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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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Contractor Selected to Develop Emirates Business Park in Dubai


25 Jul 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor has been selected to develop the mixed-use US$1.4 billion Emirates Business Park project, unveiled earlier this month, which will expand the emirate's financial free zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Read more.

Evolving Plans Emerge for 700 West Chicago


24 Jul 2017, Chicago, United States

Although plans have not yet been finalized, a rendering and concept description for a planned mixed-used development at 700 West Chicago has recently come to light. The project would total at least 115,000 square feet (10,700 square meters). Read more.

Dual Residential Towers Proposed at 60 Skyring Terrace in Brisbane


24 Jul 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for two new residential towers at 60 Skyring Terrace, Newstead. The Shore comprises a 26- and 22-story tower with a four-story podium and ground-level retail. Read more.

One Clearlake Centre Receives New Owner in West Palm Beach


24 Jul 2017, West Palm Beach, United States

A real estate investment company has purchased One Clearlake Centre – an 18-story, 218,461-square-foot (20,300-square-meter) Class-A office tower. Renovations include new public spaces and multiple spec suites. Read more.

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Sinks Another Inch But There Could be a Fix


21 Jul 2017, San Francisco, United States

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk another inch in the past seven months, but on the brighter side, engineers have found a potential fix, which would entail drilling new piles down to bedrock from the building's basement. Read more.

Demolition Phase on 237-Meter Sydney Residential Tower Now Complete


21 Jul 2017, Sydney, Australia

An early milestone has been reached on Sydney Greenland Centre, which could become the tallest residential tower in Sydney’s CBD when completed in 2019. Demolition work has completed at the site after a 12-month process. Read more.

Proposed 57-Story Vancouver Tower Reviewed at Public Hearing


21 Jul 2017, Vancouver, Canada

On the agenda this week at Vancouver city hall is a major development proposal which sees a church and a local developer partnering to build what would be one of the city’s tallest buildings, a 170-meter residential tower. Read more.

Northwestern Mutual Tower Construction “Substantially Complete” in Milwaukee


21 Jul 2017, Milwaukee, United States

Construction of the $450 million, 33-story Northwestern Mutual Tower is now “substantially complete,” according to developer Northwestern Mutual. “Which means most construction is done, even inside,” the company said. Read more.

Sri Lanka’s “Port City Colombo” Master Plan Marked for Completion in 2041


20 Jul 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A major land reclamation project, known as Port City Colombo (PCC), will span 269 hectares and cost around $US15 billion upon completion in 2041. The master plan will encompass five precincts, including Island Living and a Marina. Read more.

Historic Grain Silo Conversion in Cape Town to Fully Open in September


20 Jul 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

The Grain Silo Building will open to the public on Cape Town's V&A waterfront in late September 2017. The first part of the renovation, consisting of hotel programming, opened in March 2017. Read more.

Life Returns to Michigan Central Station in Detroit for First Time in Decades


20 Jul 2017, Detroit, United States

For the first time in decades, a private event will be held in the long-vacant Michigan Central Station. Over $8 million has already been spent on renovations, and further construction is planned for the near future. Read more.

Queensland Developer Proposes Office Tower at 949 Ann Street in Brisbane


20 Jul 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A property group has submitted a development application to Brisbane City Council for a 15-story office building to be built at 949 Ann Street, in Fortitude Valley. The site was purchased for AU$6.28 million (US$5 million) in October 2012. Read more.

Proposed Hobart Towers Jump in Height, Stirring Controversy


19 Jul 2017, Hobart, Australia

The Singapore-based Fragrance Group has increased the height of two proposed hotels at 28-30 Davey Street and 2-6 Collins Street, which has led to controversy since they exceed planning scheme height restrictions. Read more.

66-Story Downtown LA Tower Plans to Open in 2023


19 Jul 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A 66-story tower next to the Hotel Figueroa in South Park could break ground by 2020 and be completed by 2023. The project would house 220 hotel rooms, 200 condos, and about 94,000 square feet of commercial space. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out in Central Moscow High-Rise


19 Jul 2017, Moscow, Russia

A fire broke out in a high-rise building undergoing renovations at 19 New Arbat Street in central Moscow. There has been no information on any injured, and Moscow’s Emergencies Services said there were no people inside. Read more.

