Huge growth in construction for skyscrapers around the world

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Graph of new tall buildings per yearJanuary 19, 2014- The Council on Tall Buildings released its 2013 report, and it was a stellar year for new mile-high skyscrapers. (If you mouse over the blue dots, the names of the tallest building of the year pulls up)

Here are some of 2013’s key milestones:

  • 2013 was the second-most successful year on record for completion of buildings 200 meters or greater in height. In 2013, 73 such buildings were completed, second only to the 81 completions of 2011.
  • For the fourth year running, nine supertalls were again completed in 2013. These 36 supertalls, built over the last four years, comprise nearly half the total number of supertalls that now exist (77).
  • For the sixth year running, China had the most 200-meter-plus completions of any nation, at 37 – located across 22 cities.
  • The tallest building to complete in 2013 was the 355-meter JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 in Dubai, UAE.
  • Three of the five tallest buildings completed are in the United Arab Emirates, for the second year in a row.
  • Europe has two of the 10 tallest buildings completed in a given year for the first time since 1953.
  • Panama added two buildings over 200 meters, bringing the small Central American nation’s count up to 19. It had none as recently as 2008.
  • Of the 73 buildings over 200 meters completed in 2013, only one, 1717 Broadway in New York, was in the United States.”
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