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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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Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development


19 May 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer of the under-construction Jeddah Tower has reiterated the importance of the upcoming Jeddah Economic City and accompanying tower projects to Saudi Vision 2030, highlighting job opportunities and ongoing development activities. Read more.

High-Rise Proposed for 2305 Webster Street in Oakland


19 May 2017, Oakland, United States

A proposal is currently under review by city departments for a small, 0.12-hectare site at 2305 Webster Street in Oakland. Plans call for the construction of a 24-story mixed-use project with 130 residential units and 280 square meters of retail. Read more.

Western Sydney University Unveils its First Vertical Campus


18 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

Western Sydney University has unveiled its US$163.9 million flagship campus in the Parramatta CBD. Named the Peter Shergold Building, the 14-story campus will boast world-class, technologically advanced teaching and research spaces. Read more.

New Renderings & Photos Revealed for 425 Park Avenue in New York


18 May 2017, New York City, United States

Construction work is steadily advancing at the site of the upcoming 425 Park Avenue redevelopment project, with new renderings and photos highlighting current progress and expected results. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Wuhan’s Optics Valley Center


18 May 2017, Wuhan, China

A competition-winning design was recently selected for the new Optics Valley Center complex. Totaling 315,000 square meters of gross floor area across three buildings, the project features a 400-meter-tall office tower. Read more.

Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center to Hit the Market in Late Summer


18 May 2017, Chicago, United States

The John Hancock Center could be getting a new owner – and maybe even a new name. A Chicago-based developer plans to put the tower's office space, parking garage, and naming rights up for sale, possibly by late summer. Read more.

Mountain Range-Inspired High-Rise Block Planned for Bratislava


17 May 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

A Danish studio has developed a housing scheme which features a dramatically staggered roofline intended to echo the peaks of a mountain range. The proposed Južna Dolina complex comprises a 120,000-square-meter housing block. Read more.

Architects Reveal Renderings for Alai Complex in Cancún


17 May 2017, Cancún, Mexico

Architects have unveiled the design for the Alai complex in Cancún, Mexico. The newly proposed development marries ecological considerations, engaging design, and a reinterpretation of local architectural tradition. Read more.

Medical Office Tower Proposed in Brisbane


17 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted a proposal for an 18-story specialist medical office tower at 484 Upper Edward Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Brisbane. The new facility would provide a range of healthcare options within one location. Read more.

New Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Tower Proposed for Milwaukee


17 May 2017, Milwaukee, United States

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino recently announced its intentions to expand the hotel at its Milwaukee property with the construction of a second tower. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, pending application approval. Read more.

Developer Sticks to Initial 62-Story Plan for London’s 22 Bishopsgate


16 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

The team behind the tower going up on the Square Mile at 22 Bishopsgate has decided to stick with its original taller scheme of 62 stories, weeks after being given planning for a shorter design of 59 stories. Read more.

New Renderings Released for LA’s massive Crossroads of the World Complex


16 May 2017, Los Angeles, United States

New renderings of the Crossroads of the World complex in Hollywood have been released. The 132,850-square-meter redevelopment project, currently pegged to cost between $500 and $600 million to develop, would add a trio of new towers. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Olderfleet at 477 Collins Street in Melbourne


16 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer recently celebrated the start of construction for its latest premium-grade office building in Melbourne with a groundbreaking ceremony on site. The project, called Olderfleet at 477 Collins Street, is on track to complete in 2020. Read more.

Possible Renderings Revealed for Chicago’s 300 North Michigan Avenue


16 May 2017, Chicago, United States

An apartment tower is quietly in the works to replace a low-rise building at 300 North Michigan Avenue. Thanks to a handful of images posted on a development monitoring forum, there is an unconfirmed idea of what could rise at the site. Read more.

Supertall Tower Planned for Imperial Square in Gold Coast


15 May 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has revealed plans for a massive supertall tower in Southport, which would contain more floors than the Empire State Building and reportedly take the title as Australia’s and the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building. Read more.

