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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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Yangon Officials Perform Final Check on Halted High-Rises


13 Sep 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

After ordering construction to halt earlier in 2016, Yangon’s high-rise review committee has performed the final check on 55 new buildings and is preparing to inspect a remaining 130 structures to ensure tower safety. Read more.

Yangon Regulators Halt Skyscraper Construction and Demand Safety Modifications


05 Aug 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

After Yangon regulators halted construction of around 200 buildings in May, reviews for 12 of the buildings were completed earlier this month, with the Yangon government ordering safety modifications for all of them. Read more.

Rio 2016 Athletes’ Village Remains Unfinished Ahead of Olympic Games


28 Jul 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More than half of the 17-story buildings set to house athletes during the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are still not fully ready, with less than two weeks to go until the start of the games. Read more.

Fire Breaks out in Dubai’s Sulafa Tower


20 Jul 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 76-story residential skyscraper in Dubai caught fire in the densely populated Marina district, sending plumes of smoke into the air. It took firefighters three hours to dampen the blaze at the Sulafa Tower – the city’s 21st tallest building. Read more.

Tower Crane Collapses at Makati City Construction Site


26 May 2016, Makati City, Philippines

On May 26, two people were injured when a tower crane at the construction site of the 32-story Salcedo SkySuites Building – located along H.V. de la Costa Street in Barangay Bel Air, Makati City – collapsed. Read more.

Fire-Hit The Address Downtown Dubai Will Not Reopen in 2016


26 Apr 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Address, which was badly damaged by a fire on New Year’s Eve, will not reopen in 2016, an Emaar Hospitality Group executive said. In the meantime, the developer is anticipating the opening of The Address The BLVD. Read more.

Melbourne’s Tallest Building Found to Have Flammable Cladding


01 Apr 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has found that Melbourne's tallest building – the Eureka Tower – contains small amounts of highly combustible cladding; however, they insist that the cladding doesn’t pose a threat. Read more.

Huge Blaze Hits UAE Residential Towers in Ajman


29 Mar 2016, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Firefighters extinguished a blaze Tuesday, March 29 that burned up the side of several towers in the United Arab Emirates city of Ajman, the latest in a series of skyscraper infernos in the Gulf nation. Read more.

Construction Worker Falls from Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles


18 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States

According to fire officials, a construction worker died after he fell from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center – the future tallest building in Los Angeles and the US, west of the Mississippi River. Read more.

External Cladding Audit Finds Fault with 83 Melbourne High-Rises


18 Feb 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) says just over half of 170 buildings audited buildings were found to be non-compliant in using external wall cladding materials that failed the combustibility requirements for a high-rise. Read more.

Fatal Elevator Accident at Istanbul’s Torun Center Prompts Calls for Stricter Safety Standards


01 Feb 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Turkish authorities to carry out a full investigation of the causes of a fatal elevator accident on the construction site of the Torun Center, which killed ten. Read more.

Tokyo Launches High-Rise Fire Rescue Helicopters


07 Jan 2016, Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Fire Department has introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires. The development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo and rapid growth in the number of high-rise buildings. Read more.

CTBUH Expert Weighs in on Dubai High-Rise Fire


05 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Working with all available information, CTBUH Fellow and fire safety expert Simon Lay considers this most recent high-rise fire, its causes, and the potential impact it might have on the industry moving forward. Read more.

Dubai Blaze Raises Questions over Gulf Skyscraper Cladding


04 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year's Eve – the emirate's third high-rise fire in three years – has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the region. Read more.

Fire Breaks out in Chicago’s Hancock Center


23 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States

Five people were injured, including a Chicago Police officer, in a two-alarm fire on November 21 at Chicago's iconic John Hancock Center. The fire broke out at approximately 2:30 pm inside an apartment bedroom on the 50th floor. Read more.

Fire Halts Construction of Myanmar’s Tallest Building


18 Nov 2015, Yangon, Myanmar

City engineers in Yangon were busy inspecting the site of what has been planned as Myanmar’s tallest building after a fire broke out in the early-morning hours of November 17 on the building's in-progress 22nd floor. Read more.

