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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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Woman Dies After Falling Off 27th Floor of a Panama City High-Rise While Taking Selfie

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16 Oct 2018, Panama City, Panama

A woman experienced a fatal fall from the 27th story of the 100-200 Luxor Tower in Panama City, Panama while taking a selfie. Local authorities have attributed the fall to a strong wind, which caused her to lose her balance. Read more.


Some Windows at Tour InCity in Lyon Have Broken

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04 Oct 2018, Lyon, France

Some windows from a 200-meter tower in Lyon have broken, leaving glass on the street. The incident was caused by tiny bubbles that had entered the windows during manufacturing and burst under exposure to hot temperatures. Read more.


Man Killed After Window Falls from London’s Corniche Hampton Towers

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03 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

A man has died due to a fallen window from a recently completed 27-story tower on the Albert Embankment in central London. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident alongside the local police. Read more.


Combustible Materials to be Banned on New High-Rise Buildings in the UK

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02 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

The UK government has announced that cladding made of combustible materials is banned on new construction and projects currently under construction above 18 meters. The ban will not apply retroactively to already-constructed projects. Read more.


Kuwait Bank Tower Fire Caused by Exterior Welding Works

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01 Oct 2018, Kuwait City, Kuwait

A fire broke out in a 62-story building under construction in the Sharq sector of Kuwait City, causing the evacuation of 2,500 workers. Investigators specified welding works on the building’s exterior as the cause of the incident. Read more.


Crack Appears in Sinking San Francisco Tower’s Window

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07 Sep 2018, San Francisco, United States

A large crack has appeared in the window of a 36th-floor unit in a San Francisco high-rise. The fissure may indicate a separation of the façade from the building’s structure, which is currently tilting 45 centimeters from its original positioning. Read more.


Fire in Johannesburg Provincial High-Rise Burns for More Than Two Days

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07 Sep 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa

A fire broke out in a 115-meter government building on September 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and had yet to be extinguished two days later. The incident occurred amid concerns that the building was unfit for habitation. Read more.


Oregon Becomes the First State to Permit Mass Timber High-Rises

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22 Aug 2018, Portland, United States

Oregon has become the first state in the US to allow timber buildings to exceed six stories without special consideration. Three new building classifications were introduced, at a maximum of nine, 12 and 18 stories. Read more.


Fire in Ajman High-Rise Injures 20

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21 Aug 2018, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in a 53-story tower in the United Arab Emirates, injuring 20. It allegedly started on the 26th floor in the air conditioning room before spreading to other levels, however it was extinguished before it could spread to nearby buildings. Read more.


Fire Breaks Out at Sejong Construction Site

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26 Jun 2018, Sejong City, South Korea

A fire broke out at a high-rise residential construction site in Sejong City in South Korea. Most of the major flames have been extinguished, but there have been 3 reported fatalities and 37 reported injuries. Read more.


Fire Breaks Out at Residential High-Rise in Mumbai

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13 Jun 2018, Mumbai, India

A fire broke out on the top floors of a residential high-rise in Mumbai on June 13. Firefighters were able to control the fire, and while 100 people were evacuated from the building, there were no reported fatalities. Read more.


UK Government to Consider Cladding Ban After London’s Tragic Grenfell Tower Fire

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18 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

Following the publication of a controversial review of current regulations, the UK Parliament agreed to consult on banning combustible cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings. Read more.


Dubai High-Rise Badly Damaged by Fire

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15 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in The Zen, a residential high-rise in Dubai Marina, on May 13. No injuries were reported, as many were away at work at the time, but the tower appears to be badly damaged. Officials said the fire started outside the building. Read more.


Further Disclosures Emerge About London’s Grenfell Tower Cladding Decisions

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11 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

New details have emerged in the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, revealing that a plan to fit the 24-story high-rise with fire-resistant cladding was dropped amid pressure from the local council to save money. Read more.


São Paulo High-Rise Collapses After Massive Fire

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01 May 2018, São Paulo, Brazil

An abandoned 24-story high-rise building in downtown São Paulo caught fire and collapsed on May 1. The fire is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. Firefighters said at least one person died in the collapse. Read more.


Fire at New York City’s Trump Tower Kills One

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09 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

A fire broke out at Trump Tower in New York City on April 7, leaving one man dead and six firefighters injured before the blaze was put out. The fire was contained to the 50th floor of the 58-story, 202.4-meter tower. Read more.


Plans Emerge for Future of Grenfell Tower Site in London

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05 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that decisions about the future of the Grenfell Tower site will be transferred to a new body representing residents and the bereaved. Read more.


Dozens Injured as Floor Collapses at Jakarta Stock Exchange

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15 Jan 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

Dozens of people were injured when a floor at the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta collapsed. At least 77 people were taken to local hospitals. The cause of the collapse is unknown as of press time. Read more.


China Strengthens Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings

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22 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a draft regulation on fire safety for high-rise buildings and for public consultation, which includes a ban on shopping malls setting up on the third basement or below in high-rises. Read more.


New Report Says San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is a Fire Hazard

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19 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

According to a new report, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower may be less safe than previously thought. The tower, already the center of several lawsuits, could be exposing residents to a widespread fire risk. Read more.


Review of London’s Grenfell Fire Finds UK Building Regulations “Not Fit for Purpose”

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19 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

An interim report into the review of building regulations, carried out in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, has concluded that they are “not fit for purpose,” and a “universal shift in culture” is needed to create “true and lasting change." Read more.


UK Cities Spending Billions in Post-Grenfell Retrofits

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13 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety measures in tower blocks have cost United Kingdom’s councils and housing associations billions in retrofits, prompting arguments over who should pay for the measures. Read more.


Man Attempting Climbing Stunt in Changsha Falls 54 Stories to His Death

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11 Dec 2017, Changsha, China

A Chinese “rooftopping” star fell to his death while performing a stunt in November 2017. Police have confirmed that Wu Yongning fell to his death from the 54-story Huayuan Centre in Changsha, Hunan. Read more.


London’s Grenfell Tower Investigation Looks into Possible Public Office Offenses

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11 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

Almost 400 companies are being investigated for possible offenses, including corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety laws, over their role in the construction or refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. Read more.


Plan for Chicago Tower Hits Obstacle

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07 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

A planned 51-story tower on Wacker Drive has run into an unexpected obstacle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the project for potential “adverse effect” from demolishing an architecturally significant building. Read more.


Melbourne Builder Finally Agrees to Replace Flammable Cladding on Lacrosse Towers

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04 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Three years after fire ripped through 15 floors in a matter of minutes, the builder behind the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne’s Docklands has agreed to replace the combustible cladding on the tower. Read more.


Apartment Fire Kills 10 in Tianjin

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01 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

A skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, December 1, 2017. The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m. on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city center. Read more.


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Turns Down Architecture Organization’s Offer to Help

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22 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry has refused a prominent architecture organization's application to become a “core participant” (CP) on the review into the 71 deaths caused by the tragic fire in June 2017. Read more.


UK's RIBA Demands Sprinklers and Fire Escapes for New and Refurbished Multistory Homes

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20 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom

Responding to the Grenfell Tower fire, UK's RIBA has called for every new residential building over three floors to have more than one vertical means of escape, as well as sprinklers in all new and refurbished residential buildings. Read more.


Grenfell Probe in London Widens to 336 Companies

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22 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower fire probe has widened to include 336 firms thought to be involved in the construction, refurbishment, or management of the building. Manslaughter is among the offenses that may be discovered. Read more.