New Owners Rebrand Seattle High-Rise Project


15 May 2017, Seattle, United States

The team behind the Potala Tower, a 41-story mixed-use tower under construction in downtown Seattle, is rebranding the development as Arrivé. The tower is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. Read more.

Construction Contractor Declares Melbourne’s EQ Tower Officially Complete


15 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A construction contractor has just completed work on the 63-story EQ Tower, delivering the brand new residential building to Melbourne’s CBD skyline. The tower comprises a total of 633 apartments in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations. Read more.

Japanese Lamp-Inspired Office Tower Proposed in Vancouver


15 May 2017, Vancouver, Canada

With a design inspired by a Japanese lamp, a new high-rise planned for 400 West Georgia Street could become a bright spot on Vancouver's architectural design scene. The 24-story tower features offset cubes sprouting from a central stem. Read more.

Mountain-Shaped Tower Complex Nears Completion in Beijing


12 May 2017, Beijing, China

New images offer a first look at the nearly completed glass volumes of Chaoyang Park Plaza. Construction began on the project in 2012, with the main focus being a pair of asymmetrical skyscrapers modeled on the shapes of rock formations. Read more.

Demo Permits Filed for Site of Proposed Supertall in New York City


12 May 2017, New York City, United States

After a long-gestating but never-executed plan to develop buildings at 80 South Street and 163 Front Street in the South Street Seaport, the site’s owner has officially filed demolition permits at both locations. Read more.

Design Competition Win Revives Aarhus Ø Complex Plans


12 May 2017, Aarhus, Denmark

Two architecture firms have won a competition to design a new mixed-use development on the harbor front, reviving a project that was proposed in 2014. Called Aarhus Ø, the complex will offer residential, retail, and conference uses. Read more.

Work Begins on High-Rise Hospital in Philadelphia


12 May 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Work on a new high-rise hospital has begun in Philadelphia. The $1.5 billion scheme for the University of Pennsylvania is being built on the former site of the 20-story, 1975-built Penn Tower Hotel, which was demolished in 2016. Read more.

Heritage Recommendation Advances Design for Nobu Residences in Toronto


11 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto city staff have recommended approval for Nobu Residences' heritage plan, moving the project a step forward. Up next will be a May 18 review at the Toronto Preservation Board (TPB), which will continue the approvals process. Read more.

New Commercial Tower Planned as Part of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Renewal


11 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane City Council has recommended approval of plans for a new office tower in Fortitude Valley. The 23-story tower will encompass the first phase of a US$368.5 million, multi-stage development. Read more.

Unit Closings Underway at Miami’s Biscayne Beach Development as Construction Completes


11 May 2017, Miami, United States

Joint developers are moving forward with unit closings at Biscayne Beach in East Edgewater. Construction of the 51-story bayfront tower is now complete and an initial temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) has been issued. Read more.

Bandar Malaysia Complex on Hold as Government Cancels Development Deal


11 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s biggest real estate project, the Bandar Malaysia complex, is in turmoil after the government canceled – without warning – a deal with its Chinese-Malaysian master developer, citing repeated failure to meet payment obligations. Read more.

Construction Begins on Four-Phase Residential Project in Rostov-on-Don


10 May 2017, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Construction has begun on the first phase of a new four-tower residential project, called The Seasons. The project will be developed in four phases, comprising almost 1,100 apartments to be completed by the end of 2021. Read more.

Design Team Chosen for Etobicoke Civic Centre in Toronto


10 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

A team has won a competition to design the new Etobicoke Civic Centre, beating out proposals from three other contenders. The development will include municipal offices, community services, and an expansive outdoor plaza. Read more.

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen to Open in Summer of 2017


10 May 2017, Shenzhen, China

Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen will house 258 rooms, varying in size and layout. Rooms will feature a mix of the brand's usual music-inspired décor as well as modern Chinese elements. Read more.

Aspen West Campus Student Housing Tower on the Rise in Austin


10 May 2017, Austin, United States

The co-developer of The Independent is witnessing their latest project come to life near the University of Texas campus. The $60 million Aspen West Campus student housing tower is now under construction at 1909 Rio Grande Street. Read more.