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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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Four Teams Shortlisted for Eiffel Tower Overhaul in Paris

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09 May 2018, Paris, France

Four architecture, landscape design, and urban planning teams have been shortlisted for an overhaul of the Eiffel Tower in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The project will see the teams propose improvements to the 324-meter tower. Read more.


University of Toronto Plans Hybrid Timber Tower

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09 May 2018, Toronto, Canada

The University of Toronto is aiming to build a 14-story academic building that it said could be North America’s tallest mass timber hybrid tower. The university is waiting for the City of Toronto to change zoning rules that would allow timber towers. Read more.


Construction Completes on Melbourne’s 661 Chapel Street

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09 May 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A Malaysian developer has completed construction on its first Australian project, an AU$154 million apartment tower at 661 Chapel Street in Melbourne. Approximately 70 percent of the 29-story building’s 116 units have sold. Read more.


New Details Emerge for The Well in Toronto

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08 May 2018, Toronto, Canada

Additional details for The Well, a multi-tower development currently under construction in Toronto, have been revealed. The project includes 139,354 square meters of office and retail space, as well as 1,800 residential units. Read more.


Chase Tower, Phoenix's Tallest Building, Sells in Foreclosure Deal

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08 May 2018, Phoenix, United States

Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix has sold for almost $79 million through a foreclosure deal, and its new owners said plans are underway to renovate the tower built in 1972. The 40-story office high-rise is Arizona’s tallest building. Read more.


Singapore’s Teck Whye Avenue Apartments Get Mondrian-Inspired Paint Job

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08 May 2018, Singapore, Singapore

The façades of blocks 1 to 7 at Teck Whye Avenue, a high-rise residential complex in Singapore, have been painted with designs inspired by the paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. The program started late in 2017 and was recently completed. Read more.


Plan for 1,200 Apartments Launched in Western Sydney Suburb

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07 May 2018, Sydney, Australia

A AU$808 million, 1,200 unit master plan for Sydney suburb Merrylands has been green-lit by the Cumberland Council. The development will be called “The Opera” and is slated for completion by 2023. Read more.


Curridabat, Costa Rica’s 25-Story Tower XCALA in Final Phase of Construction Plans

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07 May 2018, Curridabat, Costa Rica

A 25-story, $30 million USD residential complex is in its final phase of construction plans. The reinforced-concrete project will include automated parking, motion-activated LED lights and thorough CCTV coverage for resident safety. Read more.


Chicago’s Willis Tower Getting First New Elevators Since its Completion in 1974

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07 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The Willis Tower is getting new elevators that are expected to trim trip time by 30 percent, and energy use by 35 percent. The 83 elevator shafts receiving an upgrade will mark the 108-story tower’s first elevator renovation since it was completed. Read more.


Social Media Giant Takes Space in Barcelona’s Torre Glòries

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07 May 2018, Barcelona, Spain

Torre Glòries, a 35-story office tower formerly known as Torre Agbar, will house an American social media giant's new fake-news fighting initiative in Barcelona. The company will create 500 new jobs. Read more.


REIT Proposes 52-Story Building in Toronto

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04 May 2018, Toronto, Canada

A developer is seeking a rezoning permit to build a 52-story mixed-use tower at 250 Dundas West in downtown Toronto. The high-rise would include 517 residential units, 12,295 square meters of office space, and ground-floor retail. Read more.


Tech Giant Pausing Seattle Tower Construction Because of Business Tax Proposal

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04 May 2018, Seattle, United States

A tech giant is halting construction on a 17-story office tower currently being built on its Seattle campus, and is considering sub-leasing a second high-rise while the City Council considers a new tax on large businesses. Read more.


New Images Released of “Refreshed” £5 Billion Liverpool Waters Master Plan

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04 May 2018, Liverpool, United Kingdom

New images have been revealed for the £5 billion Liverpool Waters development along the city’s waterfront. The 60-hectare site is to be transformed into a mixed-use quarter that will include a number of high-rise buildings. Read more.


New Tower to Punctuate Montréal Skyline With Art Deco-Inspired Design

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03 May 2018, Montréal, Canada

Construction is about to begin on a 35-story condominium tower in Montréal. The Art Deco-inspired high-rise located at 628 Saint-Jacque will contain 258 units, ranging in size from 43 square meters up to 371 square meters. Read more.


