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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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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.

Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights


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.

Strong Winds Send Elevated Platform Flying at Shanghai WFC


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.

City Planning Commission Approves Plan For Evacuation Elevators In New York City


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.

Blaze Breaks Out At Top Of Paris Skyscraper


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.

Fire Scorches Wisma Kosgoro Building in Jakarta


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.

Fire Breaks Out at Dubai’s Torch


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.

Collapsed High-Rise Floor Kills Two in Manila


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.

Fire in Under-Construction Mumbai High-Rise Takes 14 Hours to Douse


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.

Work Stopped on New York’s 432 Park Avenue After Pipe Falls From 81st Floor


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.

London’s Leadenhall Building Loses Third Bolt in Three Months


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.

FAA Pushes Back Against Miami High-Rises


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.

Broken Windows in Abu Dhabi’s Gate Towers “An Oddity”


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.

Construction Worker Found Dead at Lotte World Tower in Seoul


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.

High-Rise Developers in Abu Dhabi Marketing Storage Spaces as “Maid’s Quarters”


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.

Los Angeles Complex Fire Scorches Two Adjacent Towers


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.

Two Years Later, Cost to Repair Fire-Damaged Dubai Tower Soars to $21M


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.

Jury Selection Begins for Las Vegas Tower Trial


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.

Vizag Considers Design Reinforcement for Forthcoming High-Rises


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.

Chicago High-Rise Fire Safety Ordinance Deadline Approaching


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.

Glass Safety Tests Planned for London Office Block After Large Pane Falls


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.

Fire Breaks Out at Shangri-la Hotel in Ulaanbaatar


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.

Elevator Free Fall in Hanoi’s Lotte Center Terrifies Riders Inside


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.

Fire Engulfs High-Rise Building in Krasnoyarsk


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.