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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 Start Planned for Brisbane Vertical Forest


23 Dec 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Construction is set to begin on what will be one of Brisbane’s most iconic river-side developments. The standout feature of the project will be a vertical forest with full-size trees and mature shrubs growing throughout the building. Read more.

Office Tower Proposed for Site near Philadelphia City Hall


23 Dec 2016, Philadelphia, United States

Plans for a tower at 1301 Market Street were announced the week of December 19, with a couple of renderings showing the preliminary version of the design, featuring 78,000-square-meter of gross floor area. Read more.

Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles


23 Dec 2016, Los Angeles, United States

New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion development aimed at retrofitting and expanding the Minoru Yamasaki-designed Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles’s Century City business district. Read more.

Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen


22 Dec 2016, Shenzhen, China

Having surpassed the 384-meter height of the completed Shun Hing Square, the structurally topped out China Resources Headquarters is now the third tallest of all completed and under-construction buildings in Shenzhen. Read more.

New Rendering Revealed for Long-Dormant Skyscraper in New York City


22 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

Over a year after purchasing a prime plot in Midtown Manhattan, a developer has yet to begin construction on a proposed tower at 520 Fifth Avenue. However, new renderings may point to some progress at this long-dormant site. Read more.

Proposed 31 Parliament Street Tower Headed for Redesign


22 Dec 2016, Toronto, Canada

An ambitious proposal for a 49-story tower at 31 Parliament Street in Toronto’s Distillery District was recently presented to the city's Design Review Panel, where it received some tough love and strong words from panel members. Read more.

CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World


21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide. Read more.

Site Prep Underway for 35-Story 8X on the Park in Vancouver


21 Dec 2016, Vancouver, Canada

A new 35-story residential tower will soon climb high in Vancouver. Sited at 1111 Richards Street in the city's Yaletown neighborhood, 8X on the Park will express itself through a dynamic prism-like aesthetic. Read more.

Developer Awards Construction Contract for 170-Meter One Tower in Limassol


21 Dec 2016, Limassol, Cyprus

A joint-venture contract has been awarded to two construction companies that will build a 170-meter-tall luxury residential tower, dubbed One, at a seafront site in Limassol, Cyprus. The project is expected to complete in 2019. Read more.

Initial Building Permit Acquired for Chicago’s 123 East Cermak


21 Dec 2016, Chicago, United States

A long-discussed plan to bring even more hotel rooms to Chicago’s newly-branded McCormick Square entertainment district, located near the McCormick Place Convention Center, is finally ready to be realized at 123 East Cermak. Read more.

Dueling Construction Timelines Create Competition for World’s Tallest Structure


20 Dec 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The race to the top has just gotten tighter, with two rising structures in the Middle East battling for the world's tallest title. In a recent interview, CTBUH Communications Manager Jason Gabel commented on this competition for the future tallest. Read more.

Conceptual Plans Revealed for Integrated Resort Development on the Gold Coast


20 Dec 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has unveiled its latest concept plan to deliver a new world-class coastal icon called the Integrated Resort Development, earmarked to become the largest Gold Coast tourism resort project in decades. Read more.

Connected Residential Towers Planned for Pearl-Qatar Island in Doha


20 Dec 2016, Doha, Qatar

The developer behind the Pearl-Qatar has secured financing of up to USD$ 200.5 million to fund the construction of the connected Al Mutahidah Towers on the man-made island off the coast of Doha. Read more.

Construction Underway on Coda at Tech Square in Atlanta


20 Dec 2016, Atlanta, United States

An architecture firm recently celebrated the start of construction for Coda at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. Construction is scheduled to complete in early 2019. Read more.

New Timeline Announced for Long-Stalled Grand Avenue Project in Los Angeles


19 Dec 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to approve a new joint-venture partnership and timeline for the Grand Avenue Project – a long-stalled mega-development located across from the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA. Read more.

Architect Tapped to Design Residential Tower at 412 St. Kilda Road in Melbourne


19 Dec 2016, Melbourne, Australia

An architecture firm has won design rights to its second major scheme in Melbourne with a proposal for a 21-story residential tower – dubbed The Mayfair – located at 412 St. Kilda Road. Read more.

