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A look up to the High Rise

Influences of construction and design in the past decade

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The tallest buildings known to man just keep sprouting in the hearts of the world’s most pertinently developing cities. Today’s steadily urbanising planet is one vastly peppered with monumental towers that are now starting to pierce through the skies.

When did we start building so high?

Vertical architecture isn’t a pioneering trend of the 19th century. Mankind has been accommodating for space by breaking upwards out of the hustle and bustle of lively yet overcrowded cities since the earliest cities were established, many hundreds of years ago.

Some of the earliest examples of the progenitors of today’s high-rise structures can be found in the remains of the Roman Empire’s communities, where multi-storey buildings made for fine accommodation for citizens.

It was only in the 19th century when mankind began inventing the necessary properties for truly ascending buildings, such as the elevator. Coupled with the later-pioneered steel frame gravity system, proper headway towards maximized urbanization could now begin, and monuments such as the Eifel Tower were erected as a result of constructional ingenuity.

Standing Tall in the 21st Century

Today’s peaking skylines could never have come into being without the unrelenting efforts of our forefathers’ creativity and dedication. It is, however, the phenomenal rise in population, the ever-expanding cities, and the innovating building designs within these cities have led to the creation of the modern high-rise.

We are just simply running out of habitable land in many areas of the world, and the crushing, claustrophobic space deficits within the world’s largest cities have pushed architects and engineers to come up with more and more revolutionary editions.

The living standards of urban folk seem to rise along with the elevation of their apartment. The higher you rise, the more you fork-out for, say, a high-rise New York apartment. While the 20th century’s high-rise buildings had to comply with structural necessities, the past decade has seen some of the most ingenious and marvelous designs ever seen in such dizzyingly high buildings.

Modern, cost-saving technologies have permitted grand designs to flourish without costing nearly as much as they would in the 80s or even 90s. Many cities and their planners are now obsessed with outdoing each other, both locally, and internationally. One of the main drives with the most daring of ideas is to be as sensational and awe-inspiring as possible.

We live in a very exciting world, which is constantly growing higher and higher. Those lucky enough to live in the most developed and most fervently developing cities in the world enjoy access to the greatest feats of human effort and ingenuity of the modern world.

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