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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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Tokyo Plans World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper by 2041


15 Feb 2018, Tokyo, Japan

A Japanese developer and architect have joined forces to announce plans for what could be the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper. The 350-meter building, to be located in Tokyo, would require approximately 184,059 cubic meters of wood to build. Read more.

Notting Hill Tower Plans in London Rejected Again


15 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

Plans for an 18-story tower in London’s Notting Hill have been rejected by officials for a second time. The scheme was revised to include nine affordable homes after a previous attempt to build the development was refused by the council. Read more.

Design Development of Dubai Creek Tower 100% Complete


15 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wind engineering experts have completed aerodynamic shape optimization studies, wind loading analyses, and façade wind pressure assessments for Dubai Creek Tower. The core of the project's pile cap has now reached its highest point. Read more.

111 Murray Street Nears the Finish Line in New York’s Tribeca


15 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

The 64-story 111 Murray Street, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is now fully clad in its glass façade. The tower contains 157 apartments ranging from two-bedrooms that start at $4.3 million to five-bedroom units that could fetch $18.9 million. Read more.

“Carbon-Positive” 435-Home Scheme in Hemel Hempstead Submitted for Planning


14 Feb 2018, Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

Plans for a “carbon-positive” 435-home scheme have been submitted in Hemel Hempstead. The development would feature solar panels, geothermal heat and waste water heat recovery, as well as a green planted façade. Read more.

Developer Changes Brisbane Proposal from Student Housing to Office


14 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has lodged an application with the Brisbane City Council for the development of a 31-story commercial office tower on Ann Street, moving away from the current proposal for a 36-story student accommodation tower. Read more.

With Sale Finalized, Singapore’s Iconic Pearl Bank Apartments Will be Demolished


14 Feb 2018, Singapore, Singapore

The 1976-built Pearl Bank Apartments in Singapore has been sold to a developer for S$728 million. This means the building would not be saved, and instead demolished to make way for a new high-rise development by 2023. Read more.

Updated Renderings Revealed for New York City’s 80 Flatbush


14 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

New renderings and updated information has been released for 80 Flatbush, a multi-tower development in Downtown Brooklyn. Nearly 900 apartments will be created, with 200 designated as affordable under the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Read more.

Stalled Las Vegas Casino Project Reborn as “The Drew”


13 Feb 2018, Las Vegas, United States

The long-stalled Fontainebleau casino-resort project on the Las Vegas Strip is scheduled to open under a new name in 2020. The 63-story blue glass tower will be transformed into The Drew Las Vegas under a new agreement. Read more.

New Development Brings High-End Modular Living to Amsterdam


13 Feb 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

An architect has revealed plans for Crossroads, a multi-tower high-rise development near Sloterdijk Station in Amsterdam. Crossroads is the result of a technologically innovative modular concept that focuses on flexible living spaces. Read more.

Chicago’s John Hancock Center Skyscraper Losing its Iconic Name


13 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The iconic John Hancock Center in Chicago is getting a name change as the owners search for a new naming-rights buyer. In the meantime, the 100-story, 343.7-meter tower will go by its street address, 875 N. Michigan Ave. Read more.

Architects Team Up to Design Raffles Place Development in Singapore


12 Feb 2018, Singapore, Singapore

Two architects have teamed up to design a 51-story high-rise development in Singapore’s financial district. The 276-meter tower, which is under construction, will contain office space, serviced residential units, and retail. Read more.

Concrete Work on Dubai’s Palm Tower Passes 80 Percent Mark


12 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Palm Tower in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah has passed the 80 percent mark in terms of concrete work, with 42 floors complete. The 52-story tower will include a 289-room hotel, 432 luxury residences and a public viewing deck. Read more.

Melbourne Residential Tower Tops Out Ahead of Schedule


12 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A 167-meter residential tower currently under construction in Melbourne’s CBD has topped out ahead of schedule. The developers cite their use of a new construction methodology in getting the tower topped out earlier than planned. Read more.

Design Contest Winner Chosen to Build Hamburg’s Tallest Building


12 Feb 2018, Hamburg, Germany

An architect has won a design competition to build Hamburg’s future tallest tower. At 230 meters tall, the Elbtower would be located in the massive Hafencity development. Construction is expected to start in 2021 and take four years to complete. Read more.

