Sunday, January 24, 2016

America Is Losing At Skyscrapers

From New York Magazine:

The Shanghai Tower (center) is the world's second-tallest building. The one on the right can also open beer bottles. Photo: Gensler
If you think those 1,200-foot beanpoles going up in midtown are impressive, you should see what's sprouting in Shanghai. According to a new report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2015 was a record year for skyscraper construction — more than 100 were completed. The United States built two of them. China built 62, making it the prevailing skyscraper champ for the eighth consecutive year. 

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New York does have the second-tallest building on the list: 432 Park Avenue, which reaches 1,396 feet and is now the tallest all-residential building in the world. But you'd have to put a 60-story building on top of that one to match China's Shanghai Tower, the year's biggest. At about 2,073 feet, it's now the second-tallest building in the world (the Burj Dubai is still the king)....