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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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Construction Progressing Smoothly on Exhibit Residences in Toronto

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31 Jul 2015, Toronto, Canada

Located in the trendy Yorkville neighborhood, the Exhibit Residences continues its ascent as construction progresses through the summer. The much-anticipated 32-story condo tower has surpassed the halfway point in its height. Read more.


57-Story Canary Wharf Tower Approved for London

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31 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Group has received approval for a striking residential tower at the estate’s new phase, formerly known as Wood Wharf. Tower Hamlets Council granted detailed planning for the 57-story building accommodating 468 flats. Read more.


Boston’s John Hancock Tower Renamed “200 Clarendon”

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31 Jul 2015, Boston, United States

The owners of the 60-story, 790-foot (241-meter) John Hancock Tower in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood said on July 30 that they can no longer use the name because the financial services company John Hancock is no longer a tenant. Read more.


Indian Real Estate Development Group Agrees to Invest in Sri Lankan Tower

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30 Jul 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

One of India’s biggest Real Estate Development Groups has signed an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) to invest $330 million to construct a mixed-use development tower in Rajagiriya, Colombo. Read more.


Fuzhou Apartment Tower with Rippled Façade Completes

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30 Jul 2015, Fuzhou, China

Rippled façades create curved balconies for the residents of the Fuzhou Shouxi Building. The recently completed high-rise is situated within the historic center of the Fuzhou, and features 400 apartment units. Read more.


Proposed 33-Story Building Would be Vancouver’s Tallest Office Tower

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30 Jul 2015, Vancouver, Canada

A developer has asked the city to rezone 1133 Melville Street in downtown Vancouver to make room for what could become the city’s tallest office tower. When completed, the 160-meter tower would be the fourth tallest overall in the city. Read more.


Topping-out Ceremony Held in Rottweil for ThyssenKrupp Test Tower

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29 Jul 2015, Rottweil, Germany

On July 29, after less than ten months of construction, ThyssenKrupp and Züblin held the topping-out ceremony for their unique elevator test tower in Rottweil, Germany. The concrete tube of the tower has reached its full height of 232 meters. Read more.


Student Housing Demand Driving Unique Amenities at Grid Condos in Toronto

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29 Jul 2015, Toronto, Canada

In recent years, the strong demand for downtown housing has spread to include students as well as young professionals. Grid Condos seeks to service that demand with an apartment tower that caters directly to the needs of students. Read more.


Condo Tower Proposed in Johor Baru

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29 Jul 2015, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

A Kuala Lumpur-based developer has recently announced plans for a new project, Ramada Suites@The Straits, in the Iskandar Development Region of Johor Bahru. The 25-story high-rise will feature 128 condominium units. Read more.


BT Tower’s Revolving Restaurant in London Opens Again for First Time in 35 Years

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28 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

The Top of the Tower restaurant at BT Tower will reopen to contest winners as part of the celebration for the tower's golden anniversary. The restaurant was once a watering hole for London's social elite. Read more.


Gold Coast Apartment Tower Breaks Ground in Chicago

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28 Jul 2015, Chicago, United States

Two developers broke ground July 24 on a $100 million, 33-story apartment building in downtown Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. The joint venture is a 373-unit luxury apartment project known as 833 North Clark. Read more.


Development Firm Outlines Four Projects for Dubai

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28 Jul 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A local development firm has stated their intentions of beginning work on four projects in Dubai within the next year. When combined, the projects amount to a combined $10 billion in expected value. Read more.


New Renderings Revealed for Related’s 35 Hudson Yards

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27 Jul 2015, New York City, United States

Construction is proceeding swiftly across the entirety of the Eastern Yards within Related’s greater Hudson Yards plan. Now, new renderings for 35 Hudson Yards have been released, which show that the tower will be mixed-use. Read more.


Jerusalem’s Downtown to get Pyramid-Shaped High-Rise

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27 Jul 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

A Jerusalem municipal committee has approved the construction of a 105-meter, pyramid-shaped high-rise building and commerce project in the capital’s busy downtown, hoping to revitalize the city center. Read more.


London’s Millharbour Village Project Rejected by Planning Council

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27 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom

Just one week after the successful launch of the Harbour Central development, phase two of the complex, Millharbour Village, has been thrown out by city planners. The rejected plans included six towers varying in height from 31 to 44 stories. Read more.


