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 Yesterday 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

Take a Tour of New York City's Best Architecture in One Image

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that New York City is home to some of the world’s most impressive and diverse architecture. Pick a style from the last 200 years, and you’re bound to find a fantastic example somewhere in Gotham. Now, you can find them all on one reasonably priced poster. » 4/14/15 6:00pm 4/14/15 6:00pm

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

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 3/30/15 6:10pm

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

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

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