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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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New 88-Story Tower Planned for Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast


17 Jul 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

A Hong Kong-based developer has taken the next step in its push to build a new $700 Million Surfers Paradise tower by lodging a Development Application with the Gold Coast Council. The 88-story tower would house 693 apartments. Read more.

Brooklyn Library and Condo Development Moves Forward in New York


17 Jul 2015, New York City, United States

A controversial plan to boost the coffers of the financially-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system with the revenue from a new condo tower is moving forward, as the local community board has signed off on the plan. Read more.

High Court Restricts Developer from Constructing Illegal High-Rises in Mumbai


17 Jul 2015, Mumbai, India

The Bombay high court, in an important interim order on July 16, restrained developers from carrying out any further construction on two plots in the Khotachiwadi heritage precinct in the Girgaon district of Mumbai. Read more.

Berlin Saves the Communist-Era High-Rises of Alexanderplatz


16 Jul 2015, Berlin, Germany

Berlin has just said “yes” to Communist-era blocks and “no” to more new skyscrapers. On July 13, the city announced that it was listing some key Communist-era structures in Alexanderplatz, East Berlin’s central square, as historical monuments. Read more.

Three-Tower Development Given Initial Approval in London


16 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

On July 14, Southwark Council approved a three-tower housing and commercial scheme next to the Tate Modern after agreeing with the developer that providing affordable housing onsite would impose extra design costs. Read more.

Nishi-Nippon Railroad to Open First Overseas Hotel in Seoul


16 Jul 2015, Seoul, South Korea

The recently completed Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeong-dong has begun accepting online reservations. A grand opening ceremony for the 22-story hotel, which is located in the center of Seoul, will be held in September. Read more.

Foundations for Sky City Used as Fish Farm in Changsha


15 Jul 2015, Changsha, China

The foundations of the 838-meter Sky City – which was planned to be the world’s tallest building – are being used as a fish farm in Changsha two years after the project stalled, according to a newspaper report. Read more.

Transit Oriented Development Policies Approved in Delhi


15 Jul 2015, Delhi, India

The Union Ministry for Urban Development approved a transit oriented development (TOD) policy for Delhi on July 14, paving the way for the construction of high-rise buildings along the Delhi Metro corridor. Read more.

New Designs Revealed for Wolf Point Towers in Chicago


15 Jul 2015, Chicago, United States

Construction is well underway on Wolf Point West Tower, which will be one of a trio of new buildings coming to the site, but the two other towers have just been given a fresh look by the architects at Pelli Clarke Pelli. Read more.

Towering Media Center Proposed for Phnom Penh


14 Jul 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A Chinese company has proposed building a high-tech media center, complete with a 285-meter TV tower, for the Cambodian Ministry of Information, though financial details of the plan have yet to be revealed. Read more.

Hundreds of Units in London Tower Sell Within Hours of Launching


14 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

Hundreds of apartments in the Canary Wharf Maine Tower development were sold four hours after launching. Half the properties were bought by overseas buyers and range from $545,000 for a studio up to $2 million for three bedrooms. Read more.

Mixed-Use Tower Planned on Tiny Downtown Boston Site


14 Jul 2015, Boston, United States

A 25-year-old Boston University graduate with little development experience has proposed an ambitious addition to Boston’s skyline: a slender, 30-story “pencil tower” improbably shoehorned onto a tiny parcel in Downtown Crossing. Read more.

World’s First Figure-Eight Ferris Wheel Nears Completion at Studio City in Macau


13 Jul 2015, Macau, China

An innovative figure-eight Ferris wheel has been implemented as the centerpiece to the topped-out Studio City complex in Macau. The Ferris wheel is embedded within the structure of the building. Read more.

Construction Continues on New Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters in Kuwait City


13 Jul 2015, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Construction continues on the 220-meter KEO-designed Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters in Kuwait City, which is inspired by traditional Islamic design, and will rise to 40 stories. Read more.

Battle to Build The Couture in Milwaukee Could Be Nearing End


13 Jul 2015, Milwaukee, United States

Nearly three years after plans for The Couture development were first announced, the project recently won a major legal victory that brings it closer to finally breaking ground. An appeal process could still take the case to the State Supreme Court. Read more.

Henning Larsen Architects Reveals a New Landmark Hotel in Sønderborg


10 Jul 2015, Sønderborg, Denmark

The largest hotel in the southern region of Denmark is now a reality, and is being designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The hotel is part of a master plan that will transform Sønderborg’s waterfront into a new district. Read more.

Chicago’s Marina City Will be Considered for Landmark Status


10 Jul 2015, Chicago, United States

Marina City, the iconic Chicago riverfront complex famed for its corncob-shaped towers, could soon be on the way to becoming an official city landmark. The complex was recommended for preliminary landmark status on July 9. Read more.

1,500 New Apartments Slated for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne


10 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A Melbourne-based practice is spearheading the latest development push into Fishermans Bend, along with six separate land owners who have chosen to combine their holdings into an integrated master plan comprising six towers. Read more.

Innovative Project Would be Seattle’s Second Tallest Building


09 Jul 2015, Seattle, United States

A local team is hatching plans for Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper, built around an unconventional atrium that would bathe the interior offices with natural light and give pedestrians walking beneath the tower a view of the sky. Read more.

60-Story Pixelated Skyscraper Proposed for Downtown Vancouver


09 Jul 2015, Vancouver, Canada

A new proposed development for downtown Vancouver’s West End neighborhood would add a pixelated quality to the skyline. The 60-story residential building has been dubbed Nelson on the Park by project proponents. Read more.

Video Explores Singapore’s Next Tallest Building


08 Jul 2015, Singapore, Singapore

A video documenting what will be Singapore’s tallest building upon completion has been revealed by developers Guocoland, exploring the 290-meter tower in more detail. The complex is set to be complete in 2016. Read more.

Walkie Talkie Wind Complaints Prompt City Clampdown


08 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

Concerns about strong winds at the bottom of 20 Fenchurch Street, which were not predicted at the planning stage, have prompted the City of London to start demanding independent verification of developers’ wind studies. Read more.

New York’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza Rebranded as the Comcast Building


07 Jul 2015, New York City, United States

One of New York’s most iconic landmarks, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, has been rebranded as the Comcast Building. In 2014, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission granted Comcast permission to modify the building. Read more.

Interactive Light Façade Activates São Paulo Hotel


06 Jul 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

The forty-year-old façade of Hotel WZ Jardins in São Paulo, Brazil has been recently renovated. The sheet metal exterior is illuminated by a series of LED lights that react in real-time to noise levels and air pollution. Read more.

Tokyo Unveils Plans for Skyscraper Observatory in Shibuya


06 Jul 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district will get a 230-meter-high observation deck before the 2020 Olympics that could become more famous than its statue of Hachiko the dog or the “scramble crossing” by the nearby train station. Read more.

Tower With Shifting Floor Plates Proposed in Frankfurt


02 Jul 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has won a competition to design a 185-meter skyscraper with floor plates that will be shifted at the base and the center of the tower to mark clear boundaries between the building's different functions. Read more.

Paris Gives Go-Ahead for Tour Triangle Skyscraper


01 Jul 2015, Paris, France

Paris is to get its first 100-plus-meter skyscraper in over 40 years after planning permission was given for the 180-meter Tour Triangle, overturning the decision made by the City Council in November 2014 to reject the tower. Read more.