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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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London’s Paddington Pole to be Radically Redesigned After Public Opposition and Planning Withdrawal


15 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

Irvine Sellar’s controversial 72-story “Paddington Pole” may be halved in height after the tower was withdrawn from planning. Architect Renzo Piano recently produced fresh sketches for the project. Read more.

Baltimore’s HarborView Condominiums Completes Interior Renovations


15 Feb 2016, Baltimore, Unites States

The HarborView Condominiums, which were completed in 1993, recently received a makeover after the Council of Unit Owners at the condominium invested more than $1.8 million to modernize the building’s public spaces. Read more.

Contractor Chosen for Leonardo Building in Sandton


15 Feb 2016, Sandton, South Africa

Legacy Hotels and Resorts Group has awarded construction firm Aveng Grinaker-LTA with a contract to build the Leonardo Building at 75 Maude Street in Sandton. Nedbank is the developer of the project. Read more.

Building Collapse in Tainan, Taiwan Prompts Demands for Stricter Safety Regulations


12 Feb 2016, Tainan, Taiwan

After a deadly building collapse, Tainan's district court gave the city government the go-ahead to freeze up to USD$1 million in assets belonging to the its developer. The disaster has also prompted demands for stricter safety regulations. Read more.

Mega Development Proposed for Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur


12 Feb 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Construction has already begun on several major projects as part of the redevelopment of Kampung Baru, an ethnic enclave in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. 15 others are in the process of obtaining development orders. Read more.

Jupiters Casino Rebranding Includes a 200-Meter Hotel Tower on the Gold Coast


12 Feb 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

A 200-meter-high hotel tower at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast has been proposed. The existing hotel is already undergoing a full refurbishment, while a 17-story tower is under construction at the front of the property. Read more.

26-Story Apartment Tower Proposed for Mansion Site in Milwaukee


12 Feb 2016, Milwaukee, United States

A Madison-based apartment operator, who has been eyeing the site of the 118-year-old Goll Mansion on Milwaukee’s east side for at least six months, has formally submitted plans to build a 26-story, 202-unit apartment tower on the site. Read more.

Proposed Master Plan in Shenzhen Includes Two Supertalls


11 Feb 2016, Shenzhen, China

London-based PLP Architecture has revealed a master plan for a project in China that includes a concept for a 595-meter supertall tower composed of three rotated, interlocking volumes. Another 347-meter supertall is also proposed. Read more.

City of Chicago Approves Major Development Along River


11 Feb 2016, Chicago, United States

Plans for Perkins+Will’s Riverline project include five residential towers, a series of townhouses, public park space, over 3,600 residential units, a river walk, and 16,000 square feet (1,500 square meters) of street-level retail. Read more.

New Residential and Resort Precinct Planned for Coomera


11 Feb 2016, Coomera, Australia

A new proposal has been submitted by Gordon Corp for an integrated residential and resort hotel development known as the Coomera Master Plan proposal. The development comprises three buildings ranging from 12 to 27 stories. Read more.

Urban Development Review Board Recommends Approval of Luxury Condo Elysee


10 Feb 2016, Miami, United States

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board (UDRB) has recommended approval of Elysee Miami, a 100-unit luxury condominium tower planned for a parcel at 700 NE 23rd Street on the waterfront in Edgewater. Read more.

Plans Submitted for 73-Story City of London Tower


10 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

Eric Parry has submitted plans for a 73-story skyscraper at 1 Undershaft to replace the Aviva tower. If built, it will become the tallest building in the City of London district – the central area of greater London. Read more.

Planning Group Recommends Design Changes for Crown Resorts Casino Tower in Barangaroo, Sydney


10 Feb 2016, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment has recommended trimming the podium of the Wilkinson Eyre-designed Crown Resorts Casino tower at Barangaroo to lessen the impact of the building on public space. Read more.

Developers of a Building in Tainan, Taiwan Sought After Collapse


09 Feb 2016, Tainan, Taiwan

Prosecutors in Taiwan today sought to detain three former executives of a real estate company that built an apartment complex which collapsed in an earthquake three days ago in the city of Tainan. Read more.

Planning Application Submitted for 79-Story New York Tower


09 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

A Flushing-based developer has recently filed plans for a massive 79-story residential tower in Long Island City. The proposed 778,000-square-foot (72,200-square-meter) building will contain 774 apartments. Read more.

