At an impressive 820 feet high and 60 stories, the recently completed Tower 1 in Vienna’s Danube (Donau) City is the tallest building in Austria. Above and below are two images of the new building along the Danube.
When I purchased the Kindle e-book Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, I was excited to learn more about the Russian and Ukrainian history pertaining to this famous seaport founded by Catherine the Great. Never did I ever imagine that the dramatic history contained in this fine book by Charles King would become a precursor and essential prerequisite to a better understanding of the tragic events of the past month. As the third largest city in present-day Ukraine, the history of Odessa is a microcosm of that nation’s story – a diverse and sometimes divisive blend of Ottoman, Russian, Greek, Italian, Cossack, Jewish, Orthodox, German, Slavic, Romanian, Soviet, and Ukrainian cultures all rolled into one.
A magnificent seaport city set aside the Black Sea, Odessa is a relatively young city by European standards, but those 220 years are packed with a series of major events that have defined this metropolis. Unfortunately, the unique mix of cultures that set Odessa apart from most of its counterparts in its first century of existence were decimated by a series of nightmarish acts (both internal and external) that have left the city as a hollow shell of its former glory. Pogroms, epidemics, purges, forced relocation, ethnic cleansing, revolution, warfare, and revisionism have left untold scars upon this once urban beacon of hope, faith, diversity, reluctant acceptance, and economic prosperity.
As strife has yet again returned to the Ukraine, one can only hope and pray that Odessa and the nation as a whole will survive this latest ordeal without undue bloodshed and suffering. Hopefully, this city that once held so much promise as a multicultural beacon can someday return to its rightful position as a leading center of acceptance and shared prosperity. To do otherwise would be a pity and a great loss for humanity as a whole.
Here are selected quotes from this excellent book, some of which are strikingly similar to the ongoing situation there right now:
“Odessa has stood out as a mixed and rambunctious city, an island of difference between sea and steppe, yet a place continually threatened by its own mottled personality.
“From its founding in 1794 all the way to the present, Odessa has struggled to survive somewhere between success and suicide.”
“In the end, Odessa’s experience reveals the creative power as well as the everyday difficulty of being diverse.”
“Visitors don’t arrive in Odessa so much as stumble upon it.”
“But the sea [Black Sea] also offered two things that the Russians in particular desired: ports that were ice-free for most of the winter and potential access to the Mediterranean.”
“Both seaborne and overland commerce made Odessa the centerpiece of an expanding international network that tied the city more to its European counterparts than to the imperial metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow.”
“In relatively short order, Odessans became as status conscious as persons in other major cities.”
“A climate of social freedom was readily apparent. Public smoking, fashions that bordered on the scandalous, and public discussion of contentious issues from international affairs to taxes were relatively uncommon privileges in St. Petersburg and Moscow, but they were part of the normal street life in Odessa.”
“Odessa was founded by foreigners in Russian service, and that heritage reproduced itself generation after generation.”
“Odessa’s commercial success lay in its position at the intersection of flatlands and seascape, where the produce of the former could be sent to markets across the latter.”
“The tsar’s secret police began to see the multilingual and cosmopolitan city as a breeding ground for agitators, saboteurs, and terrorists – because in large part it was.”
“Odessa’s civilized core seemed to have withered and blown out to sea.”
“How could a city generally satisfied with its easy cosmopolitanism fall so speedily into communal chaos?
“After the revolution, however, Odessa seemed mainly a place of departure.”
“As a major cultural center, with long-standing times to Western forms of art and music, Odessa was an obvious target for labeling as a den of spies and wreckers.”
“In one of the least-known episodes of the Holocaust, at least 220,000 Jews were killed in or en route to string of ghettos and concentration camps established in portions of Soviet Ukraine and overseen by the Romanian state.”
“Odessa was one f the first four Soviet cities – along with Leningrad, Sevastopol, and Stalingrad – to be awarded the title of Gorod-Geroi, or “hero city.”
“But over the last two centuries, Odessa managed to produce a local culture woven from uneasiness, way of living that may hold lessons about the creative and destructive power of being in-between.”