Owner of Madrid’s Landmark Edificio España Wants It Torn Down and Rebuilt

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24 Jul 2015, Madrid, Spain

In 2014, Chinese real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group bought the Edificio España, a historic 25-story building, for $290 million. Now they want to tear down the heritage-listed structure and rebuild it due to safety concerns. Read more.


A Flurry of Building Proposals Submitted in Melbourne Prior to New State Levy

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24 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Several new buildings were submitted for planning on June 30, one day before a new state levy would require large skyscrapers to pay a tax on the cost of development. In total, nine applications were submitted in one day. Read more.


Plans Scrapped for Wind Turbine on Brighton i360

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24 Jul 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

Plans for a wind turbine on top of Brighton's new viewing tower are being dropped as it could make the structure sway in strong winds. The Brighton i360 team has applied for planning permission to remove the wind turbine from the designs. Read more.


Italian Architect Unveils Vision for Vertical City on the Sea in Doha

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23 Jul 2015, Doha, Qatar

An Italian architect has published a vision for a “vertical city settled in the water” consisting of 180 floors grouped in 10 overlapping layers with a total height of 750 meters. The proposed building was inspired by Le Corbusier. Read more.


Chicago’s Aon Center Skyscraper Sold for $712 Million

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23 Jul 2015, Chicago, United States

The Aon Center in Chicago, the city's third-largest skyscraper at 346 meters, has been sold for $712 million to a New York-based private real estate investment company, its owners announced July 21. Read more.


273-Meter Tower Planned for Heritage-Listed Site in Melbourne

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23 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A little-known Shanghai-backed development group wants to break through Melbourne's restrictive air safety height barrier with an 85-story tower on Bourke Street. Another shorter version of the tower has also been proposed. Read more.


Two High-Rise Projects Proposed for San Diego’s East Village

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22 Jul 2015, San Diego, United States

New details have emerged regarding two San Diego high-rise projects proposed for parcels of City-owned land in the East Village corridor. Both buildings will offer mixed-use space comprising residences and offices. Read more.


Design Proposed for Avaza Aqua Park in Turkmenistan

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22 Jul 2015, Avaza, Turkmenistan

A design for a new aqua park in the seaside city of Avaza have been proposed as a new destination to attract tourists to the nascent city. The design takes inspiration from the unique geographical features found within Turkmenistan. Read more.


Work Continues at One at Palm on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, Penthouse Price Announced

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22 Jul 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Work continues on the One at Palm, a 25-story luxury residential tower located at the entrance to the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The penthouse apartment has recently been listed with a $54 million price tag. Read more.


Downtown Airport Closure Gives Rise to Edmonton’s Changing Skyline

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21 Jul 2015, Edmonton, Canada

Almost two years after the City Centre Airport closed, developers appear to be following through on their promise to build taller towers around downtown Edmonton as height restrictions that once protected flight paths have been removed. Read more.


The Westin Hamburg to be Housed Within the Elbphilharmonie

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21 Jul 2015, Hamburg, Germany

Starwood Hotels has announced that it will open The Westin Hamburg in the much-anticipated Elbphilharmonie in 2016. The 205-bedroom hotel will be housed within a glass-fronted building that sits atop a historic warehouse. Read more.


New Casino and Mega-Resort Proposal Could Reshape Brisbane’s Central Business District

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21 Jul 2015, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane could become a ritzy destination for the world’s high-rollers, after a proposal was won to reshape the city’s aging central business district with a casino and resort development in Queen's Wharf. Read more.


Architects Release Casablanca Finance City Tower Design

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20 Jul 2015, Casablanca, Morocco

Design for the Casablanca Finance City Tower in Morocco have been released. The building's crown, coupled with the way the building interacts with ground-level public space, creates an "inverted double-crown." Read more.


Bordeaux Tower Blocks Reclad With Sliding Translucent Windows

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20 Jul 2015, Bordeaux, France

A Paris firm has renovated a group of Brutalist housing blocks in Bordeaux, France, adding sliding polycarbonate windows that create an ever-changing façade. These towers were modernized as part of a district-wide rehabilitation project. Read more.


FL 4300 Complex Emphasizes Public Space in São Paulo

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20 Jul 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

Completed earlier in 2015, FL 4300 is a mixed-use complex located in São Paulo consisting of three towers deployed in a “U” shape on a 13,000-square-meter site. The complex incorporates a central public space to activate the site. Read more.