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Developer Proposes 60-Story Office Tower in Toronto

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01 Mar 2018, Toronto, Canada

A developer has announced plans for a 60-story office tower to be built in Downtown Toronto’s quickly transforming South Core. Branded The Hub, the building will contain 130,064 square meters of space, with a glassed-in winter garden at its top. Read more.


Double Helix Design Revealed for Tech Company’s Shenzhen Headquarters

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28 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

GroupGSA has revealed its proposal in a design competition to build a tech company’s new headquarters in Shenzhen. The mixed-use tower design was inspired by the repeating hexagons of a carbon atom. Read more.


Twin Tower Development Green-Lighted in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

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28 Feb 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast City Council has approved a twin-tower hotel and residential project for a riverfront Surfers Paradise site. The two towers will rise 34 and 46 stories, and contain 503 apartments, 280 hotel rooms, and five ground-floor townhouses. Read more.


New Renderings Revealed for Portland’s Twin Towers

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27 Feb 2018, Portland, United States

An architect has revealed updated renderings of the firm’s proposal to build a pair of interlinking high-rises in Portland’s 13-hectare mixed-use Broadway Corridor site. The taller of the towers, reaching 296 meters, would be the tallest in the city. Read more.


Developer Awards $163 Million Main Contract for Dubai’s Aykon City Tower

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27 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has awarded a $163 million contract to China State Construction Engineering Corporation for the construction of a tower in its Aykon City master development. Work on the tower is expected to begin on March 1, 2018. Read more.


London Mayor Rescues Rejected High-Rise Housing Scheme

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27 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has stepped in to rescue a locally rejected 427-unit residential scheme in West London. The development would see five towers built to house retail, office space, and residential units – 40 percent of which would be affordable. Read more.


Planning Commission Backs 38-Story Tower in Los Angeles’ Historic Core

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26 Feb 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles city planning commissioners approved a condominium tower in the city’s Downtown Historic Core. The building would contain 467 units and 860 parking spaces, which would be shared with nearby buildings. Read more.


Planning Minister Freezes AU$4.5 Billion Worth of Development in Melbourne

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23 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has put on hold AU$4.5 billion worth of high-rise apartment projects at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. A government statement said the 26 development applications would be referred to a committee for analysis. Read more.


Architect’s East London Scheme Gets Go-Ahead

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23 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has won planning permission for a major mixed-use development on an 11-hectare site in Newham, East London. The scheme includes five buildings over 20 stories and two buildings in excess of 30 stories. Read more.


Chinese Developer Lodges Sydney Apartment Tower Plan

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22 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has lodged an application with the City of Parramatta to develop a 21-story mixed-use apartment tower. Designed by Woods Bagot, the 76-meter high-rise will contain more than 100 apartments with retail at the base. Read more.


Three-Tower Development Launched in Sydney Suburb

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21 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has launched the first stage of its three-tower development in St. Leonards, near Sydney. It will comprise two towers of 46 and 26 stories, accommodating 654 apartments, as well as a 15-story commercial and retail building. Read more.


London Mayor Backs Modular Croydon High-Rise

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16 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has approved plans to build a 21-story modular affordable apartment block in Croydon. The 153-unit project is expected to become one of the tallest modular towers in the UK, with 70% of homes available for first-time buyers. Read more.


Plans Unveiled for Newark Residential Tower Dubbed “Vibe”

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16 Feb 2018, Newark, Unietd States

New plans have been unveiled for a residential tower in Newark. Dubbed “Vibe,” the 17-story, 64-meter building will feature 256 units across 27,914 meters of total space and feature a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Read more.


Melbourne’s Northbank Goods Shed Clears Planning Hurdle

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16 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Future Melbourne Committee has announced its support of a revised mixed-use development along the Yarra River. The project includes a 17-story high-rise that will house a 180-room hotel and 250 apartments. Read more.


Notting Hill Tower Plans in London Rejected Again

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15 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

Plans for an 18-story tower in London’s Notting Hill have been rejected by officials for a second time. The scheme was revised to include nine affordable homes after a previous attempt to build the development was refused by the council. Read more.


