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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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Construction Financing Secured for San Francisco’s 1500 Mission Street


20 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

The developers behind San Francisco's 1500 Mission Street mixed-income tower announced they have closed on California’s largest-ever construction financing with tax-exempt bonds, totaling $316.8 million. Read more.

New Report Says San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is a Fire Hazard


19 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

According to a new report, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower may be less safe than previously thought. The tower, already the center of several lawsuits, could be exposing residents to a widespread fire risk. Read more.

Review of London’s Grenfell Fire Finds UK Building Regulations “Not Fit for Purpose”


19 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

An interim report into the review of building regulations, carried out in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, has concluded that they are “not fit for purpose,” and a “universal shift in culture” is needed to create “true and lasting change." Read more.

New Renderings Show Design Shift in Upcoming New York Skyscraper


19 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

The Wall Street Tower, also known as 130 William Street, has seen another design shift, with new renderings revealing a substantial transformation to the exterior as compared to the most recent images. Read more.

Melbourne Suburb Closer to Landing Student Accommodation


19 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

500 Swanston Street in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton may be the site of a new student accommodation building, which is one among many such projects being considered for the area. Read more.

Mixed-Use Complex to be Built on Los Angeles’ Angels Knoll Site


18 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to sell the 2.24-acre (0.9-hectare) property Angels Knoll, a sloped park overlooking the western edge of Downtown Los Angeles. A development consortium will build a mixed-use complex on the site. Read more.

New US Embassy in London Completes


18 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

The US Embassy in South London is finally complete, and will open in early 2018. The design, created by a Philadelphia-based architecture firm, was the winner of a competition launched by the US Department of State in 2008. Read more.

Dubai Court Dismisses Arbitration Against Real Estate Firm in Burj Daman Case


18 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A real estate firm has won a favorable judgment in the Dubai Courts of Appeal in its long-running dispute with a contractor, relating to the Burj Daman real estate project in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Read more.

Raffles City Chongqing Begins Lifting Giant Skybridge


15 Dec 2017, Chongqing, China

Raffles City Chongqing, a distinctive complex of buildings in the heart of the city, has begun the weeklong process of lifting a 300-meter-long platform into its final position, where it will bridge four tall towers. Read more.

Controversial Perth Tower Proposal Rejected


15 Dec 2017, Perth, Australia

A contentious proposal for two towers at Perth’s Scarborough Beach, which would have risen four times higher than the area’s maximum permissible height, has been rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). Read more.

Detroit Breaks Ground on Its Next Tallest Tower


15 Dec 2017, Detroit, United States

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were on hand for the groundbreaking of what will be the tallest building in Michigan. The project is now expected to rise to 800 feet (244 meters). Read more.

Dubai’s Gate Avenue Aims to Lease 90% of Units Before Completion


14 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Financial Centre, the emirate's financial free zone, aims to lease 90 percent of units at its Dh1billion (US$272 million) Gate Avenue retail development before it opens in 2018. Read more.

Tower Design Approved for Assembly Building in Amaravati, India


14 Dec 2017, Amaravati, India

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has approved the design of the Amaravati Legislative Assembly building from two options. However, the final decision will only be made after public feedback. Read more.

Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board


14 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

An ambitious development that would fill in the last major piece of downtown Chicago’s multi-phase Lakeshore East neighborhood with three new high-rises will not move forward as presented in July 2017. Read more.

Chaoyang Park Plaza Completes in Beijing


13 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

The Chaoyang Park Plaza, positioned on the southern edge of Beijing’s Chaoyang Park, has completed. The 220,000-square-meter complex includes 10 buildings, which unfold as a classic shanshui painting on an urban scale. Read more.

UK Cities Spending Billions in Post-Grenfell Retrofits


13 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety measures in tower blocks have cost United Kingdom’s councils and housing associations billions in retrofits, prompting arguments over who should pay for the measures. Read more.

$2 Billion “Millennium Square” Precinct Launched in Brisbane


13 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

News Corp. has confirmed plans to develop a AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) "world-class innovation and media hub," which will comprise 44,000 square meters of commercial space and 42,000 square meters of retail. Read more.

Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture Emerges in Taipei


13 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

The emerging Lè Architecture building in the Nangang district of Taipei, Taiwan – which drew design inspiration from the shape of river pebbles – is set to redefine the city’s rapidly developing skyline. Read more.

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Tops Out


12 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre has topped out in Tianjin, China, and is on pace to be completed in 2018. A striking new landmark, the 530-meter-tall, 96-story skyscraper will comprise office space, serviced apartments, and a five-star hotel. Read more.

Maryland's Tallest Residential Tower Now Topped Out in Baltimore


12 Dec 2017, Baltimore, United States

Baltimore's newest skyscraper has topped out, 44 stories above Light Street as it approaches its planned 2018 occupancy. 414 Light Street will be the tallest residential building in the state of Maryland. Read more.

Twin Towers Planned for Taipei


12 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

Life insurers, property developers, and hotel operators have voiced an interest in a development project known as the “Gate of Taipei,” which will be built on a site near the Taipei Railway Station. Read more.

Man Attempting Climbing Stunt in Changsha Falls 54 Stories to His Death


11 Dec 2017, Changsha, China

A Chinese “rooftopping” star fell to his death while performing a stunt in November 2017. Police have confirmed that Wu Yongning fell to his death from the 54-story Huayuan Centre in Changsha, Hunan. Read more.

Frisco's $2 Billion Wade Park Project Facing Legal Woes for Millions in Unpaid Bills


11 Dec 2017, Frisco, United States

A big chunk of Frisco, Texas’ famous $5 billion mile on the periphery of Dallas has hit a bump in the road, as multiple construction companies involved in the Wade Park project are taking legal action for unpaid bills. Read more.

New Luxury Hotel Planned for Adelaide


11 Dec 2017, Adelaide, Australia

South Australia’s Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has conceived a plan to address Adelaide’s hotel shortage and attract tourism by building a six-star hotel on the River Torrens. Read more.

London’s Grenfell Tower Investigation Looks into Possible Public Office Offenses


11 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

Almost 400 companies are being investigated for possible offenses, including corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety laws, over their role in the construction or refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. Read more.

As Generali Tower Completes, Milan’s CityLife District Set to See 7 Million Visitors a Year


08 Dec 2017, Milan, Italy

Located above Tre Torri station on the M5 line of Milan’s Metro network, CityLife Shopping District will integrate a new public park with indoor and outdoor piazzas, a food hall, restaurants, cafés, shops, and a cinema. Read more.

Architect Proposes “Inverted Cone” to Protect Manchester’s City Core from Skyscrapers


08 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Of the 45 tallest skyscrapers under construction in the UK, seven are in Manchester, with the rest in London. This has prompted an architect to propose an "inverted core" to protect the city core from inappropriately tall skyscrapers. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Proposed 32-Story Hill Street Tower Moves Forward


08 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A proposal to construct a high-rise building behind the popular Ace Hotel in Los Angeles will take an important step forward in December 2017, when the project goes before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Read more.

New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi


07 Dec 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates

An upcoming 76,000-square-meter tower precinct will become the centerpiece of the new Makers District in Abu Dhabi. Called Pixel, the project will facilitate a range of uses in seven towers, wrapping around the central plaza. Read more.

Sweeping Rezoning of New York’s East Harlem Greenlights Wave of New Development


07 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

After rounds of contentious public hearings and protests from those on both sides of the debate, the New York City Council unanimously approved a wide-ranging rezoning for the East Harlem neighborhood. Read more.