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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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Chicago’s Union Station to be Redeveloped with Towers over Three Phases

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26 May 2017, Chicago, United States

A proposed $1 billion-plus Union Station redevelopment is expected to include up to two million square feet (186,000 square meters) of office space, 780 apartments, and 350 hotel rooms, all built over three phases. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Pinnacle Towers in Nairobi

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26 May 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Construction is set begun on Africa’s tallest building in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, following a groundbreaking ceremony attended by the country’s president. The Pinnacle Towers development will cost about $200 million. Read more.


Office Tenants Quick to Snatch up Collins Arch Space in Melbourne

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26 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The mixed-used development at Melbourne’s 447 Collins Street, known as Collins Arch, has added commitments from three major legal firms to its office space within 12 months of commencing its leasing campaign. Read more.


Class-AA Office Building Completes in Charlotte

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26 May 2017, Charlotte, United States

John Portman & Associates (JPA) has announced the grand opening of 615 South College in Uptown Charlotte. A celebration was held on Thursday, May 18 with Charlotte business leaders and commercial real estate professionals. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for 16 York in Downtown Toronto

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25 May 2017, Toronto, Canada

May 17 marked a major milestone for 16 York Street. The developer invited representatives of those involved in the project, along with the media, to celebrate the official ground breaking ceremony for the US$356.6 million building. Read more.


Paradigm Mall in Johor Baru to Open in November 2017

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25 May 2017, Johor Baru, Malaysia

Paradigm Mall Johor Baru is set to open its doors in November this year. The project comprises commercial, retail, hospitality, and residential uses across 120,770 square meters of lettable gross floor area, capped by a 24-story tower. Read more.


ITV to Replace London Television Centre with Three Towers

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25 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

ITV wants to replace its 1970s-built headquarters in London with a 38-story tower flanked by two shorter buildings. Plans would involve constructing brand new 38-, 14-, and nine-story towers. Read more.


Standard High Line Hotel Hits Market in New York City

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25 May 2017, New York City, United States

A firm is putting its trendy, 338-room Standard High Line up for sale after paying $400 million for the building only three years ago, sources said. Sources also added that the hotel has been quietly on and off the market for the past few years. Read more.


Orion Towers Complex Wins Backing by Gold Coast Council

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24 May 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The Orion Towers complex proposed for Surfers Paradise has been given the green light by the Council Planning Committee. The project will comprise two towers, one rising 76 stories and the other reaching up to 103 stories. Read more.


Renderings Emerge of Proposed Wall Street Tower in New York

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24 May 2017, New York City, United States

Renderings have emerged of The Wall Street Tower, a 61-story skyscraper designed by British architect David Adjaye for Downtown Manhattan. The residential tower will be the recently knighted architect's first skyscraper in New York City. Read more.


Class-A Office Tower Proposed for Miami Worldcenter

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24 May 2017, Miami, United States

An international real estate firm has announced plans to develop 110 10th Street, a 45-story office tower within Miami Worldcenter in the heart of downtown Miami. The new tower will include Class-A office space and high-street retail. Read more.


China Unveils Giant Spokeless Ferris Wheel in Weifang

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24 May 2017, Weifang, China

On the Bailang River bridge in Weifang, China, stands a mighty installation that takes the title of “World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel,” according to developers. The ride measures a total height of 140 meters. Read more.


Architects Break Ground on Sky Park Development in Bratislava

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23 May 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

Zaha Hadid Architects has broken ground on the construction of a new 5.5-hectare development in Bratislava, Slovakia. Known as Sky Park, the master plan will transform an abandoned site in a formerly industrial area of the city. Read more.


Construction Firms Selected for Rabat Tower

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23 May 2017, Rabat, Morocco

According to reports from Chinese news agency Xinhua, construction firms from China and Morocco have been selected to build BMCE Tower in Morocco’s capital, Rabat. At 250 meters, the proposed tower could become Africa’s tallest high-rise. Read more.


Contractor Named for Dubai Supertall Tower

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23 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction contractor Arabtec has announced it won a Dh1.46 billion (US$397 million) contract to build Al Wasl Tower in Dubai. The mixed-use tower is being developed on a site on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite Dubai Mall. Read more.


Kangaroo Point Project Receives Brisbane Council Approval after Height Reduction

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23 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

After sending developers back to the drawing board, Brisbane City Council has granted approval for development on the Point Residences project in Kangaroo Point, on condition that the plans scale back the development by 30 percent. Read more.


Developer Awards Construction Contract for Dubai’s Palm Gateway

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22 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A Dubai-based developer says it has signed a construction contract worth nearly US$408 million for The Palm Gateway, a three-tower residential, retail, and beach club complex at the foot of the Palm Jumeirah. Read more.


Vending Machine-Inspired Tower Dispenses Luxury Cars in Singapore

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22 May 2017, Singapore, Singapore

A 15-story tower in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles – including Bentleys, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis – and is the largest “vending machine” in the world. The showroom opened in December, with vehicles on display in 60 slots. Read more.


Skyscraper Proposed for Site Near Historic Manchester Central Station

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22 May 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans for a residential tower block have been submitted for consideration. The proposal calls for two buildings, one of which will rise 40 stories on a site opposite the Grade II*-listed former Manchester Central Station. Read more.


Indianapolis’s Tallest Building Rebranded to Salesforce Tower

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22 May 2017, Indianapolis, United States

On May 20, customer relationship management (CRM) firm Salesforce celebrated the opening of its new offices in the rebranded Salesforce Tower in Indianapolis, the tallest building in the state of Indiana. Read more.


Sky Bridge Installed at the Address Residences Sky View Complex in Dubai

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19 May 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A sky bridge has officially been lifted into place at a height of 220 meters. Stretching a distance of 85 meters, the sky bridge links the two towers of the Address Residences Sky View complex in Downtown Dubai. Read more.


Tysons Corner to Get New Tallest Tower

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19 May 2017, Tysons Corner, United States

If Fairfax County, Virginia, approves the plans, a skyscraper taller than any in the Chesapeake Bay region could soon rise in Tysons Corner. If built, the proposed Tower 1 at The View at Tysons would stand 48 stories, or 188 meters. Read more.


Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.