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Time to Take the Ego Out of Skyscrapers, Says Renowned Architect

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Source: South China Morning Post

At 829.8 m (2,722 ft) the world’s tallest completed man-made structure is still a long way short of a building’s possible height.

The technical know-how that enabled construction of the 162-story Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai could actually take it a mile high...

But why would you want to? asks Brian Lee, whose Chicago-based global architecture, engineering and design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) master-planned the record-breaking Burj Khalifa... Lee’s firm, SOM, also designed Beijing’s tallest building, the 74-storey China World Trade Center 3A tower, completed in 2010, and is currently constructing the 58-storey China World Trade Center Phase 3B, which will be the second tallest in the capital.

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