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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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Developer Commits to Abuja World Trade Center Complex as Surveyors Laud Project


29 Feb 2016, Abuja, Nigeria

The World Trade Center (WTC) Abuja complex, a mixed-use development consisting of luxury residences, AAA offices, and high-end retail, is among several high-profile real estate developments set to be completed in the city by 2016. Read more.

Major Construction Milestone Reached for The Opus in Dubai


29 Feb 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developers have announced that The Opus' offices will be ready and accessible by the second quarter of 2016, and then work will begin on the planned serviced apartments and hotel, scheduled for completion by the second quarter of 2017. Read more.

Manhattan’s 3 Sutton Place Set for Foreclosure Sale by End of February


29 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

A planned 68-story Manhattan condo tower, 3 Sutton Place, will not be materializing along the East River. After defaulting on $128.8 million in loans from its lender, the developer’s site will face a foreclosure sale on February 29. Read more.

Proposed South Bay Skyscraper in Mumbai Designed to Resemble a Ship


29 Feb 2016, Mumbai, India

A 70-meter residential high-rise – dubbed The South Bay – has been designed to resemble a luxurious cruise ship ready to set sail. To complete the illusion, residences will have floor to ceiling windows offering views of the sea. Read more.

Biscayne Boulevard Church to be incorporated into Condominium in Miami


26 Feb 2016, Miami, United States

A church at 1836 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami is set to be preserved and incorporated into a 38-story condominium development. The developer has also been able to net millions in Transferable Development Rights for the project. Read more.

87-Story Water-Front Skyscraper Proposed in Brisbane


26 Feb 2016, Brisbane, Australia

A proposed 87-story residential tower at 240 Margaret Street, which has incorporated water into its design, will directly front the Kangaroo Point cliffs, Brisbane River, and the City Botanic Gardens. Read more.

Chicago’s Marina City Complex Officially Named City Landmark


26 Feb 2016, Chicago, United States

Officials unanimously voted in favor of declaring the historic Marina City complex a city landmark. The four-building complex, built between 1960 and 1967, was the first planned development project in Chicago. Read more.

New York’s Via 57 West set to Open in March


25 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

Via 57 West, the tetrahedron-shaped Manhattan apartment tower designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and developed by the Durst Organization, is preparing to welcome its first group of tenants in March. Read more.

Excavation Begins for Drummond Condominiums in Montreal


25 Feb 2016, Montreal, Canada

Construction on the two-tower Drummond Condominiums in Downtown Montreal is set to begin soon, with heavy machinery already excavating one floor below grade. The apartment complex is targeting "active professionals." Read more.

Renderings Revealed for Radical Complex Design in Toronto


24 Feb 2016, Toronto, Canada

The still-unnamed proposal for a highly sculptural courtyard building comprises about 725,000 square feet (67,355 square meters) of gross floor area, and plans call for more than 500 apartment units – a high density for the site. Read more.

Design Competition Winners Announced for Shanghai’s Financial Street Railway Station Complex


24 Feb 2016, Shanghai, China

Winners of the design competition for a new 264,000-square-meter mixed-use complex in Shanghai have been announced. Developed by Financial Street Holdings Co. Ltd., it will be located just north of the Shanghai Railway Station. Read more.

Controversial New Scotland Yard Towers Poised for Approval in Westminster, London


24 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

Westminster planners have recommended approval for the redevelopment of New Scotland Yard, despite criticism of its scale. The plans call for the demolition of the Metropolitan Police headquarters on Victoria Street. Read more.

Six-Tower Luxury Complex Launched in Dubai


23 Feb 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

DAMAC Properties on February 20 announced the launch of a Dh 7.4 billion (US $2 billion) project in Dubai – “Aykon City.” The six-tower luxury project on Sheikh Zayed Road is set to be completed in 2021. Read more.

Hyperions Project Envisions High-Rise Ecosystem for New Delhi


23 Feb 2016, New Delhi, India

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a high-rise vision called Hyperions, a study that aims to combine sustainable food systems, sky bridges, and mixed-use programming in six connected timber towers. Read more.

British Government Approves Proposal for Theatre Square in London


22 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

The 24-story, mixed-use Theatre Square project in Swiss Cottage has finally received approval from government officials after an initial rejection in 2014 by the London Borough of Camden. Read more.

