science
I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real

When the world is descending into chaos, it can be hard to believe that optimistic visions of the future are within our reach. But personally, I think I’ve hit that point where escapist fantasy worlds of tomorrow are the only thing that can ease the stresses of our modern world. This 1923 illustration, for instance, is a picture that I’d just love to crawl inside of and pretend is real. Read More >>

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Watching This Dude Sit and Spin on the Edge of a Building is so Nerve Wrecking

This is very probably one of the scariest places you can park your bum: at the very edge of a corner of a very tall building in downtown Toronto. To make it even worse, Oleg Cricket, the guy in the video, decided it would be a perfect time to start spinning around while he’s sitting too. I’ve never been so stressed out after watching someone sit down. Read More >>

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Why We Should Build Our Cities Upwards, Not Outwards

Why should we build taller cities? Because cities with taller buildings are cool as hell. Read More >>

architecture
How Skyscrapers Are Being Built Higher and Higher

Tall buildings often have tuned mass dampers hidden inside their structures to stabilise them against the wind. Those tuned mass dampers are huge, heavy, and help limit a building’s movement by swaying in the opposite direction of the building. Read More >>

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Chicago Might Plug its Giant Hell Pit With a Highway-Straddling Skyscraper

Nearly a decade ago a giant hole was punched into the Chicago landscape and subsequently abandoned. Here’s a plan to make that hole a lot less holey. Read More >>

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How NYC’s Super Skinny Skyscrapers Stack Up Next to the World’s Tallest Buildings 

Over the last two decades, a new type of building has invaded New York City: The super skinny supertall known as a “super-slender.” This new generation of skyscrapers range from 50 to 100 stories, are almost uniformly filled with luxury housing—and some are wedged into the city with astoundingly tiny 45-feet-wide footprints. Read More >>

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Brooklyn is Actually Going to Build This Awesome Megascraper

Can we pause for just a minute to commend the fine people of Brooklyn for approving such a good-looking building as the new tallest structure in their fair borough? Read More >>

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Seeing People Climb a 555-Metre-Tall Skyscraper is Just Madness

When you see these climbers reach the top of Lotte World Tower, a half-kilometre-tall tower that’s the tallest building in South Korea and taller than One World Trade Center in New York, there’s an ever so brief moment of peace. Wow, things look great from up here! And then it’s back to the stressfulness of watching someone do something as insane as climbing a skyscraper. Read More >>

architecture
Another Day, Another Burning Skyscraper in Dubai

Until this incident, it had been almost three months since the last burning skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates. That all changed when a building went up in flames yesterday just outside of Dubai. Read More >>

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An Architectural Tour of Donald Trump’s Over-the-Top Skyscrapers

Before Donald Trump signed up for the presidential race, he signed his name to buildings. Lots of buildings. Sure, presidential candidates have owned property before. But no other candidate has been such an ostentatious developer of a property empire, with so many gilded phallic structures built in his likeness. Read More >>

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Chicago Skyscrapers ‘Raining Glass’ After Scary High Winds

Buildings were evacuated in downtown Chicago yesterday afternoon as 69-mph wind gusts whipped glass out of under-construction skyscrapers, smashing them into nearby buildings and shattering them onto streets below. Read More >>

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This Super-Futuristic Skyscraper for Brooklyn Will Probably Never Get Built

An awesome-looking 73-storey tower planned for downtown Brooklyn could add hundreds of apartments to a city that desperately needs more housing. Too bad the proposal will likely be denied. Read More >>

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This Twisting Manhattan Tower Will Have a Park on Every Floor

When you think of skyscrapers you probably think of pricey property — not leafy parks in the sky. A new 300-metre tower going up in New York provides a more interesting take: hanging gardens that twirl down the exterior of the building. Read More >>

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This Plan to Turn Stockholm Into a City Full of Sky Ways Looks Incredible

We know that cities will need to get taller and denser in the next few decades. Yet it’s not easy to convince residents to build skyscrapers. This Swedish proposal for Stockholm’s downtown incorporates light, greenery, and public space into its tall buildings. It makes density look beautiful. Read More >>