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2/12/18

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A Brief History of Skyscrapers in 7 Titanic Towers

(L) Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Photo ​© Ezra Stoller | ESTO. (R) The Burj Khalifa. Photo © Nick Merrick | Hedrich Blessing

Source: Popular Mechanics

Today, we take for granted the towers of iron, steel, and glass that make up the modern day skyscraper ... Here's a brief history of their development and evolution as illustrated by seven of the most important skyscrapers ever built.

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The Sears Tower, now known as the Willis Tower, was designed by Fazlur Kahn himself, making use of the tubular column strategy to make the tower ever taller and more stable without requiring it to taper at the top.

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While it didn't take the title of world's tallest from the Sears Tower directly, the famous Burj Khalifa marked a seismic shift in the history of skyscrapers. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the same firm behind work on Sears Tower and World Trade Center, the Dubai masterpiece still stands as the world’s tallest.

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