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Builder Appointed for Australia 108 in Melbourne


17 Sep 2015, Melbourne, Australia

A Singaporean developer has formally appointed Brookfield Multiplex as builder for Australia 108, with on-site piling to commence in October. When completed, the building will be Australia's first supertall skyscraper. Read more.

95-Story Supertall Planned for Jersey City Waterfront at 55 Hudson Street


16 Sep 2015, Jersey City, United States

A 95-story office tower is now in the works at 55 Hudson Street, which could make it the tallest building in both Jersey City and all of New Jersey. If completed today, it would be the first supertall tower in the state. Read more.

Casino Canberra Redevelopment Planned for Australian Capital


16 Sep 2015, Canberra, Australia

Plans were released on September 16 for a $237 million redevelopment of Casino Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. The proposal would transform the current casino into a leisure and entertainment destination. Read more.

Moscow Class A Office Building Offers Inventive Façade Design


16 Sep 2015, Moscow, Russia

This 15-story project is located off of Leningradsky Prospect on the northwest side of Moscow. It was designed as a Class A office space for a leading Russian developer seeking international architectural and interior design expertise. Read more.

Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower Completes in Nanchang


15 Sep 2015, Nanchang, China

American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Nanchang, China. Rising 56 stories, the Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower is located in Gaoxin, a growing high-tech district, and features an exterior diagrid system. Read more.

Permission Sought for Dublin’s Tallest Office Block


15 Sep 2015, Dublin, Ireland

Plans for Dublin’s tallest office building – a 73-meter-tall high-rise at the Point Village near the northern entrance to the city’s docklands – will be lodged on September 15 with Dublin City Council. Read more.

41-Story New York Office Building to be Expanded into Supertall Skyscraper


15 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

Developers have reportedly tapped Zaha Hadid to expand an existing 41-story office block at 666 Fifth Avenue into a supertall stack of apartments, a hotel, and a “vertical mall” topping out 1,400 feet (427 meters) above ground. Read more.

Tai’an Hotel Opens With 283 Guest Rooms


14 Sep 2015, Tai'an, China

The newly opened Wanda Realm Tai’an is located in Tai’an’s central business district and forms part of the Wanda Plaza Complex, adjacent to the Taishan International Conference & Exhibition Centre. Read more.

Design Update for 52-Story Rosedale on Bloor Condos in Toronto


14 Sep 2015, Toronto, Canada

A developer has released updated plans for a tower located a few blocks east of Toronto's Bloor-Yonge corner, complete with new details on what will become a mixed-used high-rise condo/hotel combination. Read more.

US Firm to Build 100-Story Convention Center in Dhaka


14 Sep 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The US-based KPC Group is set to construct a 100-story convention center in Purbachal on the outskirts of Dhaka, according to Bangladeshi Finance Minister. If completed, it would be the country’s tallest building. Read more.

Redesigned 245-Meter Tower Proposed for Midtown, New York City


11 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

New plans for 138 East 50th Street in Midtown Manhattan have been revealed. The project will now be a condominium tower, and has received a significant height boost. It is slated to stand 64 stories and 803 feet (245 meters) tall. Read more.

Preliminary Design of Burj 2020 Revealed at Cityscape Global in Dubai


11 Sep 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A preliminary design was revealed for Burj 2020, a skyscraper that could potentially reach up to 700 meters in height. The master-planned Burj 2020 District will comprise seven towers and over one million square meters of built-up area. Read more.

Topping-Out Ceremony Held at 200 George Street in Sydney


11 Sep 2015, Sydney, Australia

The joint owners of 200 George Street held a topping-out ceremony to celebrate the completion of the main structural works for their landmark office building in Sydney’s central business district. Read more.

Architecture Competition Will Overhaul a Notorious Parisian Skyscraper


10 Sep 2015, Paris, France

Soon, you may not be able to recognize Paris’s most controversial building, Tour Montparnasse, as an architectural competition was recently announced to revamp the tower in time for the city's possible 2024 hosting of the Olympic Games. Read more.

Melbourne Gets New Limits on Skyscrapers


10 Sep 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s boom in skyscraper construction is set to be reined in as interim new rules limit building heights and give the city’s council greater say in large apartment complex approval decisions. Read more.

