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Revised Obama Center Design Filed with City of Chicago


12 Jan 2018, Chicago, United States

The Obama Foundation has submitted revised plans with the city of Chicago for the Obama Presidential Center planned for Jackson Park. The submission includes a more slender 71.6-meter, 8-story stone-and-wood-clad museum tower. Read more.

Two New Office Towers to be Built in Tallinn City Center


11 Jan 2018, Tallinn, Estonia

A new high-rise complex comprised of three towers is planned for the plot opposite the Hotel Olümpia in Tallinn's city center. The development will add 80,000 square meters of office, retail, and service space to the city. Read more.

London’s Battersea Regeneration Plans Revealed


10 Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom

The first set of new proposals to redevelop a south London estate have been lodged with the local council. The development includes a new 20-story tower, a low-rise housing block, and a six-story community building. Read more.

New Ibis Hotel Planned for Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle


10 Jan 2018, Dubai, United

A developer and a hotel operator have signed a management agreement for the Ibis Dubai Jumeirah Village Circle. The 252-room hotel will span 11,705 square meters across 16 floors and is expected to open in 2021. Read more.

Investor Proposes 30-Story Towers at St. Clair and Bathurst


09 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

An investor has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Toronto, proposing three towers rising to 30 stories each. The development would contain 944 residential units, with 531 parking spaces and 2,264 square meters of retail space. Read more.

High-Rise Apartments Planned For Shuttered Retail Site in Wollongong


09 Jan 2018, Wollongong, Australia

Another set of new plans for the old Sam’s Warehouse site has been lodged with Wollongong City Council. Developers have applied to build a 17-story mixed-use complex that will contain 122 homes, 131 parking spaces, and 56 bicycle spaces. Read more.

Vancouver’s Terrace House Receives Permit to Begin Construction


08 Jan 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House in Vancouver, reportedly set to become the tallest hybrid timber tower in North America once complete, has received its building permit and can begin construction. The 19-story, 71-meter condo tower, will contain 20 luxury units. Read more.

Architect Gets OK for New Tallest Building in Bristol


05 Jan 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom

A 26-story residential building, destined to become Bristol’s tallest, has been approved. The project will also include a 10-story block and another building fronting Castle View Park. The scheme will include 300 rental units and 75 affordable homes. Read more.

42-Story Addition Proposed for 415 Yonge Street, Toronto


04 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for 415 Yonge Street, proposing a 42-story residential addition above the existing 19-story office building. The addition would bring 450 residential rental units to the Yonge Street corridor. Read more.

Boston’s Winthrop Square Tower’s Proposed Height Shrinks Again


04 Jan 2018, Boston, United States

The developer behind the Winthrop Square Tower has again shrunk the proposed high-rise, which was expected to be the tallest residential tower in New England. The building’s proposed height of 210 meters is 25.6 meters shorter than the original plan. Read more.

Toronto Condo Proposal Seeking Density Increase


02 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

An updated proposal has been received by the City of Toronto for 2180 Lawrence Avenue East. The project has evolved to now include a 21-story mixed-use tower as well as a mid-rise building and three blocks of townhomes. Read more.

Architecture Firm Signs Lease in Upcoming Downtown Brooklyn Tower


02 Jan 2018, New York City, United States

Architecture firm FXFOWLE has signed a lease in an upcoming 34-story office tower in downtown Brooklyn that the firm designed, and will be the anchor tenant in the 46,452-square-meter development. Read more.

64-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Toronto


21 Dec 2017, Toronto, Canada

A new proposal has been submitted for a 64-story mixed-use building in Toronto. The project would house office and retail space, and be built on the existing Commerce Court site, which will have to be demolished. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Trio of Residential Towers in Basel


21 Dec 2017, Basel, Switzerland

A Swiss architecture practice has won a competition to design a new master plan for Basel's Nordspitze area, including three slim, cylindrical residential skyscrapers. A new city park will fill the space around the towers. Read more.

