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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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Macau’s City of Dreams to Host a Hadid Hotel


31 Mar 2014, Macau, China

Melco Crown Entertainment has announced that its fifth hotel in the City of Dreams project at Cotai, Macau, will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The exposed external structure adds visual appeal and reduces internal structural requirements. Read more.

New Delhi Suburb to Be Crowned With Tiara


31 Mar 2014, Noida, India

Jaypee Greens, a New Delhi-based developer, has unveiled plans for a 36-story petal-shaped residential tower, NRI Tower Tiara, in the suburban community of Noida. The project is expected to be completed in 2018. Read more.

Construction Begins on Hartford Bank Tower Residential Conversion


31 Mar 2014, Hartford, United States

Construction work began Monday, March 31 on the $45 million conversion of Hartford, Connecticut’s Bank of America skyscraper from office to residential use. The project is part of a continuing effort to create more housing in the downtown area. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for 235 Grand Street


31 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

Continuing the rapid pace of new development in the area, renderings have been revealed for 235 Grand Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, a residential tower that will be part of the Liberty Harbor North development. Read more.

Prominent Architects Join London Anti-Tall Chorus


31 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

Numerous prominent architects, including some who have designed tall buildings in London, have joined the increasing uproar over tall-building construction in the British capital. Read more.

Cairo Tower to Re-Open Soon


28 Mar 2014, Cairo, Egypt

The 180-meter Cairo Tower, under renovation since 2007, is set to re-open soon. The occasion has provided local newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly an opportunity to explore the tower’s rich history. Read more.

London High-Rise Residents “Lack Escape Plans”


28 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

The London Fire Brigade says that 760,000 people living in London’s high-rise apartment towers are at risk in a fire because the buildings lack formal escape plans. Read more.

More Tall Development to Come to Journal Square


28 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

The Journal Square area of Jersey City, New Jersey, just west of Manhattan at an important transit interchange, is to add another high-rise development to what was a sleepy area just a few years ago. Read more.

Auto Dealership Moves to Make Way for Ottawa’s Next-Tallest


28 Mar 2014, Ottawa, Canada

An auto dealership in Ottawa has announced plans to relocate from 845 Carling Avenue, where Richcraft Homes plans to build two 48-story residential buildings and one 18-story building. Read more.

Miami Approves Plan to Save Archaeological Find on High-Rise Site


28 Mar 2014, Miami, United States

City commissioners have approved a plan to preserve the remains of a 2,000 year-old Native American village, found on the site of the Met Miami project, whose construction had been temporarily halted by the discovery. Read more.

Prince Charles to UK Cities: “Abandon Skyscraper Plans”


27 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

Prince Charles, never a fan of modern architecture, has now taken aim at London’s penchant for building tall residences for the wealthy while a housing shortage is in full swing. Infill development of five to eight stories is preferred, the Prince said. Read more.

Washington Monument to Re-Open


27 Mar 2014, Washington, United States

The Washington Monument, closed since 2011 due to an earthquake, will re-open to visitors May 12. The remaining scaffolding is to come down by the end of March. The repair project has cost $15 million. Read more.

Ground Broken for Guangxi Financial Investment Center


27 Mar 2014, Nanning, China

Architect John Portman & Associates has announced the ground-breaking ceremony of the Guangxi Financial Investment Center, a 400-meter tower set along the city’s primary east-west corridor, Minzu Boulevard.Read more.

Hotel Alessandra to Boast a Top-Floor Lobby


27 Mar 2014, Houston, United States

Developer Midway Companies and architect Gensler revealed designs for the Hotel Alessandra in downtown Houston. Though not especially tall, the hotel will revel in its 25-story height by placing its lobby on the top floor. Read more.

History of Daredevil Jumping Is as Long as It Is Tall


26 Mar 2014, New York City, United States

If it seems like there have been an unusual number of illicit tall-structure climbing and jumping incidents recently, that perception is correct. The latest stunt was a jump by three men from the top of New York’s One World Trade Center in September 2013. Read more.

Hissing and Shouting Mars Newcastle High-Rise Debate


26 Mar 2014, Newcastle, Australia

New planning laws that would allow high rises in the center city area of Newcastle have come under fire from angry residents who say they have been denied a voice in the process.Read more.

