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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 York Officials Approve “Poor Door” for Luxury High-Rise


22 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

New York City has approved a developer's proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and for those living in the building’s affordable housing unit. Read more.

Squatters Evicted from “Tower of David” Slum in Caracas


22 Jul 2014, Caracas, Venezuela

On July 22, Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. Read more.

Seoul’s Lotte World Tower Opening Put on Ice


15 Jul 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte is seeking permission from the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to open the lower part of the 123-story building first, before completing construction on the rest of the tower in 2016. Read more.

Sino-Singapore Knowledge City Taking Shape in Guangzhou


09 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

The Sino-Singapore Knowledge City (SSGKC) is progressively taking shape in the northern part of Guangzhou. Covering about 123 square kilometers, this new city will be developed over the coming 20 years. Read more.

Permits Filed For 320 Kent Avenue in New York City


08 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Two Trees’ Domino redevelopment in New York City continues to move forward, and administrative overhead is now underway. Permits have been filed for 320 Kent Avenue, which is “Site D” in the Domino plan. Read more.

Kuala Lumpur, Dreaming of Dubai or Tokyo


07 Jul 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, since the years of former Prime Minister Mohammad Mahathir, is filled up with ambitions to rival the world’s most sophisticated metropolises. Over the next six years, a string of megaprojects will once more transform the city center. Read more.

Turning London's Tolworth Tower Into Flats “Would Regenerate the Area”


07 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

Converting the iconic 22-story Tolworth Tower into flats could help regenerate the Tolworth area all by itself, according the leader of the Kingston Council, and bids to buy the property are currently being accepted. Read more.

Bouygues Construction Wins Contract for London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens


27 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Bouygues Construction has won its tussle with Kier Construction Corporation for the contract to build Manhattan Loft Gardens, a striking 42-story double-cantilevered residential tower in London’s Stratford City. Read more.

Melbourne Planning Minister Approves Australia 108


26 Jun 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne will host the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, with a 100-story apartment tower approved for Southbank. Australia 108 will stand at 319 meters and will have more than 1100 units. Read more.

Vancouver’s False Creek Co-op Concerned Over Future High-Rise Development


24 Jun 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Residents of Vancouver’s False Creek housing co-operative fear that their development may be replaced by future high-rise development when the majority of their leases expire in 2036. The nearly 6,000 residents have unobstructed views of the waterfront. Read more.

Perth Gets Its Own “Mr. Skyscraper”


18 Jun 2014, Perth, Australia

Perth’s planning minister John Day said it’s time for his city to “grow up.” Ahead of the launch of a blueprint for the province of Western Australia’s future, Day said Perth had spent 150 years “growing out,” and it was time to build upwards. Read more.

Melbourne Neighborhoods “Lock Out” High-Rise Development


17 Jun 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Swaths of Melbourne's richest suburbs have been “locked up.” and high-rise development largely banned, after Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved new residential zones across the city's most expensive areas on June 16. Read more.

London Skyline Debate Hits City Hall


13 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

The debate over the future of London‘s skyline was taken up by the London Assembly’s Planning Committee in City Hall. The London Assembly is expected to apply pressure on Mayor Boris Johnson over the issue of skyscrapers in the capital. Read more.

Imagining the Sydney Skyline of 2050


02 May 2014, Sydney, Australia

The Daily Telegraph has published speculative renderings of Sydney’s potential skyline in 2050, produced by three architectural firms for Urban Taskforce Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has predicted that that Melbourne’s population will overtake Sydney’s in the next 20 years. Read more.

London Grapples With Skyline Campaign


01 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

The future role of skyscrapers in London has become one of the city’s most talked-about issues, driven partially by a report indicating the city could expect some 236 skyscrapers in the next decade, and stoked further by the Architects Journal / Observer “Skyline Campaign.” Read more.

