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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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Architecture Firm Chosen for Hengqin MixC World in Zhuhai


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Plans for Changsha’s 838-Meter Sky City Officially Scrapped Amid Environmental Concerns


08 Jun 2016, Changsha, China

Central China’s Hunan province finally announced a halt on its ambitious plan to build what was proposed to be, at the time of its 2012 inception, the next “world’s tallest tower” – Sky City – on the site of the Daze Lake wetland. Read more.

Political Light Installation on Hong Kong’s Tallest Skyscraper Is Pulled


06 Jun 2016, Hong Kong, China

Officials and organizers have pulled the plug on an art installation that was displayed on the façade of Hong Kong’s tallest building, just days after the artists revealed the meaning of a cryptic political message embedded in the artwork. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status


17 May 2016, Shanghai, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. Read more.

Vertical Forest Mountain Development Planned for Xingyi City


12 May 2016, Xingyi City, China

A hotel in the form of a vertical forest mountain is planned for Xingyi City in Guizhou province, southwest China. The area is revered for its outstanding natural beauty, which was almost entirely inaccessible until 2014 when a railway was built. Read more.

World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building


12 May 2016, Shanghai, China

A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the new technology to an elevator in China’s Shanghai Tower. Read more.

World’s Tallest Elevator Testing Tower Planned for Shanghai


10 May 2016, Shanghai, China

An elevator manufacturer plans to build a 270-meter-high above-ground elevator test tower, anticipated to be the tallest in the world upon completion. The test tower will be part of the firm’s new global research and development facility. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Beijing’s Future Tallest Skyscraper


05 May 2016, Beijing, China

Recent photos show that the China Zun Tower in Beijing has made significant progress since construction began in 2012. If construction remains on schedule, the tower is expected to complete in 2018, becoming the city's tallest building. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Pays Tribute to Workers with Wall of Honor


29 Apr 2016, Shanghai, China

The names of over 4,000 workers, designers, and engineers who played a part in the design and construction of Shanghai Tower have been put on a new 60-meter-long Wall of Honor placed within the tower. Read more.

Construction Commenced on Xuhui Vanke Center in Shanghai


26 Apr 2016, Shanghai, China

Situated next to the Shanghai South Railway Station, phase three of the Xuhui Vanke Center in Shanghai has recently started construction. The architecture of the complex blends building with landscape in order to add greenery to the area. Read more.

700-Meter Megatall Skyscraper Proposed for Shenzhen


21 Apr 2016, Shenzhen, China

Chicago-based bKL Architecture has unveiled their concept design proposal for a new tower and plaza located in Shenzhen, China. Rising to 700 meters, the new tower is designed to act as a gateway to the city's central business district. Read more.

Multi-Tower Development Planned for Foshan


11 Apr 2016, Foshan, China

Midea-Young covers a total site area of approximately 380,000 square meters, including a total of nine tower blocks planned to hold nearly 3,000 residential units. One of the main attractions of the project is its outdoor recreational facilities. Read more.

Winner Announced in Competition for Nanjing Financial City II


22 Mar 2016, Nanjing, China

German architecture practice gmp has won a competition for phase two of the Nanjing Financial City. The design for the large-scale financial center is based on references to Nanjing’s historic city structure. Read more.

Winner Announced in Competition for High-Tech Campus in Zhuhai


17 Mar 2016, Zhuhai, China

Aedas recently won a competition to design the Zhuhai Hengqin International Hi-Tech Innovation Park, located in Hengqin, one of the newly announced Free Trade Zones in China. The project aims to become a space for the high-tech industry. Read more.

High-Rise Complex Named Arcology Skyscraper Designed for Hong Kong Harbor


07 Mar 2016, Hong Kong, China

A trio of Hong Kong skyscrapers that "kiss" one another have been revealed. Proposed for Victoria Harbour, the high-rise complex is envisioned as a cluster of towers with heights of up to 440 meters, all arranged around a landscaped plaza. Read more.

Design Competition Winners Announced for Shanghai’s Financial Street Railway Station Complex


24 Feb 2016, Shanghai, China

Winners of the design competition for a new 264,000-square-meter mixed-use complex in Shanghai have been announced. Developed by Financial Street Holdings Co. Ltd., it will be located just north of the Shanghai Railway Station. Read more.

Proposed Master Plan in Shenzhen Includes Two Supertalls


11 Feb 2016, Shenzhen, China

London-based PLP Architecture has revealed a master plan for a project in China that includes a concept for a 595-meter supertall tower composed of three rotated, interlocking volumes. Another 347-meter supertall is also proposed. Read more.

Winner Chosen for Kingdee Tower Competition in Shenzhen


21 Jan 2016, Shenzhen, China

HENN has won first place in the competition to design Kingdee Tower, the headquarters for software company Kingdee in Shenzhen, China. The 44-story glazed tower will be the central building for the new headquarters. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Has Completed, Now the Second-Tallest Building in the World


07 Jan 2016, Shanghai, China

The CTBUH has recognized the completion of Shanghai Tower, which is now the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. The tower was finished in late-2015 at a height of 632 meters. Read more.

Wanda Reign Hotel in Chengdu Officially Opens


06 Jan 2016, Chengdu, China

Wanda Hotels & Resorts recently announced the official opening of their new Wanda Reign hotel in Chengdu as part of its premium hotel brand. The Chengdu property is its second development to be under this brand. Read more.

Shanghai “Tree Mountain” to Feature 400 Terraces, 1,000 Structural Columns


22 Dec 2015, Shanghai, China

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled a tree-covered development for a six-hectare site near Shanghai’s art district. The mixed-use scheme has been designed to resemble “tree-covered mountains” and features 400 terraces. Read more.