Just ten days ago I wrote about Philadelphia’s foray into the elite 1,000 foot skyscraper club. Well, Miami is about to join this illustrious group as well, but not with just one sky-high tower, but two. As a result, the American chapter of the super-skyscraper club will soon consist of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, and now Miami. It won’t surprise this planner if more inductees join their ranks as a super-skyscraper boom is taking place around the globe. Can Dallas, Seattle, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Boston, or even Detroit be far behind?
Greater Miami has no shortage of skyscrapers. Up and down the Southeast Florida coastline skyscrapers have blossomed for many years. However, one factor that has limited the height of towers in many parts of downtown Miami is its proximity to the flight path for Miami International Airport. As a result, until recently the bar had been set below 1,000 feet. That has changed as the FAA recently approved building heights of up to 1,010 feet. In addition, at least one developer is requesting approval to 1,049 feet. Below is a list of the two proposed buildings, one of which have city approval to start construction.
- One Brickell City Centre Tower – proposed at 80 stories and 1,049 feet, is under review by the Miami City Commission.
- One Bayfront Plaza – approved at 80 stories and 1,010 feet, by the Miami City Commission (photo at top of post).
Add to these towers the planned 1,000 foot SkyRise Miami observation tower (see below) and the aesthetics and dynamics of Miami’s skyline are quickly changing.
Currently under construction in Brooklyn, New York is the world’s tallest prefabricated tower – a 32 story, 322 foot tall apartment building containing 363 dwelling units. Erected much like individual Lego pieces, each of the 930 units is constructed offsite, transported to the location, and then hoisted and set/stacked into place. The B2 Tower is part of the Atlantic Yards development and will be completed by December of 2014.
It will be interesting to see what heights prefabricated construction will reach as technologies and construction techniques improve. Prefabricated (or modular) construction includes benefits of being economical and time efficient as its less likely to be delayed by weather.
It might be a tad passé to say, but, perhaps “the sky is the limit.”
Move over Burj Khalifa, soon there will be a new King of the Hill when it comes to supertall skyscrapers. When completed in 2019, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will soar a staggering 3,280 feet or nearly 2/3′s of a mile into the sky. Jeddah is rapidly becoming the planet’s newest sky-highrise capital, as it is home to the world’s tallest airport control tower at 446 feet and the world’s tallest harbor control tower at 431 feet.
“Oh my goodness,” is the best term I can come up with for describing this marvelous feat of sustainable engineering and design. Located in metropolitan Eindhoven, Netherlands – this 237 foot diameter cable-stayed bicycle roundabout is literally suspended in mid-air from a 230 foot tall central pylon over a busy intersection. Here is a weblink to a map of its location on the west side of the city between downtown and the airport. Below is a schematic of the elevated roundabout.
Aptly nicknamed “the Hovenring,” this amazing monument to Dutch ingenuity and cycling leaves this author nearly speechless. Even car lovers would have to admit that this engineering marvel is seriously cool. All I can say, is well done, Holland. Very well done indeed!
p.s. I am definitely visiting this iconic bicycling structure the first chance I get.
Words can hardly describe the majestic beauty of this magnificent new cable-stayed bridge in Mexico. Completed in 2012 and formally opened to traffic in late 2013, the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge can boast a number of superlatives, including:
- The second highest bridge in the world;
- The world’s highest cable-stayed bridge; and
- The longest cable-stayed bridge in North America.
The bridge has a main span of 1,710 feet over a 1,290 foot deep gorge along the Durango-Mazatlan Highway in the Sierra Occidental Mountains of western Mexico. Congratulations to our friends south of the border for this monumental achievement of transportation planning, engineering, construction, and design!
Here is a weblink to a great series of photos about the bridge.
After a thorough search for a detailed list of the world’s tallest civilian air traffic control towers proved to be fruitless on the internet, I decided to try to create one of my own. Below is a working list of those air traffic control towers across the globe that exceed 100 feet in height along with the year the tower was completed, when known, provided in parenthesis.
