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CTBUH Global News

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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Work Begins on Toronto’s 101 Erskine


16 Jan 2015, Toronto, Canada

Representatives gathered to officially kick off construction of the new 32-story 101 Erskine. The condominium tower will offer a selection of units that cater to a diversity of preferences and lifestyles. Read more.

Developer Breaking Ground on Boston’s Tallest New Skyscraper in 40 Years


15 Jan 2015, Boston, United States

Construction has started on the tallest skyscraper to be built in Boston in 40 years — a 700-foot (213-meter) tower at 1 Dalton St. that will include the city’s second Four Seasons Hotel and some of its most expensive condominiums. Read more.

Tower Neighboring Leadenhall Building Unveiled in London


15 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a 270-meter-tall tower to be built next door to the Cheesegrater in the City of London have been made public. The site's existing 118-meter Aviva Tower will be knocked down to make way for the new building. Read more.

Heritage Watchdog Halts Construction of High-Rise in Manila


15 Jan 2015, Manila, Philippines

The Philippines government’s heritage watchdog has ordered a real estate developer to stop the construction of a residential high-rise that would block the iconic view of a shrine to national hero Jose Rizal. Read more.

Ninety-Seven Buildings of 200 Meters and Higher Completed in 2014: An All-Time Record


14 Jan 2015, Chicago, United States

The CTBUH has released the 2014 Tall Building Data Research Report, part of the Tall Buildings in Numbers data analysis series. Key findings indicate a record-setting year in 200-meter-plus building completions. Read more.

New York City’s B2 is Back in Business


14 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

Construction has finally resumed on the 32-story modular residential building next to the Barclays Center, after a five-month hiatus stemming from a legal dispute over the pre-fabricated design. Read more.

Planning Application Submitted for 171-183 Ferrars Street


14 Jan 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A planning application for a 24-story tower at 171-183 Ferrars Street in the South Melbourne area has sparked resistance from local officials on several points. A verdict is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. Read more.

London’s Leadenhall Building Loses Third Bolt in Three Months


14 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

A third steel bolt has broken on the 47-story Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City of London. Developer British Land said it will replace a number of bolts, which are just under one meter in length, as a precautionary measure. Read more.

FAA Pushes Back Against Miami High-Rises


13 Jan 2015, Miami, United States

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent letters to the developers of four planned high-rises in the downtown area demanding drastic height reductions, leading many developers to lobby the government. Read more.

Marketing Begins for Under-Construction Towers in Toronto’s Metrogate


13 Jan 2015, Toronto, Canada

Marketing has started for the sixth high-rise development at the Metrogate community site in the Scarborough area. To be called Avani 2, the building will be the 35-story second phase of the Avani complex. Read more.

Construction Begins on Johannesburg’s Zendai Development


13 Jan 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Despite widespread skepticism when the project was announced in 2014 that it would never take off, work has started on a small portion of the new “city” of Zendai being developed in a suburb of Johannesburg. Read more.

Proposal Plans to Flank Calgary Tower With Two 33-Story Office Blocks


12 Jan 2015, Calgary, Canada

A pair of 33-story office blocks designed to flank the 191-meter Calgary Tower to the east and west has been proposed, threatening to end the observation tower's role as the city’s dominant skyline symbol. Read more.

Skyscraper Project on Han River Bank in Da Nang Canceled


12 Jan 2015, Da Nang, Vietnam

Plans to build a skyscraper dubbed a “lighthouse” along the Han River in Da Nang will be canceled, after the city authority received objections from the public and local architects, who raised concerns over the appropriateness of the project. Read more.

Broken Windows in Abu Dhabi’s Gate Towers “An Oddity”


12 Jan 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Residents of Gate Towers have voiced concerns about safety after inner panes in two tempered-glass windows spontaneously shattered. The developer said it is replacing the glass and investigating the cause of the breakage. Read more.

New Proposal Promises 54-Story Tower for Cleveland


09 Jan 2015, Cleveland, United States

A residential tower at the nuCLEus project in the downtown area could stand 54 stories and 647 feet (197 meters) high, making it the city's fourth-tallest building. The project is slated for review on January 15 and 16. Read more.

