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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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535 Carlton Breaks Ground in New York City


16 Dec 2014, New York City, United States

The first fully affordable housing development in the controversial Pacific Park project broke ground on December 15. The tower, 535 Carlton Avenue, will contribute 298 apartment units at varying income thresholds. Read more.

Work Begins on Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City


15 Dec 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Construction work began on an 81-floor high-rise, which is expected to be the country's tallest building. The skyscraper, Landmark81, will rise 350 meters and is expected to open by the end of 2017. Read more.

Construction on Apartments at Dubai Maritime City Begins


09 Dec 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction work has finally started on the first apartment block to be built at the long-awaited Dubai Maritime City. Ground was broken on the 48-story Anwa Tower, which will launch sales on December 10. Read more.

Construction Begins on 15 Hudson Yards in New York


05 Dec 2014, New York City, United States

Construction has begun on 15 Hudson Yards, the first of the skyline-altering residential towers slated for the $20 billion megaproject, which will comprise 16 skyscrapers at the site of the West Side rail yard in the West 30s. Read more.

Denver Luxury High-Rise The Confluence Breaks Ground


05 Dec 2014, Denver, United States

Ground has been broken on The Confluence, the newest ultra-luxury high-rise tower in Denver. At 34 stories, The Confluence will offer studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with monthly rents ranging from $1,500 to $12,000. Read more.

Seattle’s Newest Skyscraper Underway


01 Dec 2014, Seattle, United States

After being delayed for several years because of the economic downturn, work is underway on what will become one of Seattle's tallest and most distinct downtown skyscrapers, the 44-story Fifth + Columbia. Read more.

Work on Dubai Pearl to Restart in December


25 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

After a series of delays since it was announced in 2003, work on the Dubai Pearl will restart in December, with the $6 billion megaproject set to be completed “by 2018”, the developer’s chief executive has said. Read more.

Construction Resumes on 3 World Trade Center in New York City


24 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has resumed construction of 3 World Trade Center after selling $1.6 billion in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds in October, secured by tenant leases and a mortgage. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018. Read more.

Construction Starts on Chengdu Greenland Tower


19 Nov 2014, Chengdu, China

Construction has begun on what will be the tallest skyscraper in the city of Chengdu. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower draws its architectural inspiration from the mountains that surround the city. Read more.

European Pension Fund Breaks Ground on Seattle Residential High-Rise


06 Nov 2014, Seattle, United States

Construction has started on Luma, a 24-story, 168-unit condominium tower at 1321 Seneca Street in Seattle. The project is the first condominium high-rise building to be developed in the First Hill neighborhood since 1982. Read more.

Delayed Rogers Tower in London to Get Underway in 2015


04 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

Construction is to begin in January 2015 on 80 Newington Butts, also known as 360 London, which, once finished, will be the second-tallest building in the Elephant and Castle Cluster. The development is expected to complete in 2018. Read more.

Foundation to be Laid on World’s Tallest Temple in Vrindavan


30 Oct 2014, Vrindavan, India

Construction work has begun on the pilings of the Chandrodaya Mandir, a development that backers say will be the tallest Sri Krishna Temple at 213 meters. The temple will be built to ensure a minimum life of 500 years. Read more.

Construction Begins on AKH Tower in Dammam


29 Oct 2014, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Work has begun on AKH Tower. The aesthetically commanding tower comprises a seven-story podium and 27 standard office floors, while its envelope combines glazed curtain walls and aluminum composite cladding systems. Read more.

Brisbane Skytower Approved for Launch


23 Oct 2014, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane’s tallest building, Brisbane Skytower, has been given the green light, with the AUS $1 billion (US $878 million) project set to rise 270 meters over the central business district. A five-year construction time has been forecast. Read more.

Embassy Residences to Provide Luxury Housing in Phnom Penh


13 Oct 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Embassy Residences project, named for its location in the heart of Phnom Penh’s diplomatic district, will launch at the end of October. Construction of the high-rise complex is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016. Read more.

