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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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New York City's Under-Construction Central Park Tower Reaches 300 Meters


30 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

Central Park Tower, a mixed-use building in New York, has surpassed 300 meters’ height under construction. When finished, it is expected to reach 472 meters in height, ranking it among the tallest buildings in the United States. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out at Former Trump High-Rise in Baku


30 Apr 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

A high-rise in Baku that was still under construction was engulfed in fire on April 28th, and the cause remains unknown. Twenty of the 33 stories caught fire in the tower, formerly a Trump property, before firefighters extinguished the blaze. Read more.

500-Unit Residential Development Takes Off in Birmingham


30 Apr 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The developer of Newcastle’s tallest building, Hadrian’s Tower, has acquired a site in Birmingham’s city center, which will include 500 units, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. The venture is estimated to cost $164 million. Read more.

Berlin High-Rise Project on Hold Over Subway Security Issues


27 Apr 2018, Berlin, Germany

A 150-meter high-rise in Berlin has been put on hold due to its proximity to groundwater and a metro tunnel, generating concern from the local transit authority about the impact of potential flooding on future subway service. Read more.

Timber Tower Proposed for Philadelphia


27 Apr 2018, Philadelphia, United States

A proposal has been issued for a mass timber-based high-rise complex in Philadelphia. The project would consist of two 62-story office buildings and a residential tower that includes a school and ground-floor retail. Read more.

Shortlist Revealed for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank Site


27 Apr 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site will be developed by one of a shortlist of prominent architects, in partnership with local Australian architects, according to Malaysia-based Beulah International, who acquired the site. Read more.

Sales Launch for 158-Unit Residential Tower in Montréal


26 Apr 2018, Montréal, Canada

The condominium phase of the Humaniti project launched sales for its 158-unit, 39 story tower. The units range in size from 37 to 278.9 square meters. Amenities include a swimming pool and sky lounge. Read more.

Puerta Del Alma Condominium Towers to Rise in Antiguo Cuscatlán


26 Apr 2018, Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador

A new condominium complex, Puerta Del Alma, began construction on its first tower, which has 112 apartments. The project is estimated to cost over $60 million, and is part of a trend toward urban core apartments in El Salvador. Read more.

Proposed Skyscraper Would be Tallest in Moscow


25 Apr 2018, Moscow, Russia

Plans for a proposed skyscraper that would rise 108 floors and 404 meters in Moscow have been revealed. The project would house offices, residential units, and an observation platform that would feature 360-degree views of the city. Read more.

China Resources Headquarters Nears Completion in Shenzhen


25 Apr 2018, Shenzhen, China

The supertall China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen is nearing completion, ahead of its opening later in 2018. The 392.5-meter skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will be the third-tallest building in the city once complete. Read more.

Jacksonville Jaguars Propose a Master-Planned Neighborhood


25 Apr 2018, Jacksonville, United States

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that the National Football League team is partnering with local and national investment firms to build a 394,837-square-meter mixed-use neighborhood around its waterfront stadium. Read more.

Developer Releases Plans for a 33-Story Melbourne Hotel


25 Apr 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has made its first foray into the hotel sector, releasing plans for a 33-story project in Melbourne. The hotel will be located in the city’s West End and offer more than 270 rooms, as well as a rooftop communal area. Read more.

Work to Begin on 57-Story Mexico City Skyscraper


24 Apr 2018, Mexico City, Mexico

Construction of a 57-story skyscraper that will rival Mexico City’s tallest building will go ahead after facing seven years of obstacles and delays. Known as Reforma 432, the project will feature high-end offices and retail space. Read more.

Developer Lodges Proposal for Spring Street Tower in Melbourne


24 Apr 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A proposal for a new 35-story residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD has been submitted to the city. Designed by Bates Smart, the building will feature 84 apartments ranging from one-bedroom units to a dual-level penthouse. Read more.

Updated Renderings Revealed of Twisting High Line Towers in New York


24 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

Updated renderings for The Eleventh, a twin-tower mixed-use complex designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, have been released. Located near New York City’s High Line elevated park, the complex will reach a final height of 122.5 meters. Read more.

