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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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Melbourne’s Tallest Tower Approved


16 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has approved a proposed 90-story tower in Melbourne’s Southbank. The approved tower will stand at 324 meters tall, which, if completed today, would be Australia’s tallest building. Read more.

Revised Artists’ Alley Presented at Design Review Panel in Toronto


15 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Design Review Panel considered a slightly scaled down version of plans for Artists' Alley – a mixed-use, three-tower development on a block of land between St. Patrick and Simcoe Streets, just south of Dundas. Read more.

30-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Wharf Street in Brisbane


13 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted an application to build a 30-story residential tower at 152 Wharf Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Brisbane. The proposal consists of 197 apartments of varying layouts and three ground-floor retail tenancies. Read more.

Conservationists Call for Public Inquiry for St. Michael’s Development in Manchester


13 Feb 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Conservationists are calling on the secretary of state to hold a public inquiry into plans for the St. Michael’s development in Manchester. A primary concern is the planned demolition of historic buildings on Jackson’s Row near Town Hall. Read more.

Timber Office Tower Proposed for Brisbane


10 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Continuing the trend for innovative timber construction, 5 King – a high-performance office building proposed for the Brisbane Showgrounds – is to become the tallest engineered timber building in Australia, according to developers. Read more.

Toronto's CN Tower Reimagined as Residential High-Rise Covered in Wooden Pods


10 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

Clusters of apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal. According to the vision, the modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-meter communications tower. Read more.

Architects Release Revised Designs for Transbay Tower in San Francisco


09 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

Pelli Clark Pelli with HKS Architects has made design revisions to their Transbay Parcel F proposal, the final building expected to rise within the transformative Transbay District in San Francisco. Read more.

Contractor Selected for Wood Skyscraper in Brumunddal


09 Feb 2017, Brumunddal, Norway

A contractor has been selected for Mjøstårnet, which is expected to become the tallest wood skyscraper in the world at 80 meters. The structure features extensive applications of cross-laminated timber. Read more.

Architects Win Go-Ahead for Newcastle's Tallest Tower


09 Feb 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

FaulknerBrowns Architects has won the go-ahead for contentious proposals to build a 26-story tower at Rutherford Street, Newcastle. The 12,500-square-meter tower will include 96 one-bedroom and 66 two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Competition-Winning, Multi-Tower Master Plan to Transform Chelyabinsk


08 Feb 2017, Chelyabinsk, Russia

A competition-winning, multi-tower master plan is set to activate Chelyabinsk’s existing grid structure and use it as a vehicle for spatial transformation, while adding density to the area in the form of skyscrapers. Read more.

Terraced, Mixed-Use Complex Designed for Aarhus Port District


07 Feb 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

Architects have won a competition to design a significant new residential and commercial complex in the heart of Aarhus Ø, the newly developed port district of Aarhus, Denmark. The winning proposal is dubbed Nicolinehus. Read more.

52-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Figueroa Street in Los Angeles


06 Feb 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A 52-story high-rise has been proposed for the southern tip of South Park in downtown Los Angeles. It would create more than 300 residential units along with a hotel, adding density to a fast growing neighborhood. Read more.

Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing


03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.

Melbourne’s Upcoming Collins Arch Project Selects Hotel Brand


03 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have confirmed that W Melbourne will open in 2020 as part of its USD$769 million mixed-use luxury precinct Collins Arch. The hotel will be located in the eastern core of the project, offering 294 spacious guestrooms across 15 levels. Read more.

Three-Tower Greenwich Peninsula Proposal Unveiled in London


02 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a $1.26 billion development on Greenwich Peninsula have been unveiled along with the full consultant team for the project. The Peninsula Place scheme will feature three towers rising to 30 stories in height. Read more.

16-Story Tower to Neighbor Historic K-Town Building in Los Angeles


02 Feb 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A Los Angeles-based real estate firm plans to construct a 16-story residential tower on the parking lot behind Koreatown's Wilshire Professional Building, according to an environmental report published by the Planning Department. Read more.

