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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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Concrete Spalling Concerns Loom Over Gold Coast High-Rises


16 Jun 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

Dozens of 40-year-old Gold Coast high-rise apartment towers built in the 1970s face million-dollar repair jobs due to concrete spalling, which occurs when steel reinforcement within concrete slabs rust and expand. Read more.

Philippine Supreme Court Stops Rise of Torre de Manila


16 Jun 2015, Manila, Philippines

The Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a temporary restraining order on June 16 against the construction of a high-rise residential building deemed to be ruining the view behind the Rizal Monument in Manila. Read more.

Plans for London’s 22 Bishopsgate Presented to the Public


15 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans for a 62-story tower that will replace the abandoned Pinnacle scheme in the City of London went on display June 15. The proposed building is 278 meters tall, 10 meters lower than the previously approved height. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for 125 Greenwich Street in New York City


15 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Architects have released updated renderings for 125 Greenwich Street, which is expected to be the tallest residential building south of 57th street. The tower is expected to complete by 2018. Read more.

Koryo Hotel Catches Fire in Pyongyang


15 Jun 2015, Pyongyang, North Korea

A large high-rise hotel caught fire in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on June 11. The story has been under-reported and little photographic evidence has emerged due to the government’s strict control over the media. Read more.

Ole Scheeren Reveals Plans for a Geometrically Extruded Skyscraper in Vancouver


12 Jun 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for 1500 West Georgia in Vancouver, a scheme that will be his studio’s first project outside Asia. The 51-story tower is located on Vancouver's main thoroughfare. Read more.

Proposed Detached Art Tower Would Be Tallest in Hobart, Tasmania


12 Jun 2015, Hobart, Australia

Hobart may soon have its own iconic building to rival famous landmarks around the world with ambitious plans revealed for a 117-meter observation tower that would stretch high into the sky above the city’s central business district. Read more.

Le Meridien Urban Resort Project in Zhuhai Names Design Firm


12 Jun 2015, Zhuhai, China

WATG has been selected to design the new Zhuhai ShiRong Le Meridien Hotel & Resort in Zhuhai, China. The building will be situated on a 12.5-hectare delta of natural wetlands and historical riverfront. Read more.

New 45-Story Apartment High-Rise Proposed for Chicago


12 Jun 2015, Chicago, United States

Two Chicago area developers have teamed up on an apartment tower plan for 465 North Park, which is proposed to stand just over 152 meters tall, and will include 444 apartment units and 181 parking spaces in a disguised indoor garage. Read more.

Oriental DreamWorks Moves Forward on a New Complex in Shanghai


11 Jun 2015, Shanghai, China

In Shanghai, construction on a new headquarters for Oriental DreamWorks is moving full speed ahead. The complex, dubbed Shanghai DreamCenter, will include two high-rise office towers, studios, and entertainment venues. Read more.

Ground Broken on 40-Story Skyscraper in Downtown Denver


11 Jun 2015, Denver, United States

Denver’s skyline is about to change again after crews with international real estate firm Hines broke ground on a 40-story skyscraper on June 9. The 188-meter tower will include 27 stories of office space and 13 stories of retail. Read more.

Torre Cube II Redefines Office Typology in Zapopan


11 Jun 2015, Zapopan, Mexico

Catalan architect Carme Pinós returns to Zapopan, where she completed Torre Cube in 2006, with Torre Cube II. Both buildings attempt to redefine the traditional office typology in Mexico through innovative design. Read more.

Tower Complex to Stimulate Economic Growth in Addis Ababa


10 Jun 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A Chinese developer says it will build a 21-tower development that will “change the face” of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The news comes in a period of high growth for Africa’s second most populous country. Read more.

High-Rise Developments Proposed for Sliema


10 Jun 2015, Sliema, Malta

The development of the Sliema skyline is in full swing, with two newly proposed towers set to become Malta’s tallest buildings. A 40-story hotel would take the title of the city’s tallest skyscraper, with another 38-story tower proposed nearby. Read more.

