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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 Courthouse Designed for a New Age in San Diego


28 Feb 2014, San Diego, United States

The strikingly modern SOM-designed San Diego Center, which at 22-stories will become the largest state-run courthouse in California, will leverage the latest high-tech innovations in design to provide an efficient and secure city building. Read more.

Portland City Council to Decide Contentious High-Rise Battle


28 Feb 2014, Portland, United States

Park Avenue West Tower, which has resumed building after a lengthy history of dispute, will face city council for a land-use review decision for constructing under a permit for a 26-story tower, while a revised plan calls for 30 stories in operation. Read more.

Revealing Look Inside "Ghost Tower" in Bangkok


28 Feb 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The abandoned 49-story Sathorn Unique Tower, another casualty of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, still haunts the skyline and prompts consideration of the built environment's mortality.Read more.

What Will Future Generations See on Yonge Street?


28 Feb 2014, Toronto, Canada

The Globe and Mail reports that tall buildings on Toronto's Yonge Street chronicle the history of architecture, with creativity that steeply drops as modern homogenous tall buildings steeply climb. Read more.

Bangkok Tower Retail Podium to Open this Spring


27 Feb 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Construction is nearly complete for the seven-story luxury shopping center that will rest at the base of the 30-story Bangkok Central Embassy Hotel, which occupies the site of the former gardens of the British Embassy. Read more.

Extell's One57 Park Hyatt Hotel Sets the Date


27 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The five-star Park Hyat Hotel, set in the 306-meter supertall One57 tower in New York, will welcome guests on August 28. The Atelier Christian de Portzamparc-designed, 79,299 square-meter tower boasts ultra-luxe accommodations and residences. Read more.

Samsung Breaks Ground for Headquarters in Beijing


27 Feb 2014, Beijing, China

Kim Chang-soo, president of Samsung Life Insurance, government officials, and contractors participated in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the 260-meter Samsung office tower. Read more.

Parking Lot Paves Way for Paradise in Houston


27 Feb 2014, Houston, United States

AmREIT developer and owner of Uptown Park, an outdoor mall ringed by a massive parking lot, has proposed the first phase of their plan to build a complex of towers that would replace the old mall with a dense combination of retail and residential space. Read more.

Rising Land Costs Problematic for China's Growing Urban Population


26 Feb 2014, Nanjing, China

Many newly urbanized residents of Chinese cities are faced with a cyclical housing dilemma: increased demand and subsequent increased cost. In Nanjing, tall buildings are being constructed on the outskirts of the city to provide affordable housing. Read more.

Tall Buildings Ring Amsterdam to Preserve City Charm


26 Feb 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Construction of tall buildings is discouraged in quaint, central Amsterdam, but the mayor recently stated in an interview that density would help the Dutch capital, which is evidenced by the surge of development surrounding the city’s center. Read more.

Inside Look at Upcoming Park Avenue Tower


26 Feb 2014, New York, United States

Architect Rafael Viñoly presented illuminating insights of his supertall design for the currently under-construction 432 Park Avenue to an audience of more than 300 at the Skyscraper Museum in New York.Read more.

Ottawa Approves High-Rise in Little Italy


26 Feb 2014, Ottawa, Canada

The city planning committee approved Nuovo, an 18-story mixed-use tower proposed by Domicile Developments, which will lend an infusion of retail and residential vitality to the eastern edge of Little Italy. Read more.

High-Rise Attempts to Escape Notice in Historic District


25 Feb 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Because of its proposed location on historic Market Street in Philadelphia, the 35-story Market East Tower will be set back 55 meters from the façade of the Lit Brothers store, and will further diminish its presence via light-grey glazing. Read more.

Jean Nouvel Bedecks Barcelona Hotel with Flowers


25 Feb 2014, Barcelona, Spain

Ateliers Jean Nouvel, famous for its vertical gardens around the world, will add a floral façade to the exterior of the 110-meter Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, and cascading gardens along the interior atrium. Read more.

Waikiki Beach Tower Passes Green Inspection


25 Feb 2014, Honolulu, United States

Pacrep LLC’s Waikiki Beach project passed a final environmental assessment by the city of Honolulu, which determined that the 39-story development would pose no significant effect on the environment. Read more.

