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PostSubject: CTBUH 2010 Tall Buildings Review   Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:11 am

CTBUH 2010 Tall Buildings Review

Published on 13-01-2011 by
With the New Year well and truly out of the way everyone involved in the building of skyscrapers can get ready to pop the champers corks again in celebration of the fact that despite a crippling global recession hitting, 2010 was the year of the skyscraper, with more towers being completed than in any previous year in history according to the Committee of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

In total 66 buildings over 200 metres in height hit skylines across the world, smashing 2007's record of 48. Of course, top of the list is the much hyped Burj Khalifa in Dubai which took the title of worlds tallest building coming in at a cool 828 metres, but this was not the only supertall to be completed.

Another seven were also completed, four of which took 1st, 4th, 7th and 9th in the tallest building top ten list. With 2010's additions there is now a total of 50 supertalls worldwide with a few more to come in the next few years.

These additions to the list show a 40% change in the world's tallest ten in the course of a single year, something not seen since 1930 when, led by New York's Chrysler Building, four US buildings were added to the tallest ten list.

Fans of the humble skyscraper may have already guessed that China lead the way in construction last year with a rather respectable 21 completed buildings over 200 metres in height, three of which were among the five tallest completed worldwide.

Hot on their heels in second place with 14 completed projects is the UAE, 11 of these were located in the city of Dubai, which took the top prize for most 200 + metre buildings in a single city which shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone.

The USA continued it steady decline in construction in 2010 making up only 9% of the buildings completed, a poor effort compared to 2009 when they occupied 1st 3rd and 5th tallest in the list.

Despite being a record breaking year 2010 wasn't quite as good as what everyone thought it would be thanks to the global cash shenanigans that slowed the rate of construction to a sometimes frustrating snails pace, and hampered the completion of numerous projects.

This being the case 2011, and maybe even 2012 look set to be on the surface good years for skyscrapers, but beyond that the future in comparison could look quite grim as the financial world takes a deep breath in and tightens its corset.
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