Architect Presents an Algae-Covered Building Proposal for Hangzhou

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03 May 2018, Hangzhou, China

A Paris-based architecture firm has released plans for a proposed high-rise complex that would occupy a new district in Hangzhou. Called “French Dream Towers”, the mixed-use project would support a bio-façade covered with algae. Read more.


Construction Begins on Perth’s $AU3.8 Billion “Transformative” Belmont Park Project

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03 May 2018, Perth, Australia

A developer has broken ground on the first stage of the AU$3.8 billion Belmont Park development in Perth. Once complete, the project will include 4,500 residences, offices, and retail space across several buildings, rising up to 42 stories. Read more.


Office Tower Unveiled for Midtown Atlanta

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02 May 2018, Atlanta, United States

An Atlanta developer has released plans for a 30-story office tower in the city’s Midtown district. At 152.4 meters, the Pickard Chilton-designed high-rise could become the tallest new office building in Midtown in nearly a decade. Read more.


Developer Begins Handover of Dubai Marina Project Homes

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02 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of The Residences at Marina Gate 1, a 52-story high-rise that recently completed in Dubai, has begun handover of the tower’s 399 units to buyers. The remaining two towers in the complex are progressing on schedule. Read more.


Plans for 40-Story High-Rise in New York’s Greenpoint are Moving Forward

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02 May 2018, New York City, United States

Plans have been submitted for a 40-story residential tower in the Greenpoint neighborhood of New York City. The application lists Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as the applicant of record, although no formal announcement has been made. Read more.


Construction on Sandton High-Rise Progressing

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02 May 2018, Sandton, South Africa

Construction on The Leonardo, a 150-meter mixed-use tower in Sandton, South Africa, has surpassed the city’s current tallest building in height. The high-rise will contain apartments, office space, and retail, as well as luxury amenities. 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.


Three-Tower Development Coming to Sydney Suburb of Epping

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01 May 2018, Sydney, Australia

Construction on a three-tower residential complex proposed for the Sydney suburb of Epping is set to begin in 2019. Rising to 19, 25, and 29 stories, the three towers designed by Architectus will feature a total of 463 apartments. Read more.


Demolition in Chicago's River West Makes Space for 23-Story Apartment High-Rise

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01 May 2018, Chicago, United States

A single-story commercial building in Chicago’s River West has received its demolition permit, signaling that a 23-story residential high-rise planned for the site is ready to move forward. The tower will include 226 apartments. Read more.


New York City's Under-Construction Central Park Tower Reaches 300 Meters

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30 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

Central Park Tower, a mixed-use building in New York, has surpassed 300 meters’ height under construction. When finished, it is expected to reach 472 meters in height, ranking it among the tallest buildings in the United States. Read more.


Fire Breaks Out at Former Trump High-Rise in Baku

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30 Apr 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

A high-rise in Baku that was still under construction was engulfed in fire on April 28th, and the cause remains unknown. Twenty of the 33 stories caught fire in the tower, formerly a Trump property, before firefighters extinguished the blaze. Read more.


500-Unit Residential Development Takes Off in Birmingham

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30 Apr 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The developer of Newcastle’s tallest building, Hadrian’s Tower, has acquired a site in Birmingham’s city center, which will include 500 units, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. The venture is estimated to cost $164 million. Read more.


Berlin High-Rise Project on Hold Over Subway Security Issues

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27 Apr 2018, Berlin, Germany

A 150-meter high-rise in Berlin has been put on hold due to its proximity to groundwater and a metro tunnel, generating concern from the local transit authority about the impact of potential flooding on future subway service. Read more.


Timber Tower Proposed for Philadelphia

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27 Apr 2018, Philadelphia, United States

A proposal has been issued for a mass timber-based high-rise complex in Philadelphia. The project would consist of two 62-story office buildings and a residential tower that includes a school and ground-floor retail. Read more.


Shortlist Revealed for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank Site

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27 Apr 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site will be developed by one of a shortlist of prominent architects, in partnership with local Australian architects, according to Malaysia-based Beulah International, who acquired the site. Read more.


Sales Launch for 158-Unit Residential Tower in Montréal

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26 Apr 2018, Montréal, Canada

The condominium phase of the Humaniti project launched sales for its 158-unit, 39 story tower. The units range in size from 37 to 278.9 square meters. Amenities include a swimming pool and sky lounge. Read more.