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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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Hanking Center Tower Tops Out in Shenzhen


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.