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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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LED Artwork Proposed for Crown of San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower

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08 May 2017, San Francisco, United States

At a Planning Commission hearing on May 4, the city considered a proposal for a light display designed by a San Francisco-based LED artist for the top of the 326-meter Salesforce Tower. A decision has yet to be made on the proposal. Read more.


Architect Reflects on Huangshan Mountain Village Following April Opening

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05 May 2017, Huangshan, China

Huangshan Mountain Village, comprising towers of five to 21 stories, has opened after five years of construction. In an interview with Wired, MAD’s founder and principal partner, Yansong Ma, reflects back on the design process for the complex. Read more.


Campaigners Attack Policy Shift to Allow More Tall Buildings in Westminster, London

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05 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A petition has been launched against a potential change to Westminster City Council’s policy on tall buildings. Meanwhile, the council is running an eight-week public consultation to garner opinion about expansion in the borough. Read more.


Public Transport Emphasized at St. Leonards Square Groundbreaking in Sydney

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02 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for St. Leonards Square, which is part of the larger 472-520 Pacific Highway complex. At the ceremony, the developer's CEO stated that the success of the project hangs on the availability of public transport. Read more.


Condos Hit the Market at The Bridges Development in Abu Dhabi

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01 May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer has found buyers for the first two towers of its Bridges development, which the company started marketing at Cityscape Abu Dhabi in April. It said it had received initial payments for all 424 off-plan apartments. Read more.


Student Housing Tower Approved in Coventry

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01 May 2017, Coventry, United Kingdom

Approval has been granted to a student accommodation scheme in Coventry. Plans will see the construction of a 583-bed tower on Friar’s Road which will feature a 19-story block comprising 140 studios and 443 en-suite cluster flats. Read more.


Carillon Tower in Chicago Rejected Due to Traffic Concerns

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10 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

A proposed 60-story tower will not be moving forward, a local alderman says. The Carillon Tower would have been the tallest tower built in River North in nearly a decade, but the community is concerned it would negatively impact traffic. Read more.


Westminster Begins Consultation on Building Heights

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29 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Westminster city council has launched a public consultation on building heights in the borough. The consultation runs until May 22, and feedback from the initiative will be used during the statutory consultation on the City Plan later in 2017. Read more.


Toronto Tower Evolves After Pre-Application Consultations

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27 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

A developer hosted the third and final pre-application consultation for their 40-story 552 Church Street proposal at the northwest corner of Church and Wellesley in the heart of Toronto's Gay Village, producing an evolving tower design. Read more.


Public Consultation Sought for Four-Block Manchester Development

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20 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

The designs for the proposed four-block Angel Meadow development are out to public consultation until early April 2017, with a formal planning application expected to be submitted by the end of that month. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Phase One of Dubai’s Meydan One Complex

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20 Mar 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for phase one of the Meydan One mega development. This first phase includes the construction of a 620-shop mall and a "hypermarket" with smart technology and other unique features. Read more.


Hotel in Renovated Silo Opens in Cape Town

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01 Mar 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

A new hotel that forms one half of a renovated grain silo has opened in Cape Town. Towering above the city’s Victoria & Alfred waterfront, The Silo hotel is housed within six floors of the grain elevator portion of the historic complex. Read more.


Leasing Launched at Jersey City Urby

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01 Mar 2017, Jersey City, United States

In just a few months, one of New Jersey’s tallest buildings – the 69-story Jersey City Urby – will welcome its first residents, and today the development team has launched its initial phase of leasing. Read more.


Trump International Hotel & Tower Celebrates Grand Opening in Vancouver

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01 Mar 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Trump International Hotel & Tower celebrated its grand opening on March 1 in Vancouver, but questions over the building's total floor count have been raised due to the practice of not counting certain floors for superstitious reasons. Read more.


Skyscraper Community Mourns Loss of Famed London Developer

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27 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

Fashion retailer-turned-property magnate Irvine Sellar, best known for his role in developing London’s iconic Shard, died at aged 78 on February 26, after a short illness. He leaves a wife, three children, and five grandchildren. Read more.


