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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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Melbourne to House World’s Tallest Student Accommodation Tower


05 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer claims that it is planning the world’s tallest student accommodation tower at 97 Franklin Street. The US$222 million, 60-story tower would be located in the Melbourne CBD and overlook RMIT University. Read more.

Campaigners Attack Policy Shift to Allow More Tall Buildings in Westminster, London


05 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A petition has been launched against a potential change to Westminster City Council’s policy on tall buildings. Meanwhile, the council is running an eight-week public consultation to garner opinion about expansion in the borough. Read more.

40-Story Residential Tower Proposed for 75 Broadway Avenue in Toronto


04 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

A developer has submitted a proposal for a new project at 75 Broadway Avenue. Plans would see the demolition of a portion of an existing 10-story apartment building in order to allow for the construction of a 40-story tower containing 402 rental units. Read more.

Ho Chi Minh City's Historic District 4 Riverfront to Undergo Massive Redevelopment


04 May 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Boston-based urban design firm recently unveiled a multi-tower master plan for the redevelopment of Ho Chi Minh City’s two-kilometer-long port located in District 4’s Khanh Hoi and Ben Nha Rong neighborhoods. Read more.

Oak Park High-Rise Tops Out and Gets Another New Name


04 May 2017, Oak Park, United States

Crews have topped out a new mixed-use tower next to the central transit hub of Oak Park, a close-in Chicago suburb. The project, which consists of a 20-story tower and a five-story low-rise component, is expected to open in late 2017. Read more.

Mixed-Use Torre Américas 1500 Completes in Guadalajara


03 May 2017, Guadalajara, Mexico

Rising 28 stories, Torre Américas 1500 is the first building to complete as part of a new complex off Américas Avenue – one of the principal highways in Guadalajara – which is emerging as Mexico's architecture hotspot. Read more.

Chinese Developer Buys London’s Iconic Leadenhall Building


03 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese developer has agreed to buy London’s iconic Leadenhall Building skyscraper for US$1.49 billion. On May 2, the company revealed its acquisition of the tower, which holds the title as the fourth-tallest building in London. Read more.

Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Zhuhai Huafa Plaza


03 May 2017, Zhuhai, China

An architecture firm has won a design competition for Zhuhai Huafa Plaza. When complete in 2019, it will feature three towers of 130, 180, and 250 meters, respectively, together with three commercial environments. Read more.

Lovejoy Wharf Sales Now Underway in Boston


03 May 2017, Boston, United States

Sales at the 15-story, 157-unit Lovejoy Wharf building, located between the Zakim and Charlestown bridges, are now underway. Prices range from $750,000 to north of $3,000,000, with units ranging in size from studios to three-bedrooms. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Hybrid-Timber Tower in Västerås


02 May 2017, Västerås, Sweden

A competition-winning design has been selected for a new residential tower in Västerås. The proposal employs a hybrid solid wood and concrete structure with a wrap-around-terrace façade characterized by three-dimensional elements. Read more.

Second Phase of Aquablu Development Moving Forward in Laval


02 May 2017, Laval, Canada

A waterside property in Laval will give rise to a 21-story follow-up to Phase One of the Aquablu complex. Plans for Phase Two include additional residences of varying sizes and layouts, as well as a selection of luxury amenities. Read more.

Public Transport Emphasized at St. Leonards Square Groundbreaking in Sydney


02 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for St. Leonards Square, which is part of the larger 472-520 Pacific Highway complex. At the ceremony, the developer's CEO stated that the success of the project hangs on the availability of public transport. Read more.

Miami’s Aria on the Bay Tops Out with 80 Percent of its Units Sold


02 May 2017, Miami, United States

Aria on the Bay has become Miami’s latest luxury condominium to top out, with the 648-unit tower rising to 53 stories in Edgewater. The development is 80 percent sold and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Read more.

Plans Introduced for Vita Two on the Lake in Toronto


01 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following on the success of their recently launched Vita on the Lake project on the Etobicoke waterfront, developers are moving forward with plans for a second phase, being marketed as Vita Two on The Lake. Read more.

