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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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Ground Broken for Guangxi Financial Investment Center


27 Mar 2014, Nanning, China

Architect John Portman & Associates has announced the ground-breaking ceremony of the Guangxi Financial Investment Center, a 400-meter tower set along the city’s primary east-west corridor, Minzu Boulevard.Read more.

Above-Ground Work to Start on Kingdom Tower


21 Mar 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Above-ground work on the 1-kilometer-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin next month, according to Building Design. Construction will start on April 27 and will be managed by UK project managers EC Harris and Mace. Construction is set to take 63 months, finishing in 2019. Read more.

Work Begins on Residential Tower Trio in Jersey City


21 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

Construction has begun on Journal Squared, a three-tower residential complex in the recently invigorated Journal Square section of Jersey City. The tallest tower will be 222 meters, and it will be joined by two neighbors of 193 and 175 meters, respectively.Read more.

Residential Tower at Block37 Moves Forward in Chicago’s Loop


10 Mar 2014, Chicago, United States

CIM Group, the owners of Block 37, a mixed-use complex that includes a mall and 16-story office tower, will soon begin construction on its residential component, a 206-meter tower, which will meet the increased demand for housing within Chicago’s CBD. Read more.

Seagram Building’s New Neighbor Begins Construction


05 Mar 2014, New York, United States

Foster + Partners-designed 610 Lexington will rise 168 meters alongside Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Buiding and SOM’s Lever House, both groundbreaking mid-century towers that redefined the New York skyscraper in the 1950s.Read more.

Executive High-Rise Construction Underway in West Bay


03 Mar 2014, Doha, Qatar

Fraser Suites West Bay Doha, an art-deco inspired 46-story tower developed by Al Rabban Holding, is under construction in Qatar, and will offer 396 one to three bedroom executive suites.Read more.

Samsung Breaks Ground for Headquarters in Beijing


27 Feb 2014, Beijing, China

Kim Chang-soo, president of Samsung Life Insurance, government officials, and contractors participated in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the 260-meter Samsung office tower. Read more.

Sequis Centre Tower Breaks Ground


20 Dec 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

KPF announced the Sequis Centre Tower’s groundbreaking in Jakarta. The 210-meter tower is being touted as Indonesia’s first LEED Platinum building, and is situated in the capital region next to the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex. Read more.

Transbay Block 6 Breaks Ground


19 Dec 2013, San Francisco, United States

Ground has been broken for a 32-story tower and accompanying townhome development on Block 6 of the Transbay site on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The tower will house 409 market-rate apartments. Read more.

Waterfront Finance Center Begins Construction in Shanghai


04 Dec 2013, Shanghai, China

Foster + Partners and Thomas Heatherwick have unveiled images of the Bund Finance Centre, which is now under construction in Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River. The 420,000-square meter (4.5 million-square foot) complex will feature two 180-meter (590-foot) office towers at the end of Shanghai's waterside street, The Bund. Read more.

Construction at 181 Fremont Begins


21 Nov 2013, San Francisco, United States

Ground was officially broken on 181 Fremont St., a 54-story, 684,000-square foot (63,546 square-meter) residential and office tower near the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. The $500 million project's developer is the Jay Paul Co., which took over the project last April from SKS Investments. Read more.

Newest Tower Coming to South China Singapore City


19 Nov 2013, Foshan, China

CPG Singapore has launched construction on its Thrive United office tower in the South China Singapore City in the Nanhai District of Foshan. The building project will be part of a multi-tower mixed-use complex which will include residential, school, retail, hotel and office spaces. Read more.

Allies and Morrison Tower Scheme On Its Way


31 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Work has begun on the Ealing Arcadia shopping center, a ₤6 million (US$9.6 million) renovation project designed by Allies and Morrison, which is also set to include a residential skyscraper. The project originally featured a 40-story tower by Foster + Partners and HKR, which has since been abandoned. Read more.

Construction Launched on Brookfield Place Calgary


30 Oct 2013, Calgary, Canada

Construction has begun on Brookfield Place Calgary Tower One, a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper, set to become Calgary's tallest as well as Western Canada's tallest upon completion. Brookfield Office Properties announced it would build the office project in July 2013. Read more.

Portland Restarts Park Avenue Tower Project


21 Oct 2013, Portland, United States

TMT Development announced plans last week to resume construction on the long-stalled Park Avenue West Tower in downtown Portland before the end of the year. The company has been able to secure a $175 million construction loan for the stagnant mixed-used building. Read more.

