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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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New Plans Revealed for Office Headquarters in Hangzhou


19 May 2015, Hangzhou, China

Developers have revealed plans to build the Zhejiang Printing Group‘s new headquarters in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The building seeks to integrate itself within its urban fabric by providing easy access across the site. Read more.

Plans for 320-meter Skyscraper in Shenzhen Cut by Half due to Aviation Requirements


11 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

A property developer in Shenzhen will cut the height of a skyscraper it plans to build in the Qianhai special economic zone by more than half to meet aviation safety requirements. The planned 320-meter skyscraper will now be 153 meters. Read more.

Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen


04 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary structural element has been put in place. Read more.

Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel Opens Its Doors


01 May 2015, Zhanjiang, China

The five-star Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel announced its opening on April 26, 2015. The sea view hotel is situated close to the subtropical shore of the South China Sea, and fully embraces its relationship with the water. Read more.

Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights


21 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Plans to turn part of Shenzhen's Qianhai special economic zone (SEZ) into the Pearl River Delta's version of Manhattan are being overshadowed by a battle between urban planners and aviation authorities over building heights. Read more.

New Design Submitted for Luxury High-Rise Development in Chengdu


16 Apr 2015, Chengdu, China

A design proposal has been submitted for Krystal Laputa, a collection of three multi-million-dollar luxury high-rise residential towers and one mid-rise building currently under construction in Chengdu. Read more.

Construction Underway on Shenzhen Mixed-Use Tower


15 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Construction is underway on a new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. When completed, Hanking Center Tower will house retail, office, and residential space with the goal of integrating the various programs. Read more.

Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China in Xinxiang


10 Apr 2015, Xinxiang, China

Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements. The tower is due for construction by mid-2016. Read more.

Unfinished Skyscraper Still Looms Over Guangzhou After 16 Years


07 Apr 2015, Guangzhou, China

The 46-story building was meant to accommodate a shopping mall and restaurants, as well as condominiums and office space. It has been on hold despite action taken by China's Supreme Court. Read more.

Strong Winds Send Elevated Platform Flying at Shanghai WFC


02 Apr 2015, Shanghai, China

A strong gust of wind sent an elevated platform flying back and forth through the air until it rammed into a window on the 91st floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. The two workers aboard the platform walked away with minor injuries. Read more.

BDP Designs New Business District For Burgeoning Wuhan


25 Mar 2015, Wuhan, China

A UK-headquartered architect has completed a commission by the city to plan a dense urban area in the Qingshan Riverside District. The master plan would make use of the riverside location by creating a new iconic skyline. Read more.

BSB Builds 57-Story Prefabricated Skyscraper in Changsha


10 Mar 2015, Changsha, China

Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) has released a time-lapse video of the construction of J57, the company’s latest building: a 57-floor, 80,000-square-meter skyscraper, fully built with energy-efficient, factory-produced, Lego-like blocks. Read more.

Can Hong Kong’s Innovation Tower Inspire the City’s Architects?


26 Feb 2015, Hong Kong, China

In the thick of Hong Kong's concrete jungle lies the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has become a welcoming home for design professionals, students, and faculty. Read more.

Mott MacDonald to Manage Foxconn’s New Tower in Shanghai


19 Feb 2015, Shanghai, China

A UK engineering consultancy has been appointed by high-tech manufacturer Foxconn to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for its new $136 million Shanghai Foxconn Plaza. Read more.

Parisian Macao to Open in 2016, Complete With Half-Scale Eiffel Tower


13 Feb 2015, Macau, China

Construction of the 3,000-room hotel The Parisian Macao is in full swing. The French-themed hotel will have five-star public spaces, authentic French restaurants, and a half-scale Eiffel Tower, with an observation deck and a restaurant. Read more.

Tianjin’s Replica of Manhattan Stands Empty as Chinese Economy Slows


11 Feb 2015, Tianjin, China

The replica of New York City in China that began construction in 2010, complete with knock-offs of Rockefeller Center and the Hudson River, is missing one key element that makes New York, New York: people. Read more.

