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Observation towers as economic & tourism development tools

While preparing my recent post on North American observation towers, an intriguing trend was noticed across the Midwest and Great Plains. There, where topographic changes can often quite subtle, observation towers appear to have become an economic development and/or tourism … Continue reading

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Tallest tourist observation towers in North America – UPDATED

The following is a list of the tallest tourist observation towers in North America. A minimum height above ground level of 40 feet was required for inclusion in this list. Not included on this list are lighthouses, office building/skyscraper observation … Continue reading

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World’s highest skybridges

The following list identifies the world’s highest skybridges that connect parts of one or multiple buildings. As new skybridges are constructed the list will be updated from time to time. The minimum height above ground for inclusion on the list … Continue reading

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India’s tallest air traffic control towers

Below is a list of the tallest air traffic control towers in India for which information is  available online. As always, any additions, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome. Information about the airports in Chennai, Lucknow, and Jaipur, among others, … Continue reading

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The rise of slender toothpick skyscrapers

A recent trend in skyscraper development, especially in New York City, has been pencil-thin, almost toothpick-like skyscrapers built on very small/narrow parcels. These slender towers look almost anorexic in appearance compared to many of their predecessors (see comparison graphic below).  … Continue reading

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World’s tallest* elevator test towers

The following list identifies the tallest elevator test towers in the world by their height (in feet) above ground. As is noted with an asterisk (*), there is also one major elevator testing site that utilizes a former mine beneath … Continue reading

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Tall Timbers – The rise of the wooden skyscraper – UPDATE #2

In recent years, a new trend in high-rise construction has emerged – the development of skyscrapers constructed largely of wood products (can also referred to as mass timber, cross-laminate timber, and/or engineered-wood). Use of these natural materials have the benefits of … Continue reading

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El edificio más alto por país en América Latina

(The tallest building by country in Latin America.) Torres Obispado: Monterrey, Mexico = 1,002′ (2020)  Gran Torre Costanera: Santiago, Chile = 984′ (2014) J.W. Marriott Hotel: Panama City, Panama = 932′ (2011) Yachthouse Residence Club 1 & 2: Balneario Camboriú, Brazil … Continue reading

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India graces us with the loveliest skyscraper of all

The Namaste Tower under construction in Mumbai, India may not be the tallest skyscraper in the city or in the world at (301 meters or 988 feet in height), but when completed it sure will be the loveliest. Designed to … Continue reading

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Raising the High Line’s influence to new heights 

  It’s not often that you see a skyscraper design that thinks outside the box here in the United States, but I must admit the proposed Spiral in New York City is an eye-catcher. This handsome tower incorporates a stunning … Continue reading

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