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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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Perth Gets Its Own “Mr. Skyscraper”


18 Jun 2014, Perth, Australia

Perth’s planning minister John Day said it’s time for his city to “grow up.” Ahead of the launch of a blueprint for the province of Western Australia’s future, Day said Perth had spent 150 years “growing out,” and it was time to build upwards. Read more.

Abu Dhabi’s Capital House Completed


17 Jun 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction of a high-rise residential building within Abu Dhabi’s Capital Centre development is now complete. Capital House, located opposite Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), is a 93-meter-tall, 30-floor residential tower. Read more.

New Renderings of Sacramento Commons Project


17 Jun 2014, Sacramento, United States

The redeveloped residential high-rise project Sacramento Commons is still working its way through city approvals, though the developer, Kennedy Wilson Inc., has released some renderings of the project. Read more.

Melbourne Neighborhoods “Lock Out” High-Rise Development


17 Jun 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Swaths of Melbourne's richest suburbs have been “locked up.” and high-rise development largely banned, after Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved new residential zones across the city's most expensive areas on June 16. Read more.

Megatall Pair Envisioned for Wuhan


16 Jun 2014, Wuhan, China

UK-based Chetwoods Architects has unveiled renderings of the twin 1,000-meter Phoenix Towers in Wuhan, China, which if completed would be the world’s tallest pair of skyscrapers. Read more.

Foster, Rogers Towers Start Work on London’s Albert Embankment


16 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Work has started on towers by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Foster + Partners in south London. The towers are located on brownfield land by the River Thames in Vauxhall, transforming the site into a hub of offices, residential, and retail units. Read more.

Renderings Revealed of New York’s 101 Tribeca


16 Jun 2014, New York, United States

Renderings have been revealed for a new residential tower on 101 Murray Street, to be dubbed “101 Tribeca." The tower is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and will will rise to a height of 950 feet (290 meters), potentially making it the tallest residential building in Lower Manhattan. Read more.

Chicago Mayor Decries Trump Sign


16 Jun 2014, Chicago, United States

Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel has locked horns with another towering personality—developer Donald Trump—over the erection of a “Trump” sign, recently affixed to the south façade of the Trump International Hotel & Tower. Read more.

Nanchang Twin Towers Mark 100th Topped-Out Supertall Project


13 Jun 2014, Nanchang, China

The Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza is the 100th supertall (300 meters or higher) building to be topped out or completed around the world. There are now 80 completed supertalls. Read more.

Ground Broken for 45-Story Tower in Phnom Penh


13 Jun 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Oxley World Bridge (Cambodia) Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Cambodia's World Bridge Land and Singapore's Oxley Holding International, on June 12 broke ground for a 45-story twin-towered building. Read more.

Four Seasons Hotel/Condo Tower to Rise in Boston


13 Jun 2014, Boston, United States

Historically dominated by office towers, the Boston skyline is about to change radically, with the addition of a 60-story condominium and hotel tower managed by the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Group. Read more.

London Skyline Debate Hits City Hall


13 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

The debate over the future of London‘s skyline was taken up by the London Assembly’s Planning Committee in City Hall. The London Assembly is expected to apply pressure on Mayor Boris Johnson over the issue of skyscrapers in the capital. Read more.

Make Wins Sydney Central Redo Job


12 Jun 2014, Sydney, Australia

Make Architects beats SOM, Grimshaw, Australian outfit Bates Smart and Germany’s ingenhoven architects in an international competition to regenerate the area around Wynyard train station in Sydney. Read more.

Miami’s Future Tallest Set to Begin Construction


12 Jun 2014, Miami, United States

Property owner Florida East Coast Realty has signed a contract with general California-based contractor Tutor Perini Building Corp. for the construction of Panorama Tower at 1101 Brickell Avenue in Miami, Florida. Read more.

Copenhagen Considering Student High-Rise


12 Jun 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

The City Council of Copenhagen are looking into proposals for constructing a 100 meter-high student residential tower in a parking area near Nørrebro Station. The proposal is for a 29-story building that will house around 700 students. Read more.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant Revamped


11 Jun 2014, Atlanta, United States

After a 10-year hiatus, the Polaris, a revolving restaurant atop the Portman-designed Hyatt Regency Atlanta, is turning once more. The highest point in downtown Atlanta when it first opened in 1967, the restaurant has been renovated. Read more.

