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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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306-Meter Spiral is Moving Forward in New York City


30 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

Plans were recently filed for The Spiral, which will rise 306 meters when complete. Located at 509 West 34th Street site, the 65-story behemoth will primarily cater to office tenants, with some retail on the ground floor. Read more.

Developer Pulls Plans for Twin Gold Coast Towers


30 Sep 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

A proposal for a twin tower project on the Gold Coast has been withdrawn. Developers pulled the plans for Mariner’s Cove on Seaworld Drive after the Gold Coast City Council spelled out 14 reasons for recommending its rejection. Read more.

Construction Scheduled for Wolf Point’s Second Tower in Chicago


30 Sep 2016, Chicago, United States

The developers behind the multi-tower Wolf Point complex are planning to launch the construction of a 66-story apartment tower in early 2017 – the second of three planned towers on the riverside site near Merchandise Mart. Read more.

New York’s One Vanderbilt Moves Ahead as Financing is Secured


29 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

SL Green Realty Corp, New York City's largest commercial property owner, has announced that it has closed on $1.5 billion of construction financing for One Vanderbilt designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Read more.

Swanston Central Hits 95 Percent Pre-Sales As Construction Commences on Melbourne Tower


29 Sep 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Swanston Central, one of the largest residential towers to be constructed in Australia in 2016, has achieved 95 percent pre-sales with buyers flocking to secure space at the 71-story, Elenberg Fraser-designed tower. Read more.

25-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Downtown Atlanta


29 Sep 2016, Atlanta, United States

Currently known as the International Plaza, a recent proposal has been put forward by Lee & Associates for a 25-story hotel, office, and retail tower in central Atlanta. The project will comprise a hotel and retail or office space. Read more.

New York City’s One World Trade Center Receives LEED Gold Certification


28 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

The 94-story One World Trade Center was able to achieve LEED Gold certification due to the diverse range of sustainable features that have been incorporated into its construction, design, and daily operation. Read more.

Sydney's 26-Story 333 Kent Street Tower Sold


28 Sep 2016, Sydney, Australia

The upcoming 26-story office tower at 333 Kent Street has been sold for AUD$88,888,888.88 – a price inspired by the number eight, which is considered the luckiest number in Chinese culture. Read more.

Tribune Tower to be Revamped into Mixed-Use Redevelopment Following Sale


28 Sep 2016, Chicago, United States

A Los Angeles-based developer has officially completed the $240 million purchase of the Tribune Tower, with plans to transform the historic North Michigan Avenue property into a mixed-use redevelopment. Read more.

Transit-Oriented Los Angeles Development Revealed


27 Sep 2016, Los Angeles, United States

A California-based developer has released details for a $2 billion development plan that aims to jumpstart the creation of a new skyscraper district on a 14.5-acre (six-hectare) site at the southern edge of Downtown Los Angeles. Read more.

Architect Wins Planning for HafenCity Tower in Hamburg


27 Sep 2016, Hamburg, Germany

Richard Meier & Partners has won planning for a tower in Hamburg’s HafenCity district. The 16-story building will contain luxury flats for rent and sale on the upper floors, above a new 6,800-square-meter headquarters for Engel & Völkers. Read more.

Singaporean Developer Receives Melbourne Development Permit


27 Sep 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based developer Fragrance Group has received a planning permit for its 555 Collins Street apartment tower, two years after buying the site for more than AUD$75 million (USD$57 million). Read more.

Firm Wins Design Competition for Shanghai's Massive Suzhou Creek Complex


26 Sep 2016, Shanghai, China

A US-based architecture firm has won an international competition to redesign Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China. The new mixed-use development will strengthen connections with nearby destinations, like the M50 Arts District. Read more.

Approval Granted for Redevelopment of London Hilton on Park Lane


26 Sep 2016, London, United Kingdom

The City of Westminster Council has granted approval for the redevelopment of the London Hilton on Park Lane. The 29-story hotel will be revamped to include residential units on the top floors and a new building at the tower's base. Read more.

Twin-Towered Hotel and Residential Project Proposed in Dubai


26 Sep 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Plans have been revealed for a beachfront hotel project in Dubai, dubbed The Address Jumeirah Resort and Spa at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The project includes a pair of 74-story towers at the end of Dubai Marina. Read more.

