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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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Ho Chi Minh City’s Thuan Kieu Plaza Receives Makeover, May Open Again This September

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28 Jun 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The 1999-built, three-tower Thuan Kieu Plaza complex is receiving a makeover. Locals reported seeing progress in an effort to rejuvenate the buildings, starting with a completely new coat of green paint on the exterior of each tower. Read more.


Supertall 53 West 53rd Begins to Take Shape in New York City

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28 Jun 2017, New York City, United States

Vertical construction at the 53 West 53rd site has overtaken its neighbor, the 1965-built Financial Times Building. The Midtown Manhattan supertall boasts a unique metal and glass exoskeleton expressing the building's structural system. Read more.


New Renderings Revealed for Toronto’s One Yonge Street Development

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28 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada

New renderings have been revealed for the One Yonge Street development. The tallest of the proposed buildings will house residential units, a hotel, and retail in its base, rising 95 stories and 307 meters in height. Read more.


Proposal Submitted for Residential Tower in Los Angeles’s Financial District

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28 Jun 2017, Los Angeles, United States

On June 23, a developer submitted an application to the Department of City Planning to construct a 780-unit residential tower on a vacant plot of land adjacent to the bustling Figat7th shopping center. Read more.


First Steel Column Installed at NYC’s One Vanderbilt

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27 Jun 2017, New York City, United States

With the installation of its first steel column, One Vanderbilt – soon to be New York City’s second-tallest skyscraper – officially began its ascent on June 23. According to the team, the construction of the tower is three weeks ahead of schedule. Read more.


Updated Proposal Submitted for Brisbane’s Barry Parade

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27 Jun 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted a revised development application on a recently acquired Fortitude Valley site – located at 44-100 Barry Parade in Brisbane – that would comprise two new residential towers. Read more.


Start of Construction Rumored for Toronto’s Proposed Bay-Adelaide North

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27 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada

Plans for a 32-story tower tentatively known as Bay-Adelaide North are ramping up, with a new Site Plan Approval (SPA) submitted to the City of Toronto this month and rumors of a pending start of construction. Read more.


Plans Revealed for 42-Story OPPO Tower Scheme in Chengdu

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27 Jun 2017, Chengdu, China

Plans have been reveled for a major mixed-use scheme in Chengdu featuring a 42-story tower. The development is backed by one of China’s largest electronics companies and will serve as their headquarters when complete. Read more.


“Three-Crowned” Cooltoren Tower Proposed for Rotterdam

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26 Jun 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam’s skyline is set to welcome a soaring new addition in the form of Cooltoren, a 150-meter tower that, upon completion, will become the city center’s tallest residential tower, according to developers. Read more.


Victoria One Tops Out in Melbourne

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26 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The core structure of the under construction Victoria One has topped out at 246 meters. The core’s last concrete pour occurred at the tower on June 17 and took 6,500 cubic meters of concrete and 1,100 metric tons of reinforcement. Read more.


Liuzhou Forest City Master Plan Breaks Ground in China

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26 Jun 2017, Liuzhou, China

A new “forest city” has broken ground in Liuzhou. Conceived as a green metropolis, the project will eventually accommodate 30,000 people with offices, houses, hotels, hospitals, and schools covered entirely by plants and trees. Read more.


Two-Tower Brickell Heights Project Completes in Miami

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26 Jun 2017, Miami, United States

After launching in 2014, construction of Brickell Heights – a two-tower development in the heart of South Miami Avenue – has completed. The 690-unit project features a hand-painted mural on the façade of the building's lower eight floors. Read more.


MULTI Elevator Technology Officially Unveiled in Rottweil

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23 Jun 2017, Rottweil, Germany

Described as the world’s first rope-less horizontal-vertical elevator system, MULTI has been unveiled at a 246-meter test tower in Rottweil. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in a loop. Read more.


Wilshire Grand Center Completes in Los Angeles

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23 Jun 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Wilshire Grand Center, now the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, will officially open its doors today, celebrating with lights and fanfare in a once-stodgy downtown that is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. Read more.


New’R Residential Tower Completes in Nantes, France

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23 Jun 2017, Nantes, France

A developer has completed a new housing tower composed of an angular core wrapped in undulating balconies. New’R is located in Nantes and pays homage to Oscar Niemeyer as well as to the architecture of the 1970s French Riviera. Read more.