Please note that some variation in height may occur as certain sources simply listed the height to the floor of the cab, while others list it to the top of the cab. Whenever possible, I used the top of the tower/cab. For those towers where I was certain the data was only to the floor, ten feet was added to represent the total height. Those with (est.) listed next to the height were calculated using FAA Airport Diagrams and NAV Canada Aerodrome Charts that provided the elevation of the control tower and then subtracted the nearest ground elevation.
While I was hoping that this list would be more comprehensive, not all statistical information on air traffic control towers is readily available or accessible on the internet. At the bottom of the primary list is a second one identifying airports with control towers that are likely 100 feet or more in height based on internet images, but the exact height has not been verified, despite a month plus long search.
Similar to office skyscrapers, the height of the tallest air traffic control towers has been rising over time. First, here is a brief summary of the tallest air traffic control tower for each continent, except Antarctica.
- Africa – Cairo, Egypt at 361 feet
- Asia – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 446 feet when completed in 2014
- Europe – Paris (De Gaulle – north), France at 367 feet
- North America – Atlanta, Georgia, USA at 398 feet
- Oceania – Melbourne and Perth, Australia tied at 262 feet
- South America – Bogota, Columbia at 292 feet
Please feel free to submit any additional data to help fill in the blanks (so to speak) and so this dataset may be updated on a regular basis. Any and all additions are appreciated. Thanks! Updates to the list are shown in bold.
- Jeddah (King Abdul Aziz), Saudi Arabia – 446 ft. (2014)
- Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi), Thailand – 434 ft. (2005)
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 425 ft.
- Atlanta (Hartsfield), GA - 398 ft. (2006)
- Tokyo (Haneda), Japan – 380 ft. (2010)
- Wuhan (Tianhe), China – 377 ft (2013)
- Istanbul (Gokcen), Turkey – 367 ft. (2012)
- Paris (De Gaulle – primary/north) – 367 ft. (2005)
- Cairo, Egypt – 361 ft. (2010)
- Guanzhou, China – 361 ft. (2003)
- Vienna, Austria – 361 ft. (2005)
- Abu Dhabi, UAE – 360 ft.
- Las Vegas, (McCarran) NV – 352 ft. (2015)
- Indianapolis, IN - 348 ft. (2005)
- Orlando (International), FL – 345 ft. (2002)
- Denver (Centennial), CO – 340 ft.
- Houston (Intercontinental), TX - 336 ft.
- Memphis, TN – 336 ft.
- Phoenix (Sky Harbor), AZ - 335 ft.
- Shanghai (Pudong), China – 335 ft.
- Amsterdam (Schiphol – primary), Netherlands – 331 ft. (1991)
- Muscat (Seeb), Oman – 331 ft. (2011)
- Seoul (Incheon), Korea – 329 ft. (2001)
- Delhi (Indira Ghandi), India – 328 ft.
- Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion III) – 328 ft. (2014)
- Salt Lake City, UT – 328 ft.
- Denver (International), CO – 327 ft.
- Kunming, China – 325 ft. (2011)
- Newark (Liberty), NJ – 325 ft. (2002)
- Washington (Dulles – primary), DC – 325 ft. (2008)
- Cleveland (Hopkins), OH – 324 ft. (2014)
- Beijing, China – 323 ft.
- Miami, FL – 320 ft. (2000)
- New York City (JFK), NY – 320 ft. (1992)
- Cancun, Mexico – 315 ft. (2009)
- Calgary, Canada – 300 ft. (2012)
- Oslo, Norway – 299 ft.
- Dubai (World Central), UAE – 298 ft. (2010)
- Chengdu (Shuangliu), China – 296 ft. (2011)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW – primary), TX – 295 ft.
- Nagoya (Chubu Centrair), Japan – 295 ft. (2005)
- Paris (De Gaulle – south) – 295 ft. (1999)
- Bogota (Eldorado), Columbia – 292 ft. (2014)
- Hanoi (Noi Bai), Vietnam – 289 ft. (2009)
- Amman (Queen Alia), Jordan – 288 ft. (2010)
- Boston (Logan), MA – 285 ft. (1973)
- London (Heathrow), UK – 285 ft. (2005)
- Tokyo (Narita), Japan – 285 ft.
