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Zaha Hadid Unveils Residential Tower in Melbourne


23 Dec 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Zaha Hadid is designing another skyscraper in Australia. Following designs for a trio of towers in Brisbane and a pair of towers in Gold Coast, the London-based architect has just submitted plans for another tower, this time in Melbourne. Read more.

Shanghai “Tree Mountain” to Feature 400 Terraces, 1,000 Structural Columns


22 Dec 2015, Shanghai, China

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled a tree-covered development for a six-hectare site near Shanghai’s art district. The mixed-use scheme has been designed to resemble “tree-covered mountains” and features 400 terraces. Read more.

Extell Plans 60-Story Condo Tower in New York City


22 Dec 2015, New York City, United States

A year after renders were revealed for a possible supertall condo-hotel in Midtown, the 60-story building at 1710 Broadway is now ready to move forward courtesy of a new developer coming on board. Read more.

140-Meter Tower to be built over Paris Expressway in La Défense


18 Dec 2015, Courbevoie, France

The 140-meter-tall Trinity is set to be built along the eastern side of the CNIT building in the heart of La Défense outside of Paris. It will stand over the Avenue de la Division Leclerc expressway. Read more.

Groundbreaking on 43-Story Residential Tower in Jersey City


18 Dec 2015, Jersey City, United States

The skyline of Jersey City is on its way to getting another addition. On December 16, developers broke ground on for a 43-story building, dubbed Ellipse, in the Newport section at the city’s northern end. Read more.

London’s Balfron Tower to be Turned into Luxury Apartments after Council Grants Planning Permission


18 Dec 2015, London, United Kingdom

The controversial refurbishment of social housing landmark Balfron Tower into luxury apartments is set to go ahead following a unanimous vote by Tower Hamlets Council’s Planning Committee on December 16. Read more.

Construction to Start on Dallas Arts District Tower


18 Dec 2015, Dallas, United States

Less than six months after buying the high-profile corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Pearl Street in the Dallas Arts District, a developer is breaking ground on a 25-story office high-rise to be completed in 18 months. Read more.

Pyongyang’s “Scientists Street,” Featuring a 53-story High-Rise, Completes in Under a Year


17 Dec 2015, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea recently held a ceremony to celebrate a new residential sector dedicated for scientists or engineers of North Korea that includes a number of high-rise structures, including a 53-story tower. Read more.

Architects Break Ground on 18-Story Wooden Residential Tower in Vancouver


17 Dec 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Canada’s Acton Ostry Architects has begun construction on the appropriately named “Tall Wood Building,” an 18-story, 53-meter residential tower for Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) upper year and graduate students. Read more.

Insurance Giant to Become Anchor Tenant of Proposed Chicago High-Rise


17 Dec 2015, Chicago, United States

After 43 years in the iconic red skyscraper painted in its corporate color, CNA is ditching 333 S. Wabash Avenue and moving half a mile northwest. The insurance giant is taking its name with it. Read more.

Illegally Constructed Tianjin Skyscrapers Could be Demolished


16 Dec 2015, Tianjin, China

China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise buildings because they were not built to planning specifications. One of the towers could be the tallest ever intentionally demolished. Read more.

Troubled Benidorm Apartment Tower Put Up for Sale


16 Dec 2015, Benidorm, Spain

Residencial In Tempo – a Benidorm twin-tower skyscraper that was meant to be a landmark for the city but instead became a victim of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis – will now be sold off to the highest bidder. Read more.

Twin-Tower Apartment Complex Proposed in Adelaide


16 Dec 2015, Adelaide, Australia

One of Adelaide’s most popular nightclubs, located in a fast developing neighborhood, will be demolished and a AUD$200 million (USD$144 million), 24-story residential and retail tower will be built in its place. Read more.

Development Application Submitted for 81-Story Brisbane Tower


15 Dec 2015, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane-based Aria Property Group has submitted a Development Application for an 81-story residential tower on Edward Street. The ROTHELOWMAN-designed building would cover 155, 159, and 161 Edward Street and 211 Elizabeth Street. Read more.

First Downtown High-Rise Apartments in 50 Years Completes in Kansas City


15 Dec 2015, Kansas City, United States

The Cordish Companies and the Kansas City Power & Light District officially celebrated the opening of One Light Luxury Apartments, downtown Kansas City’s first new high-rise apartment tower in 50 years. Read more.

