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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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Science behind Falling Ice from One World Trade Center


12 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The ice falling from One World Trade Center and other modern skyscrapers is attributed to advances in the construction of efficient facades that insulate interiors and keep exteriors cool, according to a CTBUH report cited in the New York Times Feb. 11. Read more.

One Blackfriars Opens Sales Office in Dubai


12 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

One Blackfriars, a 165-meter residential tower developed by Berkeley Group, has opened a sales office in Dubai to market the residences directly to an increased global audience, which has caused a mixed response in London. Read more.

Wilshire Grand's Continuous Concrete Pour May Break World Record


11 Feb 2014, Los Angeles, United States

Construction of the supertall 335-meter Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles is underway, with plans to fill a 30-meter foundation with concrete in one fell swoop on February 15. The project will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest continuous pour. Read more.

Leeds' City Council Enacts Its Own Solution for Bridgewater Place Downdrafts


11 Feb 2014, Leeds, United Kingdom

In addition to the safety measures recently proposed by the owners of the 110-meter Bridgewater Place to deflect a deathly downdraft, the city has proposed additional interim measures to be enacted until the skyscraper’s owners have completed their own solutions.Read more.

Chengdu Opens "City within a City"


10 Feb 2014, Chengdu, China

The International Finance Square, which opened this month in Chengdu, features a 210,000 square-meter dynamic pedestrian podium to anchor the high-rise development of office, residential, and luxury hotel space.Read more.

Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date


10 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel in May. Each room will offer unique floor-to-ceiling sloped windows. Read more.

Why Does a Stunning Skyscraper's Interior Often Disappoint?


05 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

In a recent opinion piece, the matter was contemplated: why do spectacular skyscrapers, such as the Gherkin or Shard, often have lackluster interior space? Explored is the hierarchy of design; that we should be mindful of the purpose of place. Read more.

Historic High-Rise Retrofitted With Energy Efficient Glass


04 Feb 2014, Buffalo, United States

The 80-meter Tishman Building in Buffalo, New York, has retrofitted each of its 760 single-pane windows, utilizing a new glass technology as part of a US$41 million renovation that will transform the historic office building into a mixed-use complex. Read more.

Millennial-Marketed High-Rise Breaks Ground in Tampa


04 Feb 2014, Tampa, United States

SkyHouse Channelside, an 84-meter luxury high-rise apartment designed for the latest batch of young urban professionals, broke ground with the aim to lure a generation that values urban infill and has been affected by the post-recession climate. Read more.

31-Story Vertical Garden Sprouts in Sydney


30 Jan 2014, Sydney, Australia

Patric Blanc, whose vertical gardens have garnered worldwide acclaim, has planted his most expansive garden yet at One Central Park, Sydney, where plants climb from the second to the 33rd floor of the 117-meter Jean Nouvel-designed residential tower. Read more.

Renderings Released for Hudson Boulevard Tower


29 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Newly developed Hudson Blvd. now has another tower to illustrate the transformation of Hudson Yards. Developer Moinian Group released new renderings for the Dan Kaplan (FXFOWLE)-designed tower, which will be built by Tishman Construction Read more.

Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure


28 Jan 2014, Shanghai, China

Onward and upward, the Shanghai Tower has reached its final stages of construction, exceeding 600 meters, and is set to top off at 632 meters. Shanghai Tower will be one of only three megatall buildings in the world. Read more.

Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below


28 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

Three restaurants with sky-high views in the Shard were listed as the most visited in London, despite the lack of occupants in the rest of the building. However, the Shard offers more than a spectacular view and more tenants are beginning to sign on. Read more.

Second Calgary Tower in the Works as Demand Outpaces Construction


27 Jan 2014, Calgary, Canada

Hon Developments will meet market demand by building an additional 44-story tower at The Guardian in Calgary. The first tower, currently under construction, is already sold out, and will be ready for occupancy in 2015.Read more.

Chicago to Become "North America's City of Lights"


24 Jan 2014, Chicago, United States

Light-up Chicago, a new initiative to illuminate the city’s architectural gems, will extend tourism beyond downtown by also spotlighting neighborhoods and districts. Artists, architects, and engineers will work together and make Chicago their canvas. Read more.

