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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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New York’s 551 Tenth Avenue Begins Upward Climb


31 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

On the corner of 40th Street and Tenth Avenue, yet another major rental tower is just beginning to rise at 551 Tenth Avenue. The building will have 600 units, and permits indicated a final height of 52 stories. Read more.

Construction on Manchester Residential Tower Quartet to Begin in February 2015


29 Oct 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Media City scheme planned for Salford Quays in Manchester will start construction in 2015. The project consists of four towers, the tallest of which will be 27 floors, each sitting on its own individual retail podium. Read more.

Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Dubai’s Marina 101


28 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s Marina 101 will soon house the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel, it was announced on October 27. The hotel will occupy the first 33 floors of the building and will feature a club and restaurant on the 101st floor. Read more.

Forthcoming Skyscrapers Seek to Enhance Delhi National Capital Region


24 Oct 2014, New Delhi, India

The amenities promised by developers in many of the skyscrapers under construction in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) have been a hit with the well-heeled customers looking for the high-rise lifestyle. Read more.

Construction of Toronto’s EY Tower Approaching Grade


22 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

A block west of the construction site for the Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower, EY Tower will soon be rising from the ground. The foundation raft slab was poured during mid-July and two tower cranes are now working away on site. Read more.

CHAZ Yorkville Condos Nearing Final Height on Toronto’s Charles Street


15 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

Another high-rise development is approaching its final height in Toronto. CHAZ Yorkville Condos has made significant progress over the past several months and work is now under way on the 47th and final residential floor. Read more.

Richard Meier Reveals 163-meter Skyscraper in Taichung


14 Oct 2014, Taichung, Taiwan

Designs have been unveiled for a 163-meter-high skyscraper that is already under construction in the Taiwanese city of Taichung. The Taichung Condominium Tower will offer 110 luxury apartments in the center of the city. Read more.

High-Rise Super Hospital Under Construction in Montreal


09 Oct 2014, Montreal, Canada

Halfway through construction, the $1.8 billion Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM) is a new breed of super-hospital. It will be the largest French-speaking teaching hospital in North America upon completion. Read more.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016


08 Oct 2014, Guangzhou, China

The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an assortment of office space, an art mall, a hotel, and residences. Read more.

Monaco’s Tallest Building Nears Completion


02 Oct 2014, Monaco, Monaco

Monaco's tallest building is nearing completion – the first significant addition to the region’s skyline since the 1980s. Named Tour Odéon, the 170-meter structure will contain 70 apartments and two sky duplexes. Read more.

Seoul Approves Opening of Lotte World Tower’s Lower Sections


02 Oct 2014, Seoul, South Korea

The metropolitan government of Seoul gave a conditional green light to open lower floors of the Lotte World Center, which is being built in a posh southeastern district, ending months of controversy over its safety and other concerns. Read more.

Russian Practice Takes Over Lakhta Center Job


30 Sep 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

A Russian practice, Gorproyekt, has been appointed to the Lakhta Center project in St. Petersburg, replacing the original architect on the scheme. Once complete, the tower will be the tallest in Europe at 462 meters. Read more.

Cladding Begins on 10 Hudson Yards in New York City


29 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Besides more concrete and steel, the first of 10 Hudson Yard's cladding has begun to appear along the side of the building. The glass appears to be of a very high quality, reflecting nearby structures without major distortion. Read more.

Work to Resume on Nakheel’s Palm Gateway in Dubai


22 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nakheel is to resume work on the landmark development at the entrance of the Palm Jumeirah – more than six years after it was first launched. The project is targeted for completion in 2017. Read more.

Construction Underway on Microcity V Lesu in Moscow


17 Sep 2014, Moscow, Russia

Construction is well underway on a group of colorful high-rise apartments in one of the most prestigious districts in Moscow. The façade of each building features unique accents in the form of bay windows, consoles, and balconies. Read more.

