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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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Raffles City Chongqing Begins Lifting Giant Skybridge

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15 Dec 2017, Chongqing, China

Raffles City Chongqing, a distinctive complex of buildings in the heart of the city, has begun the weeklong process of lifting a 300-meter-long platform into its final position, where it will bridge four tall towers. Read more.


Controversial Perth Tower Proposal Rejected

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15 Dec 2017, Perth, Australia

A contentious proposal for two towers at Perth’s Scarborough Beach, which would have risen four times higher than the area’s maximum permissible height, has been rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). Read more.


Detroit Breaks Ground on Its Next Tallest Tower

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15 Dec 2017, Detroit, United States

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were on hand for the groundbreaking of what will be the tallest building in Michigan. The project is now expected to rise to 800 feet (244 meters). Read more.


Dubai’s Gate Avenue Aims to Lease 90% of Units Before Completion

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14 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Financial Centre, the emirate's financial free zone, aims to lease 90 percent of units at its Dh1billion (US$272 million) Gate Avenue retail development before it opens in 2018. Read more.


Tower Design Approved for Assembly Building in Amaravati, India

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14 Dec 2017, Amaravati, India

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has approved the design of the Amaravati Legislative Assembly building from two options. However, the final decision will only be made after public feedback. Read more.


Proposal for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Goes Back to Drawing Board

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14 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

An ambitious development that would fill in the last major piece of downtown Chicago’s multi-phase Lakeshore East neighborhood with three new high-rises will not move forward as presented in July 2017. Read more.


Chaoyang Park Plaza Completes in Beijing

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13 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

The Chaoyang Park Plaza, positioned on the southern edge of Beijing’s Chaoyang Park, has completed. The 220,000-square-meter complex includes 10 buildings, which unfold as a classic shanshui painting on an urban scale. Read more.


UK Cities Spending Billions in Post-Grenfell Retrofits

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13 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety measures in tower blocks have cost United Kingdom’s councils and housing associations billions in retrofits, prompting arguments over who should pay for the measures. Read more.


$2 Billion “Millennium Square” Precinct Launched in Brisbane

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13 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

News Corp. has confirmed plans to develop a AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) "world-class innovation and media hub," which will comprise 44,000 square meters of commercial space and 42,000 square meters of retail. Read more.


Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture Emerges in Taipei

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13 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

The emerging Lè Architecture building in the Nangang district of Taipei, Taiwan – which drew design inspiration from the shape of river pebbles – is set to redefine the city’s rapidly developing skyline. Read more.


Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Tops Out

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12 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre has topped out in Tianjin, China, and is on pace to be completed in 2018. A striking new landmark, the 530-meter-tall, 96-story skyscraper will comprise office space, serviced apartments, and a five-star hotel. Read more.


Maryland's Tallest Residential Tower Now Topped Out in Baltimore

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12 Dec 2017, Baltimore, United States

Baltimore's newest skyscraper has topped out, 44 stories above Light Street as it approaches its planned 2018 occupancy. 414 Light Street will be the tallest residential building in the state of Maryland. Read more.


Twin Towers Planned for Taipei

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12 Dec 2017, Taipei, China

Life insurers, property developers, and hotel operators have voiced an interest in a development project known as the “Gate of Taipei,” which will be built on a site near the Taipei Railway Station. Read more.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.