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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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La Défense High-Rise Plot Scaled Down and Redesigned


23 Mar 2016, Puteaux, France

The ambitious 296-meter Tour Phare, originally conceived as France's tallest edifice and a symbol of La Défense’s ongoing renewal, has been redesigned as the Tours Sisters – comprising two shorter towers of 100 and 200 meters. Read more.

Bates Smart Wins Parramatta Tower Project


10 Mar 2016, Sydney, Australia

Architecture firm Bates Smart has been chosen to design Walker Corporation’s Aspire Tower in Parramatta following a design competition. Initially proposed in 2012, the tower has seen a number of iterations and redesigns. Read more.

South Michigan Avenue Tower in Chicago Trimmed During Design Change


01 Mar 2016, Chicago, United States

A South Michigan Avenue tower has been redesigned after an initial reveal in 2015. The proposal, which cuts the tower's height by nearly 200 feet (60 meters), would still be the tallest along the historic stretch of road. Read more.

Updated Renderings Approved for South London’s Vauxhall Square


17 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

The Lambeth Council has granted permission to developers to increase the amount of office space for the Vauxhall Square mixed-use complex within the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration area of south London. Read more.

London’s Paddington Pole to be Radically Redesigned After Public Opposition and Planning Withdrawal


15 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

Irvine Sellar’s controversial 72-story “Paddington Pole” may be halved in height after the tower was withdrawn from planning. Architect Renzo Piano recently produced fresh sketches for the project. Read more.

33 Avenue Road Redesigned as Toronto’s First “Vertical Forest”


04 Feb 2016, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood could become the site of the city's first “vertical forest.” New renderings for the long-awaited 33 Avenue Road project bring to light a new design aesthetic for the project. Read more.

London Mayor Urged to Reject Revamp of Tolworth Tower


27 Jan 2016, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has been urged by residents to throw out a plan to revamp Seifert and Partners’ Tolworth Tower in Kingston, which would see four additional mid-rise blocks raised on the site. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for BIG’s 76 Eleventh Avenue in New York City


14 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

In November 2016, the first renderings were released for 76 Eleventh Avenue. Now a new set of images are available for the project that show major tweaks to the former design as a result of programming adjustments. Read more.

Toronto’s The One Grows Taller as Design Continues to Evolve


05 Jan 2016, Toronto, Canada

Already set to become Canada's tallest building, the ongoing evolution of The One has seen the height of the Toronto tower increased to 341 meters, up from the 330-meter height previously proposed. Read more.

Design Update Adds Height to 31 London Street


09 Dec 2015, London, United Kingdom

The height of 31 London Street in Paddington has been increased by 10 percent, meaning it will now be 254 meters tall. The new plans were revealed at a two-day public exhibition held the first week of December. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for 1 Undershaft in London


07 Dec 2015, London, United Kingdom

Architects have unveiled new designs for 1 Undershaft, a 73-story tower that will be the tallest building in London's financial district. The redesigned tower will contain 90,000 square meters of internal space. Read more.

New Renderings Show Fresh Views of New York’s One Vanderbilt


14 Oct 2015, New York City, United States

Preparations for One Vanderbilt are making significant headway, and demolition for the site’s former buildings is already ongoing. Now, some new renderings give an overview of the tower within the context of its Midtown surroundings. Read more.

Height Added to 45 Park Place in New York After Design Update


28 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

The developer of the controversial "Ground Zero Mosque" has shifted his attention towards developing a luxury condominium tower on the site, which has recently undergone design changes that have increased its height. Read more.

Stantec Tower in Edmonton Set to be Canada’s Tallest Outside Toronto


25 Sep 2015, Edmonton, Canada

The Stantec Tower under construction in Edmonton’s downtown Ice District has quietly grown to 66 stories from 62, making it Canada’s seventh-highest skyscraper and the tallest outside of Toronto when completed. Read more.

“55 Timeless” Xin-Yi Residential Tower Underway in Taipei


23 Sep 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

Richard Meier has unveiled plans for a 127-meter-tall tower in Taipei. Already under construction, the CDC “55 Timeless” Xin-Yi Residential Tower will be comprised of two volumes: a solid north tower and transparent south tower. Read more.

