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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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Two Passive House Towers Proposed for Vancouver

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30 Oct 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Two Passive House towers have been proposed for 1400 Alberni Street in Vancouver. The joint venture development will feature two condo towers at 43 and 48 stories, and will aim to minimize energy consumption and maximize comfort. Read more.


Approved Manhattan Supertall is Russian Architecture Firm’s First US Building

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27 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

A Moscow–based architecture firm has gained approval for the tallest project by a Russian firm in the US, a 1,001–foot (305-meter) supertall in Manhattan. The tower will feature 41 luxury apartments with 180-degree views of Manhattan. Read more.


Adelaide’s ANZ House is Up for Sale

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27 Oct 2017, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s ANZ House, an office tower home to high profile tenants such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the South Australian government, is up for sale with price expectations of at least AU$200 million (US$153 million). Read more.


New Guitar-Shaped Hard Rock Hotel is Rising Near Miami

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26 Oct 2017, Miami, United States

The new Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood complex near Hollywood, Fla. is set to debut in summer 2019. The new, 638-room hotel is designed to resemble two back-to-back guitars, and will include a casino and beach club dining. Read more.


Phu Quoc to Transform Old Airport Into New Urban Zone

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26 Oct 2017, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Government officials in Phu Quoc have unveiled a plan to turn the Vietnamese island's old airport into a new urban development featuring an administrative center, shopping mall, office buildings, hotels, and apartment blocks. Read more.


Renderings Revealed for One Chicago Square

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25 Oct 2017, Chicago, United States

Teaser images have been released of One Chicago Square, which includes a proposed 76-story residential skyscraper in Chicago's River North district. Expected to cost over $700 million, the project will rise just west of Holy Name Cathedral. Read more.


Lombard Wharf Tower Completes in London

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25 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom

The latest contribution to London’s riverscape, Lombard Wharf, has completed, and boasts a distinctive teardrop-shaped plan that twists as it rises, due to to subtle changes in the positioning of the white precast-concrete balconies. Read more.


Vertical Forest to Rise East of Paris

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24 Oct 2017, Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Rising 54 meters and supported by a timber structure, the first "Vertical Forest" in France will be created in the town of Villiers-sur-Marne, in the eastern quadrant of the Parisian metropolitan area, and boast a tree-covered façade. Read more.


Approval Granted for Student Housing Tower in Manchester

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24 Oct 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Planning approval has been granted to a 30-story student housing tower in Manchester. The scheme on New Wakefield Street, which is close to a number of listed buildings, includes 573 bedrooms, bike parking, and commercial space. Read more.


Excavation Begins for New York’s 200 Amsterdam Avenue

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24 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

Excavation work has begun on 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which is set to become the tallest skyscraper on the Upper West Side at 669 feet (204 meters) to the parapet. It will occupy 283,000 square feet (26,292 square meters) and house 112 condos. Read more.


Gravity Tower in Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend Now Complete

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24 Oct 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Gravity Tower has completed in Melbourne’s Montague precinct in Fishermans Bend. Designed to reference the industrial heritage of the area, its distinctive façade of angled louvers acts as a sun shade for the apartments without restricting views. Read more.


Developer Resubmits Plans for London’s Former Police Headquarters

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23 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom

The firm behind the redevelopment of the Metropolitan Police’s former headquarters in Westminster has submitted a new planning application for the scheme, after its efforts to hike its new-homes count by 10% ran afoul of the mayor. Read more.


Historic Stockholm Gasometers to be Upcycled into Residential Complex

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23 Oct 2017, Stockholm, Sweden

Several old gasometers in Stockholm’s Hjorthagen district are being repurposed into a vibrant new residential complex, which will include a 170-meter residential tower with lush green space snaking through the development. Read more.


Aston Martin Breaks Ground on Luxury Miami Waterfront Tower

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23 Oct 2017, Miami, United States

Aston Martin’s latest project swaps horsepower and acceleration for ocean views and private pools, as the maker of slinky sports cars breaks ground on a luxury waterfront tower in downtown Miami. Read more.


Excavation Begins on New York’s 77 Greenwich Street

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20 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

The future site of the 77 Greenwich Street tower has seen substantial progress since permits were filed in September 2016. Demolition of the site’s former occupants is now complete, and excavation is well underway. Read more.