- Osaka (Kansai), Japan – 282 ft. (1995)
- Dusseldorf, Germany – 280 ft. (2002)
- Doha (New), Qatar – 279 ft. (2013)
- Hammamet, Tunisia – 279 ft. (2009)
- Dublin, Ireland – 279 ft. (2012)
- Stockholm (Arlanda), Sweden – 279 ft.
- Los Angeles (LAX), CA – 277 ft. (1996)
- Damman (King Fahd), Saudi Arabia – 276 ft.
- Mumbai, India – 275 ft. (2013)
- Hong Kong, China – 273 ft. (1997)
- Manila, Philippines – 272 ft.
- Louisville, KY – 270 ft. (1997)
- Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac), WA – 269 ft. (2001)
- Boise, ID – 268 ft. (2010)
- Portland, OR – 266 ft.
- Riyadh (King Khalid), Saudi Arabia – 266 ft.
- Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Argentina – 262 ft. (2011)
- Melbourne (Tullamarine), Australia – 262 ft. (2012)
- Perth, Australia – 262 ft. (1987)
- Singapore (Changi), Singapore – 262 ft. (1981)
- Chicago (O’Hare – primary), IL – 260 ft.
- Kansas City, MO – 257 ft. (1996)
- Tokyo (Haneda) – 255 ft. (old tower)
- Dayton (Cox), OH – 254 ft. (2010)
- Cincinnati, OH/KY – 252 ft. (1998)
- Detroit (Metro – primary), MI – 250 ft. (2002)
- Brisbane, Australia – 246 ft. (1985)
- Munich, Germany – 246 ft.
- Paris (De Gaulle – central), France – 246 ft. (1970)
- Leipzig, Germany – 240 ft. (1999)
- Palm Beach, FL – 240 ft. (2011)
- Pittsburgh, PA – 240 ft.
- Spokane, WA – 239 ft. (2007)
- Algiers, Algeria – 236 ft. (2013)
- Berlin (Brandenburg) – 236 ft. (2012)
- Copenhagen, Denmark – 236 ft. (2007)
- Hyderabad (Rajiv Ghandi), India – 236 ft. (2008)
- Oakland, CA – 236 ft. (2013)
- Madrid (Barajas), Spain – 233 ft. (1997)
- New York City (La Guardia) – 233 ft. (2009)
- Dallas/Forth Worth (DFW) – 232 ft. (1972)
- Bangaluru, India – 230 ft
- Frankfurt, Germany – 230 ft. (2011)
- Milan (Malpensa), Italy – 230 ft.
- Huntsville, AL – 228 ft. (2008)
- Austin (Bergstrom), TX – 227 ft. (1987)
- Tampa, FL – 227 ft. (1972)
- Naypyitaw, Myanmar – 226 ft. (2012)
- Chicago (O’Hare – north) – 225 ft. (2008)
- Athens, Greece – 224 ft. (2001) — Thank you, Nikos!
- Columbus, OH – 224 ft. (2003)
- Hannover (DFS), Germany – 223 ft.
- San Antonio, TX – 221 ft. (1986)
- San Francisco, CA – 221 ft. (2014)
- Taipei (Taoyuan), Taiwan – est. 221 ft.
- Nairobi, Kenya – 220 ft. (1978)
- Chicago (O’Hare – south), IL – 218 ft. (2015)
- Toronto (Pearson – primary), Canada – 215 ft. (1998)
- Albuquerque, NM – est. 214 ft.
- New Orleans (Armstrong), LA – est. 214 ft.
- Paris (De Gaulle – 4), France – 213 ft. (2012)
- Sao Paulo (Campinas/Viracopos), Brazil – 213 ft. (2005)
- Tripoli, Libya – 213 ft.
- Vancouver, Canada – 213 ft. (1996)
- Durban (King Shaka), South Africa – 210 ft. (2011)
- Philadelphia (Terminal 1 ramp), PA – 207 ft. (2001)
- Sacramento, CA – 205 ft. (2014)
- Barcelona (El Prat – primary), Spain – 203 ft. (2004)
- Washington (Reagan), DC – 201 ft. (1997)
- Fort Wayne, IN – 200 ft. (2006)
- Kochi (Cochin), India – 200 ft.