Jeddah Municipality Accused of Obstructing Skyscraper Construction


10 Jun 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A number of real estate developers and investors have accused Jeddah Municipality of obstructing the development of skyscrapers. They believe such buildings are needed to boost the local economy and tourism. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for New York’s 2 World Trade Center


09 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

New renderings have been revealed for 2 World Trade Center, which has been redesigned by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The new stacked design will incorporate prominent setbacks as it rises to a height of 1,340 feet (408 meters). Read more.

Former Nestle Headquarters in London Set for Radical Makeover


09 Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom

Renovation work is now in full swing following the strip out of St. George's House, better known as the former Nestle Headquarters in central Croydon. The redevelopment will transform the site into residential apartments. Read more.

Toronto Developers Bring New Tower to 150 Redpath


09 Jun 2015, Toronto, Canada

A group of Tornoto developers are following on the heels of their successful 155 Redpath project – now under construction – with a sister tower called 150 Redpath Condominiums, to be built just across the street from it. Read more.

Jersey City Borrows from Las Vegas with this 95-Story Waterfront Casino Tower Proposal


08 Jun 2015, Jersey City, United States

A New Jersey investor has announced intentions of bringing a $4 billion casino and resort complex to Jersey City. The project includes a 95-story hotel on an 81-hectare site. It is being called “Liberty Rising.” Read more.

UK Engineering Consultancy Wins Tower Project in Maputo


08 Jun 2015, Maputo, Mozambique

A UK-based engineering consultancy has won a contract to supervise construction of a mixed-use tower complex in the east African country of Mozambique, following the 2013 acquisition of a local engineering firm. Read more.

Residents Oppose High-rise Development in Kuala Lumpur


08 Jun 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Residents of the Casa Desa condominium in Kuala Lumpur, are concerned about a proposed high-rise development project to be built on a slope next to their homes. The new development will be a 48-story tower with a 13-story annex. Read more.

Post-Earthquake Inspection Finds Two Kathmandu High-Rises Unsafe


05 Jun 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

The Nepalese government has declared that two out of the 40 apartment buildings in Kathmandu are uninhabitable after completing a Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Assessment of all the inhabited high-rises in the valley. Read more.

New Renderings Released for 75 Nassau Street in New York City


05 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

In April, preliminary images were revealed for 75 Nassau Street. Now, a new set of images have been released for the 40-story building, which will soon rise on the corner of Nassau and Fulton Streets in the Financial District. Read more.

Triple-Tower Development Proposed for Edmonton


05 Jun 2015, Edmonton, Canada

Three high-rises to be built on the old Healy Ford site in the city’s warehouse district will be among the largest residential complex proposals Edmonton has ever seen, a public meeting heard the night of June 4. Read more.

Paris Skyscrapers Becoming More Prominent After 2010 Planning Change


04 Jun 2015, Paris, France

A 2010 change to the city planning law is beginning to remake Paris's architectural profile, at least in its outlying arrondissements, where height restrictions once kept new buildings below 37 meters. Read more.

JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton Hotels Open in Macau


04 Jun 2015, Macau, China

Marriott International, Inc. marked a new milestone with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau in the thriving Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau in southern China. Read more.

Sales of Reem Island Apartments in Abu Dhabi Aimed at Mid-Income Residents


04 Jun 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer is set to launch sales of its mid-market Meera Shams development on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island. The project features two 26-story towers with 408 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments aimed at middle-income residents. Read more.

Large Redevelopment Planned for Hollywood’s Famous Crossroads of the World


03 Jun 2015, Los Angeles, United States

One of Hollywood's most recognizable landmarks is set to become part of a mixed-use development that would weave eight new buildings, plus new retail space, around Hollywood's Crossroads of the World complex. Read more.

Bungled High-Rises Reveal North Korea Building Woes


03 Jun 2015, Pyongyang, North Korea

Despite seeing completion last October, only half of the units of a major apartment complex built near Pyongyang’s Taedong River are currently occupied. The 46-story towers have elevators that cannot fully function due to power shortages. Read more.

Kolkata’s Future Tallest Residential Skyscraper Formally Launched


03 Jun 2015, Kolkata, India

A consortium of four builders is set to formally launch Kolkata’s tallest residential tower – a 62-story skyscraper on Chowringhee Road. The building, known as The 42, will house 58 bungalows and is expected to complete in 2017. Read more.