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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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Amsterdam Prison to be Rehabilitated into Residential Tower Complex

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14 Sep 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A master plan has been devised for Amsterdam’s former Bijlmerbajes prison complex, located on the city’s periphery. A collaborative development team will transform the site into a residential tower complex spanning 7.5 hectares. Read more.


Proposed Timber Observation Tower in New York Would Clean Central Park Reservoir

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14 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

A proposed prefabricated timber tower for Central Park would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The structure would rise 220 meters and be constructed from curved glue-laminated timber beams. Read more.


Upcoming Detroit Redevelopment Sees Major Design Changes

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14 Sep 2017, Detroit, United States

An updated vision for the planned redevelopment of the J.L. Hudson department store site calls for a taller, more expensive building than previously proposed. But the developer needs more time to complete it. Read more.


Enormous Hangzhou Raffles City Complex Completes

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14 Sep 2017, Hangzhou, China

A mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou has been completed. The property accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments, and shops within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City’s “Ghost Tower” Seized as Collateral After Owners Fail to Repay Debt

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13 Sep 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) recently seized control of the unfinished Saigon One Tower – located in Ho Chi Minh City's downtown District One – as collateral over its investors' unpaid debt. Read more.


San Francisco Skyscraper Plans Now Twice Delayed Due to Traffic Concerns

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13 Sep 2017, San Francisco, United States

As negotiations continue between the developer, appellant, and city officials, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has for the second time delayed a vote on the appeal of plans to build a luxury skyscraper. Read more.


Melbourne’s Victoria Square Launches Second-Stage Building

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13 Sep 2017, Melbourne, Australia

After selling 90 percent of the apartments in the first Victoria Square tower, the second stage of the development, which is located in Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct, has recently launched. Read more.


Plans Lodged for Major London Office Complex Near Finsbury Circus

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13 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been lodged for a 750,000-square-foot (70,000-square-meter) office-led, mixed-use complex on the London City fringe near the Finsbury Circus park. It will rise 27 stories and brandish a clock on its crown. Read more.


Three Additional Towers to Join Manchester High-Rise Cluster

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12 Sep 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans have been lodged for three residential towers rising up to 32 stories next to the planned Owen Street cluster of skyscrapers near Manchester city center. The scheme will form part of the Great Jackson Street Development Framework. Read more.


Potential Cracks in Steel Halt Work Atop Philadelphia’s New Comcast Tower

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12 Sep 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Construction atop the rising Comcast Technology Center has been halted over concerns that the steel being used is cracked. The cracking may have occurred during the steel’s galvanizing process. Read more.


Melbourne Architecture Firm Wins Parramatta Tower Design Competition

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12 Sep 2017, Sydney, Australia

A design by a Melbourne architecture firm, which drew its inspiration from the nearby Parramatta River, has been selected for a 26,000-square-meter office tower at 32 Smith Street in Parramatta. Read more.


Three Cranes Atop High-Rises Collapse as Irma Lashes Florida

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11 Sep 2017, Miami, United States

Three construction cranes collapsed onto buildings in South Florida due to Hurricane Irma's heavy winds. Crews had to wait until the the winds calm to mobilize. There have been no reported injuries. Read more.


Fourteen-Story Commercial Office Building Proposed for Melbourne Suburb

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11 Sep 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A private developer has proposed a AU$42 million (US$33.7 million) development for the rapidly changing Melbourne suburb of Richmond. The 14-story building will be tailored for commercial, office, retail, and food and drink uses. Read more.


New Mixed-Use Development Planned for Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road

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11 Sep 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Plans have been revealed for a new skyscraper in one of Dubai’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The project was designed to address demand in the United Arab Emirates’ residential, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Read more.


New Manhattan Condo Tower Heads for the Sky

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08 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

Taking shape next to the Museum of Modern Art at 53 West 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, the 53W53 tower recently reached 58 out of its 77 floors. When completed, the tower will achieve supertall status. Read more.


$800 Million Mixed-Use Development Coming to Sydney’s “Auto Alley”

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08 Sep 2017, Sydney, Australia

An ambitious, $800 million mixed-used development aiming to revitalize an area of Parramatta colloquially known as “Auto Alley” has been given the green light by the Sydney West Planning Panel. Read more.


