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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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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.

New York Considers Composting Requirements


08 Jul 2013, New York, United States

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for a law requiring New York City residents to compost their food refuse by setting up programs in apartment buildings. The proposal would encourage voluntary composting initially, and which would become mandatory within three to four years. Read more.

China's Government to Impose a Great Migration


08 Jul 2013, Beijing, China

The Chinese government is pushing a plan to move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. These drastic steps create a Chinese urban population greater than most of the world's urban populations combined. Read more.

Quincy Launches Intense Urbanization Scheme


27 Jun 2013, Quincy, United States

The city of Quincy, Massachusetts, has launched a $1.6 billion initiative to dramatically redevelop the city with 3.5 million square feet (325,000 square meters) of new construction. The efforts include a series of mixed-use tall buildings designed to attract hundreds of young professional residents to the city center. Read more.

Former Murdoch Site to Become Residential Complex


25 Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom

NI Group Ltd.’s former headquarters in Wapping, East London, will be transformed into a residential district with up to 1,800 new homes in towers ranging between five and 33 stories. The proposals include affordable housing, educational facilities and more than 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) of commercial space. Read more.

Major Malaysian Project to Launch Next Month


07 Jun 2013, Penang, Malaysia

Penang-based developer Ideal Property Group is set to launch its Tree Sparina high-rise condo development next month, according to local paper Bernama. The MYR350 million (US$113 million) tower is the first phase of the 10 hectare (25 acre) Ideal Vision Park mixed-use development project. Read more.

Six New Boston High-Rises to Replace Parking Garage


07 Jun 2013, Boston, United States

Developers have filed plans to revive the area of Boston's Government Center Garage by building a series of six towers on the site. The 2,300-space parking garage would be replaced with 771 apartments, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square meters) of office space, a hotel and 85,000 square feet (7,900 square meters) of retail and restaurant space. Read more.

Jerusalem Makes a Move Toward Becoming a Vertical Metropolis


06 Jun 2013, Jerusalem, Israel

As part of its new initiative to develop a new center for business and commerce in Jerusalem, the city's Regional Planning the Building Committee is set to approve a pair of 150-meter towers. If the pair reaches completion, these mixed-use towers would be the city's tallest, Haaretz reports (registration required). Read more.

JPA Plays Major Role in San Diego’s Makers Quarter


05 Jun 2013, San Diego, United States

John Portman & Associates (JPA) has designed the plan and vision for the Makers Quarter of the I.D.E.A. District in San Diego. Makers Quarter is a $900 million master-planned district catering to "maker" residents who are involved in the innovation, design, education and arts industries. Read more.

Renzo Piano Plans Resurrection of Milan's Steel District


07 May 2013, Milan, Italy

Renzo Piano has completed the master plan for the derelict steel production district of Milan, designboom reports. The regenerated district, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, will include a series of towers ranging between 40 and 90 meters (131 to 295 feet) and will produce all of its own energy. Read more.

Major Convoys Wharf Redevelopment Plan Submitted


06 May 2013, London, United Kingdom

A new Terry Farrell and Partners-designed mater plan to transform Convoys Wharf on the Thames has been submitted for planning permission. Developer Hutchison Whampoa Property is planning to invest over £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) to transform the derelict site opposite Canary Wharf. Read more.