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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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In Sao Paolo, “Frogger” Joins “Gamescraper” Ranks


18 Apr 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

After record-breaking games of Tetris and Pong, played on a giant LED screen attached to a Philadelphia skyscraper last month, a Spanish game studio has revived an arcade classic, “Frogger,” on the FIESP building in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Read more.

Turnberry Plans 52-Story High Rise for Miami


18 Apr 2014, Miami, United States

The burgeoning Miami waterfront district of Sunny Isles Beach will soon be graced by another residential tower, a 52-story condominium project designed by Carlos Zapata and developed by Turnberry Associates. Read more.

Lagos Tower May Be World’s Tallest Curved Sprayed-Concrete Structure


17 Apr 2014, Lagos, Nigeria

Architects SPARK have unveiled renderings of the Ramzi Towers, a 22-unit apartment building with panoramic views over Lagos, which will also earn the title of tallest sprayed concrete structure in the world. Read more.

Plan for Hertsmere Tower Deemed “Unrealistic” by Rivals


17 Apr 2014, London, United Kingdom

Irish developer Thomas Ryan's proposal for the Hertsmere Tower in the London Docklands has received criticism from the Canary Wharf Group. The tower is deemed "unrealistic" and "ambitious" in its current form. Read more.

REX Goes Retractable in Doha


17 Apr 2014, Doha, Qatar

Two media companies have commissioned REX to design a conjoined headquarters with a unique array of retractable sunshades that can transform the buildings’ glass façades into a “blossom-like” shaded tower in a few minutes. Read more.

McCormick Place Redevelopment Plans Updated


17 Apr 2014, Chicago, United States

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority revealed an updated master plan for the McCormick Place Convention Center district in Chicago, which will include a 55-story Marriott Marquis Hotel designed by Gensler. Read more.

Future Cloudy for New Zealand’s First Skyscraper


16 Apr 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

The city council is vacating its current headquarters at the Auckland Council Civil Administration Building, leaving the future of the 71-meter building in jeopardy. There is no planned future use for the building, which was completed in 1966. Read more.

Mall-as-Landscape at Base of Tower Group


16 Apr 2014, Xiamen, China

NL Architects has designed an urban shopping center in Xiamen that features a rolling landscaped roof intertwined with residential buildings. The design seeks to counter the apparent lack of concern with the ground plane for Chinese developments. Read more.

Harmon Hotel Will Come Down, Eventually, Without a Bang


16 Apr 2014, Las Vegas, United States

Hopes for a “Vegas-style” implosion of the truncated Harmon Hotel have been dashed, as it will be necessary to dismantle the project slowly and carefully due to its proximity to other buildings. Read more.

ThyssenKrupp Test Tower to Support Highest View Deck in Germany


15 Apr 2014, Rottweil, Germany

Elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp plans to build a test tower in Rottweil, Germany, that will also support the nation’s highest viewing platform, open to the public. Helmut Jahn has teamed up with Werner Sobek to design the twisting tower. Read more.

New Economic Zone in Kenya to Host Some 20 Skyscrapers


15 Apr 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

Chinese investors are planning the Kenya-China Economic Zone, a development near Nairobi that may someday rival the infrastructure and skyscraper splendor of Dubai. It could feature at least 20 tall buildings. Read more.

1 Vanderbilt Pushes Ahead


15 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

After plans were delayed by the demise of the Bloomberg re-zoning plan, the developer for 1 Vanderbilt is now negotiating with the de Blasio administration for a path forward that does not entail a neighborhood-wide re-zoning. Read more.

Glasgow Games Blast Plans Scotched


15 Apr 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Controversial plans to implode five of Glasgow’s six remaining Red Road public housing towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies have been canceled, after strong public criticism that the plan was insensitive to former residents. Read more.

Foreigners and Overseas Workers Offered Free Travel to See Manila High-Rises


15 Apr 2014, Manila, Philippines

Developers in Manila have taken to actively recruiting foreign investors buying high-rise properties, offering free air tickets for apartment customers and providing assistance with visit visas for non-Filipino buyers. Read more.

That’s “Salesforce Tower” to You


14 Apr 2014, San Francisco, United States

Software company will lease half the planned Transbay Tower, placing San Francisco’s largest tech company in its future tallest building. The tower will be renamed "Salesforce Tower" as part of the deal. Read more.

