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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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Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane


19 Sep 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the world’s tallest construction crane. Read more.

Amazon’s Seattle Campus to Acquire Warmth From Data Center Waste Heat


19 Sep 2014, Seattle, United States

In what is believed to be the first system of its kind, waste heat generated from a data center will provide much of the heat for a nearby high-rise campus under construction in downtown Seattle. Read more.

Undulating Housing Complex Completes in Arcueil


18 Sep 2014, Arcueil, France

For the recently completed ZAC du Coteau housing complex in Arcueil, France, architects have conceived two structures identified visually and functionally by their vermiculating balcony layouts. Read more.

Swiss Cottage Tower Thrown Out by Camden Planners in London


18 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

The proposal for a 24-story tower at Swiss Cottage has been thrown out by Camden’s planning committee. The decision to bin the £100 million (US $164 million) project follows a heated campaign by locals. Read more.

Nanjing Office Complex Proposal Encapsulates Multi-Modal Connectivity


18 Sep 2014, Nanjing, China

A large-scale masterplan has been proposed for Nanjing, China that would act as a zone of transition between the Old Nanjing City and the rapidly developing industrial area. The plan places an emphasis on walkable urban space. Read more.

Tower at New York's 1 Manhattan West to Seek Supertall Status


18 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Per a new building permit filed at the New York Department of Building, it has been uncovered that 1 Manhattan West will be just over 300 meters tall, which would achieve the supertall classification. Read more.

London’s Pinnacle Design Has Been Scrapped


17 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

The design for the long-delayed Pinnacle has been scrapped. A fresh planning application with an entirely new design is currently being worked on for the mothballed site in the City of London’s eastern cluster. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Apartment Blocks in Dubai’s Maritime City and Business Bay Areas


17 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A Dubai developer plans to build two apartment blocks in Maritime City and Business Bay area in the form of a 48-story tower in Dubai Maritime City and a 25-story twin tower project in the Business Bay area. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 4 East Elm in Chicago


17 Sep 2014, Chicago, United States

A Chicago-based developer has broken ground for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicago’s North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. Read more.

Construction Underway on Microcity V Lesu in Moscow


17 Sep 2014, Moscow, Russia

Construction is well underway on a group of colorful high-rise apartments in one of the most prestigious districts in Moscow. The façade of each building features unique accents in the form of bay windows, consoles, and balconies. Read more.

Plans Released for Aarhus Island Promenade


16 Sep 2014, Aarhus, Denmark

Plans have been presented for a public promenade to be built in Aarhus, stretching along the harbor of Denmark’s second largest city. Construction on-site is scheduled to begin in 2015, with the first apartments ready for occupancy by 2017. Read more.

Design Updates Revealed for Tower at New York City’s 250 Ashland Place


16 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Design updates have been released for 250 Ashland, a 52-story mixed-income tower soon to rise in downtown Brooklyn. New images depict the building’s south façade, as it will be seen from Lafayette Avenue. Read more.

Heygate Estate Redevelopment Plan Submitted in London


16 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

Lend Lease has submitted plans for the second phase of its £1.5 billion (US $2.4 billion) regeneration of Elephant & Castle in Central London. This will see the firm build nearly 600 homes on the site of the demolished Heygate Estate. Read more.

Developers Secure Financing to Build Portland Residential High-Rise


16 Sep 2014, Portland, United States

Developers have secured $71.8 million in financing for the development of Block 67, a 21-story, 284-unit, Class A apartment high-rise in Portland’s Central Eastside district that will comprise 16 levels of apartments and five levels of retail space. Read more.

Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to Get New $1.4 Billion Royal Atlantis


15 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Plans have been unveiled for a $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences with a design that is set to dominate the Palm Jumeirah skyline. The property is scheduled for completion by 2017. Read more.

Super Skinny Residence Designed for São Paulo


15 Sep 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

A Brazilian architecture firm has unveiled a distinctively narrow apartment tower, AIR-Madalena, to be constructed in the city of São Paulo. To be built in just 24 months, the 11-floor structure offers views across the metropolis. Read more.

