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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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Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower


16 Aug 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The OUE Skyspace is part of a $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 310-meter U.S. Bank Tower. The renovations include a Skyslide, which starts at the 70th floor and is designed to endure the seismic activity common to the region. Read more.

Details of Park Hyatt Conversion Project in Toronto Come to Light


12 Aug 2016, Toronto, Canada

According to updated documents released via the City's Development Applications site, Toronto's iconic Park Hyatt Hotel is subject to a new application to renovate and repurpose the site into a mixed-use complex. Read more.

U.S. Bank Tower’s Glass SkySlide Now Open in Los Angeles


28 Jun 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The U.S. Bank Tower’s new SkySlide – a glass slide suspended 305 meters above downtown Los Angeles – is now open for business. The slide begins on the 70th floor of the tower and extends 15 meters down to the 69th floor. Read more.

Completion Date Scheduled for Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg


20 Jun 2016, Hamburg, Germany

Situated on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg's HafenCity district, the Elbphilharmonie is scheduled to open its doors on January 11, 2017. With a final height of 110 meters, it will be the tallest building in the city. Read more.

London’s Tate Modern Extension Officially Open to the Public


20 Jun 2016, London, United Kingdom

Switch House, an extension to Tate Modern, is officially open. The site now holds 60 percent more exhibition space for the gallery, which has become one of the city's most important cultural attractions. Read more.

Retrofit Approved for New York’s Time Warner Building


17 Jun 2016, New York City, United States

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved a rooftop terrace addition to the Time Warner Building. KPF and preservation consultants Higgins Quasebarth & Partners are revamping an extension on the tenth floor. Read more.

Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center Shopping Naming Rights to Fund Plaza Redevelopment


23 May 2016, Chicago, United States

The owner of Chicago's John Hancock Center is shopping the naming rights for the 47-year-old skyscraper to pay for a proposed $10 million plaza redevelopment. The deal could include a sign adorning the façade of the 100-story tower. Read more.

Madison Avenue Building Undergoing Major Retrofit in New York City


09 May 2016, New York City, United States

The 25-story 380 Madison Avenue – a hulking Manhattan office building with opaque glass – is currently wrapped in scaffolding and construction material as it undergoes a major renovation under the new name 390 Madison Avenue. Read more.

1970s Office Tower in Rio de Janeiro Overhauled for Environmental Performance


04 May 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

French-Brazilian studio Triptyque has revamped an 85-meter office block in Rio de Janeiro with zig-zagging glazing and solar panels so it can generate its own electricity as part of an environmentally-friendly overhaul. Read more.

New York City’s Sony Building to be Sold


27 Apr 2016, New York City, United States

Olayan America is in the process of negotiating a contract to acquire the former Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue for more than $1.3 billion, after Chetrit Group and Clipper Equity scrapped plans to convert the upper floors into condos. Read more.

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Sold for $315 Million


18 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

An Oxford Capital Group, LLC-led venture with Angelo, Gordon announced on April 17 the $315 million sale and 25-year lease-management back of LondonHouse Chicago to Germany's Union Investment Real Estate. Read more.

London’s Millbank Tower Revamp Approved


15 Apr 2016, London, United Kingdom

A controversial scheme to convert the Millbank Tower from office programming into flats and a hotel has been approved by Westminster councilors despite objections from local heritage and conservation groups. Read more.

Development Agreement Would Transform Chicago’s Historic Cook County Hospital Building


08 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

Cook County Board President has plans to announce a development agreement that would transform the historic Cook County Hospital building into a hotel, apartments, and shops – phase one of four in a 6.5 hectare project. Read more.

Renovation of Pont De Sèvres Towers Completes in Boulogne-Billancourt


01 Apr 2016, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

In 2008, Dominique Perrault was charged with renovating the Pont De Sèvres Towers located in west Paris. The vast scheme – renamed “Citylights” – has seen the site reconnect to the city’s urban infrastructure. Read more.

Groups Petition Putin to Save Moscow’s Historic Shabolovka Tower


21 Mar 2016, Moscow, Russia

Preservationists are imploring Russian president Vladimir Putin to take decisive measures to restore Shabolovka Tower – a deteriorating Constructivist masterwork in Moscow. Efforts include an online petition and an awareness campaign. Read more.

