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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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Mixed-Use Development Opens in Chengdu


30 Nov 2015, Chengdu, China

Seaton Plaza, Atkins’ first mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, has opened for business alongside the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hilton Chengdu hotel on November 20, 2015. Read more.

Developer Secures New Funding to Complete Jeddah Tower


30 Nov 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer behind Jeddah Tower, set to become the world’s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. A $2.23 billion fund has been established as principal financing. Read more.

Proposed Astana High-Rise to Include Ski Slope


30 Nov 2015, Astana, Kazakhstan

A new housing complex planned in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, is set to include a 1,000-foot (305-meter) ski slope running from the roof of the structure to the ground. The proposed project was inspired by the city's exceedingly long winters. Read more.

Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney Gets Approval


25 Nov 2015, Sydney, Australia

The City of Sydney has granted final development approval for the new Quay Quarter Tower, designed by 3XN Architects. Located at 50 Bridge in Sydney’s Circular Quay precinct, the new tower will be visible from vantage points across the city. Read more.

Pair of Slanting Towers Proposed Along the High Line in New York City


25 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

A pair of slanting towers has been proposed by Bjarke Ingels Group along the High Line in New York City. The project will total nearly 800,000 square feet (74,000 square meters) of gross floor area. Read more.

53-Story Dragon Tower Proposed in Ho Chi Minh City


25 Nov 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vo Van Kiet is quickly becoming a favorite thoroughfare for Ho Chi Minh City developers. The latest development for the riverside expressway is the 53-story Dragon Tower that will begin to rise sometime in the next 12 months. Read more.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Planned for Sunny Isles Beach, Florida


25 Nov 2015, Sunny Isles Beach, United States

Miami-based studio Arquitectonica has conceived the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sunny Isles Beach as an “urban oasis,” composed of 212 condominium homes strategically situated between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Read more.

Study Explores the Next Evolution of the New York City Skyline


24 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

Manhattan is in the midst of an unprecedented boom in tall buildings. To document this evolution, National Geographic, with assistance from the CTBUH, created an interactive study calling out these game-changing projects. Read more.

High-Rise Greenwich Peninsula Plan Gets Green Light in London


24 Nov 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Mayor of London has given his approval for the capital’s largest single regeneration development in the Greenwich Peninsula. Plans include several distinct high-rises, retail and commercial spaces, two schools, and two hotels. Read more.

Safety Concerns over Crane Holding Up Completion of L Tower in Toronto


23 Nov 2015, Toronto, United States

A little rust-colored derrick crane is being blamed for delaying completion of the distinctive L Tower condo building in downtown Toronto. It is the cause of a work stoppage order that his been in place since June. Read more.

Warsaw’s Tallest Tower Given Green Light


23 Nov 2015, Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw’s city hall has granted approval for a 310-meter office tower which is planned to be developed by the Slovak developer HB Reavis in central Warsaw. If completed, it would be the tallest building in the country. Read more.

Fire Breaks out in Chicago’s Hancock Center


23 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States

Five people were injured, including a Chicago Police officer, in a two-alarm fire on November 21 at Chicago's iconic John Hancock Center. The fire broke out at approximately 2:30 pm inside an apartment bedroom on the 50th floor. Read more.

Chicago Plan Commission Approves Vista Tower


20 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States

Plans for a $1 billion hotel and condominium tower that would be Chicago's third tallest skyscraper easily won approval on November 19 from the Chicago Plan Commission. The commission also voted to approve a 76-story South Loop tower. Read more.

42-Story Cardiff Building Could be Tallest Residential Tower in Wales


20 Nov 2015, Cardiff, United Kingdom

A developer has submitted plans with Cardiff council for a 42-story student apartment tower in the center of Cardiff that could become the tallest residential building in Wales. The 132-meter tower is scheduled to be completed by 2018. Read more.

Suburban Canberra Development Given Green Light


20 Nov 2015, Gungahlin, Australia

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has approved Geocon’s AUS$250 million (US$181 million) Central Park Gungahlin complex, set to become the Canberra suburb’s first high-rise residential development. Read more.