Australia 108 is Back Under New Owners, and a Little Shorter


24 Jan 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Australia 108 has emerged from a redesign, shorter than originally planned, but still tall enough to eclipse Melbourne’s current tallest building, 297-meter Eureka Tower, thus adding symmetry to the skyline.Read more.

L.A.'s Grand Avenue Redesign Gains County Approval


22 Jan 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A revised version of the Grand Avenue project, which had met resistance from Los Angeles County officials, was given the green light to proceed after a transformation that provides more open space and connectivity for pedestrians. Read more.

Renderings of 220 Central Park South Stoke Billionaire-Needle Rivalry


22 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Newly-released renderings of the future Robert A.M. Stern-designed 220 Central Park South surpass neighboring One57 in opulence, if not in height. Buyers are willing to pay a premium for views of Central Park,effectively creating a tall “billionaire’s row.” Read more.

Comcast to Build New Supertall in Philly


16 Jan 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Comcast Corp. will surpass the height of its own Philadelphia headquarters in a new skyscraper development that will accommodate its expanding workforce. The 341-meter tower will be the tallest building in the United States outside of New York and Chicago. Read more.

Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower


16 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

A new Renzo Piano-designed tower is joining the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood; less than a year after the completion of The Shard. The "new" 27-story tower will be a redevelopment of an existing building, Fielden House, on London Bridge Street. Read more.

Nordstrom Tower Part of Cantilever Trend


15 Jan 2014, New York, United States

In New York, sculptural cantilevers are coming out from the back alleys and into the mainstream streetscape. The engineering feat of expanding sideways into airspace was once applied with restraint. Increasingly, the cantilever has become an overt design component. Read more.

Vida Residence Launched in Downtown Dubai

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14 Jan 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties has launched a swanky new 57-story residential tower in downtown Dubai. The fully-serviced 320-unit apartment complex targets the changing demographic of the city. Read more.

Guangzhou Graced by Glazed Doughnut


14 Jan 2014, Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou Circle, a skyscraper that appears to some as a doughnut, has opened in its namesake city, maintaining an iconic connection to place. Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale of AM Progetti, S.r.l. emphasized the importance of local context to the design.Read more.

Shaoxing City Tower Photos Unveiled


13 Jan 2014, Shaoxing, China

The rapidly developing city of Shaoxing, China, boasts another tall building as a symbol of its modern advancement. The 137-meter Shaoxing City Tower slopes inward and upward from the horizontal base, and then sprouts outward in unfolding subsequent layers. Read more.

Union Attempts to Block Re-Start of Portland Tower


10 Jan 2014, Portland, United States

A labor union has attempted to block the re-start of construction on the Park Avenue West Tower in downtown Portland for the second time, on the basis that the mixed-use building does not contain affordable housing.Read more.

Skyscraper Approved for Be’it Maariv


09 Jan 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel Land Development Co. has received approval to construct a 55-story, 45,000 square-meter tower in Tel Aviv on the site of the Maariv newspaper headquarters, which was vacated by its prior occupants last year. Read more.

Plans Advance to Cut Bridgewater Place Gales


08 Jan 2014, Leeds, United Kingdom

The owner of Bridgewater Place, a 32-story tower in central Leeds that has become infamous for its deadly downdrafts, has proposed a set of design interventions to lower the risk of such blow-downs happening again. Read more.

Fairmont Nanjing Opens in Jinao Tower


03 Jan 2014, Nanjing, China

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Nanjing in the Jinao Tower, featuring 359 guestrooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars (including one on the roof), tented cabanas, a jacuzzi, music bar, man-made beach and three lounges. Read more.

UNESCO Site Threatened by High-Rise


02 Jan 2014, Malacca, Malaysia

The approval of 22-story condominium blocks currently under construction in the Kampung Chitty section of Malacca, Malaysia, said to threaten a local UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now the subject of a ministerial inquiry. Read more.

Chevron Tower On Hold


20 Dec 2013, Houston, United States

Just a few months after announcing plans to build a 50-story tower in downtown Houston and build an “urban campus” for its growing workforce, energy company Chevron has pulled back on its building plans, the Houston Chronicle reported. Read more.