Design Update for 52-Story Rosedale on Bloor Condos in Toronto


14 Sep 2015, Toronto, Canada

A developer has released updated plans for a tower located a few blocks east of Toronto's Bloor-Yonge corner, complete with new details on what will become a mixed-used high-rise condo/hotel combination. Read more.

Redesigned 245-Meter Tower Proposed for Midtown, New York City


11 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

New plans for 138 East 50th Street in Midtown Manhattan have been revealed. The project will now be a condominium tower, and has received a significant height boost. It is slated to stand 64 stories and 803 feet (245 meters) tall. Read more.

New Images of The One in Toronto Revealed as Design Development Continues


21 Aug 2015, Toronto, Canada

The One, which will be Canada's tallest building upon completion, has undergone a number of design changes. Recent renderings reveal changes to the building's exterior façade. The new designs also improve ground-level interaction. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for Related’s 35 Hudson Yards


27 Jul 2015, New York City, United States

Construction is proceeding swiftly across the entirety of the Eastern Yards within Related’s greater Hudson Yards plan. Now, new renderings for 35 Hudson Yards have been released, which show that the tower will be mixed-use. Read more.

Plans Scrapped for Wind Turbine on Brighton i360


24 Jul 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

Plans for a wind turbine on top of Brighton's new viewing tower are being dropped as it could make the structure sway in strong winds. The Brighton i360 team has applied for planning permission to remove the wind turbine from the designs. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for Wolf Point Towers in Chicago


15 Jul 2015, Chicago, United States

Construction is well underway on Wolf Point West Tower, which will be one of a trio of new buildings coming to the site, but the two other towers have just been given a fresh look by the architects at Pelli Clarke Pelli. Read more.

World’s First Figure-Eight Ferris Wheel Nears Completion at Studio City in Macau


13 Jul 2015, Macau, China

An innovative figure-eight Ferris wheel has been implemented as the centerpiece to the topped-out Studio City complex in Macau. The Ferris wheel is embedded within the structure of the building. Read more.

Video Explores Singapore’s Next Tallest Building


08 Jul 2015, Singapore, Singapore

A video documenting what will be Singapore’s tallest building upon completion has been revealed by developers Guocoland, exploring the 290-meter tower in more detail. The complex is set to be complete in 2016. Read more.

Tokyo Unveils Plans for Skyscraper Observatory in Shibuya


06 Jul 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district will get a 230-meter-high observation deck before the 2020 Olympics that could become more famous than its statue of Hachiko the dog or the “scramble crossing” by the nearby train station. Read more.

Tall Tower Replaces Octopus Design Scheme in London


23 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a new office tower near the Chiswick roundabout that some believed looked like a octopus have been ditched – and will now be replaced by a taller residential tower. The new scheme will be formally submitted this autumn. Read more.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard Scheme Gets More Height Reductions in London


19 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

The developer behind the Bishopsgate Goodsyard project in east London has again lopped off more height from the two tallest towers in the controversial scheme. Work is expected to begin on the project at the end of 2016. Read more.

New York’s Nordstrom Tower Expected to Have Highest Roof in the US


18 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Nordstrom Tower, slated for completion in 2018, will be the highest tower in the nation by roof height, reports YIMBY. Developed by Extell, documents describe the tower's curtain wall reaching 1,522 feet (464 meters) high. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for 125 Greenwich Street in New York City


15 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Architects have released updated renderings for 125 Greenwich Street, which is expected to be the tallest residential building south of 57th street. The tower is expected to complete by 2018. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for New York’s 2 World Trade Center


09 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

New renderings have been revealed for 2 World Trade Center, which has been redesigned by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The new stacked design will incorporate prominent setbacks as it rises to a height of 1,340 feet (408 meters). Read more.

Former Nestle Headquarters in London Set for Radical Makeover


09 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

Renovation work is now in full swing following the strip out of St. George's House, better known as the former Nestle Headquarters in central Croydon. The redevelopment will transform the site into residential apartments. Read more.