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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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Fairmont Residences on Abu Dhabi Breakwater Go On Sale


11 Dec 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Luxury serviced apartments on the Abu Dhabi breakwater near Marina Mall are now available to purchase. The 249 apartments at the Fairmont Marina Residences are part of the 563-room Fairmont Marina Resort, which is due to open in 2016. Read more.

Renderings Released for 1 West End Avenue in New York’s Riverside Center


11 Dec 2014, New York City, United States

Full renderings have been released for Manhattan’s 1 West End, a high-rise that will occupy the southeast corner of a broader 2,500-apartment development, Riverside Center. Completion is tentatively expected by 2017. Read more.

Local Imagery Defines Yangon Hotel Complex


10 Dec 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

A major resort is currently under construction in Yangon, Myanmar. Consisting of a 15-story luxury hotel and a 29-story extended-stay hotel, the complex will provide more than 660 rooms with views of Inya Lake. Read more.

Construction Moves Forward on OMA’s Stockholm Skyscrapers


10 Dec 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Apartments in OMA's Stockholm twin towers have gone on the market, with construction set to begin in spring 2015. Both will feature a prefabricated concrete structure made of overlapping cubes. Read more.

Skanska Signs Contract to Construct London’s Scalpel


10 Dec 2014, London, United Kingdom

Skanska has signed a £198 million (US $310 million) contract to build a new landmark office tower at 52 Lime Street in London. The project, dubbed "the Scalpel", is to due complete in 2017. Read more.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Presents The Hub in New Brunswick


09 Dec 2014, New Brunswick, United States

Kohn Pedersen Fox has released renderings of The Hub. Plans call for two 91-meter-tall towers that rise from a podium that includes retail space, and can be adapted to suit the needs of other uses. Read more.

Construction on Apartments at Dubai Maritime City Begins


09 Dec 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction work has finally started on the first apartment block to be built at the long-awaited Dubai Maritime City. Ground was broken on the 48-story Anwa Tower, which will launch sales on December 10. Read more.

Planning Application Submitted for 488-494 La Trobe in Melbourne


09 Dec 2014, Melbourne, Australia

West Melbourne continues its impressive run toward the latter part of 2014 with yet another large-scale planning application currently before authorities in the form of 488-494 La Trobe Street. Read more.

Los Angeles Complex Fire Scorches Two Adjacent Towers


08 Dec 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A massive fire in downtown engulfed an apartment complex under construction, damaged two high-rises and left freeways and roads closed. There were no injuries. Officials said the cause of the blaze was not yet known. Read more.

Construction of Moscow’s Moscow-City Skyscraper Block to Complete in 2018


08 Dec 2014, Moscow, Russia

Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Policy and Construction, said that the construction around Moscow’s International Business Center, Moscow-City, is wrapping up, and that the complex is set to be fully completed by 2018. Read more.

Offshore Hotel in Gulf Planned for Qatar 2022 World Cup in Doha


08 Dec 2014, Doha, Qatar

Designs have been unveiled for the Silver Pearl Hotel, a 1,000-room luxury resort and conference facility for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, located 1.5 kilometers off the Doha coastline in the Persian Gulf. Read more.

Manila Turns Luxurious With the Rise of London-Themed Condo


05 Dec 2014, Manila, Philippines

A real estate developer in Manila plans to transform the city landscape, with the development of its newest residential project, the Covent Garden. Two high-rises will offer a variety of living options for students and professionals. Read more.

Construction Begins on 15 Hudson Yards in New York


05 Dec 2014, New York City, United States

Construction has begun on 15 Hudson Yards, the first of the skyline-altering residential towers slated for the $20 billion megaproject, which will comprise 16 skyscrapers at the site of the West Side rail yard in the West 30s. Read more.

Denver Luxury High-Rise The Confluence Breaks Ground


05 Dec 2014, Denver, United States

Ground has been broken on The Confluence, the newest ultra-luxury high-rise tower in Denver. At 34 stories, The Confluence will offer studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with monthly rents ranging from $1,500 to $12,000. Read more.

Developer Releases Renderings for Art-Infused Tower Duo in Toronto


05 Dec 2014, Toronto, Canada

The newly proposed towers at Block 22 will form two new peaks on the Toronto skyline. The crowns of each building, along with strips running up all corners of both towers, will be reserved for artwork to enliven the exterior. Read more.

