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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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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.


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.