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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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Pair of Sinuous Condominium Towers Completed in Penang


16 May 2018, Penang, Malaysia

Construction on a residential development in the Malaysian city of Penang has been completed. The complex, which features a sinuous design of undulating balconies, includes a total of 460 apartments, a sky garden, terraces, and pools. Read more.

Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre Breaks Ground


15 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to kick off construction of the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre. Upon completion, the RMB50 billion tower may become the tallest in Shenzhen at 668 meters. Read more.

Planned Observation Deck at Chicago’s Aon Center to Feature Thrill Ride


15 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of the Aon Center, Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper, unveiled plans for an observation deck atop the building that would include a thrill ride called Sky Summit. A new elevator tower would raise the official height of the building. Read more.

Dubai High-Rise Badly Damaged by Fire


15 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in The Zen, a residential high-rise in Dubai Marina, on May 13. No injuries were reported, as many were away at work at the time, but the tower appears to be badly damaged. Officials said the fire started outside the building. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 330-Meter Skyscraper in Melbourne


15 May 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has revealed plans for what could become Melbourne’s tallest building at 330 meters. The 60-story apartment tower would be built on a small triangular lot. Most of the profits would go to the Royal Society of Victoria. Read more.

New Details Released for Downtown Des Moines High-Rise


14 May 2018, Des Moines, United States

A proposed skyscraper in Des Moines will feature a boutique hotel and a lobby curated with modern art. The building, called The Fifth, was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and is set to rise 39 stories and 137.8 meters. Read more.

Sydney’s Martin Place Sees Objections from Lord Mayor


14 May 2018, Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s Lord Mayor has expressed concern over the state government’s approval of two towers in historic Martin Place. The AU$637 million project would be built in one of the city’s most important civic spaces. Read more.

London’s Barbican Rooftop Conservatory to be Overhauled


14 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London gave permission for the overhaul of the rooftop terrace of Cromwell Tower, a Brutalist tower built in 1973. City planners decided that the changes would not alter the distinctive silhouette of the tower. Read more.

New Neighborhood Proposed for Chicago’s South Loop Riverfront


11 May 2018, Chicago, United States

Related Midwest and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have revealed plans for The 78, a new mixed-use neighborhood proposed for 25 hectares along the Chicago River. The project will include numerous high-rises on the site’s eastern half. Read more.

Resident Wins Appeal Against Three-Tower Project in Brisbane


11 May 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A local resident has won an appeal against a high-rise development in Brisbane. The court’s decision was made on the grounds that the city planning scheme allows a maximum of 15 stories in height, while the proposal rises to 27 stories. Read more.

Further Disclosures Emerge About London’s Grenfell Tower Cladding Decisions


11 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

New details have emerged in the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, revealing that a plan to fit the 24-story high-rise with fire-resistant cladding was dropped amid pressure from the local council to save money. Read more.

Plans Revealed for New Drone Company Headquarters in Shenzhen


10 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

Foster + Partners has unveiled its design for the new headquarters of a robotics company in Shenzhen. The twin-tower project will combine research and development space with office functions, connected by a skybridge. Read more.

Miami’s 53-Story Aria on the Bay Completes Construction


10 May 2018, Miami, United States

Construction of Aria on the Bay, a 53-story residential high-rise in Miami, has completed. Designed by Arquitectonica, the 648-unit building features 929 square meters of commercial space, including office, retail, and restaurant units. Read more.

Work on Havana's Future Tallest Hotel Set to Begin in September


10 May 2018, Havana, Cuba

Construction on what could become the tallest hotel in Cuba is set to begin in September. The building will rise to a height of 154 meters and 42 floors, and contain 565 rooms. Financing for the project will come exclusively from Cuba. Read more.

A 51-Story Mixed-Use Tower is Proposed for Atlanta’s Midtown


09 May 2018, Atlanta, United States

Plans for a 51-story mixed-use high-rise set for 1125 Peachtree St. in Atlanta have been revealed. The tower will rise to 175 meters and include 271 hotel rooms, 70 condos, and 18,580 square meters of office space. Read more.

Four Teams Shortlisted for Eiffel Tower Overhaul in Paris


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.