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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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Skyscraper Construction Failure Forces Evacuation of Over a Dozen Buildings in San Francisco


16 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

A construction failure at a partially built skyscraper in downtown San Francisco forced the evacuation of a dozen nearby buildings in the SoMa neighborhood, the city's fire department said on Wednesday, February 15. Read more.

Apartment Sales Launched at Majakka Tower in Helsinki


15 Feb 2017, Helsinki, Finland

Sales of apartments in Majakka – the first residential tower building at the REDI complex – began on February 15, 2017, to great interest. Currently, around 90 percent of the apartments have been reserved. Read more.

Revised Artists’ Alley Presented at Design Review Panel in Toronto


15 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Design Review Panel considered a slightly scaled down version of plans for Artists' Alley – a mixed-use, three-tower development on a block of land between St. Patrick and Simcoe Streets, just south of Dundas. Read more.

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Deemed Safe, for Now, as Legal Issues Continue


15 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

Although Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches and titled two at its base, inspectors have deemed the building safe, at this time. Inspections entailed evaluation of electrical, plumbing, and life-safety systems, among other components. Read more.

Stalled Seoul Supertall Could be Resuming Construction


14 Feb 2017, Seoul, South Korea

Construction of the Parc1 complex has been on hold since 2011, but the long-stalled site appears to have some life yet, as crews check erosion and structural stability ahead of the anticipated re-installation of a tower crane. Read more.

New York’s 50 West Street Completes


14 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

The 64-story skyscraper at 50 West Street is complete as it readies for resident occupancy. The building now has a temporary certificate of occupancy, and owners are expected to start moving in over the next few months. Read more.

Beirut Terraces Tower Takes Shape in Lebanon


14 Feb 2017, Beirut, Lebanon

In 2010, Herzog & de Meuron revealed plans for Beirut Terraces, the firm’s first residential project in Lebanon. Now, with the project nearing full completion, photographs detail the building’s distinct layered composition. Read more.

Glazing Climbs Up 30-Story Pierce Boston


13 Feb 2017, Boston, United States

Construction work on Pierce Boston – a triangular, 30-story residential tower – is steadily progressing. Recent photos show that crews are now applying much of the concrete building with its royal blue skin. Read more.

30-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Wharf Street in Brisbane


13 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted an application to build a 30-story residential tower at 152 Wharf Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Brisbane. The proposal consists of 197 apartments of varying layouts and three ground-floor retail tenancies. Read more.

Podium in Place for 33-Story Alter in Toronto


13 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

In the time since construction began on Toronto's Alter in November 2016, work on the four-story podium has advanced and is now wrapping up, marking a major milestone in the project's gradual ascent to a height of 33 stories. Read more.

Conservationists Call for Public Inquiry for St. Michael’s Development in Manchester


13 Feb 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Conservationists are calling on the secretary of state to hold a public inquiry into plans for the St. Michael’s development in Manchester. A primary concern is the planned demolition of historic buildings on Jackson’s Row near Town Hall. Read more.

Timber Office Tower Proposed for Brisbane


10 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Continuing the trend for innovative timber construction, 5 King – a high-performance office building proposed for the Brisbane Showgrounds – is to become the tallest engineered timber building in Australia, according to developers. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for New York City’s 45 Park Place


10 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

New renderings have been revealed for the 43-story, 50-unit mixed-use tower under development at 45 Park Place in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Meanwhile, depictions inside the future tower have also been released. Read more.

Toronto's CN Tower Reimagined as Residential High-Rise Covered in Wooden Pods


10 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

Clusters of apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal. According to the vision, the modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-meter communications tower. Read more.

Local Broker Discusses Development in Sydney


09 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Sydney. Read more.

Architects Release Revised Designs for Transbay Tower in San Francisco


09 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

Pelli Clark Pelli with HKS Architects has made design revisions to their Transbay Parcel F proposal, the final building expected to rise within the transformative Transbay District in San Francisco. Read more.

Contractor Selected for Wood Skyscraper in Brumunddal


09 Feb 2017, Brumunddal, Norway

A contractor has been selected for Mjøstårnet, which is expected to become the tallest wood skyscraper in the world at 80 meters. The structure features extensive applications of cross-laminated timber. Read more.

Architects Win Go-Ahead for Newcastle's Tallest Tower


09 Feb 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

FaulknerBrowns Architects has won the go-ahead for contentious proposals to build a 26-story tower at Rutherford Street, Newcastle. The 12,500-square-meter tower will include 96 one-bedroom and 66 two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Construction Progresses at 5Pointz Complex in New York City


08 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

Recent photos reveal that construction has now reached 15 stories above street level on the taller tower of the two-building, 1,115-unit mixed-use 5Pointz complex. Foundation work is also underway on the shorter tower. Read more.

Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai to Delay Completion Until Summer 2018


08 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor is working to get its Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai back on track following a 2016 fire at the site. The 65-story project was initially scheduled for completion in 2017, but is now targeting an opening in 2018. Read more.

Competition-Winning, Multi-Tower Master Plan to Transform Chelyabinsk


08 Feb 2017, Chelyabinsk, Russia

A competition-winning, multi-tower master plan is set to activate Chelyabinsk’s existing grid structure and use it as a vehicle for spatial transformation, while adding density to the area in the form of skyscrapers. Read more.

Foundation Pours Advance Construction of Supertall Towers in New York and Chicago


07 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

On Saturday February 4, construction workers in New York and Chicago completed concrete foundation pours for One Vanderbilt and Vista Tower, respectively. The two supertall towers are set to rise after this construction milestone. Read more.

Terraced, Mixed-Use Complex Designed for Aarhus Port District


07 Feb 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

Architects have won a competition to design a significant new residential and commercial complex in the heart of Aarhus Ø, the newly developed port district of Aarhus, Denmark. The winning proposal is dubbed Nicolinehus. Read more.

38-Story Seattle Office Tower Set to Begin Construction


07 Feb 2017, Seattle, United States

A developer is set to start work on 2&U, a lifted, 37-story, 665,000-square-foot (62,000-square-meter) office tower in Seattle’s urban core. The $392 million building is named for its location, at Second Avenue and University Street. Read more.

Local Broker Discusses Development in Melbourne


06 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Sydney, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Melbourne. Read more.

52-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Figueroa Street in Los Angeles


06 Feb 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A 52-story high-rise has been proposed for the southern tip of South Park in downtown Los Angeles. It would create more than 300 residential units along with a hotel, adding density to a fast growing neighborhood. Read more.

Dubai Developer Agrees to Largest Ever Insurance Claim in the Region


06 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar Properties has agreed a significant insurance claim with Orient Insurance over the dramatic fire at its Address Downtown hotel on New Year’s Eve 2015. It is thought to be the largest ever claim in the Middle East. Read more.

Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing


03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.

Melbourne’s Upcoming Collins Arch Project Selects Hotel Brand


03 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have confirmed that W Melbourne will open in 2020 as part of its USD$769 million mixed-use luxury precinct Collins Arch. The hotel will be located in the eastern core of the project, offering 294 spacious guestrooms across 15 levels. Read more.

Cladding Continuing to Rise at Telus Sky in Calgary


03 Feb 2017, Calgary, Canada

Cladding is continuing to rise up the base of Telus Sky in downtown Calgary, where the 59-story tower is set to become a signature piece of the local skyline. If construction remains on pace, the project should be on track to complete by 2018. Read more.