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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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Milwaukee’s Couture Tower in the Works


14 Nov 2014, Milwaukee, United States

The inclusion of a new streetcar line landing in the lobby of the 44-story Couture tower has some residential developers excited about the possibility of a downtown resurgence aided by public transit. Read more.

Tower 5 Up for Approval in Melbourne


13 Nov 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The fifth building in Walker Corporation's Collins Square development at Docklands is up for approval. The 27-story tower designed by Woods Bagot is the result of a limited design competition. Read more.

Hotel and Office Tower Slated for Nashville


13 Nov 2014, Nashville, United States

Details have been announced of a $350 million mixed-use development at Demonbreun Street and Eighth Avenue South, with a 35-story JW Marriott Hotel and a 25-story office high-rise to anchor the site. Read more.

Planning Approved for 37-Story Tower in Vauxhall, London


13 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

A 37-story residential block in Vauxhall has been approved by Lambeth Council. The development will contain 291 homes, up to 1,270 square meters of ground shops and around 1,267 square meters of office space. Read more.

Design Update Adds Floors to Seattle’s Rainier Square


12 Nov 2014, Seattle, United States

The developer behind Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper has proposed the addition of more floors for luxury apartments, which if built would be the highest in the city. The update raises the tower’s height to 260 meters. Read more.

Dundas Square Tower Announced for Toronto


12 Nov 2014, Toronto, Canada

Dundas Square Gardens is a newly announced high-rise project that seeks to capture the condominium market as well as the student housing market, owing to its close proximity to Ryerson University. Read more.

New 27-Story Tower Block Destined For Manchester City Center


12 Nov 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans for a skyscraper in the shadow of the Beetham Tower are poised to get the green light. A narrow, triangular plot could house an “unashamedly modern” 27-story apartment block - complete with a 30-meter-high advertising screen. Read more.

Damac Towers Continue Upward Rise in Dubai


12 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

One of the largest construction projects in Dubai is now heading skywards. The $1 billion Damac Towers by Paramount resort is to include more than 1,800 serviced suites and 5-star Paramount Hotel. Read more.

New Renderings Depict Tower Trio Proposal in New York City


11 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

The first official renderings have been released for the proposed East River Plaza redevelopment. The portion of the mall on FDR Drive between East 117th and 119th Streets would give rise to three fifty-odd-story buildings. Read more.

First 60-Floor Residential Skyscraper in Japan to Go on Sale in January


11 Nov 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Apartments at the 209-meter-tall Parkhouse Nishi Shinjuku Tower 60 are set to go on sale in January. The tower, still under construction, will be the first residential building in the country to reach 60 floors. Read more.

Three Skyscrapers Approved for Isle of Dogs in London


11 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

Three of the tallest residential towers in the country, situated yards from each other in South Quay, were approved in a tense meeting at Tower Hamlets. Councilors also gave the green light to the Arrowhead Quay development. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 5M Project in San Francisco


10 Nov 2014, San Francisco, United States

On November 5, architectural designs for 5M, one of the largest proposed developments in the city, were revealed. The 5M project, will create 1.5 million square feet (1.4 million square meters) of new offices and housing. Read more.

Trump International Hotel & Tower in Baku Set for 2015 Completion


10 Nov 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Baku, Azerbaijan, is on schedule to complete in 2015. The 33-floor landmark will be located on Hasan Aliyev Street in the Nasimi District, and will feature 72 luxury residences and 189 hotel rooms. Read more.

New Team Set to Take Over London’s Stalled Pinnacle


10 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

A team including PLP Architecture is understood to be in line to take over the stalled Pinnacle tower scheme. The takeover could see new designs for the 288-meter-tall tower drawn up and submitted before the end of 2014. Read more.

Studio Completes High-Rise Study Project in Lima


10 Nov 2014, Lima, Peru

Taking advantage of Lima’s unique climate, a study has been conducted for a residential high-rise that encourages year-round outdoor living by integrating internal and external program with a simple structural form. Read more.

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014


07 Nov 2014, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awarded One Central Park, Sydney, Australia, the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 13th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Read more.

