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Atkins Awarded Design Contract for New TOD Scheme in Jakarta


31 Mar 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

Architecture firm Atkins has been awarded the design contract to provide a transit oriented development (TOD) master plan along the new Jakarta-Bandung high speed rail corridor, Indonesia's first high speed rail project. Read more.

International Property Group to Develop Sydney Suburb Master Plan


31 Mar 2016, Sydney, Australia

Global property developer Greenland Australia is bringing its world-leading expertise to Macquarie Park as it prepares to unveil plans for a state of the art mixed-use community at Lachlan’s Line. Read more.

Dubai developer Eyes London Regneration Sites for Second Major Scheme


31 Mar 2016, London, United Kingdom

Damac Properties is in talks to develop a major regeneration site in London – its second UK site after the Aykon residential scheme in Vauxhall. It is believed to be eyeing around 30 development sites around the city. Read more.

Asymmetrical Towers at 626 First Avenue Top Out in New York City


30 Mar 2016, New York City, United States

A pair of asymmetrical, copper-clad towers at 626 First Avenue – a 35-story, 143-meter southeastern tower and a taller 46-story, 165-meter northwestern tower – have architecturally topped out. Read more.

“Pantscraper” Rejected by Melbourne’s Minister for Planning Due to Shadow Concerns


30 Mar 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria’s Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has rejected a downtown Melbourne mixed-use tower proposal at 447 Collins Street due to the building overshadowing the nearby Yarra River and Southbank precinct. Read more.

Crews Prep Chicago’s Massive Multi-Phase Riverline Site for Construction


30 Mar 2016, Chicago, United States

The Riverline complex is creeping towards reality as crews prepare the empty 2.8-hectare site for construction. Approved in 2015, the transformative master plan calls for the phased construction of five mixed-use high-rise buildings. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Toronto’s 65 King Street East


30 Mar 2016, Toronto, Canada

The first community consultation on the proposal for a 19-story office tower at 65-75 King Street East was attended primarily by lawyers, developers, City of Toronto planning officials, and a few area residents. Read more.

Huge Blaze Hits UAE Residential Towers in Ajman


29 Mar 2016, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Firefighters extinguished a blaze Tuesday, March 29 that burned up the side of several towers in the United Arab Emirates city of Ajman, the latest in a series of skyscraper infernos in the Gulf nation. Read more.

Distinctive Pinnacle of Brisbane’s Future Tallest Tower Nearly Complete


29 Mar 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Located in Brisbane's central business district, 1 William Street is a 260-meter commercial office tower that is currently under construction. Recent photos show that its pinnacle is nearly complete. Read more.

Construction Start Imminent for Three-Tower Development in New York


29 Mar 2016, New York City, United States

Site work and excavation is now underway on Spitzer Enterprises’ trifecta of towers along the South Williamsburg waterfront. Approved permits detail that the plan will comprise 857 rental apartments within three 24-story towers. Read more.

66-Story Au Tower Proposed for Gold Coast


28 Mar 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

A residential complex named after the atomic symbol for gold will contain two towers – one to rise 15 stories and the other 66 stories. The proposed towers will contain 474 apartment units as well as 120 serviced apartments. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Pasig’s Capitol Commons


28 Mar 2016, Pasig, Philippines

Capitol Commons – a 10-hectare mixed-use development in Pasig – will include two residential towers, already under construction. Upon completion, The Royalton will stand at 65 stories while The Imperium will be 63 stories in height. Read more.

Construction Date Set for Luxury Residential Tower in Bonita Springs


28 Mar 2016, Bonita Springs, United States

The 26-floor, 120-unit Seaglass tower in Bonita Springs will feature move-in-ready residences with designer-selected premium finishes. Construction is expected to begin in April, with site work starting as early as April 4. Read more.

Chicago’s 150 North Riverside Up for Sale 10 Months Before Completion Date


25 Mar 2016, Chicago, United States

An office building along the Chicago River – 150 North Riverside – is going up for sale 10 months before its scheduled completion date, in a deal that could value the 53-story tower at around $900 million. Read more.

New Waterfront Development Proposed for Ha Long Bay


25 Mar 2016, Ha Long, Vietnam

A new waterfront development in Ha Long Bay is planned to include several 35- to 40-story skyscrapers on a 68-hectare site. The project is planned to primarily consist of Vietnamese shophouses in addition to the skyscrapers. Read more.

