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Now Arriving: New Condos at Vancouver Train Stations


03 Sep 2015, Vancouver, Canada

About 50 projects are under development along Vancouver’s now-49 miles of rapid-transit rail lines, representing more than C$15 billion ($11.4 billion) of development costs, according to officials at TransLink. Read more.

Sharjah Unveils $5 Billion Waterfront City


25 Aug 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A new waterfront city is being built in Sharjah at the cost of around $5 billion that will accommodate 200,000 people in over 200 towers upon completion of 10 natural islands, which will be connected by bridges and canals. Read more.

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council Green Lights Slew of High-Rise Projects


17 Aug 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The total floor area of projects approved by Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council more than tripled in the second quarter of 2015 with the amount of land under development on course to be significantly higher in 2015 compared to 2014. Read more.

Lagos Plans to Build West Africa’s Answer to Dubai, Eko Atlantic


14 Aug 2015, Lagos, Nigeria

The government of the state of Lagos – Nigeria’s former capital – has announced its intentions to build a new city that will become the new financial center of Nigeria, and perhaps West Africa. Read more.

2016 Start Determined for Manchester’s St. John’s Neighborhood


12 Aug 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom

A developer has completed planning applications for the final phases of its $2 billion redevelopment of the St. John’s neighborhood in Manchester. The new neighborhood will be made up of a cluster of mixed-use buildings of varying height. Read more.

Downtown Airport Closure Gives Rise to Edmonton’s Changing Skyline


21 Jul 2015, Edmonton, Canada

Almost two years after the City Centre Airport closed, developers appear to be following through on their promise to build taller towers around downtown Edmonton as height restrictions that once protected flight paths have been removed. Read more.

Transit Oriented Development Policies Approved in Delhi


15 Jul 2015, Delhi, India

The Union Ministry for Urban Development approved a transit oriented development (TOD) policy for Delhi on July 14, paving the way for the construction of high-rise buildings along the Delhi Metro corridor. Read more.

High-Rise Investors Overwhelm Hanoi’s Alleys


24 Jun 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam

High-rise buildings and apartments are beginning to crowd small alleyways and residential areas in Hanoi, and as a result, investors are putting immense pressures on already weak infrastructure systems. Read more.

Sri Lanka Says Chinese-Funded Colombo Port City May Go Ahead After All


19 Jun 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka said June 18 that it would consider letting the suspended, $1.5 billion Port City project in Colombo continue development if it gets the appropriate environmental clearances. Read more.

Abu Dhabi Unites Developers, Unveils New Al Reem Island Plan


17 Jun 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on June 16 unveiled its new master plan for Al Reem Island, which will have 10,000 hotel rooms, 11 schools, light rail transit, and will house 210,000 residents upon completion. Read more.

Torre Cube II Redefines Office Typology in Zapopan


11 Jun 2015, Zapopan, Mexico

Catalan architect Carme Pinós returns to Zapopan, where she completed Torre Cube in 2006, with Torre Cube II. Both buildings attempt to redefine the traditional office typology in Mexico through innovative design. Read more.

Paris Skyscrapers Becoming More Prominent After 2010 Planning Change


04 Jun 2015, Paris, France

A 2010 change to the city planning law is beginning to remake Paris's architectural profile, at least in its outlying arrondissements, where height restrictions once kept new buildings below 37 meters. Read more.

UAE Design Firm Unveils Winning Master Plan Bid for Mecca


28 May 2015, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A UAE-based design firm has won a competition to craft a new master plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the holiest city in the world for Muslims. Engineering consultants Buro Happold also worked to develop the master plan. Read more.

Land-Pooling Policies in Delhi Set the Stage for High-Rise Developments


27 May 2015, Delhi, India

Nearly 2.5 million new homes may be constructed within the National Capital Region over the next few years following the adoption of land-pooling policies that favor 15- to 30-story high-rise developments. Read more.

London Mayor Rejects Calls for More Scrutiny Over Tall Buildings


15 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Mayor of London has rejected calls by London Assembly members for a new body to assess the design quality and viability of dozens of new skyscrapers. Instead, the city will continue using the Mayor's London Plan document. Read more.

