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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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Hotel Named for Sloped Sydney High-Rise

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09 Mar 2017, Sydney, Australia

A new hotel featuring a 10-story hanging garden will open in Central Sydney in 2020, reportedly worth around USD$46 million. The 17-story tower at 430 Pitt Street will feature a sloping roof and “green waterfalls.” Read more.


Higold Headquarters Proposed for Foshan

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09 Mar 2017, Foshan, China

Pininfarina Architecture and Higold have announced Higold Headquarters. The 20-story building features a glazed double-skin façade with air ventilation placed within to facilitate heating and cooling. Read more.


Second Wolf Point Tower Sets Groundbreaking Date in Chicago

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09 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

News that the 48-story Wolf Point West tower is up for sale comes with a second exciting bit of information: the next phase of the project – an even taller residential development – is gearing up to start this spring. Read more.


Luxury Hotel Brand to Anchor Mercer Street Towers in Toronto

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09 Mar 2017, Toronto, Canada

Adding a layer of gloss to what was already one of Toronto most-talked-about developments, the global luxury brand Nobu Hospitality has been announced as the operator of the 15-35 Mercer Street project. Read more.


Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne

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08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.


New Cladding Installation in Progress at Hanwha Headquarters in Seoul

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08 Mar 2017, Seoul, South Korea

The 1998-built Hanwha Headquarters in downtown Seoul is set to be revamped as part of an ambitious remodeling project to be completed by 2018. New cladding is currently making its way up the tower. Read more.


Peel Precinct Receives Planning Permission in Northwest London

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08 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

An architecture firm has won planning for Peel Precinct, a project set for the South Kilburn area. The seven-building scheme includes a 16-story tower and will feature a mix of residential, retail, café, healthcare, and pharmacy spaces. Read more.


Three-Tower Complex Proposed to Replace Arts District in Ho Chi Minh City

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07 Mar 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Nexus, a trio of 40-story towers, has been proposed for Ho Chi Minh City. Housing a commercial center, a business hotel, office space, and three high-rise apartment buildings, the complex will feature riverfront views. Read more.


Construction Contractor Named for San Antonio’s Frost Tower

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07 Mar 2017, San Antonio, United States

Weston Urban, KDC and TRT Holdings Inc. are developing Frost Tower in San Antonio, and now Clark Construction has won the contract to build the 440,000-square-foot (41,000-square-meter) office structure. Read more.


60-Story Skyscraper Proposed for Chicago’s River North

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07 Mar 2017, Chicago, United States

An ambitious 60-story hotel and condominium tower will be heading to Chicago’s River North if the project's developer gets its way. The skyscraper would be the tallest built in the neighborhood in nearly 10 years. Read more.


Mannheim Master Plan Features Buildings in the Shape of H-O-M-E

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07 Mar 2017, Mannheim, Germany

MVRDV has released a proposal for an ambitious master plan to revitalize a former US army barracks in Mannheim, Germany. The project will see the 41-hectare site being transformed to offer mixed typologies and developments. Read more.


Luxury Residential Tower 35 Spring Street Completes in Melbourne

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06 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has unveiled Melbourne’s newly completed luxury tower at 35 Spring Street. Designed by Bates Smart, the 43-story building features 270 condominiums, each with protected terraces and views of the cityscape. Read more.


Major Redesign Needed for London’s Olympicopolis Over Sightline Policy

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06 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Olympicopolis proposal in Stratford, east London, which features a 30- and 40-story tower, is being reduced in height as part of a major redesign following a row over protected views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Read more.


52-Story NYC Skyscraper Secures International Financing

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06 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Following the success of the supertall 432 Park Avenue, Rafael Viñoly Architects’ next New York City project has moved a step closer to realization after developers received a $269 million construction loan. Read more.


Dual 25-Story Towers Granted Planning Permission in London

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03 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

On February 28, Lambeth’s Planning Applications Committee approved proposals for the final redevelopment site at Albert Embankment in Nine Elms, which would create two new 25-story buildings and preserve a historic Victorian warehouse. Read more.


