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New LA Skyscraper Soars Past Record in West

The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center opened its doors Friday

(Newser) - The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened its doors on Friday in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles, which is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center has a huge spire that brings its height to 1,100 feet, topping the nearby US Bank Tower by... More »

There's a New Tallest Building West of the Mississippi

Wilshire Grand Tower got a new spire on Saturday, shoving it to almost 1.1K feet

(Newser) - A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Construction workers on Saturday placed a 10-ton spire atop the Wilshire Grand Tower, reports the AP . The spire adds 160 feet to the 73-story building. That makes it 1,099 feet high. That'... More »

Saudi Arabia: We'll Have World's Tallest Building by 2020

Financing in place for Jeddah Tower

(Newser) - For years, Saudi Arabia has had plans to construct the world's tallest building—and now, per a Saudi government press release, the financing is in place. The Jeddah Tower has already been built to the 26th floor, but there are many more to go; ultimately, the tower will boast... More »

Skyscrapers Soared Their Way to a Record 2014

97 buildings reach beyond some 650 feet

(Newser) - Last year was a special one for skyscrapers: Ninety-seven new buildings were 200 meters (about 656 feet) or taller, a survey finds. That's a new record, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat , which conducted the study; the previous record, in 2011, was 81. For the... More »

New World Trade Center's Tallest Title on the Line

Decision should come next week

(Newser) - Rising from the ashes of 9/11, the new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it? A committee of architects recognized as the arbiters on world... More »

Scotland Razes Tallest Structure

Inverkip chimney was 778 feet tall

(Newser) - Some nations spend decades building soaring structures that claim the title of tallest ... and then there's Scotland, which has just spent two years plotting how to correctly blow up its loftiest structure. A 778-foot chimney at Inverkip Power Station was Scotland's tallest freestanding structure up until yesterday, when... More »

Protesters Climb Western Europe's Tallest Building

London Shard demonstration is Greenpeace effort against Shell

(Newser) - Greenpeace is taking its case against Arctic oil drilling to the skies. Demonstrators are climbing the tallest building in western Europe, London's 87-story Shard, to make their point. Safety personnel and police are watching after the team of six women began ascending the building via the roof of a... More »

Europe's Tallest Building Unveiled in London

Meet the 1,016-foot Shard skyscraper

(Newser) - The newest addition to London's skyline was officially inaugurated with a spectacular laser show last night. The 1,016-foot Shard skyscraper is the city's tallest building by far and is currently the tallest building in Europe, although it will lose that crown when Moscow's Mercury City Tower... More »

Freedom Tower Now NYC's Tallest ... Sort Of

Unless you count the Empire State Building's needle

(Newser) - It’s a momentous day in New York today: The World Trade Center is once again the city's tallest structure. The skeleton of the still-under-construction "Freedom Tower" will today surpass 1,250 feet, the AP reports, making it just a hair higher than the Empire State Building. But... More »

Azerbaijan Plans World's Tallest Building

Man-made islands hailed as 'new Venice'

(Newser) - Azerbaijan's got oil money to burn, and officials want to show off the country's modernity—so they're planning to construct the tallest building on the planet. The Azerbaijan Tower is set to rise nearly 3,450 feet over a collection of 41 artificial islands near the capital,... More »

Saudis Building World's Tallest Tower

At more than 3,280 feet high, it will top Burj Khalifa

(Newser) - It's only been a year and a half since Dubai opened the world's tallest building , and already Saudi Arabia is coming along to steal away the title. The country's Kingdom Holding Co., run by a billionaire prince, announced today that its associate firm has made a $1.... More »

Dubai Fetes Tallest Building

Dubai hopes 2,717-foot wonder can repair reputation

(Newser) - The Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed, the tallest building in the world, opened today with an extravagant ceremony involving 10,000 fireworks. The 2,717-foot, 160-story tower—originally the Burj Dubai, and renamed in honor of the president of the UAE—is expected to boost revenue for developer Emaar Properties by... More »

Dubai Preps for Opening of World's Tallest Building

160-story Dubai Burj stands 2,683 feet tall

(Newser) - Six years in the making, the Burj Dubai skyscraper opens Monday with the United Arab Emirates' fortunes in flux and the boom times that launched the world's tallest building a distant memory. Designed by American Adrian Smith, the Burj Dubai—the name means simply "Dubai Tower"—is 2,... More »

Atlantic City Takes on Las Vegas

Four companies to invest $9 billion, open luxe mega-casinos

(Newser) - Atlantic City is about to get a $9 billion makeover, with four companies slated to build  as many new mega-casinos by 2012. The luxury resorts constitute the biggest burst of investment in the city since the start of casino gambling in 1978, the AP reports. As Atlantic City bids to... More »

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