29-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Yonge North of Finch


25 Mar 2016, Toronto, Canada

A proposal aims to replace a group of existing single-story properties at 5840, 5868, and 5870 Yonge Street with a 29-story residential building, which will also contain retail and service areas on the ground floor. Read more.

Buffalo’s Former Freezer Queen Warehouse to be Replaced by 23-Story Apartment Tower


25 Mar 2016, Buffalo, United States

A revised development plan for the former Freezer Queen warehouse on Buffalo’s waterfront requests the structure be demolished to make way for a 23-story apartment tower. If constructed, it will be Buffalo’s largest residential tower. Read more.

Mixed-Use Tower Cluster Proposed for Frankfurt’s City Center


24 Mar 2016, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

An architecture firm is set to bring a mixed-use scheme comprising offices, apartments, retail, hotel, and culinary opportunities to the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt. The complex will add residential units to the Financial District. Read more.

Construction Underway at 15 Hudson Yards on New York’s West Side


24 Mar 2016, New York City, United States

With a recently poured foundation mat, Hudson Yards’ first residential building, 15 Hudson Yards, is set to begin its climb into the burgeoning far west side skyline. The residential tower will house nearly 400 units. Read more.

Nairobi’s Prism Tower Nears its Topping Out Point


24 Mar 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

Now under construction on a plot of land steps away from the traditional central business district, the 34-story Kings Prism Tower is designed to accommodate the needs of international corporations. Read more.

La Défense High-Rise Plot Scaled Down and Redesigned


23 Mar 2016, Puteaux, France

The ambitious 296-meter Tour Phare, originally conceived as France's tallest edifice and a symbol of La Défense’s ongoing renewal, has been redesigned as the Tours Sisters – comprising two shorter towers of 100 and 200 meters. Read more.

Palladium Residences in Hollywood Approved by LA City Council Ahead of Expected Legal Battle


23 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan on March 22 for two residential high-rises next to the Hollywood Palladium, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle with the politically active nonprofit group next door. Read more.

Contractor Chosen for Dubai’s One at Palm Jumeirah


23 Mar 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Property Developer Omniyat has appointed Brookfield Multiplex to build its USD$544.5 million, 25-story One at Palm Jumeirah project. Company officials have announced that the building is expected to take two years to build. Read more.

Brisbane’s 443 Queen Street Receives Approval Amid Controversy


23 Mar 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane's 443 Queen Street was approved by the city council in December 2015, and will be built next to the iconic Customs House. Customs House is taking the Brisbane City Council and Cbus Property to court over the approval. Read more.

Winner Announced in Competition for Nanjing Financial City II


22 Mar 2016, Nanjing, China

German architecture practice gmp has won a competition for phase two of the Nanjing Financial City. The design for the large-scale financial center is based on references to Nanjing’s historic city structure. Read more.

Arup Associates Submits Plans for 32-Story London Tower


22 Mar 2016, London, United Kingdom

Plans by Arup Associates to demolish two buildings at Broadgate to make way for a major office development incorporating a 32-story skyscraper have been submitted. City of London planners will now consider the proposed development. Read more.

Riverside Master Plan Proposed for Vienna as Part of Design Competition


22 Mar 2016, Vienna, Austria

Two architecture firms have teamed up to design a master plan for a site along the Danube riverfront as part of an international design competition. The proposal would add density to the site through the addition of several high-rises. Read more.

New York City’s 80 South Street Site Sold for $390 Million


21 Mar 2016, New York City, United States

After securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional development rights, the sale of the 80 South Street site in New York City has been finalized between Howard Hughes Corporation and China Oceanwide Holdings. Read more.

Groups Petition Putin to Save Moscow’s Historic Shabolovka Tower


21 Mar 2016, Moscow, Russia

Preservationists are imploring Russian president Vladimir Putin to take decisive measures to restore Shabolovka Tower – a deteriorating Constructivist masterwork in Moscow. Efforts include an online petition and an awareness campaign. Read more.

Plaza Designs Approved for San Francisco’s Future Second-Tallest Skyscraper


21 Mar 2016, San Francisco, United States

Oceanwide Center at 1st and Mission streets will feature two enormous high-rises – one slated to be the second-tallest building in San Francisco, at 277 meters. Now, city commissioners have approved the towers’ ground-plane designs. Read more.