U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles Plans Glass-Bottomed “Skyslide”


02 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The owners of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles are building a "Skyslide" as a part of a $50 million "Skyspace" renovation, transforming several floors of the building from office space into more tourist-friendly programming. Read more.

Cape Town’s Triangle House to be Converted into Hotel and Apartment Units


16 Feb 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

The 114-meter Triangle House is in the process of being converted from office space into a hotel and apartment high-rise. When completed, the building will be home to the tallest residential units in the city. Read more.

Baltimore’s HarborView Condominiums Completes Interior Renovations


15 Feb 2016, Baltimore, Unites States

The HarborView Condominiums, which were completed in 1993, recently received a makeover after the Council of Unit Owners at the condominium invested more than $1.8 million to modernize the building’s public spaces. Read more.

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab to Expand its Footprint with Massive Floating Deck Shipped from Finland


26 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s iconic sail-shaped hotel, the Burj Al Arab, is about to undergo a dramatic expansion of its footprint with the addition of a huge 5,000-ton deck extending out over the waters of the Gulf. Read more.

Multi-Million Dollar Renovation for Atlanta’s Historic Flatiron Building


13 Jan 2016, Atlanta, United States

The Flatiron Building in downtown Atlanta, now known as FlatironCity, is currently undergoing a $12 million dollar renovation to convert it to a space for technology startups and entrepreneurs. Read more.

Conservationists Petition Against Millbank Tower Plans in London


28 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

Conservationists have written to Westminister Council objecting to the proposed revamp of Millbank Tower. Several preservation societies have flagged concerns about the plans for the grade II-listed Thames-side landmark. Read more.

Reconstruction of the Hotel Okura Main Building in Tokyo Set for September Start


28 Aug 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Starting in September, Tokyo’s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake. The main building will be closed for reconstruction on August 31. The complex will be composed of two buildings, with office space provided in the high-rise building. Read more.

Barbican’s Blake Tower in London Remodeled to Include Luxury Apartments


24 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

A London-based design and architecture studio is reworking the interior of a 17-story block that forms part of London's Brutalist Barbican Estate, transforming it from a youth hostel into high-end apartments. Read more.

High-Rise Chicago Retirement Community Begins Extensive Upgrades


14 Aug 2015, Chicago, United States

The Clare, a 53-floor high-rise retirement residence, will begin a multi-million dollar renovation. The tower is the only urban, luxury high-rise fully constructed specifically to serve as a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Read more.

Plans in Place to Make London’s Millbank Tower Taller


06 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans are due to be submitted that seek to extend Millbank Tower by three stories and entirely reglaze the grade II-listed London landmark. If approved, renovation work would not begin until 2019. Read more.

Bordeaux Tower Blocks Reclad With Sliding Translucent Windows


20 Jul 2015, Bordeaux, France

A Paris firm has renovated a group of Brutalist housing blocks in Bordeaux, France, adding sliding polycarbonate windows that create an ever-changing façade. These towers were modernized as part of a district-wide rehabilitation project. Read more.

Interactive Light Façade Activates São Paulo Hotel


06 Jul 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

The forty-year-old façade of Hotel WZ Jardins in São Paulo, Brazil has been recently renovated. The sheet metal exterior is illuminated by a series of LED lights that react in real-time to noise levels and air pollution. Read more.

Renovation Work Begins on 425 Park Avenue in New York City


30 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Construction work has begun on the renovation of 425 Park Avenue. Built atop a 31-story building of the same name, the design for the tower emphasizes occupant health and will be the first WELL certified building in the city. Read more.

Belfast Skyscraper to become 200-Room Hotel


25 Jun 2015, Belfast, United Kingdom

Northern Ireland's Hastings Hotels is aiming to transform Windsor House into a 200-bedroom hotel. The $47 million investment, subject to planning permission, would see the creation of over 150 new jobs for Belfast. Read more.

TAIPEI 101 to Replace External Lighting With LEDs


23 Jun 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Financial Center Corp, which operates TAIPEI 101, said that it plans to replace all the traditional fluorescent tubes on the skyscraper’s external walls with LED lighting as part of its efforts to conserve energy. Read more.