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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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Construction of Leeza Soho in Beijing Reaches Level 20

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16 Feb 2017, Beijing, China

Construction of Leeza Soho, a 207-meter mixed-use tower with the world’s tallest atrium, has reached level 20 out of 46. The building is expected to architecturally top out in September, with final completion in late 2018. Read more.


Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing

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03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.


Curvy Hangzhou Gateway Completes in China

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01 Feb 2017, Hangzhou, China

Architects have completed the 16-story Hangzhou Gateway office building in China. The tower's curvy signature form is derived from two large voids carved into the structure’s mass – a feature inspired by Chinese rice fields. Read more.


Construction Work Underway on Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center

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27 Jan 2017, Fuzhou, China

Construction is underway for the Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center in Fuzhou, China. The new, 29-story corporate building is set for a site along the Minjiang River in the Straights Financial Street Development of Fuzhou’s Taijian District. Read more.


Chinese Firm Demolishes 19 Buildings in 10 Seconds to Make Way for the Wuhan CTF Finance Center

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26 Jan 2017, Wuhan, China

In what is being called the largest demolition of its kind in China, 19 towers were reduced to rubble in just 10 seconds in a spectacular demonstration of controlled implosion to make way for the 648-meter Wuhan CTF Finance Center. Read more.


Architecture Firm Named for Two-Tower Shenzhen Scheme

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24 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

A new 129,000-square-meter, two-tower office complex in Shenzhen will sport a design by Goettsch Partners after the Chicago-based practice was announced as the winner of an intensive design competition. Read more.


Architect Reveals Plans for Bamboo-Inspired Office Tower in Shenzhen

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11 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

Plans have been released for Gmond International Building – a regeneration project located in the old town area of Shenzhen, China. The design of the 200-meter building is inspired by the traditional form of Chinese bamboo. Read more.


Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen

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22 Dec 2016, Shenzhen, China

Having surpassed the 384-meter height of the completed Shun Hing Square, the structurally topped out China Resources Headquarters is now the third tallest of all completed and under-construction buildings in Shenzhen. Read more.


CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World

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21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide. Read more.


Major Residential Complex Completes on Outskirts of Taiyuan

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15 Dec 2016, Taiyuan, China

People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has completed a vast residential development in Taiyuan, China, comparable in scale to New York’s Rockefeller Center. The River Heights Residences is set to house 10,000 people. Read more.


Hanking Center Tower Tops Out in Shenzhen

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06 Dec 2016, Shenzhen, China

With the slab for the top floor now in place, the major structure for Shenzhen’s Hanking Center Tower has topped out. Designed by Morphosis, the skyscraper soars to a height of 1,148 feet (350 meters). Read more.


Three-Tower Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Zhuhai

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05 Dec 2016, Zhuhai, China

Located at the heart of Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, the proposed Novotown development is just five minutes away from Macau and is positioned as both a tourist destination and a cultural/creative incubator for Southeast Asia. Read more.


Mixed-Use Longfor Phase IV Development Proposed for Chongqing

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30 Nov 2016, Chongqing, China

A competition-winning design has been chosen for a mixed-use development, called Longfor Phase IV, in Chongqing. The project comprises a single tower and podium integrated as an assembled massing of stacked, box-like volumes. Read more.


Competition-Winning Design Selected for Xi’an’s Newest CBD

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30 Nov 2016, Xi'an, China

An architecture firm has won a design competition to provide master planning and design services for the Great Xi'an New Center. The project is expected to complete in phases over many years, resulting in a new city center by 2019. Read more.


Repositioning and Renovation of Shanghai’s Cross Tower Completes

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21 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

A Hong-Kong based design studio has completed the repositioning and renovation of Cross Tower in Shanghai, China. The firm was commissioned to refigure the architecture and interior of the office tower, originally constructed in 1998. Read more.


Office and Retail Tower Inspired by Clouds Proposed for Shanghai

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08 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Gemdale Changshou Road is located within the inner ring of Shanghai, near the historic Changde Road and in close proximity to two metro stations and a planned green area. Read more.


CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

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04 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner, celebrated November 3 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Read more.


Work Progressing Atop Beijing’s China World Trade Center Phase 3B

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04 Nov 2016, Beijing, China

Construction has progressed at the China World Trade Center Phase 3B in Beijing, with cladding now well underway at the top of the 59-story tower. The 316-meter supertall development is set to become the city's second-tallest structure. Read more.


Proposed High-Rise Development in Shanghai Incorporates Traditional Architecture

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25 Oct 2016, Shanghai, China

EID Architecture looked to the traditional side of Shanghai when designing CITIC Pacific's newly proposed high-rise residential neighborhood. The Shanghai downtown area will see six new residential towers through the development. Read more.


Firm Wins Design Competition for Shanghai's Massive Suzhou Creek Complex

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26 Sep 2016, Shanghai, China

A US-based architecture firm has won an international competition to redesign Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China. The new mixed-use development will strengthen connections with nearby destinations, like the M50 Arts District. Read more.


Architecture Firm Chosen for Hengqin MixC World in Zhuhai

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16 Sep 2016, Zhuhai, China

An architecture firm has been selected from four international architectural practices in a competition to design the massive Hengqin MixC World complex in Zhuhai, China, estimated to cost USD$7.5 billion. Read more.


Multi-Tower Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Shenzhen's Qianhai District

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12 Sep 2016, Shenzhen, China

Another five buildings are slated to join Shenzhen's dense skyline as details about a new multi-tower, mixed-use complex have been released. The 320,000-square-meter project in the Qianhai district calls for the development of a five-parcel site. Read more.


Aedas Unveils Mixed-Use Project with Literary Inspiration in Chongqing

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30 Aug 2016, Chongqing, China

Based on an ancient Chinese prose that states “knowledge brings wealth,” a high-rise proposal aims to integrate the concept of a book with the cultural elements of Chongqing to create an interactive commercial space at its base. Read more.


73-Story Office Tower Up for Sale in Hong Kong

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24 Aug 2016, Hong Kong, China

A property firm has put up for sale one of its marquee office towers, located in the old Central District of Hong Kong. The Center, a 73-story office building, could fetch several billion dollars. Read more.


Re-Planning Package Submitted for China’s Future Tallest Tower in Shenzhen

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17 Aug 2016, Shenzhen, China

A re-planning package has been submitted to local officials in Shenzhen for review. The plan is anchored by a tower poised to rise to 739 meters – a height that could see it become China’s next tallest building upon completion. Read more.


Jin Mao Tower’s New Skywalk Prepares to Open in Shanghai

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27 Jul 2016, Shanghai, China

A skywalk will soon be opening along the outside of the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower in Lujiazui. It is thought to be the highest fenceless, all transparent walkway exterior to a building in the world, rising 340 meters above the ground. Read more.


Second Phase of Multi-Tower Development Scheduled for Zhuhai

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26 Jul 2016, Zhuhai, China

A Hong Kong-based design firm has won the second phase of a scheme for a new convention and exhibition center in Zhuhai, China. Construction on the second phase is scheduled to begin in late 2016 for completion in 2020. Read more.


New Designs Revealed for Hong Kong’s Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project

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08 Jul 2016, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties unveiled plans for its continued development of Taikoo Place, an HK$15 billion (USD$1.9 billion) investment that will see the developer further transform its Quarry Bay home into a major business and commercial hub. Read more.


Shenzhen to Receive Transit-Oriented Master Planned Development

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22 Jun 2016, Shenzhen, China

A massive development has been planned for the Shenzhen Route 6 Chang Zhen Station site. Dubbed the Shenzhen Metro Changzhen Depot TOD, the project will comprise multiple towers of varying heights and purposes. Read more.


Twin Zhejiang Gate Towers to Start Construction in Hangzhou

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16 Jun 2016, Hangzhou, China

Initial site work is underway on a pair of sustainable, mixed-use towers in Hangzhou, China. The Zhejiang Gate Towers will rise to heights of 282 meters, featuring a design theme inspired by Chinese characters. Read more.