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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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Renderings for West Loop Skyscraper Updated in Chicago


19 Mar 2014, Chicago, United States

Developer Steven Fifield returned to the drawing board to present a tower more ambitious in height than the originally proposed 26-story office tower destined for 625 West Monroe Street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.Read more.

Architects Unite to Save Historic Russian Radio Tower


19 Mar 2014, Moscow, Russia

In Moscow, a group of respected architects have written Russian President Vladimir Putin a signed petition to save Vladimir Shuchov’s Shabolvoka Radio Tower, which was constructed in 1922 and is considered an impressive engineering feat of the 20th century. Read more.

Tall Timber Training Funded by US Department of Agriculture


19 Mar 2014, Washington D.C., United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is yelling “timber!” in Washington D.C. The US Department of Agriculture will allocate funds towards the training of architects and engineers to utilize an environmentally friendly timber technology in place of steel. Read more.

Supertall May Ascend to World’s Tallest Residential Tower


18 Mar 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai-based developer Trident International Holdings will resume work on the residential 516-meter Pentominium Tower, located in Dubai Marina, and will be second tallest building in Dubai, next to the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. Read more.

OMA to Design Tower in San Francisco


18 Mar 2014, San Francisco, United States

Related of California will develop a 167-meter tower for the San Francisco Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure, with Rem Koolhaas’ firm, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), to design the stylish skyscraper in the new Transbay District. Read more.

Proposed Tallest Building in Malaysia Begins Construction


18 Mar 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The long-anticipated Warisan Merdeka, which may oust the Petronas Towers as the tallest building in Malaysia, is set to begin construction, with Pintaras Jaya commissioned to begin the foundation pour next week.Read more.

Stockholm’s Tallest Tower to Rise Taller and Light Up Like “Candy”


17 Mar 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Tellus Tower, which was originally proposed to reach 225 meters, will now stand a little taller at 237 meters, with a lit-up façade that architect Gert Wingardh likens to a “packet of candy.” Read more.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Opens Second of Two Identical Towers


17 Mar 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates Group officially opened its second hotel tower, the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, which was named Tallest Tower Completed in 2013 by CTBUH. The 355-meter tower is identical in height to its neighbor, Tower 1, which was finished in 2012. Read more.

Rooftop Oasis to Provide Green View for Surrounding Towers


17 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

Atop an eight-story office building on Leadenhall Street, a two-story glass pavilion extension and gardens will provide a highly visible, green reprieve for onlookers within the city’s neighboring skyscrapers. Read more.

Jersey City Skyline to Benefit From Addition of 30 Journal Square


17 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

Renderings released by developer Kushner Company reveal an Ismael Leyva-designed 41-story tower set far back from the street, with several smaller structures that step down in height to meet the historic street-front building at 30 Journal Square. Read more.

Beta Tenants Move Into Vattanac Capital Tower Office Space


14 Mar 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The 183-meter Vattanac Capital Tower in Phnom Penh, designed by Farrells and described as “an iconic dragon-backed glass skyscraper,” is open for business with just a few tenants to test the facilities, with more to arrive in coming months. Read more.

Fire-Fighting Manpower Resources a Concern in Towering Vancouver


14 Mar 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Gordon Ditchburn, former president of the Vancouver Fire Fighters’ Union, has raised awareness over the availability of front-line responders, in a city where manpower is declining as skyscrapers are rising. Read more.

Abu Dhabi Offers Least Expensive Office Space Despite Available Wealth


14 Mar 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A recent report that found Hong Kong and Tokyo to be most expensive cities to rent skyscraper floor-space, also finds the United Arab Emirate cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi least expensive, commanding one-tenth the rent found in their Asian counterparts. Read more.

Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London


13 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

A recent study by New London Architecture (NLA) found that 236 towers over 20 stories tall are already proposed, approved, or under construction in London, with the majority designed for residential use in response to a strong demand for housing. Read more.

Cyan to Bring New Color to Peachtree Street


13 Mar 2014, Atlanta, United States

Cyan on Peachtree, a 23-story high-rise development, will soon arrive in Atlanta, with the commencement of construction, and will cater to families by offering affordable homes with expanded floorplans. Read more.

Brooklyn’s Tallest Tower Wears Short-Lived Crown


13 Mar 2014, New York, United States

In New York’s current booming tower construction climate, 180-meter 388 Bridge Street can only retain its title as Brooklyn’s tallest for so long before another one rises to 182 meters to take the crown, as is the case with Avalon Willoughby West. Read more.

