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CTBUH Global News

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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Boston's North Station to See Many More Towers


26 Feb 2013, Boston, United States

Boston's 38-story Nashua Street Residences tower, which has stalled for eight years, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week. Construction on the CBT Architects-designed tower is scheduled to begin this fall. Read more.

The Shard's Project Managers to Oversee Kingdom Tower


25 Feb 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The £780 million (US$1.2 billion) project to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia will be managed by the firm behind the construction of the recently completed Shard. London-based Mace will take part in a joint venture with another British firm, EC Harris, to oversee the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Read more.

BIG's W57 Tower Approved


20 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

The New York City Council has granted final approval to the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed West 57th Tower in Manhattan. After disputing the affordable housing options in the tower, the parties reached a compromise to include 173 affordable housing units in the 32-story tetrahedral-shaped W57 building. Read more.

Arabtec Wins Abu Dhabi Hotel Contract


20 Feb 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based construction company Arabtec won a contract from the National Investment Corporation to develop the Fairmont Abu Dhabi hotel and apartments tower in Abu Dhabi. The 39-story project was designed by Dewan Architects and Engineers and will cost more than AED1 billion. Read more.

Popular Science on Shanghai Tower


19 Feb 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in the tower's design explain the layered structure, the double façade and the twisted shape, which are key elements of the structure. Read more.

Seattle Skyscraper Project Announces Hotel Tenant


14 Feb 2013, Seattle, United States

SLS Hotels, owned by Los Angeles hospitality company SBE, will open a 14-story hotel in the re-launched Fifth and Columbia Tower, developers announced yesterday. The 660-foot (201-meter) downtown Seattle mixed-use tower is scheduled to break ground by October 1. Read more.

New Life Breathed into Stalled Chicago High-rise


14 Feb 2013, Chicago, United States

A stalled high-rise development in Chicago's north side will reportedly break ground this fall. Barcelona’s F451 Arquitectura collaborated with Chicago-based Pappageorge Haymes to extend the height and augment the design of the Bluewater 5440 apartment building. Read more.

Plans Moving Forward to Build Tallest Tower in Los Angeles


11 Feb 2013, Los Angeles, United States

After years of delays and changes, Korean Airlines has unveiled its AC Martin-designed plans for the 73-story Wilshire Grand tower in LA’s financial district. The $1 billion mixed-use tower will reach 1,100 feet (335 meters) and claim the title of the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion. Read more.

Proposed Tower Would Grow Gardens in the Sky


11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Morali Architects has released its design for New York's 80 South Street, the site once designated for a 1,123-foot Santiago Calatrava tower. The new proposal includes a 998-foot (304-meter) tower which will feature vertical farming space through a series of vegetative roofs. Read more.

Proposed Tower Would Grow Gardens in the Sky


11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

Morali Architects has released its design for New York's 80 South Street, the site once designated for a 1,123-foot Santiago Calatrava tower. The new proposal includes a 998-foot (304-meter) tower which will feature vertical farming space through a series of vegetative roofs. Read more.

Emaar Moving Forward with Dubai Hotel


09 Jan 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar has awarded the construction contract for a 370-meter hotel, which will be the second tallest building in Downtown Dubai, after Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Emaar hopes to complete the 72-story tower by 2015. Read more.

CTBUH: Top Ten Tall Building Stories of the Year


21 Dec 2012, Chicago, United States

This was a pivotal year for the tall building industry, with dramatic projects making headlines around the world. Not only did skylines grow taller, skyscrapers were often at the center of debates about how cities should evolve and develop as efficient urban centers. Read more.

Oregon Developers Rejuvenate Development


21 Dec 2012, Portland, United States

Portland-based developers Wood Partners and Hoyt Street Properties have announced an agreement to pursue development of a 21-story apartment tower on the west side of downtown Portland’s Pearl District. Hoyt Street is the District's biggest landholder. Read more.

Brisbane Government Launches Tower Project


21 Dec 2012, Brisbane, Australia

The Queensland Government has confirmed that Cbus Property will build its AU$653 million (US$681 million) skyscraper in Brisbane's CBD. Construction will start early next year on the 43-story One William Street project. Read more.

BIG Phoenix Observation Tower


20 Dec 2012, Phoenix, United States

Developer Novawest has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group to design a 420-foot observation tower, in an attempt to created an architectural symbol for the city of Phoenix. The tower is designed to resemble a pin marking a location on a map. Read more.

Tower Verre Design Updated


17 Dec 2012, New York City, United States

The architects of record for Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre, Adamson Associates, have released the latest project renderings, New York YIMBY reports. Originally conceived to stand at 1,250 feet, the tower’s height has shrunk to 1,050 feet which would make the tower the seventh tallest in the city. Read more.

Ma Yansong Creates Mountain Towers


14 Dec 2012, Guiyang, China

MAD Architects has revealed its design proposal for Shan-Shui City, which means the City of Mountains and Water. The complex, containing five skyscrapers, is inspired by ancient Chinese mountain-water worship practices and will be built in Guiyang, China. Read more.

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.