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CTBUH Global News

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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Planners Recommend London’s 54 Marsh Wall for Approval


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.