New Supertall Appears Before Toronto's Design Review Panel

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20 Oct 2017, Toronto, Canada

In a busy month for the Toronto development community, the 343.9-meter YSL Residences has appeared before the city's design review panel. The tower is one of three new supertall proposals to recently hit Toronto. 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.


High-Rise in Los Angeles’ Westlake Approved by Planning Commission

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20 Oct 2017, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has approved the mixed-use tower Lake on Wilshire in the Westlake neighborhood. It's developers plan to bring 478 market-rate apartments and 39 affordable units to the area. Read more.


Three Mega-Development Sites Unveiled in Chicago

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19 Oct 2017, Chicago, United States

Chicago’s development community has had a lot to chew on in recent days. In a bid to secure the coveted Amazon second corporate headquarters (HQ2) for the Windy City, developers have officially taken the wraps off two sites. Read more.


Skyscraper Campus" to Host Dallas' New Tallest Building

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19 Oct 2017, Dallas, United States

A 20-acre (8-hectare) skyscraper campus is being proposed for the south side of downtown Dallas. The eight-block urban project would include a 78-floor office skyscraper, which would be the city's tallest building. Read more.


Construction Resuming on North Korea’s Notorious “Hotel of Doom” Skyscraper

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19 Oct 2017, Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Jong-un has ordered work to restart on North Korea's notorious Ryugyong Hotel (the “Hotel of Doom”). New photos show a number of construction trucks outside the 105-story skyscraper in Pyongyong, and cranes on the ground around the site. Read more.


Second Office Tower at New York’s Manhattan West May Decrease Height

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18 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

The first filings have appeared for the second office tower at New York City's Manhattan West development, which will sit on the northwest corner of 31st Street and Ninth Avenue, and has evidently seen a moderate height chop. Read more.


Upcoming Dubai Luxury Resort + Spa Secures Contractor

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18 Oct 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of the Address Residences Jumeirah Resort + Spa development in Dubai has secured a construction contractor, which has commenced mobilization for the construction of the 77-story, interconnected twin-tower project. Read more.


Office Towers Proposed in Sydney’s “Second CBD,” Parramatta

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18 Oct 2017, Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s “second CBD,” Parramatta, may see a new pair of connected office towers at 48-50 Macquarie Street and 220-230 Church Street. An amalgamation of the sites will have redistributed floor space to create two new building programs. Read more.


Karachi Business Leaders Protest Ban on High-Rise Buildings

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17 Oct 2017, Karachi, Pakistan

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) is supporting builders and developers who are demanding that Karachi’s authorities drop their opposition to the construction of high-rise buildings. Read more.


City Approves Modifications to Three Towers at Toronto’s Pinnacle One Yonge

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17 Oct 2017, Toronto, Canada

The City of Toronto has approved modifications to three residential skyscrapers measuring between 65 and 95 stories, which are to be constructed as part of Pinnacle One Yonge, a major downtown development. Read more.


Melbourne’s First “Leaning Building” Ready for Tenants

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17 Oct 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne's first “leaning building” – the mixed-use development Marina Tower Melbourne – is ready for tenants. The project features dramatic raking façades across two conjoined towers, one 43 and one 36 stories, in contrasting colors. Read more.


London Borough Council Approves Rudolf Place Skyscraper

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17 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom

London's Lambeth Council has approved plans for a £200 million ($263 million) mixed-use development in Vauxhall’s growing skyscraper cluster, featuring a 37-story student tower and a six-story office block. Read more.


Detailed Design of Manchester’s St. Michael's Scheme is Unveiled

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16 Oct 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

New designs for St. Michael's, the contentious high-rise scheme in Manchester, show how the façade of the lozenge-shaped, 134.5-meter-tall centerpiece skyscraper has been tweaked in response to a second round of public consultation. Read more.


Third Tower in Brooklyn’s City Point Complex Grows 11 Stories

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16 Oct 2017, New York City, United States

The third tower in City Point, a complex currently under construction at 138 Willoughby, will be called Brooklyn Point, and rise 11 stories taller than anticipated. Completion is slated for the first quarter of 2021. Read more.