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CTBUH Global News

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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Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt


17 Feb 2014, Shanghai, China

The two daredevils who scaled the under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower have prompted tighter security controls from tall building owners, who previously authorized professional photographers with proper harnesses to ascend their properties. Read more.

Tower Howl Heard Throughout Manchester


17 Feb 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

With wind gusts of up to 113 kph (70 mph), in recent weeks the “Beetham Tower Howl” was heard screeching across the city center and into the suburbs, due to a glass and metal sculpture that rests atop the building. Read more.

Rendering of Suburban Skyscraper Unveiled in Melbourne


17 Feb 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The 114-meter suburban Sovereign Square project, revealed by The Buchan Group, is based on a metro station-adjacent, transit-oriented plan that encourages pedestrians to move both vertically and horizontally through the building. Read more.

Fog Phenomenon Returns to Transform Dubai Skyline


14 Feb 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Twice a year, weather conditions generate a cloud-like fog that settles between the ground and sky, which creates a heavenly vision of the world’s tallest skyscraper tips and is captured by photographers and residents alike. Read more.

Mixed-Use Skyscraper Planned for Metro D.C.


14 Feb 2014, Rosslyn, United States

Rosslyn, Virginia, will soon be home to two 108-meter towers that will provide residential, retail, and public space, and will also share a block with a new Metro station. The project is intended to create an improved pedestrian experience for commuting residents. Read more.

Solution Planned for Walkie Scorchie's Rays


13 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

The owners of 20 Fenchurch, more recently known as “the Walkie-Scorchie” because of its ability to bend and concentrate light toward the street below, have proposed a solution to the building’s reflective beam. Read more.

Auckland Announces Proposed Tallest Skyscraper


13 Feb 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

Mayor Len Brown welcomed Shanghai-based New Development Group’s $350 million proposal for the 209-meter NDG Auckland Centre, which anticipates the title of “Auckland’s tallest building” upon completion. Read more.

Manhattan West Reveals Residential Rendering and Redevelopment Plan


13 Feb 2014, New York, United States

Brookfield Properties has unveiled images of its 60-story residential tower, as well as plans for the redevelopment of the existing building at 450 West 33rd Street, both of which are to be incorporated into the Manhattan West mega-development. Read more.

Science behind Falling Ice from One World Trade Center


12 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The ice falling from One World Trade Center and other modern skyscrapers is attributed to advances in the construction of efficient facades that insulate interiors and keep exteriors cool, according to a CTBUH report cited in the New York Times Feb. 11. Read more.

Farrells Wins Competition to Build Shenzhen Development


12 Feb 2014, Shenzhen, China

UK architecture firm Farrells has won a competition for a master plan that encompasses two adjacent sites in the Shenzhen Qianhai Special Economic Zone. The project is billed as an opportunity to expand trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Read more.

One Blackfriars Opens Sales Office in Dubai


12 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

One Blackfriars, a 165-meter residential tower developed by Berkeley Group, has opened a sales office in Dubai to market the residences directly to an increased global audience, which has caused a mixed response in London. Read more.

Wilshire Grand's Continuous Concrete Pour May Break World Record


11 Feb 2014, Los Angeles, United States

Construction of the supertall 335-meter Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles is underway, with plans to fill a 30-meter foundation with concrete in one fell swoop on February 15. The project will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest continuous pour. Read more.

Rosewood Sanya to Open at Haitang Bay


11 Feb 2014, Sanya, China

Poly Real Estate Group has been appointed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to manage Rosewood Sanya, which occupies 14 floors within a 46-story building at Haiting Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The Goettsch Partners design includes oceanfront views from each room. Read more.

Leeds' City Council Enacts Its Own Solution for Bridgewater Place Downdrafts


11 Feb 2014, Leeds, United Kingdom

In addition to the safety measures recently proposed by the owners of the 110-meter Bridgewater Place to deflect a deathly downdraft, the city has proposed additional interim measures to be enacted until the skyscraper’s owners have completed their own solutions.Read more.

Chengdu Opens "City within a City"


10 Feb 2014, Chengdu, China

The International Finance Square, which opened this month in Chengdu, features a 210,000 square-meter dynamic pedestrian podium to anchor the high-rise development of office, residential, and luxury hotel space.Read more.

