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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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Architecture Firm Defends Proposal for London Tower Project


17 Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom

Zaha Hadid Architects has defended proposals for a mixed-use scheme in London following, criticism over its size and location. The firm submitted plans for two towers of 53 and 42 stories linked by an 11-story podium. Read more.

Hong Kong’s Tung Chung New Town Extension Receives HK$12 Billion in Funding

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16 Jan 2018, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s Civil Engineering & Development Department has signed a HK$12.076 billion contract for reclamation work in Tung Chung East advance work for the Tung Chung New Town Extension project. Read more.

Melbourne’s 140 Lonsdale Tower Gets Approval


16 Jan 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has received development approval from the Victorian government for a new 22-story office tower in Melbourne’s central business district. The tower is part of the AU$600 million Wesley Place development. Read more.

New Rendering for Pacific Park’s Full Build-Out in New York Show Its Tallest Skyscraper


16 Jan 2018, New York City, United States

New renderings have been released for the Pacific Park mega-project near Barclay’s Center in Downtown Brooklyn that indicate that the development's tallest tower will be around 243.8 meters in height. Read more.

Dozens Injured as Floor Collapses at Jakarta Stock Exchange


15 Jan 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

Dozens of people were injured when a floor at the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta collapsed. At least 77 people were taken to local hospitals. The cause of the collapse is unknown as of press time. Read more.

New Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Area Northwest of Los Angeles' Downtown


15 Jan 2018, Los Angeles, United States

A large-scale residential and hotel complex will be proposed for the former headquarters campus of the Metropolitan Water District on Sunset Boulevard as Los Angeles’ development boom expands into blocks northwest of downtown. Read more.

“Vertical Forest” in Eindhoven is the First to be Used in Social Housing


15 Jan 2018, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed a 75-meter high-rise for Eindhoven that would be the first to integrate a vertical forest into an affordable housing skyscraper. Approximately 5,200 shrubs and 125 trees will be planted on the structure. Read more.

New Towers Coming to New York’s High Line


12 Jan 2018, New York City, United States

Two residential towers have been proposed for either side of New York City’s High Line. The 39,483-square-meter development will contain 181 condos split between the two towers, as well as 1,579 square meters of retail space. Read more.

Malaysia's Upcoming Tallest skyscraper, The Exchange 106, Has Signed Up Major Tenants


12 Jan 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s upcoming tallest tower, The Exchange 106, has signed up tenants for nearly half of its floor space to large institutions. The tower will top out at 492 meters and replace the Petronas Twin Towers as the countries tallest. Read more.

Revised Obama Center Design Filed with City of Chicago


12 Jan 2018, Chicago, United States

The Obama Foundation has submitted revised plans with the city of Chicago for the Obama Presidential Center planned for Jackson Park. The submission includes a more slender 71.6-meter, 8-story stone-and-wood-clad museum tower. Read more.

San Diego Port to be Transformed by $1.5 Billion Development


11 Jan 2018, San Diego, United States

A $1.5 billion waterside development, officially dubbed Seaport San Diego, will transform a group of tourist spots, parking lots, and a fish processing plant into a mixed-use entertainment destination crowned by an observation tower. Read more.

Completion of the Murray Hotel is Celebrated in Hong Kong


11 Jan 2018, Hong Kong, China

The Murray Hotel, a 27-story former government building re-imagined and designed by Foster + Partners as a 336-room luxury hotel, officially marked its completion at a plaque unveiling ceremony in Hong Kong. Read more.

Two New Office Towers to be Built in Tallinn City Center


11 Jan 2018, Tallinn, Estonia

A new high-rise complex comprised of three towers is planned for the plot opposite the Hotel Olümpia in Tallinn's city center. The development will add 80,000 square meters of office, retail, and service space to the city. Read more.

Mezzanines Coming to Bank of America Center in Houston


10 Jan 2018, Houston, United States

The owners of Houston’s Bank of America Center have hired an architect to carry out a $15 million renovation that will include a new mezzanine at the tower’s base, adding approximately 2,787 square meters of new space. Read more.

London’s Battersea Regeneration Plans Revealed


10 Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom

The first set of new proposals to redevelop a south London estate have been lodged with the local council. The development includes a new 20-story tower, a low-rise housing block, and a six-story community building. Read more.

