That Time New York City Wanted to Put Highways On Top of Its Skyscrapers

Some might say New Yorkers had more money than sense in the Roaring Twenties. Somewhat profoundly, John K. Hencken's idea to build highways on top of skyscrapers in Manhattan required both. Bummer about that stock market crash—otherwise these elevated boulevards might have been built! Emphasis on the might have. » 3/30/15 6:10pm Monday 6:10pm

Instant Skyscrapers Are About to Change the Way We Live in Cities

The pop-up city is an idea that dug its way into our collective brain a century ago as the first steel buildings rose—a dream that's as common in cartoons as it is in urban planning. And for the first time in history, it's technically possible. » 3/20/15 3:30pm 3/20/15 3:30pm

The tallest buildings on each continent throughout history, visualized

I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what… » 3/18/15 9:26pm 3/18/15 9:26pm

2014 Was a Record Year for Skyscrapers, and That Could Be Bad News

It's been a very, very tall year. In fact, 2014 actually broke the existing record for the number of skyscrapers completed over a year, with 97 new buildings over 656 feet tall. But is that necessarily a sign of health for our economy? Some economists suggest the opposite. » 1/22/15 11:55am 1/22/15 11:55am

NYC's Newest Skyscraper Won't Stop Raining Down Hunks of Metal and Rock

432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, is many things: A billionaire magnet; a vessel for the world's fanciest bathroom; a dormitory for "maids." Oh, and a serious hazard for anyone walking near it. » 1/16/15 6:10pm 1/16/15 6:10pm

Good night, London

It's a little weird to say this but I've mostly ignored London as a city to visit. Even though it's been years since I've last been and even though I enjoyed my time there, I never think about it when I get bitten by the travel bug. And I don't have a legitimate reason why not! Maybe I should go again. » 12/12/14 2:13am 12/12/14 2:13am

Bureaucracy and Bad Design Killed the World Trade Center's Green Dream

Once upon a time, One World Trade was a trumpeted as the future greenest skyscraper in the world. It turned out to be anything but, and today, Mother Jones has obtained documents explaining what the hell happened. The short answer is money, bureaucracy, bad design. Oh, and Hurricane Sandy. » 12/08/14 3:50pm 12/08/14 3:50pm

The 9 Most Expensive Buildings Ever Aren't What You'd Expect

Buildings are expensive but they're nowhere near as expensive as incompetence, as we learned this week thanks to new revelations about the $4 billion price tag of the World Trade Center transit hub. In the process,we uncovered a list of the most expensive structures ever built—and some of them might surprise you. » 12/04/14 9:04am 12/04/14 9:04am

Paris Is Still Winning Its Battle Against Skyscrapers

Among first-world capital cities, Paris is fairly unique in its rejection of skycrapers: to date, there's only one, the Tour Montparnasse, in the center of the city. And thanks to a politically tense vote yesterday, things are set to stay that way. » 11/17/14 11:00pm 11/17/14 11:00pm

How New York City's Skyline Will Look in 2018

The supertall boom in New York City is happening. Although we've seen a few different visualizations of how this might look, here's a series of brand-new images that puts the changing skyline in perspective, with two dozen proposed or under-construction supertalls that will irrevocably change the New York City skyline… » 11/17/14 2:13pm 11/17/14 2:13pm

The Sad Fates of the World's Six Tallest Unfinished Buildings

Building a house is stressful. Building a skyscraper is a nuclear bomb of stress, problems, and carefully-coordinated chaos—chaos that is closely tied to the economy, and that is easily derailed by war, politics, and financial downturns. » 11/17/14 9:20am 11/17/14 9:20am

Dubai's Newest Twin Towers Will Look Like a Pair of Blunts

Economic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won't give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are already being touted as the world's tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because… » 10/29/14 5:36pm 10/29/14 5:36pm

Daredevils climb a skyscraper in Hong Kong to hijack a billboard

Hong Kong is one of those crazy future cities in the world where buildings kiss the sky and people are stacked on top of people and streets hide alleys which hide labyrinths which hide awesome. It's great. It's also great for climbing to the top of a skyscraper to hijack a billboard. These guys proved that. » 10/08/14 10:20pm 10/08/14 10:20pm

How I Learned to Love Supertalls (And Why You Should Too)

The New York skyline is defined by two things: height and change. While Manhattan's new buildings have always tended towards tall, the current wave of projects pushing the city back to the top of the global totem pole are "supertalls": skyscrapers standing over 1,000 feet. This is a good thing. » 10/03/14 4:15pm 10/03/14 4:15pm

Skyscraper-Scaling Teen Instagrammers Are Getting Busted By Police

Is there a skyscraper or construction site in the New York City area without a precocious teen Instagrammer on top? NBC reports that Demidism, the 17-year-old who climbed the unfinished 432 Park, has been arrested for trespassing. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old who climbed One World Trade Center this spring has been… » 9/30/14 1:29pm 9/30/14 1:29pm

The Evacuator Makes Jumping Out a Window a Sane Way to Escape a Fire

If a fire starts on a high floor in a skyscraper, there's a good chance it could cut off the means of escape for everybody on the floors above. But a Dutch company wants to solve this problem with technology that's not dissimilar to what stuntmen use to stay safe. » 9/23/14 3:17pm 9/23/14 3:17pm

Shenzhen's Towering City Within a City Will Battle a Tide of Smog

A few years ago, you'd probably never heard of Shenzhen. Now the tiny Chinese fishing village has grown into a certified megalopolis, with 10 million residents, a thriving tech industry, and a gorgeous world-class airport. To cement its rising status in the world economy, Shenzhen has announced its most ambitious… » 9/18/14 11:55am 9/18/14 11:55am

Latin America's New Tallest Skyscraper Will Look Like a Quarter Pipe

Argentina's planning to erect a new waterfront tower, and it looks like it belongs in a skatepark. President Cristina Fernández posted the winning design on Facebook this week. It's wrapped in the same white and sky blue on Argentina's flag. And it's a quarter pipe. » 9/11/14 5:52pm 9/11/14 5:52pm

NYC's Newest Skyscraper Has Three Floors Just For "Maids' Rooms"

Watch out 432 Park Avenue. There's a new super skyscraper slated for 125 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan, and this new tower will be tall. It will be eye-catching. And it will be expensive—so expensive, they're building three floors just for maids. » 9/03/14 3:43pm 9/03/14 3:43pm

The Anti-Skyscraper Law That Shaped Sydney, Australia

When we look at visions of the future from the 20th century we often imagine the lone inventor or solitary artist concocting the fantastical world of tomorrow in isolation. But it's amazing how frequently both government regulation and the lack of regulation can influence the future of a given city in ways we don't… » 8/13/14 5:44pm 8/13/14 5:44pm