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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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Revealing Look Inside "Ghost Tower" in Bangkok


28 Feb 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The abandoned 49-story Sathorn Unique Tower, another casualty of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, still haunts the skyline and prompts consideration of the built environment's mortality.Read more.

Rising Land Costs Problematic for China's Growing Urban Population


26 Feb 2014, Nanjing, China

Many newly urbanized residents of Chinese cities are faced with a cyclical housing dilemma: increased demand and subsequent increased cost. In Nanjing, tall buildings are being constructed on the outskirts of the city to provide affordable housing. Read more.

High-Rise Development Carries On in Karachi


06 Feb 2014, Karachi, Pakistan

Due to a shortage of land and market demand, high-rise housing continues to develop in Karachi, Pakistan, despite obstacles to construction from unreliable safety conditions and a 2010 moratorium on new domestic gas connections. Read more.

Mediterranean Coastal City Malaga Singularly Allows Skyscrapers


31 Jan 2014, Malaga, Spain

Malaga is now accepting construction proposals for structures 22-35 stories tall under the city's new standards of approval, which towers over neighboring coastal towns that have height restrictions capping at 6-8 stories.Read more.

Fruits and Vegetables Skyscraper Fresh in Singapore


17 Jan 2014, Singapore, Singapore

Skygreens, a vertical farm in Singapore, could provide a case study for skyscraper-based greengrocers elsewhere. Around the world, there is an increased need for sustainable methods of acquiring fresh fruits and vegetables.Read more.

Auckland High-Rise Brings Public Street to the Sky


16 Jan 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

A thoroughfare running through an apartment complex will open public airspace in Auckland, New Zealand. The high-rise has nearly sold out to buyers attracted to the blend of residential, commercial, and retail space. Read more.

Saskatoon Skyline Takes Cue from Shanghai


15 Jan 2014, Saskatoon, Canada

In an effort to promote urban growth, Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, has lifted a ban that restricted downtown buildings to a height of 76 meters. City officials would like to impose a minimum height of 10 meters. Read more.

Permission Granted for Irish Odyssey Development


03 Dec 2013, Belfast, United Kingdom

A ₤100 million (US$164 million) redevelopment scheme at Belfast's Odyssey complex, designed by HJ Lyons, has received outline planning permission. The plan allows for almost 800 homes, two hotels, a retail area and restaurants, and includes a signature tower built on the complex's waterfront edge. Read more.

Grand Avenue Submission Marks Major Milestone


26 Nov 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Related Companies submitted the new conceptual plan designed by Gehry Partners to the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority. The $650 million development addresses the three-block area across Grand Ave. from the Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. Read more.

Washington Contemplates Easing Height Limits


26 Nov 2013, Washington, D.C., United States

The National Capital Planning Commission wants Congress to ease the more than 100-year-old restrictions on the height of buildings in Washington. The Commission's recommendation suggests changes to the 1910 Height Act, which generally requires that buildings must be no taller than the width of streets they face. Read more.

Seaport Redevelopment Plan Draws Opposition


22 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

A proposed redevelopment of New York's South Street Seaport that includes a 50-story building, marina and expansion of the city's footprint was met with skepticism in its first community board presentation. The plan for the Seaport was created by developer Howard Hughes Corporation and SHoP Architects. Read more.

Bloomberg Pulls His Rezoning Proposals


13 Nov 2013, New York City, United States

Mayor Bloomberg's last major initiative, a plan to allow taller high-rises in Midtown was shelved Tuesday by the New York City Council. Bloomberg had sought to rezone the area to allow for the kind of supertall new office skyscrapers that rise in lower Manhattan and the residential towers rising a few blocks to the west of the area under consideration. Read more.

Guangzhou International Financial City Commences Construction


25 Oct 2013, Guangzhou, China

Construction has reportedly begun on the multi-tower Guangzhou International Financial City (GIFC), reports. The Aedas-designed GIFC master plan will feature a pair of supertall skyscrapers, a 450-meter (1,476-foot) landmark tower and another 400-meter (1,312-foot) tower. Read more.

Mack Urban Purchases Six Acres for Future Development


15 Oct 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Six real estate parcels in South Park, Los Angeles, have been purchased in what may be the largest downtown land acquisition since the recession. High-rise apartment towers, shops and restaurants are slated to rise along a path of real estate development spreading east from the Staples Center. Read more.

Wilkinson Eyre Ties Up City Deal


15 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Wilkinson Eyre has won a competition to design a development for the Mitsubishi Estate Company (MEC) in the City of London at a site stretching from 150 Leadenhall Street to 6-8 Bishopsgate. The practice will design multiple options, including a renovation of the existing buildings and a new tower scheme. Read more.

