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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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Proposed 90-Story Tower Would be Denver’s Tallest


29 Sep 2017, Denver, United States

A Manhattan developer plans to bring a mammoth skyscraper to downtown Denver. The structure would not only stand as the city’s tallest building, it would dwarf its closest competition by 286 feet (87 meters). Read more.

One Manhattan Square Tops Out in New York’s Lower East Side


29 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

One Manhattan Square has officially topped out at 847 feet (258 meters) and 72 floors, delivering New York City's "Lower" Lower East Side, a.k.a. Two Bridges, its first substantial skyscraper, which is slated to open by the end of 2018. Read more.

London’s Paddington Cube Project Faces Second High Court Challenge


28 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The controversial Paddington Cube proposal will face a second High Court challenge, just weeks after another bid to derail the project moved forward. The challenge centers on safe access for ambulances to the neighboring hospital. Read more.

Hip-Hop Museum and Affordable Housing Complex to Rise in New York’s South Bronx


28 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

A new project in the South Bronx will create an affordable housing tower and a hip-hop museum. Additional plans for the property include a public multiplex theater, a waterfront esplanade, and an outdoor performance space. Read more.

Two Vancouver Condo Buildings to be Demolished for a 39-story Residential Tower


28 Sep 2017, Vancouver, Canada

A rezoning application has been filed to build a 39-story condo skyscraper that will replace two residential buildings on the southeast corner of Alberni and Bidwell Streets. The two buildings to be demolished are 27 and 37 years old. Read more.

Property Group Submits Proposal For New Office Tower in Sydney’s Parramatta


28 Sep 2017, Sydney, Australia

An ASX-listed property group has submitted a development application to the City of Parramatta for a 33-story commercial tower with an estimated cost of over AU$208 million (US$163 million). Read more.

Construction Commences on Adelaide’s Next Tallest Building


27 Sep 2017, Adelaide, Australia

Construction work has commenced on Adelaide’s next tallest tower, the 132-meter Realm Adelaide, which will offer 320 apartments over 40 levels and create 1,800 jobs during construction. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for Portuguese Architect’s First US Building in NYC


27 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

New renderings show work is continuing apace on a 35-story luxury tower at 611 West 56th Street in Manhattan. The building boasts a landscaped roof garden and a sun deck offering views of the Hudson River. Read more.

Second-Place Design Revealed for Paris’s Tour Montparnasse Competition


27 Sep 2017, Paris, France

The second-place design has been revealed for the competition to renovate the Tour Montparnasse in Paris. This alternative proposal features a faceted façade and a rounded floor plan shape. Read more.

Antwerp Tower Renovation Will Make It the City's Third-Tallest


27 Sep 2017, Antwerp, Belgium

By extending the tower to 100 meters tall, the new design for Antwerp Tower will make it the third-tallest building in Antwerp, and is meant to provide a hub of activity to an already vibrant part of the city. Read more.

New Eco-Resort Aims to Revitalize the Philippines


26 Sep 2017, Palawan, Philippines

Plans have been unveiled for a new eco-tourism complex in Palawan, Philippines. The "zero-emission, zero-waste, zero-poverty" project will be built from reused and/or recycled materials from the archipelago. Read more.

The Mayfair Clears Planning Approval in Melbourne


26 Sep 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A British architecture firm has won planning approval for the £194 million ($260 million) Mayfair building, which will be built on St. Kilda Road, a major route through the central business district of the city. Read more.

Facebook Takes 181 Fremont, in San Francisco’s Largest Office Lease in Three Years


26 Sep 2017, San Francisco, United States

Facebook Inc. signed San Francisco's largest office lease in three years, taking the entire office portion of 181 Fremont. The 802-foot-tall (244-meter) tower in the Transbay district is set to open by the end of 2017. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Birmingham's Tallest Residential Tower


26 Sep 2017, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Plans have been submitted for Birmingham’s tallest residential tower – a 42-story skyscraper, dubbed 2one2 Broad Street, that will comprise 481 apartments and feature a 200-meter outdoor running circuit. Read more.

