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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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Saudi British Bank Future Head Office Breaks Ground in Riyadh


22 Dec 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The competition-winning design for the Saudi British Bank (SABB) has broken ground in Riyadh.The building will be a 46,544-square-meter commercial office development comprised primarily of a 135-meter-tall office tower. Read more.

Developer Lands $500 Million Construction Loan for Chicago Post Office Redevelopment


22 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

The New York investor redeveloping the massive Old Main Post Office in Chicago has scored a $500 million construction loan to finance the project, one of several properties on the city's list for a potential Amazon second headquarters. Read more.

China Strengthens Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings


22 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a draft regulation on fire safety for high-rise buildings and for public consultation, which includes a ban on shopping malls setting up on the third basement or below in high-rises. Read more.

64-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Toronto


21 Dec 2017, Toronto, Canada

A new proposal has been submitted for a 64-story mixed-use building in Toronto. The project would house office and retail space, and be built on the existing Commerce Court site, which will have to be demolished. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Trio of Residential Towers in Basel


21 Dec 2017, Basel, Switzerland

A Swiss architecture practice has won a competition to design a new master plan for Basel's Nordspitze area, including three slim, cylindrical residential skyscrapers. A new city park will fill the space around the towers. Read more.

Developers Push Forward on Manchester’s St Michael’s Development


21 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Developers have submitted their redesigned proposals for a large hotel, residential, and office development in Manchester city center. St Michael’s will house up to 189 apartments, a 216-room hotel, and 10 stories of commercial space. Read more.

Colossal Tower Complex Approved for Brisbane’s CBD


21 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

After getting the green light from the City of Brisbane, a 274-meter tower that aims to “capture the essence” of subtropical Brisbane will become the fifth building in the city to reach the city’s maximum building height. Read more.

Vancouver’s Timber Terrace House Approved for Construction


20 Dec 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House has received official approval to use exposed mass timber in the top seven stories of the 19-story building. This makes Terrace House the tallest hybrid wood structure thus far approved for construction in North America. Read more.

Main Contractor Appointed for Kuala Lumpur’s Skywheel Project


20 Dec 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A main contractor has been appointed for Kuala Lumpur's RM$2.2 billion (US$540 million) Skywheel project, which will rise 317 meters and house apartments, retail space, a hotel, and an observation area. Read more.

Construction Financing Secured for San Francisco’s 1500 Mission Street


20 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

The developers behind San Francisco's 1500 Mission Street mixed-income tower announced they have closed on California’s largest-ever construction financing with tax-exempt bonds, totaling $316.8 million. Read more.

New Report Says San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is a Fire Hazard


19 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

According to a new report, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower may be less safe than previously thought. The tower, already the center of several lawsuits, could be exposing residents to a widespread fire risk. Read more.

Review of London’s Grenfell Fire Finds UK Building Regulations “Not Fit for Purpose”


19 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

An interim report into the review of building regulations, carried out in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, has concluded that they are “not fit for purpose,” and a “universal shift in culture” is needed to create “true and lasting change." Read more.

New Renderings Show Design Shift in Upcoming New York Skyscraper


19 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

The Wall Street Tower, also known as 130 William Street, has seen another design shift, with new renderings revealing a substantial transformation to the exterior as compared to the most recent images. Read more.

Melbourne Suburb Closer to Landing Student Accommodation


19 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

500 Swanston Street in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton may be the site of a new student accommodation building, which is one among many such projects being considered for the area. Read more.

Mixed-Use Complex to be Built on Los Angeles’ Angels Knoll Site


18 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to sell the 2.24-acre (0.9-hectare) property Angels Knoll, a sloped park overlooking the western edge of Downtown Los Angeles. A development consortium will build a mixed-use complex on the site. Read more.

New US Embassy in London Completes


18 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

The US Embassy in South London is finally complete, and will open in early 2018. The design, created by a Philadelphia-based architecture firm, was the winner of a competition launched by the US Department of State in 2008. Read more.

Dubai Court Dismisses Arbitration Against Real Estate Firm in Burj Daman Case


18 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A real estate firm has won a favorable judgment in the Dubai Courts of Appeal in its long-running dispute with a contractor, relating to the Burj Daman real estate project in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Read more.

Raffles City Chongqing Begins Lifting Giant Skybridge


15 Dec 2017, Chongqing, China

Raffles City Chongqing, a distinctive complex of buildings in the heart of the city, has begun the weeklong process of lifting a 300-meter-long platform into its final position, where it will bridge four tall towers. Read more.

Controversial Perth Tower Proposal Rejected


15 Dec 2017, Perth, Australia

A contentious proposal for two towers at Perth’s Scarborough Beach, which would have risen four times higher than the area’s maximum permissible height, has been rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). Read more.

Detroit Breaks Ground on Its Next Tallest Tower


15 Dec 2017, Detroit, United States

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were on hand for the groundbreaking of what will be the tallest building in Michigan. The project is now expected to rise to 800 feet (244 meters). Read more.

Dubai’s Gate Avenue Aims to Lease 90% of Units Before Completion


14 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Financial Centre, the emirate's financial free zone, aims to lease 90 percent of units at its Dh1billion (US$272 million) Gate Avenue retail development before it opens in 2018. Read more.

Tower Design Approved for Assembly Building in Amaravati, India


14 Dec 2017, Amaravati, India

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has approved the design of the Amaravati Legislative Assembly building from two options. However, the final decision will only be made after public feedback. Read more.

Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board


14 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

An ambitious development that would fill in the last major piece of downtown Chicago’s multi-phase Lakeshore East neighborhood with three new high-rises will not move forward as presented in July 2017. Read more.

Chaoyang Park Plaza Completes in Beijing


13 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

The Chaoyang Park Plaza, positioned on the southern edge of Beijing’s Chaoyang Park, has completed. The 220,000-square-meter complex includes 10 buildings, which unfold as a classic shanshui painting on an urban scale. Read more.

UK Cities Spending Billions in Post-Grenfell Retrofits


13 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety measures in tower blocks have cost United Kingdom’s councils and housing associations billions in retrofits, prompting arguments over who should pay for the measures. Read more.

$2 Billion “Millennium Square” Precinct Launched in Brisbane


13 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

News Corp. has confirmed plans to develop a AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) "world-class innovation and media hub," which will comprise 44,000 square meters of commercial space and 42,000 square meters of retail. Read more.

Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture Emerges in Taipei


13 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

The emerging Lè Architecture building in the Nangang district of Taipei, Taiwan – which drew design inspiration from the shape of river pebbles – is set to redefine the city’s rapidly developing skyline. Read more.

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Tops Out


12 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre has topped out in Tianjin, China, and is on pace to be completed in 2018. A striking new landmark, the 530-meter-tall, 96-story skyscraper will comprise office space, serviced apartments, and a five-star hotel. Read more.

Maryland's Tallest Residential Tower Now Topped Out in Baltimore


12 Dec 2017, Baltimore, United States

Baltimore's newest skyscraper has topped out, 44 stories above Light Street as it approaches its planned 2018 occupancy. 414 Light Street will be the tallest residential building in the state of Maryland. Read more.

Twin Towers Planned for Taipei


12 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

Life insurers, property developers, and hotel operators have voiced an interest in a development project known as the “Gate of Taipei,” which will be built on a site near the Taipei Railway Station. Read more.