Foshan New Town to Get Supertall


11 Jun 2014, Foshan, China

PLP Architecture's latest mixed-use development is currently under construction in the Chinese city of Foshan. The 318-meter tower sits on a 65,000 square-meter site and incorporates offices, shopping outlets, residential units and a five-star hotel. Read more.

Frankfurt Tower Will Be Solar Aktivhaus


11 Jun 2014, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Magnus Kaminiarz & Cie has won a top design award for Kaminiarz, a remarkable apartment tower at the Skyline Plaza complex in Frankfurt. Kaminiarz will produce not only the tallest residential building in Germany but will also be an Aktivhaus (“Active House”) project. Read more.

Thirteen High-Rise Proposals Over Melbourne’s Limit


11 Jun 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Most of the 13 high-rise applications made by developers to Melbourne’s Planning Minister Matthew Guy for the redevelopment of Fishermans Bend are too high for, or do not match the government's own draft vision for the area. Read more.

Make Submits Plans for Tower in London’s Isle of Dogs


10 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Make has submitted plans for a 53-story mixed-use tower on the Isle of Dogs, east London. The tower at Meridian Gate will contain 400 one, two and three-bedroom flats, along with flexible office space. Read more.

New Financing Plan for Warsaw’s Zlota 44


10 Jun 2014, Warsaw, Poland

The former head of real estate firm Orco Property Group , Jean-Francois Ott, has raised 115 million euros (US$156 million) to buy and complete the Zlota 44 luxury residence project in Warsaw from Orco, a Czech daily reported on Monday. Read more.

Groundbreaking Held for Honolulu’s Waiea


10 Jun 2014, Honolulu, United States

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Waiea, a mixed-use residential / commercial tower in Honolulu’s Kakaako district. The Waiea will contain 171 luxury condominium units, with prices starting at $1.7 million. Read more.

Disused High-Rise and Bridge Demolished Simultaneously in Maotai County


10 Jun 2014, Renhaui, China

The 900-ft (274-meter)-long bridge over the Chishui River, and an isolated, 25-story high-rise building were demolished in front of large crowds in Maotai County, Guizhou Province, China. Read more.

Orlando to Host World’s Tallest Roller Coaster


09 Jun 2014, Orlando, United States

The Florida entertainment capital of Orlando will now play host to one more superlative: the world’s tallest roller coaster. The Skyscraper will rise 570 feet (174 meters), and will include a 55-story glass elevator, observation deck and restaurant. Read more.

“Killer Litter” Remains a Problem in Singapore


09 Jun 2014, Singapore, Singapore

“Killer litter” – an externality of life in mostly high-rise Singapore – has returned to the spotlight following the death of an elderly woman, who was struck by a bicycle wheel allegedly flung by a teenage boy from the 14th floor of a Eunos Crescent block. Read more.

London’s Shell Centre Revamp Given Green Light


09 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State Eric Pickles has approved the Squire and Partners-masterplanned mixed-use redevelopment of London’s Shell Centre. The redevelopment will feature new buildings designed by Squire and Partners, KPF, GRID, Patel Taylor and Stanton Williams. Read more.

Preparatory Work Begins on Brighton i360 Tower


06 Jun 2014, Brighton, United Kingdom

Preparatory work on the i360 seafront tower in Brighton has begun with construction expected to start in summer 2014. The 170-m tall i360 is designed, engineered, manufactured and promoted by the team responsible for the London Eye. Read more.

Mori Sees Tokyo’s Toranoman Hills as Tip of Pre-Olympian Iceberg


06 Jun 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Mori Building Co., one of Japan’s largest developers, on the verge of opening the 256-meter Toranoman Hills tower, plans more projects in central Tokyo worth an estimated 1 trillion yen (US$9.7 billion). Read more.

Nanjing Zendai Models Debut at Venice Biennale


06 Jun 2014, Nanjing, China

China’s MAD Architects have taken an elaborate model of the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center to the Venice Biennale. The firm’s master plan for the city of Nanjing references the area’s confluence of mountains, water and meandering pathways, as depicted in shan-shui paintings. Read more.

Omaha’s Woodmen Tower Celebrates its 45th Birthday


06 Jun 2014, Omaha, United States

Omaha is celebrating the 45th birthday of the Woodmen Tower, a 30-story, 146-meter office tower by Leo A Daly opened in 1969. It was built to serve as the headquarters for the Woodmen of the World insurance company. Read more.