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CTBUH Global News

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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Ho Chi Minh City’s Eco Smart City Complex Receives Approval


31 May 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

After years of small steps forward, the $2.2 billion Eco Smart City project planned for Thu Thiem has finally received approval. Once complete, the 10-hectare development is set to include housing, a commercial center, office space, and hotels. Read more.

New York City’s 3 World Trade Center Reaches Supertall Height


31 May 2016, New York City, United States

The World Trade Center development is beginning to come together. One of the complex’s skyscrapers, 3 World Trade Center, has now reached supertall height, meaning it is taller than 300 meters, as defined by CTBUH. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed of London’s Elephant and Castle


31 May 2016, London, United Kingdom

A developer has revealed more detailed visuals of its plans for 1,000 apartments and the new London College of Communication (LCC) on the site of the Elephant and Castle Town Centre, part of a wider regeneration of the area. Read more.

Chinese Insurance Group Acquires Stake in Landmarked Manhattan Building


31 May 2016, New York City, United States

In a deal worth $1.65 billion, a Chinese insurance group has taken a sizable, yet undisclosed, stake in a landmark New York office block. The insurer is now believed to be the largest investor in 1285 Avenue of the Americas. Read more.

SHoP Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use Development in Tijuana


27 May 2016, Tijuana, Mexico

SHoP Architects has broken ground on their first project in Mexico, a mixed-use development in Tijuana. The complex, which will be known as Bajalta, explores new ideas about open-space and mixed-use developments. Read more.

Approval Granted for 97 Elizabeth Street in Brisbane


27 May 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Student One at 97 Elizabeth Street has been granted approval. The AUS$150 million (USD$108 million) two-tower student residence at the former Elizabeth Arcade site in Brisbane’s CBD will commence construction in July 2016. Read more.

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Opens to Guests


27 May 2016, Chicago, United States

Oxford Capital Groups and Curio have announced the eagerly awaited opening of LondonHouse Chicago at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. The luxury lifestyle hotel brings 452 rooms and suites to a dynamic location. Read more.

Tower Crane Collapses at Makati City Construction Site


26 May 2016, Makati City, Philippines

On May 26, two people were injured when a tower crane at the construction site of the 32-story Salcedo SkySuites Building – located along H.V. de la Costa Street in Barangay Bel Air, Makati City – collapsed. Read more.

61-Story Melbourne Tower Project Launched


26 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The 61-story 88 Melbourne – located at 88 Queensbridge – was officially launched by developers on April 30, 2016, marking its first major foray into the Melbourne market. Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2016. Read more.

Brooklyn Heights Library Development Plan Under Federal Investigation


26 May 2016, New York City, United States

Subpoenas have been sent to multiple developers that bid on a project to redevelop the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Heights branch at 280 Cadman Plaza following allegations that the bidding process was rigged. Read more.

River City Residential Tower Planned for Ho Chi Minh City


25 May 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Proposed to sit between the Phu My and Thu Thiem neighborhoods, River City's elliptical-shaped structure is designed to alternate from 37 to 12 stories and vice-versa. The building's 4,800 residential units should be ready by 2019. Read more.

Construction Begins on London’s Marble Arch Place


25 May 2016, London, United Kingdom

Construction has begun on a USD$662 million redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower in London’s West End. The scheme will see the 23-story tower demolished and replaced by an 18-story, cylindrical-shaped skyscraper. Read more.

One Bennett Park Officially Begins Construction in Chicago


25 May 2016, Chicago, United States

A combined for-sale condominium and rental apartment tower – dubbed One Bennett Park – is now officially under construction in Chicago. The 67-story building is expected to complete in 2018. Read more.

30-Story Mixed-Use Tower Rising in Dhaka


25 May 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka has responded to a population boom by approving many new building projects, including the Banani DCC-Unique Complex. The 30-story, mixed-use tower is currently under construction in the city's business hub. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Midrand’s PwC Tower


24 May 2016, Midrand, South Africa

The 26-story PwC Tower, which will be a focal point in the up and coming Waterfall City development, is currently under construction in Midrand, just north of Johannesburg. The tower is set to complete in 2018. Read more.