Colossal Tower Complex Approved for Brisbane’s CBD


21 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

After getting the green light from the City of Brisbane, a 274-meter tower that aims to “capture the essence” of subtropical Brisbane will become the fifth building in the city to reach the city’s maximum building height. Read more.

Vancouver’s Timber Terrace House Approved for Construction


20 Dec 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House has received official approval to use exposed mass timber in the top seven stories of the 19-story building. This makes Terrace House the tallest hybrid wood structure thus far approved for construction in North America. Read more.

Main Contractor Appointed for Kuala Lumpur’s Skywheel Project


20 Dec 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A main contractor has been appointed for Kuala Lumpur's RM$2.2 billion (US$540 million) Skywheel project, which will rise 317 meters and house apartments, retail space, a hotel, and an observation area. Read more.

Construction Financing Secured for San Francisco’s 1500 Mission Street


20 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

The developers behind San Francisco's 1500 Mission Street mixed-income tower announced they have closed on California’s largest-ever construction financing with tax-exempt bonds, totaling $316.8 million. Read more.

New Renderings Show Design Shift in Upcoming New York Skyscraper


19 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

The Wall Street Tower, also known as 130 William Street, has seen another design shift, with new renderings revealing a substantial transformation to the exterior as compared to the most recent images. Read more.

Melbourne Suburb Closer to Landing Student Accommodation


19 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

500 Swanston Street in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton may be the site of a new student accommodation building, which is one among many such projects being considered for the area. Read more.

Mixed-Use Complex to be Built on Los Angeles’ Angels Knoll Site


18 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to sell the 2.24-acre (0.9-hectare) property Angels Knoll, a sloped park overlooking the western edge of Downtown Los Angeles. A development consortium will build a mixed-use complex on the site. Read more.

Controversial Perth Tower Proposal Rejected


15 Dec 2017, Perth, Australia

A contentious proposal for two towers at Perth’s Scarborough Beach, which would have risen four times higher than the area’s maximum permissible height, has been rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). Read more.

Tower Design Approved for Assembly Building in Amaravati, India


14 Dec 2017, Amaravati, India

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has approved the design of the Amaravati Legislative Assembly building from two options. However, the final decision will only be made after public feedback. Read more.

Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board


14 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

An ambitious development that would fill in the last major piece of downtown Chicago’s multi-phase Lakeshore East neighborhood with three new high-rises will not move forward as presented in July 2017. Read more.

$2 Billion “Millennium Square” Precinct Launched in Brisbane


13 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

News Corp. has confirmed plans to develop a AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) "world-class innovation and media hub," which will comprise 44,000 square meters of commercial space and 42,000 square meters of retail. Read more.

Twin Towers Planned for Taipei


12 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

Life insurers, property developers, and hotel operators have voiced an interest in a development project known as the “Gate of Taipei,” which will be built on a site near the Taipei Railway Station. Read more.

New Luxury Hotel Planned for Adelaide


11 Dec 2017, Adelaide, Australia

South Australia’s Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has conceived a plan to address Adelaide’s hotel shortage and attract tourism by building a six-star hotel on the River Torrens. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Proposed 32-Story Hill Street Tower Moves Forward


08 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A proposal to construct a high-rise building behind the popular Ace Hotel in Los Angeles will take an important step forward in December 2017, when the project goes before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Read more.

New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi


07 Dec 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates

An upcoming 76,000-square-meter tower precinct will become the centerpiece of the new Makers District in Abu Dhabi. Called Pixel, the project will facilitate a range of uses in seven towers, wrapping around the central plaza. Read more.

Approval Granted for Beachfront Tower in Gold Coast


07 Dec 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A six-star development on Broadbeach’s Wharf Road has been granted planning permit approval by the Gold Coast City Council. The beachfront tower will be among the most slender towers in the world, standing at 165 meters high and 12 meters wide. Read more.