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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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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.

San Francisco's Coit Tower Reopens After Repairs


16 May 2014, San Francisco, United States

After being closed for six months for conservation and restoration work, San Francisco’s Coit Tower celebrated its reopening in top form. The US$1.7 million restoration project began in October and repaired water-damaged murals and the leaking roof. Read more.

Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza Completes $70 Million Upgrade


14 May 2014, Atlanta, United States

Atlanta’s iconic John-Portman-designed Westin Peachtree Plaza has recently completed the final phase of a US$70 million renovation of all interior elements, including lobby, guest rooms and suites, and restaurant. Read more.

“Dell” Dorm at University of Texas to Get Makeover


30 Apr 2014, Austin, United States

The first high-rise dormitory at the University of Texas, Austin campus is set to receive a $4 million makeover. The Dobie Center, a 979-bed, 29-story project completed in 1972, will get a facelift from Modern Declaration, an interior design firm in New York. Read more.

UNStudio Plans Flashy Façade for Hanwha Headquarters


25 Apr 2014, Seoul, South Korea

The Hanwha headquarters in Seoul will receive a facelift from Amsterdam’s UNStudio in the form of a modern, animated façade designed to reduce solar gain, increase natural light, generate energy, and interact with its surroundings. Read more.

Tree-Like Wright Tower to Open to the Public


23 Apr 2014, Racine, United States

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most unusual buildings, the 15-story SC Johnson research tower in southeastern Wisconsin, will be opened for tours this spring, allowing the public access to one of the country’s most important examples of cantilevered architecture. Read more.

Portman Poised to Revisit Peachtree Street Project


23 Apr 2014, Atlanta, United States

John Portman & Associates is preparing to renovate a 27-story building located at 230 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The 50-year-old tower was first developed as an office building by Portman Holdings as part of the Peachtree Center complex. Read more.

Future Cloudy for New Zealand’s First Skyscraper


16 Apr 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

The city council is vacating its current headquarters at the Auckland Council Civil Administration Building, leaving the future of the 71-meter building in jeopardy. There is no planned future use for the building, which was completed in 1966. Read more.

Barnett Bank Tower to Get New Lease on Life


10 Apr 2014, Jacksonville, United States

Plans are underway to renovate the previously-vacant 1926 Barnett National Bank Building into the world headquarters for One Spark Inc, featuring apartments, universities and small-business start-ups. Read more.

Shanghai Towers Add High-Floor Services to Appease Tenants


01 Apr 2014, Shanghai, China

A consortium of developers in Shanghai’s Jing’an district have started adding vital neighborhood services to modest developments in the city, specifically on higher floors for easier access by tenants. Read more.

Cairo Tower to Re-Open Soon


28 Mar 2014, Cairo, Egypt

The 180-meter Cairo Tower, under renovation since 2007, is set to re-open soon. The occasion has provided local newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly an opportunity to explore the tower’s rich history. Read more.

Wellness-Themed Skyscraper Product of Re-development in Philadelphia


25 Mar 2014, Philadelphia, United States

This spring, the former office building at 1616 Walnut Street will open its doors to tenants, featuring finishes that promote health and well-being and is marketed to renters who value quality of life, as well as luxury, when it comes to urban dwellings. Read more.

Empress State to be Converted to Residential Use


19 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

A planning application has been submitted to convert the 120-meter Empress State Building in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from office to residential use, comprising up to 340 units and 353 square meters of retail Read more.

Historic LeVeque Tower to be Renovated


12 Dec 2013, Columbus, United States

One of the first skyscrapers to grace the Ohio capital’s skyline is due for a major renovation. The 1927 LeVeque Tower, originally known as the American Insurance Union Citadel, is about halfway through a $20 million restoration project that will bring back some of the Art-Deco grandeur that had gradually been eroded through unsympathetic prior renovations. A new three-story lobby will replace the current small shops facing Broad Street, bringing back the original purpose of the high windows specified in the building’s original plans. A smaller Art-Deco lobby for the tower portion is also being restored. Read more.

After Nearly a Century, Renovation Makes High-Rise Vogue Again


04 Dec 2013, Minneapolis, United States

The Soo Line Building, which was Minneapolis' tallest building when it was completed in 1915, is now the city's newest luxury apartment building after a yearlong renovation. Residents are now moving into the 19-story building, which boasts a completely new interior as well as a restored exterior. Read more.

Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower


27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.

“Superman” Involved in Negligence Lawsuit


21 Nov 2013, Providence, United States

High Rock, the owner of Rhode Island's tallest building, is suing Bank of America for more than $23 million, saying it neglected the Art Deco-style skyscraper, leaving behind crumbling facades and other problems when the bank abandoned the building earlier this year. Read more.

Tower Plays Part in Gaming Marketing


19 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

The iconic OXO Tower on London's South Bank has undergone a transformation in a marketing stunt for the forthcoming launch of Sony's PlayStation 4. A team of rappellers have changed the letters on the tower to display a neon circle, cross, square and triangle, the main buttons of a PlayStation controller. Read more.

Solution Close for Walkie Scorchie


19 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Land Securities is close to solving the incendiary solar glare problem for the Walkie Talkie, its landmark 37-story glass office block in the City of London. The developer reported that the fix will be an "externally applied solar-shading solution" and that the total cost would stay within the original budget. Read more.

One Dallas Center to Undergo Residential Conversion


18 Nov 2013, Dallas, United States

Construction will start this week to convert the upper floors of the One Dallas Center tower in downtown Dallas into apartments. Developer Todd Interests and Moriah Real Estate Co. have already converted the lower floors of the 1970s building into new office space for architect HKS and Greyhound Lines. Read more.