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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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New York’s Waldorf-Astoria to Be Sold in a $1.95 Billion Deal


10 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

Eighty-three years after opening in 1931, the Waldorf-Astoria retains its cachet, with the pending sale of the landmark hotel to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion, among the highest prices ever paid for a hotel. Read more.

High-Rise Super Hospital Under Construction in Montreal


09 Oct 2014, Montreal, Canada

Halfway through construction, the $1.8 billion Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM) is a new breed of super-hospital. It will be the largest French-speaking teaching hospital in North America upon completion. Read more.

Master Plan Presented for Evergrande IFC Landmark Tower in Jinan


09 Oct 2014, Jinan, China

Design of the Evergrande Jinan IFC Landmark Tower and master plan was recently completed. The design comprises the 560-meter tower, serviced apartment towers, SOHO offices, retail mall, and support facilities. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for 45 Park Place in New York City


09 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

A fresh set of renderings has been released for 45 Park Place. The design rises in a piecemeal fashion, defined by sharp angles and gradual setbacks; the tower bends outwards as it climbs, seemingly leaning over Park Place. Read more.

Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Ready to Open


08 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, with a design that rises to a height of 97 meters, will be ready to open for business in November. As the name suggests, the architecture references the shape of the sun emerging above the horizon. Read more.

Maison Manuvie to Be Built in Downtown Montreal


08 Oct 2014, Montreal, Canada

Montreal’s downtown core is getting a brand-new building, one that will stand 90 meters high. Maison Manuvie is expected to be completed by 2017, with construction planned to begin by early 2015. Read more.

Eiffel Tower Gets Glass Floor in Paris


08 Oct 2014, Paris, France

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower in Paris will now be able to look down through a vertigo-inducing glass floor that forms part of a €30 million (US $38 million) refit of France’s most-visited tourist attraction. Read more.

Bid to Preserve New York City’s Park Lane Hotel is Rejected by Local Board


08 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

Just over a week after a campaign to preserve the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South in New York began, the landmarks committee of the local community board voted unanimously on Monday night to oppose the effort. Read more.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016


08 Oct 2014, Guangzhou, China

The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an assortment of office space, an art mall, a hotel, and residences. Read more.

Construction Has Begun on the Tallest Residential Tower in Bat Yam


07 Oct 2014, Bat Yam, Israel

Construction has started on the Ashdar Tower project, which will have 164 housing units in a building that will be one of the tallest residential towers in Bat Yam. The tower was designed by CTBUH Tel Aviv City Representative Gil Shenhav. Read more.

Ground Broken on Chicago’s 200 North Michigan Avenue


07 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States

On October 3, The John Buck Company broke ground on Michigan Avenue's first new skyscraper in five years: a 41-story residential apartment development with 2,045 square meters of retail space at 200 N. Michigan Ave. Read more.

High-Rise Blocks Return to London’s Kidbrooke Village With 25-Story Tower


07 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

High-rise blocks are returning to Kidbrooke Village, with a £1 billion (US $1.6 billion) estate set to include a 25-story tower, more than twice the size of any of the buildings demolished to make way for it. Read more.

Plotting the “High Life” at a Low Cost in Singapore


07 Oct 2014, Singapore, Singapore

A grand scheme has been proposed that could triple Singapore's land space by creating a network of elevated decks. The upper decks would accommodate residential uses, while lower levels would be used for a variety of amenities. Read more.

Lutheran Church to Develop a 33-Story High-Rise Building in Tallinn


06 Oct 2014, Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) is planning to construct a 33-story skyscraper in the heart of Tallinn. If all goes according to plan, the 130-meter, sail-shaped tower next to Hotel Olümpia will be the tallest in the city center.Read more.

New York’s Rainbow Room Reopens


06 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

Eighty years practically to the day since its debut on October 3, 1934 as what was then the world’s highest restaurant, New York’s fabled Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza re-opened after a five-year hiatus. Read more.

London Mayor Rejects Most Skyline Campaign Proposals


06 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

London‘s Mayor Boris Johnson has largely rejected the proposals by the Skyline campaign, organized by the Architects’ Journal and the Observer, which aimed to introduce measures to allow more considered development in London. Read more.

Pelli-Designed Office Tower Planned for Boston


03 Oct 2014, Boston, United States

A glass skyscraper designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects would bring 528 feet (161 meters) of curvy glass to the corner of Congress and New Sudbury streets in Boston, where developers are preparing to build a cluster of high-rises. Read more.

Tokyo’s Futuristic Capsule Tower Threatened With Demolition


03 Oct 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Over the years, much of the once-modern Nakagin Capsule Tower has fallen into disrepair, and many owners would rather see the tower demolished and reap the profits of a brand new apartment building. Read more.

ME Living Condos Proposed for Masterplanned Community in Toronto


03 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

The marketing is heating up for ME Living Condos, a multi-phased 911-unit residential development consisting of four towers and town homes. Four new floors of condominium units have been added to the tallest towers at the project. Read more.

Monaco’s Tallest Building Nears Completion


02 Oct 2014, Monaco, Monaco

Monaco's tallest building is nearing completion – the first significant addition to the region’s skyline since the 1980s. Named Tour Odéon, the 170-meter structure will contain 70 apartments and two sky duplexes. Read more.

Seoul Approves Opening of Lotte World Tower’s Lower Sections


02 Oct 2014, Seoul, South Korea

The metropolitan government of Seoul gave a conditional green light to open lower floors of the Lotte World Center, which is being built in a posh southeastern district, ending months of controversy over its safety and other concerns. Read more.

Alternate Proposal Presented for Silvercup Studios in New York City


02 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

An alternate, magnet-shaped design has been revealed for Long Island City's Silvercup Studios. The design features four high-rises of varied height that extended vertically out of a single podium. Read more.

Riverside Square to Transform Toronto Neighborhood


02 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

An expansive new project is set to transform a 1.8-hectare site in Toronto. Dubbed Riverside Square, the development will revitalize a plot of land that is currently occupied by a car dealership and two large warehouses. Read more.

Seifert’s Tower 42 in London Refused Listing


01 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

Richard Seifert’s landmark Tower 42 in London has been turned down for listing. After considering the merits and condition of the 183 meter-tall building at 25 Old Broad Street, English Heritage ruled out giving the tower protection. Read more.

Rotana Announces Istanbul Hotel Project


01 Oct 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

An Abu Dhabi-based hotel chain said that it has agreed to work with a Turkish developer to build Tri G, a 30-story glass and steel tower in the Günesli neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out at Shangri-la Hotel in Ulaanbaatar


01 Oct 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

On September 30, a fire erupted in the Shangri-la Hotel in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. It's suspected that the fire was caused by an electrical wire, although this has not been officially confirmed. Read more.

New Ward Village Condo High-Rise Planned for Downtown Honolulu


01 Oct 2014, Honolulu, United States

Plans are being proposed for the construction of a new mixed-use condominium high-rise as part of the LEED-ND Platinum-certified Ward Village master-planned community in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Read more.