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Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Project Named Top Influencer for Luxury Development


14 Oct 2015, Dubai, United Kingdom

The $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai has been named in the top 10 global influencers for new luxury developments, Knight Frank said in its “Global Development Report 2015.” Read more.

Huge Docklands Scheme Scrapes Through Approvals in London


14 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

Councilors have approved plans for a 1,500-home scheme in London’s Docklands, three months after announcing their intention to refuse it. The Millharbour Village scheme includes eight buildings, six exceeding 100 meters in height. Read more.

Wooden Skyscraper Coming to Vancouver


13 Oct 2015, Vancouver, Canada

One of the tallest wooden towers in the world is coming to Vancouver. Plans have recently been approved for an 18-story student residential tower made almost entirely of wood to rise on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus. Read more.

Proposed 42-Story Building Could be the Tallest in Melbourne’s Docklands


13 Oct 2015, Melbourne, Australia

An Australian Developer has lodged plans for what may be Docklands’ tallest apartment building. The 42-story proposal is earmarked for a site at the westernmost edge of the 5.5-hectare Yarra’s Edge development. Read more.

Proposed Dubai Tower Complex Would Feature an Artificial Rainforest and Beach


13 Oct 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower complex on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. Read more.

Twin Tower Development Brings 596 Condominium Units to Downtown Montreal


12 Oct 2015, Montreal, Canada

After a few decades of economic and demographic stagnation, Montreal is back on the path to growth with several office and residential towers planned or currently under construction in the downtown area, including Le Roccabella. Read more.

Singaporean Developer Enters Australian Market with 210-Meter Melbourne Proposal


12 Oct 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A Singaporean developer is seeking approval for a high-rise residential tower in downtown Melbourne’s burgeoning north end. The proposed building at 111-125 A’Beckett Street is the developer’s first project in Australia. Read more.

Developer Must Demolish Upper Portion of High-Rise in Hanoi


12 Oct 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam

An under-construction high-rise in the Ba Dinh District of Hanoi must demolish part of its structure for exceeding area height limits. The 19-story, 53-meter building currently rises 16 meters higher than is allowed. Read more.

Three-Tower Development Proposed for City of Amsterdam


09 Oct 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Protruding bay windows and angular balconies feature in a proposal for a greenery-covered high-rise complex in Amsterdam's financial district. The proposal features three conjoined buildings of varying heights. Read more.

Green Light for $291 Million Elizabeth Quay Towers in Perth


09 Oct 2015, Perth, Australia

Plans for two $291 million luxury apartment towers at Elizabeth Quay in Perth have been given the official stamp of approval by West Australian Planning Minister John Day, seven months after they were originally submitted. Read more.

Proposed Boston Skyscraper Seeks to Reconnect Neighborhoods


09 Oct 2015, Boston, United States

For its first project in Boston, Arquitectonica’s mission for the Pierce Boston was to create a building that lived up to the complex nature of the site and added a unique and iconic piece of architecture to the city. Read more.

Three High-Rises Approved for Tel Aviv Seafront Redevelopment


08 Oct 2015, Tel Aviv, Israel

The local Tel Aviv-Jaffa planning and building commission has recommended a new municipal construction plan for the multi-level Kikar Atarim site in central Tel Aviv. The plan includes the construction of three high-rises. Read more.

Proposed 67-Floor All-Residential Tower Would be Tallest in London, Western Europe


08 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese developer has submitted plans to build a 67-floor residential skyscraper at the western end of the north dock in Canary Wharf. The redevelopment will deliver 869 flats within a 241-meter-tall building. Read more.

Metlife Takes Majority Stake in New San Francisco Office Tower


08 Oct 2015, San Francisco, United States

MetLife Inc. is taking a majority stake in the 43-story Park Tower being built next to San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center. The tower, which doesn’t yet have a tenant, is scheduled for completion in 2018. Read more.

