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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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Vizag Considers Design Reinforcement for Forthcoming High-Rises

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31 Oct 2014, Visakhapatnam, India

In the aftermath of a severe cyclone, Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is seriously contemplating requiring that buildings be constructed to endure such natural calamities, especially high-rises, which are greatly affected by wind forces. Read more.


New York’s 551 Tenth Avenue Begins Upward Climb

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31 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

On the corner of 40th Street and Tenth Avenue, yet another major rental tower is just beginning to rise at 551 Tenth Avenue. The building will have 600 units, and permits indicated a final height of 52 stories. Read more.


PLP Works Up Alternative Vauxhall Cross Towers in London

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31 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

PLP Architecture has drawn up alternative proposals for the Vauxhall Cross Towers site that feature the towers getting a substantial uplift to 140 meters and 170 meters, with the taller building to the north. Read more.


The Guardian Covers China’s Vertical Climb via CTBUH

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30 Oct 2014, Shanghai, China

In late September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat held its annual conference in Shanghai – two years after its last meeting there. The conference provided a venue for discussing tall building trends in China. Read more.


Foundation to be Laid on World’s Tallest Temple in Vrindavan

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30 Oct 2014, Vrindavan, India

Construction work has begun on the pilings of the Chandrodaya Mandir, a development that backers say will be the tallest Sri Krishna Temple at 213 meters. The temple will be built to ensure a minimum life of 500 years. Read more.


Cladding Nearly Complete on Toronto’s Heathview South Tower

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30 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

Construction is nearing completion at The Heathview, a pair of twin 30-story rental towers currently topped out at the corner of Heath and Tweedsmuir in Forest Hill. The visually identical towers will feature both luxury and affordable units. Read more.


New Design Boosts Height of New York's One Vanderbilt

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30 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

One Vanderbilt has received a height boost, and early documents indicating an approximate pinnacle of 1,450 feet (441 meters) has given way to a slightly taller tower that will rise 1,514 feet (461 meters). Read more.


South Quay Plaza Recommended for Approval in London

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30 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

A predominantly residential scheme of 888 homes built over two towers on the Isle of Dogs has been recommended for approval. The main tower will be 68 stories (220 meters high) and the second tower will be 36 floors (115 meters high). Read more.


Construction Begins on AKH Tower in Dammam

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29 Oct 2014, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Work has begun on AKH Tower. The aesthetically commanding tower comprises a seven-story podium and 27 standard office floors, while its envelope combines glazed curtain walls and aluminum composite cladding systems. Read more.


Toronto’s One Bloor Installs High-Speed KONE JumpLifts

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29 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

This week, workers will begin being whisked to the top of the under-construction One Bloor condominium project in two KONE JumpLifts that will travel at almost four times the speed of traditional hoists. Read more.


Norwegian Firm Wins High-Rise Job in San Francisco

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29 Oct 2014, San Francisco, United States

A high-profile architecture firm now at work in San Francisco has a third prominent assignment: a 400-foot (122-meter) tower at the long-neglected corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue. Read more.


Construction on Manchester Residential Tower Quartet to Begin in February 2015

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29 Oct 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Media City scheme planned for Salford Quays in Manchester will start construction in 2015. The project consists of four towers, the tallest of which will be 27 floors, each sitting on its own individual retail podium. Read more.


Aurora Melbourne Central Receives Green Light

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28 Oct 2014, Melbourne, Australia

One of the city's tallest proposed residential buildings has been given the green light to proceed. The tower at 224–252 La Trobe Street will now head to sales under the moniker Aurora Melbourne Central. Read more.


Chicago High-Rise Fire Safety Ordinance Deadline Approaching

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28 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States

Owners of Chicago’s 729 pre-1975 residential high-rises have had nine years to make fire safety improvements, and the deadline is “not moving” past January 1, a top mayoral aide said on October 27. Read more.


Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Dubai’s Marina 101

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28 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s Marina 101 will soon house the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel, it was announced on October 27. The hotel will occupy the first 33 floors of the building and will feature a club and restaurant on the 101st floor. Read more.