Condos Hit the Market at The Bridges Development in Abu Dhabi


01 May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer has found buyers for the first two towers of its Bridges development, which the company started marketing at Cityscape Abu Dhabi in April. It said it had received initial payments for all 424 off-plan apartments. Read more.

Beacon Tower Proposed for Downtown Cleveland


01 May 2017, Cleveland, United States

Rising to 19 stories, the new 187-unit Beacon tower will sit atop an existing eight-story parking structure in the city’s downtown. Targeting Millennials, most of the units are one- and two-bedrooms, with flexible configurations. Read more.

Student Housing Tower Approved in Coventry


01 May 2017, Coventry, United Kingdom

Approval has been granted to a student accommodation scheme in Coventry. Plans will see the construction of a 583-bed tower on Friar’s Road which will feature a 19-story block comprising 140 studios and 443 en-suite cluster flats. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Astoria Complex in Colombo


28 Apr 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Construction is steadily progressing on the Astoria complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The development, which is scheduled to be opened to the public before the end of 2017, comprises three towers totaling 608 apartments. Read more.

Houston’s The Allen Highlighted in New Renderings


28 Apr 2017, Houston, United States

New renderings showing a redesigned scheme for The Allen in Houston have been released. Images showcase the exterior and interior design of the futuristic development, located at the corner of Allen Parkway and Gillette Street. Read more.

Developers Consider Changes to St. Michael’s Development in Manchester


28 Apr 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Developers have recruited Stephen Hodder to help them win planning permission for a controversial scheme dubbed St. Michael's. The team is now considering changes to the design of the 31- and 21-story towers. Read more.

Plans for 260 Kent Avenue Finalized in New York City


28 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

The final designs for 260 Kent Avenue have been revealed. The new 42-story tower is part of the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment mega-project, which will have a total build-out of five buildings once complete. Read more.

Edmonton City Councils Approves Rezoning for Western Canada’s Tallest Building


27 Apr 2017, Edmonton, Canada

By a vote of seven to five, Edmonton City Council has approved rezoning a property in The Quarters that would see the construction of Western Canada's tallest building, a 280-meter residential and hotel tower. Read more.

New York Financial District Supertall Breaks Ground


27 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

The Financial District’s latest planned supertall is officially moving forward after the development team held a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site at 45 Broad Street on April 26. The residential tower will rise to 340 meters. Read more.

Proposed Downtown Los Angeles High-Rise Refined


27 Apr 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Plans for a residential building in Downtown Los Angeles have been refined to better address surrounding properties. The 125-meter building will feature 248 residential units, 45 percent of which will be set aside for affordable housing. Read more.

Contractor Selected to Build Dual Residential Tower Scheme in Manchester


27 Apr 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

A construction contractor has been named to build The Residence, a 14- and 34-story tower development that will deliver 300 apartments to Manchester. Site work has already begun on the residential development. Read more.

Refurbishment Planned for Australia’s First Skyscraper in Sydney


26 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A development application has been submitted to refurbish a heritage-listed building in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The AMP Building, which opened in 1962, was Australia's first skyscraper and held the title as its tallest building until 1964. Read more.

New Renderings Unveiled for LA’s Future 3rd Tallest Building


26 Apr 2017, Los Angeles, United States

New renderings have emerged for Figueroa Centre in Downtown Los Angeles. The tower could become the third tallest building in Los Angeles, following the topped-out Wilshire Grand Center and 1990-built US Bank Tower. Read more.

Foundation Work Completes for Phase One of Winnipeg’s True North Square


26 Apr 2017, Winnipeg, Canada

The owner of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets continues the transformation of a downtown parcel set to become home to a mixed-use district. Thus far, foundation work has completed on phase one of the four-tower True North Square complex. Read more.

First Interior Photos Revealed for 56 Leonard in New York City


26 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

The first interior photographs of the 60-story tower at 56 Leonard have been revealed. The tower, which opened to residents in 2016, has been nicknamed the “Jenga Building,” inspired by its cantilevered balconies. Read more.

Supreme Court of the Philippines Allows Construction of Torre de Manila to Continue


25 Apr 2017, Manila, Philippines

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on April 25 allowed construction to resume at the 47-story residential building Torre de Manila, dubbed by some as "photo bomber" to the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Read more.