Civil Defense Authorities to Increase Building Inspections in Sharjah


02 Nov 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Sharjah Civil Defense authority has committed to increasing the number of inspection visits to buildings in the emirate after a massive fire gutted all residential units in a high-rise building in September. Read more.

Japanese Construction Firm Admits to Faulty Construction in Yokohama


26 Oct 2015, Yokohama, Japan

Following several media reports, one of Japan’s largest chemical companies, has admitted that a subsidiary that builds residential homes performed substandard work and falsified data on apartment towers it built in Yokohama. Read more.

Fire Erupts at Sharjah High-Rise


01 Oct 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A massive fire erupted at the 36-story Nasser Tower building on King Fasial Street in Sharjah around 2 pm on October 1. The fire was still raging two hours later, with the cause yet to be ascertained. Read more.

Leak Discovered at World Trade Center Basement in New York City


27 Aug 2015, New York City, United States

An underground leak has been discovered under the World Trade Center complex – and officials fear the seepage may be coming from the slurry wall that separates the newly rebuilt site from the Hudson River. Read more.

Mumbai Gets 90-Meter Snorkel to Combat High-Rise Fires


18 Aug 2015, Mumbai, India

Three years after planning to import a new snorkel to combat high-rise fires, the Mumbai Fire Brigade unveiled the brand new 90-meter device. The hydraulic platform can scale up to 30 floors and has a turntable ladder. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out in Sharjah High-Rise

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14 Aug 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out the evening of August 13 in a high-rise under construction in the Al Khan area of Sharjah. The fire gutted the 21st and 22nd stories of the building and consumed parts of the 20th floor . Read more.

Walkie Talkie Wind Complaints Prompt City Clampdown


08 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

Concerns about strong winds at the bottom of 20 Fenchurch Street, which were not predicted at the planning stage, have prompted the City of London to start demanding independent verification of developers’ wind studies. Read more.

High-Rise Investors Overwhelm Hanoi’s Alleys


24 Jun 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam

High-rise buildings and apartments are beginning to crowd small alleyways and residential areas in Hanoi, and as a result, investors are putting immense pressures on already weak infrastructure systems. Read more.

Concrete Spalling Concerns Loom Over Gold Coast High-Rises


16 Jun 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

Dozens of 40-year-old Gold Coast high-rise apartment towers built in the 1970s face million-dollar repair jobs due to concrete spalling, which occurs when steel reinforcement within concrete slabs rust and expand. Read more.

Koryo Hotel Catches Fire in Pyongyang


15 Jun 2015, Pyongyang, North Korea

A large high-rise hotel caught fire in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on June 11. The story has been under-reported and little photographic evidence has emerged due to the government’s strict control over the media. Read more.

Post-Earthquake Inspection Finds Two Kathmandu High-Rises Unsafe


05 Jun 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

The Nepalese government has declared that two out of the 40 apartment buildings in Kathmandu are uninhabitable after completing a Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Assessment of all the inhabited high-rises in the valley. Read more.

Melbourne Buildings Audited for Non-Compliant Cladding


29 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria's Building Regulator has announced that every high-rise built in Melbourne's central business district and inner suburbs in the past decade will be inspected for cheap, imported, non-compliant cladding found to be flammable. Read more.

New Safety Norms Considered in India Following Nepal Earthquake


27 Apr 2015, Delhi, India

The recent earthquake in Nepal has brought earthquake safety norms into focus in India, where high-rises above 20 and 30 floors are quickly becoming the norm. Most buildings in India today use the minimum structural safety standards. Read more.

145 Japanese Skyscrapers Could be at Risk Due to Substandard Earthquake Dampers


27 Apr 2015, Tokyo, Japan

One of the leading Japanese manufacturers of shock absorbers designed to enable large structures to withstand earthquakes has admitted that 145 buildings have been fitted with substandard equipment. Read more.