Construction Progressing on Jeddah’s Upcoming Sail Tower


23 Sep 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Currently under construction, the 64-story Sail Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will include a Shangri-La Hotel, serviced apartments, and condominiums. The tower's design is inspired by the local dhow ships on the Red Sea. Read more.

Baltimore City Council Approves $660 Million for Port Covington Project


23 Sep 2016, Baltimore, United States

The Baltimore City Council has approved a $660 million bond deal for Port Covington – a waterfront, multi-tower development that includes the new Under Armour HQ, as well as shops, housing offices, and manufacturing spaces. Read more.

Empire Landmark in Vancouver Poised to be Demolished


23 Sep 2016, Vancouver, Canada

The 40-story Empire Landmark, which is 44 years old and features a rotating restaurant, is facing the threat of demolition. The current property owners want to replace the old tower with two new high-rises of 28 and 30 stories. Read more.

New Victoria Development in Manchester Receives Planning Approval


23 Sep 2016, Manchester, United Kingdom

A major new scheme for Manchester's Victoria Station, which includes a pair of residential towers of 20 and 25 stories, has been successfully granted planning permission by local authorities. Read more.

Major Tokyo Redevelopment Project Breaks Ground


22 Sep 2016, Tokyo, Japan

Construction is now underway on SOM’s OH-1 redevelopment project in the Otemachi District of Tokyo. Covering a 20,000-square-meter site, the project constitutes one of the largest revitalization projects in Tokyo’s history. Read more.

Sales Launch for 565 Broome SoHo in New York


22 Sep 2016, New York City, United States

New renderings depicting the final design are now available for the 25-story, 115-unit mixed-use building under development at 565 Broome Street in Hudson Square. The renderings come as sales have launched for the project’s condominiums. Read more.

Architects Rework Vauxhall Tower Scheme in London


22 Sep 2016, London, United Kingdom

Stiff + Trevillion has submitted revised plans for a new 37-story mixed-use tower in Vauxhall, south London. Planned to complete in 2020, the distinctive black and white tower will replace a series of warehouses. Read more.

Apartment and Hotel plans for Aotea Square in Auckland Announced


21 Sep 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

The sale of Auckland’s Civic Administration Building in Aotea Square has paved the way for a $200 to $300 million development in the cultural heart of the city, transforming the former office building into a residential precinct. Read more.

City Issues Subpoena over Sinking San Francisco High-Rise


21 Sep 2016, San Francisco, United States

San Francisco's city attorney on September 20 issued a subpoena to the developers of a high-rise that is tilting and has sunk more than a foot, to determine if structural issues were appropriately conveyed to purchasers. Read more.

Two Residential Towers Approved for Liverpool


21 Sep 2016, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Falconer Chester Hall Architects has won planning for two residential towers on Liverpool’s waterfront, including a 34-story private rental sector scheme and a 25-story tower at the opposite end of the waterfront. Read more.

Architect Named in International Competition for Stavanger High-Rise


20 Sep 2016, Stavanger, Norway

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won a design contest to develop a new high-rise tower in the Norwegian city of Stavanger. The winning proposal, known as "Breiavatnet Lanterna," is a dynamic 26-story scheme. Read more.

Chicago’s “Solstice on the Park” Will Begin Construction this Fall


20 Sep 2016, Chicago, United States

The 26-story Studio Gang-designed tower known as Solstice on the Park is finally preparing to break ground just north of Jackson Park on Chicago’s south side after several delays and a significant redesign. Read more.

18-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Kangaroo Point in Brisbane


20 Sep 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Australian property developer JGL Properties has submitted a development application for a new 18-story residential apartment building located at 11 Thornton Street, Kangaroo Point, consisting of 16 full floor residences. Read more.

Updated W Hotel Los Angeles Proposal Features Massive Wrap-Around LED Screen


19 Sep 2016, Los Angeles, United States

An updated set of renderings for the proposed W Hotel Los Angeles development reveal the addition of a massive wrap-around LED screen that will envelop the lower perimeter of all three towers central to the project. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 148-Meter Hai Phong Skyscraper


19 Sep 2016, Hai Phong, Vietnam

A local realty conglomerate held a groundbreaking at the site of an upcoming 45-story tower in Hai Phong. According to the developer, the tower will become the tallest of its kind in Vietnam’s northern coastal region, once completed. Read more.