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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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Twin Tower Development Green-Lighted in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast


28 Feb 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast City Council has approved a twin-tower hotel and residential project for a riverfront Surfers Paradise site. The two towers will rise 34 and 46 stories, and contain 503 apartments, 280 hotel rooms, and five ground-floor townhouses. Read more.

New York’s Fifteen Hudson Yards Tops Out


28 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

15 Hudson Yards, a 279.5-meter-tall residential building in New York City’s Hudson Yards mega-development, has topped out. According to developer Related Companies, more than half of the tower’s 285 units have sold. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 33-Story “Giant Clamp” Tower in Leeds City Center


28 Feb 2018, Leeds, United Kingdom

An architect has revealed plans for a 33-story mixed-use residential, hotel, and co-working tower, shaped like a giant clamp, at the western gateway to Leeds city center. Depending on the final height, the tower could become the tallest in Leeds. Read more.

Double Helix Design Revealed for Tech Company’s Shenzhen Headquarters


28 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

GroupGSA has revealed its proposal in a design competition to build a tech company’s new headquarters in Shenzhen. The mixed-use tower design was inspired by the repeating hexagons of a carbon atom. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for Portland’s Twin Towers


27 Feb 2018, Portland, United States

An architect has revealed updated renderings of the firm’s proposal to build a pair of interlinking high-rises in Portland’s 13-hectare mixed-use Broadway Corridor site. The taller of the towers, reaching 296 meters, would be the tallest in the city. Read more.

Developer Awards $163 Million Main Contract for Dubai’s Aykon City Tower


27 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has awarded a $163 million contract to China State Construction Engineering Corporation for the construction of a tower in its Aykon City master development. Work on the tower is expected to begin on March 1, 2018. Read more.

London Mayor Rescues Rejected High-Rise Housing Scheme


27 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has stepped in to rescue a locally rejected 427-unit residential scheme in West London. The development would see five towers built to house retail, office space, and residential units – 40 percent of which would be affordable. Read more.

Chicago’s Aon Center Owners Float Plan for Exterior Elevator to New Observation Deck


26 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of Chicago’s Aon Center are planning to add a glass-sheathed elevator tower to the skyscraper’s exterior to ferry visitors to and from a new observation deck. Once completed, Chicago would have three high-rise observation decks. Read more.

Architect Designs Hotel on Vietnam’s Halong Bay


26 Feb 2018, Halong, Vietnam

Aedas has designed the Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel, a 39-story luxury hotel tower in Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s biggest tourist attractions. The hotel will offer unobstructed views of the UNESCO World Heritage bay and its limestone isles. Read more.

Planning Commission Backs 38-Story Tower in Los Angeles’ Historic Core


26 Feb 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles city planning commissioners approved a condominium tower in the city’s Downtown Historic Core. The building would contain 467 units and 860 parking spaces, which would be shared with nearby buildings. Read more.

Architect Plans Unique Residential Project in Le Havre


26 Feb 2018, Le Havre, France

An architect plans a twisting 19-story residential tower in Le Havre, France. The 70-unit project, overlooking the city’s docks as well as the reconstructed city center, will offer unique floor plans that can be personalized upon request. Read more.

Planning Minister Freezes AU$4.5 Billion Worth of Development in Melbourne


23 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has put on hold AU$4.5 billion worth of high-rise apartment projects at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. A government statement said the 26 development applications would be referred to a committee for analysis. Read more.

Architect’s East London Scheme Gets Go-Ahead


23 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has won planning permission for a major mixed-use development on an 11-hectare site in Newham, East London. The scheme includes five buildings over 20 stories and two buildings in excess of 30 stories. Read more.

Downtown Dallas’ Landmark Tower Petroleum Building is Reopening as a Hotel


23 Feb 2018, Dallas, United States

The 23-story Tower Petroleum Building in Dallas is being converted into a 177-room boutique hotel. Developers have announced that the Art Deco building, located next to the landmark Majestic Theater, is due to open February 27. Read more.

Amara Signature Hotel Opens in Shanghai


22 Feb 2018, Shanghai, China

Amara Hotels & Resorts has opened a new luxury hotel in Shanghai. The 30-story, five-star hotel tower contains 343 rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a 1,100-square-meter ballroom. Read more.

