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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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Architects Plan Large-Scale Topographical Structure in Erbil


31 Mar 2015, Erbil, Iraq

Designers have drafted a new large scale housing project in the southeastern region of Erbil, Iraq that will include luxury residences, as well as social and recreation areas that bring dynamism to both the interior and exterior. Read more.

Construction Surpasses 100th Story in Seoul’s Lotte World Tower


31 Mar 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Construction has reached the 100th floor on Lotte World Tower, surpassing the height of 414 meters four years after it began construction in 2011. A ceremony was held by The Lotte Group to commemorate the achievement. Read more.

One Vanderbilt Clears Another Hurdle in New York City


31 Mar 2015, New York City, United States

The City Planning Commission unanimously approved the One Vanderbilt Place application for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' proposed 64-story office tower and the rezoning of the Vanderbilt corridor in Midtown. Read more.

Study Looks At Glasgow Towers For The First Time


30 Mar 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom

A two-year project has started to record the social history of Glasgow’s high-rise flats for the first time. Researchers will collect experiences from the residents of the tower blocks that have left their mark on the city skyline. Read more.

Sydney Apartment Tower To Be Structural Steel First For Country


30 Mar 2015, Sydney, Australia

The new 30-story Meriton serviced apartment tower in North Sydney will become the first Australian high-rise residential building to have its floors constructed out of structural steel instead of concrete. Read more.

Design Of The Well Development Evolving In Toronto


30 Mar 2015, Toronto, Canada

Plans are advancing for The Well, a transformative development on a site just west of the downtown area. Plans call for several new residential towers, new green spaces, and a 36-story office tower. Read more.

Whitehorse Towers Win Approval In Melbourne


27 Mar 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has been granted a permit to build the $330 million Whitehorse Towers at 850 Whitehorse Road after mediation at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal held the week of March 16. Read more.

SHoP’s Pair of Long Island City Towers Near the Finish Line


27 Mar 2015, New York City, United States

SHoP Architects' two-tower project in the Hunters Point South development is wrapping up construction. It is reported that 92,700 applicants had been received for the development’s 924 affordable units. Read more.

Hodder Wins Planning For 322-Home Birmingham Tower Scheme


27 Mar 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Architects have won the go-ahead for a 322-flat, high-rise development next to Richard Seifert’s Grade II-listed Alpha Tower in Birmingham. Work on site is expected to start later in 2015. Read more.

First Look at 100 Varick Street in New York City


26 Mar 2015, New York City, United States

A site at 100 Varick Street will soon be the official address of Soho Tower, as the site is dubbed on its website. A preliminary rendering has been revealed for the project, which is expected to cater to the luxury residential market. Read more.

Architects Appointed for Canada Water Housing in London


26 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

The later phases of the Project Light regeneration scheme include the detailed design of a 40-story tower. Alongside housing, the project will also include 18,500 square meters of commercial space and a range of community facilities. Read more.

Melbourne Tower To Change Color With The Weather


26 Mar 2015, Melbourne, Australia

The 40-story building under construction at 888 Collins Street, Victoria Harbour, will be linked to the Bureau of Meteorology and light up every half-hour in a dazzling display according to the current weather. Read more.

Paris Receives First Housing Project Of 50 Meters Since 1970s


25 Mar 2015, Paris, France

Earlier in 2015, French architects completed the first housing project of 50 meters to be built in Paris since the 1970s. The form of the building eases the transition from a linear city to a vertical one. Read more.

BDP Designs New Business District For Burgeoning Wuhan


25 Mar 2015, Wuhan, China

A UK-headquartered architect has completed a commission by the city to plan a dense urban area in the Qingshan Riverside District. The master plan would make use of the riverside location by creating a new iconic skyline. Read more.

Extreme Gardening Research Progressing On Top Of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower


25 Mar 2015, Melbourne, Australia

For the past eight months, ecological artist Lloyd Godman and his team have been breaking new ground on top of Eureka Tower. They have installed eight Tillandsia plants on levels 56, 65, 91, and the roof of the 297-meter building. Read more.

