The race for building better, stronger and taller buildings has been prevalent since the last two decades. Till date, we can see many nations compete against each other in building taller and taller skyscrapers.
One such city that has been building tall buildings since a very, very long time is New York, United States of America. It goes without saying that the Empire State of Building still remains a symbol in the city. The skyscraper has been featuring in films and songs since the time it had been completely built, back in 1931. Now although that was 89 years ago, it set a status symbol for tall buildings skyscrapers. One truly astonishing fact is that New York has 10 notable skyscrapers, and 8 of them were built only in the last 15 years. This proves that although competing for grand architecture has been present since the times of ancient civilisations, it rocketed in the last 20 years in our modern era and world.
It would be unfair not to mention Dubai, which tops the list with mega sculptures like the Burj Khalifa and the significantly older Burj-al-Arab. The Burj Khalifa still holds the record being the tallest skyscraper in the world. However, Saudi Arabia is all set to beat this record with its Jeddah Tower, that too only with a mere difference of one kilometre.
Tall buildings were one thing, but with time, the nations desired that their tall buildings become 'skyscrapers', that is, becoming extra taller than their predecessors. In this race, China remains an eminent name amongst all the nations. Just recently, they proved their infrastructure and construction skills by setting up a hospital to combat COVID-19. Their prompt response to an epidemic that slowly turned into a global pandemic, is highly commendable. With technology becoming more capable of adopting advanced construction and architectural methods, the future only seems brighter for even more taller skyscrapers.
Have a look at this infographic for even more skyscrapers:
Infographic by: Visual Capitalist