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Why We're Obsessed With Building Tall

Left: One World Trade Center. Photo © James Ewing | OTTO. Right: Burj Khalifa. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

Source: CNN

From the legendary Tower of Babel to the iconic Burj Khalifa, humans have always aspired to build to ever greater heights. Over the centuries, we have constructed towering edifices to celebrate our culture, promote our cities—or simply to show off...

Yet these grand historical efforts are dwarfed by the skyscrapers of the 20th and 21st centuries. London's Shard looms at 310 meters tall at its fractured tip—but it's made to look small by the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which stands at more than 828 meters.

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