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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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Singapore’s Oasia Downtown Officially Completes After Hotel Opening


18 Apr 2016, Singapore, Singapore

After nearly four years of construction beginning in 2012, the 27-story Oasia Downtown in Singapore’s central business district (CBD) was officially completed on April 18, when the hotel began accepting guests. Read more.

Long-Planned Madrid Skyscraper Could Become the Tallest in the EU


18 Apr 2016, Madrid, Spain

A proposed 70-story tower is the flagship of an urban expansion project already twenty years in the making that will include five additional skyscrapers. If built, the structure could be the tallest in the European Union (EU). Read more.

Construction Commences on Belgrade Waterfront’s “Kula Belgrade”


18 Apr 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

After a groundbreaking ceremony, construction has begun on the Belgrade Waterfront complex’s Kula Belgrade – the tallest hotel and residential building in the master planned community situated along the Sava River in Belgrade. Read more.

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Sold for $315 Million


18 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

An Oxford Capital Group, LLC-led venture with Angelo, Gordon announced on April 17 the $315 million sale and 25-year lease-management back of LondonHouse Chicago to Germany's Union Investment Real Estate. Read more.

Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans to Build Two Towers in Central Tokyo


15 Apr 2016, Tokyo, Japan

German firm Ingenhoven Architects has revealed plans to build two towers in Tokyo’s Toranomon district as part of a new business and lifestyle precinct. A proposed 220-meter tower would be the tallest residential high-rise in the city. Read more.

Residential Tower to Launch at Sydney Olympic Park


15 Apr 2016, Sydney, Australia

A local developer is about to launch the first apartment tower on Olympic Boulevard at Olympic Park in Sydney. Designed by Bates Smart, the tower's design features a unique boomerang shape intended to increase exposure to sunlight. Read more.

London’s Millbank Tower Revamp Approved


15 Apr 2016, London, United Kingdom

A controversial scheme to convert the Millbank Tower from office programming into flats and a hotel has been approved by Westminster councilors despite objections from local heritage and conservation groups. Read more.

High-Rise Hotel Proposed in Chicago’s River North


15 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

A high-rise hotel has been proposed on Clark Street near the Chicago River. Slated to replace a rug store and a relatively small parking lot, the HKS Architects-designed tower will expand northward as it rises. Read more.

Four 55-Story Towers Planned for Ottawa Transit Junction


14 Apr 2016, Ottawa, Canada

A triangular piece of Ottawa property at the future junction of two transit lines could become home to a dense cluster of high-rises, with four 55-story high-rises proposed for the transit-oriented site. Read more.

Sale Pending on Sydney Ribbon Hotel Project


14 Apr 2016, Sydney, Australia

Grocon has chosen a heavyweight Chinese consortium to buy the AUD$700 million (USD$540 million) Ribbon hotel development it has proposed on the site of the IMAX cinema at Darling Harbour, according to The Australian. Read more.

30-Story London Tower Receives Planning Consent After Height Reduction


14 Apr 2016, London, United Kingdom

A 30-story tower by Squire & Partners has won planning after eight stories were lopped from the height. Westminster council approved the 700-home West End Green development at a meeting on April 12. Read more.

OMA Reveals Design for its First Skyscraper in Tokyo


13 Apr 2016, Tokyo, Japan

A glass skyscraper with an elevated garden has been proposed for the emerging Toranomon Hills business district. The skyscraper is one of three mixed-use blocks proposed by Japanese property developer Mori Building for the area. Read more.

Rafael Moneo Designs Luxury Condo Towers for the Miami Waterfront


13 Apr 2016, Miami, United States

Two towers designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo have been proposed for the ageing Jockey Club complex, located at 11111 Biscayne Boulevard in north Miami. The project is one of several by high-profile architects in the city. Read more.

New York City is Seeing a “Penthouse Correction” in Luxury Apartment Prices


12 Apr 2016, New York City, United States

Of the 261 penthouse units for sale in Manhattan as of April 1, more than 35 percent of them had price chops since being listed, according to data compiled by listings portal StreetEasy at The Real Deal’s request. Read more.

Lebanon’s Tallest Building Almost Fully Clad


12 Apr 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

The soon-to-be tallest building in Lebanon is rising above the vibrant streets of Beirut, its largest city. The tower's position in Beirut's Sodeco area puts it within arm's reach of numerous shops, theaters, and restaurants. Read more.

