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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 Nha Trang High-Rise is Shaped like a Butterfly


19 Jan 2016, Nha Trang, Vietnam

An oddly shaped 19-story hotel and residential high-rise, named Butterfly Tower, is set to go up along Tran Phu road overlooking the main beach in the popular tourist destination of Nha Trang. Read more.

New Melbourne Residential Tower Gets Go-Ahead


19 Jan 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have been given permission to build a 193-meter, 60-story residential high-rise at 258 City Road in Melbourne's Southbank district. The high-rise will feature a mix of serviced and private apartments. Read more.

Paddington Place Scheme Cited in Plans for another Neighborhood Tower


15 Jan 2016, London, United Kingdom

The design team behind a multi-use 38-story tower planned for Paddington is citing Renzo Piano’s proposed Paddington Place as setting a precedent for other tall towers in the area. Read more.

Tower Poised to Rise in Sheepshead Bay Neighborhood of New York


15 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

Renderings for a roughly 30-story building in south Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay have been revealed. The development is poised to soar four times higher than any other building in the neighborhood. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Manchester Tower Complex


15 Jan 2016, Manchester, United Kingdom

Architect Ian Simpson is set to formally reveal plans for a 64-story tower in Manchester that could reach supertall height status. The scheme will feature four residential towers on a plot south of the city center. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for BIG’s 76 Eleventh Avenue in New York City


14 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

In November 2016, the first renderings were released for 76 Eleventh Avenue. Now a new set of images are available for the project that show major tweaks to the former design as a result of programming adjustments. Read more.

Downtown Toronto Tower Gets Rooftop Hockey Rink


14 Jan 2016, Toronto, Canada

A hockey rink was installed at the top of the 32-story 120 Adelaide Street West in Toronto’s financial district over the last month and a half for a commercial shoot. The rink is roughly half the size of an NHL professional hockey rink. Read more.

World Reaches 100 Supertall Skyscrapers with Completion of 432 Park Avenue


13 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

There are now officially 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world following the completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City. The total number of supertalls has doubled from 50 to 100 in just five years. Read more.

Work begins on Dubai Creek Residences


13 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction has begun on the Dubai Creek Residences project in Dubai Creek Harbour. Dubai-based developer Emaar Properties has awarded the construction contract for the project to Al Basti & Muktha (ABM). Read more.

Multi-Million Dollar Renovation for Atlanta’s Historic Flatiron Building


13 Jan 2016, Atlanta, United States

The Flatiron Building in downtown Atlanta, now known as FlatironCity, is currently undergoing a $12 million dollar renovation to convert it to a space for technology startups and entrepreneurs. Read more.

58-Story Tower Breaks Ground in Austin


12 Jan 2016, Austin, United States

On January 11, developers broke ground on The Independent, a 58-story, 210-meter tower that will reshape Austin's skyline when it opens in about three years at West Third Street and West Avenue downtown. Read more.

Notable British Architect Criticizes Paddington Scheme in London


12 Jan 2016, London, United Kingdom

Architect Terry Farrell has spoken out against Renzo Piano's proposed 72-story Paddington Place skyscraper and has drawn up a rival scheme. Farrell's plans feature a group of 10- to 18-story blocks rather than a skyscraper. Read more.

32-Story Mixed-Use Downtown Brooklyn Building Tops Out


12 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

TEN Arquitectos‘ 286 Ashland Place, a 384-unit, 32-story mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn, has topped out. The building’s 45,148 square feet (4,200 square meters) of community space will host several cultural offerings. Read more.

Korean Architect to lead Hyundai GBC Project in Seoul


11 Jan 2016, Seoul, South Korea

The Hyundai Motor Group announced on January 10 that Korean architect Kim Jong-sung has been appointed to lead a multibillion-dollar project to build the Hyundai Global Business Center in Samseong-dong by 2023. Read more.

Architecture Firm Submits Plans for Chiswick Curve in London


11 Jan 2016, London, United Kingdom

Studio Egret West has submitted plans for Chiswick Curve. The 32-story stepped building could be slightly taller than the nearby Trellick Tower. A previously planned building would have been 10 stories tall. Read more.

