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What You Can See From The Tallest Observation Decks On Earth

It’s only been a few years since humans could climb more than 800m above the surface of the Earth without the help of jet fuel. It’s easy to forget that buildings that reach this high into the atmosphere are a new phenomenon in our world — at these heights, it’s more like aerospace engineering than architecture.

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NYC Skyscraper Won't Stop Raining Hunks Of Metal And Rock

432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, is many things: A billionaire magnet; a vessel for the world’s fanciest bathroom; a dormitory for “maids.” Oh, and a serious hazard for anyone walking near it.


Changing The Lightbulb On A 450m Tower Is Breathtakingly Terrifying

My pores on the palms of my hands are shaking. My caps on my knees are sweating. I’m having trouble breathing. And it’s all because of this slightly terrifying video showing a tower climber climbing atop a 450m TV tower to change the lightbulb like it’s a leisurely walk in the park.


Bureaucracy and Bad Design Killed The World Trade Center's Green Dream

Once upon a time, One World Trade was a trumpeted as the future greenest skyscraper in the world. It turned out to be anything but, and today Mother Jones has obtained documents explaining what the hell happened. The short answer is money, bureaucracy, bad design. Oh, and Hurricane Sandy.


How Fast Do The Elevators In The World's Tallest Buildings Go?

When you’re building supertalls, there are other problems to worry about than just making sure they don’t fall or blow over. One of the biggest is how to get people up to the top in a reasonable amount of time. If you’ve got a slow elevator the 125th floor might as well not exist.


A 300m Tower Is Being Built In The Amazon To Track Climate Change

In a remote stretch of the Amazon rainforest, a skinny steel tower will soon rise over 300m into the sky — higher than the Eiffel Tower, way higher than the trees. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a joint effort by Brazil and Germany to figure out exactly how carbon dioxide fluctuates inside the South American rainforest, one of the “green lungs” of the planet.


Why The White House Is Spending Millions To Promote Wood Skyscrapers

The Department of Agriculture doesn’t usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $US1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood — and another million that will go to educating architects about it.


Watch A Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into A Five Room Suite

The 43-storey De Rotterdam is Europe’s largest building. Inside, however, it’s a study in how to live inside a small space: The behemoth’s tiniest unit is only 59 square metres, yet because it’s kitted out with incredible transforming furniture, it functions like a five room apartment.


The World's Tallest Building May Soon Be Without Lifts Or A/C

Rent at the 163-storey Burj Khalifa doesn’t come cheap. While a one-bedroom “only” costs $US55,000 a year (according to CNN), it’s the $US25,000 service fee that really gets you. Now, a fight over these fees may force tenants to make the climb home on foot.


The Brutally Beautiful Wastelands Of Outer Moscow

The seam where a city meets the country is an uncanny place. It’s not rural, yet not exactly urban, either, a non-place often full of half-finished streets and isolated developments. Most of us only see these environments through the windows of our cars, but photographer Alexander Gronsky has spent the last four years in Moscow’s outskirts, watching and photographing.