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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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Air Rights Secured for Spiral Tower in New York City’s Hudson Yards

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09 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

The final air rights have been secured for The Spiral, a 65-story, $3.2 billion new tower set to rise in New York City's Hudson Yards. To date, the project's developer has spent $265 million on air rights alone. Read more.


Plans Revealed for New Residential Development in Toronto

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13 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

In Toronto, a new residential development is being proposed at 169 The Donway West. Developers are now advancing a new site plan application for a 34-story residential tower, framed by the curve of a cascading mid-rise sibling. Read more.


Lakeshore East Developer Announces New Projects as Vista Rises in Chicago

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29 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

After breaking ground in September, Chicago's Vista Tower is beginning to pop up into the city's iconic skyline. Meanwhile, one of its developers is preparing to unveil plans for more than 2,000 homes and nearly 1,000 hotel rooms nearby. Read more.


Liuzhou Forest City Master Plan Breaks Ground in China

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26 Jun 2017, Liuzhou, China

A new “forest city” has broken ground in Liuzhou. Conceived as a green metropolis, the project will eventually accommodate 30,000 people with offices, houses, hotels, hospitals, and schools covered entirely by plants and trees. Read more.


Multi-Tower Design Wins Eindhoven Design Competition

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20 Jun 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

A team has won a competition to create a new mixed-use hub in Eindhoven. The winning proposal includes a trio of towers and a urban plaza, called District E. The 70,000-square-meter proposal will be located next to Eindhoven Station. Read more.


Two-Tower Metro Martin Place Proposal Submitted in Sydney

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05 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

A stage-one development application has been submitted for plans to build two towers above Sydney’s existing Martin Place Railway Station, the proposed Martin Place Metro Station, and a public underpass beneath Martin Place. Read more.


Skyscraper Frenzy Divides Locals in Bulgarian Capital Sofia

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30 May 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria

Projects to construct new skyscrapers in the trendiest parts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, have triggered fierce debates about city planning and the loose regulations on large-scale property investments. Read more.


Class-A Office Tower Proposed for Miami Worldcenter

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24 May 2017, Miami, United States

An international real estate firm has announced plans to develop 110 10th Street, a 45-story office tower within Miami Worldcenter in the heart of downtown Miami. The new tower will include Class-A office space and high-street retail. Read more.


New Skyscraper Included in Bratislava's Eurovea 2 Complex Proposal

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08 May 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

The developer behind the multifunctional complex Eurovea 2 has revealed more details and renderings for the upcoming project. The proposal includes plans for a new skyscraper in Bratislava, a tower rising over 150 meters. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City's Historic District 4 Riverfront to Undergo Massive Redevelopment

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04 May 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Boston-based urban design firm recently unveiled a multi-tower master plan for the redevelopment of Ho Chi Minh City’s two-kilometer-long port located in District 4’s Khanh Hoi and Ben Nha Rong neighborhoods. Read more.


Carillon Tower in Chicago Rejected Due to Traffic Concerns

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10 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

A proposed 60-story tower will not be moving forward, a local alderman says. The Carillon Tower would have been the tallest tower built in River North in nearly a decade, but the community is concerned it would negatively impact traffic. Read more.


New Renderings and Info Unveiled for Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Yards Project

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28 Mar 2017, Philadelphia, United States

New images of the Schuylkill Yards project have been released, along with a film and a website that details new information on the project. Further, an interactive map outlines 12 of the 14 proposed new buildings for the site. Read more.


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.