- Milwaukee (General Mitchell), WI – 200 ft.
- Raleigh-Durham, NC – 200 ft. (1987)
- Birmingham, AL – 198 ft. (2000)
- Amsterdam (Schiphol – west) – 197 ft. (2004)
- Brussels, Belgium – 197 ft. (2005)
- Cologne-Bonn, Germany – 197 ft.
- Kuwait City, Kuwait – 197 ft. (1986)
- London (Stansted), UK – 197 ft. (1991)
- Manchester, UK – 197 ft. (2013)
- Roanoke, VA – 197 ft. (2004)
- Santiago (Benitez), Chile – 197 ft. (2001)
- Reno-Tahoe, NV – 195 ft. (2010)
- Surabaya, Indonesia – 195 ft.
- Washington (Dulles – original), DC – 193 ft. (1962)
- Denver (Front Range), CO – 191 ft. (2005)
- Charleston, SC – est. 187 ft.
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL – est. 187 ft.
- Rome (Da Vinci) – 187 ft. (1957)
- Salalah, Oman – 187 ft. (2014)
- Edinburgh (Turnhouse), UK – 186 ft. (2005)
- Baghdad, Iraq – 185 ft.
- Khartoum, Sudan – 184 ft. (2016)
- Zagreb, Croatia – 181 ft. (2011)
- Kutaisi, Georgia – 180 ft.
- Liverpool (John Lennon), UK – 180 ft. (2002)
- Trondheim, Norway – 180 ft. (2005)
- Malaga, Spain – 179 ft. (2002)
- Richmond, VA – 178 ft.
- Barcelona (El Prat – south), Spain – 176 ft. (2011)
- Venice (Marco Polo), Italy – 174 ft. (2011)
- Yekaterinburg, Russia – 174 ft. (2010)
- Nottingham (East Midlands), UK – 172 ft.
- Paris (Orly), France – 171 ft. (1966)
- Santiago de Campestela, Spain – 171 ft. (2007)
- Donetsk, Ukraine – 167 ft. (2011)
- Sydney (Kingsford Smith), Australia – 167 ft. (1996)
- Winnipeg, Canada – est. 167 ft.
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI – 166 ft. (2013)
- Dakar, Senegal – 164 ft. (2014)
- Manama, Bahrain – 164 ft. (2005)
- Sofia, Bulgaria – 164 ft. (2012)
- Edmonton (International), Canada – est. 163 ft. (2012)
- Everett (Paine), WA – 162 ft. (2003)
- Nashville, TN – est. 162 ft.
- Traverse City (Cherry Capital), MI – 160 ft. (2012)
- Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY – 159 ft. (1994)
- New York City (MacArthur), NY – 159 ft. (2011)
- Cairns, Australia – 157 ft. (1990)
- London (Luton), UK – 157 ft.
- Nurnberg, Germany – 157 ft. (1998)
- Nicosia (Larnaca), Cyprus – est. 156 ft.
- St. Louis (Lambert), MO – est 156 ft. (1997)
- Allentown (Lehigh Valley) – 155 ft. (1996)
- Alicante, Spain – 154 ft. (1997)
- Colorado Springs, CO – est. 153 ft.
- Newcastle, UK – 151 ft. (2007)
- Detroit (Metro – Smith Terminal), MI – 150 ft. (1957)
- Hartford (Bradley), CT – 150 ft.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – 150 ft.
- Missoula, MT – 150 ft. (2013)
- Basra, Iraq – 148 ft. (1988)
- Christchurch, NZ – 148 ft. (2009)
- Panama City (Northwest Florida Beaches), FL – 148 ft. (2010)
- Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion), Israel – 148 ft.
- El Paso, TX – 147 ft.
- Houston (Hobby), TX – 147 ft. (2000)
- Abilene, TX – 145 ft. (2012)
- Newport News-Williamsburg, VA – 145 ft (2007)
- Sao Paulo (Congonhas), Brazil – 145 ft. (2010) — Thank you, Fernando!
