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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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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.

Master Plan Presented for Evergrande IFC Landmark Tower in Jinan


09 Oct 2014, Jinan, China

Design of the Evergrande Jinan IFC Landmark Tower and master plan was recently completed. The design comprises the 560-meter tower, serviced apartment towers, SOHO offices, retail mall, and support facilities. Read more.

Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Ready to Open


08 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, with a design that rises to a height of 97 meters, will be ready to open for business in November. As the name suggests, the architecture references the shape of the sun emerging above the horizon. Read more.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016


08 Oct 2014, Guangzhou, China

The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an assortment of office space, an art mall, a hotel, and residences. Read more.

Park Place Breaks Ground in Wuhan


25 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Spanning over 20 acres (8 hectares) in Wuhan, China, Park Place is a large mixed-use development that just broke ground. It merges high-end retail, residential, and commercial spaces with an agrarian program. Read more.

Painting Inspires Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai


24 Sep 2014, Zhuhai, China

Released soon after the completion of the unusual Aedas-designed Sandcrawler for George Lucas in Singapore, the Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai, China takes its inspiration from a historical Chinese painting. Read more.

Mixed-Use Hub Planned for Ningbo


22 Sep 2014, Ningbo, China

Images have been released of a 120,000 square-meter mixed-use development in Ningbo, China. The scheme includes four high-rises and will blend residential units with retail outlets and commercial developments. Read more.

Nanjing Office Complex Proposal Encapsulates Multi-Modal Connectivity


18 Sep 2014, Nanjing, China

A large-scale masterplan has been proposed for Nanjing, China that would act as a zone of transition between the Old Nanjing City and the rapidly developing industrial area. The plan places an emphasis on walkable urban space. Read more.

Competition Entry Revealed for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan


15 Sep 2014, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. Read more.

Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals


10 Sep 2014, Wujin, China

Overt symbolism is par for the course in Chinese architecture, and it's a pattern that an Australian architecture firm explored in the Forestry Tower, a competition-winning concept design for the Wujin Agriculture and Forestry Bureau. Read more.

Firm Presents Master Plan for Jinan Business District


08 Sep 2014, Jinan, China

A UK-based architecture firm has revealed plans for Jinan's business district. The site serves as a link between the historic old town in the west and the new airport district situated to the east. Read more.