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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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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.

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.