Architecture Firm Selected for New York City’s Largest Fully Affordable Passive House Building

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03 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

City officials have selected an architecture firm for the 100 percent affordable SustaiNYC East 111th Street development site. The proposal is set to become the largest Passive House project in the nation. Read more.


Five-Tower Proposal Revealed for Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats Neighborhood

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03 Mar 2017, Ottawa, Canada

Following plans going back more than a decade, a developer has unveiled its latest proposal to build a five-tower residential complex within Ottawa's long-forgotten LeBreton Flats neighborhood, just west of downtown. Read more.


Design Firm Announced for Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Frankfurt

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03 Mar 2017, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

An architecture firm has won an international competition to design a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt, Germany. The new mixed-use development will consist of four high-rise towers. Read more.


Chinese Developer Inks Deal to Buy The Leadenhall Building in London

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02 Mar 2017, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese property giant has bought The Leadenhall Building in London for £1.2 billion (USD$1.5 billion). Contracts have been exchanged but completion of the sale is conditional on approval by the purchaser's shareholders. Read more.


Vancouver’s TallWood House Boasts Top Fire-Safety Measures

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02 Mar 2017, Vancouver, Canada

The 18-story building known as TallWood House at Brock Commons is the largest mass timber building in the world. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services has worked to ensure the project achieves top fire safety measures. Read more.


76-Story Tower Proposed for Miami’s Brickell District

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02 Mar 2017, Miami, United States

A proposed 76-story residential tower rising to 290 meters is set to become the latest in a string of high-rise projects now under construction in the rapidly changing Brickell district of downtown Miami. Read more.


Twin Towers Proposed for Kangaroo Point in Brisbane

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02 Mar 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted to develop a vacant parcel of land into a twin 20-story residential development. The project’s architectural statement says that the development represents a climate responsive design. Read more.


Hotel in Renovated Silo Opens in Cape Town

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01 Mar 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

A new hotel that forms one half of a renovated grain silo has opened in Cape Town. Towering above the city’s Victoria & Alfred waterfront, The Silo hotel is housed within six floors of the grain elevator portion of the historic complex. Read more.


Leasing Launched at Jersey City Urby

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01 Mar 2017, Jersey City, United States

In just a few months, one of New Jersey’s tallest buildings – the 69-story Jersey City Urby – will welcome its first residents, and today the development team has launched its initial phase of leasing. Read more.


Firm Contracted to Manage Hamburg’s Überseequartier Süd Project

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01 Mar 2017, Hamburg, Germany

A US-based project management firm has announced that it has won a contract for Überseequartier Süd in Hamburg – a $1 billion dollar mixed-used scheme that will form the centerpiece of the HafenCity redevelopment project. Read more.


Trump International Hotel & Tower Celebrates Grand Opening in Vancouver

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01 Mar 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Trump International Hotel & Tower celebrated its grand opening on March 1 in Vancouver, but questions over the building's total floor count have been raised due to the practice of not counting certain floors for superstitious reasons. Read more.


36-Story San Francisco Hotel Proposed for Transbay Neighborhood

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28 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

New York City-based Renzo Piano Building Workshop and developer Pacific Eagle have revealed renderings for 555 Howard, a new, mixed-use hotel project slated for San Francisco’s Transbay neighborhood. Read more.


French Presidential Candidate Promotes Skyscraper Construction in La Défense

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28 Feb 2017, Paris, France

Seven proposed La Défense skyscrapers are being promoted as part of an attempt to woo businesses from post-Brexit London. They were promoted by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron during a visit to London last week. Read more.


New Development Application Submitted for Brisbane Office Building

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28 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for a 16-story commercial office tower at 11 Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead, Brisbane, with construction anticipated to start in the first half of 2017. Read more.


Skyscraper Community Mourns Loss of Famed London Developer

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27 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

Fashion retailer-turned-property magnate Irvine Sellar, best known for his role in developing London’s iconic Shard, died at aged 78 on February 26, after a short illness. He leaves a wife, three children, and five grandchildren. Read more.