Magazine article Geographical

Sky High: The World Continued Surging Upwards in 2015, Breaking Records for the Number of New Tall Buildings Built in a Single Year

Magazine article Geographical

Sky High: The World Continued Surging Upwards in 2015, Breaking Records for the Number of New Tall Buildings Built in a Single Year

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The financial sector might be nervously glancing over its shoulder at China's apparent economic slowdown, but there are seemingly no such concerns in the world of Chinese skyscraper construction. 62 new buildings over 200m tall were added to China's cities last year, far more than the rest of the world. For the first time ever, over 100 new skyscrapers (106 to be exact) were added to global city skylines within a single year, with the busiest constructors after China being Indonesia (nine), the UAE (seven) and Russia (four). Overall, 76 per cent of these new skyscrapers are in Asia, continuing a trend that has been underway since the 1980s. 48 of the 100 world's tallest buildings are now located there, with 28 in the Middle East and only 17 in North America--once the dominant force in worldwide skyscraper building. Last year even saw Chicago's 442m Willis Tower, once the world's tallest, drop out of the top ten, following completion of the 632m Shanghai Tower, now the second-tallest in the world behind Dubai's 828m Burj Khalifa. …

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