Skyscrapers Inching Closer to the Heavens Again

But the Chinese are hardly alone in their rush to build big. In 2009, Europe listed only 19 buildings of at least 200 meters in height. The continent will feature 44 such buildings by the end of 2014, with 13 of those being in Moscow. No other European city will boast more than five, says the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower in Chicago is currently America’s tallest building and ranks ninth in the world at 1,451 feet. When completed, New York City’s One World Trade Center will surpass it at 1,776 feet. The building is being constructed on the site of the former World Trade Center towers destroyed during September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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