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Palladium Residences in Hollywood Approved by LA City Council Ahead of Expected Legal Battle


23 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan on March 22 for two residential high-rises next to the Hollywood Palladium, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle with the politically active nonprofit group next door. Read more.

Brisbane’s 443 Queen Street Receives Approval Amid Controversy


23 Mar 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane's 443 Queen Street was approved by the city council in December 2015, and will be built next to the iconic Customs House. Customs House is taking the Brisbane City Council and Cbus Property to court over the approval. Read more.

New York City’s 80 South Street Site Sold for $390 Million


21 Mar 2016, New York City, United States

After securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional development rights, the sale of the 80 South Street site in New York City has been finalized between Howard Hughes Corporation and China Oceanwide Holdings. Read more.

Condo Sales Set to Launch at Ottawa’s ArtHaus


08 Mar 2016, Ottawa, Canada

A Montreal developer is preparing to launch sales for a unique project that combines residential units at height with signature public and commercial components in Ottawa’s downtown core. Read more.

Samsung to Build Singapore’s New Twin Courthouse Towers


01 Mar 2016, Singapore, Singapore

South Korean construction giant Samsung C&T has won a major contract to build a new law courts complex in the city state of Singapore. One of towers will be façade-free, to symbolize the openness of Singapore’s judicial system. Read more.

Manhattan’s 3 Sutton Place Set for Foreclosure Sale by End of February


29 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

A planned 68-story Manhattan condo tower, 3 Sutton Place, will not be materializing along the East River. After defaulting on $128.8 million in loans from its lender, the developer’s site will face a foreclosure sale on February 29. Read more.

Biscayne Boulevard Church to be incorporated into Condominium in Miami


26 Feb 2016, Miami, United States

A church at 1836 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami is set to be preserved and incorporated into a 38-story condominium development. The developer has also been able to net millions in Transferable Development Rights for the project. Read more.

Chicago’s Marina City Complex Officially Named City Landmark


26 Feb 2016, Chicago, United States

Officials unanimously voted in favor of declaring the historic Marina City complex a city landmark. The four-building complex, built between 1960 and 1967, was the first planned development project in Chicago. Read more.

Developers Launch Sales for Affordable Condominium Complex in Cebu


19 Feb 2016, Cebu, Philippines

A developer has launched sales for the second building of Casa Mira Towers, a condominium project at the southern outskirts of Cebu. With construction set to start in April, 80 percent of the units in Tower 1 have already been sold. Read more.

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.