- Adelaide, Australia – 144 ft. (2012)
- Rochester (Monroe County), NY – est. 142 ft.
- Wichita Falls, TX – 142 ft. (2006)
- Harrisburg, PA – est. 141 ft.
- St. Louis (Downtown), IL/MO – 141 ft. (2007)
- Bratislava, Slovakia – 140 ft. (1998) — Thank you, John!
- Atlanta (DeKalb-Peachtree), GA – 138 ft. (1988)
- Bilbao (Sondica), Spain – 138 ft. (1990)
- Geneva, Switzerland – 138 ft. (1984)
- Nuremberg, Germany – 138 ft. (1999)
- Philadelphia (primary), PA – est. 138 ft.
- Prague, Czech Republic – 138 ft. (1972) — Thank you, John!
- Grand Rapids (Ford), MI – est. 136 ft.
- Alguaire, Spain – 135 ft. (2009)
- Tenerife Norte, Canary Islands – 135 ft. (2011)
- Norfolk, VA – 134 ft. (1995)
- Quito, Equador – 134 ft. (2013)
- Greenwood, Canada – est. 132 ft.
- Astana, Kazakhstan – 131 ft. (2005)
- Corpus Christi, TX – 131 ft. (2001)
- Fortaleza (Martins), Brazil – 131 ft. (2009)
- Melbourne (Tullamarine – old), Australia – 131 ft.
- Moscow, Russia – 131 ft. (2012)
- Zurich, Switzerland – 131 ft. (1986)
- Little Rock (Clinton National), AR – 130 ft.
- Mobile (Regional), AL – est. 130 ft.
- Eagle (County), CO – 128 ft. (2003)
- Jersey, UK – 128 ft. (2010)
- Punta Gorda (Charlotte County), FL – 127 ft. (2012)
- Goose Bay, Canada – est. 126 ft.
- Addis Ababa (Bole), Ethiopia – 125 ft.
- Denver (Rocky Mountain), CO – 125 ft. (2012)
- Billings (Logan), MT – 120 ft. (2006)
- Eugene, OR – est. 120 ft.
- Greensboro (Piedmont Triad), NC – est. 120 ft.
- Gulfport-Biloxi, MS – 120 ft. (2010)
- Oshkosh (Wittman), WI – 120 ft. (2009)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (Arlington), TX – 119 ft. (2006)
- Keahole-Kona, HI – 118 ft. (2012)
- Luxor, Egypt – 118 ft.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA – 118 ft.
- Fort Lauderdale (Executive), FL – 117 ft.
- Farnborough, UK – 116 ft. (2002)
- Wichita (Mid-Continent), KS – est. 116 ft.
- Bandadanaike, Sri Lanka – 115 ft.
- Hambantota, Sri Lanka – 115 ft.
- Hamburg, Germany – 115 ft.
- Hobart, Australia – 115 ft. (1956)
- Iloilo, Philippines – 115 ft. (2007)
- Isle of Man (Ronaldsway), UK – 115 ft. (2010)
- Luxembourg (Findel) – 115 ft. (1993)
- Montreal (Trudeau), Canada – 115 ft.
- Sibiu, Romania – 115 ft.
- Dallas-Fort Worth (Alliance) – est. 114 ft.
- Des Moines, Iowa – est. 113 ft.
- Bacaramanga (Palonegro), Columbia – 112 ft.
- Cebu (Mactan), Philippines – 112 ft.
- Beaumont (Southeast Texas), TX – est. 111 ft.
- New York (Stewart), NY – 111 ft.
- Marquette (Sawyer), MI – 110 ft.
- Ottawa (Cartier), Canada – est. 110 ft.
- Birmingham, UK – 108 ft. (2013)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (Love) – est. 108 ft.
- Pocatello (Regional), ID – est. 108 ft.
- Ajaccio, Corsica, France – 107 ft.
