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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 »

Company Gets Patent for 12-Mile-High Space Elevator

Canadian company Thoth gets a patent for a 12-mile-high tower into space

(Newser) - A Canadian company best known for building tiny objects suitable for outer space has just earned a US patent on something distinctly grander: a 12-mile-high inflatable space elevator held up not by cables but by pressurized segments, reports . That's more than 20 times taller than the world’... More »

China Could Soon Get 1km-Tall Tower

Phoenix Towers would have a purpose beyond height, says UK architect

(Newser) - China may soon lay claim to the tallest buildings in the world, a pair that could save the planet—or at least make a dent in the city of Wuhan's pollution. The Creators Project reports that a London-based architect has revealed plans for the two mammoth buildings, the tallest... More »

Firm Plans to Build World's Tallest Building ... in 90 Days

Chinese company plans prefab 'Sky City'

(Newser) - A Chinese company is planning to make the world's tallest building sprout from the central city of Changsha as fast as a magic beanstalk. Broad Sustainable Building says that after construction begins on its Sky City project early next year, the 2,749-foot-tall tower will be completed in just... 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 »

Visitors Flee as Dubai Shark Tank Cracks

'Indoor ocean' springs a leak

(Newser) - A Dubai aquarium and shopping mall were evacuated yesterday when a mammoth shark tank cracked and gushed water in downtown Dubai. The 2.5 million gallon tank, promoted as an "indoor ocean," holds some 33,000 sea creatures, including hundreds of sharks. Workers carrying life jackets rushed to... More »

Elevator Horror Sparked Tallest Building Shutdown

Passengers trapped after crash, breaking glass, dust

(Newser) - The mysterious sudden shutdown of the world's tallest building in Dubai this week occurred after panicky elevator passengers were stuck between floors for close to an hour, new reports have revealed. People on the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa tower heard a crash and breaking glass Sunday, and dust... 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 »

SF Skyline Getting Big Upgrade

Proposed buildings will be second-tallest in US

(Newser) - San Francisco officials are cementing deals to build a pair of skyscrapers that would challenge New York's 1,250-foot Empire State Building as the US' second tallest, Bloomberg reports. The city has selected a plan for a slender, 1,200-plus-foot obelisk to be built in the Market financial district, with... More »

Dubai Tower is World's Tallest

$1B skyscraper at 1,680 feet; final height will be over 2,200 with 160 floors and 56 elevators

(Newser) - An unfinished skyscraper in Dubai is now scraping the sky at 1,680 feet, surpassing Tawain's Taipei 101 as the world's tallest building. The Burj Dubai, which began construction in September 2004, will cost $1B and consist of more than 160 floors and 56 elevators when completed in 2008. More »

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