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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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Illegally Constructed Tianjin Skyscrapers Could be Demolished


16 Dec 2015, Tianjin, China

China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise buildings because they were not built to planning specifications. One of the towers could be the tallest ever intentionally demolished. Read more.

NatWest Tower Demolition Underway in Birmingham


19 Nov 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The first phase of demolition at Birmingham’s NatWest Tower is underway. Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP and Sterling Property Ventures won approval to demolish the 22-story tower in August. Read more.

Demolition Begins on London’s Pinnacle


21 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

It was supposed to be the tallest building in the City of London. Instead, the Pinnacle skyscraper grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Now its days are numbered as it is being prepared for demolition. Read more.

Glasgow’s Red Roads Flats Are Set for Demolition


19 Aug 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom

After becoming a byword for the failure of high-rise housing, and following a proposal to blow them up on live television that caused an outcry, the remaining structures of the Red Road Flats will, at last, be demolished. Read more.

Demolition of Damaged High-Rises Becomes Tall Order for Nepal


20 May 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

Knocking down thousands of multi-storied buildings damaged in the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, and which pose a serious threat to life and property, has become a tall order for the Nepal government to manage. Read more.

Ankara’s Partially-Built Republic Tower to be Demolished


13 Apr 2015, Ankara, Turkey

The long stalled Republic Tower, aspiring to be the tallest observation tower in Turkey, will be demolished after a failed legal battle to change Anakara's municipal zoning laws. Construction began in 2003, and has been on hold since 2008. Read more.

Scotland’s Tallest Residential High-Rise Flats Coming Down in Glasgow


16 Dec 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Work is starting to demolish Scotland's tallest residential high-rise flats. The Whitevale and Bluevale flats will be brought down piece by piece due to the towers' proximity to busy roads and a nearby retail park. Read more.

Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland


19 Nov 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, have been outlined to councilors and the media. The Auckland Development Committee will consider the future of the building in February 2015. Read more.

Tokyo’s Futuristic Capsule Tower Threatened With Demolition


03 Oct 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Over the years, much of the once-modern Nakagin Capsule Tower has fallen into disrepair, and many owners would rather see the tower demolished and reap the profits of a brand new apartment building. Read more.

Damaged Medellin Tower Blocks Imploded


29 Sep 2014, Medellin, Colombia

Colombian authorities demolished the last buildings of a large apartment block in a Medellin neighborhood that partially collapsed in October 2013, killing 12 people. The first of the damaged towers was demolished in February 2014. Read more.

Las Vegas’ Harmon Hotel Begins Demolition


23 Jun 2014, Las Vegas, United States

MGM Resorts International has begun the year-long process of demolishing the Harmon Hotel, the only portion of the $8.5 billion, 67-acre CityCenter development that was never completed. Read more.

Disused High-Rise and Bridge Demolished Simultaneously in Maotai County


10 Jun 2014, Renhaui, China

The 900-ft (274-meter)-long bridge over the Chishui River, and an isolated, 25-story high-rise building were demolished in front of large crowds in Maotai County, Guizhou Province, China. Read more.

Murky Demolition Plans for Scottish High-Rises


05 May 2014, Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Another high-rise demolition controversy has come to Scotland, just weeks after a dramatic plan to dynamite Glasgow’s condemned Red Road towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies were scuttled. Read more.

Harmon Hotel Will Come Down, Eventually, Without a Bang


16 Apr 2014, Las Vegas, United States

Hopes for a “Vegas-style” implosion of the truncated Harmon Hotel have been dashed, as it will be necessary to dismantle the project slowly and carefully due to its proximity to other buildings. Read more.

Glasgow Games Blast Plans Scotched


15 Apr 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Controversial plans to implode five of Glasgow’s six remaining Red Road public housing towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies have been canceled, after strong public criticism that the plan was insensitive to former residents. Read more.

Xianyung Building Split in Half During Demolition


10 Apr 2014, Shenyang, China

Television cameras captured extraordinary footage of the Xianyung Building, a residential housing block in Shenyang, China, being split precisely in half by strategically placed explosives. Read more.

Commonwealth Games to Kick Off With a Blast


03 Apr 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow will demolish its social-housing tower blocks at Red Road as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies, marking the “end of the high-rise living in the area." Read more.

Architects Unite to Save Historic Russian Radio Tower


19 Mar 2014, Moscow, Russia

In Moscow, a group of respected architects have written Russian President Vladimir Putin a signed petition to save Vladimir Shuchov’s Shabolvoka Radio Tower, which was constructed in 1922 and is considered an impressive engineering feat of the 20th century. Read more.

Brutalist University Tower Blasted


03 Feb 2014, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A 116-meter former university tower was imploded in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, to make way for two new office towers. AfE Turm is now the world’s tallest steel-framed structure to be demolished by a controlled explosion. Read more.

Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower


27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.

Realtor Building Set for Demolition and Replacement


12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

A vote by the National Association of Realtors has approved a redevelopment project for the trade group's Chicago headquarters at 430 N. Michigan Ave. The project would involve demolishing the existing Realtor Building, which is more than a half-century old, and replacing it with a mixed-use tower. Read more.

Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out


12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The three final designs for the biomedical research facility to be built on the site of Prentice Women's Hospital Building have been unveiled. The finalists are Perkins + Will; a team of Goettsch Partners and Ballinger; and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with Payette. Read more.

Infamous High-Rise “Fortress” Coming Down


06 Nov 2013, Beijing, China

The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year by health-care entrepreneur Biqing Zhang, much to the chagrin of its other occupants. Read more.

Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont


30 Aug 2013, San Francisco, United States

Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to build a 54-story tower which, at 805 feet (246 meters) could be the third-tallest building in San Francisco upon completion.Read more.

Harmon Tower Demolition Approved


26 Aug 2013, Las Vegas, United States

After four rounds of inspections and testing, Las Vegas judge has approved the demolition of the faulty, unfinished Harmon Tower hotel on the Strip. The defective 26-story shell has lain empty for years, embroiled in court disputes over who is to blame and who will cover the cost of demolition. Read more.

Residents Protest Rock Lair at the Top of a High-Rise


13 Aug 2013, Beijing, China

A Chinese businessman who built a house covered by an artificial mountain on top of a 26-story apartment block in Beijing has been told to remove it or risk its demolition. Local media reports that the man spent six years creating the structure using fake rocks, real trees and real grass. Read more.

Treasured Theater to Surrender to New High-rise Project


29 Jul 2013, Oklahoma City, United States

The former Stage Center theater in downtown Oklahoma City has been slated for demolition to make way for a 20-plus story office building on the site. The city's Downtown Design Review Committee must now decide whether to approve the demolition of the Center. Read more.

Turkey Lashes Out at Tall Buildings


17 Jul 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey's Parliament has passed an amendment to protect its historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization. The new measures would transfer zoning authority in Turkish cities to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MEU) and set up architectural commissions in municipalities. Read more.

Tower Demolitions Continue in Scotland


02 Jul 2013, Dundee, United Kingdom

The two tallest buildings in Dundee were brought down yesterday in a controlled explosion yesterday by demolition contractor Safedem, at a cost of ₤2.3 million (US$3.5 million). The 25-story Derby Street Blocks, Butterburn Court and Bucklemaker Court, were built in 1971. Read more.

Gold Coast Buildings May Harbor Degraded Concrete


24 Jun 2013, Gold Coast, Australia

Griffith University's Head of Architecture, Professor Gordon Holden, has expressed concerns that many of Gold Coast's most iconic high-rises may be suffering from "concrete cancer." The problem is caused by weather and atmosphere, and is degrading the poorly-built structures in the city, reports. Read more.