High Rises Going Up in Smaller US Cities


29 Apr 2014, Minneapolis, United States

While the housing market may still be feeling the effects of the recession, cities across the United States are seeing a definite increase in the number of high-rise apartment buildings being developed in downtown districts. Read more.

New Developments on Madison’s Old University Avenue


28 Apr 2014, Madison, United States

Despite a six-year planning effort that seeks to limit the height of the residential development for Madison’s Old University Avenue, city officials are calling for taller buildings and more intense development for the area. Read more.

New Economic Zone in Kenya to Host Some 20 Skyscrapers


15 Apr 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

Chinese investors are planning the Kenya-China Economic Zone, a development near Nairobi that may someday rival the infrastructure and skyscraper splendor of Dubai. It could feature at least 20 tall buildings. Read more.

1 Vanderbilt Pushes Ahead


15 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

After plans were delayed by the demise of the Bloomberg re-zoning plan, the developer for 1 Vanderbilt is now negotiating with the de Blasio administration for a path forward that does not entail a neighborhood-wide re-zoning. Read more.

New Riverside Project in Parramatta


09 Apr 2014, Sydney, Australia

The city council of Sydney suburb Parramatta has entered a development agreement with LIDIS to deliver a new riverfront master plan, anchored by a 41-story apartment and retail tower. Read more.

Swiss See Skyscraper Spree


08 Apr 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

Switzerland, a country better known for the height of its mountains and aerial tramways than that of its buildings, is beginning to grapple with a taller and denser skyline than ever before. Read more.

Danhai Population to Multiply 21 Times by 2041


01 Apr 2014, Danshui, Taiwan

The coastal city of Danshui, a suburb of Taipei, is being viewed as a major nexus of high-rise development in anticipation of the extension of Taipei's light-rail and metro system. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for 235 Grand Street


31 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

Continuing the rapid pace of new development in the area, renderings have been revealed for 235 Grand Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, a residential tower that will be part of the Liberty Harbor North development. Read more.

Hissing and Shouting Mars Newcastle High-Rise Debate


26 Mar 2014, Newcastle, Australia

New planning laws that would allow high rises in the center city area of Newcastle have come under fire from angry residents who say they have been denied a voice in the process.Read more.

Fire-Fighting Manpower Resources a Concern in Towering Vancouver


14 Mar 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Gordon Ditchburn, former president of the Vancouver Fire Fighters’ Union, has raised awareness over the availability of front-line responders, in a city where manpower is declining as skyscrapers are rising. Read more.

Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London


13 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

A recent study by New London Architecture (NLA) found that 236 towers over 20 stories tall are already proposed, approved, or under construction in London, with the majority designed for residential use in response to a strong demand for housing. Read more.

Brooklyn’s Tallest Tower Wears Short-Lived Crown


13 Mar 2014, New York, United States

In New York’s current booming tower construction climate, 180-meter 388 Bridge Street can only retain its title as Brooklyn’s tallest for so long before another one rises to 182 meters to take the crown, as is the case with Avalon Willoughby West. Read more.

Hong Kong Top-Floor Towers Fetch Double the Manhattan Rents


06 Mar 2014, Hong Kong, China

Premium office space is found at the topmost floors of skyscrapers across the globe, with Hong Kong in the lead, where the highest floor space goes for more than twice that of comparable space in Manhattan. Read more.

Half-Vacant U.S. Bank Building in L.A. Plans Reuse Reinvention


04 Mar 2014, Los Angeles, United States

Overseas Union Enterprise, the developer that bought the U.S. Bank Building last year, has hired architecture firm Gensler to adapt the commercial building into a structure that reflects the evolving needs for housing in downtown Los Angeles. Read more.

'Killer Litter' Thrown from High-Rises is an Escalating Offense


03 Mar 2014, Singapore, Singapore

Singapore’s National Environmental Agency reports that offenders caught littering from high-rise buildings have doubled since December, and pose a potential deadly threat by tossing cigarette butts and food waste from the sky onto the pavement below. Read more.