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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 Planners Seek to Update Obscure Shadow Rule

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16 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

New York City is looking to change a method developers use to calculate how much sunlight a building will obscure once it tops out in order to promote taller buildings in the 73-block Midtown East neighborhood. Read more.


Developers Pull Planning Application for Contentious Manchester Towers

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16 Mar 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester City Council has said it is expecting Jackson’s Row Developments to withdraw the planning application for their contentious St. Michael’s Towers scheme imminently after significant local outcry. Read more.


Mannheim Master Plan Features Buildings in the Shape of H-O-M-E

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07 Mar 2017, Mannheim, Germany

MVRDV has released a proposal for an ambitious master plan to revitalize a former US army barracks in Mannheim, Germany. The project will see the 41-hectare site being transformed to offer mixed typologies and developments. Read more.


Local Broker Discusses Development in Sydney

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09 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Sydney. Read more.


Competition-Winning, Multi-Tower Master Plan to Transform Chelyabinsk

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08 Feb 2017, Chelyabinsk, Russia

A competition-winning, multi-tower master plan is set to activate Chelyabinsk’s existing grid structure and use it as a vehicle for spatial transformation, while adding density to the area in the form of skyscrapers. Read more.


Local Broker Discusses Development in Melbourne

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06 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Sydney, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Melbourne. Read more.


Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction

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25 Jan 2017, Budapest, Hungary

An architect has won the commission to design a new multi-tower master plan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, Hungary. The project is set to become the largest singular urban development in the city in nearly 30 years. Read more.


Developer Pulls Plans for Twin Gold Coast Towers

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30 Sep 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

A proposal for a twin tower project on the Gold Coast has been withdrawn. Developers pulled the plans for Mariner’s Cove on Seaworld Drive after the Gold Coast City Council spelled out 14 reasons for recommending its rejection. Read more.


Rabat Master Plan Moves Closer to Reality

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30 Aug 2016, Rabat, Morocco

A visionary scheme for Morocco’s capital, Rabat is underway, incorporating low-, mid-, and high-rise elements clustered along the Bouregreg River. The inspiration for the scheme began with an investigation into the country's rich cultural history. Read more.


Developer to Take One Year to Revise Bishopsgate Goodsyard in London

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25 Jul 2016, London, United Kingdom

A developer has announced that it will spend a year redesigning its controversial Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme in east London in an attempt to win the backing of skeptical London City Hall officials. Read more.


New Designs Revealed for Hong Kong’s Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project

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08 Jul 2016, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties unveiled plans for its continued development of Taikoo Place, an HK$15 billion (USD$1.9 billion) investment that will see the developer further transform its Quarry Bay home into a major business and commercial hub. Read more.


City of London Planners Explore Skyscraper Cluster Expansion Plan

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08 Jul 2016, London, United Kingdom

City of London planners are looking at whether the visual impact of Rafael Viñoly’s 20 Fenchurch – also known as the Walkie Talkie – could be reduced by extending the Square Mile’s cluster of tall buildings southwards. Read more.


Riverfront Construction Could Raise Ho Chi Minh City’s Temperature According to Expert

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13 May 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is already known for its sweltering heat and tropical climate. Now, according to a local architect, riverfront high-rise development is poised to raise the temperature of the inner city by blocking cooling breezes. Read more.


Zaha Hadid’s Melbourne Tower Nears Planning Approval

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10 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

A proposed 54-story tower was referred to Victoria’s planning minister for approval without consideration by the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee, meaning the project is now closer to obtaining a planning permit. Read more.


San José Experiencing High-Rise Building Boom

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09 May 2016, San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rican cities across the Greater Metropolitan Area are experiencing a major high-rise building boom fueled by a combination of changing consumer preferences, more attractive housing credit, and quality of life concerns. Read more.


Waterfront Master Plan Development Proposed for Johor Bahru

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29 Apr 2016, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Planned as a major new integrated community, Tebrau Waterfront Residences will incorporate waterfront villas and high-rise residential apartments complemented by commercial and hotel uses as well as a new village retail concept. Read more.