Judge Reviews Plan to Resume Construction on Seattle’s Stalled Potala Tower


24 May 2016, Seattle, United States

Several groups vying to decide the fate of the stalled 41-story Potala Tower recently appeared in US District Court as a judge weighed a plan to hand over the project to a new group of investors. Read more.

Floor Plans Released for Toronto’s Diamond Condos on Yonge


24 May 2016, Toronto, Canada

As sales for Toronto’s Diamond Condominiums on Yonge get underway, the floor plans for the project have been released. The building contains 385 units, of varying sizes and layouts, with plans offering an early look at the suite interiors. Read more.

Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center Shopping Naming Rights to Fund Plaza Redevelopment


23 May 2016, Chicago, United States

The owner of Chicago's John Hancock Center is shopping the naming rights for the 47-year-old skyscraper to pay for a proposed $10 million plaza redevelopment. The deal could include a sign adorning the façade of the 100-story tower. Read more.

South Korean Banking Firm Constructing New HQ in Seoul


23 May 2016, Seoul, South Korea

One of the largest banks in South Korea is converting its old headquarters into an updated, 26-story building. To continue business as usual, the bank has temporarily moved its headquarters to the Gran Seoul Building in Changjindong. Read more.

Brisbane’s Indooroopilly Centre Proposes New Residential Towers


23 May 2016, Brisbane, Australia

The developer and manager of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has submitted an application for two new towers of 20 and nine stories, known as Keating Park Residential, that are optimized for Brisbane’s subtropical climate. Read more.

All-Black Residential Tower Proposed for New York City


23 May 2016, New York City, United States

Developers have proposed an all-black design for a 42-story, 556-unit residential tower on the East River in New York City. The site is located at 39th Street and First Avenue, adjacent to the United Nations building. Read more.

Parisian Housing Block with Curvy Floors and Balconies Proposed


20 May 2016, Paris, France

Beijing studio MAD has revealed plans for a Parisian housing block surrounded by undulating balconies, which is set to become the firm's first residential project in Europe. The 50-meter-tall block is known as UNIC. Read more.

Chinese Developer Invests in Proposed Seattle Apartment High-Rise


20 May 2016, Seattle, United States

One of China's largest homebuilders is investing in a 39-story residential tower near the Space Needle. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the deal between China Vanke Co. and Laconia Development during a trade mission to China. Read more.

Commercial Space Scrapped for 23-Story Tower in Liverpool


20 May 2016, Liverpool, United Kingdom

A 23-story tower proposed as part of a much-delayed £100 million ($145 million) scheme next to Queen's Dock in Liverpool city center could become residential-only after developers scrapped plans to include any commercial space. Read more.

University of Technology Sydney Proposes Undulating High-Rise


20 May 2016, Sydney, Australia

A proposal by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to replace an existing building at UTS’ campus in Ultimo has gone on exhibition for community consultation. Under the proposal, UTS will construct a new 15-story building. Read more.

Colorful, Multi-Volume Hotel Proposed for Miami


19 May 2016, Miami, United States

A proposed multi-volumed high-rise hotel, located at the meeting of Midtown Miami, Wynwood, and the Design District, is designed to sew together the three vibrant neighborhoods with a 20-story tower and a massive retail podium. Read more.

70-Story Tower Proposed for Melbourne’s La Trobe Street


19 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Jean Nouvel, the French architect behind Sydney's award-winning One Central Park, is making his mark on Melbourne with a AUS$700 million (USD$500 million), 70-story mixed-use tower in the CBD's northern edge. Read more.

Chicago’s Tribune Tower Redevelopment Could See New Condos, Hotel


19 May 2016, Chicago, United States

While the planned redevelopment of Chicago’s Tribune Tower has been on the table for a while, an upcoming sale of the 1925 neo-Gothic high-rise could see the landmarked structure repurposed as condos, rentals, or a hotel. Read more.

New York’s 21-Story William Vale Hotel to Open July 11


19 May 2016, New York City, United States

Initially touted to open in April 2016, the William Vale hotel on 111 North 12th Street is now due to open on July 11. Climbing 21 stories, the $130 million hotel has already topped out at 250 feet (76 meters). Read more.

Jeddah Tower Delayed after Contractor Problems


18 May 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer behind the one-kilometer-tall Jeddah Tower, set to be the world’s tallest building, has said that it is looking to get back up to speed after funding issues with contractor Saudi Binladin Group caused delays. Read more.