Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Jason M. Barr 20 August 2020

A hundred years ago, policymakers in New York were convinced that ‘few skyscrapers pay large net returns…’ and that ‘the very tall buildings demand many things out of proportion to their increased bulk’ (Heights of Buildings Commission 1913). Despite their sentiments, their belief in the death of the skyscraper was premature. The Empire State Building, which was viewed as nothing short of maniacal in 1931, is now decidedly second tier (the 41st tallest structure in the world). In 2010, the Burj Khalifa, at 828 metres high, set the new record for the world’s tallest building. Industry experts felt that its height was driven by developers’ egos rather than compelling economics (Tomlinson 2016). Still, history may put it

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