Qatar World Cup Memorial Tower Raises Awareness of Rising Construction-Death Toll


04 Dec 2014, Doha, Qatar

A conceptual Qatar World Cup Memorial tower was recently designed to represent the grim statistics of the nation’s increasing laborer death toll, which currently stands at over 180 since the beginning of 2014. Read more.

Master-planned Millharbour Village Proposed in London


04 Dec 2014, London, United Kingdom

Millharbour Village is a proposed high-density mixed-use neighborhood in South Quay that includes schools, parks, commercial space, office space, and 1,500 new homes that combine to create a significant new community. Read more.

Developers Celebrate the Topping Out of 605 West 42nd Street in New York City


04 Dec 2014, New York City, United States

A topping out ceremony was held for 605 West 42nd Street, a 60-story high-rise that represents the largest rental development currently under construction in Manhattan, containing 108,000 square meters. Read more.

Builders Sought to Construct The Palm Gateway in Dubai


04 Dec 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A tender has been floated for the construction of The Palm Gateway on Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. The project consists of three towers to be constructed on an existing car parking podium. Read more.

New Details on the Retail Component of Istanbul’s Metropol Tower


03 Dec 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

Roy Higgs International has announced the firm’s appointment to design the retail portion of Metropol Istanbul, a global mixed-use project that is rising within the borders of the city's International Financial Center. Read more.

FXFOWLE Selected to Design 28-Story Tower in Fuzhou


03 Dec 2014, Fuzhou, China

FXFOWLE has been selected to design a new 28-story corporate tower. The design is responsive to Fuzhou's natural landscape – the bending of the adjacent Minjiang River and Mt. Fu, the mountain after which the city is named. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Palladium Towers Plan Includes Restoration of Its Namesake


03 Dec 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A draft environmental impact report for the mixed-use Palladium Residences outlines plans to restore the 1940s-era dance hall that gave the project its name. The two-tower development is expected to complete in 2018. Read more.

Design of Skinny Queen Street Tower Challenged by Melbourne Authorities


03 Dec 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The super-thin tower at 338 Queen Street, set to rise from a tiny, 288-square-meter site, has been knocked back by the State of Victoria's planning adjudicator, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Read more.

Landmark Tower Planned for Paphos


02 Dec 2014, Paphos, Cyprus

On December 3, Paphos-based architectural team Vangelis Mavronicholas and Anna Margaritova will present plans for an observation tower they hope to make a landmark of the town, Paphos Tower 2017. Read more.

Tender Issued for Iconic Katara Towers in Doha


02 Dec 2014, Doha, Qatar

Katara Hospitality has issued a tender for the substructure and basement works at the Katara Towers, in Doha. The pincer-shaped twin towers in the Lusail district will host hotels and branded apartments for permanent residents. Read more.

New Design Considered for HAP Tower in Jersey City


02 Dec 2014, Jersey City, United States

A new design has been proposed for 500 Summit Avenue in Journal Square. The scheme now stands well over 50 stories and has a form that indicates a shift towards condominiums rather than rental units. Read more.

Rem Koolhaas: “Chinese Architecture Will Benefit” From Beijing’s CCTV Building


02 Dec 2014, Beijing, China

Rem Koolhaas has defended the design of OMA's CCTV tower in Beijing, after the Chinese president called for an end to the construction of "weird architecture" in the country. Koolhaas stresses that "CCTV is a very serious building." Read more.

ThyssenKrupp’s MULTI Elevators Will Go Up, Down, and Sideways


01 Dec 2014, Essen, Germany

ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering giant, has created the next big leap forward in the elevator industry: a system that isn’t dependent on ropes or steel cables. The technology, named MULTI, will begin tests in 2016. Read more.

Foundation Work for Kuala Lumpur's KL118 to be Completed in 2015


01 Dec 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The developer expects foundation and piling works on the KL118 Tower, formerly known as Menara Warisan Merdeka, to be completed by the third quarter of 2015. The tower will have 118 stories and is estimated to cost $1.5 billion. Read more.

New Residential Tower Revealed for Manchester’s NOMA


01 Dec 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

A new 36-story tower has been proposed to stand on the Angel Gardens site in NOMA, Manchester. The tower boasts darker cladding to contrast with the lighter low-rise blocks, and helps continue their roofline. Read more.