Brookfield Multiplex to Deliver Sydney’s Tallest Residential Tower


07 Nov 2014, Sydney, Australia

Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed as sole contractor to construct the iconic Greenland Centre Residential Tower at 115 Bathurst Street in Sydney’s central business district. Read more.

The Durst Organization Tops-Out Bjarke Ingels’ 137-Meter West57


07 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

The Durst Organization has topped out construction on 625 West 57th Street (West57). A final bucket of structural cement was hoisted to the top of the 450-foot (137-meter) building on October 31 to mark the completion of the superstructure. Read more.

Piano Wins Planning For Shard’s “Little Sister” in London


06 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

A 26-story housing scheme has been approved to sit alongside Renzo Piano's Shard skyscraper and The Place. The structure will occupy a 0.3-hectare site, replacing the 1950s Fielden House office building on London Bridge Street. Read more.

European Pension Fund Breaks Ground on Seattle Residential High-Rise


06 Nov 2014, Seattle, United States

Construction has started on Luma, a 24-story, 168-unit condominium tower at 1321 Seneca Street in Seattle. The project is the first condominium high-rise building to be developed in the First Hill neighborhood since 1982. Read more.

Renderings have been released for a skinny residential tower, 338 Queen Street


06 Nov 2014, Melbourne, Australia

New renderings have been unveiled for an ultra-thin tower in central Melbourne, but its fate is far from certain. Hearings are taking place with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)in order to determine its future. Read more.

London Tower Plans Spell End for Make’s Chiswick Octopus


05 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

The developers behind Make Architects’ Chiswick Octopus have shelved proposals for the sea-creature-shaped, LED-clad building in favor of a 42-story tower block for the key west London site. Read more.

Jury Selection Begins for Las Vegas Tower Trial


05 Nov 2014, Las Vegas, United States

In 2008, construction of the Harmon Hotel was halted when inspectors discovered that the steel reinforcement used in the first 15 stories would not support the planned 49-story tower above. Jury selection has begun for the resulting lawsuits. Read more.

Developers Moot Plans for Dubai Twin-Tower Record Breakers


05 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Proposals to construct the “tallest twin towers in the world” as part of a 600-hectare development in Dubai have been floated by developer Emaar Properties. To claim the title, they would need to exceed the Petronas Towers in height. Read more.

Chicago Spire Scheme Laid to Rest


04 Nov 2014, Chicago, United States

A debt repayment deadline passed before the necessary amount could be paid to keep the Chicago Spire property from reverting to a creditor, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times. The deed will be handed over on November 4. Read more.

Delayed Rogers Tower in London to Get Underway in 2015


04 Nov 2014, London, United Kingdom

Construction is to begin in January 2015 on 80 Newington Butts, also known as 360 London, which, once finished, will be the second-tallest building in the Elephant and Castle Cluster. The development is expected to complete in 2018. Read more.

Port Authority Loses $175M Hudson Yards Tower Deal in New York City


04 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

A developer has decided to drop its plans to build a soaring residential tower at Hudson Yards, in a deal that was supposed to net the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as much as $175 million. Read more.

Chennai Looks to the Skies


04 Nov 2014, Chennai, India

With the relaxation of height restrictions, several skyscrapers have started coming up around the city, especially in south Chennai towards the Old Mahabalipuram Road, Egattur, Perumbakkam, and the East Coast Road. Read more.

Nik Wallenda Tightrope-Walks Between Chicago Skyscrapers – Twice


03 Nov 2014, Chicago, United States

Daredevil acrobat Nik Wallenda gingerly crossed two wires, at one point blindfolded and without a safety harness or a net, strung between two sets of Chicago skyscrapers on November 2 in a derring-do high-wire act above the Windy City. Read more.

BretFred Founder Backs 5+Design Salford Towers Scheme


03 Nov 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

The newly proposed Salford Towers project includes 380 homes, 889 square meters of commercial space, and also incorporates a vacant grade II-listed pub - The Black Friar - which would be used for offices and communal facilities Read more.