First Building in New York’s Hudson Yards Structurally Tops Out


07 Oct 2015, New York City, United States

In the first of many height-related milestones at Hudson Yards, 10 Hudson Yards has officially structurally topped out. However, more work needs to be accomplished before the 52-story commercial building reaches its full height of 268 meters. Read more.

Brisbane’s 130-Meter Spire Sets Sales Record


07 Oct 2015, Brisbane, Australia

Work has only just begun to turn a massive hole on the fringe of Brisbane's central business district into a 130-meter apartment building. However, the Spire residential tower has already been completely sold off. Read more.

Hill International Named Project Manager for Baku Tower


07 Oct 2015, Baku, Azerbaijan

Hill International, a global construction management company, announced on October 6 that it has received a contract to provide project management consulting services during construction of the Baku Tower located in Baku, Azerbaijan. Read more.

Construction Begins on the Thu Thiem Development in Ho Chi Minh City


06 Oct 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The first – and perhaps most significant – of the mega-developments planned for Thu Thiem in Ho Chi Minh City broke ground the week of September 28, signaling the peninsula’s evolution from swampland to modern urban center. Read more.

Apartment Towers Proposed for Chicago’s Clybourn Corridor


06 Oct 2015, Chicago, United States

A local developer has proposed a two-tower residential project with 407 units for the expanding Clybourn Corridor on Chicago's Near North Side. The towers would incorporate an existing podium featuring retail. Read more.

Adelaide Reaches New Heights with Kodo Building


06 Oct 2015, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s skyline is set for a dramatic change, with planning approval granted for the city’s tallest residential building. The new $70 million, 30-story apartment development will rise 103 meters over the central business district. Read more.

Massive Redevelopment Planned for Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto


05 Oct 2015, Toronto, Canada

The recently-rebranded Eaton Chelsea Hotel, the largest hotel property in Canada, could soon be redeveloped into a massive mixed-use project that would replace the existing building with four new towers. Read more.

Construction Contractors Named for the Palm Tower in Dubai


05 Oct 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developers announced on October 2 a $223 million contract to build The Palm Tower, a 52-story, five-star hotel and residential building at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The 240-meter tower will have 290 hotel rooms. Read more.

Council Set to Refuse Rocket-Shaped Tower in London


05 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

A report has delivered a damning verdict on the design of the proposed 30-story Gagarin Place building. Planners have panned the rocket-shaped tower, saying it would be a “willfully insensitive insertion on the skyline.” Read more.

New Jersey’s Tallest Residential Tower Tops Out


02 Oct 2015, Jersey City, United States

New Jersey’s tallest residential tower has topped-out at 700 feet (214 meters). URL Harborside 1 is a new multi-family tower on the Jersey City waterfront that will bring 763 rental residences to the city. Read more.

Central Park Tower Development Approved in Sydney


02 Oct 2015, Sydney, Australia

The next development at the landmark $1.4 billion renewal of the Carlton United Brewery site in central Sydney, known as Central Park, has been approved. The development will consist of two volumes connected via a central core. Read more.

Green Light for KPF’s 45-Story Tower in London


02 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

Councilors have approved a 45-story office and hotel building by KPF next to the Broadgate development in London. The 156-meter-tall tower will house around 10,855 square meters of office space and a 392-bedroom hotel. Read more.

285-Meter Gold Coast Development Wins Approval


01 Oct 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

A China-based conglomerate has won approval for an $850 million high-rise apartment tower to be built at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. The 285-meter skyscrpaer will be one of Australia's tallest residential towers. Read more.

Fire Erupts at Sharjah High-Rise


01 Oct 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A massive fire erupted at the 36-story Nasser Tower building on King Fasial Street in Sharjah around 2 pm on October 1. The fire was still raging two hours later, with the cause yet to be ascertained. Read more.

Two Skyscrapers Proposed for Camden Waterfront Development


01 Oct 2015, Camden, United States

A Philadelphia real estate development firm has turned its attention towards Camden with a pair of skyscrapers proposed for a major waterfront redevelopment plan. The project would be the largest private investment in the city's history. Read more.