Skyscraper Attempts to Top its Own Record as Video-Game Screen


12 Mar 2014, Philadelphia, United States

Last year, the Guinness World Record for largest video-game screen was set with Pong played on one face of the 133-meter Cira Centre skyscraper in Philadelphia; this year, the feat will up the ante with a two-player match of Tetris played on all four facades. Read more.

Photos Reveal London's "Cheesegrater" Tower Simmering Along


12 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

The Leadenhall Building, playfully nicknamed The Cheesegrater for its likeness, appears to be completed, as it is depicted in photos freshly released by developers British Land and Oxford Properties. Read more.

Cantilevered Residential Tower in Boston Designed with Millennial in Mind


12 Mar 2014, Boston, United States

A 30-story CBT Architects-designed tower will unite dynamic lighting components and gradient glass patterning in a folded-glass textural façade, thus creating a glittering spectacle intended to entrance the 20-30 year-old demographic for which the building is marketed. Read more.

Elegant Design Unveiled for Wenling Sheraton in Zhejiang


11 Mar 2014, Wenling, China

Architect Woods Bagot has revealed the ambitious design for the proposed 300-meter Sheraton hotel tower, which features faraway views of the mountains and wetlands of Wenling in Zhejiang Province, China. Read more.

Creative Montpellier Design Competition Winner Inspired by Tree


11 Mar 2014, Montpellier, France

The White Tree, a 17-story mixed-use building designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, is akin to a tree in structure, with a curved façade to provide views of the landscape offered on balconies that resemble outstretched leaves.Read more.

Malaysian Mixed-Use Community to Include Five Towers


11 Mar 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KL Gateway, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will comprise five tall towers, two office, and three residential, encompassed by a ring of retail and gardens leading to a public community space at the center of the development.Read more.

Auckland's Tallest Skyscraper Plans are Modified for Wind


11 Mar 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

The design for NDG Auckland Centre has been blasted by the city council over fears of downdrafts assaulting pedestrians on the street in front of the 209-meter tower, which prompted New Development Group to modify its design strategy.Read more.

Melbourne’s Latest Proposal Could be Tallest Residential Tower Yet


10 Mar 2014, Melbourne, Australia

A 286-meter residential tower at 250 La Trobe Street in Melbourne is planned to rise just one meter under the city height limits, because the construction site is already on high ground, and is set to be the tallest residential tower in Melbourne. Read more.

New York Mayor Victorious in Tall Affordable Housing Challenge


10 Mar 2014, New York, United States

Upon the insistence of New York’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, the development at the former Domino Sugar factory site will incorporate larger apartments for families within the affordable housing portion of the 182-meter structure.Read more.

Residential Tower at Block37 Moves Forward in Chicago’s Loop


10 Mar 2014, Chicago, United States

CIM Group, the owners of Block 37, a mixed-use complex that includes a mall and 16-story office tower, will soon begin construction on its residential component, a 206-meter tower, which will meet the increased demand for housing within Chicago’s CBD. Read more.

Not Every Urban Neighborhood Allowed a High-Rise in Israel’s South


10 Mar 2014, Ashdod, Israel

Israel’s Southern District Regional Planning and Building Committee reversed its approval for two 44-story towers in Ashdod after accepting objections by the local advocacy group, which claimed the towers would appear out of place. Read more.

Tallest Office Building in Memphis Gets a Makeover


07 Mar 2014, Memphis, United States

The owners of 100 N. Main St. in Memphis have commissioned architect Joey Hagan of Architecture Inc. to transform the outdated office building into a dynamic mixed-use development with the addition of a new hotel and residential apartments. Read more.

Stalled Tameer Towers Development in Abu Dhabi Brought to Court


07 Mar 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Investors won a legal challenge over the stymied progress on the planned multi-skyscraper Tameer Towers residential development in Abu Dhabi, with representation by law firm House of Justice, because the flats they purchased failed to materialize. Read more.

Residential Tower in Downtown Indianapolis Clears City Funding


07 Mar 2014, Indianapolis, United States

City officials voted 6-2 to approve city funding for the RTKL-designed Market Square Tower, a 28-story residential high-rise, after stalling the vote three times due to concerns over how the city would benefit from the development. Read more.