Saudi Arabian Property Group Launches Mada Residences Project in Dubai


11 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A construction and property group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is in the process of launching its first major project in Dubai. The planned residential apartment block, titled “Mada Residences,” will be located downtown. Read more.

Tallest French Tower Outside of Metro Paris Now Complete in Lyon


08 Jan 2016, Lyon, France

Dominated for more than 30 years by the Tour de Credit Lyonnais, the skyline of Lyon now has a new pinnacle with the completion of the Tour Incity. The 200-meter skyscraper is the tallest in France outside of Metro Paris. Read more.

96-Meter Tulip Tower to Sprout at Istanbul Airport


08 Jan 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

A tower in the shape of a giant tulip will become an iconic symbol of a new airport in Istanbul. As part of an international competition to build the future control tower, the operating consortium IGA selected a design submitted by AECOM. Read more.

New Renderings of Renzo Piano’s SoHo Tower in New York Revealed


08 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

New renderings offer a closer look at Renzo Piano’s much-anticipated condominium tower planned for a full block-front in West SoHo, between Broome and Watts streets. The 25-story tower has been dubbed the SoHo Tower. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Has Completed, Now the Second-Tallest Building in the World


07 Jan 2016, Shanghai, China

The CTBUH has recognized the completion of Shanghai Tower, which is now the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. The tower was finished in late-2015 at a height of 632 meters. Read more.

Portland Officials Overlook Design Changes to 21-Story Tower


07 Jan 2016, Portland, United States

Portland officials are considering their options after discovering that they approved a 21-story building without considering design changes that likely would have triggered another round of review. Read more.

Planned 86-Story Tower Would Rise at 45 Broad Street in New York


07 Jan 2016, New York City, United States

The developer behind a planned high-rise at a long-vacant Financial District lot has revealed details behind the project. The development at 45 Broad Street will be a 335-meter, 86-story high-rise. Read more.

Tokyo Launches High-Rise Fire Rescue Helicopters


07 Jan 2016, Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Fire Department has introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires. The development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo and rapid growth in the number of high-rise buildings. Read more.

Chicago’s Wolf Point West Apartment Tower to Open in January


06 Jan 2016, Chicago, United States

Wolf Point West, a new and highly anticipated 48-story LEED Silver apartment tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has officially set its opening for January 2016, with the first move-ins scheduled for Monday, January 11. Read more.

High Frequency Traders Propose 320-Meter Communication Tower in Rural England


06 Jan 2016, Richborough, United Kingdom

Vigilant Global, a Canadian telecommunications company, has announced plans to build a 320-meter tower in rural England in order to beam microwaves across the English Channel for high frequency trading. Read more.

Wanda Reign Hotel in Chengdu Officially Opens


06 Jan 2016, Chengdu, China

Wanda Hotels & Resorts recently announced the official opening of their new Wanda Reign hotel in Chengdu as part of its premium hotel brand. The Chengdu property is its second development to be under this brand. Read more.

Korean Firm Set to Become Owner of Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower


06 Jan 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

AON Holdings, a South Korean financial group, will be the new owner of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, Vietnam's tallest building. It was reported that AON paid about 450 billion won ($382.5 million) for the building. Read more.

Proposed 101-Story Seattle Skyscraper Hits FAA Snag


05 Jan 2016, Seattle, United States

A proposed downtown Seattle skyscraper that would be the tallest on the West Coast is apparently too tall for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which sent the building developer a "Notice of Presumed Hazard." Read more.

CTBUH Expert Weighs in on Dubai High-Rise Fire


05 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Working with all available information, CTBUH Fellow and fire safety expert Simon Lay considers this most recent high-rise fire, its causes, and the potential impact it might have on the industry moving forward. Read more.

Toronto’s The One Grows Taller as Design Continues to Evolve


05 Jan 2016, Toronto, Canada

Already set to become Canada's tallest building, the ongoing evolution of The One has seen the height of the Toronto tower increased to 341 meters, up from the 330-meter height previously proposed. Read more.