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CTBUH Global News

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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Mass Timber Building Begins to Take Shape in Vancouver


18 May 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Brock Commons Phase 1 is beginning to take shape at the University of British Columbia. Beyond the concrete core, the structure will be composed of cross-laminated timber floor slabs, glulam columns, and steel connectors. Read more.

Council Grants Approval for Salford’s Tallest Building


18 May 2016, Salford, United Kingdom

Salford council has approved plans to build a 44-story residential tower at Exchange Court in the Greengate neighborhood. The 130-meter-high housing scheme will become the tallest building in the city when complete. Read more.

Construction of SkyCity Tower in Winnipeg Expected to Begin in 2017


18 May 2016, Winnipeg, Canada

Construction of what is being touted as the city's tallest building – the proposed 47-story SkyCity Centre on Graham Avenue – will hopefully get underway sometime in 2017, a spokesman for the developer said on May 17. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status


17 May 2016, Shanghai, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. Read more.

Permits Filed for 66-Story Tower at 43-30 24th Street in Long Island City, New York


17 May 2016, New York City, United States

Long Island City in Queens is quickly becoming home to some of the tallest towers outside of Manhattan. A new proposal for a 703-foot (214-meter) high-rise at 43-30 24th Street would add to that reputation. Read more.

Mixed-Use Gold Tower Set for Approval in Brisbane


17 May 2016, Brisbane, Australia

The AUS$270 million (USD$198 million) Aria Property Group development at 171 Edward Street will reportedly include 642 residential units, two levels of office space, and retail space occupied by luxury brands Hermès and Rolex. Read more.

Office and Residential Tower Proposed above South Station in Boston


17 May 2016, Boston, United States

A new partnership is poised to take action in an attempt to build a high-rise over Boston's South Station transit hub. The joint venture has proposed a 51-story mixed-use tower that would include office and residential programming. Read more.

32-Story Volumetric Modular Building Topped Out in Brooklyn


16 May 2016, New York City, United States

461 Dean Street has topped out in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by SHoP architects, the 32-story structure is set to become the first residential building to open at Pacific Park, a nine-hectare site undergoing rapid redevelopment. Read more.

Mixed-Use Tower at 54-65 Clarke Street Proposed in Melbourne


16 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Approval is being sought for a mixed-use Southbank skyscraper that resembles a flower. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, 51-65 Clarke Street would surpass the 200-meter mark in a pocket of Southbank nestled alongside the West Gate Freeway. Read more.

San Francisco Approves Plans for Oceanwide Center


13 May 2016, San Francisco, United States

Foster + Partners has won planning approval for a pair of faceted glass skyscrapers in San Francisco, which will be among the tallest buildings in the city. The pair of mixed-use towers is known collectively as the Oceanwide Center. Read more.

Construction Begins for Aktivhaus in Frankfurt


13 May 2016, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Construction has begun for what is set to become the tallest residential building in Germany. A key part of the Skyline Plaza complex in Frankfurt, the 47-story Aktivhaus will become a beacon of green design. Read more.

Riverfront Construction Could Raise Ho Chi Minh City’s Temperature According to Expert


13 May 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is already known for its sweltering heat and tropical climate. Now, according to a local architect, riverfront high-rise development is poised to raise the temperature of the inner city by blocking cooling breezes. Read more.

Vertical Forest Mountain Development Planned for Xingyi City


12 May 2016, Xingyi City, China

A hotel in the form of a vertical forest mountain is planned for Xingyi City in Guizhou province, southwest China. The area is revered for its outstanding natural beauty, which was almost entirely inaccessible until 2014 when a railway was built. Read more.

World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building


12 May 2016, Shanghai, China

A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the new technology to an elevator in China’s Shanghai Tower. Read more.

Topping Out Ceremony Held for Miami’s Biscayne Beach


12 May 2016, Miami, United States

Biscayne Beach celebrated a major construction milestone with a topping out ceremony. The highly anticipated 51-story Miami beachfront condo development has already sold approximately 99 percent of all available units. Read more.

25-Story Office Tower Planned for Downtown Austin


12 May 2016, Austin, United States

A 25-story tower with nearly 19,500 square meters of Class-A office space has been proposed at 405 Colorado Street. The office building will be in the heart of downtown Austin’s bustling Warehouse District. Read more.