Height Concerns Persist at Toronto Site


26 Mar 2014, Toronto, Canada

Toronto is one of the most rapidly-developing tall-building markets, but the rise of tall residential and mixed-use projects is not immune to controversy. City planning staff are still concerned about the height of a proposed development at 177 Front Street East. Read more.

Vertical Limestone Mansion 520 Park a Debutante on Billionaire’s Row


25 Mar 2014, New York, United States

The 51-story 520 Park Avenue tower, which will join the growing number of slim ultra-luxury towers in Midtown Manhattan dubbed “Billionaire’s Row,” is distinguished in both scale and structure, brazenly asserting its monumentality in stone. Read more.

Wellness-Themed Skyscraper Product of Re-development in Philadelphia


25 Mar 2014, Philadelphia, United States

This spring, the former office building at 1616 Walnut Street will open its doors to tenants, featuring finishes that promote health and well-being and is marketed to renters who value quality of life, as well as luxury, when it comes to urban dwellings. Read more.

Andaz Hotel to Crown New Tokyo Skyscraper


25 Mar 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Located the center of Tokyo, the 126-meter Toranomon Hills Tower will open this spring, capped off by Hyatt’s first Andaz hotel in Japan, which endeavors to reflect the culture and spirit of local hospitality.Read more.

Luxury Units at Four Seasons Place in Malaysia Selling Briskly – And Locally


24 Mar 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

At a Kuala Lumpur record of US$900,000- 3.6 million, units at the under-construction Four Seasons Place are 70 percent sold, with most buyers local to the region, which is not often the case as many foreign speculators flood prestigious tall-building markets. Read more.

Proposed Tallest Skyscraper Not Up to Code in Miami Beach


24 Mar 2014, Miami Beach, United States

Developers Related Group of Florida and Crescent Heights have announced a proposal for a 50-story, 168-meter-tall glass residential tower in Miami Beach at 500 Alton Road, despite the community’s height restriction of seven stories. Read more.

Modern Tall Tower Proposed for Neglected L.A. City-Center


24 Mar 2014, Los Angeles, United States

The neglected historic core of Los Angeles will receive a dose of gentrification to the tune of US$150 million, if the 34-story, 450 unit retail and apartment complex proposed by Izek Shomof is built at 4th Street and Broadway. Read more.

WOHA’s 10-Tower Cuffe Parade to Complete by 2018


21 Mar 2014, Mumbai, India

Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA has lent its unique brand of sky greenery to a new project in Mumbai, the New Cuffe Parade, consisting of ten 64-story residential towers. The project is to complete by 2018. Read more.

Sky Tower Lights Up for Charity


21 Mar 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

As a sign of support for the Child Cancer Foundation, Auckland’s 328-meter Sky Tower is lit in various colors, each representing a bead of courage a child is presented with when completing a treatment. Read more.

Above-Ground Work to Start on Kingdom Tower


21 Mar 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Above-ground work on the 1-kilometer-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin next month, according to Building Design. Construction will start on April 27 and will be managed by UK project managers EC Harris and Mace. Construction is set to take 63 months, finishing in 2019. Read more.

Work Begins on Residential Tower Trio in Jersey City


21 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

Construction has begun on Journal Squared, a three-tower residential complex in the recently invigorated Journal Square section of Jersey City. The tallest tower will be 222 meters, and it will be joined by two neighbors of 193 and 175 meters, respectively.Read more.

Hudson Yards East Platform Construction Commences


20 Mar 2014, New York, United States

Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group have announced the commencement of construction of the east platform of Hudson Yards, which is the largest private real-estate development in the history of the United States. Read more.

Wang Jianlin to Purchase Historic Skyscraper in Madrid


20 Mar 2014, Madrid, Spain

The wealthiest man in China, Wang Jianlin, bid 260 million euros (US$362 million) for Edificio Espana, a 117-meter historic office tower in Madrid, which has been unoccupied since 2006. Read more.

Carless in Calgary


20 Mar 2014, Calgary, Canada

A private developer would like to build Canada’s first carless condominium tower, located within the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s East Village master plan, which is the city’s pedestrian-centric vision for the young and the carless. Read more.