Park Royal High-Rise Decision on Hold in Vancouver


23 Apr 2015, Vancouver, Canada

City council will not approve plans to add two commercial and residential high-rise towers until Park Royal delivers on commitments on a traffic reduction plan and a decrease in building height. Read more.

Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights


21 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Plans to turn part of Shenzhen's Qianhai special economic zone (SEZ) into the Pearl River Delta's version of Manhattan are being overshadowed by a battle between urban planners and aviation authorities over building heights. Read more.

Metro Vancouver Malls Reach For The Sky


01 Apr 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Many shopping malls in the Metro Vancouver area with convenient transit access are hard at work on plans to build residential and office towers on land that currently accommodates surface parking lots. Read more.

BDP Designs New Business District For Burgeoning Wuhan


25 Mar 2015, Wuhan, China

A UK-headquartered architect has completed a commission by the city to plan a dense urban area in the Qingshan Riverside District. The master plan would make use of the riverside location by creating a new iconic skyline. Read more.

Saudi Arabia Progressing With $100 Billion King Abdullah Economic City


23 Mar 2015, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city, dubbed Kingdom Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), on its western coast. The city would be the size of Washington, DC and cost about $100 billion. Read more.

SOM To Design New Egyptian Capital City Near Cairo


16 Mar 2015, Cairo, Egypt

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill says Egypt’s new $45 billion capital city will be designed and built to meet the needs of a modern city with a burgeoning economy. The new city will alleviate pressure on Greater Cairo’s struggling infrastructure. Read more.

Melbourne’s 334-344 City Road Tower Revised to Address Planning Concerns


26 Feb 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Even with a considerable reduction in height and apartment yield, 334-344 City Road has found no favor in a report to the Future Melbourne Committee, which was tabled earlier in February. Read more.

Colombo Port City in Doubt as Government Insists on Probe


20 Feb 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Chinese-funded, $1.5 billion Port City development in Colombo, Sri Lanka is in doubt once more after the prime minister said that the deal was signed without cabinet approval and without following procedures. Read more.

Mumbai to Redefine High-Rise Height Minimums to Expedite Development


12 Feb 2015, Mumbai, India

In a move that could change Mumbai’s skyline drastically, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to simplify the procedures involved in constructing high-rise buildings. Read more.

Minneapolis Rejects 80-Story Tower Scheme


29 Jan 2015, Minneapolis, United States

On January 24, the Minneapolis Planning Department rejected a bid by developer Alex Duval to build an 80-story tower — taller than any other building in Minnesota — on the city-owned Nicollet Hotel Block. Read more.

Judge Tosses Out Permit for Vancouver High-Rise


29 Jan 2015, Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver City Council’s development process took a hit on January 27 from a B.C. Supreme Court judge, who canceled two development permits and ordered a new public hearing for a controversial 36-story condo tower. Read more.

Melbourne’s 57 Haig Street Seeks Extra Height


28 Jan 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Proponents of a Haig Street development have gone back to planning in order to gain an additional eight floors of residential space for the high-rise project. Despite the added floors, overall apartment numbers will be reduced. Read more.

London Mayor Approves Vast Wood Wharf Scheme


11 Dec 2014, London, United Kingdom

The 4.9 million-square-foot (455,000-square-meter) Wood Wharf scheme has been approved by the Mayor of London and will see Canary Wharf extended to the east with the addition of 30 new buildings. Read more.

Construction of Moscow’s Moscow-City Skyscraper Block to Complete in 2018


08 Dec 2014, Moscow, Russia

Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Policy and Construction, said that the construction around Moscow’s International Business Center, Moscow-City, is wrapping up, and that the complex is set to be fully completed by 2018. Read more.

Design of Skinny Queen Street Tower Challenged by Melbourne Authorities


03 Dec 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The super-thin tower at 338 Queen Street, set to rise from a tiny, 288-square-meter site, has been knocked back by the State of Victoria's planning adjudicator, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Read more.