Extreme Cyclist Pedals Up Taiwan’s Taipei 101


24 Mar 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

A Guinness World Record holder has cycled up 3,139 steps in the Taipei 101 tower, formerly the tallest building in the world. Polish extreme cyclist Krystian Herba pedaled up the Taiwan landmark in two hours and 13 minutes. Read more.

Agra High-Rise Allows Residents To Use Prepaid Electricity Meters


24 Mar 2015, Agra, India

In a bid to encourage self-regulation of electricity consumption in the power deficit city, Agra is set to introduce prepaid meters starting April 1 in the newly built ADA Heights, a residential complex at Taj Nagri Phase-2. Read more.

London’s Leadenhall Building Bolt Replacement To Cost $1.5 Million


24 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

The UK’s largest structural steel provider, Severfield, is facing a bill of around $1.5 million for replacing several massive bolts, several of which broke and fell from London’s iconic Leadenhall Building last November. Read more.

Moshe Safdie’s Sky Habitat Nears Completion In Singapore


23 Mar 2015, Singapore, Singapore

A new residential development is nearing completion in Singapore. Sky habitat is a 38-story complex representative of the high-density, high-rise housing that remains in great demand across many Asian cities. Read more.

Saudi Arabia Progressing With $100 Billion King Abdullah Economic City


23 Mar 2015, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city, dubbed Kingdom Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), on its western coast. The city would be the size of Washington, DC and cost about $100 billion. Read more.

Construction of Monde Condos Begins This Spring In Toronto


23 Mar 2015, Toronto, Canada

A milestone is about to be reached for the next residential development coming to the East Bayfront, Monde Condominiums by Great Gulf Homes: robust sales mean that the building is about to go under construction. Read more.

Frankfurt’s European Central Bank Besieged By Protests Amid Ribbon Cutting


20 Mar 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Dozens of police officers have been injured and hundreds of people detained after anti-austerity protesters clashed with riot police near the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) on the day of its inauguration. Read more.

Architect Chosen For Next Tranche Of Granada Studios Work


20 Mar 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom

An architect has been appointed to design a 70,000-square-meter mixed-use development on two car parks at the western end of what is now called the St. John’s Quarter, a 5-hectare site in the city center. Read more.

Gensler Is Adding A Smaller Sibling To The JW Marriott At L.A. Live


20 Mar 2015, Los Angeles, United States

Gensler has revealed a high-rise expansion of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles that would create the second largest hotel in California. The tower will connect the existing hotel with a bridge. Read more.

Swiss Plan For Europe’s Tallest Skyscraper In Vals


19 Mar 2015, Vals, Switzerland

Plans are being drawn up to build the tallest skyscraper in Europe at a remote spa resort high in the Swiss Alps. The proposed 381-meter-high building would tower over London's Shard, which measures 304 meters. Read more.

City Planning Commission Approves Plan For Evacuation Elevators In New York City


19 Mar 2015, New York City, United States

The Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments in New York are writing rules to govern what are called “occupant-evacuation elevators” — cars that can, in special circumstances, be used to move people down in an emergency. Read more.

London’s Guy’s Tower Reclaims Status As World’s Tallest Hospital


19 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

Guy's Tower in London has undergone a series of renovations that have given the 1970s-era hospital an air of modernity. An art installation added to the roof increased the overall height of the building to 149 meters. Read more.

Elenberg Fraser’s 380 Lonsdale Street Approved For Melbourne


18 Mar 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Elenberg Fraser’s 380 Lonsdale Street has been approved by Victoria’s new Planning Minister Richard Wynne, making it his first skyscraper approval for Melbourne since Labor came into power in November 2014. Read more.

Architects Selected To Design Am Hirschgarten In Munich


18 Mar 2015, Munich, Germany

An architecture firm has won a competition to design a cluster of four mixed-use towers adjacent to Munich’s Hirschgarten station. Each tower in the complex will be perched upon a six- to seven-story plinth. Read more.

Blaze Breaks Out At Top Of Paris Skyscraper


18 Mar 2015, Paris, France

Firefighters were called out to the La Défense financial district on the edge of Paris on Wednesday to tackle a fire that had broken out at the top of Coeur Défense at around 10 am. The fire was extinguished shortly thereafter. Read more.