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Fate Uncertain for Unfinished Potala Tower in Seattle


17 Feb 2016, Seattle, United States

Investors are asking a federal judge to reject a court-appointed receiver's proposal to sell the unfinished Potala Tower in downtown Seattle according to filings in federal court dated to February 16. Read more.

Building Collapse in Tainan, Taiwan Prompts Demands for Stricter Safety Regulations


12 Feb 2016, Tainan, Taiwan

After a deadly building collapse, Tainan's district court gave the city government the go-ahead to freeze up to USD$1 million in assets belonging to the its developer. The disaster has also prompted demands for stricter safety regulations. Read more.

City of Chicago Approves Major Development Along River


11 Feb 2016, Chicago, United States

Plans for Perkins+Will’s Riverline project include five residential towers, a series of townhouses, public park space, over 3,600 residential units, a river walk, and 16,000 square feet (1,500 square meters) of street-level retail. Read more.

Developers of a Building in Tainan, Taiwan Sought After Collapse


09 Feb 2016, Tainan, Taiwan

Prosecutors in Taiwan today sought to detain three former executives of a real estate company that built an apartment complex which collapsed in an earthquake three days ago in the city of Tainan. Read more.

Work to Begin on Palm Gateway Project in Dubai


02 Feb 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nakheel has awarded a contract to build the Palm Gateway triple tower and beach complex above the Palm Gateway monorail station. The developer said that work on the project is set to begin by the end of March. Read more.

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.