Pacific Gate Opens for Preview in Downtown San Diego


22 Feb 2016, San Diego, United States

New details and renderings have been revealed for the luxury residential Pacific Gate, which just opened for preview. It will be 41 stories tall and will contain 215 two- and three- bedroom residences. Read more.

Architectural Firm Chosen for 152 East 87th Street in Manhattan


22 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

A New York City-based architectural firm has been selected to design 152 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The project will convert a former garage site into a 19-story luxury apartment complex. Read more.

Planners Approve West India Quay’s Hertsmere House, Which Will Be the Tallest Residential Tower in London


19 Feb 2016, London, United States

The tallest residential tower in London will be built by West India Quay. Tower Hamlets councilors cleared the plans for Hertsmere House on Thursday February 18 despite hearing objections from neighbors about overshadowing and density. Read more.

Inventive Skyscraper Hotel Proposed in Berlin


19 Feb 2016, Berlin, Germany

An architecture firm has proposed an inventive skyscraper hotel in Berlin that features overlapping volumes and a patterned, metallic façade. The proposed high-rise aims to become an emblematic building for the city. Read more.

Developers Launch Sales for Affordable Condominium Complex in Cebu


19 Feb 2016, Cebu, Philippines

A developer has launched sales for the second building of Casa Mira Towers, a condominium project at the southern outskirts of Cebu. With construction set to start in April, 80 percent of the units in Tower 1 have already been sold. Read more.

Plans Submitted for 73-Story Tower that would be Brooklyn’s Tallest


18 Feb 2016, New York City, United States

Two developers have submitted plans in recent weeks for a 1,066-foot (325-meter) building in Downtown Brooklyn, which would be almost twice as tall as anything surrounding it and the first supertall in New York City outside Manhattan. Read more.

External Cladding Audit Finds Fault with 83 Melbourne High-Rises


18 Feb 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) says just over half of 170 buildings audited buildings were found to be non-compliant in using external wall cladding materials that failed the combustibility requirements for a high-rise. Read more.

Construction to Begin on New Streeterville Residential Tower in Chicago


18 Feb 2016, Chicago, United States

The Chicago skyline is preparing for one more tall tower to join the crowd. The high-rise project planned for 451 E. Grand Avenue in Streeterville is moving forward, and now has a rough construction timeline. Read more.

Construction Start Date Set for the Hyundai Global Business Center in Seoul


17 Feb 2016, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul city officials announced on February 10 that construction is scheduled to begin on the Hyundai Global Business Center complex's 105-story main tower in early 2017. Five other buildings will be included in the complex. Read more.

Fate Uncertain for Unfinished Potala Tower in Seattle


17 Feb 2016, Seattle, United States

Investors are asking a federal judge to reject a court-appointed receiver's proposal to sell the unfinished Potala Tower in downtown Seattle according to filings in federal court dated to February 16. Read more.

Updated Renderings Approved for South London’s Vauxhall Square


17 Feb 2016, London, United Kingdom

The Lambeth Council has granted permission to developers to increase the amount of office space for the Vauxhall Square mixed-use complex within the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration area of south London. Read more.

Cape Town’s Triangle House to be Converted into Hotel and Apartment Units


16 Feb 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

The 114-meter Triangle House is in the process of being converted from office space into a hotel and apartment high-rise. When completed, the building will be home to the tallest residential units in the city. Read more.

Curving Residential Tower Proposed for Aarhus, Denmark


16 Feb 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

An architecture firm has designed a new residential tower in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. The tower has been designed as low cost, high quality housing suitable for young people and families. Read more.

Luxury Residential High-Rise Announced for San Antonio Riverwalk


16 Feb 2016, San Antonio, United States

A Dallas-based developer has announced plans to build a 30-story, luxury residential high-rise in San Antonio. The project, JMJ Towers River Walk, will bring 201 studio-, one-, and two- bedroom apartments to downtown San Antonio. Read more.

Site Prep Begins on Melbourne’s Skinniest Tower


16 Feb 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Site work has begun on a slender Bates Smart-designed residential tower in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). The developer claims that the tower, dubbed Collins House, will be one of the world’s skinniest. Read more.