US Construction Hit by Curtain Walling Crisis


10 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

A shortage of US curtain walling makers caused by the 2008 global financial crisis is so severe that it is halting projects and has even forced the developer of Hudson Yards to open its own factory. Read more.

Bogotá’s Crowdfunded Skyscraper Architecturally Tops Out


09 Sep 2015, Bogotá, Colombia

The BD Bacatá skyscraper, under construction in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, has now surpassed the height of the 196-meter Torre Colpatria in the same city. It is the world's first crowdfunded skyscraper. Read more.

Multi-Tower High-Rise Complex Proposed for Sofia


09 Sep 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

A developer has announced the launch of Koza Square, a new scheme in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 535,000-square-meter development will provide a place for the residents of Sofia to entertain and dine, and will be a focal point for the city. Read more.

24-Story Tower Proposed in Chicago’s River North


09 Sep 2015, Chicago, United States

A prominent Chicago developer pitched on September 8 a new River North apartment tower it wants to build while preserving a century-old church next door. A 24-story tower would replace the church parking lot at 311 W. Illinois Street. Read more.

Abuja’s World Trade Center Expected to Complete in 2016


08 Sep 2015, Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria's capital city of Abuja is about to get a brand new World Trade Center complex. The development is expected to open to the public in early 2016 after the completion of the first phase of construction. Read more.

Twin Towers Proposed for the Dubailand Mega-Development


08 Sep 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A Riyadh-based developer has unveiled plans to build Dubailand’s tallest towers. The Saudi investment company and property developer said that it planned to complete the 34-story Skyline twin towers in 2018. Read more.

190-Meter Tower Proposed for London’s Docklands


08 Sep 2015, London, United Kingdom

A local architecture firm has released an image of what could become one of the UK’s tallest residential skyscrapers on the Isle of Dogs. The practice has worked up designs for the 60-story building at 225 Marsh Wall. Read more.

Sales Launched at Tower at Pier 27 in Toronto


04 Sep 2015, Toronto, Canada

As the Tower at Pier 27 was officially launched on September 2, new renderings of the project were released, revealing a distinctively kinetic design that is soon set to join Toronto's waterfront skyline. Read more.

Ultra-Luxury Tower Proposed in Gold Coast


04 Sep 2015, Gold Coast, Australia

A boutique tower that will vie for the title of the most luxurious apartment address on the Gold Coast is planned for the heart of Broadbeach. Developers intend to build the 23-story Vi Residences on a north-facing Queensland Avenue site. Read more.

Approval of 75 Howard Street Continues San Francisco Skyline Transformation


04 Sep 2015, San Francisco, United States

After more than four years of discussions and multiple revisions, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved on September 3 a project to transform an eight-story parking garage into a 20-story, 220-foot (67-meter) mixed-use building. Read more.

Now Arriving: New Condos at Vancouver Train Stations


03 Sep 2015, Vancouver, Canada

About 50 projects are under development along Vancouver’s now-49 miles of rapid-transit rail lines, representing more than C$15 billion ($11.4 billion) of development costs, according to officials at TransLink. Read more.

Landlord Plans to Wedge 41-Story High-Rise Next to Millennium Park


03 Sep 2015, Chicago, United States

A 41-story residential/hotel tower soon could rise on one of the most prominent sites in Chicago, just across from Millennium Park. BJB Partners plans to build a skinny high-rise on a small parcel according to an easement filed last month. Read more.

Sky Towers in Kiev Intended to Raise the Economic Profile of the City


02 Sep 2015, Kiev, Ukraine

Sky Towers, designed by Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man Architecture & Engineers (HK) Limited (DLN), is set to be one of the tallest commercial developments in Eastern Europe, intended to solidify Kiev’s position as a new business hub. Read more.

Building Design Magazine Bestows Notorious Award to London’s Walkie Talkie


02 Sep 2015, London, United Kingdom

A City of London skyscraper, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie and officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, has won the annual Carbuncle Cup, awarded by Building Design magazine to a building judged to be the UK's worst. Read more.

Hotel Operator Named for Jumeirah Business Bay Tower


02 Sep 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A local hotel company has been appointed to operate a mixed-use development in Business Bay. The Jumeirah Business Bay will include a 200-room luxury hotel as well as 350 serviced apartments and 290 luxury residences. Read more.