New Ibis Hotel Planned for Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle


10 Jan 2018, Dubai, United

A developer and a hotel operator have signed a management agreement for the Ibis Dubai Jumeirah Village Circle. The 252-room hotel will span 11,705 square meters across 16 floors and is expected to open in 2021. Read more.

High-Rise Apartments Planned For Shuttered Retail Site in Wollongong


09 Jan 2018, Wollongong, Australia

Another set of new plans for the old Sam’s Warehouse site has been lodged with Wollongong City Council. Developers have applied to build a 17-story mixed-use complex that will contain 122 homes, 131 parking spaces, and 56 bicycle spaces. Read more.

Investor Proposes 30-Story Towers at St. Clair and Bathurst


09 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

An investor has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Toronto, proposing three towers rising to 30 stories each. The development would contain 944 residential units, with 531 parking spaces and 2,264 square meters of retail space. Read more.

Dubai’s Opus Set to Open


08 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Opus, a 19-story mixed-use development designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is set to open on 15 January. The tower will offer more than 5,200 square meters of office space, a club, several restaurants, and a hotel. Read more.

Houston’s Hanover River Oaks Tower Gets Underway


08 Jan 2018, Houston, United States

Hanover River Oaks, a luxury apartment tower, broke ground in Upper Kirby in December 2017. The 39-story tower will contain 370 residential units and nearly 929 square meters of ground-floor retail space, and include a 24-hour fitness club. Read more.

Vancouver’s Terrace House Receives Permit to Begin Construction


08 Jan 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House in Vancouver, reportedly set to become the tallest hybrid timber tower in North America once complete, has received its building permit and can begin construction. The 19-story, 71-meter condo tower, will contain 20 luxury units. Read more.

Developer Closes on $1-Billion-Plus Financing for New York’s Central Park Tower


05 Jan 2018, New York City, United States

Developers have closed on $1.14 billion in financing for Central Park Tower, and now have all the money in place for what is set to be Manhattan’s most expensive condo tower, according to documents filed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Read more.

Architect Gets OK for New Tallest Building in Bristol


05 Jan 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom

A 26-story residential building, destined to become Bristol’s tallest, has been approved. The project will also include a 10-story block and another building fronting Castle View Park. The scheme will include 300 rental units and 75 affordable homes. Read more.

Crews Begin Working on Spire of St. Petersburg’s Lakhta Center


05 Jan 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia

Construction work on Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg – Europe's next tallest building has now shifted to the crown and spire. The 462-meter skyscraper, boasting 87 floors, will become the headquarters of Russian natural gas company Gazprom. Read more.

Boston’s Winthrop Square Tower’s Proposed Height Shrinks Again


04 Jan 2018, Boston, United States

The developer behind the Winthrop Square Tower has again shrunk the proposed high-rise, which was expected to be the tallest residential tower in New England. The building’s proposed height of 210 meters is 25.6 meters shorter than the original plan. Read more.

42-Story Addition Proposed for 415 Yonge Street, Toronto


04 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for 415 Yonge Street, proposing a 42-story residential addition above the existing 19-story office building. The addition would bring 450 residential rental units to the Yonge Street corridor. Read more.

Architect Gets Approval for Birmingham’s Tallest All-Residential Tower


04 Jan 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

An architect has won approval for Birmingham’s tallest all-residential tower, a 42-story skyscraper on Broad Street. The £183 million (US$248 million) development will feature 481 apartments and a 200-meter outdoor running circuit. Read more.

City Releases a Vision for London’s Skyline in 2026


03 Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London Corporation has released renderings of the city’s expected skyline in 2026, based on projects that are currently planned or under construction. The City of London has 1.37 million square meters of office under development. Read more.

Dubai Frame Opens to the Public


03 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame, a 150-meter-high observation platform connected with a 93-meter long skybridge, opened to the public on New Year’s Day. The tourist attraction offers visitors 360-degree views of the city. Read more.

Detroit’s Monroe Blocks Project to Preserve National Theatre Façade


03 Jan 2018, Detroit, United States

The developers of the Monroe Blocks project in downtown Detroit have released conceptual drawings for its proposed incorporation of the vacant National Theatre into their $800 million redevelopment. Read more.