New York City Council Approves St. John’s Terminal Development


19 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

On December 15, the New York City Council approved a massive Manhattan air rights transfer that now allows the St. John’s Terminal development at Pier 40 to move forward. The project includes 500 units of below-market-rate housing. Read more.

Adelaide’s Future Tallest Tower Approved


16 Dec 2016, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s skyline will rise to new heights with the approval of the Elenberg Fraser-designed Realm Adelaide building. The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure this week approved the tower to rise 132 meters. Read more.

Site Prep Underway for 76-story South Loop Tower in Chicago


16 Dec 2016, Chicago, United States

While the upcoming 887-foot (270-meter) skyscraper at 113 East Roosevelt has not officially started construction, site work has begun at the prime parcel located at the southern edge of Chicago’s Grant Park. Read more.

43-Storey Rental Tower Tops Out at 561 Sherbourne in Toronto


16 Dec 2016, Toronto, Canada

Sited between two existing apartment buildings, the new Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects-designed rental tower at 561 Sherbourne Street now stands 43 stories above ground, having recently topped out. Read more.

Construction Timeline Set for Three-Tower Atlanta Project


16 Dec 2016, Atlanta, United States

Longtime Atlanta real estate firm Selig Enterprises said it expects to start construction next summer on a $400 million mixed-use complex with a 32-story office tower, a hotel, and a residential building at 1105 West Peachtree Street in Midtown. Read more.

Major Residential Complex Completes on Outskirts of Taiyuan


15 Dec 2016, Taiyuan, China

People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has completed a vast residential development in Taiyuan, China, comparable in scale to New York’s Rockefeller Center. The River Heights Residences is set to house 10,000 people. Read more.

UK Firm Submits Plans for Three-Tower London Project


15 Dec 2016, London, United Kingdom

Architecture practice aLL Design has submitted plans for a 69,471-square-meter three-tower development in Brentford, west London. Occupying an 84-hectare site, the scheme features a trio of apartment blocks sitting in a raised park. Read more.

40-Story Tower Proposed on Site of Demolished Heritage Structure in Ho Chi Minh City


15 Dec 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Just a couple months after Ho Chi Minh City’s 136-year-old Tax Center met a sudden and untimely end, a Japanese hotel firm has announced a partnership with the Saigon Trading Group to develop a 40-story mixed-use tower on the site. Read more.

New York University Unveils Massive Mercer Street Student Hub


15 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

New York University has unveiled the 23-story mixed-use facility that will replace its monolithic Coles Sports Center at the corner of Houston and Mercer streets, featuring classrooms, performance space, housing, and gym facilities. Read more.

City Center Tower Completes in Manila


14 Dec 2016, Manila, Philippines

Developers and the City of Manila have announced the opening of the City Center Tower located in the downtown metro area. The announcement follows the 27-story structure's early December completion. Read more.

Plans Continue to Evolve for Toronto’s 18-30 Erskine Avenue


14 Dec 2016, Toronto, Canada

Since being granted planning approval in late 2015, plans for a high-rise residential tower set for Midtown Toronto's 18-30 Erskine Avenue continue to evolve. Increased in height from 32 to 35 stories, the project will now include 315 units. Read more.

62-Story Residential Tower Proposed for 259 Clinton Street in New York City


14 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

Architects recently revealed renderings for a 62-story residential tower at 259 Clinton Street in the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side waterfront. Preliminary plans include 732 apartments, with about 183 of those planned to be affordable. Read more.

Conservationists Raise Concerns over London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens


14 Dec 2016, London, United Kingdom

Protestors claim that the under construction Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford, which will house a 145-room hotel, nearly 250 flats, and three large sky gardens, will mar a protected view of St. Paul's Cathedral. Read more.

Mixed-Use Concrete Superstructure Proposed for Los Angeles's Arts District


13 Dec 2016, Los Angeles, United States

Architects have revealed plans for a 242,000-square-meter complex in LA’s burgeoning Arts District. Called 670 Mesquit, the project will take the form of a series of stepped boxes containing a mix of office, residential, and hotel uses. Read more.