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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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Floating Sky Gardens and Rooftop Terraces Adorn Proposed Tower in Taichung


23 Mar 2018, Taichung, Taiwan

Aedas has unveiled plans for a 200-meter high-rise that’s broken into two pieces held together by a series of “floating” sky gardens and glass boxes. The 40-story proposed tower would contain a bank headquarters and a five-star hotel. Read more.

Melbourne’s 671 Chapel Street Approved for Construction


23 Mar 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A proposed high-rise at 671 Chapel Street in Melbourne’s South Forrest Hill precinct has been approved for construction after several years of community push-back. The 22-story tower will feature 158 apartments, plus office and retail space. Read more.

Apartment Tower is Ready to Rise in Chicago’s Hyde Park


23 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

A 26-story apartment tower is ready to break ground in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood after receiving its first construction permit on March 19. The high-rise will contain 246 rental units, retail space and 172 parking spots. Read more.

Automaker May Buy Detroit’s Abandoned Michigan Central Station


22 Mar 2018, Detroit, United States

An automaker is in discussion to purchase the dilapidated Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. A redevelopment of the depot would be one of the most expensive local undertakings in recent history. Read more.

Plans Revealed for “Horizontal Skyscrapers” in Moscow


22 Mar 2018, Moscow, Russia

Plans have been revealed for two apartment blocks built on stilts as part of a redevelopment of an abandoned brewery in Moscow. The elevated towers have been dubbed “horizontal skyscrapers” by the project’s architect. Read more.

Trendy Hotel Coming to Brisbane Development


22 Mar 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A trendy international hotel brand is coming to an under-construction tower in the Brisbane Quarter development. The hotel will have 305 rooms and 595 square meters of ballroom space, with the tower rising 121.1 meters. Read more.

Ground Broken on Phnom Penh’s Thai Boon Roong Twin Towers


21 Mar 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Initial construction work on the Thai Boon Roong Twin Tower World Trade Center in Phnom Penh began on March 20. Composed of two 133-story skyscrapers, the project will include residential units, offices, retail and a five-star hotel. Read more.

Architect Designs “Phantasmagoric” Hotel Topped with a House in Metz


21 Mar 2018, Metz, France

Plans have been revealed for a 14-story hotel in the French city of Metz, with an 18th-century-style house on its roof. The hotel, which will contain 119 rooms, was designed to resonate with nearby redevelopments in the city. Read more.

Chinese Banks Agree to Finance Lion’s Share of Egypt’s New Capital East of Cairo


21 Mar 2018, Cairo, Egypt

Chinese banks have agreed to provide 85 percent of the $3 billion needed to fund the first stage of a new capital for Egypt that includes a 345-meter high-rise, which China State Construction Engineering Corporation will build. Read more.

Developer Buys Tower Melbourne


21 Mar 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A Singaporean company sold its stake in the Tower Melbourne project to an Australian developer for AU$55 million, following a protracted legal battle with a nearby property owner. The developer is expected to undertake a major mixed-use project. Read more.

Canberra Gives Green Light to New Tallest Building


20 Mar 2018, Canberra, Australia

The Canberra government has given the green light for a developer to build the city’s tallest building as part of an AU$1 billion multi-tower development dubbed Republic. The tallest tower will rise 113 meters and 32 stories. Read more.

Capital Plaza Tower Demolished in Frankfort


20 Mar 2018, Frankfort, United States

The Capital Plaza Office Tower, the tallest building in the US state of Kentucky’s capital Frankfort, was demolished on March 18 to make way for a new office building. The tower was completed in 1972 and stood at 103 meters and 28 floors. Read more.

Demolition Begins for 50 West 66th Street in New York City


19 Mar 2018, New York City, United States

Demolition has begun on the last structural occupant on the site of the upcoming 50 West 66th Street, a 263.2-meter tower in New York City. The new building will be separated into two distinct sections by an outdoor terrace on the 16th floor. Read more.

Work to Begin on Dubai’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper in 2018


19 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Work will soon resume on Entisar Tower, which will become the second-tallest building in Dubai at 570 meters and 122 stories. The mixed-use high-rise will contain residential units on the first 100 floors and a luxury hotel on the top 22 stories. Read more.

