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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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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.

Johannesburg’s Notorious Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol of Urban Revitalization


19 Jun 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s, Ponte Tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg’s urban revitalization. Read more.

London’s Leadenhall Building Bolt Replacement To Cost $1.5 Million


24 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

The UK’s largest structural steel provider, Severfield, is facing a bill of around $1.5 million for replacing several massive bolts, several of which broke and fell from London’s iconic Leadenhall Building last November. Read more.

London’s Guy’s Tower Reclaims Status As World’s Tallest Hospital


19 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

Guy's Tower in London has undergone a series of renovations that have given the 1970s-era hospital an air of modernity. An art installation added to the roof increased the overall height of the building to 149 meters. Read more.

Industrial Johannesburg High-Rise To Become Plant-Covered Apartment Block


17 Mar 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Architects have unveiled a proposal to transform a 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg into luxury apartments and a hotel, with balconies covered in plants. The renovation is expected to complete by May 2016. Read more.

Bangalore to Allow Helipads Atop 20 High-Rise Buildings


05 Mar 2015, Bangalore, India

As Bangalore’s elite look skywards for a way out of the city's traffic congestion, 20 high-rise buildings, including 10 residential towers, have been given clearances to have helipads for commercial and personal use. Read more.

New Spin on Classic Chicago Building Establishes Fresh Work Culture


11 Feb 2015, Chicago, United States

Daniel Burnham's tower at 125 Clark Street has been purchased by a developer who plans to restore the building. Renovations will evoke a modern, functional office environment while still retaining the classic, historic shell. Read more.

London’s Centre Point to Get New Lease on Life


27 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

One of London’s most infamous landmarks, Centre Point tower, designed by Richard Seifert in the 1960s and located at the east end of Oxford Street, has begun its transformation from office uses to residential. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Palladium Towers Plan Includes Restoration of Its Namesake


03 Dec 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A draft environmental impact report for the mixed-use Palladium Residences outlines plans to restore the 1940s-era dance hall that gave the project its name. The two-tower development is expected to complete in 2018. Read more.

Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland


19 Nov 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, have been outlined to councilors and the media. The Auckland Development Committee will consider the future of the building in February 2015. Read more.

Updated Design Revealed for 425 Park in New York City


17 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

The design for 425 Park Avenue has been in the works for several years, and was first revealed during a competition. Now, a video at the project’s new website offers a comprehensive look at the building. Read more.

Trump Casino Opening Sparks Panama City Property Market


27 Oct 2014, Panama City, Panama

The opening of the largest casino in Central America is set to boost the real estate market in Punta Pacifica, the waterfront neighborhood of skyscrapers in Panama City. The casino will be located in the 284-meter Trump Ocean Club. Read more.

Glory Restored to David Whitney Building in Detroit

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23 Oct 2014, Detroit, United States

Renovations on the long-abandoned David Whitney Building are nearly complete. The $92 million restoration will bring the 1915 Grand Circus Park landmark back to something very close to its original glory inside and out. Read more.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Opens Highest Observation Deck in the World


14 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Burj Khalifa now has the world’s highest observation deck, following the unveiling of a new viewing level on the 148th floor. With its floor at 555.7 meters, it smashes the previous record held by Canton Tower at 488 meters. Read more.

Eiffel Tower Gets Glass Floor in Paris


08 Oct 2014, Paris, France

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower in Paris will now be able to look down through a vertigo-inducing glass floor that forms part of a €30 million (US $38 million) refit of France’s most-visited tourist attraction. Read more.

New York’s Rainbow Room Reopens


06 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

Eighty years practically to the day since its debut on October 3, 1934 as what was then the world’s highest restaurant, New York’s fabled Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza re-opened after a five-year hiatus. Read more.

London’s Walkie Talkie Tower Covered With Sunshade to Tame “Death Ray” Glare


22 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

The entire south side of the 500-foot (152-meter) tower at 20 Fenchurch Street has been covered with black netting to reduce the glare caused by its unique facade focusing solar beams onto streets below. Read more.

Zhengzhou Le Meridien Hotel Receives Contemporary Overhaul


23 Jul 2014, Zhengzhou, China

The Le Meriden Hotel has received a total exterior and interior overhaul, featuring a new facade resembling a pile of interwoven glass boxes and an entrance surrounded by a forest of bronze bamboo-like columns. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Tallest Building to Get Observation Deck


17 Jul 2014, Los Angeles, United States

The U.S. Bank Tower will soon have an observation deck and sky-high restaurant catering to visitors to downtown Los Angeles. The deck will provide visitors with a sweeping view of the city. Read more.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant Revamped


11 Jun 2014, Atlanta, United States

After a 10-year hiatus, the Polaris, a revolving restaurant atop the Portman-designed Hyatt Regency Atlanta, is turning once more. The highest point in downtown Atlanta when it first opened in 1967, the restaurant has been renovated. Read more.