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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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Mountain-Inspired Skyscraper Precinct Set for Chengdu

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18 Apr 2018, Chengdu, China

Plans for Vanke Tianfu Cloud City, a new mixed-use quarter designed by Aedas for Chengdu, China, have been revealed. The development occupies four plots of land connected by a central green axis. Read more.


The Summit Complex Completes in Suzhou, China

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12 Apr 2018, Suzhou, China

The Summit, a two-tower mixed-use development in Suzhou, China, has completed. The south tower rises 39 stories and 167 meters, and includes a four-story retail base topped by 16 stories of office space and 17 levels of luxury rentals. Read more.


Shenzhen Chooses Australian Architect’s Plan for New Business District

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05 Apr 2018, Shenzhen, China

Architecture firm Hassell has won a competition to design a mixed-use precinct in Shenzhen. The master plan envisages offices connected by an elevated walkway and interspersed with parkland and cultural buildings. Read more.


Design Revealed for Hangzhou Wangchao Center

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04 Apr 2018, Hangzhou, China

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has released its design for the Hangzhou Wangchao Center, a new mixed-use tower in Hangzhou, China. The high-rise will stand 288 meters and 54 stories tall, and is slated for completion in 2021. Read more.


New Elevator Test Tower Opens in Zhongshan, China

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27 Mar 2018, Zhongshan, China

A 248-meter elevator test tower from thyssenkrupp has opened in Zhongshan, China. The tower’s 13 shafts will be used to test new products and concepts, including the world’s first rope-free elevator system, MULTI. Read more.


Commission Awarded for Hangzhou’s 7 Bao Station District

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16 Mar 2018, Hangzhou, China

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

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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.


First Segment of Skybridge at Raffles City Chongqing Complete

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02 Mar 2018, Chongqing, China

CapitaLand has announced the completion of the first section of a skybridge that will eventually connect four 250-meter-tall high-rises in Chongqing. The $3.8 billion development will also include two 350-meter-tall mixed-use towers. Read more.


Double Helix Design Revealed for Tech Company’s Shenzhen Headquarters

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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.


Amara Signature Hotel Opens in Shanghai

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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.


One Taikoo Place in Hong Kong Tops Out

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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.


Architect’s Proposal for China Merchants Bank Headquarters in Shenzhen is Revealed

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02 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

A Dutch architect has revealed its design competition proposal for a major development in Shenzhen. Located along the city’s waterfront, the new global headquarters of a major Chinese bank seeks to form a part of the city’s coastline. Read more.


Architect Appointed for Zhejiang World Trade Center Redevelopment in Hangzhou

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30 Jan 2018, Hangzhou, China

An architect has been chosen to redevelop the Zhejiang World Trade Center complex in Hangzhou, China, which was originally built in 1987. The project will add underground commercial space connecting the complex to the Metro system. Read more.


New Supertall Skyscraper Could Rise Behind a Redeveloped Tribune Tower in Chicago

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25 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A skyscraper that could become Chicago’s second- or third-tallest building is planned for a parking lot next to the historic Tribune Tower. Expected to rise to 423 meters, the proposed development would contain residential units and a hotel. Read more.


Architect Awarded Multi-Tower Health Campus Design in Kunming

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24 Jan 2018, Kunming, China

John Portman & Associates has announced that, after winning a design competition in October 2017, the firm has finalized a contract to begin work on the Greenland Dian Lake International Health Town. Read more.


China Builds World’s Tallest Air Purifier in Xi’an – and Plans 500-Meter-Tall Successor

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17 Jan 2018, Xi’an, China

A 100-meter-tall experimental air purifier has been built in Xi’an, the capital of China’s central Shaanxi province. The tower is being tested by researchers from the Institute of Earth Environments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read more.


Hong Kong’s Tung Chung New Town Extension Receives HK$12 Billion in Funding

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16 Jan 2018, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s Civil Engineering & Development Department has signed a HK$12.076 billion contract for reclamation work in Tung Chung East advance work for the Tung Chung New Town Extension project. Read more.


Completion of the Murray Hotel is Celebrated in Hong Kong

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11 Jan 2018, Hong Kong, China

The Murray Hotel, a 27-story former government building re-imagined and designed by Foster + Partners as a 336-room luxury hotel, officially marked its completion at a plaque unveiling ceremony in Hong Kong. Read more.


China Strengthens Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings

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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.


Raffles City Chongqing Begins Lifting Giant Skybridge

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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.


Chaoyang Park Plaza Completes in Beijing

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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.


Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture Emerges in Taipei

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Man Attempting Climbing Stunt in Changsha Falls 54 Stories to His Death

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11 Dec 2017, Changsha, China

A Chinese “rooftopping” star fell to his death while performing a stunt in November 2017. Police have confirmed that Wu Yongning fell to his death from the 54-story Huayuan Centre in Changsha, Hunan. Read more.


Design Selected for Huafa International Seafront Garden in Zhuhai

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04 Dec 2017, Zhuhai, China

With the recent design competition win of Huafa International Seafront Garden, an international partnership of architects and designers has been selected for a third major project in the Shizimen CBD, a new financial hub of Zhuhai, China. Read more.


Apartment Fire Kills 10 in Tianjin

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01 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

A skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, December 1, 2017. The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m. on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city center. Read more.


Hong Kong Office Tower 70% Leased Before Opening

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30 Nov 2017, Hong Kong, China

The office component of the HK$20.3 billion (US$2.6 billion) New World Centre / Victoria Dockside complex in Kowloon, Hong Kong is already 70 percent leased, and will be fully rented by March or April 2018, when the entire building opens. Read more.


Recently Completed Huangshan Mountain Village Integrates With Nature

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14 Nov 2017, Huangshan, China

Built on a UNESCO Heritage Site in China’s Anhui province, the recently completed Huangshan Mountain Village provides the conveniences of modern living, while affirming the significance of the culturally important mountain range. Read more.