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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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Window of Canton Revealed by Atkins


31 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

Atkins has unveiled a new commercial complex in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The three-volume development comprises two buildings resembling “floating” windows, followed by a third 208-meter-high tower. Read more.

Silverstein Will Roll Out Case for Hudson Yards Supertall in New York City


31 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties will present its case for turning a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street into a 1,100-foot (335-meter)-tall residential and commercial tower in the proposal’s first public hearing. Read more.

Skyscraper Faces Tall Order in Melbourne


31 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia

A 77-story silver skyscraper planned for the Melbourne suburb of Carlton is likely to be opposed because of a little-known decree in its planning scheme. There are seven public spaces in the city that cannot be overshadowed by new high-rises. Read more.

Boston’s Troy Tops Out


31 Jul 2014, Boston, United States

Mayor Marty Walsh and other dignitaries gathered on July 29 for the topping-off ceremony that put the last beam in place at the $185 million Troy Boston, set to open in 2015. Pre-leasing kicks off in August 2014. Read more.

Construction Completed on Abu Dhabi's WTC Residences


30 Jul 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction on the World Trade Center Residences in Abu Dhabi has been completed. Aldar intends to open the tower, containing 474 rental residential units, in the last quarter of 2014. Read more.

Work Starts on Brighton’s i360 Tower


30 Jul 2014, Brighton, United Kingdom

Building work has officially started on the i360, the UK’s tallest observation tower outside London. The structure, designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Jacobs, is being built on the old West Pier site in Brighton. Read more.

Federal Aviation Administration Wants Shorter Buildings Near US Airports


30 Jul 2014, Washington D.C., United States

The FAA says buildings should be shorter to bolster safety at 388 airports nationwide, specifically to give pilots more options for emergency landings up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) from an airport in case of engine failure. Read more.

Developer Builds Land Over Active Train Tracks in New York City


29 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

The $4.5 billion Manhattan West project is well underway, with workers laboring day and night to build a 2.6-acre (1 hectare), 120,000-square-foot (11,000-square-meter) platform above active railroad tracks. Read more.

London’s Gherkin Put on the Market


29 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

One of London's most recognizable landmarks, the Gherkin, otherwise known as 30 St. Mary Axe, has been put up for sale and is expected to be snapped up by an overseas buyer by late 2014. Read more.

Small Sinkholes Near Lotte World Tower in Seoul Draw Concern


29 Jul 2014, Seoul, South Korea

For the developers of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Read more.

“Endless City” Skyscraper Design Wins London Competition


28 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

SURE Architecture has put forth a competition-winning proposition for a London skyscraper design that incorporates two street-sized ramps that wind their way up the exterior of the tower. Read more.

Permits Filed for New York City’s 262 Kent Avenue, Domino Site A


28 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Permits for 262 Kent Avenue, the northernmost site at Two Trees’ Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, have been filed. The building will sit between Kent Avenue and River Street, just north of Grand Street. Read more.

Duplex Apartments Developed for Urban Living in Sao Paulo


28 Jul 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Unitt Urban Living is a residential tower by Basiches Arquitetos Associados located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The tower features 109-square-meter housing modules that can accommodate various family sizes. Read more.

Renderings Revealed for Twin Condo Towers in Los Angeles


28 Jul 2014, Los Angeles, United States

The two massive parking lots facing the Staples Center in Los Angeles will likely be gone by the end of the decade, with proposals showing two 35-story towers bearing the name 1200 Fig at their apex. Read more.

Brisbane’s Vision Tower Set to Begin Development


25 Jul 2014, Brisbane, Australia

The 90-story Vision Tower, a project that was delayed following the global financial crisis in 2008, will be set to break ground if a development application lodged with Brisbane City Council is approved. Read more.

Twin Skyscrapers to be Linked by Three Skybridges in Vancouver


25 Jul 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver City Council has approved the application to construct Arc Vancouver, a pair of residential buildings linked together by three skybridges. It will consist of 620 units across a pair of 28- and 30-story buildings. Read more.

Renderings Surface of New York City’s 215 Chrystie Street


25 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Renderings have surfaced for 215 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side, which will likely become the neighborhood’s first iconic high-rise. The project will stand 28 stories and 314 feet (95 meters) tall. Read more.

Z Residences High-Rise Project Completed in Kuala Lumpur


25 Jul 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malysia

The Z Residence condominium towers in Kuala Lumpur have recently been completed. The Z Residence project was initiated in 2011 with a total gross development value (GDV) of RM $580 million (US $183 million). Read more.

Tower 10 Approved for Melbourne’s Docklands Precinct


24 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Another Melbourne Docklands building, this time a new AUS $100 million (US $94 million), 30-story building on Yarra’s Edge, has been approved for construction. The tower will be 100 meters in height and feature 229 apartments. Read more.

Construction Contract Awarded for London’s Helix Twin Towers


24 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

Brookfield Multiplex has secured the contract to construct the Helix twin-tower scheme in London’s Docklands, worth around £80m (US $136 million). Construction work is expected to get underway in 2015. Read more.

Building Permits Filed for 606 West 57th Street in New York City


24 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

Building permits have been filed for a 1.2 million-square-foot (111,000-square-meter) apartment building at 606 West 57th Street. The building will be 42 stories tall, reaching 440 feet (134 meters), and will contain 1,028 apartments. Read more.

Official Renderings Unveiled of OMA’s Miami Condo Towers


23 Jul 2014, Miami, United States

Architecture firm OMA has revealed renderings of its winning proposal for two 20-story condo towers, beating out proposals from Christian de Portzamparc, Jean Nouvel, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Read more.

Four Projects Under Design at Jeddah Gate


23 Jul 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian developer Emaar Middle East says it is developing four projects at its flagship mixed-use Jeddah Gate development in Jeddah's downtown district. Each tower will feature 270 units. Read more.

Nashville’s 505 CST to be Residential Tower


23 Jul 2014, Nashville, United States

Giarratana Development’s planned 505 CST skyscraper project will offer residential units above street-level retail space and will stand 750 feet (229 meters) tall, Nashville Business Journal reports. Read more.

Zhengzhou Le Meridien Hotel Receives Contemporary Overhaul


23 Jul 2014, Zhengzhou, China

The Le Meriden Hotel has received a total exterior and interior overhaul, featuring a new facade resembling a pile of interwoven glass boxes and an entrance surrounded by a forest of bronze bamboo-like columns. Read more.

Crown Sydney Architect Favors Taller Towers


22 Jul 2014, Sydney, Australia

The award-winning architect designing James Packer’s AUS $2 billion (US $1.9 billion) Barangaroo casino resort believes Sydney’s skyline would benefit from allowing the construction of taller towers. Read more.

New York Officials Approve “Poor Door” for Luxury High-Rise


22 Jul 2014, New York City, United States

New York City has approved a developer's proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and for those living in the building’s affordable housing unit. Read more.

Squatters Evicted from “Tower of David” Slum in Caracas


22 Jul 2014, Caracas, Venezuela

On July 22, Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. Read more.

Continuation of London’s Canary Wharf District Approved


22 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

Tower Hamlets Council has granted planning approval for a 6.5 million-square-foot (604,000-square-meter) mixed-use development at Wood Wharf, London by Canary Wharf Group (CWG). Read more.

Glistening Residential Tower Opens in Warsaw


22 Jul 2014, Warsaw, Poland

The Cosmopolitan Twarda 2/4 luxury residential tower is now open. The building is designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm JAHN and is the first structure in Poland for the firm. Read more.