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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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Brisbane’s Herston Quarter Approved for Construction


31 Jan 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A pivotal component of Brisbane’s Herston Quarter health precinct is a step closer following the approval of an AU$347 million specialist rehabilitation care center. The health center will include numerous high-rise buildings. Read more.

Foundation Work Underway on The Pinnacle Tower in Nairobi


31 Jan 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Foundation work is underway at The Pinnacle Tower, which will be Africa’s tallest skyscraper once completed in 2020. The high-rise will stand 320 meters and 70 stories tall, with a 275-meter observation deck with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more.

Tech Giant’s Seattle Headquarters Opens Rainforest Spheres


31 Jan 2018, Seattle, United States

The world’s largest online retailer has opened The Spheres complex on its high-rise campus in Seattle. The Spheres’ three glass domes house some 40,000 plants and contain walkways and unconventional meeting spaces for employees. Read more.

Spire Installation at the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg is Complete


30 Jan 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia

The installation of the Lakhta Center’s spire has been completed. The 462-meter-tall, 86-story high-rise in St. Petersburg will be the tallest building in Europe once complete, which developers expect to happen by the end of 2018. Read more.

Architect Appointed for Zhejiang World Trade Center Redevelopment in Hangzhou


30 Jan 2018, Hangzhou, China

An architect has been chosen to redevelop the Zhejiang World Trade Center complex in Hangzhou, China, which was originally built in 1987. The project will add underground commercial space connecting the complex to the Metro system. Read more.

Chinese Developer Confirms Sale of Sydney’s Circular Quay, Gold Coast’s Jewel Projects


29 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has confirmed the sale of its Australian real estate projects to an unnamed investor. The two projects, One Circular Quay in Sydney and Jewel at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, are both under construction. Read more.

Historic England “Unable to Support” Scheme for Manchester’s St. Michael’s Tower


29 Jan 2018, Manchester, Untied Kingdom

Preservation group Historic England has said that it is unable to support an architect’s reworked design for the proposed St. Michael’s Tower development in downtown Manchester backed by two former footballers. Read more.

Detroit’s Leland Hotel to be Renovated


29 Jan 2018, Detroit, Untied States

The former Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit is expected to undergo a $120 million-plus renovation that will convert the building into a mix of 339 affordable and market-rate apartments and add a 650-space parking deck. Read more.

Sydney’s Westpac Place Sold


26 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

The world’s largest real estate owner is selling its 50 percent share in Sydney’s Westpac Place high-rise in a transaction that is expected to yield more than AU$800 million. The 35-story tower features 74,593 square meters of office space. Read more.

New Renderings Show Completed Wolf Point Skyscrapers in Chicago


26 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A set of renderings recently shared by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects provides an updated look at Chicago’s Wolf Point mega-development. The renderings reveal additional details about the site’s third tower, which will rise 289.5 meters. Read more.

Architect’s Glass-and-Timber Tower to Adorn Oslo’s New Train Station


26 Jan 2018, Oslo, Norway

A project called Nordic Light has won a competition for a high-rise building and train station in the center of Oslo. The modular tower will contain hotels and offices and will be made of timber and glass, reflecting Oslo’s historic structures. Read more.

New Supertall Skyscraper Could Rise Behind a Redeveloped Tribune Tower in Chicago


25 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A skyscraper that could become Chicago’s second- or third-tallest building is planned for a parking lot next to the historic Tribune Tower. Expected to rise to 423 meters, the proposed development would contain residential units and a hotel. Read more.

Final Renderings Released for The Grand in Los Angeles


25 Jan 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Final renderings have been released for The Grand in downtown Los Angeles. The scheme includes a cinema, a 20-story, 314-room Equinox Hotel, and a 39-story residential tower containing 436 apartments, with retail at ground level. Read more.

Details Emerge for Expo City 5 Tower Near Toronto


25 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

Additional details for Expo City 5, a proposed 61-story residential tower planned for the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, have emerged. Designed by Quadrangle Architects, the tower would feature a glazed podium with a landscaped rooftop area. Read more.

Architect Awarded Multi-Tower Health Campus Design in Kunming


24 Jan 2018, Kunming, China

John Portman & Associates has announced that, after winning a design competition in October 2017, the firm has finalized a contract to begin work on the Greenland Dian Lake International Health Town. Read more.