Five Permits Granted in One Melbourne 'Super Tuesday'


25 Feb 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Five new residential towers were approved Feb. 25 in the booming central business district of Melbourne, which is an unprecedented amount, according to Planning Minister Mathew Guy, who dubbed the approval deluge “Super Tuesday.” Read more.

Jersey City Grows Tall from Urban Sprawl


24 Feb 2014, Jersey City, United States

Two new residential tower developments, centered around transit stations, are flying up in Jersey City to meet the demand spilling over the Hudson River from Manhattan, and offer an urban, transit-oriented community with skyline views. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Mobilizes Construction


24 Feb 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The kilometer-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, currently under construction, is showing new signs of life, as the developer of the project has commissioned engineering and construction consultants to test the required building materials. Read more.

Housing Tower Project to Rise in Yangon


24 Feb 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

The Singapore-based Golden Land Real Estate Development Group announced the development of a housing community in Myanmar’s capital, Yangon, which will include nine 33-story high rise residences on 33,977 square meters of land. Read more.

Atypical Tower Re-development Revealed


21 Feb 2014, New York, United States

Plans to demolish a university building at 101 Murray Street in New York, and build in its place a 262-meter Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed skyscraper, reveal a structure that resembles a top-heavy observation, rather than residential, tower.Read more.

Skyscrapers Double as Billboards with New Video Glass Technology


21 Feb 2014, Hong Kong, China

In Hong Kong, “Video Glass” technology is being developed to replace existing LED video advertisements on tall buildings with an energy-efficient system that can transform an entire building into a projection screen. Read more.

Unanimous Approval for New Comcast Tower in Philly


21 Feb 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Five bills that will pave the way for the construction of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, a 341-meter addition to the Philadelphia skyline, have been unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission.Read more.

Approval of Skyscraper to Bring "Gotham" to London


20 Feb 2014, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a 170-meter skyscraper at 40 Leadenhall Street, which has been nicknamed the “Batman Building,” have been recommended for approval by the City of London’s planning office. Read more.

Buildings Don Invisibility Cloak


20 Feb 2014, Cheongna, South Korea

Reflective buildings have captured the imaginations of architects, as more seemingly invisible skyscrapers blend in with the sky, or in the case of a tower in South Korea, attempt to outright disappear. Read more.

Design Details Revealed for Hudson Spire


19 Feb 2014, New York, United States

The much-anticipated plans for New York City’s Hudson Spire, located in the developing Hudson Yards district, were released by MJM + A Architects and indicate that the building is to rise to an astounding 549 meters. Read more.

Building Tall in Bangalore


19 Feb 2014, Bangalore, India

The IT capital of India, Bangalore, will soon tout a tall tower addition to its skyline, if Golden Gate Properties realizes its vision to develop the Presidential Tower, a 162-meter skyscraper. Read more.

Floor-Area Ratio Stalls Austin High-Rise Approval


19 Feb 2014, Austin, United States

The sale of a land parcel in downtown Austin to developer Riverside Resources is contingent upon the decision of city hall to increase the parcel’s zoning in order to allow a planned 37-story residential tower to be built. Read more.

Forgotten Space Beneath Tower-Adjacent Bridge Transformed into Public Showcase


18 Feb 2014, Vancouver, Canada

The development space under Granville Street Bridge, which includes the 150-meter Beach and Howe Street Tower, is to be brought to life as a vibrant public space that will function as a covered urban plaza for special occasions.Read more.

Design Revealed for Mormon Apartment Tower in Philadelphia


18 Feb 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Robert A.M. Stern Architects has unveiled its design of 1601 Vine Street, Philadelphia, which will include a meetinghouse and a 32-story residential tower adjacent to the existing Mormon temple located in the city center.Read more.

Tower Residences Launched on Palm Jumeirah Island


18 Feb 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nakheel put 504 luxury units in a 50-story Dubai tower on the market this week. The Palm Tower will include a five-star hotel, viewing platform, and infinity pool, which are available to the fully serviced residences. Read more.