wave of projects connected to light rail in Gold Coast. Read more.

High-Rise Investors Overwhelm Hanoi’s Alleys


24 Jun 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam

High-rise buildings and apartments are beginning to crowd small alleyways and residential areas in Hanoi, and as a result, investors are putting immense pressures on already weak infrastructure systems. Read more.

Sky Condo in New York Incorporates a Vertical Farm into its Design


24 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

The Sky Condo is a proposed residential building located right next to the High Line. Mirroring the green space on top of the elevated park, the Sky Condo would incorporate a vertical farm area in its design. Read more.

TAIPEI 101 to Replace External Lighting With LEDs


23 Jun 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Financial Center Corp, which operates TAIPEI 101, said that it plans to replace all the traditional fluorescent tubes on the skyscraper’s external walls with LED lighting as part of its efforts to conserve energy. Read more.

Tall Tower Replaces Octopus Design Scheme in London


23 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a new office tower near the Chiswick roundabout that some believed looked like a octopus have been ditched – and will now be replaced by a taller residential tower. The new scheme will be formally submitted this autumn. Read more.

Austin Proper Residences Unveiled, Financing Begins


23 Jun 2015, Austin, United States

Austin Proper Residences has released new renderings in coordination with the start of financing. It will be the for-purchase residential element of a 32-story high-rise that will also feature the 243-room Austin Proper hotel. Read more.

Coal Stacks to Make Way for Tower Blocks in Helsinki


22 Jun 2015, Helsinki, Finland

The coal stacks and combined heat and power plant that define the skyline of Hanasaari may soon make way for tower blocks of up to 17 stories, indicate sketches drawn up by the City Planning Department of Helsinki. Read more.

The Atmosphere Residential Complex in Kolkata Nears Completion


22 Jun 2015, Kolkata, India

Atmosphere is a high-rise residential development nearing completion in Kolkata, India. Located on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and bordered by wetlands, the 80 unit-tower represents a new housing typology for the city. Read more.

Cincinnati Decorates Skyscraper with Mustachioed Man


22 Jun 2015, Cincinnati, United States

In anticipation of the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held in Cincinnati, the City is decorating its skyscrapers with pill-box hats and mustaches to resemble the Red's mascot, Mr. Redlegs. Read more.

Johannesburg’s Notorious Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol of Urban Revitalization


19 Jun 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s, Ponte Tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg’s urban revitalization. Read more.

Sri Lanka Says Chinese-Funded Colombo Port City May Go Ahead After All


19 Jun 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka said June 18 that it would consider letting the suspended, $1.5 billion Port City project in Colombo continue development if it gets the appropriate environmental clearances. Read more.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard Scheme Gets More Height Reductions in London


19 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

The developer behind the Bishopsgate Goodsyard project in east London has again lopped off more height from the two tallest towers in the controversial scheme. Work is expected to begin on the project at the end of 2016. Read more.

Architect Selected to Design World’s Tallest Office Tower in Dubai


18 Jun 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tall building specialist Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has been chosen by the master developer of Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district to design the Burj 2020 tower - set to be the world’s tallest office tower. Read more.

New York’s Nordstrom Tower Expected to Have Highest Roof in the US


18 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Nordstrom Tower, slated for completion in 2018, will be the highest tower in the nation by roof height, reports YIMBY. Developed by Extell, documents describe the tower's curtain wall reaching 1,522 feet (464 meters) high. Read more.

Two-Tower Development to Breathe New Life into Gold Coast’s Chinatown


18 Jun 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast borough of Southport is set for a major expansion as a developer prepares to build an Asia-influenced supertall that would dwarf Surfers Paradise’s Q1, becoming the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. Read more.

Zurich Building Incorporates the Façade of a Century-Old Warehouse


17 Jun 2015, Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss architects have extended the façade of an old Zurich warehouse to create a new rehearsal space for the city's opera house, while adding a 60-meter-high apartment block onto one side of the structure. Read more.

Abu Dhabi Unites Developers, Unveils New Al Reem Island Plan


17 Jun 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on June 16 unveiled its new master plan for Al Reem Island, which will have 10,000 hotel rooms, 11 schools, light rail transit, and will house 210,000 residents upon completion. Read more.

Passive House Tower Breaks Ground on Roosevelt Island in New York


17 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

An apartment tower on Roosevelt Island that began construction in June will be the tallest passive-house high-rise in the world when it is completed in 2017, and at about 25,000 square meters, it will also be the largest. Read more.

Three Office Towers Planned for Rome’s Tor di Valle District


16 Jun 2015, Rome, Italy

Designs have been revealed for three office towers for the city center of Rome, forming a new urban district adjacent to the A.S. Roma stadium. They will anchor the planned Tor di Valle business district. Read more.