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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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Teenager’s Daredevil Stunts on Mumbai High-Rises Raise Security Concerns

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04 Dec 2017, Mumbai, India

Videos and photographs of a 17-year-old mechanical engineering student performing daredevil stunts on a high-rise under construction in Mumbai have gone viral on social media, leading to security concerns. Read more.


Hong Kong Office Tower 70% Leased Before Opening

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30 Nov 2017, Hong Kong, China

The office component of the HK$20.3 billion (US$2.6 billion) New World Centre / Victoria Dockside complex in Kowloon, Hong Kong is already 70 percent leased, and will be fully rented by March or April 2018, when the entire building opens. Read more.


London High Court Challenge Against Paddington Cube Fails

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30 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

The London High Court has thrown out a legal challenge against Communities Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision not to call in the controversial £775 million ($1 billion) Paddington Cube development. Read more.


Chinese Conglomerate Attempts to Sell $5 Billion of Global Skyscraper Assets

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21 Nov 2017, Beijing, China

A Chinese conglomerate is offering to sell all five of its large-scale projects in Britain, the US, and Australia to a single buyer for an estimated US$5 billion, as Beijing tightens control over companies’ offshore investments. Read more.


High Court Ends Mumbai High-Rise Residents’ Exclusive Access to Public Park

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20 Nov 2017, Mumbai, India

After the intervention of the Bombay High Court, an enclosed 1,021-square-meter public garden in Cuffe Parade – used exclusively by residents of the high-rise DSK Tower – will now be accessible to the public. Read more.


St. Louis’ Former AT&T Tower Now For Sale

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20 Nov 2017, St. Louis, United States

The largest office building in St. Louis, formerly known as One AT&T Center, is on the market after being foreclosed. The vacant 44-story office tower in the heart of the city’s central business district was put up for sale without an asking price. Read more.


Gold Coast Tower for Sale Could Fetch At Least AU$180 Million

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10 Nov 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A 35-story, 279-apartment Gold Coast tower – which is in the early stages of construction – is now on the market, and price estimates sit at around the AU$180 million (US$138 million) mark. Read more.


Dubai’s Langham Opens to Buyers Ahead of 2020 Completion

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02 Nov 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Modeled after The Langham hotel and residences in London, Langham Place Residences in Downtown Dubai will start selling units on Monday, November 6, ahead of opening its doors in the third quarter of Dubai’s Expo 2020. Read more.


Adelaide’s ANZ House is Up for Sale

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27 Oct 2017, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s ANZ House, an office tower home to high profile tenants such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the South Australian government, is up for sale with price expectations of at least AU$200 million (US$153 million). Read more.


Karachi Business Leaders Protest Ban on High-Rise Buildings

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17 Oct 2017, Karachi, Pakistan

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) is supporting builders and developers who are demanding that Karachi’s authorities drop their opposition to the construction of high-rise buildings. Read more.


Leading Investment Firm Takes Space at Melbourne Quarter

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13 Oct 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A leading investment firm has leased 9,720 square meters at One Melbourne Quarter, the first of three office buildings at the Melbourne Quarter precinct, which is located near the central business district and the Docklands. Read more.


Drone Flights Banned Near St. Louis Arch, Other National Landmarks

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02 Oct 2017, St. Louis, United States

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is restricting drone flights within 400 feet (122 meters) of 10 national landmarks, including the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Statue of Liberty. Read more.


London’s Paddington Cube Project Faces Second High Court Challenge

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28 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The controversial Paddington Cube proposal will face a second High Court challenge, just weeks after another bid to derail the project moved forward. The challenge centers on safe access for ambulances to the neighboring hospital. Read more.


Facebook Takes 181 Fremont, in San Francisco’s Largest Office Lease in Three Years

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26 Sep 2017, San Francisco, United States

Facebook Inc. signed San Francisco's largest office lease in three years, taking the entire office portion of 181 Fremont. The 802-foot-tall (244-meter) tower in the Transbay district is set to open by the end of 2017. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City’s “Ghost Tower” Seized as Collateral After Owners Fail to Repay Debt

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13 Sep 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) recently seized control of the unfinished Saigon One Tower – located in Ho Chi Minh City's downtown District One – as collateral over its investors' unpaid debt. Read more.