Wuhan Aims to Make Most of Sustainable Capabilities With Park Place


04 Feb 2015, Wuhan, China

Architects are determined to bring the city of Wuhan, China its first lifestyle center with Park Place, a five-parcel mixed-use project that will create an environmentally sustainable community for the region. Read more.

Atkins Behind 400-Meter China Tower


03 Feb 2015, Changsha, China

Atkins has been appointed to design a development featuring a 400-meter-tall tower in the central Chinese province of Hunan. The skyscraper is designed to be the centerpiece of the Northstar Changsha Centre. Read more.

FXFOWLE Selected to Design 28-Story Tower in Fuzhou


03 Dec 2014, Fuzhou, China

FXFOWLE has been selected to design a new 28-story corporate tower. The design is responsive to Fuzhou's natural landscape – the bending of the adjacent Minjiang River and Mt. Fu, the mountain after which the city is named. Read more.

Rem Koolhaas: “Chinese Architecture Will Benefit” From Beijing’s CCTV Building


02 Dec 2014, Beijing, China

Rem Koolhaas has defended the design of OMA's CCTV tower in Beijing, after the Chinese president called for an end to the construction of "weird architecture" in the country. Koolhaas stresses that "CCTV is a very serious building." Read more.

Six-Tower Office Complex Proposed for Shenzhen


21 Nov 2014, Shenzhen, China

The recently announced winner of an invited competition will design a grand office development on a 27,777-square-meter plot of land in Shekou, Shenzhen, which will create 80,000 square meters of office space. Read more.

High-Rise Resort in Zhengzhou to Open in 2018


20 Nov 2014, Zhenhgzhou, China

Projected to open in 2018, the 350-room Fairmont Zhengzhou hotel will be part of a new mixed-use high-rise development in the central business district of Zhengdong New Town, an upcoming financial and business hub in the city. Read more.

Construction Starts on Chengdu Greenland Tower


19 Nov 2014, Chengdu, China

Construction has begun on what will be the tallest skyscraper in the city of Chengdu. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower draws its architectural inspiration from the mountains that surround the city. Read more.

Goettsch Partners Celebrate Opening of Grand Hyatt Dalian


18 Nov 2014, Dalian, China

The Grand Hyatt Dalian has officially opened. This 44-story, 370-room hotel is triangular in plan, so as to ensure that all bays receive southern light as well as views of the meandering coastline. Read more.

World Trade Center Nanjing Complex Progresses, Main Tower Lagging Behind


14 Nov 2014, Nanjing, China

The World Trade Center Nanjing is a mixed-use development that will include a luxury five-star hotel and two residential towers. The complex remains under construction, although the 328-meter main tower is still on hold. Read more.

Greenland GIC Design Unveiled in Chengdu


03 Nov 2014, Chengdu, China

Greenland GIC will consist of six separate plots of land, with a total site area of 86,000 square meters, and will combine five residential towers, three commercial towers, serviced apartments, a hotel, retail podium, and outdoor shopping. Read more.

The Guardian Covers China’s Vertical Climb via CTBUH


30 Oct 2014, Shanghai, China

In late September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat held its annual conference in Shanghai – two years after its last meeting there. The conference provided a venue for discussing tall building trends in China. Read more.

John Portman & Associates to Design Yinchuan Greenland Center


27 Oct 2014, Yinchuan, China

International architectural firm John Portman & Associates was selected to design the Greenland Yinchuan Super-Tall Project, a 306,000 square-meter, two-tower mixed-use project located in the Yinchuan Central Business District. Read more.

Chinese President: “No More Weird Architecture”


21 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for an end to the "weird architecture" that has come as a result of China's construction boom. Xi attacked projects, including the Rem Koolhaas-designed CCTV headquarters in Beijing. Read more.

Eroded Urbanism Proposal Created for Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition


16 Oct 2014, Shenzhen, China

For the Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition, a firm has proposed “eroded urbanism” as a prototype for flexible metropolitan development, which integrates various commercial, residential, cultural, and environmental forces. Read more.