Bouygues to Build La Defensé Tower Funded by Emirati Investments


12 Apr 2016, Courbevoie, France

Bouygues has won a €200 million (USD$227 million) order to build a 150-meter-tall tower in La Defensé, the financial district of Paris, that is being developed by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Read more.

Plans Submitted for Manchester’s Tallest Tower


12 Apr 2016, Manchester, United Kingdom

SimpsonHaugh and Partners has submitted plans for what could become Manchester’s tallest building. The scheme features a 64-story tower along with three neighboring blocks of 37, 44, and 50 stories. Read more.

New Details Revealed for Proposed Observation Tower in Dubai


11 Apr 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New details have been revealed for an observation tower that could become the tallest man-made structure in Dubai. It was announced that the tower would be "a notch" taller than the 828-meter Burj Khalifa – the world’s current tallest building. Read more.

Multi-Tower Development Planned for Foshan


11 Apr 2016, Foshan, China

Midea-Young covers a total site area of approximately 380,000 square meters, including a total of nine tower blocks planned to hold nearly 3,000 residential units. One of the main attractions of the project is its outdoor recreational facilities. Read more.

Construction Start on Chicago’s 113 East Roosevelt Street Tower Scheduled for June


11 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

After following the City of Chicago’s zoning and design review protocols to the letter, an upcoming 76-story, 792-unit residential tower at 113 East Roosevelt Street is scheduled to break ground in June 2016. Read more.

Proposal for an 80-Story Wooden Skyscraper Presented to London Mayor


08 Apr 2016, London, United Kingdom

Plans for an 80-story timber skyscraper rising from the Barbican complex were presented to London Mayor Boris Johnson on April 7. If built, the toothpick-like concept would be the city’s second tallest tower after The Shard. Read more.

Photos Show Construction Progress for Bogotá’s Tallest Skyscraper


08 Apr 2016, Bogotá, Colombia

The BD Bacatá complex’s two towers – 216 and 260 meters in height – are the first skyscrapers to be built in Colombia in 35 years. More notably, the project is the very first in the world to be financed through crowdfunding. Read more.

Montreal’s Two-Tower YUL Condominium Reaches Ground Level


08 Apr 2016, Montreal, Canada

In December 2015, YUL – a two-tower condominium development in Montreal – showed below-grade work progressing on the five-floor underground parking garage. Since then, the project has hit ground level. Read more.

Development Agreement Would Transform Chicago’s Historic Cook County Hospital Building


08 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

Cook County Board President has plans to announce a development agreement that would transform the historic Cook County Hospital building into a hotel, apartments, and shops – phase one of four in a 6.5 hectare project. Read more.

International Hotel Chain Working with Developers on Minneapolis Hotel


07 Apr 2016, Minneapolis, United States

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is now involved in the makeover of the Nicollet Hotel Block in downtown Minneapolis. The Canadian company has been advising the development team on the design of a 35-story tower. Read more.

Hanoi Regulates High-Rise Building Areas


07 Apr 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Hanoi People’s Committee has issued regulations on the general planning and management of high-rises in the five main districts of Hanoi. The regulations specify conditions on the location and construction of the buildings. Read more.

Mixed-Use High-Rise Complex Proposed for Downtown Nashville


07 Apr 2016, Nashville, United States

Real-estate development company Smithfield Properties LLC is joining forces with local entrepreneurs to propose a mixed-use real-estate development at the southern edge of downtown Nashville consisting of three towers. Read more.

Designer Proposed for Luxury Hotel in Hawalli, Kuwait


07 Apr 2016, Hawalli, Kuwait

An architecture firm has been appointed as the lead consultant for a new luxury four-star hotel, which is estimated to rise to 110 meters in height and include 122 rooms along with a number of other amenities. Read more.

Victorian Planning Minister Approves Shorter Version of 447 Collins Street


06 Apr 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Construction is expected to begin on the mixed-use 447 Collins Street skyscraper before the end of 2016, after Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne reached agreement with the developer on a scaled-down version of the project. Read more.

Toronto Considers Requiring More Space Between Tall Buildings


06 Apr 2016, Toronto, Canada

As part of TOcore – a study by Toronto's City Planning on positively managing growth downtown – a public consultation was held for downtown residents who had a chance to discuss appropriate distances between high-rise buildings. Read more.