Architect Proposes Two New Towers for Chicago Area


12 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

Renderings have been revealed for two residential high-rises in the Chicago area that appear to be designed by the same architect. One would rise more than 30 stories in Chicago, while the other would stand 27 stories in suburban Oak Brook. Read more.

New York’s Brooklyn Point to Host Sky-High Swimming Pool


09 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

Renderings have been revealed for the rooftop recreation terrace on top of Brooklyn Point, a 219-meter-tall tower located in Downtown Brooklyn. The 68-story building will feature an infinity pool overlooking Manhattan’s skyline. Read more.

Video Footage Shows Balneario Camboriu’s Millennium Palace Swaying in the Wind


09 Feb 2018, Balneário Camboriú, Brazil

Video footage shows a jacuzzi in Brazil’s tallest tower, Millennium Palace in the southern city of Balneário Camboriú, overflowing due to the swaying of the tower in a strong windstorm. The 177.3 meter tower was completed in 2014. Read more.

Boddingtons Brewery Site in Manchester Sees Two Residential Towers Proposed


09 Feb 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom

An architecture firm has revealed plans for a £175 million residential scheme on the site of the former Boddingtons Brewery in Manchester. The proposal is for a 26-story tower and a 17-story tower with a combined 556 units. Read more.

Jeddah Tower Reaches 63rd Floor as Infrastructure Works Progress


08 Feb 2018, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Construction on Saudi Arabia’s $1.5 billion Jeddah Tower has reached the 63rd floor, with shell and cladding work to be completed next year. Scheduled for a 2020 completion date, Jeddah Tower will be more than 1,000 meters tall. Read more.

London Approves Controversial ITV Centre Plans


08 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect’s plans to redevelop the London Television Centre with a taller tower and replacement headquarters building have won planning permission. The two-part scheme includes a 31-story tower with 213 new homes. Read more.

New York City’s 250 West 81st Street Condo Tower Tops Out


08 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

The Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed 250 West 81st Street condo tower in Manhattan’s Upper West Side has now topped out. Standing at 72.8 meters tall, the 18-story building will feature 31 apartments. Read more.

Architects Combine on Frankfurt High-Rise Complex


07 Feb 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

Four new high-rise towers are set to transform Frankfurt’s skyline as two architects have joined forces to carry out work on the FOUR Frankfurt complex. The mixed-use high-rises will range in height from 100 to 229 meters. Read more.

Smart Brickell Hotel and Residential Complex Coming to Miami


07 Feb 2018, Miami, United States

A developer is planning a three-tower hotel and residential project in downtown Miami that’s set to open in 2020. The complex will feature 170 condominiums and 150 hotel rooms across the three 20-story-plus towers. Read more.

Plans Submitted for Multi-Building Project in Melbourne


07 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A property developer has submitted plans for a new AU$350 million residential development in Melbourne’s newest high-rise suburb, Box Hill. The project includes two 18-story towers and one six-story building. Read more.

Student Tower to Rise in Preston


06 Feb 2018, Preston, United Kingdom

A 20-story, 72-meter student housing tower would become the second-tallest building in the northern English city of Preston, plugging a gap in the city’s skyline as well as providing much-needed accommodation. Read more.

Three-Tower Office Project to Rise in Zhengzhou


06 Feb 2018, Zhengzhou, China

The Zhenghong Property Air Harbour Office Project is to rise along the Yellow River in Zhengzhou. The blocks are connected by shared facilities and rooftop terraces to deliver three-dimensional vertical urban spaces. Read more.

JW Marriott Brand to Make Tampa Debut in $3 Billion Master-Planned Development


06 Feb 2018, Tampa, United States

The JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts luxury brand will construct a new hotel in the Water Street Tampa district, adding 519 rooms to a $3 billion waterfront development that will see some 18 buildings constructed across 5.2 hectares when complete. Read more.

New York’s Empire State Building’s Upper Observation Deck to Be Overhauled


06 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

Plans have been revealed for a revamp of the exterior of the 102nd-floor observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building. The plans would remove the existing windows and lower structure, replacing them with floor-to-ceiling windows. Read more.

Newark Developers Propose 11-Story Timber High-Rise


05 Feb 2018, Newark, United States

Developers have planned an 11-story timber high-rise for the Riverfront Square redevelopment project in Newark. The city’s building code currently restricts timber construction to six stories, but developers are hoping for an exemption. Read more.