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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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Rooftopping Photography Poses Safety Risks for Toronto Police


02 Feb 2016, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Police are beginning to address the phenomenon of "rooftopping," which involves illegally climbing to the top of skyscrapers to capture vertigo-inducing pictures of the world below. Read more.

Fatal Elevator Accident at Istanbul’s Torun Center Prompts Calls for Stricter Safety Standards


01 Feb 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Turkish authorities to carry out a full investigation of the causes of a fatal elevator accident on the construction site of the Torun Center, which killed ten. Read more.

Mumbai High Court Rules on Illegal Construction at the Palais Royale


28 Jan 2016, Mumbai, India

In a fresh setback for the Palais Royale, the Bombay High Court held on January 27 that the top 13 floors of the 56-story building, as well as a 15-story public parking tower next to it, were “completely illegal.” Read more.

Five-Billion-Dollar Investment for Development of Adelaide Riverbank


22 Jan 2016, Adelaide, Australia

Ground will soon be broken on a project that will deliver more than $5 billion in investment along Adelaide’s city riverbank, transforming it into a world-class Entertainment Precinct. Read more.

Lower Manhattan’s 2 World Trade Center Loses Anchor Tenant


19 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

21st Century Fox and News Corp. won’t be moving to the World Trade Center after all, as the separate media giants controlled by Rupert Murdoch have decided to keep their headquarters on Sixth Avenue in Midtown. Read more.

Saudi Arabian Property Group Launches Mada Residences Project in Dubai


11 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A construction and property group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is in the process of launching its first major project in Dubai. The planned residential apartment block, titled “Mada Residences,” will be located downtown. Read more.

Portland Officials Overlook Design Changes to 21-Story Tower


07 Jan 2016, Portland, United States

Portland officials are considering their options after discovering that they approved a 21-story building without considering design changes that likely would have triggered another round of review. Read more.

Korean Firm Set to Become Owner of Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower


06 Jan 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

AON Holdings, a South Korean financial group, will be the new owner of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, Vietnam's tallest building. It was reported that AON paid about 450 billion won ($382.5 million) for the building. Read more.

Proposed 101-Story Seattle Skyscraper Hits FAA Snag


05 Jan 2016, Seattle, United States

A proposed downtown Seattle skyscraper that would be the tallest on the West Coast is apparently too tall for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which sent the building developer a "Notice of Presumed Hazard." Read more.

London’s Balfron Tower to be Turned into Luxury Apartments after Council Grants Planning Permission


18 Dec 2015, London, United Kingdom

The controversial refurbishment of social housing landmark Balfron Tower into luxury apartments is set to go ahead following a unanimous vote by Tower Hamlets Council’s Planning Committee on December 16. Read more.

Insurance Giant to Become Anchor Tenant of Proposed Chicago High-Rise


17 Dec 2015, Chicago, United States

After 43 years in the iconic red skyscraper painted in its corporate color, CNA is ditching 333 S. Wabash Avenue and moving half a mile northwest. The insurance giant is taking its name with it. 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.

Troubled Benidorm Apartment Tower Put Up for Sale


16 Dec 2015, Benidorm, Spain

Residencial In Tempo – a Benidorm twin-tower skyscraper that was meant to be a landmark for the city but instead became a victim of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis – will now be sold off to the highest bidder. Read more.

Structural Engineer Appointed for SM Megamall Tower in Metro Manila


15 Dec 2015, Mandaluyong, Philippines

The Philippines’ largest shopping mall and retail operator SM Prime Holdings has appointed Aurecon to provide structural engineering design services for its SM Megamall Tower in Metropolitan Manila. Read more.

Property Developer Given Approval to Build up to 317 Meters in Miami


14 Dec 2015, Miami, United States

Developer PMG received approval on December 11 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build a 1,041-foot (317-meter) tower at 300 Biscayne Boulevard. If built to that height, the tower could be the tallest in the city. Read more.

