2017 Broke the Record for Most Skyscrapers Ever Built in a Single Year

As open land in cities across the world is becoming harder to find, the tendency to go vertical on buildings is becoming more popular.  For the fourth straight year, a record number of buildings 200 meters (656 feet) or higher were built in a single year.

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World’s 4th and 5th Tallest Buildings Officially Open, Pushing USA Out of Top 5

Holding the distinction of having the world’s tallest building is a coveted milestone for designers, builders, and countries alike, but no one has been able to top the 2,722 foot tall Burj Khalifa yet, since it opened in early 2010. The 2nd tallest tower in the world, the Shanghai Tower, opened 5 years later and stands 2,073 feet tall. Just recently, two more gigantic buildings opened their doors, taking over the 4th and 5th spots on the list for tallest in the world, pushing America’s One World Trade Center into 6th place.

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