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The Global Era of Skyscrapers entered the scene. In 2020 the world will have already more than seven Megatall (+ skyscraper 600 meters high). In the first decade of the century and evolving have built the tallest skyscrapers in history. If we look back a little, it was believed that after the tragic attacks that occurred on September 11th 2001 in the city of New York is going to end the idea of ​​continuing to build high-rise buildings, in fact, works were halted all the skyscrapers that were built at that time, after a brief hiatus, the race to build the tallest skyscraper in the world has just begun. Many cities around the world continue to build skyscrapers in leaps and bounds due to overpopulation, scarcity and high land value, but also as a symbol of progress, wealth and power.

Dubai is today, without a doubt, the fastest growing city in recent years. In this important exciting city in the desert is the Burj Khalifa, which opened in 2010 - which, with its 828 meters height, the currently retains the record for world's tallest skyscraper. Countries like China are betting on cutting-edge new architecture by building numerous skyscrapers, as evidenced by the Guangzhou IFC of 439 meters, the Shanghai World Financial Center, 492 meters, the CCTV Tower in Beijing, Shenzhen or KK100 Development of 442 meters and Ping An International Finance Center under construction, the latter in 2015 will become the tallest building in Asia and the second highest in the world with its 660 meters to the end in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia Kingdom Tower will exceed the barrier of 1 Km.

There are many factors that influence an increasingly global society in which we are immersed, which have driven an overall architecture. Developed countries, climate change and the rapid economic growth of emerging countries as well as overcrowding at the severe shortage of land, has led to increasingly safe bet and for the construction of high-rise buildings. Here is a list featured over 25 new skyscrapers and high-rises completed in the first decade of the twenty sorted by chronological, demonstrating the important formal and structural change that has been occurring in recent years by new skyscrapers postmodern in its Most hybrid (mixed-use), which is clearly different from the old structures built in the twentieth century.

The Mirvish/Gehry Project
Toronto, Ontario, Canadá
Frank Gehry

The Kingdom Tower
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

The New World Trade Center
Manhattan, New York City, USA
SOM, Foster, Rodgers, Fumihiko Maki
and Santiago Calatrava

One World Trade Center
Manhattan, New York City, USA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Doha Tower-Burj Qatar
Doha, Qatar
Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Riviera TwinStar Square
Pudong, Shanghai, China

The Shard - London Bridge Quarter
London, United Kingdom
Renzo Piano Building Workshop

KK100 Development
Shenzhen, China
TFP Farrells

Eight Spruce Street
Manhattan, New York City, USA
Gehry Partners LLP

Torre Diagonal ZeroZero
Barcelona, Spain
EMBA Arquitectos

Guangzhou International Finance Centre
Guangzhou, China
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Porta Fira Towers
Barcelona, Spain
Toyo Ito & Associates

Dubai, UAE United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SOM

Aqua Tower
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Studio Gang Architects

Trump Chicago Tower
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, SOM

One Bryan Park -
Bank of America Tower

Manhattan, New York, USA
Cook+Fox Architecs LLP

The Red Apple
Rotterdam, Holland
KCAP Architects & Planners

Cocoon Tower
Tokio, Japan
Tange Associates

Bahrain World Trade Center
WS Atkins & Partners

Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai, China
Kohn Pedersen Fox & Associates

The Chicago Spire
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Santiago Calatrava

The New York Times Building
Manhattan, New York City, USA
Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Khatib & Alami

Hearst Tower
Manhattan, New York, USA
Foster + Partners

Gas Natural Office Building
Barcelona, Spain

Agbar Tower
Barcelona, Spain
Jean Nouvel

Woermann Tower
Las Palmas, Canary Island, Spain
Ábalos & Herreros

HSB Turning Torso
Malmo, Sweden
Santiago Calatrava

30 St. Mary Axe
London, United Kingdom
Foster + Partners

Taipei 101
Taipei, Taiwan
C. Y. Lee & Partners

References / Referencias

The Urban Towers Handbook
John Wiley&Sons, London, 2011
by Eric Firley and Julie Gimbal

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TURNING TORSO - Santiago Calatrava
Bellisco Ediciones, Madrid, 2008
by José Miguel Hernández Hernández
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