Wells Fargo Signs Deal to Move New York Office to Hudson Yards


14 Dec 2015, New York City, United States

Wells Fargo confirmed on December 11 that it has signed on to be a major tenant at 30 Hudson Yards by 2020, thanks to a $5 billion financing package that will bring Wall Street to the Hudson River. Read more.

Port Authority Approves Subsidies for 2 World Trade Center in New York


11 Dec 2015, New York City, United States

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan’s 2 World Trade Center. The subsidies will help the tower generate upwards of $500 million of revenue for the Authority. Read more.

Eyeing Rapid Results, Egypt Takes Charge of Building New Capital Outside of Cairo


11 Dec 2015, Cairo, Egypt

Built to escape Cairo's overcrowding and pollution, the new administrative capital is expected to cost a total $300 billion and feature a new central business district with a cluster of high-rises. Read more.

One Beale Developer Considers Adding Third Tower to Downtown Memphis Site


11 Dec 2015, Memphis, United States

High building costs for a parking garage have driven an investor planning a pair of riverfront towers to hit on a new solution – erect a third building capable of attracting state or federal grants to help cover the garage’s cost. Read more.

Sydney Residential Tower Sees Successful Launch


08 Dec 2015, Sydney, Australia

A new residential tower in the Central Park development has launched to strong sales. Buyers have shown a strong appetite for internationally designed apartments close to the Sydney central business district. 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.

Gatineau Mayor Mulls Referendum on Controversial Skyscraper Project


03 Dec 2015, Gatineau, Canada

Brigil Construction’s controversial Place des Peuples twin-tower complex could go to Gatineau voters for a referendum in the face of mounting criticism, says Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. Read more.

Luxury Brisbane Apartment Tower Sells Out Ahead of Schedule


03 Dec 2015, Brisbane, Australia

The 41-story Abian Apartments tower development, located at the entrance to Brisbane’s historic Botanic Gardens, has sold out two years ahead of completion. The 148-meter tower is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Read more.

Voters Back Bern Region’s First High-Rise


02 Dec 2015, Bern, Switzerland

Voters in a suburb of Bern, Switzerland, have voted in favor of the capital region’s first skyscraper. Around 64 percent of those casting ballots backed the 33-story high-rise budgeted at 130 million francs ($126 million). Read more.

$300 Million Project Launched in Downtown Yangon


01 Dec 2015, Yangon, Myanmar

A $300 million mixed-use project located in the center of Yangon was formally launched by property developers at a press conference on November 30. The development is being built on a 6.5-acre (2.6-hectare) site. Read more.

Developer Secures New Funding to Complete Jeddah Tower


30 Nov 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer behind Jeddah Tower, set to become the world’s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. A $2.23 billion fund has been established as principal financing. Read more.

New Jersey Awards $93 Million in Tax Breaks to Journal Square Tower in Jersey City


17 Nov 2015, Jersey City, United States

On November 13, The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved $93 million in New Jersey tax credits for One Journal Square, the high-rise complex proposed for a long-vacant lot in Jersey City. Read more.

Chinese Developer Launches Brisbane Apartment Complex


17 Nov 2015, Brisbane, Australia

A Chinese developer has launched a $285 million apartment complex in South Brisbane to be called Brisbane 1. The development will include more than 600 one, two, and three bedroom apartments as well as retail stores. Read more.

Ontario Considers Regulations to Protect Birds from Striking Tall Buildings


11 Nov 2015, Toronto, Canada

The Province of Ontario is considering regulations to force owners of tall buildings to take steps to protect birds, which die by the millions each year as they fly into skyscrapers due to reflective glass and disorienting lights. Read more.

Mechanical and Electrical Contract Awarded for London’s One Blackfriars


09 Nov 2015, London, United Kingdom

A mechanical and electrical contract has been awarded for One Blackfriars tower in London. The 165-meter tower will accommodate 27 homes and a boutique hotel across 52 floors, with an additional 1,300 square meters of retail space. Read more.