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


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.

Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status


17 May 2016, Shanghai, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. Read more.

Long-Awaited Crane Removal Underway at L Tower


03 May 2016, Toronto, Canada

On May 3, the long-anticipated removal of a crane on L Tower finally began. The crane on the building's east façade has been in place despite the fact that the tower topped out in 2013 and completed in 2014. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Pays Tribute to Workers with Wall of Honor


29 Apr 2016, Shanghai, China

The names of over 4,000 workers, designers, and engineers who played a part in the design and construction of Shanghai Tower have been put on a new 60-meter-long Wall of Honor placed within the tower. Read more.

Toronto Considers Requiring More Space Between Tall Buildings


06 Apr 2016, Toronto, Canada

As part of TOcore – a study by Toronto's City Planning on positively managing growth downtown – a public consultation was held for downtown residents who had a chance to discuss appropriate distances between high-rise buildings. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Toronto’s 65 King Street East


30 Mar 2016, Toronto, Canada

The first community consultation on the proposal for a 19-story office tower at 65-75 King Street East was attended primarily by lawyers, developers, City of Toronto planning officials, and a few area residents. Read more.

Chicago’s 150 North Riverside Up for Sale 10 Months Before Completion Date


25 Mar 2016, Chicago, United States

An office building along the Chicago River – 150 North Riverside – is going up for sale 10 months before its scheduled completion date, in a deal that could value the 53-story tower at around $900 million. Read more.

Groups Petition Putin to Save Moscow’s Historic Shabolovka Tower


21 Mar 2016, Moscow, Russia

Preservationists are imploring Russian president Vladimir Putin to take decisive measures to restore Shabolovka Tower – a deteriorating Constructivist masterwork in Moscow. Efforts include an online petition and an awareness campaign. Read more.

Groundbreaking Held for Luxury Tower 1/JBR in Dubai


21 Mar 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for luxury residential tower, 1/JBR. The 46-story project – officially announced during Cityscape in 2015 – is located at the entrance of Jumeirah Beach Residence. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Miami’s Multi-Billion Dollar Worldcenter Development


04 Mar 2016, Miami, United States

An official groundbreaking was held for the Miami Worldcenter – the United States’ second-largest mixed-use urban development. The first phase of construction includes a 60-story residential tower. Read more.

Vancouver's TELUS Garden Office Tower Earns LEED Platinum Certification


02 Mar 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Following an extensive review, the Canada Green Building Council awarded TELUS Garden's office building LEED Platinum certification. The honor was presented during the launch of the new Smart Prosperity initiative at TELUS Garden. Read more.

Downtown Toronto Tower Gets Rooftop Hockey Rink


14 Jan 2016, Toronto, Canada

A hockey rink was installed at the top of the 32-story 120 Adelaide Street West in Toronto’s financial district over the last month and a half for a commercial shoot. The rink is roughly half the size of an NHL professional hockey rink. Read more.

Bosco Verticale Wins CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award


13 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner. Read more.

BT Tower’s Revolving Restaurant in London Opens Again for First Time in 35 Years


28 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Top of the Tower restaurant at BT Tower will reopen to contest winners as part of the celebration for the tower's golden anniversary. The restaurant was once a watering hole for London's social elite. Read more.

Cincinnati Decorates Skyscraper with Mustachioed Man


22 Jun 2015, Cincinnati, United States

In anticipation of the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held in Cincinnati, the City is decorating its skyscrapers with pill-box hats and mustaches to resemble the Red's mascot, Mr. Redlegs. Read more.

One World Trade Center Observation Deck Opens in New York


02 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

One World Trade Center’s observation deck opened May 29, offering breathtaking sights from the nation’s tallest building. At 387 meters, it is now the highest observation deck in New York and third-tallest in North America. Read more.

San Diego Condo Developer Offering Contest to Name Its Next Downtown Tower


26 May 2015, San Diego, United States

A San Diego property developer is looking to the public to name its under-construction condo tower along the downtown waterfront. The 41-story project is expected to offer units starting at around $1 million each when it opens by 2017. Read more.

“French Spiderman” Scales Dubai’s Cayan Tower


13 Apr 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A daredevil climber known as “French Spiderman” scaled the world’s tallest twisted skyscraper without a safety harness. French climber Alain Robert climbed Dubai's 306-meter Cayan Tower with nothing more than sticky tape and chalk. Read more.

Extreme Cyclist Pedals Up Taiwan’s Taipei 101


24 Mar 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

A Guinness World Record holder has cycled up 3,139 steps in the Taipei 101 tower, formerly the tallest building in the world. Polish extreme cyclist Krystian Herba pedaled up the Taiwan landmark in two hours and 13 minutes. Read more.

CTBUH Hosts Tour Through Toronto’s Ïce Condominiums


24 Nov 2014, Toronto, Canada

On November 19, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted a tour of the Lanterra Developments condominium project known, maybe all too appropriately in this instance, as Ïce. Read more.

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014


07 Nov 2014, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awarded One Central Park, Sydney, Australia, the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 13th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Read more.

Nik Wallenda Tightrope-Walks Between Chicago Skyscrapers – Twice


03 Nov 2014, Chicago, United States

Daredevil acrobat Nik Wallenda gingerly crossed two wires, at one point blindfolded and without a safety harness or a net, strung between two sets of Chicago skyscrapers on November 2 in a derring-do high-wire act above the Windy City. Read more.

The Guardian Covers China’s Vertical Climb via CTBUH


30 Oct 2014, Shanghai, China

In late September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat held its annual conference in Shanghai – two years after its last meeting there. The conference provided a venue for discussing tall building trends in China. Read more.

“French Spiderman” Scales Yekaterinburg Skyscraper


29 Sep 2014, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Daredevil Alain Robert, who is known as “The French Spiderman,” due to his extreme climbs, has successfully ascended the tallest building in Russia outside of Moscow, the Vysotsky tower in Yekaterinburg. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 4 East Elm in Chicago


17 Sep 2014, Chicago, United States

A Chicago-based developer has broken ground for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicago’s North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. Read more.

Hudson Yards Exhibition Opens to Public in New York City


05 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

For the next three months, Related Companies is holding an exhibition showcasing the Hudson Yards plan and the newly announced flagship Neiman Marcus store that will occupy a quarter of the 93,000 square-meter Shops at Hudson Yards. Read more.

Daredevils Create World’s Largest Urban Zipline in Panama City


13 Aug 2014, Panama City, Panama

A group of adrenaline junkies has built the world's largest urban zipline - stretching a staggering 2,000 feet (610 meters) across a city. The zipline was attached to the White Tower skyscraper in Panama City. Read more.

Omaha’s Woodmen Tower Celebrates its 45th Birthday


06 Jun 2014, Omaha, United States

Omaha is celebrating the 45th birthday of the Woodmen Tower, a 30-story, 146-meter office tower by Leo A Daly opened in 1969. It was built to serve as the headquarters for the Woodmen of the World insurance company. Read more.

Hadid’s Hong Kong Tower Opens


15 May 2014, Hong Kong, China

Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University recently celebrated its opening day. The 15-story building has the capacity for 1,450 students and will house the university’s design education and research institute. Read more.

Video: Chicago’s John Hancock Center Tilts for Thrills


12 May 2014, Chicago, United States

Chicago’s John Hancock Center has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to skyscraper thrills with its newest attraction, Tilt, a window that actually tilts out over the streets, giving visitors a unique and terrifying tower experience. Read more.