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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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Condos Hit the Market at The Bridges Development in Abu Dhabi


01 May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer has found buyers for the first two towers of its Bridges development, which the company started marketing at Cityscape Abu Dhabi in April. It said it had received initial payments for all 424 off-plan apartments. Read more.

Supreme Court of the Philippines Allows Construction of Torre de Manila to Continue


25 Apr 2017, Manila, Philippines

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on April 25 allowed construction to resume at the 47-story residential building Torre de Manila, dubbed by some as "photo bomber" to the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Read more.

Chicago’s Crain Communications Building Up for Sale


24 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

Toronto-based Manulife has hired the Chicago office of HFF to seek a buyer for the 66,000-square-meter high-rise at 150 North Michigan Avenue, also known as the Crain Communications Building, which could fetch up to $132 million. Read more.

North Kensington Gate Development Granted Planning Approval in London


24 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

An architecture firm is planning to build over 200 homes across two towers – including a 22-story building known as North Kensington Gate South – on Scrubs Lane in west London’s Old Oak Opportunity Area. Read more.

Proposed Four-Tower Residential Development Receives Backing from City of Melbourne


21 Apr 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Toyota has received an endorsement by the City of Melbourne for their proposal to develop 1,000 new apartment units. The proposal includes a four-tower apartment project over its dealership, which is located just outside of the city’s CBD. Read more.

17-Story Tower in Ann Arbor, Michigan Granted Air Rights Approval


21 Apr 2017, Ann Arbor, United States

The City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has voted in favor of selling air rights to a project that is set to become one of the tallest in the city. The Collective is proposed to be a 17-story mixed-use development in the busy Midtown District. Read more.

New Parker Fulton Market Tower Up For Sale in Chicago


19 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

The developers of the 29-story Parker Fulton Market – a 227-unit residential building located at the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted Streets – have put the "For Sale" sign up, even before taking the "For Rent" sign down. Read more.

Neo Bankside Residents Head to Court in London over Tate Modern Extension “Nuisance”


18 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Five residents of Neo Bankside have launched a legal bid to force the Tate Modern to shut part of a viewing platform on the new Switch House extension, arguing that it violates their privacy and human rights. Read more.

Apartment Sales Launched for The Foundry in Sydney’s Paper Mill Precinct


11 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A developer is preparing to release the final apartment offerings in its master planned community along the rejuvenated Georges River in Liverpool. The offering will include a range of units from one- to three-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Auberge Miami Canceled Amid Cooling Condo Market


11 Apr 2017, Miami, United States

Auberge Miami, originally planned as a 60-story, 290-unit condo development in downtown Miami, has been canceled and deposits have already been returned to buyers, according to multiple reports. Read more.

Adelaide High-Rise Complex Targets Local Downsizers


03 Apr 2017, Adelaide, Australia

An AUD$150 million (USD$114 million) two-tower project on the southern edge of Adelaide’s CBD is set to launch ahead of a 2017 construction start. The development is primarily seeking to attract locals looking to downsize. Read more.

New York’s Central Park Tower Condos To Hit the Market in 2017


31 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

After originally planning to launch sales in late 2016, developers behind the under-construction Central Park Tower have announced that sales will hit the market in the second half of 2017, if all goes according to plan. Read more.

Avani Broadbeach in Gold Coast Nearly Sold Out As Construction Progresses


30 Mar 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The Avani Broadbeach tower in Gold Coast has topped AUD$110 million (USD$84 million) in sales, meaning the residential development is now 90 percent sold out as construction passes the halfway mark. Read more.

Westminster Begins Consultation on Building Heights


29 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Westminster city council has launched a public consultation on building heights in the borough. The consultation runs until May 22, and feedback from the initiative will be used during the statutory consultation on the City Plan later in 2017. Read more.

British Airways i360 Tower Closes Again in Brighton


29 Mar 2017, Brighton, United Kingdom

The 162-meter British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton has been forced to close again – the latest in a series of breakdowns that have plagued the seafront attraction since it opened in the summer of 2016. Read more.

Glasgow Tower Due to Reopen to Public


28 Mar 2017, Glasgow, United Kingdom

The 417-foot (127-meter) Glasgow Tower on the banks of the River Clyde has been plagued by structural and mechanical problems since it was completed in 2001 and has been closed for the majority of its life. Read more.

Israel’s Future Tallest Building Granted Approval in Tel Aviv


27 Mar 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel

Measuring 400 meters in height, the 100-floor Intercity Tower in Tel Aviv has been granted planning approval. When completed, the new tower would become Israel’s tallest, stripping the Moshe Aviv Tower of that designation. Read more.

Wembley Residential Scheme Receives Planning in North London


23 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

Brent Council has approved plans for a 743-home development near Wembley Stadium in north London. The scheme, only one phase of a larger 25-year plan, features seven residential blocks ranging in height from 12 to 26 stories. Read more.

Architects Propose Melbourne Apartment Tower Set Above Rail Lines


21 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with city authorities for a residential building that would be the nation's first to be set above rail lines, according to developers. The 24 Chapel Street tower would rise 20 stories. Read more.

Building Approval Granted for Warsaw’s Spinnaker Tower


21 Mar 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Local authorities have issued a building permit for an office development with the working name “Spinnaker Tower,” set for Warsaw’s Wola district. The skyscraper will rise 203 meters in height at its tallest point. Read more.

Chicago Authorities Approve Plans for 51-Story Office Tower


17 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

Chicago authorities have unanimously approved a proposal for a 51-story tower at 110 North Wacker Drive, which will utilize the same development, design, and leasing team that collaborated on the recently completed 150 North Riverside tower. Read more.

London’s Paddington Cube Receives Green Light for Planning


17 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

London Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has decided not to call in the 18-story Paddington Cube scheme in London, following its stalled approval. The decision paves the way for construction of the USD$627 million scheme. Read more.

Developer Cancels Plan for Timber-Framed Tower in New York


17 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

The developer behind plans for New York's tallest timber-framed building has axed the project. The 10-story tower proposed for 475 West 18th Street in Chelsea was to be built using a mass-timber structure – a first of its kind for the city. Read more.

New York Planners Seek to Update Obscure Shadow Rule


16 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

New York City is looking to change a method developers use to calculate how much sunlight a building will obscure once it tops out in order to promote taller buildings in the 73-block Midtown East neighborhood. Read more.

Developers Pull Planning Application for Contentious Manchester Towers


16 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has said it is expecting Jackson’s Row Developments to withdraw the planning application for their contentious St. Michael’s Towers scheme imminently after significant local outcry. Read more.

Sales Launched for Second Tower of Via Bloor in Toronto


14 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following the successful launch of phase one of the two-tower Via Bloor complex, phase two is being marketed to buyers. The 46-story phase-two tower, set to rise 139 meters, would feature 397 apartment units. Read more.

Second Wolf Point Tower Sets Groundbreaking Date in Chicago


09 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

News that the 48-story Wolf Point West tower is up for sale comes with a second exciting bit of information: the next phase of the project – an even taller residential development – is gearing up to start this spring. Read more.

Luxury Hotel Brand to Anchor Mercer Street Towers in Toronto


09 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Adding a layer of gloss to what was already one of Toronto most-talked-about developments, the global luxury brand Nobu Hospitality has been announced as the operator of the 15-35 Mercer Street project. Read more.

Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne


08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.

Construction Contractor Named for San Antonio’s Frost Tower


07 Mar 2017, San Antonio, United States

Weston Urban, KDC and TRT Holdings Inc. are developing Frost Tower in San Antonio, and now Clark Construction has won the contract to build the 440,000-square-foot (41,000-square-meter) office structure. Read more.