BHP Billiton Constructing Its Newest Office Tower


11 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

Developers have broken ground on what will be a 30-story office tower in Houston's Uptown neighborhood. The property will house employees of BHP Billiton when it's completed in 2016. The 600,00-square foot building is being developed by Transwestern in the Four Oaks Place office complex. Read more.

Foster Building Designed With Sandy's Flooding in Mind


04 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Foster + Partners has designed a 19-story condominium tower overlooking New York's Hudson River. Work on the building at 551 West 21st Street has already started. When completed in the summer of 2015, it will feature 44 apartments, including three penthouses. Read more.

Aqua Doppel-Gang-er Sprouting in Houston


01 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

PM Realty has started construction in Houston on a 40-story high-rise which is drawing criticism due to its close resemblance to Studio Gang's famed Aqua Tower in Chicago. Upon completion, in about two years, the 40-story 2929 Weslayan Houston tower could be Houston's tallest residential building. Read more.

Latest Canary Wharf Tower Given Go-Ahead


27 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been approved for a 623-foot (190-meter) office tower at the Heron Quays West site in Canary Wharf, designed by Adamson Associates. Tower Hamlets councilors gave the go-ahead for the plans, which replace an earlier scheme designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P). Read more.

Millennium Tower Boston Breaks Ground


23 Sep 2013, Boston, United States

Ground was broken last week on the $630 million skyscraper project next to the site of the historic Filene's department store in Downtown Crossing, Boston. The 625-foot (191-meter) mixed-use Millennium Tower project has been in the planning phases for years, since before the recession. Read more.

Soon-to-be-Launched Dallas Arts District Tower is First of Three


20 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

Dallas law firm Jackson Walker has rented just over 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of space in a new office tower going up in downtown Dallas, joining accounting firm KPMG and UMB Bank as lead tenants in the 18-story, 500,000-square foot (46,000-square meter) high-rise, to be called KPMG Plaza. Read more.

Kansas City to Get Tall Residential Infusion


19 Sep 2013, Kansas City, United States

Cordish Cos. plans to launch a 25-story luxury-apartment skyscraper in downtown Kansas City as the first in a series of four residential towers in the city. The $79 million One Power & Light building is scheduled to begin construction this year, with completion set for 2015. Read more.

Newcastle Hastens Gold Coast Tower


11 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Chicago-based real estate investment firm Newcastle Limited has announced imminent plans to begin constructing a 35-story building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. The tower will feature a combination of studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Read more.

Latest SkyHouse Project Launched in Dallas


09 Sep 2013, Dallas, United States

The Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. have broken ground on SkyHouse Dallas, the brand's latest apartment development. When completed, in about a year, the 24-story property will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units with floor-to-ceiling glass. Read more.

Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont


30 Aug 2013, San Francisco, United States

Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to build a 54-story tower which, at 805 feet (246 meters) could be the third-tallest building in San Francisco upon completion.Read more.

One Blackfriars is Underway


21 Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom

Construction has reportedly begun on the Ian Simpson-designed tower at One Blackfriars Road, World Architecture News reports. Developed by St. George, the 52-story tower will include 274 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant space, a boutique hotel and a landscaped piazza. Read more.

Atkins Launches Baoneng Shenyang Project


16 Aug 2013, Shenyang, China

Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed, ₤1 billion (US$1.6 billion) mixed-use Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre in Shenyang, China, which consists of two supertall towers. The 565-meter tower, named Pearl of the North, is poised to become the tallest building in Shenyang once complete. Read more.

Vista Land Launches New High-rise Complex


01 Aug 2013, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. has launched its high-rise project in Mindanao, located in Cagayan de Oro's central business district. The Loop, a development consisting of two 25-story buildings, will feature one- to three-bedroom units, a skywalk, swimming pools, a fitness gym and a multi-purpose hall. Read more.

Brookfield to Launch Western Canada's Tallest Building


30 Jul 2013, Calgary, Canada

Brookfield Office Properties will begin construction in September of a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper in downtown Calgary, the company announced in a press release. The Brookfield Place Calgary project will ultimately include 2.4 million square feet (223,000 square meters) of space, including offices, restaurants and retail. Read more.

Piling Work Underway on SOHO Tower


23 Jul 2013, Shanghai, China

Foundations have reportedly been laid for the SOHO Hailun Plaza in Shanghai, designboom reports. Designed by UNStudio, the development features a 33-story tower as its centerpiece, surrounded by a series of mixed-use low-rise buildings arranged to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Read more.