LA to Finally See Grand Avenue Redevelopment Project


11 Oct 2013, Los Angeles, United States

Frank Gehry has reportedly returned to the Grand Avenue Project, the long-awaited plan to develop the stretch of land east of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but now the speculation has finally become fact. Speaking last week at a panel discussion, Gehry confirmed that the project will eventually move forward. Read more.

Greenland Engages Goettsch for Two Huge Projects


09 Oct 2013, Suzhou, China

Greenland Group has hired Goettsch Partners to design two of its latest projects in China. Both designs, the Chancheng Greenland Center in Foshan and the Suzhou Greenland Center, are the result of international design competitions held by the Group. Read more.

CTBUH Leader Addresses High-Rise Living in London


30 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

CTBUH Research Working Group Co-Chair Philip Oldfield has written an editorial for The Guardian, expounding upon the benefits of high-rise living and the necessary steps needed to make tall buildings more attractive to a wider variety of residents. Read more.

Helsinki Plans Major Skyscraper Hub Competition


20 Sep 2013, Helsinki, Finland

The City of Helsinki is launching a major redevelopment plan, which is set to include 10 or more skyscrapers. In association with the World Cities Network, the city will be calling for submissions to the Pasila Master Plan design competition by the end of the year. Read more.

Designer Imagines the Toronto of the Next Decade


05 Sep 2013, Toronto, Canada

Digital artist Scott Dickson of Upside-Down Marketing & Design has created an image of what Toronto's downtown skyline may look like within the next 10 years. Dickson spent over 100 hours creating renderings for a series of proposed tall-building projects and knitting them into the existing skyline. Read more.

New York Should Continue Its Tall-Building Tradition, Times Op-Ed Argues


03 Sep 2013, New York City, United States

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Kenneth T. Jackson writes about the meteoric rise of property values in the city, describing the type of people who are willing to pay such high prices and the reasons for doing so. He argues against opposition to rezoning more parts of the city to accommodate tall buildings. Read more.

MAD in Europe


30 Aug 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects was invited to outline a master plan for a 200,000-square meter (2.15 million-square foot) commercial and retail project in Amsterdam's Zuidas business district. His office has produced drawings for a cluster of tall buildings which resemble crater-topped mountains. Read more.

Condos Flood the Market in Toronto, Causing Concern


22 Aug 2013, Toronto, Canada

A housing dive may be in the future for the condominium housing market in Toronto. Although low-rise sales are declining faster than high-rise sales in the city, condominium prices are taking a dive due to the flood of new construction in the city and an overabundance of high-rise residences in the market. Read more.

Building Boom May Come to Footscray


14 Aug 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is pushing a code alteration to allow towers as tall as 25 stories in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. The zoning change could allow a group of five developers to build more than 3,000 new apartments in 18 residential skyscrapers in the area near the town center. Read more.

Shanghai Transformation Chronicled in Pair of Photos


13 Aug 2013, Shanghai, China

Reuters staff photographer Carlos Barria recently took a photo of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai from the same perspective and frame as a photo that was taken in 1987. The photos show Pudong transforming from a lightly-settled single-story landscape into the mega city it is today, with the addition of buildings and high-rise towers. Read more.

Tanzania Pushes for Healthy City Planning Practices


25 Jul 2013, Arusha, Tanzania

City planners in Arusha, Tanzania are considering a revision of planning policies to better cope with growing urban populations, as well as the effects of climate change. Tanzanian Vice President Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal advocated this week for efforts to improve the African urban habitat. Read more.

Peter Wynne Rees Discusses His Skyscraper Legacy


24 Jul 2013, London, United Kingdom

City of London Chief Planner Peter Wynne Rees is featured in an extensive profile by Architectural Record. Mr. Rees has been chief for 27 years, creating what many call his "skyscraper legacy" by approving iconic towers such as the Leadenhall Building, 52-54 Lime Street and 60-70 St. Mary Axe. Read more.

Sydney Plans New Harbor Community


18 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia

The city of Sydney is planning a new waterfront suburb of as many as 2,500 apartments, to be built on contaminated reclaimed mudflats. Apartment towers ranging from four to 25 stories, extensive pedestrian and cycling paths along the Harbor, and a school will be included in the Wentworth Point complex Read more.

Jakartans Appreciate High-Rise Living


15 Jul 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

High-rise condominium sales in Jakarta have reached a rate of 96.2 percent, the highest cumulative level in the past ten years, The Jakarta Post reports. Property consultant Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia came to this conclusion while studying real estate trends in Jakarta. Read more.

Redesigning Sydney's Rail Yards


12 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales (NSW) government has called for international companies to help redevelop the space over Sydney's Central station, inner-city rail lines and adjacent land. The project intends to create a new heart of the city and would be the largest urban renewal project in Australia. Read more.