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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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Dubai to use Jetpacks for High-Rise Firefighting


11 Nov 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On November 10, Dubai Civil Defense signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Aircraft for the intended future delivery of jetpacks to be used for targeted firefighting operations on the city's high-rises. Read more.

50-Story Naza Tower Launched in Kuala Lumpur


11 Nov 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Naza Group has launched its 50-story Naza Tower headquarters at KLCC's Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur as part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebration. The Grade A office building joins two other high-rises in the complex. Read more.

Ontario Considers Regulations to Protect Birds from Striking Tall Buildings


11 Nov 2015, Toronto, Canada

The Province of Ontario is considering regulations to force owners of tall buildings to take steps to protect birds, which die by the millions each year as they fly into skyscrapers due to reflective glass and disorienting lights. Read more.

Images Revealed for Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper


10 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

In June of 2014, new building applications were filed by JDS Development for a tower coming to 340 Flatbush Avenue Ext. Now, the first renderings for the SHoP-designed tower have been revealed. Read more.

Foster + Partners Wins 35-Hectare Cairo Master Plan


10 Nov 2015, Cairo, Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS) has announced that Foster + Partners has won the competition to design the master plan for the Maspero Triangle District in downtown Cairo. Read more.

Dual Hotel Tower Proposed in Response to Melbourne Hotel Shortage


10 Nov 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A recently approved Melbourne high-rise seeks to address the city’s hotel shortfall. Containing 478 hotel suites, the project will represent Melbourne's first dual hotel housed within the same building. Read more.

18-Story University of Luxembourg Building Completes in Esch-sur-Alzette


09 Nov 2015, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

A recently completed multipurpose building at the University of Luxembourg in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, combines an 18-story tower with a horizontal volume that cantilevers at both ends. Read more.

Mechanical and Electrical Contract Awarded for London’s One Blackfriars


09 Nov 2015, London, United Kingdom

A mechanical and electrical contract has been awarded for One Blackfriars tower in London. The 165-meter tower will accommodate 27 homes and a boutique hotel across 52 floors, with an additional 1,300 square meters of retail space. Read more.

IKEA Real Estate Division Proposes Office Complex in Bucharest


09 Nov 2015, Bucharest, Romania

Vastint Romania – Swedish group Inter IKEA’s real estate division – will complete its first two office buildings in central Bucharest at the beginning of 2017. The company has started building the first phase of its planned business complex. Read more.

Vertical Forest Tower Proposed for Lausanne


06 Nov 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has won a Swiss design competition with a proposal for a 35-story tower that would be another “vertical forest” featuring more than 100 cedars, shrubs, and other flora along its height. Read more.

58-Story Rental Tower Proposed in Toronto’s St. James Town Neighborhood


06 Nov 2015, Toronto, Canada

With several projects moving through the development pipeline in the St. James Town Neighborhood, a new proposal for a 58-story at Sherbourne and Howard Street has been submitted to the city for approval. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Twisted Tower in Downtown Seattle


06 Nov 2015, Seattle, United States

A proposed 41-story tower in the Denny Triangle neighborhood is in the early design guidance phase and would bring in 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of ground-level retail housed in a podium, with 420 apartments rising above. Read more.

ThyssenKrupp Premiers World’s First Rope-Less Elevator System in Gijón


05 Nov 2015, Gijón, Spain

On November 5, only one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveiled a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijón, Spain. Read more.

Renzo Piano Unveils Plans for Glass Tower on Miami Beach


05 Nov 2015, Miami Beach, United States

Renzo Piano Building Workshop is set to begin work on a glass-sheathed tower in Miami Beach. Eighty Seven Park will sit between parkland and the Atlantic Ocean in Miami's North Beach district. Read more.

CapitaLand Pulls out of Talks to Buy Singapore’s Asia Square Tower 1


05 Nov 2015, Singapore, Singapore

After a November 4 announcement, Property developer CapitaLand has pulled out of talks to buy the Asia Square Tower 1 office building – a deal which could have been Singapore's largest office transaction ever. Read more.

Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete to Keep Seattle Skyscraper Stable


04 Nov 2015, Seattle, United States

Use of steel fiber-reinforced concrete in place of rebar in the coupling beams of a metro Seattle, United States, skyscraper has helped simplify and speed the building's construction while maintaining structural integrity. Read more.

Yet Another Architecture Firm Takes Over “Chiswick Octopus” Site


04 Nov 2015, London, United Kingdom

Studio Egret West has become the latest architect to be appointed to the “Chiswick Octopus” site in west London. The practice is consulting on designs for a 32-story building, which would provide 320 new homes and office space. Read more.

More Details Emerge on the Bay Park Centre Development in Toronto


03 Nov 2015, Toronto, Canada

New details have been revealed through planning documents of the proposed Phase 2 of the Bay Park Centre at 141 Bay Street, one of downtown Toronto's most anticipated new office developments. Read more.

Brooklyn Heights Library Tower Gets Green Light from New York City Planning Commission


03 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

Development at 280 Cadman Plaza West was approved at a New York City Planning Commission meeting on November 2. Excluding two commissioners who recused themselves, the commission voted unanimously to approve the plans. Read more.

Strong Demand Expected for the Omnia in Sydney


03 Nov 2015, Sydney, Australia

Long renowned as one of Sydney’s most desired property hotspots, Potts Point is set to get even hotter with a series of new luxury residential developments soon to be built and led by Greenland’s luxury residential building, Omnia. Read more.

Qatar Investment Authority Joins Brookfield’s $8.6 Billion Manhattan West Project in New York


02 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

As part of an expansion of its international holdings, Qatar Investment Authority has formed a joint ownership venture at Manhattan West, an $8.6 billion mixed-use project under construction on New York’s far west side. Read more.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Neglected Thuan Kieu Plaza to get Upgrade with New Ownership


02 Nov 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A 20-year-old, 100,000-square-meter complex that hosts three multistory apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City is set for a revamp after being neglected for years, the facility’s new owner has indicated. Read more.

Civil Defense Authorities to Increase Building Inspections in Sharjah


02 Nov 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Sharjah Civil Defense authority has committed to increasing the number of inspection visits to buildings in the emirate after a massive fire gutted all residential units in a high-rise building in September. Read more.