Planners Recommend London’s 54 Marsh Wall for Approval

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18 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

A 42-story tower proposal at 54 Marsh Wall for east London's Canary Wharf has been recommended for approval by Tower Hamlets councilors. The project would deliver 216 apartments between the main tower and a linked 16-story sister block. Read more.


Rio de Janeiro Hotel Resumes Operations After 20-Year Closure

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06 Jan 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After being shuttered for over 20 years, the Hotel Nacional in Rio de Janerio, Brazil has reopened. Following a one-month soft opening of only 60 rooms, all 413 rooms will begin operation on January 15. Read more.


The Opus in Dubai to Feature Permanent Memorial to its Architect

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03 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A major hotel and apartment building currently under construction in Dubai is set to include a memorial to its architect, the late Zaha Hadid. The project, dubbed The Opus, unites two 20-story tower cores as a single cube with a void at its center. Read more.


Proposed 31 Parliament Street Tower Headed for Redesign

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22 Dec 2016, Toronto, Canada

An ambitious proposal for a 49-story tower at 31 Parliament Street in Toronto’s Distillery District was recently presented to the city's Design Review Panel, where it received some tough love and strong words from panel members. Read more.


Construction Underway on Coda at Tech Square in Atlanta

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20 Dec 2016, Atlanta, United States

An architecture firm recently celebrated the start of construction for Coda at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. Construction is scheduled to complete in early 2019. Read more.


City Center Tower Completes in Manila

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14 Dec 2016, Manila, Philippines

Developers and the City of Manila have announced the opening of the City Center Tower located in the downtown metro area. The announcement follows the 27-story structure's early December completion. Read more.


CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

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04 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner, celebrated November 3 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Read more.


Top Floors of Denver’s Historic Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower Up for Auction

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21 Oct 2016, Denver, United States

On October 26, auctioneers for the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower on the 16th Street Mall will open the bidding for floors 17 though 20 at $4.25 million with an undisclosed reserve. The property has been on the market for $4.5 million. Read more.


New York City’s One World Trade Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

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28 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

The 94-story One World Trade Center was able to achieve LEED Gold certification due to the diverse range of sustainable features that have been incorporated into its construction, design, and daily operation. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 148-Meter Hai Phong Skyscraper

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19 Sep 2016, Hai Phong, Vietnam

A local realty conglomerate held a groundbreaking at the site of an upcoming 45-story tower in Hai Phong. According to the developer, the tower will become the tallest of its kind in Vietnam’s northern coastal region, once completed. Read more.


Chicago’s Riverline Complex Breaks Ground

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13 Sep 2016, Chicago, United States

On a sunny afternoon in downtown in Chicago, a groundbreaking was held for Riverline, a community of more than 3,600 residences to be located on vacant property and a surface parking lot alongside the South Branch of the Chicago River. Read more.


British Airways i360 Tower in Brighton Traps Passengers

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09 Sep 2016, Brighton, United Kingdom

A technical fault trapped 180 passengers inside the doughnut-shaped viewing pod of the British Airways i360 on the evening of September 8, leaving them suspended 162 meters above Brighton's seafront for two hours. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Chicago's Future Third Tallest Building

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07 Sep 2016, Chicago, United States

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 7 for Chicago’s future third tallest tower. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to break ground at the site of the upcoming Vista Tower, near North Columbus and East Wacker Drives. Read more.


Thailand’s New Tallest Celebrates With Light Shows in Bangkok

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29 Aug 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s tallest skyscraper, finished earlier in 2016, will officially take its place among the skyline when it turns on its lights in a flashing, glowing ceremony in celebration of its completion. Read more.


Concert Planned at Seoul’s Lotte World Tower for Construction Workers

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25 Aug 2016, Seoul, South Korea

As construction winds town on Lotte World Tower in Seoul, a music concert has been planned to thank construction workers for their hard work on the tower and celebrate their accomplishments, according to Lotte Corp. Read more.