London’s Skyscraper Spree Stutters Amid Brexit Uncertainty


23 Apr 2018, London, United Kingdom

The number of tall buildings completed in London fell by nearly a third in 2017 amid Brexit uncertainty, according to the latest London Tall Buildings Survey.The number of planning permissions for new high rises is down 10 percent year-on-year. Read more.

San Francisco Reviews Seismic Code for Tall Buildings


23 Apr 2018, San Francisco, United States

San Francisco has commissioned a study of more than 160 tall buildings, to determine how to go about strengthening building codes for seismic performance. Current codes are generic for all building heights. Read more.

Design Unveiled for Hotel and Apartment Tower Near Los Angeles’ Chinatown


23 Apr 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang has signed on to design an eye-catching 26-story apartment and hotel tower between Chinatown and Union Station in Los Angeles, its first in the city. Read more.

New Images Show Adjusted Design for Boston’s Winthrop Square Tower


20 Apr 2018, Boston, United States

A new set of renderings showing an updated design for the proposed Winthrop Square Tower in Boston have been revealed. The developers of the 211-meter mixed-use high-rise hope to gain city approval to begin construction in 2018. Read more.

Competition-Winning Entry for Sofia Mixed-Use Project is Revealed


20 Apr 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

An architect has released its competition-winning design for the final phase of Garitage Park, a 16.5-hectare complex in Sofia, Bulgaria. The project features three high-rises, including two residential towers and an office building. Read more.

Architect Wins Approval for Leeds South Bank Scheme


20 Apr 2018, Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds City Council has unanimously approved plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for its £350 million South Bank scheme, which includes a proposal for the city’s future tallest high-rise. The project includes towers ranging from five to 40 stories. Read more.

Stalled Los Angeles Development Revives as 'Hollywood Center'


19 Apr 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Handel Architects has unveiled plans for a $1 billion high-rise complex slated for downtown Hollywood in Los Angeles. The project includes two towers rising to 35 and 46 stories, plus a pair of mid-rise apartment blocks. Read more.

Plans for a 580-Meter High-Rise in Nanjing Have Been Released


19 Apr 2018, Nanjing, China

New details have been revealed for a supertall skyscraper in Nanjing. The project, known as Hexi Yuzui Tower A, is planned to rise to 580 meters, which would make it the city’s tallest if completed according to plan, ahead of any competitors. Read more.

Two-Tower Project Breaks Ground in Guatemala City


19 Apr 2018, Guatemala City, Guatemala

An upcoming mixed-use development that includes two high-rises recently broke ground in Guatemala City. Known as “Quo,” the project will include towers of 16 and 17 stories that include residential, office, and retail spaces. Read more.

Mountain-Inspired Skyscraper Precinct Set for Chengdu


18 Apr 2018, Chengdu, China

Plans for Vanke Tianfu Cloud City, a new mixed-use quarter designed by Aedas for Chengdu, China, have been revealed. The development occupies four plots of land connected by a central green axis. Read more.

Hybrid Wooden “Vertical Village” Complex Wins Paris Competition


18 Apr 2018, Paris, France

A group of architects has won a design competition to build a new mixed-use development in Paris called "Vertical Village". The project will be built primarily out of timber, with only the core and lower floors made of concrete. Read more.

Developer Says Dubai Marina Project Set for 2019 Completion


18 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of LIV Residence Dubai Marina, a 28-story waterfront high-rise, has announced that the project is set for completion in 2019. The development will offer luxury elements, such as membership to a 5-star beach and tennis club. Read more.

Developers Plan Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper Next to New Tribune Tower Condos


17 Apr 2018, Chicago, United States

Developers have revealed plans for Chicago’s second-tallest skyscraper, a tapering shaft of metal and glass designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture that would soar 433 meters, behind the historic Tribune Tower. Read more.

London’s Grenfell Tower Refurbishment Fueled Fire, Draft Report Claims


17 Apr 2018, London, United Kingdom

A report commissioned by the Metropolitan Police Investigators in London found that the recladding of Grenfell Tower failed to meet standards set out in the building regulation covering fire safety, and therefore helped spread the fire. Read more.

Residential Tower Proposed for Yorkville Avenue in Toronto


17 Apr 2018, Toronto, Canada

Plans have been revealed for a 62-story residential tower on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto, plus a two-story retail building on Cumberland Avenue. The 212.5-meter tower would contain 716 residential units. Read more.