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2016 Heralds Beginning of the Megatall Skyscraper Era

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Source: Dezeen

The number of skyscrapers over 600 metres high – known as "megatalls" – is set to more than double in the next few years, say experts.

Skyscraper authority the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed that the number of 600-metre-plus buildings in the world is set to rise from three to seven in the next five years. ...

The first "megatall" skyscraper was SOM's Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which completed in 2010 and has held the title of world's tallest building ever since.​ ...

Brian Lee, a Chicago-based partner at SOM, believes advancements in construction will continue to fuel the trend for taller and taller buildings. "Materials and technologies that enable mega-tall buildings continue to improve," he told Dezeen. "Buildings like the Burj Khalifa utilise these innovations to concentrate density and create potent symbols for communities."

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