Architect Wins Permission for West London Culinary Quarter


19 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has won planning approval for a mixed-use development to be known as the Culinary Quarter in London. The project will include two towers of 26 and 36 stories, with spaces dedicated to researching, tasting and developing food. Read more.

Sydney Metro Shortlists Three Developers for Victoria Cross Station and Tower


16 Mar 2018, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Metro has short-listed three development groups to build Victoria Cross Station and a 167-meter commercial tower overhead. The project would include a maximum gross floor area of 60,000 square meters and include 160 car spaces. Read more.

Further Details Emerge on Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Project


16 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

A developer has unveiled a more detailed look at its planned Lincoln Yards project on Chicago’s North Side, where it plans to invest up to $10 billion to develop roughly 1.6 million square meters of residential and office high-rises. Read more.

Commission Awarded for Hangzhou’s 7 Bao Station District


16 Mar 2018, Hangzhou, United States

CallisonRTKL has won an international design competition for the 7 Bao Station district, a transit-oriented development serving Hangzhou’s new central business district. The project seeks to progress the city’s status as a tech hub. Read more.

Sunshine Insurance Tower Completes in Sanya


15 Mar 2018, Sanya, China

The Sunshine Insurance Finance Plaza, a 160-meter mixed-use high-rise designed by Woods Bagot, recently completed in Sanya, China. The tower comprises office space, a 4-star hotel, a private clubhouse, and a rooftop pool. Read more.

Project Brings Rooftop Farming and Canal Life to Brussels


15 Mar 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen has been chosen to develop a large urban regeneration project in Brussels. Called Key West, the development will include housing as well as space for local production facilities such as microbreweries. Read more.

Shortlist of Architects Announced for 505 George Street in Sydney


15 Mar 2018, Sydney, Australia

Six architect teams have been shortlisted for a competition to design what could become one of Sydney’s tallest skyscrapers. The mixed-use tower will include retail, apartments, two child-care centers, and a premium hotel. Read more.

Council Set to Reject Woolwich Central Tower in London


15 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

The Greenwich Council is set to turn down an application for Woolwich Central Tower, a 27-story high-rise planned in London. The building would have provided 1,000 square meters of commercial space plus 260 apartments. Read more.

New York’s 111 West 57th Street Reaches Halfway Point


14 Mar 2018, New York City, United States

The under-construction supertall tower at 111 West 57th Street in New York City is now halfway to its final height. The 435.5-meter residential high-rise will contain only 58 condominiums, with the most expensive selling for $59 million. Read more.

Student High-Rise Site in Melbourne Acquired


14 Mar 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A private-equity firm has acquired a Melbourne development site, with plans to develop one of the world’s tallest student housing towers. A permit modification for the site would allow 864 student beds and co-working space over 52 stories. Read more.

Chicago’s Riverline Mega-Development Divided into Separate Residential Projects


14 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

The $2 billion Riverline mega-development in Chicago has been split into two separate residential projects. The northern portion of the site is set to contain 2,700 units, while the southern portion will house 1,050 apartments. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Luxury Hotel Along Dubai Water Canal


14 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Additional details have been revealed for a five-star hotel and luxury residential building planned for a site along Dubai Water Canal. The 31-story high-rise, to be called the Private Residences, will be designed by Foster + Partners. Read more.

Team Selected for Charenton-Bercy District Master Plan and Tower in Eastern Paris


13 Mar 2018, Paris, France

A team that includes the development arm of Bouygues Group and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been chosen to develop the Charenton-Bercy project in eastern Paris. The plan includes a 180-meter-tall net-zero-energy high-rise. Read more.

Approval Granted for Parramatta Office Tower


13 Mar 2018, Parramatta, Australia

The City of Parramatta has approved an AU$230 million office tower less than three months after the application was lodged. The development at 32 Smith Street will deliver 26,000 square meters of commercial space to the area. Read more.

Una Condo Tower Will Rise on Brickell Waterfront in Miami


12 Mar 2018, Miami, United States

Developers plan a 47-story condo tower, dubbed Una, on the Brickell waterfront in Miami. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the building’s amenities include a spa and fitness center, private marina, and three pools. Read more.

Clarence Street Residential Tower Tops Out in Sydney


12 Mar 2018, Sydney, Australia

A 25-story residential tower has topped out in Sydney’s CBD. The building features 220 apartments and ground-floor retail outlets. The developer has reportedly sold 95 percent of its first and final release of apartments. Read more.