Second Wolf Point Apartment Tower Cleared to Rise in Chicago

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23 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

The second phase of the three-tower project at Wolf Point has scored its first building permit. With the official all-clear, the site will soon be swamped with crews working to construct the 62-story rental apartment tower known as Wolf Point East. Read more.


Dragon-Themed Tower Complex Proposed for Zhuhai

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23 Jun 2017, Zhuhai, China

Plans have been revealed for a dragon-inspired development in China’s southern Guangdong province. Phase Two of the Zhuhai Hengqin Headquarters complex is sited in close proximity to a bridge that connects mainland China to Macau. Read more.


600 UK High-Rises Identified with Grenfell Tower-Style Cladding

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22 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

Around 600 UK high-rises are believed to be covered in similar cladding to the material suspected of worsening the deadly London apartment block fire, the British government said Thursday, June 22. Read more.


Chicago’s Optima Signature Welcomes First Residents

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22 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

Two years after foundation permits were first issued, the 57-story Optima Signature high-rise in Streeterville has formally opened and welcomed its first tenants this month. The 490-unit apartment project is currently 20 percent leased. Read more.


St. Michael’s Manchester Scheme Sees Design Team Changes Ahead of Imminent Project Revisions

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22 Jun 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Developers have replaced the design team behind their controversial St. Michael's high-rise scheme in Manchester, signaling imminent project revisions. An exact timescale for the revised proposals is not yet known. Read more.


Details Emerge on Proposed 8 Phillip Street Development in Sydney

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22 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

Fresh details describing the "world-class design" for 8 Phillip Street in Western Sydney have emerged, along with new renderings. Poised to rise 56 stories in Parramatta, the landmark development will contain 314 apartments. Read more.


Towers Proposed to “Defend” Historic Church Site in Parramatta, Sydney

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21 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

A historic church is to be redeveloped as a mixed-use complex, expanding the Parramatta Mission and the Uniting Church in Australia’s presence in the city. The project will also house new residential, commercial, and retail spaces. Read more.


Construction Permit Issued for Chicago’s Eight Eleven Uptown

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21 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

The North Side’s next lakefront high-rise has been cleared to keep climbing towards its 27-story final height. Known as Eight Eleven Uptown, the Chicago development landed a full, $45 million construction permit on June 19. Read more.


Contractor Selected to Deliver Collins Square Tower 5 in Melbourne

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21 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A construction contractor has been appointed to deliver the fifth and final commercial office tower that will complete the US$1.8 billion landmark Collins Square development located at 727 Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Read more.


Two Montréal Megaprojects Set to Begin Construction in Fall 2017

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21 Jun 2017, Montréal, Canada

Construction of Le Square Children's – a massive building project on the site of the former Montréal Children's Hospital – is free to proceed after being granted permitting. A major investment in the city's transit system has also been announced. Read more.


Grenfell House Fire Provokes Investigation into Cladding on NSW Towers

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20 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

Flammable cladding blamed for the rapid spread of the fatal blaze that occurred at Grenfell House in London was pinpointed as contributing to a past fire in a Melbourne high-rise, provoking investigation into cladding on NSW towers. Read more.


Multi-Tower Design Wins Eindhoven Design Competition

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20 Jun 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

A team has won a competition to create a new mixed-use hub in Eindhoven. The winning proposal includes a trio of towers and a urban plaza, called District E. The 70,000-square-meter proposal will be located next to Eindhoven Station. Read more.


Work Set to Resume on Stalled Saigon One Tower in Ho Chi Minh City

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20 Jun 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon One Tower is finally set to resume construction thanks to a new investor. The building, located in central District 1, has stood unfinished since 2011, despite being nearly 80 percent complete. Read more.


Bauhaus Condos Proposed for Downtown Toronto

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20 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following years of planning and an eventually shelved redevelopment plan, a new proposal is seeking rezoning to allow a 30-story residential tower at 284 King Street East, between Berkeley and Ontario Streets in Downtown Toronto. Read more.


Grenfell House Cladding Identified as Cheaper and More Flammable Option

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19 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

The cladding used in the Grenfell House renovation has been identified as a cheaper and more flammable variety. The aluminum-composite panels were installed prior to a devastating fire at the 24-story tower. Read more.