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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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Make Replaced on London City Road Tower Scheme


16 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

Scott Brownrigg and Buckley Gray Yeoman have replaced Make on a landmark London residential scheme at 145 City Road. The two architecture firms will take over the design of a 39-story tower and an adjacent 10-story building. Read more.

Stacked Geometries Create Playful Atmosphere for Wollongong Development


16 May 2014, Wollongong, Australia

Wollongong is set to see the development of a Spark Architects-designed project known as the Bass and Flinders Gateway. The mixed-use facility will have 300 residential units supported by commercial space in the form of five high-rise volumes. Read more.

San Francisco's Coit Tower Reopens After Repairs


16 May 2014, San Francisco, United States

After being closed for six months for conservation and restoration work, San Francisco’s Coit Tower celebrated its reopening in top form. The US$1.7 million restoration project began in October and repaired water-damaged murals and the leaking roof. Read more.

Mikou Studio Reveals Design for Brazzaville’s Africanews Headquarters


15 May 2014, Brazzaville, Congo

Paris-based Mikou Design Studio has unveiled plans for its competition-winning new addition to Brazzaville’s skyline, a 53-meter wood-clad tower that will be the headquarters for Africanews, a Euronews sister channel. Read more.

Hadid’s Hong Kong Tower Opens


15 May 2014, Hong Kong, China

Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University recently celebrated its opening day. The 15-story building has the capacity for 1,450 students and will house the university’s design education and research institute. Read more.

“A Lotte” Safety Concerns for Seoul Skyscraper Project


15 May 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Safety concerns still abound for retail giant Lotte Group’s 123-story Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, prompting the Seoul city government to preemptively deny the company the temporary use of the completed lower floors of the building. Read more.

Site Work Begins for Brooklyn’s BAM South Tower


14 May 2014, New York City, United States

Excavation work has begun for the newest addition to the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, BAM South, a 32-story, mixed-use tower located on a triangular plot of land at Ashland Place, Flatbush Avenue, and Lafayette Avenue. Read more.

Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza Completes $70 Million Upgrade


14 May 2014, Atlanta, United States

Atlanta’s iconic John-Portman-designed Westin Peachtree Plaza has recently completed the final phase of a US$70 million renovation of all interior elements, including lobby, guest rooms and suites, and restaurant. Read more.

Mumbai Affordable Housing Geared to Clear Hurdle


14 May 2014, Mumbai, India

The only building currently under construction for Mumbai’s Dharavi redevelopment plan should be allowed to rise as tall as 18 floors, or approximately 75 meters, despite its close proximity to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Read more.

Gehry Skyscraper Feared Too Heavy for Berlin’s Alexanderplatz


13 May 2014, Berlin, Germany

The proposal for a Frank Gehry-designed skyscraper for Alexanderplatz is facing concerns that it would be too heavy for its potential site. Officials are worried that the planned tower would be built too close to the U5 metro line. Read more.

Rooms with a (Raunchy) View from London’s Shard


13 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

Visitors to London’s Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard may be impressed initially with the ceiling-to-floor glass walls that offer unparalleled sweeping views of the city, but they may be surprised in a different way once they settle in. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for Tower to Replace Chicago’s HoJo Building


13 May 2014, Chicago, United States

Renderings have recently been revealed that show the potential design for the proposed 38-story residential tower designed by bKL Architecture that will replace the iconic Howard Johnson Inn in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for New York’s 470 Eleventh Avenue


12 May 2014, New York City, United States

The first renderings for a new mixed-use tower at 470 Eleventh Avenue have been revealed by Archilier Architecture, the firm that recently won the competition to design the 220-meter tower. The form of the building is inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns. Read more.

Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II Breaks Ground


12 May 2014, Shanghai, China

A recent press release by JAHN announces that the Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II office complex broke ground on April 18, 2014, beginning the second phase of the two-tower, 130,000-square-meter headquarter center. Read more.

Video: Chicago’s John Hancock Center Tilts for Thrills


12 May 2014, Chicago, United States

Chicago’s John Hancock Center has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to skyscraper thrills with its newest attraction, Tilt, a window that actually tilts out over the streets, giving visitors a unique and terrifying tower experience. Read more.

Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai


09 May 2014, Mumbai, India

Developer Ornate Spaces held a groundbreaking ceremony for Grove Towers, a mixed-use, multi-tower project in Mumbai, designed by 3XN. The 38-story, 136-meter project is reportedly inspired by Mumbai’s mangrove trees. Read more.

Rainer Square Tower Planned for Seattle


09 May 2014, Seattle, United States

Wright Runstad says it will build a 50-story mixed-use tower, next to the Rainier Tower in downtown Seattle. The building, based on sketches released by the developer, will be built on a University of Washington tract of land and resembles a giant boot. Read more.

London’s Pinnacle Salvation Plan, Dissected


09 May 2014, London, United Kingdom

The Estates Gazette has published a first look at the financial wrangling behind the plan to save the Pinnacle, the planned 288-meter skyscraper that was started in 2008 but has been on hold for several years due to financial issues. Read more.

Resorts World Las Vegas Design Revealed


09 May 2014, Las Vegas, United States

The Genting Group revealed plans for a multi-phased opening of its Asian-themed hotel/casino project, Resorts World Las Vegas, which they claim will create tens of thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for Southern Nevada. Read more.

“Vintage” Hong Kong High-Rise Apartments Back in Vogue


09 May 2014, Hong Kong, China

The high cost and relatively small size of new apartment units in Hong Kong are beginning to turn buyers and renters away. Prospective customers are pivoting toward an earlier generation of apartment buildings that was largely ignored during the frenzy of the city's housing boom. Read more.

First Applications in to Preserve Singapore’s Pearl Bank


08 May 2014, Singapore, Singapore

In a city-state known for its revolutionary model of high-rise design and construction, it should perhaps be unsurprising that a 38-year-old apartment block has been submitted for preservation by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Read more.

Pre-2007 Bangkok Towers Need Seismic Check


08 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

High-rise buildings in Bangkok that were constructed before 2007 should be inspected for damage and appropriate seismic reinforcements, officials at the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) said after a May 5 earthquake in Chiang Rai sent tremors that were felt in Bangkok. Read more.

Geometric Façade Adds Stately Touch to Wanda Reign Hotel


07 May 2014, Wuhan, China

International architecture practice Make Architects has designed a unique façade for the Wanda Reign Hotel, a 30-story luxury hotel located in Wuhan’s city center. The geometric design features 902 reflective hexagonal aluminum modules. Read more.

Boston Financial District Tower in the Works…Maybe


07 May 2014, Boston, United States

Plans to build a potentially 1,000-foot (305-meter) tower in the heart of Boston’s Financial District may be taking off again, sparked by talks between officials of the current mayoral administration and would-be developer Steven Belkin. Read more.

Future Potentially Cloudy for Russia’s Tall Building Market


07 May 2014, Moscow, Russia

Concerns about the future of Russia’s tall building market have been heightened in the past few weeks, following economic sanctions fueled by the recent annexation of Crimea and the continuing conflict with Ukraine. Read more.

Trump Logo Makes its Way Towards Chicago Skyline


07 May 2014, Chicago, United States

Despite mixed sentiments from Chicago residents, preparations to install the potentially 20-foot-high (6-meter) Trump logo to the 423-meter, Adrian Smith-designed Trump International Hotel & Tower have begun. Read more.

Tishman Speyer to Develop New York’s Hudson Spire


06 May 2014, New York City, United States

Tishman Speyer has purchased a full block of undeveloped land parcels in Hudson Yards, the fast-expanding west side neighborhood and business district of Midtown Manhattan, which grants them the building rights to the proposed Hudson Spire. Read more.

Northpoint Twenty Tops Off in Cambridge


06 May 2014, Cambridge, United States

CBT Architects, working with HYM Investments and John Moriarty & Associates to develop NorthPoint TWENTY|20, celebrates the topping out of the 20-story multi-family residential tower in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more.

Glitzy Skyscrapers Could Ruin Mumbai’s Skyline


06 May 2014, Mumbai, India

Following recent declarations to turn Mumbai into India’s Shanghai, the city is facing concerns about several oddly-designed skyscrapers currently under development, many of which only look good at night when all lit up. Read more.

Beam Falls from Philadelphia’s Kennedy House


05 May 2014, Philadelphia, United States

A large concrete beam fell from a Center City Philadelphia high-rise on the night of May 2, landing on the sidewalk outside a popular restaurant. The piece fell from the 4th-floor parking garage of the Kennedy House at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Read more.