HENN Unveils Wenzhou Tower


14 Apr 2014, Wenzhou, China

HENN Architekten has revealed renderings for a new 160-meter tower in the new central business district of Wenzhou. The Wenzhou Tower is to form “an impressive architectural gate condition for the entire new city development.” Read more.

Gotham Tower Fever Spreads – to Newark


14 Apr 2014, Newark, United States

RBH Group has unveiled SoMA Newark, a large multi-skyscraper master plan by Richard Meier that will incorporate the low-rise Teachers’ Village project and aims to rejuvenate the ailing city. Read more.

Design Unveiled for Inner Harbor Tower


14 Apr 2014, Baltimore, United States

Chicago’s Solomon Cordwell Buenz has been announced as the architect of the future 414 Light St., a 43-story residential tower set to rise in Baltimore’s resurgent Inner Harbor. The building would be one of Baltimore's three tallest. Read more.

Vantage to Offer Serviced Apartments in Jumeirah Village


14 Apr 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

DAMAC Properties has announced the release of its latest luxury tower, Vantage, offering serviced living in 388 units in Jumeirah Village, Dubai. Work has already started on the 33-story project. Read more.

SkyBar Lounge May Lose Lofty Spot in Stott


11 Apr 2014, Detroit, United States

An upscale cocktail lounge is facing possible eviction from the mostly vacant, 38-story Art Deco David Stott building in downtown Detroit. The lounge has refused to pay rent to the building's new owners, citing breach of contract. Read more.

One Dead in Fall From Malaysian Tower Build


11 Apr 2014, George Town, Malaysia

One construction worker was killed and two others were critically injured after falling several floors from a 32-story condominium tower under construction in George Town. Work has been halted, pending an investigation into the cause of the accident. Read more.

High-Rise Columbarium Goes Ahead - 10 Stories Shorter Than Planned


11 Apr 2014, Hong Kong, China

Following a reduction in proposed height and capacity, Hong Kong's first high-rise private columbarium has been approved by town planners, pending approval of site re-zoning. The original plan was rejected on the basis that it would increase traffic in the area. Read more.

West Loop Split on Tower Proposal


11 Apr 2014, Chicago, United States

Residents of the West Loop are of two minds over a proposed glass-box tower, citing concerns about the tower's height and appearance and its integration with the industrial character of the neighborhood. Read more.

Xianyung Building Split in Half During Demolition


10 Apr 2014, Shenyang, China

Television cameras captured extraordinary footage of the Xianyung Building, a residential housing block in Shenyang, China, being split precisely in half by strategically placed explosives. Read more.

Tilting Tower for Tianjin


10 Apr 2014, Tianjin, China

The Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) may soon receive a monument to its prosperity in the form of a knife-like 60-meter tower that tilts at a seemingly precarious angle. Read more.

Boston’s Healthy Tower Market Could be Boosted by New Mayor’s Tune


10 Apr 2014, Boston, United States

Boston skyline’s health is good, and “all boats are rising,” which may be aided by a shift in attitudes that has come with the changing of the mayoral guard in one of the United States’ oldest cities. Read more.

Infinity by Crown to Grace “Green Square”


10 Apr 2014, Sydney, Australia

Crown International Holdings Group has released renderings of Infinity by Crown, a looping mixed-use tower designed by Koichi Takada Architects that resembles a kinder, gentler CCTV Headquarters. Read more.

Barnett Bank Tower to Get New Lease on Life


10 Apr 2014, Jacksonville, United States

Plans are underway to renovate the previously-vacant 1926 Barnett National Bank Building into the world headquarters for One Spark Inc, featuring apartments, universities and small-business start-ups. Read more.

Meier on Rothschild to Open March 2015


09 Apr 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel

The luxurious Meier on Rothschild residential tower has set a move-in date for tenants as March 2015. The tower is emblematic of the continuously rising value of real estate in Israel. Read more.

Honolulu High-Rise Climate Heats Up


09 Apr 2014, Honolulu, United States

The Kaka’ako district of Honolulu is developing high-rise projects at a rapid pace, but it has sparked the ire of many residents, who rallied to protest a plan to raise the local height limit. Read more.