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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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First Mass Timber High-Rise Building in the US Cleared for Construction in Portland

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07 Jun 2017, Portland, United States

A developer has received a construction permit designating Framework, a 12-story wood-resilient building planned for Portland’s Pearl District, as a “shovel-ready” project, marking a landmark decision for the US construction industry. Read more.


Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Adds New Light and Water Show

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01 Jun 2017, Singapore, Singapore

In June, Marina Bay Sands will launch “Spectra,” a new entertainment experience featuring a state-of-the-art light and water show. The free-to-public outdoor show is to be displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade. Read more.


China Unveils Giant Spokeless Ferris Wheel in Weifang

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24 May 2017, Weifang, China

On the Bailang River bridge in Weifang, China, stands a mighty installation that takes the title of “World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel,” according to developers. The ride measures a total height of 140 meters. Read more.


Vending Machine-Inspired Tower Dispenses Luxury Cars in Singapore

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22 May 2017, Singapore, Singapore

A 15-story tower in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles – including Bentleys, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis – and is the largest “vending machine” in the world. The showroom opened in December, with vehicles on display in 60 slots. Read more.


Sky Bridge Installed at the Address Residences Sky View Complex in Dubai

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19 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A sky bridge has officially been lifted into place at a height of 220 meters. Stretching a distance of 85 meters, the sky bridge links the two towers of the Address Residences Sky View complex in Downtown Dubai. Read more.


Western Sydney University Unveils its First Vertical Campus

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18 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

Western Sydney University has unveiled its US$163.9 million flagship campus in the Parramatta CBD. Named the Peter Shergold Building, the 14-story campus will boast world-class, technologically advanced teaching and research spaces. Read more.


Europe’s Tallest Modular Tower Places Final Module in London

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21 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Europe’s tallest modular tower has seen its final module lowered into place in north London. The 29-story structure is a student accommodation scheme with over 580 rooms that will be ready for students to move into for the fall term. Read more.


Chicago’s 150 North Riverside Gets LED Art Installation Ahead of Opening

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17 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

A new art installation has been illuminated in the epic lobby of 150 North Riverside. At 150 feet (46 meters) in length and 22 feet (seven meters) in height, the “150 Media Stream” is an ever changing digital installation comprising 89 LED blades. Read more.


Structural Details Visible on Miami’s Under-Construction One Thousand Museum

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10 Apr 2017, Miami, United States

As construction on One Thousand Museum progresses, the building’s unique design and structural system are coming into view. Due to complete in 2018, the project features a curvaceous exoskeleton that makes quite the statement. Read more.


British Airways i360 Tower Closes Again in Brighton

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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.


Dubai-Based Firm Announces Concept for World’s First 3D-Printed Skyscraper

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13 Mar 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A construction technologies firm has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed skyscraper. As the technology has never been used or tested, it is likely that the plans will remain in a conceptual stage for the foreseeable future. Read more.


Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing

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03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.


New York City’s Largest Permanent Modular Hotel Project Halfway Complete

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13 Jan 2017, New York City, United States

CitizenM Hotel was constructed in Poland and shipped to New York City in 210 pieces. Currently under construction, the upcoming tower is more than halfway done, and is the largest permanent modular hotel project in the city. Read more.


Window Washing System Out of Commission at New York City’s One World Trade Center

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28 Nov 2016, New York City, United States

A majority of the windows at New York City’s One World Trade Center haven’t been washed since 2015 because the system used to suspend the washers isn’t safe, according to a representative of the building's developer. Read more.


The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Undergoes Ground Engineering Testing

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23 Nov 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The world’s future tallest supported-tower – dubbed The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – which is currently under construction in Dubai has undergone an extensive ground engineering investigation to ensure its stability. Read more.


New York City’s One World Trade Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

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28 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

The 94-story One World Trade Center was able to achieve LEED Gold certification due to the diverse range of sustainable features that have been incorporated into its construction, design, and daily operation. Read more.


Updated W Hotel Los Angeles Proposal Features Massive Wrap-Around LED Screen

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19 Sep 2016, Los Angeles, United States

An updated set of renderings for the proposed W Hotel Los Angeles development reveal the addition of a massive wrap-around LED screen that will envelop the lower perimeter of all three towers central to the project. Read more.


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

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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.


Top Energy Rating Awarded to Melbourne High-Rise

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16 Aug 2016, Melbourne, Australia

A 20-story high-rise commercial office building in Victoria, Australia, has become the first in the state – and just the second in the country – to achieve a six-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rating. Read more.


Wind Tests Complete on World’s Future Tallest Supported-Tower Structure

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27 Jul 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer behind the upcoming Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 meters taller than the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, has confirmed that it has completed advanced wind tunnel tests. Read more.


World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building

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12 May 2016, Shanghai, China

A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the new technology to an elevator in China’s Shanghai Tower. Read more.


Vancouver's TELUS Garden Office Tower Earns LEED Platinum Certification

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02 Mar 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Following an extensive review, the Canada Green Building Council awarded TELUS Garden's office building LEED Platinum certification. The honor was presented during the launch of the new Smart Prosperity initiative at TELUS Garden. Read more.


New Damping Technology to be Implemented on Toronto High-Rise

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04 Dec 2015, Toronto, Canada

YC Condos, an under-construction high-rise in Toronto, will be fitted with a new type of viscoelastic damper in order to control for lateral resistance in the 199-meter building. These dampers are not typically used on concrete buildings. Read more.


Dubai to use Jetpacks for High-Rise Firefighting

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11 Nov 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On November 10, Dubai Civil Defense signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Aircraft for the intended future delivery of jetpacks to be used for targeted firefighting operations on the city's high-rises. Read more.


ThyssenKrupp Premiers World’s First Rope-Less Elevator System in Gijón

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05 Nov 2015, Gijón, Spain

On November 5, only one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveiled a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijón, Spain. Read more.


Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete to Keep Seattle Skyscraper Stable

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04 Nov 2015, Seattle, United States

Use of steel fiber-reinforced concrete in place of rebar in the coupling beams of a metro Seattle, United States, skyscraper has helped simplify and speed the building's construction while maintaining structural integrity. Read more.


US Construction Hit by Curtain Walling Crisis

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10 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

A shortage of US curtain walling makers caused by the 2008 global financial crisis is so severe that it is halting projects and has even forced the developer of Hudson Yards to open its own factory. Read more.


Damper at TAIPEI 101 Records Biggest Movement Ever

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11 Aug 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

This past weekend TAIPEI 101's internal mechanisms set a new record while keeping it upright during a typhoon. On August 8, the building’s mass damper moved further than it ever had before in its decade-long history. Read more.


Tokyo Skyscraper Gets Vibration Control System

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02 Jun 2015, Tokyo, Japan

A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion was shown to the media on Monday, June 1, after being installed in the 55-story Shinjuku Mitsui Building in central Tokyo. Read more.


Lotte World Tower to Use GNSS Technology for High-Accuracy Construction

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27 May 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte World Tower, which is currently under construction in Seoul, South Korea, will become the nation’s first building to use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology in order to improve structural safety. Read more.