The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 86 (2008) > Issues > Issue 14 > Tall buildings: commerce or sculpture - Stuart J. Alexander
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Tall buildings: commerce or sculpture - Stuart J. Alexander

In 1908, The US cities of Chicago and New York had barely become used to seeing their new prestige buildings reach 25 storeys, and other cities would have to wait - some for several decades - to see even that level reached. In 2008, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH) list of the 100 tallest buildings throughout the world shows that they are all over 250m tall, typically 60 storeys. There are 35 'super-tall' buildings over 300m high already built and in use, with a further 55 under construction.