Staircase-Inspired Tower Added to Oslo’s Fast-Developing Waterfront


09 Feb 2016, Oslo, Norway

Designed to looks like a giant staircase, a finished Oslo office block by Dark Arkitekter completes the trio of buildings housing the headquarters of DNB Bank, created in collaboration with MVRDV and A-Lab. Read more.

Guitar-Shaped Hotel Proposed in Hollywood, Florida


09 Feb 2016, Hollywood, United States

A new hotel high-rise with a unique design has been proposed as part of a casino expansion in Hollywood, Florida. Rising 34 stories high, 800 rooms will be encased in the form of a cut-away guitar’s body. Read more.

Terraced Superall Tower Proposed as Extension to the High Line in New York


08 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

At the northern end of the High Line, Tishman Speyer is aiming to extend the park’s natural beauty 65 stories into the air with a 306-meter high-rise featuring cascading terraces decked with foliage. Read more.

Ambitious Forest City Development Planned for Malaysia


08 Feb 2016, Iskandar, Malaysia

Sasaki Associates recently unveiled some preliminary details regarding an ambitious mixed-use development. Dubbed Forest City, the multi-phase project is billed as a potential new cultural and economic hub for the region. Read more.

New Observation Tower Approved for Dubai Creek


08 Feb 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Properties has unveiled designs for a new observation tower to be built in the Dubai Creek area of the city. The tower’s design was approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Read more.

Indian IT Company Proposes World’s Tallest Free Standing Clock Tower in Mysore


08 Feb 2016, Mysore, India

An IT company has announced plans to build the tallest free standing clock tower in the world in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The tower, which will be built on its training campus, will rise to 443 feet (135 meters). Read more.

Construction Date Set for Future World’s Tallest Wooden High-Rise in Vienna


05 Feb 2016, Vienna, Austria

Construction of the future world's tallest wood high-rise, the HoHo building, will begin this spring in Vienna. When completed, it will stand 24 stories, surpassing Norway's 14-story Treet building, which is also under construction. Read more.

Grove at Grand Bay, a Pair of Twisting Towers, Nears Completion in Miami


05 Feb 2016, Miami, United States

The Grove at Grand Bay, a pair of twisting 20-story towers, is currently nearing completion in the Coconut Grove section of Miami. All of the apartments in the building have sold except for a $28 million full-floor penthouse. Read more.

90-Story Tower in Parramatta, Sydney Seeks to Meet Strong Demand


05 Feb 2016, Sydney, Australia

Developer Walker Corporation has recently launched a design competition among four major architectural firms for the design of its planned 90-story office-use Aspire Tower in Parramatta, Sydney. Read more.

33 Avenue Road Redesigned as Toronto’s First “Vertical Forest”


04 Feb 2016, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood could become the site of the city's first “vertical forest.” New renderings for the long-awaited 33 Avenue Road project bring to light a new design aesthetic for the project. Read more.

Ho Chi Minh City Skyscraper to Incorporate Heritage Building


04 Feb 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

New information was revealed about the Satra-Tax Plaza during a groundbreaking ceremony on January 29. Developers of the project revealed the fate of the historic Tax Center which currently stands on the site. Read more.

Seamarq Hotel in Gangneung, South Korea Completes before 2018 Winter Olympics


04 Feb 2016, Gangneung, South Korea

Richard Meier & Partners has completed Gangneung’s Seamarq Hotel in South Korea. The project is composed of two main buildings and supporting facilities nestled into a hill of dense pine trees. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Forbes Media Tower in Century City, Makati


03 Feb 2016, Makati, Philippines

Century Properties Group joined Mitsubishi Corporation executives to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Forbes Media Tower. The 35-story office building is planned to have a total gross floor area of approximately 95,000 square meters. Read more.

50-Meter Cube Completed in Beirut


03 Feb 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

The Cube, a 50-meter high residential tower has recently been completed in Beirut, Lebanon. The building contains 19 apartments, ranging in size from 90 to 180 square meters, which offer fantastic views of Beirut and the Mediterranean. Read more.

Proposed Rotating Tower Planned for Dubai in Time for Expo


03 Feb 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Plans to resurrect the rotating Dynamic Tower are back in action, with the architects stating 2020 as the date for completion. The rotation speed and direction of the structure would be controlled by the residents. Read more.