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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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Construction Progresses on The Opus in Dubai


09 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Opus is steadily nearing completion in Dubai. At the moment, the interior of the building remains a forest of scaffolding, and the only guide to its eventual appearance are the renderings produced by the architects. Read more.

Affordable Mixed-Use Tower Proposed at 495 Eleventh Avenue in New York City


09 May 2017, New York City, United States

The New York City Economic Development Corporation has selected a development team to build an affordable 234-unit, mixed-use tower at 495 Eleventh Avenue, located between West 39th and 40th Streets in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more.

Jarvis Street Residence Tops Out in Toronto


09 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

The 30-story Jarvis Street Residence has been steadily growing upwards since reaching grade in mid-2016. Roughly one year since this milestone was met, the building is now topped out at its final height. Read more.

LED Artwork Proposed for Crown of San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower


08 May 2017, San Francisco, United States

At a Planning Commission hearing on May 4, the city considered a proposal for a light display designed by a San Francisco-based LED artist for the top of the 326-meter Salesforce Tower. A decision has yet to be made on the proposal. Read more.

New Skyscraper Included in Bratislava's Eurovea 2 Complex Proposal


08 May 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

The developer behind the multifunctional complex Eurovea 2 has revealed more details and renderings for the upcoming project. The proposal includes plans for a new skyscraper in Bratislava, a tower rising over 150 meters. Read more.

Nearly 400 Birds Found Dead After Slamming Into Galveston Office Building


08 May 2017, Galveston, United States

On the morning of May 4, office workers found 395 dead birds outside One Moody Plaza – also known as the American National Insurance building – after the flock apparently became disoriented and crashed into the skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Read more.

New Owner Rekindles Redevelopment of London’s Elizabeth House


08 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

The planned US$776 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House by Waterloo Station has been revived by new owners. The new scheme comprises two 29- and 10-story buildings that would provide offices, retail, and residential units. Read more.

Architect Reflects on Huangshan Mountain Village Following April Opening


05 May 2017, Huangshan, China

Huangshan Mountain Village, comprising towers of five to 21 stories, has opened after five years of construction. In an interview with Wired, MAD’s founder and principal partner, Yansong Ma, reflects back on the design process for the complex. Read more.

Anchor Tenant Signs Lease for Proposed 110 North Wacker Drive in Chicago


05 May 2017, Chicago, United States

An anchor tenant has been secured for a new 51-story office tower on Chicago’s Wacker Drive. The tenant will lease about 46,500 square meters in the proposed 125,400-square-meter high-rise at 110 North Wacker Drive. Read more.

Melbourne to House World’s Tallest Student Accommodation Tower


05 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer claims that it is planning the world’s tallest student accommodation tower at 97 Franklin Street. The US$222 million, 60-story tower would be located in the Melbourne CBD and overlook RMIT University. Read more.

Campaigners Attack Policy Shift to Allow More Tall Buildings in Westminster, London


05 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A petition has been launched against a potential change to Westminster City Council’s policy on tall buildings. Meanwhile, the council is running an eight-week public consultation to garner opinion about expansion in the borough. Read more.

40-Story Residential Tower Proposed for 75 Broadway Avenue in Toronto


04 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

A developer has submitted a proposal for a new project at 75 Broadway Avenue. Plans would see the demolition of a portion of an existing 10-story apartment building in order to allow for the construction of a 40-story tower containing 402 rental units. Read more.

Ho Chi Minh City's Historic District 4 Riverfront to Undergo Massive Redevelopment


04 May 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Boston-based urban design firm recently unveiled a multi-tower master plan for the redevelopment of Ho Chi Minh City’s two-kilometer-long port located in District 4’s Khanh Hoi and Ben Nha Rong neighborhoods. Read more.

Oak Park High-Rise Tops Out and Gets Another New Name


04 May 2017, Oak Park, United States

Crews have topped out a new mixed-use tower next to the central transit hub of Oak Park, a close-in Chicago suburb. The project, which consists of a 20-story tower and a five-story low-rise component, is expected to open in late 2017. Read more.

Mixed-Use Torre Américas 1500 Completes in Guadalajara


03 May 2017, Guadalajara, Mexico

Rising 28 stories, Torre Américas 1500 is the first building to complete as part of a new complex off Américas Avenue – one of the principal highways in Guadalajara – which is emerging as Mexico's architecture hotspot. Read more.

Chinese Developer Buys London’s Iconic Leadenhall Building


03 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

A Chinese developer has agreed to buy London’s iconic Leadenhall Building skyscraper for US$1.49 billion. On May 2, the company revealed its acquisition of the tower, which holds the title as the fourth-tallest building in London. Read more.

Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Zhuhai Huafa Plaza


03 May 2017, Zhuhai, China

An architecture firm has won a design competition for Zhuhai Huafa Plaza. When complete in 2019, it will feature three towers of 130, 180, and 250 meters, respectively, together with three commercial environments. Read more.

Lovejoy Wharf Sales Now Underway in Boston


03 May 2017, Boston, United States

Sales at the 15-story, 157-unit Lovejoy Wharf building, located between the Zakim and Charlestown bridges, are now underway. Prices range from $750,000 to north of $3,000,000, with units ranging in size from studios to three-bedrooms. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Hybrid-Timber Tower in Västerås


02 May 2017, Västerås, Sweden

A competition-winning design has been selected for a new residential tower in Västerås. The proposal employs a hybrid solid wood and concrete structure with a wrap-around-terrace façade characterized by three-dimensional elements. Read more.

Second Phase of Aquablu Development Moving Forward in Laval


02 May 2017, Laval, Canada

A waterside property in Laval will give rise to a 21-story follow-up to Phase One of the Aquablu complex. Plans for Phase Two include additional residences of varying sizes and layouts, as well as a selection of luxury amenities. Read more.

Public Transport Emphasized at St. Leonards Square Groundbreaking in Sydney


02 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for St. Leonards Square, which is part of the larger 472-520 Pacific Highway complex. At the ceremony, the developer's CEO stated that the success of the project hangs on the availability of public transport. Read more.

Miami’s Aria on the Bay Tops Out with 80 Percent of its Units Sold


02 May 2017, Miami, United States

Aria on the Bay has become Miami’s latest luxury condominium to top out, with the 648-unit tower rising to 53 stories in Edgewater. The development is 80 percent sold and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Read more.

Plans Introduced for Vita Two on the Lake in Toronto


01 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

Following on the success of their recently launched Vita on the Lake project on the Etobicoke waterfront, developers are moving forward with plans for a second phase, being marketed as Vita Two on The Lake. Read more.

Condos Hit the Market at The Bridges Development in Abu Dhabi


01 May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer has found buyers for the first two towers of its Bridges development, which the company started marketing at Cityscape Abu Dhabi in April. It said it had received initial payments for all 424 off-plan apartments. Read more.

Beacon Tower Proposed for Downtown Cleveland


01 May 2017, Cleveland, United States

Rising to 19 stories, the new 187-unit Beacon tower will sit atop an existing eight-story parking structure in the city’s downtown. Targeting Millennials, most of the units are one- and two-bedrooms, with flexible configurations. Read more.

Student Housing Tower Approved in Coventry


01 May 2017, Coventry, United Kingdom

Approval has been granted to a student accommodation scheme in Coventry. Plans will see the construction of a 583-bed tower on Friar’s Road which will feature a 19-story block comprising 140 studios and 443 en-suite cluster flats. Read more.