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.
The Hub at Johns Hopkins
Spaghetti skyscrapers: Teams showcase engineering know-how at annual Tower of Power contest
The Hub at Johns Hopkins
Lisa Eklund spends her days behind a desk at Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering. But on Tuesday evening in the Glass Pavilion, the senior grants and contracts analyst left her spreadsheets behind in favor of some very different ...
The joy of joists: an engineer explains the beauty of skyscrapers
At 23, the Roma Agrawal helped to build The Shard. Now the structural engineer wants to change the way we think about buildings â€“ and believes high rises could still be the answer to the housing crisis. By Etan Smallman. We have heard of the ...
Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper
A Japanese company is planning to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper, to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041. Sumitomo Forestry said 10% of the 70-storey W350 tower would be steel, combined with about 180,000 cubic metres of indigenous wood ...
Japanese Company To Build Sustainable Skyscraper Made Out Of Wood
Japan reveals plans for world's tallest wooden skyscraper
Tokyo to build world's tallest wooden skyscraper
The slender skyscrapers changing New York's skyline
Whether it can be applied to a building is determined by the structure's base width to height ratio, according to Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City. "Structural engineers generally consider ...
Perth Festival: Siren Song turns skyscrapers into surround-sound system
The audio installation comprises banks of speakers affixed to seven different skyscrapers along St George's Terrace, each its own "channel". "Every set of speakers is playing back a different voice," Scullin explains, "and the chord is formed in the ...
Are architects turning their backs on glass skyscrapers?
No form of architecture more perfectly epitomizes the 20th century than the glass tower. From Manhattan to Moscow, glistening skyscrapers became not only the most practical response to densely-populated cities, but the most coveted symbol of progress ...
The Local France
France's green party pushes for ban on Paris skyscrapers
The Local France
France's green party pushes for ban on Paris skyscrapers. Montparnasse Tower has always been considered austere and vastly out of keeping with the city's largely Haussmannian appearance. Source: Josh Veitch Michaelis/Flickr. The Local. news.france ...
Why This Bold Architect Loves Building Skyscrapers Made of Wood
Concrete and steel have ruled skyscraper construction for the better part of a century. But in recent years wood has been reengineered to be as light and strong as its industrial-age counterparts, enabling a boom in large-scale timber structures that ...
Calatrava and Gehry Rumored to Be Designing Skyscrapers for New York's Hudson Yards Megaproject
New York City's most buzzy megaproject, Hudson Yards, may have just added two more huge names to their list of notable architects, if a new report from the Wall Street Journal is to be trusted. According to a source the WSJ describes as â€œa person ...
Developer Submits Plans For 1000 Feet Tall Skyscraper
DENVER (CBS4)â€“ Denver's skyline could reach 1,000 feet high over the Mile High mark when construction a new skyscraper is completed. Plans are moving forward for a new skyscraper that would forever change the skyline of Denver. The developer submitted ...