County Greenlights Towering Apartment Complex East of Las Vegas Strip

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08 Sep 2017, Las Vegas, United States

County commissioners have voted 7-0 to approve plans for a four-tower apartment complex east of the Las Vegas Strip. Developers are planning to demolish one of their existing complexes for the new towers. Read more.


Canada's Largest Observation Wheel Opens in Montréal

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07 Sep 2017, Montréal, Canada

La Grande roue de Montréal, a 60-meter-tall observation wheel and the largest of its kind in Canada, was officially unveiled to the public on Friday. The riverside wheel will offer views of the city's extensive skyline and heritage buildings. Read more.


Dramatically Pointed Skyscraper Will Transform Manila Skyline

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07 Sep 2017, Manila, Philippines

An international architecture company has just won a competition for a new landmark building, Icone Tower, in the heart of metro Manila. The high-rise combines Filipino traditional design with contemporary influences. Read more.


Developers Secure $155M Loan to Begin Construction on Miami Beach High-Rise

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07 Sep 2017, Miami, United States

The finalization of a construction loan is enabling vertical construction to begin on the Eighty Seven Park project in Miami Beach, Florida. The high-rise will house 66 units and include a two-acre (0.8-hectare) private park. Read more.


Banking Giant May Be Eyeing Move to NYC’s 2 World Trade Center

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06 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

A German banking giant has sent a request-for-proposals (RFP) to the leaseholder of 2 World Trade Center regarding a possible relocation. The move could help developers begin construction on the tower. Read more.


New Tree-Filled Mixed-Use Complex in Amsterdam Breaks Ground

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06 Sep 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

New images have been unveiled of Valley, a 75,000-square-meter mixed-use complex in Zuidas, Amsterdam’s central business district. The competition-winning design aims to transform the area into a more livable and complete urban quarter. Read more.


Large Non-Profit Theater Company Unveils Plans for Its Return to Evanston

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06 Sep 2017, Chicago, United States

The north suburban Northlight Theatre plans to return to Evanston, the city of its birth, as a 37-story development replete with a boutique hotel, restaurant, high-end apartments, and 250 parking spaces. Read more.


12 Staggered Skyscrapers Planned for Shenzhen’s North Station Business District

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06 Sep 2017, Shenzhen, China

A master plan is being developed for a Shenzhen project comprising 12 skyscrapers, an elevated pedestrian network, and a green urban park. The development’s main buildings range between 278 and 428 meters in height. Read more.


London Mayor Nixes Squire Towers Change for Insufficient Affordable Housing

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05 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

Mayor Sadiq Khan has continued his tough stance on increasing the number of affordable housing units in new developments by refusing to amend plans for a 20-story residential tower on the site of a former Metropolitan Police HQ. Read more.


Upscale Gold Coast Condo Tower Gets Another Height Increase

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05 Sep 2017, Chicago, United States

The Gold Coast luxury condo tower known as No. 9 Walton has been issued an updated construction permit allowing for a larger, taller, and more expensive penthouse unit with its own private swimming pool. Read more.


Plans Revealed for Sydney Office Tower Designed for the Millennial Worker

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01 Sep 2017, Sydney, Australia

Plans have been revealed for an office tower overlooking Sydney Harbour, which will comprise three distinct sections and a curving roofline that references the vaulted shells of the nearby Opera House. Read more.


Dubai Skyscraper “Sky Walk” Attraction Set to Launch

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01 Sep 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A global property developer has announced the launch of Sky Walk, a 200-meter-high cantilevered observation corridor affixed to one of the two towers in Downtown Dubai’s Address Sky View development. Read more.


500-Key Hotel Planned for Water Street in Tampa

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01 Sep 2017, Tampa, United States

Designed to attract conventions to a revitalized $3 billion waterfront district, a 500-key, 4-star hotel will be among the first buildings developed as part of a 9 million-square-foot (836,000-square-meter) mixed-use project. Read more.


New Honolulu Tower Will Make Wind Visible

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31 Aug 2017, Honolulu, United States

A glass-clad 40-story residential tower is coming to Honolulu’s Kaka’ako neighborhood. It will be part of the 3.6-acre (1.5-hectare) community known as Ward Village, and will honor the unique environment while promoting Hawaiian lifestyle. Read more.