Work Begins on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Project


10 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Omniyat Group and Drake & Scull International (DSI) announced that they have begun construction on their megaproject in Palm Jumeirah, breaking ground on the first building, One at Palm Jumeirah.Read more.

Construction Has Begun on the Tallest Residential Tower in Bat Yam


07 Oct 2014, Bat Yam, Israel

Construction has started on the Ashdar Tower project, which will have 164 housing units in a building that will be one of the tallest residential towers in Bat Yam. The tower was designed by CTBUH Tel Aviv City Representative Gil Shenhav. Read more.

Ground Broken on Chicago’s 200 North Michigan Avenue


07 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States

On October 3, The John Buck Company broke ground on Michigan Avenue's first new skyscraper in five years: a 41-story residential apartment development with 2,045 square meters of retail space at 200 N. Michigan Ave. Read more.

Park Place Breaks Ground in Wuhan


25 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Spanning over 20 acres (8 hectares) in Wuhan, China, Park Place is a large mixed-use development that just broke ground. It merges high-end retail, residential, and commercial spaces with an agrarian program. Read more.

Amorepacific HQ Breaks Ground in Korea


24 Sep 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Work has begun on the new Seoul headquarters of Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific. It will comprise offices, conference facilities, a museum, restaurants, and retail units when it completes in 2017. Read more.

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Begins Construction Near Manaus


22 Sep 2014, Manaus, Brazil

On August 15, construction began on the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO), a 325-meter-tall cable-supported tower that will monitor weather and take long-term measurements of greenhouse gases. Read more.

Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta


12 Sep 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

Construction has begun on the Verde II residential towers in Jakarta, designed by Johnson Fain. The two towers are both anchored by separate Residents’ Lounges and the majority of social facilities are located beneath the east tower. Read more.

Work on Lulu Cyber Tower 2 to Begin Soon in Kochi


09 Sep 2014, Kochi, India

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Lulu Cyber Tower 2, an office tower located in a tech-focused employment district called Infopark, will be held by the end of September. The tower is expected to be complete in early 2017. Read more.

Construction Begins on 551 West 21st Street in New York City


22 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Construction is underway on 551 West 21st Street – a new, 19-story luxury condominium overlooking the Hudson River in West Chelsea. The high-rise will feature 44 large-scale residences, including three penthouses. Read more.

Tower is First to Break Ground in a Decade in Chicago’s Gold Coast


15 Aug 2014, Chicago, United States

A 24-story, Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed glass tower breaking ground at 4 E. Elm St. in Chicago’s Gold Coast this fall will be the neighborhood's first high-rise condominium building erected in nearly a decade. Read more.

Work Underway at First Residential Project on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island


14 Aug 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer held a meeting with property agents to market its $1 billion waterfront Maryah Plaza project, comprising three residential towers and one mixed-use tower with serviced apartments, a hotel, offices, and retail space. Read more.

Construction Begins on Jersey City’s Massive Three-Tower Project


12 Aug 2014, Jersey City, United States

Construction on "Journal Squared," a massive three-tower project that will include the tallest residential building in New Jersey, has begun in Jersey City's Journal Square. The development's Phase I tower is expected to be complete by 2016. Read more.

“One More” Tower Begins Construction in Kaohsiung


05 Aug 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction on spatial practice’s first residential tower "One More" in Kaohsiung City, in close proximity to the city’s Art Museum Park. Read more.

Work Starts on Brighton’s i360 Tower


30 Jul 2014, Brighton, United Kingdom

Building work has officially started on the i360, the UK’s tallest observation tower outside London. The structure, designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Jacobs, is being built on the old West Pier site in Brighton. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Chicago’s Wolf Point West Tower


21 Jul 2014, Chicago, United States

A groundbreaking ceremony took place July 18 at Chicago’s Wolf Point West Tower, featuring more than 150 workers and local labor leaders. Wolf Point West Tower is a $160 million, 48-story multifamily condo development. Read more.