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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 Selected to Design Bank’s New Headquarters in New York City


31 Oct 2018, New York City, United States

An architecture firm has been selected to design a bank’s new headquarters in New York City. The high-rise is set to replace the company’s current office tower, which will become the world’s tallest conventionally demolished building to date. Read more.

Four-Tower Development Approved by South London Council


31 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

Despite objections voiced by residents and local businesses, the Southwark Council has approved plans for a four-tower development in South London. The 17-, 30-, 40-, and 49-story buildings will contain 1,152 new homes. Read more.

Sales Pre-Launched for Asunción Complex’s Second Tower


31 Oct 2018, Asunción, Paraguay

Two high-rise residential towers, which are set to join Asunción’s Santa Teresa Avenue in Paraguay, have launched to market. The buildings will deliver 228 units, with completion dates set for 2019 and 2021. Read more.

Four Condominium Towers Proposed for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Site


31 Oct 2018, Vaughan, Canada

A mixed-use development including four high-rise towers has been proposed in the suburban Toronto city of Vaughan. The project features a total of 1,800 residential units, 6,909 square meters of commercial space, and outdoor amenity spaces. Read more.

Construction Complete on 55 Hudson Yards in New York City


30 Oct 2018, New York City, United States

55 Hudson Yards, the latest development at Hudson Yards, a complete neighborhood master plan in New York City, has completed construction. The 51-story, 237-meter office building is almost completely leased. Read more.

Dubai’s $149 Million Business Bay Tower Gets Main Construction Contractor


30 Oct 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A construction contractor has been appointed to work on the Mag 318 mixed-use development in Dubai, a 23-story, 439-unit building with 1,600 square meters of leasable retail space that is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Read more.

Hyatt Regency Opens in Xuzhou


30 Oct 2018, Xuzhou, China

The latest tower of a five-building complex, the recently-opened Xuzhou Hyatt Regency has 344 guest rooms, and offers offices, full-service residences, entertainment venues, and event space to accommodate meetings, weddings and conferences. Read more.

Hundreds of UK High-Rises Still Need Cladding Remediation Work


29 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

England’s Ministry of Housing has compiled records that indicate only 39 of the 457 high-rise buildings with similar cladding systems to the fire-damaged Grenfell Tower have accomplished remediation works. Read more.

Mega-Development to Join Montreal’s Mount Royal District


29 Oct 2018, Montreal, Canada

Near the northwest corner of Montreal, an expansive urban development has been proposed. The scheme includes five hotels, four office towers, a transportation hub, and a shopping mall, as well as a large, open piazza. Read more.

Five-Star Hotel Opens in Seville’s Tallest Tower


29 Oct 2018, Seville, Spain

A hospitality group celebrated the opening of a five-star hotel within the Torre Sevilla in Seville, Spain, following a renovation of the building’s upper floors. The facility features 257 rooms with panoramic city views. Read more.

One of North Sydney’s Tallest Office Developments Tops Out


29 Oct 2018, Sydney, Australia

A 35-story commercial tower, which is slated to become one of the tallest in North Sydney, has officially topped out. The building will deliver 42,100 square meters of office space, 63 percent of which has already been leased. Read more.

Toronto’s Sugar Wharf Towers to Feature Family-Focused Design


26 Oct 2018, Toronto, Canada

The first two towers of a complex are set to rise 64 and 70 stories, respectively, near Toronto’s central waterfront. The complex’s 1,444 units feature two- and three-bedroom layouts, which will be joined by family-focused residential amenities. Read more.

Chicago Spire Site Plans to be Reworked Following Alderman’s Rejection


26 Oct 2018, Chicago, United States

A Chicago alderman has rejected plans to build 335- and 259-meter towers on a controversial development site, in response to concerns raised by local residents. The project will require a zoning change and approval to proceed. Read more.

Hotel Chain to Join 43-Floor Scheme on Buenos Aires Waterfront


26 Oct 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A prominent hotel brand intends to join a 43-floor scheme slated for the Puerto Madero waterfront of Buenos Aires. The development, which will be the hospitality chain’s first in South America, is planned to begin works in 2019. Read more.

Construction Begins on Seven-Tower Pixel Project in Abu Dhabi


25 Oct 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction has commenced on Pixel, a seven-tower project in Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. Pixel is phase one of an 18-hectare mixed-use development, Makers District, which is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2020. Read more.

