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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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Tall Gehry Wins Berlin Competition


31 Jan 2014, Berlin, Germany

Projected to reach 150 meters, Frank Gehry’s design for Berlin, which won an architectural competition by developer Hines, may become the tallest residential development in Germany. The dynamic façade features rotating cubes of stone at varying elevations. Read more.

Tall Buildings Clean Up Under Multi-City Energy-Efficiency Initiative


31 Jan 2014, Chicago, United States

Nine cities have joined together in The City Energy Project, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by boosting efficiency in tall buildings. Goals include fighting financial and legal barriers to energy efficiency and sharing best practices. Read more.

Mediterranean Coastal City Malaga Singularly Allows Skyscrapers


31 Jan 2014, Malaga, Spain

Malaga is now accepting construction proposals for structures 22-35 stories tall under the city's new standards of approval, which towers over neighboring coastal towns that have height restrictions capping at 6-8 stories.Read more.

31-Story Vertical Garden Sprouts in Sydney


30 Jan 2014, Sydney, Australia

Patric Blanc, whose vertical gardens have garnered worldwide acclaim, has planted his most expansive garden yet at One Central Park, Sydney, where plants climb from the second to the 33rd floor of the 117-meter Jean Nouvel-designed residential tower. Read more.

Population Boom in Fort McMurray Prompts Tower Proposal


30 Jan 2014, Fort McMurray, Canada

In the Canadian oil-and-gas boomtown Fort McMurray, Golden Buffalo Center, a multi-tower complex, is planned to accommodate the city’s rising population, which will add a total of 80,175 square meters of floor space downtown. Read more.

One St. George Wharf Complete


30 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

The 180-meter structure that is set to become London’s tallest residential development has finished construction, according to designer Broadway Malyan. The Tower, One St George Wharf, is a pioneering component of the larger Nine Elms project development. Read more.

Technology Executive Plunges from Canary Wharf Skyscraper


29 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

An American banker, working for J.P. Morgan at its London headquarters at 25 Bank Street in Canary Wharf, fell from the 33rd story to his death on the 9th-story roof. A minute of silence was held by employees at J.P. Morgan this morning. Read more.

Renderings Released for Hudson Boulevard Tower


29 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Newly developed Hudson Blvd. now has another tower to illustrate the transformation of Hudson Yards. Developer Moinian Group released new renderings for the Dan Kaplan (FXFOWLE)-designed tower, which will be built by Tishman Construction Read more.

Hotel Opens its Doors in Vienna's DC Tower


29 Jan 2014, Vienna, Austria

The Dominique Perrault-designed Meliá Vienna Hotel, which occupies 17 floors of the 200-meter Donau-City (DC) Tower, will welcome guests in Austria’s tallest building. Perrault is known for his design achievements worldwide. Read more.

Two Meier Mexico City Towers Revealed


29 Jan 2014, Mexico City, Mexico

Architectural firm Richard Meier & Partners announced its development plans for the Reforma Towers in Mexico City, a set that will include a 110-meter hotel and a 180-meter office building. An “urban courtyard” carved out of the interior provides natural light. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure


28 Jan 2014, Shanghai, China

Onward and upward, the Shanghai Tower has reached its final stages of construction, exceeding 600 meters, and is set to top off at 632 meters. Shanghai Tower will be one of only three megatall buildings in the world. Read more.

Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below


28 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

Three restaurants with sky-high views in the Shard were listed as the most visited in London, despite the lack of occupants in the rest of the building. However, the Shard offers more than a spectacular view and more tenants are beginning to sign on. Read more.

Dallas Skyscraper Fountain Place for Sale


28 Jan 2014, Dallas, United States

It is confirmed that 220-meter Fountain Place, in downtown Dallas, is on the market for an estimated US$190 million. Adjacent to the tower is a parking lot with parking garage potential, and is included in the asking price.Read more.

Manhattan Sprints to the $100 Million Mark


27 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Luxury high-rise apartment prices are quickly approaching the US$100 million mark.“The psychological barrier has been broken. It's like a snowball.” said Arthur Zeckendorf, the developer of 50 United Nations Plaza, expected to host New York's first nine-digit penthouse price tag. Read more.

Second Calgary Tower in the Works as Demand Outpaces Construction


27 Jan 2014, Calgary, Canada

Hon Developments will meet market demand by building an additional 44-story tower at The Guardian in Calgary. The first tower, currently under construction, is already sold out, and will be ready for occupancy in 2015.Read more.

