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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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Gehry Skyscraper Feared Too Heavy for Berlin’s Alexanderplatz


13 May 2014, Berlin, Germany

The proposal for a Frank Gehry-designed skyscraper for Alexanderplatz is facing concerns that it would be too heavy for its potential site. Officials are worried that the planned tower would be built too close to the U5 metro line. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for Tower to Replace Chicago’s HoJo Building


13 May 2014, Chicago, United States

Renderings have recently been revealed that show the potential design for the proposed 38-story residential tower designed by bKL Architecture that will replace the iconic Howard Johnson Inn in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Read more.

Rooms with a (Raunchy) View from London’s Shard


13 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

Visitors to London’s Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard may be impressed initially with the ceiling-to-floor glass walls that offer unparalleled sweeping views of the city, but they may be surprised in a different way once they settle in. Read more.

London’s Pinnacle Salvation Plan, Dissected


09 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

The Estates Gazette has published a first look at the financial wrangling behind the plan to save the Pinnacle, the planned 288-meter skyscraper that was started in 2008 but has been on hold for several years due to financial issues. Read more.

Geometric Façade Adds Stately Touch to Wanda Reign Hotel


07 May 2014, Wuhan, China

International architecture practice Make Architects has designed a unique façade for the Wanda Reign Hotel, a 30-story luxury hotel located in Wuhan’s city center. The geometric design features 902 reflective hexagonal aluminum modules. Read more.

Trump Logo Makes its Way Towards Chicago Skyline


07 May 2014, Chicago, United States

Despite mixed sentiments from Chicago residents, preparations to install the potentially 20-foot-high (6-meter) Trump logo to the 423-meter, Adrian Smith-designed Trump International Hotel & Tower have begun. Read more.

Portland’s Pearl District to Get Height Record-Breaker


02 May 2014, Portland, United States

Summer 2014 will see a groundbreaking for Block 15, which will be the tallest building yet constructed in Portland’s up-market Pearl District. The 28-story condominium tower is to rise 104 meters, which would render it the sixth-tallest building in the city. Read more.

New Renderings for New York’s 50 Hudson Yards


01 May 2014, New York City, United States

Graphics firm Piranha NYC has released new renderings of the office tower at 50 Hudson Yards. The tower is estimated to rise 325.5 meters and 62 stories above street level, and contain 2.3 million square feet of space. Read more.

Melbourne’s Australia 108 Height Reduced


30 Apr 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have resubmitted shorter plans for Australia 108, after it was determined that the 388-meter tower would violate aviation regulations limiting building heights to 375 meters, so as to avoid interfering with flight paths to nearby Essendon Airport. Read more.

Foster + Partners Submit Plans for South Quay Plaza Tower


24 Apr 2014, London, United Kingdom

Foster + Partners has submitted plans for the 73-story skyscraper at Canary Wharf. Set to become the tallest residential building in the United Kingdom, the skyscraper will shape part of the South Quay Plaza development in east London. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for KPF’s Slender Skyscraper


24 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

Additional information and renderings have been revealed for the KPF-designed condominium skyscraper at 41 East 22nd Street. At 237 meters, it will become the tallest building between Midtown and Lower Manhattan when completed. Read more.

Burnaby’s Shape Tower Approved


18 Apr 2014, Burnaby, Canada

The first residential tower in the redevelopment of Vancouver suburb Burnaby’s Brentwood mall has been approved, despite concerns raised by Burnaby residents about potential impacts the development will have on the area. Read more.

McCormick Place Redevelopment Plans Updated


17 Apr 2014, Chicago, United States

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority revealed an updated master plan for the McCormick Place Convention Center district in Chicago, which will include a 55-story Marriott Marquis Hotel designed by Gensler. Read more.

Design Unveiled for Inner Harbor Tower


14 Apr 2014, Baltimore, United States

Chicago’s Solomon Cordwell Buenz has been announced as the architect of the future 414 Light St., a 43-story residential tower set to rise in Baltimore’s resurgent Inner Harbor. The building would be one of Baltimore's three tallest. Read more.

High-Rise Columbarium Goes Ahead - 10 Stories Shorter Than Planned


11 Apr 2014, Hong Kong, China

Following a reduction in proposed height and capacity, Hong Kong's first high-rise private columbarium has been approved by town planners, pending approval of site re-zoning. The original plan was rejected on the basis that it would increase traffic in the area. Read more.