Metropolis Development in L.A. Awards Construction Contract


10 Feb 2014, Los Angeles, United States

Tishman Construction has been selected to manage and construct phase one of Greenland Group’s massive Metropolis development, which will infill a downtown city block that spans along a corridor from work to play for L.A.’s growing pedestrian culture.Read more.

Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date


10 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel in May. Each room will offer unique floor-to-ceiling sloped windows. Read more.

Investor Bails Out Chicago Spire Project


07 Feb 2014, Chicago, United States

Atlas Apartment Holdings plans to spend up to US$135 million to fully fund the reorganization of the Chicago Spire’s finances, which allows developer Shelbourne to resume construction of the tower – intended to be the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.Read more.

Proposed Supertall Tower in Beijing to Utilize Pre-Fab Modules


07 Feb 2014, Beijing, China

A 300-meter tower designed by Henn Architects adopts the latest advancements in architecture to redefine the stereotypically severe skyscraper into an elegant structure that is classic in form but efficient in function.Read more.

Residents of Burj Khalifa Fear Drastic Consequences of Unpaid Fees


07 Feb 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tenants of the world’s tallest building worry that they may be denied access to elevator service and air conditioning if their landlord does not settle outstanding service fees.Developer Emaar cautioned residents last month of the possible changes. Read more.

Miami Mega-Development Halted by Historic Hallowed Ground


06 Feb 2014, Miami, United States

Underneath the parking lot destined to become the fourth and final phase of MDM Development Group’s multi-billion-dollar project lie the remains of an historic Native American village, thus throwing a wrench in the works. Read more.

Residential Tower Seeks to Claim "Brooklyn's Tallest" Title


06 Feb 2014, New York City, United States

SLCE-designed 388 Bridge Street, which at 180 meters is making the claim of tallest building in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, will open its doors to welcome residents in a few short weeks. Stahl Real Estate recently disclosed renderings and pricing. Read more.

High-Rise Development Carries On in Karachi


06 Feb 2014, Karachi, Pakistan

Due to a shortage of land and market demand, high-rise housing continues to develop in Karachi, Pakistan, despite obstacles to construction from unreliable safety conditions and a 2010 moratorium on new domestic gas connections. Read more.

Why Does a Stunning Skyscraper's Interior Often Disappoint?


05 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

In a recent opinion piece, the matter was contemplated: why do spectacular skyscrapers, such as the Gherkin or Shard, often have lackluster interior space? Explored is the hierarchy of design; that we should be mindful of the purpose of place. Read more.

Hong Kong Investors Bank on Dubai Pearl Project


05 Feb 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Chow Tai Fook Endowment Industry Development (CTFE), a Hong Kong development group, has invested US$1.9 billion in the hopes of breathing life into the expansive, yet currently shelved, Dubai Pearl project. Read more.

Historic High-Rise Retrofitted With Energy Efficient Glass


04 Feb 2014, Buffalo, United States

The 80-meter Tishman Building in Buffalo, New York, has retrofitted each of its 760 single-pane windows, utilizing a new glass technology as part of a US$41 million renovation that will transform the historic office building into a mixed-use complex. Read more.

Millennial-Marketed High-Rise Breaks Ground in Tampa


04 Feb 2014, Tampa, United States

SkyHouse Channelside, an 84-meter luxury high-rise apartment designed for the latest batch of young urban professionals, broke ground with the aim to lure a generation that values urban infill and has been affected by the post-recession climate. Read more.

Proposed Residential High-Rises in Muslim Community Opposed by Neighbors


04 Feb 2014, Toronto, Canada

The Jaffari Center has proposed developing its 12-hectare property into a high-density Muslim community, which would include two residential high-rises, but neighboring residents oppose the plan, citing congestion and decreased home value concerns. Read more.

Another Super-Skinny Tower Slinks Into Melbourne


03 Feb 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The tall-building transformation continues in Melbourne with the nearing completion of a waifish residential tower, The Phoenix, which stands at 89 meters tall and only 6.7 meters wide and another stylish tall tower is right at its skyscraper heels. Read more.

Brutalist University Tower Blasted


03 Feb 2014, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A 116-meter former university tower was imploded in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, to make way for two new office towers. AfE Turm is now the world’s tallest steel-framed structure to be demolished by a controlled explosion. Read more.