New York’s One World Trade Center to Complete in November

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27 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

One World Trade Center will welcome its first tenant, publisher Condé Nast, on November 1, according to the building’s real estate firm. This signifies the long-awaited completion of the 541-meter tower. Read more.


Trump Casino Opening Sparks Panama City Property Market

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27 Oct 2014, Panama City, Panama

The opening of the largest casino in Central America is set to boost the real estate market in Punta Pacifica, the waterfront neighborhood of skyscrapers in Panama City. The casino will be located in the 284-meter Trump Ocean Club. Read more.


Emaar Properties Unveils Plans for “City of the Future” in Dubai

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27 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, will launch two 40-story residential towers in the multi-billion-dollar Dubai Creek Harbor at The Lagoons, a 6.5 million-square-meter urban district, on November 1. Read more.


John Portman & Associates to Design Yinchuan Greenland Center

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27 Oct 2014, Yinchuan, China

International architectural firm John Portman & Associates was selected to design the Greenland Yinchuan Super-Tall Project, a 306,000 square-meter, two-tower mixed-use project located in the Yinchuan Central Business District. Read more.


New bKl-Designed Tower Slated for Chicago

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27 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States

A first look at the design of the forthcoming tower at “Site O” in Chicago’s Lakeshore East is now available. The new as-yet-unnamed tower will fit in the narrow space between Aqua Tower and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Building. Read more.


Forthcoming Skyscrapers Seek to Enhance Delhi National Capital Region

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24 Oct 2014, New Delhi, India

The amenities promised by developers in many of the skyscrapers under construction in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) have been a hit with the well-heeled customers looking for the high-rise lifestyle. Read more.


Royal Wharf Residential Scheme Gets Planning Approval in London

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24 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

Newham Council has approved the second phase of the massive Royal Wharf development in east London. The latest stage of the 40-acre (16-hectare) riverside project in the Royal Docks will add 1,300 flats to the area. Read more.


Developer Lines Up Permit for Long-Planned Chicago Tower

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24 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States

The city issued a construction permit to build a 397-unit, 40-story tower at 1001 S. State Street. The architect listed on the permit is Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), which was tapped for the project in 2012. Read more.


Basel Pharmaceutical Research Campus to Incorporate High-Rise Towers

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23 Oct 2014, Basel, Switzerland

Construction is already underway on the first new building for the Roche campus – the corporate headquarters of the research-focused healthcare company. The redesign calls for buildings ranging from 16 to 132 meters in height. Read more.


Glory Restored to David Whitney Building in Detroit

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23 Oct 2014, Detroit, United States

Renovations on the long-abandoned David Whitney Building are nearly complete. The $92 million restoration will bring the 1915 Grand Circus Park landmark back to something very close to its original glory inside and out. Read more.


Brisbane Skytower Approved for Launch

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23 Oct 2014, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane’s tallest building, Brisbane Skytower, has been given the green light, with the AUS $1 billion (US $878 million) project set to rise 270 meters over the central business district. A five-year construction time has been forecast. Read more.


Miami’s Echo Brickell Condo Project Secures Construction Loan

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23 Oct 2014, Miami, United States

The 194-meter Echo Brickell condominium project in Miami landed a $123.6 million construction loan. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the 180-unit project at 1451 Brickell Ave. Read more.


Glass Safety Tests Planned for London Office Block After Large Pane Falls

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22 Oct 2014, London, United Kingdom

Hundreds of glass panels on 240 Blackfriars are going to be inspected after a large pane of glass fell several stories onto the pavement below. For the time being, protective scaffolding will be built around the perimeter. Read more.


Irwinconsult’s Modular Soho Apartments Complete in Darwin

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22 Oct 2014, Darwin, Australia

A 28-floor high-rise by Irwinconsult, Soho Apartments, has recently completed in the Australian city of Darwin. The high-rise features a seven-floor podium supporting 21 floors that were built using modular construction techniques. Read more.


US Dept of Agriculture Launches $2 Million Tall Wood Building Prize Competition

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22 Oct 2014, Washington DC, United States

A new competition invites US developers, institutions, organizations, and design teams willing to undertake an alternative approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million. Read more.