Stratosphere Scheme Underway in London

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09 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

Work is getting underway on Stratosphere, yet another residential tower for London's fast-emerging neighborhood of Stratford. The scheme will be finished in 2017 and will offer over 300 apartments. Read more.

Kota Kinabalu Coast to Receive Mixed-Use Tower Development


09 Jan 2015, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

A construction contract has been awarded to build a 125,000-square-meter mixed-use development in Kota Kinabalu, a small touristic city in northern Borneo. The building is expected to complete in a little over a year. Read more.

The Mercer Approaching Completion in Toronto


09 Jan 2015, Toronto, Canada

Over the past few months, The Mercer has gone through several major steps in construction: The crane has been removed, exterior hoists dismantled, and the finishing touches are being made to the building's glazing. Read more.

London’s Walkie Talkie Skygarden Opens Amid Controversy


08 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

The long-awaited Skygarden in Rafael Vinoly’s Walkie Talkie building in the City of London has opened to the public. But the result has already taken a drubbing from architecture critics for failing to live up to the space that was promised. Read more.

Proposal Envisions Paris as a “Smart City”


08 Jan 2015, Paris, France

Addressing Paris’ housing and density issues, a proposal has been developed for multiple high-rise buildings that would generate energy. The aptly named Smart City aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Skyscraper Duo in Dallas


08 Jan 2015, Dallas, United States

A huge new Uptown high-rise project in Dallas has been unveiled. The more than 900,000-square-foot (84,000-square-meter) office, retail, and residential development will start construction later in 2015. Read more.

A Luxury Condo in Mumbai Will Have a Private Swimming Pool on Every Balcony


07 Jan 2015, Mumbai, India

The Bandra Ohm, a residential high-rise in Mumbai, is offering the latest extravagance in luxury condos: a private balcony swimming pool for every unit. The 30-story tower will have 100 units and a specially designed clubhouse. Read more.

New York City’s 111 West 57th Street Receives Final Approval


07 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

Building applications for the tower at 111 West 57th Street have been approved. The superthin tower will rise 426 meters and will have approximately 55 residences. Signage near the site indicates a completion date of 2017. Read more.

Work Begins on Merchant Square Tower in London


07 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

Construction work is getting underway on 1 Merchant Square. Colloquially known as "The Cucumber", the 149.7-meter, 42-floor tower will contain 222 luxury flats, a hotel with 90 rooms, and a double-height skybar with 360-degree views. Read more.

Unique 26-Story "Origami" Tower in Vancouver Deemed “Too Tall”


06 Jan 2015, Vancouver, Canada

City of Vancouver planning officials have deemed a proposed 26-story Waterfront Tower “too tall” for a site next to Waterfront Station. The proposal exceeded the municipality's strict view cone policy by 13 meters. Read more.

Japanese Firm Snaps Up Controlling Stake in New York’s 55 Hudson Yards


06 Jan 2015, New York City, United States

A Japanese company has paid $258.78 million for a 92.09% stake in a proposed office building inside the Hudson Yards project on the West Side. Experts believe that the influx of foreign investment is a positive sign for New York as a whole. Read more.

Brighton Marina Opponents Pin Hopes on Appeal Hearing


06 Jan 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

Campaigners against the construction of 11 tower blocks in Brighton Marina are hoping that an Appeal Court hearing will halt the development. The apartment blocks range in height from six stories to 40, with a total of 853 flats. Read more.

Hyundai Motor Group Plans 100-Story Tower in Seoul


05 Jan 2015, Seoul, South Korea

A skyscraper standing over 100 stories has been proposed at the former site of Korea Electric Power Corporation's head office in Seoul's Gangnam district. If approved, the tower would become the tallest in the area. Read more.

Condo Tower Coming to Downtown San Diego


05 Jan 2015, San Diego, United States

A 137-meter condominium tower has been proposed just south of the Santa Fe Depot. Upon completion, the tower would offer some of the most expensive condos in the city, with an average asking price of $1.75 million. Read more.

Work Continues on Jakarta’s Pertamina Tower


05 Jan 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

Construction work on Pertamina Tower, Jakarta, which began in January, 2014, is now well underway. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the 530-meter, 99-story net-zero skyscraper is designed to generate as much energy as it uses. Read more.