A Prominent Investment Bank is Buying Seattle’s Historic Smith Tower


25 Oct 2018, Seattle, United States

Seattle’s 159-meter-tall Smith Tower is being purchased by a large investment banking company. The purchase is part of a nearly $750 million portfolio of buildings being acquired in the Seattle and Denver areas. Read more.

Toronto's 411 Church Street Topping Out as Exterior Finishes Progress


25 Oct 2018, Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s 411 Church Street condominium tower is topping out at 122 meters as its exterior finishes, with its honeycomb-like balcony enclosures becoming more visible as cladding reaches above the 29th floor. Read more.

Head Contractor Appointed for Melbourne’s Next Residential Tower


24 Oct 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A head contractor has been appointed for 61-story residential project slated for Melbourne’s Southbank district. The high-rise features a three-dimensional diamond-patterned façade, as well as an integrated LED installation. Read more.

Boston’s Winthrop Square Tower to Proceed After City Council Approval


24 Oct 2018, Boston, United States

Ending a decade-long debate process, the Boston City Council has approved plans for a 210-meter mixed-use tower to replace a former parking garage site. The project is expected to break ground as soon as 24 October. Read more.

City of London Set to Invest in 51-Story Office Block Development


24 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London plans to purchase interest in a 51-story office block development to assist in the resolution of 41 right-to-light disputes. The proposed project would deliver 52,954 square meters of office space to the city’s central district. Read more.

Preliminary Details Emerge on Cairo’s New Landmark Tower


24 Oct 2018, Cairo, Egypt

A design firm has released fresh details for a high-rise tower in the New Administrative Capital of Egypt, which is proposed to rise taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The building’s "art deco" design was inspired by the state’s Pharaonic history. Read more.

Master Plan with 1,500 Homes Has Been Proposed in Newcastle


23 Oct 2018, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

A 1,500 home “urban village” has been proposed in Newcastle, which would include a hotel and up to 10,605 square meters of commercial, community and leisure space. The proposed development is estimated to cost £250 million ($324 million). Read more.

Air India Calls Off Plans to Sell Mumbai Tower


23 Oct 2018, Mumbai, India

Air India has abandoned plans to sell its iconic 24-story tower at Nariman Point in Mumbai to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, which those in the aviation industry see as an indication that the carrier might relocate its headquarters back to Mumbai. Read more.

The Chicago Plan Commission Approves Nine High-Rise Projects


23 Oct 2018, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved plans for nine high-rises ranging from 168 meters to 290 meters in height. Within the approvals is the River District megadevelopment, which is slated to provide 4,100 apartments. Read more.

New 49-Story Tower Set to Rise in Frankfurt


22 Oct 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

The foundation stone has been laid for a 49-story mixed-use tower in Frankfurt. The project includes a 375-room hotel, office space, and a freely accessible sky bar on the building’s top floor. Read more.

41-Story Condo Tower Receives Approval of Minneapolis Planners


22 Oct 2018, Minneapolis, United States

The Minneapolis Planning Commission has granted approval for a proposed 167-meter condominium building to develop in the city’s Mill district. The tower, which is set to begin construction in 2019, may become the tallest in Minnesota. Read more.

Zhuhai’s Tallest Opens to the Public


22 Oct 2018, Zhuhai, China

A 328-meter hotel and office tower in Zhuhai, China has officially opened its doors to the public after reaching completion in 2017. The 66-floor tower, which is the tallest in the city, occupies a coastal 27-hectare site. Read more.

Major Banks to Finance New Headquarters at Tashkent Urban Development Site


19 Oct 2018, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Three major banks in Uzbekistan have pledged to finance high-rise projects on the sixth land plot of an urban development in Tashkent. The site’s 26-, 33-, and 33-floor towers are planned to facilitate the financial groups’ head offices. Read more.

London’s Contentious Canary Wharf Tower Approved at Appeal


19 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

Despite a 49-story scheme’s initial rejection, the 332-unit tower has been approved by the London planning inspector to rise near Canary Wharf in the Docklands area. The project will also deliver 1,000 square meters of commercial space. Read more.

Mixed-Use High-Rise Debuts in New York City’s Brooklyn


19 Oct 2018, New York City, United States

A 34-story mixed-use tower has officially opened for occupancy in New York City’s Brooklyn Borough. The building features 270 residential units, co-working office space, a sky lounge, and a 929-square-meter public plaza. Read more.