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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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New Images Revealed for 565 Broome SoHo Tower in New York City

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28 Jul 2017, New York City, United States

Currently under construction, 565 Broome SoHo is expected to open its doors in 2018. With sales now underway, further images of the development have been revealed, detailing the scheme’s luxury interiors and wide-ranging amenities. Read more.


Life Returns to Michigan Central Station in Detroit for First Time in Decades

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20 Jul 2017, Detroit, United States

For the first time in decades, a private event will be held in the long-vacant Michigan Central Station. Over $8 million has already been spent on renovations, and further construction is planned for the near future. Read more.


Perth Council Offers In-Principle Support of Perth+ Proposal

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13 Jul 2017, Perth, Australia

The City of Perth has given in-principle support for the Perth+ complex, which would become a centerpiece of Elizabeth Quay. Plans feature two towers reaching 19 and 54 stories or 86.5 and 220 meters, respectively. Read more.


Melbourne Tower Height Slashed as Queen Victoria Market Redevelopment Gets Green Light

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12 Jul 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved new planning controls that will pave the way for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, but slash the height of a proposed tower overlooking the markets. Read more.


First Phase of Montréal Residential Development Moving Forward

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06 Jul 2017, Montréal, Canada

A multi-phased project recently broke ground in the heart of Montréal's entertainment district. Work on the Laurent & Clark development has begun in earnest with its smaller first phase promising to deliver a 21-story condominium in 2019. Read more.


Megatall World Capital Centre Tower Proposed for Colombo

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06 Jul 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The developers of The World Capital Centre (WCC) have signed a US$2 billion investment agreement with the Board Of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) for what could be Asia’s second tallest building and the third tallest in the world. Read more.


Architects Halve Size of London Tower to Appease Planners

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06 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

Architects have more than halved the size of their “co-living” scheme in Stratford, east London, following government consultations. Revisions include reducing the height of the main tower to 19 stories and removing the “apart-hotel.” Read more.


New Images and Model of The One Debut at “Toronto of the Future” Exhibit

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05 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

Fully up-to-date renderings of The One, along with a new scale model of the approved design, have debuted at "Toronto of the Future" at Metro Hall following ratification of a settlement between the developer and the City of Toronto. Read more.


Lakeshore East Developer Announces New Projects as Vista Rises in Chicago

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29 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

After breaking ground in September, Chicago's Vista Tower is beginning to pop up into the city's iconic skyline. Meanwhile, one of its developers is preparing to unveil plans for more than 2,000 homes and nearly 1,000 hotel rooms nearby. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City’s Thuan Kieu Plaza Receives Makeover, May Open Again This September

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28 Jun 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The 1999-built, three-tower Thuan Kieu Plaza complex is receiving a makeover. Locals reported seeing progress in an effort to rejuvenate the buildings, starting with a completely new coat of green paint on the exterior of each tower. Read more.


First Steel Column Installed at NYC’s One Vanderbilt

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27 Jun 2017, New York City, United States

With the installation of its first steel column, One Vanderbilt – soon to be New York City’s second-tallest skyscraper – officially began its ascent on June 23. According to the team, the construction of the tower is three weeks ahead of schedule. Read more.


MULTI Elevator Technology Officially Unveiled in Rottweil

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23 Jun 2017, Rottweil, Germany

Described as the world’s first rope-less horizontal-vertical elevator system, MULTI has been unveiled at a 246-meter test tower in Rottweil. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in a loop. Read more.


Wilshire Grand Center Completes in Los Angeles

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23 Jun 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Wilshire Grand Center, now the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, will officially open its doors today, celebrating with lights and fanfare in a once-stodgy downtown that is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. Read more.


Chicago’s Optima Signature Welcomes First Residents

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22 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

Two years after foundation permits were first issued, the 57-story Optima Signature high-rise in Streeterville has formally opened and welcomed its first tenants this month. The 490-unit apartment project is currently 20 percent leased. Read more.


45-Story Fort Lauderdale Tower to Open in September

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16 Jun 2017, Fort Lauderdale, United States

Fort Lauderdale's next tallest building, Icon Las Olas, is set to officially open its doors in September of 2017. With one- to three-bedrooms ranging in size from 89 to 185 square meters, monthly rents stretch from $2,500 to $7,000. Read more.


Mixed-Use Talan Towers Complete in Astana

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14 Jun 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan

Work has completed on a US$430 million hotel, office, and apartment development in Astana, Kazakhstan. Talan Towers is composed of a 30-story office tower and 25-story residential and hotel tower linked by a three-story podium. Read more.


Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Adds New Light and Water Show

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01 Jun 2017, Singapore, Singapore

In June, Marina Bay Sands will launch “Spectra,” a new entertainment experience featuring a state-of-the-art light and water show. The free-to-public outdoor show is to be displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 16 York in Downtown Toronto

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25 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

May 17 marked a major milestone for 16 York Street. The developer invited representatives of those involved in the project, along with the media, to celebrate the official ground breaking ceremony for the US$356.6 million building. Read more.


Paradigm Mall in Johor Baru to Open in November 2017

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25 May 2017, Johor Baru, Malaysia

Paradigm Mall Johor Baru is set to open its doors in November this year. The project comprises commercial, retail, hospitality, and residential uses across 120,770 square meters of lettable gross floor area, capped by a 24-story tower. Read more.


Western Sydney University Unveils its First Vertical Campus

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18 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

Western Sydney University has unveiled its US$163.9 million flagship campus in the Parramatta CBD. Named the Peter Shergold Building, the 14-story campus will boast world-class, technologically advanced teaching and research spaces. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Olderfleet at 477 Collins Street in Melbourne

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16 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer recently celebrated the start of construction for its latest premium-grade office building in Melbourne with a groundbreaking ceremony on site. The project, called Olderfleet at 477 Collins Street, is on track to complete in 2020. Read more.


New Owners Rebrand Seattle High-Rise Project

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15 May 2017, Seattle, United States

The team behind the Potala Tower, a 41-story mixed-use tower under construction in downtown Seattle, is rebranding the development as Arrivé. The tower is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. Read more.


Unit Closings Underway at Miami’s Biscayne Beach Development as Construction Completes

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11 May 2017, Miami, United States

Joint developers are moving forward with unit closings at Biscayne Beach in East Edgewater. Construction of the 51-story bayfront tower is now complete and an initial temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) has been issued. Read more.


Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen to Open in Summer of 2017

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10 May 2017, Shenzhen, China

Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen will house 258 rooms, varying in size and layout. Rooms will feature a mix of the brand's usual music-inspired décor as well as modern Chinese elements. Read more.


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.