New York City “Courtscraper” to Include More Affordable Homes

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23 Aug 2017, New York City, United States

More apartments are being made available at affordable prices in VIA 57 West in New York. Nicknamed the “courtscraper,” the residential tower will host apartments that rent for $1,000 a month cheaper than an average Manhattan home. Read more.


Construction to Resume on New York Wheel After Fired Construction Firm is Replaced

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16 Aug 2017, New York City, United States

After its owners fired its construction firm for repeated delays and rising costs, the New York Wheel is set to resume construction, and will rise 630 feet, making it the tallest observation wheel in the world. Read more.


Liverpool Green-Lights Two More Towers, Despite UNESCO Concerns

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09 Aug 2017, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool City Council has approved the construction of 31-story and 15-story residential blocks near the historic Pier Head area, just weeks after being warned its UNESCO World Heritage site status was under threat. Read more.


China Asks Waldorf Owner Anbang to Sell Assets Abroad

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02 Aug 2017, Beijing, China

Chinese authorities have asked Anbang Insurance Group Co., whose chairman was detained in June, to sell its overseas assets and bring the proceeds back to China. The company, however, said they have no plans to comply. Read more.


London's 20 Fenchurch Church Street Building Sold in Record-Breaking Deal

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28 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

London’s landmark 36-story “Walkie Talkie” building has broken records with its US$1.7 billion sale to a Hong Kong firm best known for making oyster sauce. The deal easily surpasses the previous record price for a single building in the UK. Read more.


New Images Revealed for 565 Broome SoHo Tower in New York City

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28 Jul 2017, New York City, United States

Currently under construction, 565 Broome SoHo is expected to open its doors in 2018. With sales now underway, further images of the development have been revealed, detailing the scheme’s luxury interiors and wide-ranging amenities. Read more.


Foreclosure Imminent for New York City’s 111 West 57th Street Project

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27 Jul 2017, New York, United States

The cost of building what developers claim to be the “World’s Skinniest Skyscraper” has ballooned so enormously that the 111 West 57th Street project, which is less than one-quarter complete, is now facing imminent foreclosure. Read more.


Manchester's Tallest Tower Recommended by Local Council

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26 Jul 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans to build a 67-story skyscraper in the heart of Manchester’s Trinity Islands development have been recommended by local planning officials, despite objections from heritage groups. Read more.


Contractor Selected to Develop Emirates Business Park in Dubai

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25 Jul 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor has been selected to develop the mixed-use US$1.4 billion Emirates Business Park project, unveiled earlier this month, which will expand the emirate's financial free zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Read more.


San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Sinks Another Inch But There Could be a Fix

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21 Jul 2017, San Francisco, United States

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk another inch in the past seven months, but on the brighter side, engineers have found a potential fix, which would entail drilling new piles down to bedrock from the building's basement. Read more.


Fatal Fire Burns Honolulu High-Rise Without Sprinklers

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17 Jul 2017, Honolulu, United States

At least three people have died and another 12 have been injured in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said. Hundreds fled the condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors. Read more.


Trinity Parish Plans 30-Story Tower in First Hill, Seattle

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14 Jul 2017, Seattle, United States

A First Hill church is planning a massive undertaking: a 30-story condo tower with 200-plus units at 8th and Cherry Street in Seattle. The parish has sold development rights to the land, while maintaining ownership rights to the property. Read more.


Perth Council Offers In-Principle Support of Perth+ Proposal

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13 Jul 2017, Perth, Australia

The City of Perth has given in-principle support for the Perth+ complex, which would become a centerpiece of Elizabeth Quay. Plans feature two towers reaching 19 and 54 stories or 86.5 and 220 meters, respectively. Read more.


Melbourne Tower Height Slashed as Queen Victoria Market Redevelopment Gets Green Light

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12 Jul 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved new planning controls that will pave the way for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, but slash the height of a proposed tower overlooking the markets. Read more.


Architects Halve Size of London Tower to Appease Planners

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06 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

Architects have more than halved the size of their “co-living” scheme in Stratford, east London, following government consultations. Revisions include reducing the height of the main tower to 19 stories and removing the “apart-hotel.” Read more.