Architects Hand Over London’s Leadenhall Building for Fit-Out


12 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

The shell of the Leadenhall Building is now complete and has been handed over to its future tenants for fit-out. With a height of 224 meters, it is best known for its tapered profile that pulls back to respect views of St Paul's Cathedral. Read more.

MoMA Skyscraper in New York City Receives Air Rights


12 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

After nearly a decade of planning, developers are ready to begin building an 82-story skyscraper adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan on West 53rd Street. The tower will rise 320 meters and comprise 140 high-end condos. Read more.

Highest Floors in Dubai’s Marina 101 Go On Sale


11 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The top 20 floors of Marina 101, Dubai’s future second-tallest building, are going on sale. When completed at the end of December 2014, the 427-meter tall Marina 101 will be the second-tallest tower in Dubai after the Burj Khalifa. Read more.

Amstar Buys Warsaw’s Zlota 44


08 Sep 2014, Warsaw, Poland

Denver-based Amstar Global Advisers recently announced the purchase of Warsaw’s iconic Zlota 44 residential tower in an off-market transaction. Amstar is partnering with Poland-based developer BBI Development to complete the project. Read more.

Port Authority Delays 1WTC Opening in New York City


08 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Work is still underway on 1 World Trade Center, and it’s hard to know precisely when those doors will open to the public and what the final bill will be. In early September, the Port Authority would only say the tower will open “later this fall." Read more.

New York City’s Empire State Building Surpassed by 432 Park Avenue


29 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

With its core now standing approximately 390 meters above the street, 432 Park Avenue has surpassed the architectural height of the Empire State Building, and is now the tallest building in New York north of One World Trade Center. Read more.

Phase One Opens at Bangkok Central Embassy


25 Aug 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Construction continues on the Bangkok Central Embassy, with an expected overall completion date in late 2014, and a hotel opening in 2015. Having nearly reached full height, the tower opened its doors in May 2014 to its lower floors. Read more.

Concrete Poured at Houston’s 609 Main


25 Aug 2014, Houston, United States

Construction is moving forward on one of Houston’s most talked-about office towers, 609 Main. On August 23, contractors began pouring the massive concrete mat that will be the foundation for the 48-story building. Read more.

Astana Skyline on the Rise


22 Aug 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan

After years of economic growth, the Astana skyline is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. More than a dozen high-rises have been built here in the last decade, with another dozen under construction. Read more.

Brookfield Named General Contractor for 50-Story London High-Rise


21 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

Work at the site of a new London high-rise, One Blackfriars, is progressing with Brookfield Multiplex officially being appointed to build the tower, which is located on the south bank in the London Borough of Southwark. Read more.

San Francisco Tower May Skirt Affordable Requirement


18 Aug 2014, San Francisco, United States

The new glass tower under construction at 181 Fremont in San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment District looks like it's going to get away with excluding an affordable component, with prices exceeding $21,500/square meter. Read more.

Condo Developments Elevate Boston Skyline


14 Aug 2014, Boston, United States

The Boston skyline is about to change radically as it welcomes several new, super high-end residential towers, meeting the surge of demand for condos. All but one of the residential towers are slated to be at least 180 meters tall. Read more.

Renderings Unveiled of Durst’s 855 Sixth Avenue in New York City


11 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Renderings have surfaced of Durst’s 855 Sixth Avenue, where COOKFOX is the design architect; on-site renderings have been up for quite some time, but until now, the actual tower’s appearance was hidden. Read more.

Mexico City’s Torre BBVA to be Completed in Late 2014


11 Aug 2014, Mexico City, Mexico

When it’s completed later this year, Torre BBVA Bancomer will become the tallest building in Mexico, standing at 235 meters high. The tower promises to be a new urban landmark and reference point on the skyline of Mexico City. Read more.

Developer Builds Land Over Active Train Tracks in New York City


29 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

The $4.5 billion Manhattan West project is well underway, with workers laboring day and night to build a 2.6-acre (1 hectare), 120,000-square-foot (11,000-square-meter) platform above active railroad tracks. Read more.