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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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Man Attempting Climbing Stunt in Changsha Falls 54 Stories to His Death


11 Dec 2017, Changsha, China

A Chinese “rooftopping” star fell to his death while performing a stunt in November 2017. Police have confirmed that Wu Yongning fell to his death from the 54-story Huayuan Centre in Changsha, Hunan. Read more.

Frisco's $2 Billion Wade Park Project Facing Legal Woes for Millions in Unpaid Bills


11 Dec 2017, Frisco, United States

A big chunk of Frisco, Texas’ famous $5 billion mile on the periphery of Dallas has hit a bump in the road, as multiple construction companies involved in the Wade Park project are taking legal action for unpaid bills. Read more.

New Luxury Hotel Planned for Adelaide


11 Dec 2017, Adelaide, Australia

South Australia’s Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has conceived a plan to address Adelaide’s hotel shortage and attract tourism by building a six-star hotel on the River Torrens. Read more.

London’s Grenfell Tower Investigation Looks into Possible Public Office Offenses


11 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

Almost 400 companies are being investigated for possible offenses, including corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety laws, over their role in the construction or refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. Read more.

As Generali Tower Completes, Milan’s CityLife District Set to See 7 Million Visitors a Year


08 Dec 2017, Milan, Italy

Located above Tre Torri station on the M5 line of Milan’s Metro network, CityLife Shopping District will integrate a new public park with indoor and outdoor piazzas, a food hall, restaurants, cafés, shops, and a cinema. Read more.

Architect Proposes “Inverted Cone” to Protect Manchester’s City Core from Skyscrapers


08 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Of the 45 tallest skyscrapers under construction in the UK, seven are in Manchester, with the rest in London. This has prompted an architect to propose an "inverted core" to protect the city core from inappropriately tall skyscrapers. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Proposed 32-Story Hill Street Tower Moves Forward


08 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A proposal to construct a high-rise building behind the popular Ace Hotel in Los Angeles will take an important step forward in December 2017, when the project goes before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Read more.

New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi


07 Dec 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates

An upcoming 76,000-square-meter tower precinct will become the centerpiece of the new Makers District in Abu Dhabi. Called Pixel, the project will facilitate a range of uses in seven towers, wrapping around the central plaza. Read more.

Sweeping Rezoning of New York’s East Harlem Greenlights Wave of New Development


07 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

After rounds of contentious public hearings and protests from those on both sides of the debate, the New York City Council unanimously approved a wide-ranging rezoning for the East Harlem neighborhood. Read more.

Approval Granted for Beachfront Tower in Gold Coast


07 Dec 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A six-star development on Broadbeach’s Wharf Road has been granted planning permit approval by the Gold Coast City Council. The beachfront tower will be among the most slender towers in the world, standing at 165 meters high and 12 meters wide. Read more.

Plan for Chicago Tower Hits Obstacle


07 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

A planned 51-story tower on Wacker Drive has run into an unexpected obstacle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the project for potential “adverse effect” from demolishing an architecturally significant building. Read more.

Norwegian Tall Timber Building Nearly Reaches Halfway Point


07 Dec 2017, Brumunddal, Norway

A Norwegian developer is claiming to be constructing the world's next tallest timber building, which has nearly reached the halfway point. Spanning over 18 floors, the mixed-use building will reach 80 meters high. Read more.

Multi-Tower Development Announced for Dallas’ Midtown


06 Dec 2017, Dallas, United States

A New York real estate investor is teaming up with a Dallas developer to build up to 1 million square feet (92,903 square meters) of office space as part of a mixed-use project in Far North Dallas. Read more.

Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Undergo Major Renovations in 2018


06 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai will be shutting its doors for a few months next year while it undergoes major renovations from mid-May to early October 2018. The hotel will relaunch in time for its 21st anniversary celebration in December 2018. Read more.

570 Broome Street Tops Out in New York City’s Hudson Square


06 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

Construction is moving swiftly at New York City's 570 Broome Street, and the 25-story high-rise has officially topped out. The site is rising in Hudson Square, which is rapidly filling with new residential developments. Read more.

Milan World Expo Site to be Redeveloped into Theme Park


06 Dec 2017, Milan, Italy

The winners of an international competition to reimagine Milan’s former World Expo site will build a 10-million-square-foot (929,030-square-meter) theme park for science and technology that includes a neighborhood for self-driving cars. Read more.

New Residential Development in Beirut Completed


05 Dec 2017, Beirut, Lebanon

Designed to respond directly to the site and culture of Beirut, Lebanon, the 3Beirut residential tower has completed, and will create a sustainable residential and retail development in the heart of the city. Read more.

Winner Selected for Brussels Delta Tower Competition


05 Dec 2017, Brussels, Belgium

A Japanese/Belgian design team has won an international design competition for a new tower in the outer Brussels municipality of Auderghem. The scheme would activate a triangular site at a prominent city corner. Read more.

Planning Permission Granted for Modular Tower in London


05 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

Planning permission has been granted for a 44-story tower that will be built from nearly 1,500 modules manufactured offsite. The development will provide 546 homes to rent, an art gallery, and a café. Read more.

New Details Emerge for Multi-Tower Block 675 Redevelopment in New York City


05 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

New renderings have been released for the Block 675 redevelopment, located just southwest of the Hudson Yards supertalls. The site sits on the corner of 30th Street and 11th Avenue, and will comprise more than 1,200 apartments. Read more.

Honolulu “Poor Door” for High-Rise Renters Under Fire


04 Dec 2017, Honolulu, United States

A real estate developer in Hawaii is under scrutiny for its plans to build a residential high-rise that has two separate entrances: one for high-income residents and another for low-income earners. Read more.

Montreal’s Arbora to Become One of World’s Largest Mass Timber Projects


04 Dec 2017, Montreal, Canada

Comprising three eight-story buildings totaling just shy of 600,000 square feet (55,741 square meters), the Arbora Complex near downtown Montreal is one of the largest mass timber projects in the world. Read more.

Teenager’s Daredevil Stunts on Mumbai High-Rises Raise Security Concerns


04 Dec 2017, Mumbai, India

Videos and photographs of a 17-year-old mechanical engineering student performing daredevil stunts on a high-rise under construction in Mumbai have gone viral on social media, leading to security concerns. Read more.

Melbourne Builder Finally Agrees to Replace Flammable Cladding on Lacrosse Towers


04 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Three years after fire ripped through 15 floors in a matter of minutes, the builder behind the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne’s Docklands has agreed to replace the combustible cladding on the tower. Read more.

Design Selected for Huafa International Seafront Garden in Zhuhai


04 Dec 2017, Zhuhai, China

With the recent design competition win of Huafa International Seafront Garden, an international partnership of architects and designers has been selected for a third major project in the Shizimen CBD, a new financial hub of Zhuhai, China. Read more.

Plans Lodged for Oakland’s Next Tallest Building


01 Dec 2017, Oakland, United States

A new project aims to bring the Oakland's East Bay its newest – and tallest – mixed-use tower. The forthcoming 36-story building will be located at 1261 Harrison Street and comprise 185 apartment units, office space, and commercial uses. Read more.

Apartment Fire Kills 10 in Tianjin


01 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

A skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, December 1, 2017. The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m. on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city center. Read more.

Two 30-Story Towers Coming to Downtown Hamilton, Canada


01 Dec 2017, Hamilton, Canada

A CAD300 million (USD235 million) residential development is coming to Hamilton's downtown. The two-tower scheme is planned for the corner of King and Hughson streets, and would put an indelible stamp on the skyline. Read more.