NYC Is Getting the Tallest Residential Building On Earth

The last time we wrote about the Nordstrom Tower, it was due to become one of the tallest buildings of the development boom in NYC's most insufferable neighborhood, Midtown East. But new leaked drawings show that its developers are actually planning the tallest residential building in the world. » 7/11/14 11:00am Friday 11:00am

How an Ancient Mountain Range Made NYC's Skyscrapers Possible

Way back in the day—like really way back, 400 million years ago—Manhattan was covered in a different kind of towering behemoth: Mountains, as tall as the Alps. And though those peaks are long gone, it turns out that we owe a lot to them. In fact, they're the foundation upon which NYC's skyscrapers are built. » 6/27/14 12:20pm 6/27/14 12:20pm

China's New Tallest Building Adds a Floor Every 96 Hours

At 2,165 feet, Shenzhen's Ping An Finance Center is about to become the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world. And it's getting there very quickly: According to a new report from DesignBoom, workers are finishing a new floor of the 115-story building every four days. » 6/17/14 10:01am 6/17/14 10:01am

The Tallest Elevators On Earth Are Being Tested In an Old Mineshaft

Jeddah's Kingdom Tower will be taller than any other structure ever built. At more than one kilometer high, this supertall will require feats of engineering that, until now, have been the stuff of science fiction. Like the world's tallest, longest, and fastest elevators—which are being developed in a mine shaft in… » 6/09/14 3:02pm 6/09/14 3:02pm

A Nosebleed Tour of the Wind Turbines Taking Over NYC's Rooftops

According to the New York Times, wind turbines are all the rage in New York City. We decided to find out for ourselves what all the buzz—or whoosh?—was about. So we met with wind turbine maker UGE and its mechanical engineer, Darius Salgo, who was kind enough to show us around the newly-installed wind turbines on top… » 6/06/14 3:20pm 6/06/14 3:20pm

These new skyscraper tilting windows are designed to freak you out

Holy crap. The John Hancock Tower in Chicago rolled out a snazzy scary new attraction for people who visit the top of the skyscraper: windows that tilt down to give you a better view of the ground beneath you. It's like a roller coaster ride for those afraid of heights (that would be me). Just stand next to the window… » 5/09/14 7:36pm 5/09/14 7:36pm

China Just Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global… » 4/21/14 4:41pm 4/21/14 4:41pm

They're Finally Building the World's New Tallest Tower

For three years, the fate of Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower has hung in the balance. Originally conceived in the heady days of the 2000s, the project has gone through multiple delays and redesigns since 2008. Now, its final iteration—at one kilometer tall—finally been given a start-date for construction. » 3/24/14 3:40pm 3/24/14 3:40pm

Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Skyscrapers

The Department of Agriculture doesn't usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood—and another million that will go to educating architects about it. » 3/21/14 2:00pm 3/21/14 2:00pm

A New Air Rights Report Tells New York City to Build Up, Up, Up!

Air rights—the ability to sell the invisible real estate hovering above your property—have become a big New York City issue in recent years as property values have skyrocketed. A new report recommends easing the city's archaic restrictions to spur positive growth—including building more affordable housing. » 3/10/14 1:11pm 3/10/14 1:11pm