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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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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.

Illegally Constructed Tianjin Skyscrapers Could be Demolished


16 Dec 2015, Tianjin, China

China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise buildings because they were not built to planning specifications. One of the towers could be the tallest ever intentionally demolished. Read more.

Nanjing Skyscraper Developers Found Guilty of Stealing Nearby Residents’ Sunshine


04 Dec 2015, Nanjing, China

The developers of the 450-meter Zifeng Tower in Nanjing have been found guilty of robbing the surrounding neighborhood of sunshine, and will have to compensate residents to the tune of 100,000 Yuan ($16,000). Read more.

KONE Opens Elevator Test Tower in Kunshan, China


03 Dec 2015, Kunshan, China

One of the world’s tallest elevator test towers has opened in Eastern China. The new 36-floor tower is located at a KONE research and development center in the Kunshan New and Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Read more.

Design Proposed for CNPEC Headquarters in Shenzhen


02 Dec 2015, Shenzhen, China

New headquarters for the 4,000 employees of CNPEC, a power corporation, are being built in Shenzhen to plans by gmp Architects. The design for the site provides three high-rise buildings and a plinth-type podium. Read more.

Mixed-Use Development Opens in Chengdu


30 Nov 2015, Chengdu, China

Seaton Plaza, Atkins’ first mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, has opened for business alongside the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hilton Chengdu hotel on November 20, 2015. Read more.

Architects Selected to Design New Financial Center in Xiamen


19 Oct 2015, Xiamen, China

An architect has been selected in an international competition to design the Xiamen Cross Strait Financial Center. Located on the eastern coast of Xiamen Island, the 500,000-square-meter project will comprise four high-rise towers. Read more.

Proposed Beijing Office Tower Would Have World’s Tallest Atrium


25 Sep 2015, Beijing, China

Architects have revealed a proposal for a 46-story skyscraper in southwest Beijing that will feature the world’s tallest atrium – a 200-meter-high space which extends nearly the full height of the tower. Read more.

Goldin Finance 117 Tops Out in Tianjin


24 Sep 2015, Tianjin, China

Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin, the fourth largest city in China, has topped out at 597 meters. The building is among the tallest skyscrapers currently under construction in China, ranking third among completed or topped-out structures. Read more.

Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower Completes in Nanchang


15 Sep 2015, Nanchang, China

American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Nanchang, China. Rising 56 stories, the Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower is located in Gaoxin, a growing high-tech district, and features an exterior diagrid system. Read more.

Tai’an Hotel Opens With 283 Guest Rooms


14 Sep 2015, Tai'an, China

The newly opened Wanda Realm Tai’an is located in Tai’an’s central business district and forms part of the Wanda Plaza Complex, adjacent to the Taishan International Conference & Exhibition Centre. Read more.

Shanghai Joint-Venture Under Construction in Jingan District Renamed


20 Aug 2015, Shanghai, China

A new name has recently been announced for a Shanghai joint-venture formerly known as the Dazhongli project. Now known as HKRI Taikoo Hui, the complex comprises a retail mall, two office towers, and three hotels/serviced apartments. Read more.