Structural Engineer Appointed for SM Megamall Tower in Metro Manila


15 Dec 2015, Mandaluyong, Philippines

The Philippines’ largest shopping mall and retail operator SM Prime Holdings has appointed Aurecon to provide structural engineering design services for its SM Megamall Tower in Metropolitan Manila. Read more.

$725 Million Circular Quay Project Approved in Sydney


14 Dec 2015, Sydney, Australia

The City of Sydney Council unanimously approved Chinese property developer giant Dalian Wanda's proposal, which includes a 57-story, 184-apartment residential tower and a 179-room hotel at Circular Quay. Read more.

Property Developer Given Approval to Build up to 317 Meters in Miami


14 Dec 2015, Miami, United States

Developer PMG received approval on December 11 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build a 1,041-foot (317-meter) tower at 300 Biscayne Boulevard. If built to that height, the tower could be the tallest in the city. Read more.

Broadway Malyan’s 30-Story Tower Approved by Birmingham City Council


14 Dec 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Planners have given the green light to build Birmingham’s tallest office building as part of the final phase of construction at the £200 million ($300 million) Beorma Quarter development in the city's historic core. Read more.

Wells Fargo Signs Deal to Move New York Office to Hudson Yards


14 Dec 2015, New York City, United States

Wells Fargo confirmed on December 11 that it has signed on to be a major tenant at 30 Hudson Yards by 2020, thanks to a $5 billion financing package that will bring Wall Street to the Hudson River. Read more.

39-Story Tower to Transform Auckland’s Skyline


11 Dec 2015, Auckland, New Zealand

Plans for a new 39-story office tower in central Auckland have been unveiled by the developer, as part of a NZD$681 million (US$458 million) redevelopment of the Downtown Shopping Centre. Read more.

Port Authority Approves Subsidies for 2 World Trade Center in New York


11 Dec 2015, New York City, United States

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan’s 2 World Trade Center. The subsidies will help the tower generate upwards of $500 million of revenue for the Authority. Read more.

Eyeing Rapid Results, Egypt Takes Charge of Building New Capital Outside of Cairo


11 Dec 2015, Cairo, Egypt

Built to escape Cairo's overcrowding and pollution, the new administrative capital is expected to cost a total $300 billion and feature a new central business district with a cluster of high-rises. Read more.

One Beale Developer Considers Adding Third Tower to Downtown Memphis Site


11 Dec 2015, Memphis, United States

High building costs for a parking garage have driven an investor planning a pair of riverfront towers to hit on a new solution – erect a third building capable of attracting state or federal grants to help cover the garage’s cost. Read more.

Warsaw Spire Construction Approaches Completion


10 Dec 2015, Warsaw, Poland

Assembly work for the glass façade of Warsaw Spire is expected to be completed by the end of December. With this major milestone, construction of the 220-meter tower is entering its final stages. Read more.

Wedge-Shaped Tower Proposed for Constrained Sydney Site


10 Dec 2015, Sydney, Australia

An architecture firm has lodged a Development Application with the City of Sydney for a 16-story mixed-use building topped with a massive landscaped shed roof. The proposal responds to several constraints on the site. Read more.

Designs Revealed for Pacific Park Residential and School Building in New York


10 Dec 2015, New York City, United States

Designs have been unveiled for the 616-seat public school that is currently under construction at the 26-story 664 Pacific Street, part of the nine-hectare Pacific Park megaproject located in Brooklyn. Read more.

Six Skyscrapers Planned for Melbourne Southbank Parking Lot


09 Dec 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A huge parking lot in Southbank could become one of Melbourne's largest skyscraper projects, with plans to build six towers within a network of elevated gardens. The proposal would dramatically increase the amount of greenery in the area. Read more.

Design Update Adds Height to 31 London Street


09 Dec 2015, London, United Kingdom

The height of 31 London Street in Paddington has been increased by 10 percent, meaning it will now be 254 meters tall. The new plans were revealed at a two-day public exhibition held the first week of December. Read more.

40-Story Condo Up for Approval in Toronto


09 Dec 2015, Toronto, Canada

An application for a 40-story condo tower in the Etobicoke neighborhood has been recommended for approval at the Toronto City Council. If built as currently proposed, the development would bring 378 residential units to the area. Read more.