Saudi development group Jeddah Economic Company recently secured SAR8.4 billion (US$2.2 billion) additional funding to complete the Jeddah Tower. Under construction since 2013, the massive mixed-use skyscraper is on track to become the tallest building in the world.
The Cedar Point theme park in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, has
announced a new ride that it says will claim 10 world records. Valravn
will apparently be "the world's tallest, fastest and longest dive
coaster." It will be 223 ft (68 m) tall, hit speeds of 75 mph (121 km/h)
and be 3,415 ft (1,041 m) long.
A 162-m (531-ft) tall observation tower being built in Brighton, UK, has reached its full height in just 10 weeks. It is claimed that the Brighton i360 will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower when it opens next year, and will give visitors views of up to 26 miles (42 km) around.
Dubai does not do things by half,
and a recently-announced development is a good example of that. Meydan
One will be a 3,671,000 sq m (39,514,000 sq ft) mixed-use destination.
It will boast the world’s tallest residential tower, a cutting-edge mall
and the world’s longest indoor ski slope.
Like so many of humanity's greatest accomplishments, there's very little practicality behind the world's tallest buildings. They tower over their surrounding cities as gigantic monuments to human engineering brilliance, their mind-bending heights seemingly in blatant defiance of physics. Of course, they're also the ultimate status symbol for those that go beyond mega-rich – all of these buildings could be viewed as billion-dollar phallic vanity projects, and in that regard it's interesting to note that by 2020, all the top five tallest buildings in the world will be located in status-hungry China and the ostentatious, oil-rich Middle East. Enjoy our short video presentation after the jump.
The Réinventer Paris competition was conceived to promote new architectural ideas for the city's future, and provided the impetus behind Planning Korea's L’air Nouveau de Paris and Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Paris Smart City. A new entry, by Michael Green Architects, imagines the world's tallest wooden building for the city.