Competition Entry Revealed for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan


15 Sep 2014, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. Read more.

Perth Apartment Tower Planned for Northbridge


15 Sep 2014, Perth, Australia

An apartment skyscraper is being planned for the Perth suburb of Northbridge as part of a high-rise building boom. Plans are due to be submitted and, if approved, it will be one of the tallest residential towers in the city. Read more.

Architects Hand Over London’s Leadenhall Building for Fit-Out


12 Sep 2014, London, United Kingdom

The shell of the Leadenhall Building is now complete and has been handed over to its future tenants for fit-out. With a height of 224 meters, it is best known for its tapered profile that pulls back to respect views of St Paul's Cathedral. Read more.

Block 37 Apartments Confirmed: 649 Units Coming to Chicago’s Loop


12 Sep 2014, Chicago, United States

The long-awaited apartment tower at Block 37 is coming to Chicago - and it will be the biggest apartment tower built in the Loop in decades. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the tower will bring 700 new apartment units to the city. Read more.

Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta


12 Sep 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

Construction has begun on the Verde II residential towers in Jakarta, designed by Johnson Fain. The two towers are both anchored by separate Residents’ Lounges and the majority of social facilities are located beneath the east tower. Read more.

MoMA Skyscraper in New York City Receives Air Rights


12 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

After nearly a decade of planning, developers are ready to begin building an 82-story skyscraper adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan on West 53rd Street. The tower will rise 320 meters and comprise 140 high-end condos. Read more.

Planning Applications Have Been Submitted for Melbourne’s 63 Exhibition Street


12 Sep 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Planning applications have been submitted for 63 Exhibition Street, giving a closer look at the form and height of the proposed skyscraper. Upon completion, 468 apartments and 225 hotel suites will be added to Melbourne's stock. Read more.

Argentina to Build Latin America’s Tallest Skyscraper


11 Sep 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, announced on Sept. 10 the awarding of a contract to build the 335-meter “Polo Audiovisual,” which would become the tallest building in Latin America, exceeding the current title-holder, Torre Costanera, Santiago, Chile, by 35 meters. Read more.

Chicago Biomedical Research Tower Gets New Look


11 Sep 2014, Chicago, United States

Northwestern University is ready to move forward with its plan to erect a new biomedical research tower on the site of Prentice Hospital in Chicago. Northwestern has revealed an updated design for the project, as well as a time and date to present new details at a community meeting.Read more.

Broadway Malyan to Design Residential Estates in $1bn Manila Township Project


11 Sep 2014, Manila, Philippines

Broadway Malyan has been named the lead architect of McKinley West - an ultra-high-end township on a 34.5-hectare former JUSMAG (Joint US Military Assistance Group) property in Fort Bonifacio, adjacent to Forbes Park and Manila Polo Club in Manila, Philippines. Read more.

Melbourne Bends “Sacrosanct” Tower Rules for 455 Collins Street


11 Sep 2014, Melbourne, Australia

The developer of 455 Collins Street will give the city 1,900 square meters of prime land in exchange for council support for the tower, which will overshadow Queensbridge Square, the south bank of the Yarra and the skyscraper precinct beyond. Read more.

Highest Floors in Dubai’s Marina 101 Go On Sale


11 Sep 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The top 20 floors of Marina 101, Dubai’s future second-tallest building, are going on sale. When completed at the end of December 2014, the 427-meter tall Marina 101 will be the second-tallest tower in Dubai after the Burj Khalifa. Read more.

Air Plant Experiment Happening Atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower


10 Sep 2014, Melbourne, Australia

A biological experiment that aims to measure the viability of air plants at skyscraper heights is taking place atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower. The experiment will measure the performance of the plants over nine months. Read more.

New York City's One Vanderbilt to Include 65-Story Tower and Transit Improvements


10 Sep 2014, New York City, United States

Developer SL Green unveiled its vision on September 8 for $210 million in transit improvements it is required to make as part of a deal to build a 65-story tower at the corner of Vanderbilt Ave. and 42nd St. Read more.