City Officials Reveal $500 Million Plans to Rejuvenate Chicago’s Willis Tower


01 Feb 2017, Chicago, United States

City officials have released renderings of proposed improvements for Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. The $500 million plans include six floors of new retail, an outdoor deck, and a "winter garden." Read more.

New Details Emerge for Toronto’s Lower Yonge Precinct Development


01 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

A December 2016 application for Site Plan Approval was filed with the City of Toronto for the redevelopment site on Queens Quay Boulevard East, known as the Lower Yonge Precinct. Documents have revealed new details about the complex. Read more.

19-Story Jardino Building Planned for Kangaroo Point in Brisbane


31 Jan 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted a development application for a new 19-story residential tower located at 12 Hamilton Street, Kangaroo Point. Its design has borrowed concepts and ideas from the City Council’s new subtropical design guide. Read more.

150-Meter Apartment Tower Headed to Chicago’s Greektown


31 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The unprecedented development boom taking place in Chicago’s West Loop is about to yield its tallest project yet – a 44-story cylindrical tower known as One South Halsted. A construction permit was recently issued for the project. Read more.

Leeds Councilors Back Proposal for City’s Tallest Tower


31 Jan 2017, Leeds, United Kingdom

Plans for a USD$439 million mixed-use scheme in Leeds, which include proposals for the city’s tallest tower, have cleared a key planning hurdle. A pre-planning presentation for the South Bank project went before Leeds councilors last week. Read more.

New Luxury Hotel Proposed for Mecca


31 Jan 2017, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A competition winning scheme for a hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Mecca has been revealed. The scheme addresses the shortage of accommodation in Mecca in response to the rapid growth in visitor numbers. Read more.

Proposed St. Michael’s Development in Manchester Submitted with Updated Cladding


30 Jan 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

The revised designs for the proposed St. Michael’s development – which include a color change from black to bronze – were revealed as the 31- and 21-story towers close to Manchester Town Hall were finally submitted for planning. Read more.

Architect Wins Design Competition for Mississauga’s M City


27 Jan 2017, Mississauga, Canada

An architect has won a competition to design a landmark building with offset floor plates for the master planned M City in Mississauga. The 60-story flagship Tower 8 will rise from the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway. Read more.

New Victoria Police Tower Gets the Green Light in Melbourne


27 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The City West Police Complex, headquarters for the Victorian police force in Melbourne, has been given the green light to add a new, 39-story, high-security tower. The addition, set for 311 Spencer Street, is estimated to complete by 2020. Read more.

City of London Planners Approve 1 Leadenhall Tower


26 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Local architecture practice Make has been given the go-ahead for a new 32-story office block in the City of London. Backed by developers Brookfield Property Partners, the 1 Leadenhall scheme was approved by Corporation planners. Read more.

New Tower to Complete South Brisbane Student Accommodation Precinct


26 Jan 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A new 17-story-tall student accommodation tower designed by Plus Architecture that would include 471 rooms will see the completion of an entire precinct block of student accommodation developments in South Brisbane. Read more.

Preliminary Renderings Revealed for Times Mirror Square Development in LA


25 Jan 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Preliminary renderings have been revealed for the long-rumored, 1,126-unit Times Mirror Square development that aims to replace the 1970s-era William Pereira addition to the Los Angeles Times Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Read more.

Architecture Firm Named for Two-Tower Shenzhen Scheme


24 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

A new 129,000-square-meter, two-tower office complex in Shenzhen will sport a design by Goettsch Partners after the Chicago-based practice was announced as the winner of an intensive design competition. Read more.

Fresh Renderings Revealed for New High-Rise at Chicago’s Roosevelt Collection


23 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

New renderings have been revealed for a high-rise proposed for the Roosevelt Collection in Chicago's South Loop, as well as information that preliminary bids for the project are expected to be forthcoming. Read more.