Proposal for Brooklyn’s First Supertall is Approved

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21 Apr 2016, New York City, United States

On Tuesday April 19, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal for 9 DeKalb Avenue, a 73-story apartment building that is set to become the first supertall in New York outside Manhattan. Read more.


New Master Planned Scheme for Stanley Street in Brisbane

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19 Apr 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Three separate development applications (DAs) have been lodged for 825-847 Stanley Street and 6-24 Trafalgar Street, Woolloongabba – one of the largest land holdings within Brisbane’s Woolloongabba Core. Read more.


30-Story London Tower Receives Planning Consent After Height Reduction

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14 Apr 2016, London, United Kingdom

A 30-story tower by Squire & Partners has won planning after eight stories were lopped from the height. Westminster council approved the 700-home West End Green development at a meeting on April 12. Read more.


Hanoi Regulates High-Rise Building Areas

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07 Apr 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Hanoi People’s Committee has issued regulations on the general planning and management of high-rises in the five main districts of Hanoi. The regulations specify conditions on the location and construction of the buildings. Read more.


Toronto Considers Requiring More Space Between Tall Buildings

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06 Apr 2016, Toronto, Canada

As part of TOcore – a study by Toronto's City Planning on positively managing growth downtown – a public consultation was held for downtown residents who had a chance to discuss appropriate distances between high-rise buildings. Read more.


Atkins Awarded Design Contract for New TOD Scheme in Jakarta

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31 Mar 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

Architecture firm Atkins has been awarded the design contract to provide a transit oriented development (TOD) master plan along the new Jakarta-Bandung high speed rail corridor, Indonesia's first high speed rail project. Read more.


International Property Group to Develop Sydney Suburb Master Plan

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31 Mar 2016, Sydney, Australia

Global property developer Greenland Australia is bringing its world-leading expertise to Macquarie Park as it prepares to unveil plans for a state of the art mixed-use community at Lachlan’s Line. Read more.


Riverside Master Plan Proposed for Vienna as Part of Design Competition

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22 Mar 2016, Vienna, Austria

Two architecture firms have teamed up to design a master plan for a site along the Danube riverfront as part of an international design competition. The proposal would add density to the site through the addition of several high-rises. Read more.


London Skyscraper Report Claims 436 Proposed Skyscrapers in the City

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10 Mar 2016, London, United Kingdom

The number of tall buildings earmarked for London’s skyline has grown by more than 100 in less than a year, according to a new report on proposed skyscrapers in the city. The total number of proposed skyscrapers now stands at 436. Read more.


Ambitious Forest City Development Planned for Malaysia

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08 Feb 2016, Iskandar, Malaysia

Sasaki Associates recently unveiled some preliminary details regarding an ambitious mixed-use development. Dubbed Forest City, the multi-phase project is billed as a potential new cultural and economic hub for the region. Read more.


Auckland Developments to Benefit from City Rail Link Plan

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27 Jan 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

The government of New Zealand has agreed to help support important transit connections with a City Rail Link plan that is intended to spur transit-oriented tall building development in Auckland. Read more.


Waterfront Master Plan Revealed in Metropolitan Cebu

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04 Jan 2016, Cebu, Philippines

An idle 20-hectare waterfront property at a reclamation area in Mandaue – part of Metropolitan Cebu, the Philippine’s second city – will soon be transformed into a mixed-use community aimed at becoming a lifestyle destination. Read more.


Eyeing Rapid Results, Egypt Takes Charge of Building New Capital Outside of Cairo

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11 Dec 2015, Cairo, Egypt

Built to escape Cairo's overcrowding and pollution, the new administrative capital is expected to cost a total $300 billion and feature a new central business district with a cluster of high-rises. Read more.


Multi-Stage Urban Redevelopment Master Plan Proposed for Oslo

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03 Dec 2015, Oslo, Norway

Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen (SHL) has won an international competition to design an 87,000-square-meter master plan in central Oslo. Named Eureka Kvarteret, the project seeks to combine the diversity of the existing settlement. Read more.