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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 skeletonas 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.

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Pair of skyscrapers proposed for site of Calatrava's doomed Chicago ...
Two "sister skyscrapers" by David Childs have been unveiled for Chicago's waterfront, 10 years after work on Calatrava's Spire halted on the same plot.
Former Calatrava Spire site in Chicago will hold two SOM-designed ...The Architect's Newspaper

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Borneo Bulletin Online

New smartphone games: Build skyscrapers, battle aliens or roll a ball
Borneo Bulletin Online
BATTLING aliens and humans, controlling a ball in a black and white world and building skyscrapers – we look at some of the new games out now for smartphones. There can be only one survivor. In recent months, two games have been shaking up the ...

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CBS Philly

Glass Panel Falls, Kills Worker At New York Skyscraper Site
CBS Philly
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a large glass panel fell on two workers during construction of one of New York City's tallest skyscrapers, killing one and sending the other to a hospital. Police: Lakim McDonald Charged After Stealing Woman's Car With 2 ...
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Glass Panel Falls, Kills Worker at Skyscraper SiteU.S. News & World Report
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Evening Standard

Landlords left with four Shard skyscrapers' worth of empty space in High Street bloodbath
Evening Standard
Landlords could be left with more than four Shard skyscrapers' worth of empty space, alarming new research warned on Tuesday. In figures compiled for the Evening Standard, Colliers International forecast that the bloodbath in the retail and restaurant ...

South China Morning Post

Climbing Hong Kong's tallest skyscrapers, the adrenaline of being chased and dealing with risk
South China Morning Post
When James Sight perches on the edge of a huge building, he seems comfortable and at ease, but that was not always the case. When he first started climbing Hong Kong's skyscrapers he was a little scared of heights. “I didn't go near the edge,” he said.

Lincoln Journal Star

More skyscrapers in Chicago? City in midst of another building ...
Lincoln Journal Star
CHICAGO — Fifty years ago this month, construction of the John Hancock Center topped out.

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Skyscrapers plan for Chicago site once owned by Irish developer
Belfast Telegraph
A major US developer has unveiled an ambitious plan to build twin skyscrapers on the site of Irish property tycoon Garrett Kelleher's ill-fated Chicago Spire. New York-headquartered Related Companies said its proposal for the site, which it now owns ...

How long should a skyscraper live for?
New Atlas
The Great Pyramid of Giza has stood at a height of around 460 feet for 4,500 years, but these days we are ripping down tall structures without even batting an eyelid. A new study looking at the average lifespan of demolished skyscrapers illustrates ...

New York Times

Did That Just Happen?! Skyscraper Stunts in the Movies
New York Times
Since King Kong climbed to the top of the Empire State Building in 1933, the movies have often relied on skyscrapers as a tense setting for action thrills. And the buildings, along with studio ambitions, keep getting higher. This summer, Dwayne Johnson ...

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