Developer Invests $380 Million in Sydney Hotel Redevelopment


18 Jul 2017, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese real estate conglomerate is investing AU$380 million (US$301 million) to redevelop the heritage-listed Porter House into a 121-room boutique hotel. Castle Residences will include residential, retail, and commercial offerings. Read more.

53-Story Tower Set to Win Planning in London’s South Bank


18 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

A six-building complex, which includes a 53-story residential tower, is planned for London’s South Bank. The tower contains 227 flats above retail, plus a 34-story office block with a ground-floor music venue. Read more.

Designs for Chicago’s Supertall Vista Tower Updated as Construction Continues


18 Jul 2017, Chicago, United States

The design of the upcoming 98-story Vista Tower is still being refined, and recent updates include the replacement of residential space on the 83rd floor with an open-air “blow-through,” which can offer relief from high wind forces. Read more.

33-Story Tower Proposed for LA’s Koreatown


17 Jul 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Wilshire Gate, a 33-story mixed-use tower, has been proposed for LA’s Koreatown neighborhood. The complex will bring a 200-room hotel, 250 condominium units, retail and office space, and 545 parking stalls to the area. Read more.

One and Two Chinachem Central Completes in Hong Kong


17 Jul 2017, Hong Kong, China

One and Two Chinachem Central is a milestone for the Chinachem Central complex in Hong Kong’s CBD. The project is a connected 26- and 22-story compact building comprising a three-story retail podium, F&B facilities, and office space. Read more.

Fatal Fire Burns Honolulu High-Rise Without Sprinklers


17 Jul 2017, Honolulu, United States

At least three people have died and another 12 have been injured in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said. Hundreds fled the condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors. Read more.

Architects Selected to Design Sustainable Housing Complex in Eindhoven


14 Jul 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

A team of architects has won a competition to design a “progressive residential development” in inner-city Eindhoven. Known as Nieuw Bergen, the complex will offer high-quality, sustainable residences for the neighborhood. Read more.

727 West Madison Charts New Territory in Chicago


14 Jul 2017, Chicago, United States

A 44-story tower at 727 West Madison is set to become the tallest building west of the Kennedy Expressway and the Loop. The 151-meter tower will contain 492 apartments of varying layouts, ranging in size from 45 to 145 square meters. Read more.

New Proposed Tower “The Point” to Join Emerald City Complex in Toronto


14 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

The Emerald City community of North York is continuing to expand with new density. Following the successful sales launch of The Peak residential tower earlier this year, a 24-story condominium known as The Point has been announced. Read more.

Trinity Parish Plans 30-Story Tower in First Hill, Seattle


14 Jul 2017, Seattle, United States

A First Hill church is planning a massive undertaking: a 30-story condo tower with 200-plus units at 8th and Cherry Street in Seattle. The parish has sold development rights to the land, while maintaining ownership rights to the property. Read more.

Saxophone-Inspired Tower Wins Design Competition in Rotterdam


13 Jul 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Architects have won a competition to design a new tower for Rotterdam. The Sax, which comprises two interconnected towers, will rise between the New Luxor Theater and the Boston and Seattle residential areas. Read more.

Plans Revealed for New Residential Development in Toronto


13 Jul 2017, Toronto, Canada

In Toronto, a new residential development is being proposed at 169 The Donway West. Developers are now advancing a new site plan application for a 34-story residential tower, framed by the curve of a cascading mid-rise sibling. Read more.

Perth Council Offers In-Principle Support of Perth+ Proposal


13 Jul 2017, Perth, Australia

The City of Perth has given in-principle support for the Perth+ complex, which would become a centerpiece of Elizabeth Quay. Plans feature two towers reaching 19 and 54 stories or 86.5 and 220 meters, respectively. Read more.

New Renderings Unveiled for Mixed-Use Development in Vilnius


13 Jul 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania

New renderings and details have been revealed for a mixed-use tower development located in the downtown business district of Vilnius, Lithuania, as the project has secured funding. The project is currently estimated to complete by 2020. Read more.

Second Apex Tower Halfway to 28-Story Peak in Los Angeles


12 Jul 2017, Los Angeles, United States

Construction on the long-awaited second tower at the Apex property in South Park, Los Angeles, has progressed to the 14th floor. The tower broke ground exactly one year ago, on July 11, 2016, and has been steadily rising since then. Read more.