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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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Refurbishment Planned for Australia’s First Skyscraper in Sydney

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26 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A development application has been submitted to refurbish a heritage-listed building in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The AMP Building, which opened in 1962, was Australia's first skyscraper and held the title as its tallest building until 1964. Read more.


New Renderings Unveiled for LA’s Future 3rd Tallest Building

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26 Apr 2017, Los Angeles, United States

New renderings have emerged for Figueroa Centre in Downtown Los Angeles. The tower could become the third tallest building in Los Angeles, following the topped-out Wilshire Grand Center and 1990-built US Bank Tower. Read more.


Foundation Work Completes for Phase One of Winnipeg’s True North Square

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26 Apr 2017, Winnipeg, Canada

The owner of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets continues the transformation of a downtown parcel set to become home to a mixed-use district. Thus far, foundation work has completed on phase one of the four-tower True North Square complex. Read more.


First Interior Photos Revealed for 56 Leonard in New York City

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26 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

The first interior photographs of the 60-story tower at 56 Leonard have been revealed. The tower, which opened to residents in 2016, has been nicknamed the “Jenga Building,” inspired by its cantilevered balconies. Read more.


Supreme Court of the Philippines Allows Construction of Torre de Manila to Continue

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25 Apr 2017, Manila, Philippines

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on April 25 allowed construction to resume at the 47-story residential building Torre de Manila, dubbed by some as "photo bomber" to the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Read more.


27-Story Hyde Park Apartment Tower Approved by Chicago Plan Commission

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25 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

The April monthly meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission focused on a new mixed-use tower slated for 1600 East 53rd Street in Hyde Park. The vote of confidence is a first step in seeing the building approved for construction. Read more.


Cladding Climbs up 242 West 53rd Street in New York

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25 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

Another Manhattan skyscraper continues to vertically mature, with a contrasting black and white façade now being added to the exterior of 242 West 53rd Street. The 426-unit rental tower will include 1,500 square meters of retail. Read more.


Rise Condos Nears Completion in Toronto

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24 Apr 2017, Toronto, Canada

Construction is well underway at the site of the 21-story Rise Condos. Nearing completion at the intersection of Bathurst and St. Clair, construction on the tower has reached its 19th floor. Read more.


Chicago’s Crain Communications Building Up for Sale

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24 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

Toronto-based Manulife has hired the Chicago office of HFF to seek a buyer for the 66,000-square-meter high-rise at 150 North Michigan Avenue, also known as the Crain Communications Building, which could fetch up to $132 million. Read more.


North Kensington Gate Development Granted Planning Approval in London

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24 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

An architecture firm is planning to build over 200 homes across two towers – including a 22-story building known as North Kensington Gate South – on Scrubs Lane in west London’s Old Oak Opportunity Area. Read more.


New York City’s 606 West 57th Street Tops Out

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24 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

By late January, progress on the 111,500-square-meter development at 606 West 57th Street reached a couple of dozen stories above ground. Just three months later, construction has officially topped out on the residential project. Read more.


Proposed Four-Tower Residential Development Receives Backing from City of Melbourne

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21 Apr 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Toyota has received an endorsement by the City of Melbourne for their proposal to develop 1,000 new apartment units. The proposal includes a four-tower apartment project over its dealership, which is located just outside of the city’s CBD. Read more.


17-Story Tower in Ann Arbor, Michigan Granted Air Rights Approval

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21 Apr 2017, Ann Arbor, United States

The City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has voted in favor of selling air rights to a project that is set to become one of the tallest in the city. The Collective is proposed to be a 17-story mixed-use development in the busy Midtown District. Read more.


Europe’s Tallest Modular Tower Places Final Module in London

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21 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Europe’s tallest modular tower has seen its final module lowered into place in north London. The 29-story structure is a student accommodation scheme with over 580 rooms that will be ready for students to move into for the fall term. Read more.


Construction Progresses at 138 East 50th Street in New York City

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21 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

In December 2016, a new 62-story condo at 138 East 50th Street began its 245-meter climb. Now, new renderings of the tower’s porte-cochere and swimming pool have been revealed as the tower continues to rise in the heart of Midtown East. Read more.