Phnom Penh Government Approves 133-Story Skyscraper


11 May 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Phnom Penh government has given final approval for a planned 133-story, twin-tower development intended to complete by 2018. If finished today, the two towers would be tied as the sixth tallest buildings in the world. Read more.

Construction Begins On New York City’s 3 Hudson Boulevard, Even Without Anchor Tenant


11 May 2016, New York City, United States

A developer has decided to proceed with construction on 3 Hudson Boulevard, even without an anchor tenant in place. Work has already begun on the foundation of the 66-story building, as the developer continues to seek a tenant. Read more.

Quezon City’s Magnolia Residences Tops Out Third Tower


11 May 2016, Quezon City, Philippines

The developers of Magnolia Residences, a four-tower master planned condominium development, recently held a topping out ceremony for Tower C. The structural completion of the third tower signals its turnover of units by 2017. Read more.

Three-Tower Development Approved to for Melbourne Convention Centre Site


11 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

A USD$148 million, three-tower development has received approval to be built on the former Melbourne Convention Centre site at 7-23 Spencer Street. The towers will range from 27 to 34 stories with sloping green roofs. Read more.

World’s Tallest Elevator Testing Tower Planned for Shanghai


10 May 2016, Shanghai, China

An elevator manufacturer plans to build a 270-meter-high above-ground elevator test tower, anticipated to be the tallest in the world upon completion. The test tower will be part of the firm’s new global research and development facility. Read more.

Zaha Hadid’s Melbourne Tower Nears Planning Approval


10 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia

A proposed 54-story tower was referred to Victoria’s planning minister for approval without consideration by the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee, meaning the project is now closer to obtaining a planning permit. Read more.

Developers Add 12 Floors to Tour des Canadiens 2 in Montreal


10 May 2016, Montreal, Canada

Sales have been so successful since the launch of Tour des Canadiens 2 that developers have announced the addition of 12 more floors to the Montreal condo. The tower will now include 575 units housed within 49 stories. Read more.

New Details Emerge for River North Tower that Would Connect To Chicago Landmark


10 May 2016, Chicago, United States

The first public meeting for River North's proposed 31-story, 120-meter mixed-use tower to be located at 330 North Clark Street took place at the Reid-Murdoch Center – a landmarked building that will soon share its site with the proposed tower. Read more.

San José Experiencing High-Rise Building Boom


09 May 2016, San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rican cities across the Greater Metropolitan Area are experiencing a major high-rise building boom fueled by a combination of changing consumer preferences, more attractive housing credit, and quality of life concerns. Read more.

Community Members Express Opposition Towards Skipton House Complex in London


09 May 2016, London, United Kingdom

Several community members have expressed concerns over a proposed 40-story complex at Elephant and Castle. Those opposed to the Skipton House claim that it will negatively impact the historic Metro Central Heights building. Read more.

Madison Avenue Building Undergoing Major Retrofit in New York City


09 May 2016, New York City, United States

The 25-story 380 Madison Avenue – a hulking Manhattan office building with opaque glass – is currently wrapped in scaffolding and construction material as it undergoes a major renovation under the new name 390 Madison Avenue. Read more.

Sports and Entertainment Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Detroit


06 May 2016, Detroit, United States

Designs for a sports and entertainment development planned for Detroit have been revealed. The complex, called the MLS Stadium and District, will consist of four mixed-use towers, a stadium, a training facility, retail, and parking. Read more.

Winning Three-Tower Design Slated for Parramatta


06 May 2016, Sydney, Australia

A winning design has been chosen to replace the former site of the Cumberland Newspaper headquarters in Parramatta, Western Sydney. The proposal comprises three mixed-use towers, including a 60-, 25-, and 35-story building. Read more.

New Renderings Released for West Chelsea’s SkyBox in New York


06 May 2016, New York City, United States

Combining new construction and rehabilitation, and marrying ostentatious high-end condos with affordable rentals and an art museum/gallery, the project dubbed Chelsea SkyBox will satiate a wide spectrum of urbanites. Read more.