Taipei’s Latest Skyscraper Inspired by the Shape of Bamboo Shoots


24 Jan 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

Architecture firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners is set to design the latest addition to Taipei's skyline – a 280-meter-tall, green bamboo-shaped skyscraper that will house two luxury hotels with a combined 500 rooms. Read more.

Chicago’s One Bennett Park Tops Off


24 Jan 2018, Chicago, United States

One Bennett Park, set to be the tallest all-residential skyscraper in Chicago, has officially topped out. The 254-meter, 67-story tower will feature a mixture of 69 condominiums and 279 rental apartments with high-end amenities. Read more.

Architect References Moscow’s Historic Architecture with Competition-Winning Design


23 Jan 2018, Moscow, Russia

An architect has been selected as the winner of an international design competition for a new mixed-use complex to be located near several important historic buildings in the city center of Moscow. Read more.

Miami Worldcenter’s CAOBA Tops Off


23 Jan 2018, Miami, United States

Developers have topped-off construction at CAOBA, a 134.7-meter, 444-unit apartment tower within the Miami Worldcenter mixed-use complex. CAOBA will include more than 1,858 square meters of ground floor retail. Read more.

Commercial Tower Proposed for Chinatown Mall Car Park in Brisbane


22 Jan 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has lodged a development application for an 18-story building in Brisbane’s Chinatown mall. The proposal includes the construction of a 12-story office building on top of the existing five-story mall carpark. Read more.

Developer Appoints Sales Agent for Dubai Residential Tower as Construction Progresses


22 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has chosen a lead sales agent for an under-construction residential tower in Dubai. The 32-story, 53,000-square-meter high-rise will include 244 units and is expected to complete in 2019. Read more.

ONE St. Petersburg to Become Florida City’s Tallest Building Upon Completion


22 Jan 2018, St. Petersburg, United States

Developers are nearing completion of ONE St. Petersburg, which at 41 stories and 137 meters tall will be the Florida city’s tallest building once complete. The tower will contain 253 condominiums and a 174-room hotel. Read more.

San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower Opens for Business


19 Jan 2018, San Francisco, United States

The 326-meter-tall Salesforce Tower in San Francisco officially opened on January 15. The new home of Salesforce is now the second-tallest building west of the Mississippi River, just behind the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles. Read more.

Architect Designs Office Block Containing a 60-Meter-High Urban Farm in Sweden


19 Jan 2018, Linköping, Sweden

An architecture firm is building a 60-meter-tall building that will be split equally between office space and an urban farm in Linköping, Sweden. The 17-story tower is under construction and expected to be completed in 2020. Read more.

One Chicago Square Development Gets City Panel OK


19 Jan 2018, Chicago, United States

A proposed residential development with a 76-story high-rise in Chicago’s River North neighborhood cleared a major hurdle, when a city panel approved the project. The development includes towers of 308 and 199 meters. Read more.

Design Team Has Been Chosen to Build New Neighborhood in Nice


19 Jan 2018, Nice, France

A design team has been chosen to build a new neighborhood in Nice, France, that will include 800 residential units, a range of retail outlets, offices, and a hotel. The €275 million project is expected to open in 2021. Read more.

Developer’s New Dubai Island Destination Revealed


18 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Development unveiled a private gated island destination on the Arabian Gulf in Dubai that will include a twin-tower development of 33 stories and 26 stories. Residents will have access to swimming pools, gyms, and parking areas. Read more.

Architect to Design Campus Complex for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute


18 Jan 2018, Oslo, Norway

The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute has selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design a new, 30,000 square-meter contemporary campus in Oslo. The complex will comprise two new buildings linked by a common entrance area across two levels. Read more.

A Developer and Pension Plan Team Up for £1.5 Billion London Build-to-Rent Project


18 Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom

Lendlease and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) have struck a £1.5 billion partnership to invest in a London build-to-rent private rental sector scheme in the city’s Elephant and Castle neighborhood. Read more.

China Builds World’s Tallest Air Purifier in Xi’an – and Plans 500-Meter-Tall Successor


17 Jan 2018, Xi’an, China

A 100-meter-tall experimental air purifier has been built in Xi’an, the capital of China’s central Shaanxi province. The tower is being tested by researchers from the Institute of Earth Environments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read more.