The Architects of the Burj Khalifa Are Designing a Competing Skyscraper

The world of record-breaking real estate is full of strange logic and magical thinking. Now, the city that built the world’s tallest building has commissioned the architects behind it to design a new skyscraper that will claim the title of the tallest commercial building in the world. It’s called the Burj 2020. » 6/22/15 4:00pm 6/22/15 4:00pm

Sneaky Nordstrom Tower Adds 71 Feet to Be the Actual Tallest US Building

Last time we checked in with the Nordstrom Tower, a superskinny supertall going up in Midtown Manhattan, a sneaky spire had been added to make it a hair taller than the US’s tallest spire at the World Trade Center. Now, new documents show another stealth move: The actual roof height will be taller than previously… » 6/16/15 8:55pm 6/16/15 8:55pm

50 Buildings That Point to the Future of Cities

Most “best-of” lists for buildings focus on superlatives: tallest, prettiest, most expensive. For the past 50 days, The Guardian has taken a slightly different approach by compiling a stellar lineup of 50 great buildings in 50 different cities. The series serves as both a crash course in architectural history and… » 6/04/15 1:20pm 6/04/15 1:20pm

Get High On The 18 Tallest Observation Decks—But It'll Cost Ya

The World Trade Center’s 107th floor observation deck opened last week with some pretty stunning views of New York City. But does it really provide the best viewing experience among the clouds? The Skyscraper Museum took a global survey of the best observatories and ranked the best views from the top.
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Here's What a Supertall New York Skyline Will Look Like In 2030

It has been a month of supertall news to top them all, with the World Trade Center’s record-breaking 1,776-foot height possibly getting scooped by a surprise spire in Midtown Manhattan. Now a new rendering from Visualhouse posted at New York Yimby gives an idea of how dramatically the New York City skyline will change… » 5/26/15 7:45pm 5/26/15 7:45pm

Watching these guys climb a 2165-foot tall tower made my nerves go crazy

God almighty, I can’t feel a damn thing in my body anymore because watching these two maniacs climb the still under construction 2165-foot tall Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, China is the most blood halting thing. When completed it’ll be the 2nd tallest building in the world and the tallest building in China. » 5/11/15 9:22am 5/11/15 9:22am

Yet Another Dubious Argument For Not Building More Skyscrapers

The US is in the midst of a building boom that will dramatically change the skyline of most major American cities. Among the many concerns about sprinkling our cities with supertalls, there’s one issue that’s starting to crop up in legal battles: shadowy urban landscapes could stifle the potential for gathering solar… » 5/06/15 6:00pm 5/06/15 6:00pm

Base jumping off Dubai's tallest residential building got pretty wild

The Princess Tower is 1,358 feet tall and currently the world’s tallest residential building and the second tallest building in Dubai. It is huge. So obviously when the building opened up their roof to base jump off of, 558 awesomely crazy daredevils joined up and pulled off all sort of crazy jumps. It’s like fear… » 4/28/15 8:00pm 4/28/15 8:00pm

Interesting chart shows what the tallest building built in each year was

This chart showing the height of the tallest skyscrapers built over time, made by the Economist, can get a little hectic with what seems like axises and data points that go beyond x, y and z and on to some unknown letter but it is deeply interesting. It shows what the tallest building built in which year was, how tall… » 4/27/15 10:42am 4/27/15 10:42am

Here's What The World's Tallest Residential Building Will Look Like

The supertall race in Midtown Manhattan is marching skyward at an astonishing rate, with at least four towers on West 57th Street destined to be among the world’s tallest. Now we have some official-official images of the Nordstrom Tower, which, at 1,775 feet, will at some point be the tallest residential building on… » 4/20/15 6:00pm 4/20/15 6:00pm

Stunning elevator ride up One World Trade Center shows 515 years of NYC

Beautiful. Breathtaking. Tragic. Saddening. Historic. The new One World Trade Center’s observatory has elevators that display a 515-year visual timeline of New York City’s skyline and it’s an incredible view. Like if you were in a glass elevator and watching history unfold right before your eyes. » 4/20/15 4:49pm 4/20/15 4:49pm

Does Preserving the Past Keep Cities From Moving Into the Future?

In the last 50 years, the preservationist movement has become powerful—maybe too powerful in a place like New York City, where a third of the buildings are now protected. But the buildings we think of today as landmarks inevitably replaced older structures, ones we tend to forget were demolished in the path towards… » 4/17/15 1:50pm 4/17/15 1:50pm

Crazy winds throw window cleaners for a scary swing ride on 91st floor

Dear Lord. Cleaning the windows of skyscrapers is already a scary enough job but cleaning windows of the 91st floor of the 1600-foot tall Shanghai World Financial Center while the wind violently throws around the scaffolding like some unhinged, unbuckled roller coaster swing? That is absolutely pants laundering… » 4/04/15 3:45am 4/04/15 3:45am