This site is a showcase for the Tallest Skyscrapers and buildings in the world. The word skyscraper was first applied to such buildings in the late 19th century, reflecting public amazement at the tall buildings being built in New York City.
#1 - Burj Khalifa in Dubai 828m/2716ft, 162 Floors
#2 - Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
#3 - Taipei 101 in Taipei 509m/1671ft, 101 Floors
#4 - Shanghai World Financial Center 492m/1614ft
#5 - International Commerce Center,484m/1588ft
#6 - Petronas Towers 1+2 452m/1483ft
The structural definition of the word skyscraper was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s that had enabled construction of tall multi-story buildings. This definition was based on the steel skeleton—as opposed to constructions of load-bearing masonry, which passed their practical limit in 1891 with Chicago's Monadnock Building. Although Philadelphia's City Hall, completed in 1901, is the world's tallest load-bearing masonry structure - a title to which it still holds claim.
The steel frame developed in stages of increasing self-sufficiency, with several buildings in New York and Chicago advancing the technology that allowed the steel frame to carry a building on its own.
Today, however, many of the tallest skyscrapers are built more or less entirely with reinforced concrete. In the United States today, it is a loose convention to draw the lower limit on what is a skyscraper at 150 metres. Elsewhere, though, a shorter building will sometimes be referred to as a skyscraper, especially if it is said to "dominate" its surroundings. Thus, calling a building a skyscraper will usually, but not always, imply pride and achievement.
More and more skyscrapers, towers and buildings are being built in China and East Asia as there population grows and the race for every city to have more impressive space and buildings takes off.
In The Future Skyscrapers Will Be Built Out Of Timber (And You Can Get A Sneak Peek At This Exhibit)
Several years ago, the Vancouver planning commission received an unusual request. An architecture firm wanted to build an 18-story skyscraper out of wood. In Canada, like most of the world, building codes restrict timber structures to four stories, six ...
Billions at stake on the City's skyscrapers as property punters ride roller-coaster market
We're standing looking down over the â€ślobbyâ€ť of what will soon be the City's latest skyscraper, which to my untrained eye looks just like a noisy, dusty, building site. Fork-lift trucks duck around and behind us, there's the intermittent mortar-like ...
Column: Trump Tower, the skyscraper and the future of urban development
George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. Now President-elect Donald Trump has his eponymous Manhattan skyscraper, Trump Tower. Our first and third presidents saw their plantations as both productive and symbolic of ...
Rise of the glass giants: how modern cities are forcing skyscrapers ...
Slick, glassy skyscrapers cast their shadows over the streets and spaces of cities all over the world. These behemoths are notoriously inefficient: glass exteriors ...
Trump Tower, the skyscraper and the future of urban development ...
The Canberra Times
From little things: Belco's dainty skyscrapers' offer Chicago promise
The Canberra Times
I am a skyscraper enthusiast. Travels to Chicago (the city that invented the skyscraper) and to skyscraper-festooned Shanghai have both broadened and elevated my mind. Canberra's stubborn insistence on extreme stubbiness in its buildings has been a ...
Two skyscrapers proposed for London's Blackfriars
Wilkinson Eyre and Brisac Gonzalez have revealed plans for a pair of skyscrapers near London's Blackfriars Bridge, providing 52 floors of housing and 32 storeys of offices. The skyscrapers are to form part of the 18 Blackfriars Road masterplan designed ...
Hostel People #8: The Skyscrapers Tried to Expel Me
But the skyscrapers here terrified me. The subway was also terrifying. It's very old and dark and hard to understand. I felt lost and excluded from the city, and I was worried that my accent would make me sound like an outsider. But this time, I don't ...
Justin Casquejo charged: Base jumper posted videos scaling NYC ...
Justin Casquejo is charged with two misdemeanors after he posted videos scaling buildings in Columbus Circle and Times Square.
Daredevil teen photographed climbing NYC skyscrapers turns himself in to police
Daredevil Teen Turns Himself In After Climbing Skyscrapers ...
Justin Casquejo, Teen YouTube Daredevil Who Scaled NYC Skyscrapers, Turns Himself In
New York's super-slim skyscrapers offer fat bargains for buyers
Never one for understatement, Manhattan's developers are thrilled at the city's new building surge. â€śOne of the biggest residential development booms in modern history,â€ť is what Jonathan Miller, of Miller Samuel, a local real estate valuer and ...
London's 73-storey Trellis skyscraper gets green light
A skyscraper almost as tall as the Shard is to be added to the central London skyline after the 73-storey building was given planning approval. Known as 1 Undershaft, the site's address in London's financial district, and nicknamed the Trellis, it will ...
Eric Parry's gets go ahead for City of London's tallest skyscraper
City of London approves 73-storey skyscraper to rival Shard
Tallest Skyscraper Planned for City of London Wins Approval