“Carbon-Positive” 435-Home Scheme in Hemel Hempstead Submitted for Planning

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14 Feb 2018, Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

Plans for a “carbon-positive” 435-home scheme have been submitted in Hemel Hempstead. The development would feature solar panels, geothermal heat and waste water heat recovery, as well as a green planted façade. Read more.


New Development Brings High-End Modular Living to Amsterdam

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13 Feb 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

An architect has revealed plans for Crossroads, a multi-tower high-rise development near Sloterdijk Station in Amsterdam. Crossroads is the result of a technologically innovative modular concept that focuses on flexible living spaces. Read more.


Architect Proposes Two New Towers for Chicago Area

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12 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

Renderings have been revealed for two residential high-rises in the Chicago area that appear to be designed by the same architect. One would rise more than 30 stories in Chicago, while the other would stand 27 stories in suburban Oak Brook. Read more.


Boddingtons Brewery Site in Manchester Sees Two Residential Towers Proposed

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09 Feb 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom

An architecture firm has revealed plans for a £175 million residential scheme on the site of the former Boddingtons Brewery in Manchester. The proposal is for a 26-story tower and a 17-story tower with a combined 556 units. Read more.


London Approves Controversial ITV Centre Plans

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08 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect’s plans to redevelop the London Television Centre with a taller tower and replacement headquarters building have won planning permission. The two-part scheme includes a 31-story tower with 213 new homes. Read more.


Plans Submitted for Multi-Building Project in Melbourne

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07 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A property developer has submitted plans for a new AU$350 million residential development in Melbourne’s newest high-rise suburb, Box Hill. The project includes two 18-story towers and one six-story building. Read more.


Newark Developers Propose 11-Story Timber High-Rise

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05 Feb 2018, Newark, United States

Developers have planned an 11-story timber high-rise for the Riverfront Square redevelopment project in Newark. The city’s building code currently restricts timber construction to six stories, but developers are hoping for an exemption. Read more.


A Circular Office Tower is Planned in Lódz

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05 Feb 2018, Lódz, Poland

An architecture firm has released plans for a 13-story, 31,000-square-meter cylindrical office building across from the newly developed train station in Lódz, Poland. The developers will break ground in the summer of 2018. Read more.


Developer Launches Student Accommodation Tower in Brisbane

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05 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer of student housing has announced the launch of Student One Wharf Street, a 753-bed, 40-story student accommodation high-rise in Brisbane. The AU$120 million, 122-meter high Wharf Street tower completed in 2017. Read more.


Architect’s Proposal for China Merchants Bank Headquarters in Shenzhen is Revealed

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02 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

A Dutch architect has revealed its design competition proposal for a major development in Shenzhen. Located along the city’s waterfront, the new global headquarters of a major Chinese bank seeks to form a part of the city’s coastline. Read more.


Four Fulton Market Office Projects Top Chicago Plan Commission’s Agenda

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02 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The development boom in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood looks to keep on rolling with no less than four new Fulton Market office projects slated to go before the city’s Plan Commission for approval in February. Read more.


Two 50-Story-Plus Residential Towers Proposed for Chicago’s Fulton Market District

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01 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

Developer Related Midwest presented plans for two residential buildings in Chicago’s booming Fulton Market district. One will rise 58 stories and contain 370 apartments, a hotel, and fitness club; the 51-story tower will contain 300 condos. Read more.


Proposal Submitted for ‘Subtropical’ Apartment Tower in Brisbane’s West End

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01 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

An application has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council for a 12-story residential tower in the heart of West End. The development comprises 446 units, retail space, and communal open space on the roof of the tower. Read more.


Architect Reveals Rendering of Mirrored “Crystal Rock” Office Block in Germany

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01 Feb 2018, Esslingen, Germany

A Dutch architecture firm has unveiled plans for a 12-story office block with an interactive mirrored façade in the city of Esslingen in southern Germany. The square grid façade will give the building a 3D profile resembling a pixelated map. Read more.


Architect Appointed for Zhejiang World Trade Center Redevelopment in Hangzhou

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30 Jan 2018, Hangzhou, China

An architect has been chosen to redevelop the Zhejiang World Trade Center complex in Hangzhou, China, which was originally built in 1987. The project will add underground commercial space connecting the complex to the Metro system. Read more.