Callebaut Proposes 132-Story Urban Farm


27 Jan 2014, Paris, France

The newest innovation from architect Vincent Callebaut is for a 132-floor urban farm that does not rest upon a tall building; it is the tall building. All forms of farm life are encompassed in Callebaut’s “living organism.”Read more.

Chicago to Become "North America's City of Lights"


24 Jan 2014, Chicago, United States

Light-up Chicago, a new initiative to illuminate the city’s architectural gems, will extend tourism beyond downtown by also spotlighting neighborhoods and districts. Artists, architects, and engineers will work together and make Chicago their canvas. Read more.

FKI Tower Features External Wall Advances to Maximize Energy


24 Jan 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture announced the public opening of a 240-meter tower in Seoul that utilizes an innovative exterior wall designed specifically for the project, which serves as headquarters for the Federation of Korean Industries. Read more.

Australia 108 is Back Under New Owners, and a Little Shorter


24 Jan 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Australia 108 has emerged from a redesign, shorter than originally planned, but still tall enough to eclipse Melbourne’s current tallest building, 297-meter Eureka Tower, thus adding symmetry to the skyline.Read more.

China's High-Tech Vertical Campus to Foster Collaboration


23 Jan 2014, Shenzhen, China

Internet company Tencent hired NBBJ, the same architects that designed Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, to create a corporate campus within two tall towers, yet will seek to maintain a small campus culture. Read more.

Artificial Island Proposed to Support Eco-City off Nigerian Coast


23 Jan 2014, Lagos, Nigeria

Promoted as a “sustainable city, clean and energy-efficient with minimal carbon emissions,” the plan is an isolated urban core that includes infrastructure, streets, mass transit, and tall towers that will provide employment for the many Nigerians in need. Read more.

Manhattan West Breaks Ground, Integrates Infrastructure and Architecture


23 Jan 2014, New York, United States

In a triumph over transit, Brookfield Properties broke ground on its 501,676 square-meter plan that will span over Penn Station’s rail yard, and will support commercial, residential, and public use. Read more.

Skyscraper Planned for Manchester City Center


22 Jan 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

A proposed 19-story office building, developed by Allied London, will replace Quay House in Spinningfields. No 1 Spinningfields will offer ground floor space for dining and retail, 31,865 square meters of office space, and a skyline restaurant on its 19th floor. Read more.

L.A.'s Grand Avenue Redesign Gains County Approval


22 Jan 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A revised version of the Grand Avenue project, which had met resistance from Los Angeles County officials, was given the green light to proceed after a transformation that provides more open space and connectivity for pedestrians. Read more.

Renderings of 220 Central Park South Stoke Billionaire-Needle Rivalry


22 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Newly-released renderings of the future Robert A.M. Stern-designed 220 Central Park South surpass neighboring One57 in opulence, if not in height. Buyers are willing to pay a premium for views of Central Park,effectively creating a tall “billionaire’s row.” Read more.

Smog in China Might be Reduced by Skyscraper Sprinkler System


21 Jan 2014, Hangzhou, China

Scientist Yu Shaocai has discovered that water sprayed into the atmosphere from at least 100 meters high will effectively clear air pollution. Smog in China has continued to worsen, due to rapid economic growth and expansion of industrial activity. Read more.

New Light Shines on High-Rise Fire Safety


21 Jan 2014, New York, United States

In the wake of a fatal fire in New York, fire-safety experts are reinforcing what seems to be counterintuitive advice: in modern high-rises, the instinct to flee a fire may be deadly, because newer tall residences are built with flame-resistant materials.Read more.

Downtown Tower Gets Green Light


21 Jan 2014, Houston, United States

Houston’s planned 34-story Capitol Tower is their first to receive LEED V4 Platinum pre-certification, the newest version of green building standards from the US Green Building Council. The design also places emphasis on public spaces and the pedestrian experience. Read more.

Luxury Residential Tower Attached to Dubai Mall


21 Jan 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Residents who wish to live large are able to do so at Boulevard Point, which offers access to the world’s largest mall through a dedicated bridge link, views of Burj Khalifa, and of Dubai Fountain, the tallest performing fountain on the planet. Read more.

Time Warner Plans New Development in Hudson Yards


17 Jan 2014, New York, United States

Just ten years after the completion of Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, Time Warner Inc. plans to move its headquarters to burgeoning Hudson Yards. The LEED Gold 374-meter supertall is designed to integrate within the community. Read more.