- Krakow, Poland – 107 ft. (2014)
- Topeka (Forbes), KS -107 ft (2003)
- Frederick, MD – 106 ft. (2011)
- Columbia (Metro), SC – 105 ft.
- London (Southend), UK – 105 ft. (2011)
- Berlin, Germany – 105 ft. (2007)
- Cheyenne, WY – 104 ft. (2002)
- Madison (Truax), WI – est. 103 ft.
- Bozeman, MT – 102 ft. (1998)
- Detroit (Flint Bishop), MI – est. 102 ft.
- Guayaquil (de Olmedo), Ecuador – 102 ft. (2006)
- Recife, Brazil – 102 ft. (2013)
- Wellington, NZ – 102 ft. (2014)
- Baltimore (BWI), MD – 100 ft. (1982)
- Cheyenne, WY – 100 ft. (2001)
- Jackson (Sipes), TN – 100 ft. (1995)
- Laredo, TX – est. 100 ft.
- Medford (Rogue Valley), OR – 100 ft.
- State College (University), PA – 100 ft. (2010)
- Vero Beach, FL – 100 ft.
Other airport with control towers of 100 feet or more are listed below, but the exact height has not been confirmed. Any data on these would be appreciated.
- Aqaba (King Hussein), Jordan
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Basel (EuroAirport), Switzerland
- Beijing (Daxing), China (2017)
- Bordeaux (Merignac), France (2000)
- Busan, South Korea
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Constantine, Algeria
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW east and west), TX
- Darwin, Australia
- Davao City, Philippines
- Dubai (International), UAE (2001)
- Gdansk (Walesa), Poland (2004)
- Ghardaia, Algeria
- Glasgow (Prestwick), UK
- Havana (Marti), Cuba
- Istanbul (Araturk), Turkey
- Izmir (Menderes), Turkey (2001)
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Johannnesburg (Tamba), South Africa
- Juanda, Indonesia
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2003)
- Kazan, Russia (2012)
- Kingston (Manley), Jamaica (2013)
- Kinshasa (D’djili), Congo (under construction)
- Lille, France
- Medellin (Cordova), Columbia
- Montevideo, Uraguay
- Moscow (Sheremetyevo), Russia (2009)
- Nantes (Atlantique), France
- Oklahoma City (Will Rogers), OK
- Oran, Algeria
- Philadelphia (Northeast), PA
- Providence (Green), RI
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Sao Paulo (Gualruhos), Brazil
- Sendai, Japan
- Shanghai (Hongqoia), China
- Southampton, UK
- Stavanger, Norway
- Stockholm (Bromma), Sweden (2002)
- Syracuse (Hancock), NY (1999)
- Tamanrasset, Algeria
- Tampere, Finland
- Toronto (Pearson – apron), Canada (2004)
- Tromso, Norway
- Vladivostok, Russia
- Warsaw (Chopin), Poland
- Wroclaw (Copernicus), Poland (2001)
- www. skyscraperpage. com
Just a six years after completing the tallest building in Philadelphia, the Comcast Center at 974 feet, Comcast has announced plans for Philadelphia to join that elite group of cities around the world with skyscrapers exceeding the magical 1,000 foot threshold. Currently, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles are the American members of this group of high-fliers. If you count observation towers, Las Vegas joins the list too.
The impressive 59 story, 1,121 foot tall tower (tentatively coined the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center) will contain approximately 1.5 million square feet of floor space and is due for completion in 2017. To this urban planner, Philadelphia has garnered one of the most aesthetically pleasing skylines in North America since allowing new buildings to be constructed beyond the height of its 548 foot City Hall starting in 1987. Based on the artist renderings of the new tower above, that trend of handsome, well-designed buildings appears to be continuing.
Thank you to Anthony for first making me aware of this news.
There are many fine examples of art deco or art moderne design. But to this planner, one the most impressive art deco structures anywhere is the former Knapp’s Department Store, which adorns south Washington Square in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Completed in 1938, the 190,000 square foot national register building will soon to reopen as the re-christened Knapp’s Office Centre. Congratulations to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations in Greater Lansing that made this successful historic preservation and adaptive reuse effort happen. Well done!