Liverpool Council Approves Five Tower Proposals

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20 Apr 2017, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for five towers across three developments. With work expected to commence on the various projects over the coming year, the city is poised to see a number of construction cranes. Read more.


Kodo to Take Shape in Adelaide as Construction Officially Commences

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20 Apr 2017, Adelaide, Australia

Ground officially broke on the AU$100 million (US$75 million), 30-story Kodo apartment development on Angas Street in the Adelaide central business district. Construction is expected to complete by the end of 2018. Read more.


Fire Breaks out at London’s Trellick Tower

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20 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Around 200 people fled to safety after a fire broke out on the 27th floor of an iconic tower block in northwest London. More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze in Trellick Tower in Kensal Town on the night of April 19. Read more.


New Orleans Warehouse District Condo Tower Construction to Begin Following Legal Dispute

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20 Apr 2017, New Orleans, United States

A 16-story, $70 million condo tower on Annunciation Street in the Warehouse District will begin construction later this year after developers settled a marathon fight with neighbors over the building's height. Read more.


Competition-Winning Design Selected for Antwerp Tower

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19 Apr 2017, Antwerp, Belgium

A competition-winning design has been selected for a 25-story apartment and office tower, called Striga 3, in Antwerp, Belgium. The project sits in the center of the Nieuw Zuid master plan – an urban extension to the south of the city. Read more.


New Parker Fulton Market Tower Up For Sale in Chicago

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19 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

The developers of the 29-story Parker Fulton Market – a 227-unit residential building located at the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted Streets – have put the "For Sale" sign up, even before taking the "For Rent" sign down. Read more.


Plans Resurrected for Kuala Lumpur’s Plaza Rakyat Development

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19 Apr 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The once abandoned Plaza Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur will soon be redeveloped into a landmark that the developer says will be the most significant addition to the city since the Petronas Towers. The project is expected to complete in 2022. Read more.


Construction Nears Halfway Point on Canvas Condos in Miami

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19 Apr 2017, Miami, United States

Currently rising from a corner of downtown Miami, Canvas Condos has begun to redefine the local skyline. Located in the new Omni Arts and Entertainment District, the tower joins other high-profile projects in the up-and-coming neighborhood. Read more.


Brisbane’s Aveo Newstead Sets May Sales Launch Date

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19 Apr 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Construction continues on a 19-story vertical retirement community in Newstead, which has been met with increasing demand from retirees looking for lifestyle-led apartment living. Unit sales are set to launch in May. Read more.


120-Meter Beirut Terraces Residential Tower Completes

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18 Apr 2017, Beirut, Lebanon

Architects have completed a 120-meter-tall high-rise in the heart of Beirut featuring a series of layered floor plates that float above the ground, referring to the layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history. Read more.


Topped Out Optima Chicago Center Nearing Completion

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18 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

Optima Chicago Center II has structurally topped out following nearly three years of construction. With just a few stories of cladding to go, exterior work on the building is nearly complete, with completion expected in 2018. Read more.


Neo Bankside Residents Head to Court in London over Tate Modern Extension “Nuisance”

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18 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Five residents of Neo Bankside have launched a legal bid to force the Tate Modern to shut part of a viewing platform on the new Switch House extension, arguing that it violates their privacy and human rights. Read more.


Chicago’s 150 North Riverside Gets LED Art Installation Ahead of Opening

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17 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

A new art installation has been illuminated in the epic lobby of 150 North Riverside. At 150 feet (46 meters) in length and 22 feet (seven meters) in height, the “150 Media Stream” is an ever changing digital installation comprising 89 LED blades. Read more.


Construction on London’s Atlas Tower Reaches 50-Meter Mark

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17 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Construction crews have reached the 50-meter mark on the under-construction Atlas tower. Images from the site show the distinct floor plate taking shape above the streets of Hackney, London, but no cladding has yet been applied to the structure. Read more.


Panorama Tower Tops Out in Miami

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17 Apr 2017, Miami, United States

The Miami skyline has reached new heights with the topping out of Panorama Tower – a massive 252-meter skyscraper located in the Brickell Financial District. Developers held an event on April 13 to celebrate the construction milestone. Read more.