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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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Plans Released for London’s Shell Development Centre


13 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

Developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have released preliminary plans and renderings of their proposed transformation of the Shell Centre campus on London’s South Bank. The masterplan by Squire and Partners includes elements designed by several architects. Read more.

BIG Towers Coming to Miami


12 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in collaboration with a series of local designers, has produced a pair of 20-story towers for the city of Miami. The Grove at Grand Bay will include 96 residences and is scheduled to begin construction by the end of the year. Read more.

Miami's Future Tallest Nameless No More


04 Dec 2012, Miami, United States

The 74-story residential tower in Downtown Miami slated to become the city's tallest has been officially named Panorama Tower. Construction on the $600 million tower is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012, according to media reports. Read more.

Yoo to Design Manila Tower


29 Nov 2012, Manila, Philippines

Property developer Century Properties Group (CPG) has launched the fifth residential tower of its Acqua Private Residences complex in Mandaluyong. Yoo, the company cofounded by French designer Philippe Starck and developer John Hitchcox, is collaborating on the project. Read more.

Developer Plans Adelaide's Future Tallest


29 Nov 2012, Adelaide, Australia

Australian developer Datong and Pruszinski Architects have updated the design of Adelaide's future tallest building. The height of the 39-story mixed-use 123 Flinders Street was increased due to a recent change in the city's height restrictions. Read more.

Boston Developer Adds More Units to Its Planned Tower


27 Nov 2012, Boston, United States

AvalonBay Communities Inc. has expanded plans for a residential tower at TD Garden in Boston. The 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower will now contain 503 apartments, 140 more than in a previously approved 37-story version of the apartment building. Read more.

Hudson Yards Announces December Ground Breaking


15 Nov 2012, New York City, United States

Excavations for the first Hudson Yards office tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), will begin by the first week of December, according to Architectural Record. The 46-story tower will become Coach’s headquarters upon completion in 2015. Read more.

Ole Scheeren Reveals Singapore Towers Design


14 Nov 2012, Singapore, Singapore

International practice Buro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of towers in Singapore, set to break ground early 2013. The Twin Towers Duo will include a 186-meter residential building and a 170-meter office and hotel building. Read more.

Optima Center Reaches Halfway Milestone


14 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Chicago's Optima Center has reached the halfway point of the 42-story mixed-use structure. Construction began one year ago on the 325-unit Streeterville tower, designed and built by architect/developer David Hovey and DeBartolo Development. Read more.

St. Mary's Tower Approved


08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom

London's Southwark Borough planning commission has approved plans for the St Mary’s Residential development. The Squire and Partners-designed scheme will create a residential tower, shops, restaurants, business space and communal gardens. Read more.

Mile-high Monument to the Equator May Actually be Built


07 Nov 2012, Quito, Ecuador

The provincial governor of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, is still planning to construct The Tower of the Sun, a mile-high skyscraper located directly on the equator. The project, which has been discussed for years, may cost as much as $200 million, according to the AFP. Read more.

Tall Tower Project Resurrected in Qatar


06 Nov 2012, Doha, Qatar

Qatar-based Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) has announced plans to restart work on the 112-story Doha Convention Centre Tower (DCCT) two years after its initial launch. The company has invited firms to submit bids for the construction of the 551 meters (1,807 feet) tall project. Read more.

Chicago Projects Going in Opposite Directions


05 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States

Two closely-watched Chicago towers are facing different fates. After months of debate it appears Prentice Hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg will be demolished, while the long-stalled project at 111 W, Wacker is moving forward. Read more.

Developers Say Progress Continues on South Africa's First Green Building


24 Oct 2012, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town’s ZAR1.6 billion (US$114 million) Portside building is on schedule to become South Africa's first green tall building. The 32-story under-construction project is a joint initiative between Old Mutual and FirstRand Bank and will be Cape Town's tallest building upon completion in 2014. Read more.

People's Daily HQ Nears Completion in Beijing


23 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Designboom has published the latest photos of the People's Daily Headquarters under construction in Beijing. The 100,000-square-meter tower consists of a concrete frame system with large cross beams, and will be one of China's super-tall buildings upon completion. Read more.

Ian Simpson Designs to Face Judgment in Manchester


23 Oct 2012, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Manchester City Council is poised to approve Chelmer Developments' 42-story tower at River Street. The tower, which has been designed by Ian Simpson architects, is set on a site that currently contains a partly-built concrete frame. Read more.

Transit Center Officially Receives Final Approval


19 Oct 2012, San Francisco, United States

San Francisco's Planning Commission on Thursday gave its final approval to plans to build the 1,070-foot (326-meter) tall Transbay Tower, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The 61-story tower, part of a 145-acre Transit Center District with commercial high-rises, residential towers, hotels and retail space, is set to become San Francisco's tallest building. Read more.

Monaco's New Tallest Tower in the NYT


19 Oct 2012, Monaco, Monaco

The New York Times features Monaco's future tallest building, Tour Odéon, an under-construction 70-unit residential tower that will rise 170 meters (558-feet) tall. The tower is reportedly the first tall building to be built in Monaco since the mid 1980s.Read more.

Fabricator Withholds One World Trade Center Structure


17 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

The company that owns One World Trade Center has sued a steel firm for holding "hostage" the structure designed to top the building, according to media reports. ADF Steel Corporation, a Canadian structural steel fabricator, refuses to deliver the antenna as part of a separate contract fight. Read more.

Transbay Tower Defeats Another Round of Naysaying


16 Oct 2012, San Francisco, United States

The San Francisco Planning and the Recreation and Park Commissions have agreed that the shadow of the proposed Transbay Tower at 101 First St. won't have a significant or adverse impact on those public spaces.Read more.

Work Begins on Miami’s Stalled Tallest Tower


11 Oct 2012, Miami, United States

Site-work has officially begun for the stalled 74-story 1101 Brickell residential tower in Downtown Miami. Upon completion, the project will become Miami's tallest building, and will reportedly cost between $500 to $600 million.Read more.

Inside the Tower of Doom


03 Oct 2012, Pyongyang, North Korea

New photographs have surfaced of the Ryugyong Hotel, the 105-story skyscraper which has been under construction in Pyongyang since 1986. Finally, after decades of waiting, North Korean authorities opened the doors to the Ryugyong Hotel, giving outsiders a peek inside. Read more.