Design Competition Winners to Create “Living Canvas” in Shenzhen


26 Sep 2017, Shenzhen, China

The winning team from an international design competition involving 70 architects will build the 80,000-square-meter Bao’an Art and Culture Center in Shenzhen in the style of a "living canvas." Read more.

Timber Tower Emerges in São Paulo


25 Sep 2017, São Paulo, Brazil

A forest management company has devised a scheme for a mixed-use structure built entirely out of cross-laminated Brazilian timber. The tower will rise 13 floors and sit on a 1,025-square-meter site in the Vila Madalena neighborhood. Read more.

Manchester Residential Towers Get Green Light from Council


25 Sep 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester’s Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for 363 private rented sector (PRS) homes. The project is part of a £50 million ($67 million) scheme and will be built at the end of Chester Road. Read more.

Permits Filed for Office Tower in New York’s Downtown Brooklyn


25 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

After several design iterations, work is finally set to begin on a new office tower at 420 Albee Square, in Downtown Brooklyn. The tower will now rise 36 floors and 495 feet (150 meters) to its rooftop. Read more.

Overhaul of 1970s Frankfurt Office Block Will Create Jenga-Like Apartment Tower


25 Sep 2017, Frankfurt, Germany

Plans have been unveiled for a project that will overhaul a 1970s Frankfurt office block into a 23-floor residential tower. The structure's striking new shape will resemble blocks in the board game Jenga. Read more.

Grenfell Probe in London Widens to 336 Companies


22 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower fire probe has widened to include 336 firms thought to be involved in the construction, refurbishment, or management of the building. Manslaughter is among the offenses that may be discovered. Read more.

Los Angeles' Broadway Theater District to See Condo Tower Priced for First-Time Buyers


22 Sep 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A Chinese developer is building a $300 million condominium skyscraper with office space operated by WeWork in the historic Broadway Theater District. The 25-story tower will be priced for first-time buyers. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Mixed-Use Office Tower in Cape Town


21 Sep 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

Plans have been unveiled for a new mixed-use office tower, 35 Lower Long, situated in Cape Town’s growing Foreshore precinct, which, while currently underdeveloped, is rapidly emerging as Cape Town’s financial center. Read more.

31-Story Block of Flats Completes in London’s Docklands


21 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

A 31-story, 125-unit block of flats in London’s Docklands has been completed. Dollar Bay is one of three major residential projects in London by the same architect, all of which are due to complete by 2018. Read more.

118 Fulton Street Tops Out At 63 Floors in New York’s Financial District


21 Sep 2017, New York City, United States

118 Fulton Street has been making swift progress over the past few months, and has topped out at 758 feet (231 meters). After foundation work had been completed, the 63-story building maintained a pace of over one floor per week. Read more.

More Than 200 Dead in Mexico Earthquake as Buildings Collapse


20 Sep 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes, and apartment buildings early Wednesday after Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 killed at least 217 people. Read more.

Los Angeles Approves Changes to Massive Two-Tower City Center Development


20 Sep 2017, Los Angeles, United States

A new batch of renderings has been released depicting design changes for the $700 million L.A. City Center project, a two-tower complex planned for Downtown Los Angeles that was recently approved by the City Planning Commission. Read more.

Paris’ Tour Montparnasse Set to Receive "Green Makeover"


20 Sep 2017, Paris, France

Following years of calls for a revamp, a French design studio has been selected to give the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper a green makeover. The project is slated to complete in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Read more.

World’s Tallest Solar Tower to Go Up in Dubai


19 Sep 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the $3.8 billion fourth phase of its flagship solar park, which will include a 260-meter-high concentrating solar tower, the tallest yet built in a solar farm. Read more.

Government Rejects Developer’s Appeal for London Apartment Complex


19 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The government has rejected an appeal by the developer for hundreds of flats in southwest London – even though the visions for the site were praised by the council and a planning inspector. Read more.

Local Architecture Firm Wins VIA Campus Design Competition in Denmark


19 Sep 2017, Horsens, Denmark

A local architecture firm has won a competition for the new VIA University College and the Innovation House. Together, the schemes comprise 35,000 square meters, and will constitute close to half of the new combined campus area. Read more.