İstanbul’s skyscraper race: a tale of necessities and sustainable heights

As skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa are built throughout the world to topple records and flex national and economic muscle, in the megacity of İstanbul such tall wonders are seen as necessities as its population and its finance sector grow to new heights.

BlackBerry cancels UAE launch party for new smartphone

Organisers said on Tuesday that an exclusive preview of the new BlackBerry Pearl 9105 smartphone device in Dubai has been cancelled. Arabian Business can reveal that the preview party, which was due to be held at Prive at the Armani Hotel on Wednesday evening, has been postponed until a later date. The decision follows an announcement on Sunday by the UAE that it will ban certain BlackBerry services in the country from October 11.

Architectural firm creates ‘exciting vision’ for Great Lakes

This week, the greenest and brightest minds from both sides of the border will come together for a weeklong discussion focusing on the many problems facing the Great Lakes. And front and centre will be Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the firm that built the John Hancock Center and Sears Tower in Chicago and the Burj Khalifa — the tallest building on the planet at 828 metres.

World’s tallest free-standing tower opens in Japan

The tower, built by Japan’s Tobu Railway Company, stands 634 metres (2,080ft) tall, making it the world’s second tallest building after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 829 metres (2720 ft). Tokyo Skytree is now the world’s tallest free-standing broadcast tower ahead of the Canton Tower in China which scales 600 metres (1,968 ft).

World’s second tallest building Rises in Makkah

The tower will boast 662 meters of concrete structure and a 155-meter crescent-topped metal spire. Combined, the two parts of the tower in Makkah will be only roughly 11 meters shorter than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower at 828 meters.

Mile-High Skyscraper Possible by 2025, Race to Top

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Today’s highest skyscraper -- the 818-meter (2,684-foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai -- is set to be overtaken by the 1 kilometer Kingdom Tower in Jeddah when it’s completed in 2018. Developing countries are eclipsing the U.S. and Europe in the “megatall” category of 600-meter-plus buildings, fueled by faster economic growth and a desire to show off their wealth.

Is This What London Will Look Like in 2012?

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On a global scale, the United Kingdom simply doesn’t compete with having any significantly tall buildings. In fact, the UK’s tallest building is not even a third as high as the world’s tallest man made structure (Burj Khalifa – Dubai). However, The City of London is planning to expand vertically into the skyline with a collection of brand new buildings with some very interesting architecture.

Underwater neutrino detector will be the second largest structure ever built

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Plans are afoot to build a gigantic, state-of-the-art neutrino detector beneath the Mediterranean Sea. This particle-hunting behemoth would be taller than the Burj Khalifa and the second biggest structure ever built, second only to the Great Wall of China.

Sky Has a Limit in China, ‘Supertall’ Designer Says

Malott also gave an example of what wouldn’t be built in China: “One Kilometer Tower,” a proposed supertall building that would be the first to reach 1,000 meters (3,281 feet). By comparison, the world’s highest building, recently completed Burj Khalifa in Dubai, tops out at a mere 828 meters (2,716 feet).