New Photos from Zhongxun Times Build


07 Apr 2014, Chongqing, China

Construction continues on the Zhongxun Times development, the first part of a multi-tower project that will comprise 800,000 square meters of space in downtown Chongqing when ultimately completed. Read more.

First and Mission Project Gets New Architects - Again


07 Apr 2014, San Francisco, United States

Foster + Partners and local firm Heller Manus have been named as the architects of the on-again, off-again two-tower scheme at First and Mission streets, the nexus of San Francisco’s recent tall-building development. Read more.

Museum Tower Hires Firm to Stop Glare


03 Apr 2014, Dallas, United States

International developer Hines has been hired to help resolve solar glare issues of the Museum Tower that have impacted the collections of the Nasher Sculpture Center for the past two years. Read more.

Claremont Group Appointed to Bring More Buzz to Brys


01 Apr 2014, Noida, India

Brys Group, the developers of the Brys Buzz apartment building in the New Delhi suburb, have appointed Claremont Property Group to be the sole UK leasing agent for the luxury development. Read more.

Height Concerns Persist at Toronto Site


26 Mar 2014, Toronto, Canada

Toronto is one of the most rapidly-developing tall-building markets, but the rise of tall residential and mixed-use projects is not immune to controversy. City planning staff are still concerned about the height of a proposed development at 177 Front Street East. Read more.

Vertical Limestone Mansion 520 Park a Debutante on Billionaire’s Row


25 Mar 2014, New York, United States

The 51-story 520 Park Avenue tower, which will join the growing number of slim ultra-luxury towers in Midtown Manhattan dubbed “Billionaire’s Row,” is distinguished in both scale and structure, brazenly asserting its monumentality in stone. Read more.

WOHA’s 10-Tower Cuffe Parade to Complete by 2018


21 Mar 2014, Mumbai, India

Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA has lent its unique brand of sky greenery to a new project in Mumbai, the New Cuffe Parade, consisting of ten 64-story residential towers. The project is to complete by 2018. Read more.

Hudson Yards East Platform Construction Commences


20 Mar 2014, New York, United States

Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group have announced the commencement of construction of the east platform of Hudson Yards, which is the largest private real-estate development in the history of the United States. Read more.

Renderings for West Loop Skyscraper Updated in Chicago


19 Mar 2014, Chicago, United States

Developer Steven Fifield returned to the drawing board to present a tower more ambitious in height than the originally proposed 26-story office tower destined for 625 West Monroe Street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.Read more.

Tall Timber Training Funded by US Department of Agriculture


19 Mar 2014, Washington D.C., United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is yelling “timber!” in Washington D.C. The US Department of Agriculture will allocate funds towards the training of architects and engineers to utilize an environmentally friendly timber technology in place of steel. Read more.

Supertall May Ascend to World’s Tallest Residential Tower


18 Mar 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based developer Trident International Holdings will resume work on the residential 516-meter Pentominium Tower, located in Dubai Marina, and will be second tallest building in Dubai, next to the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. Read more.

Proposed Tallest Building in Malaysia Begins Construction


18 Mar 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The long-anticipated Warisan Merdeka, which may oust the Petronas Towers as the tallest building in Malaysia, is set to begin construction, with Pintaras Jaya commissioned to begin the foundation pour next week.Read more.

Stockholm’s Tallest Tower to Rise Taller and Light Up Like “Candy”


17 Mar 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Tellus Tower, which was originally proposed to reach 225 meters, will now stand a little taller at 237 meters, with a lit-up façade that architect Gert Wingardh likens to a “packet of candy.” Read more.

Rooftop Oasis to Provide Green View for Surrounding Towers


17 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

Atop an eight-story office building on Leadenhall Street, a two-story glass pavilion extension and gardens will provide a highly visible, green reprieve for onlookers within the city’s neighboring skyscrapers. Read more.

Skyscraper Attempts to Top its Own Record as Video-Game Screen


12 Mar 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Last year, the Guinness World Record for largest video-game screen was set with Pong played on one face of the 133-meter Cira Centre skyscraper in Philadelphia; this year, the feat will up the ante with a two-player match of Tetris played on all four facades. Read more.