Architect Wins Competition for Dual-Tower Mixed-Use Complex in Rotterdam


22 Feb 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

An architect has won a design competition for the third phase of Weenapoint, a mixed-use development in Rotterdam. Located near Rotterdam Central Station, the scheme will include 17,000 square meters of office space, retail, and 300 residences. Read more.

Chinese Developer Lodges Sydney Apartment Tower Plan


22 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has lodged an application with the City of Parramatta to develop a 21-story mixed-use apartment tower. Designed by Woods Bagot, the 76-meter high-rise will contain more than 100 apartments with retail at the base. Read more.

A Historic Milwaukee Freemason Building Gets a Second Life as a Hotel


22 Feb 2018, Milwaukee, United States

A historic Freemason center in Milwaukee is undergoing a $60 million renovation that will see the three-story building add a 14-story hotel tower on top of its roof. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more.

Banking Giant to Build New Midtown Headquarters in New York City


21 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

A major US bank plans to build a new 232,257-square-meter headquarters at 270 Park Ave. in New York City, the first major project under a city rezoning plan designed to rejuvenate the building stock in one of its biggest job centers. Read more.

Three-Tower Development Launched in Sydney Suburb


21 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has launched the first stage of its three-tower development in St. Leonards, near Sydney. It will comprise two towers of 46 and 26 stories, accommodating 654 apartments, as well as a 15-story commercial and retail building. Read more.

One Taikoo Place in Hong Kong Tops Out


21 Feb 2018, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties has announced the topping-out of its newest office tower, One Taikoo Place. More than half of the 92,903-square-meter building, located in the heart of the Taikoo Place development, has been leased to major tenants. Read more.

Liverpool to Bring Back Tall Buildings Policy in Face of UNESCO Threat


20 Feb 2018, Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Liverpool City Council is set to restore the city’s policy on tall buildings in an attempt to stop UNESCO stripping it of its World Heritage Site status. Activists have become concerned as the proliferation of tall building proposals continues in the city. Read more.

One Thousand Museum in Miami Tops Out


20 Feb 2018, Miami, United States

One Thousand Museum, a 61-story residential skyscraper in Miami designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, has topped out. The 213-meter tower features a curved exoskeleton made of lightweight glass-fiber reinforced concrete. Read more.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Opens in The Philippines’ Second-Tallest Building


20 Feb 2018, Taguig City, Philippines

The 461-room Grand Hyatt Manila has officially opened in the second-tallest skyscraper in the Philippines. One of the hotel’s three restaurants occupies some of the highest floors in the building, offering guests panoramic views. Read more.

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to Open in March 2018


19 Feb 2018, Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Midtown Hibiya office tower is about to open across Hibiya Park and just a few blocks south of the Marunouchi business district. The 188,000-square-meter building will replace an historic structure that was demolished in 2005. Read more.

Architect Wins Competition to Design Monterrey Tower


19 Feb 2018, Monterrey, Mexico

An architecture firm has won a design competition for Constitución 999, a 227-meter high-rise in Monterrey, Mexico. The mixed-use building, which would be the city’s tallest, would feature a web-like exoskeleton. Read more.

Guitar-Shaped Hotel Passes Halfway Mark Near Miami


19 Feb 2018, Hollywood, United States

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is rising fast outside of Hollywood, Florida. Construction of the 140.5-meter guitar-shaped hotel tower recently passed the halfway mark and is expected to be completed by mid-2019. Read more.

Melbourne’s Northbank Goods Shed Clears Planning Hurdle


16 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Future Melbourne Committee has announced its support of a revised mixed-use development along the Yarra River. The project includes a 17-story high-rise that will house a 180-room hotel and 250 apartments. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Newark Residential Tower Dubbed “Vibe”


16 Feb 2018, Newark, Unietd States

New plans have been unveiled for a residential tower in Newark. Dubbed “Vibe,” the 17-story, 64-meter building will feature 256 units across 27,914 meters of total space and feature a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

London Mayor Backs Modular Croydon High-Rise


16 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has approved plans to build a 21-story modular affordable apartment block in Croydon. The 153-unit project is expected to become one of the tallest modular towers in the UK, with 70% of homes available for first-time buyers. Read more.