Designs Unveiled for Urban Neighborhood Master Plan in Pittsburgh


19 Nov 2015, Pittsburgh, United States

Danish architecture studio BIG has revealed its master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District, featuring sloped-roof buildings, a combination of low- and high-rise structures, and an extensive network of pathways. Read more.

Plan Submitted for 43-Story Foster + Partners Design in Toronto


19 Nov 2015, Toronto, Canada

Details have emerged for a proposed 43-story development at the northern edge of Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood, with the first renderings of a mixed-use tower at the northeast corner of Bay and Scollard Streets. Read more.

NatWest Tower Demolition Underway in Birmingham


19 Nov 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The first phase of demolition at Birmingham’s NatWest Tower is underway. Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP and Sterling Property Ventures won approval to demolish the 22-story tower in August. Read more.

New Renderings Released for Tower Complex in Gatineau Outside Ottawa


18 Nov 2015, Gatineau, Canada

Renderings have been revealed for a tower complex set to rise across the street from the Canadian Museum of History. Once completed these towers will complement the original design for the museum, which called for a high-rise. Read more.

Fire Halts Construction of Myanmar’s Tallest Building


18 Nov 2015, Yangon, Myanmar

City engineers in Yangon were busy inspecting the site of what has been planned as Myanmar’s tallest building after a fire broke out in the early-morning hours of November 17 on the building's in-progress 22nd floor. Read more.

Luxury Miami Beach Condo Completes


18 Nov 2015, Miami Beach, United States

Miami-based development firm Terra has officially completed construction of its newest luxury development, GLASS, an 18-story boutique condominium with only 10 full-floor units designed by architect Rene Gonzalez. Read more.

Master Plan Vision Adds Vertical Density and Extreme Height to Basra


17 Nov 2015, Basra, Iraq

An architecture firm has revealed a vision for vertical high-rise living in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Home to a bulk of Iraq’s oil reserves, the area is becoming one of the fastest-growing business centers in the world. Read more.

New Jersey Awards $93 Million in Tax Breaks to Journal Square Tower in Jersey City


17 Nov 2015, Jersey City, United States

On November 13, The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved $93 million in New Jersey tax credits for One Journal Square, the high-rise complex proposed for a long-vacant lot in Jersey City. Read more.

Chinese Developer Launches Brisbane Apartment Complex


17 Nov 2015, Brisbane, Australia

A Chinese developer has launched a $285 million apartment complex in South Brisbane to be called Brisbane 1. The development will include more than 600 one, two, and three bedroom apartments as well as retail stores. Read more.

London’s 22 Bishopsgate Set for Approval


16 Nov 2015, London, United Kingdom

The City of London looks set to approve the proposed replacement for the partially-built Pinnacle tower. The 278-meter skyscraper has been recommended for approval by the City’s Planning and Transportation Committee. Read more.

New York Skyscraper Proposal Includes Private Gardens


16 Nov 2015, New York City, United States

A new proposal for a Midtown East tower will look like it’s being pulled apart: the floors will be vertically separated and supported by smooth, white beams, like ligaments stretching between the floors. Read more.

Adelaide’s Tallest Residential Building Tops Out


16 Nov 2015, Adelaide, Australia

Vue on King William, set to become Adelaide’s tallest residential building, is nearing completion with the building officially topping out the week of November 9. The sold-out tower will open in May, 2016. Read more.

Bosco Verticale Wins CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award


13 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner. Read more.

Work Set to Start on the Long-Delayed Copenhagen Gate Project


13 Nov 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

The city of Copenhagen has finally approved plans to build two skyscrapers joined by a pedestrian bridge at the entrance to the city’s historic northern harbor, which is actively transforming into a mixed-use residential district. Read more.

Skyscraper Proposed for Prime Collins Street Block in Melbourne


13 Nov 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Twin towers connected by a skybridge could be built on a prime Collins Street block after a new AUS$1.25 billion (US$888 million) application was submitted to the city's planning minister. Read more.