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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China
Plans to turn part of Shenzhen's Qianhai special economic zone (SEZ) into the Pearl River Delta's version of Manhattan are being overshadowed by a battle between urban planners and aviation authorities over building heights. Read more.
02 Apr 2015, Shanghai, China
A strong gust of wind sent an elevated platform flying back and forth through the air until it rammed into a window on the 91st floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. The two workers aboard the platform walked away with minor injuries. Read more.
19 Mar 2015, New York City, United States
The Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments in New York are writing rules to govern what are called “occupant-evacuation elevators” — cars that can, in special circumstances, be used to move people down in an emergency. Read more.
18 Mar 2015, Paris, France
Firefighters were called out to the La Défense financial district on the edge of Paris on Wednesday to tackle a fire that had broken out at the top of Coeur Défense at around 10 am. The fire was extinguished shortly thereafter. Read more.
11 Mar 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia
The 20-story Wisma Kosgoro office building in Jakarta caught fire on the evening of March 9, damaging the 16th floor and several floors above, but resulting in no casualties. The building caught fire not long after the end of office hours. Read more.
23 Feb 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hundreds of people in Dubai were evacuated from one of the world's tallest residential buildings on February 21 when fire swept through The Torch, an 86-story skyscraper, residents said. Four people suffered minor injuries. Read more.
05 Feb 2015, Manila, Philippines
One floor of a 63-story residential tower under construction in Manila’s upscale Bonifacio Global City collapsed on February 4, killing two construction workers and injuring 11 others. Read more.
20 Jan 2015, Mumbai, India
On January 16, a fire that broke out in an under-construction Mumbai high-rise was followed by one of the city’s longest fire-fighting operations in recent times. The building is part of a complex called Altamonte. Read more.
16 Jan 2015, New York City, United States
The Department of Buildings hit 432 Park Avenue with a stop-work order after an eight-foot (2.4-meter) section of pipe fell from a hoist car on the 81st floor and crashed to the ground in front of an occupied building across the street. Read more.
14 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom
A third steel bolt has broken on the 47-story Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City of London. Developer British Land said it will replace a number of bolts, which are just under one meter in length, as a precautionary measure. Read more.
13 Jan 2015, Miami, United States
In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent letters to the developers of four planned high-rises in the downtown area demanding drastic height reductions, leading many developers to lobby the government. Read more.
12 Jan 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Residents of Gate Towers have voiced concerns about safety after inner panes in two tempered-glass windows spontaneously shattered. The developer said it is replacing the glass and investigating the cause of the breakage. Read more.
19 Dec 2014, Seoul, South Korea
A worker was found dead at the construction site of the 123-story Lotte World Tower in southeastern Seoul on December 16, police officers said. The cause of death is still under investigation. Read more.
16 Dec 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reports indicate that some residential high-rise developers are passing off small rooms as storage spaces to get planning permission, then changing the description to maid’s rooms in advertising material. Read more.
08 Dec 2014, Los Angeles, United States
A massive fire in downtown engulfed an apartment complex under construction, damaged two high-rises and left freeways and roads closed. There were no injuries. Officials said the cause of the blaze was not yet known. Read more.
17 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The cost of repairing the fire-damaged Tamweel Tower has reached $21.2 million according to the latest assessment. Two years after a fire partially gutted the 34-story tower, the property is still no closer to receiving repairs. Read more.
05 Nov 2014, Las Vegas, United States
In 2008, construction of the Harmon Hotel was halted when inspectors discovered that the steel reinforcement used in the first 15 stories would not support the planned 49-story tower above. Jury selection has begun for the resulting lawsuits. Read more.
31 Oct 2014, Visakhapatnam, India
In the aftermath of a severe cyclone, Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is seriously contemplating requiring that buildings be constructed to endure such natural calamities, especially high-rises, which are greatly affected by wind forces. Read more.
28 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States
Owners of Chicago’s 729 pre-1975 residential high-rises have had nine years to make fire safety improvements, and the deadline is “not moving” past January 1, a top mayoral aide said on October 27. Read more.
22 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom
Hundreds of glass panels on 240 Blackfriars are going to be inspected after a large pane of glass fell several stories onto the pavement below. For the time being, protective scaffolding will be built around the perimeter. Read more.
01 Oct 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
On September 30, a fire erupted in the Shangri-la Hotel in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. It's suspected that the fire was caused by an electrical wire, although this has not been officially confirmed. Read more.
26 Sep 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam
An elevator at the Lotte Center in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District fell rapidly from the 63rd to 35th floor on the evening of September 25, terrorizing seven people inside it. No casualties were reported. Read more.
22 Sep 2014, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Flames engulfed a 25-story apartment building, Novaya Vysota, in the city of Krasnoyarsk on September 22. The blaze damaged an area of about 2,000 square meters. The fire spread to the entire height of the building on two sides. Read more.
10 Sep 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
Two people have been detained in connection with the death of 10 workers on September 6, when an industrial elevator fell to the ground level from a higher floor of a high-rise building being constructed in Istanbul. Read more.