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View Poll Results: Do you think America will ever have the tallest skyscraper again?
Yes 34 31.19%
No 75 68.81%
Voters: 109. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-22-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Spain
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In the twentieth century it was a no-brainer that the U.S. would always be home to the world's tallest skyscrapers - they were symbols of American power. Based on my brief research it looks like the U.S. enjoyed uninterrupted vertical dominance from at least 1930 until 1998.

No longer.

The U.S. is now facing stern competition from countries in East Asia and the Middle East (the other regions don't seem to really be playing along) and the tallest building is now in Dubai (by about 1,000 feet).

So given that America's era of unchallenged dominance in this category is over, do you think the U.S. will ever again reclaim the tallest building in the world? (buildings, not structures)

My personal vote is "no". I feel like other countries in these regions (China, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, etc.) are more eager to prove themselves to the world than the U.S. is and I think in the long run they are more prepared and driven to erect egregiously tall skyscrapers than we are.

Thoughts?

P.S. no one can tell what the world will be like in the distant future, so lets limit the scope to about 20-30 years.

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Old 06-22-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Nope........... Sadly America cares more about Sprawl.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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i heart NY, but no way...there are some seriously whacked out countries out there that will do anything for a 5,000 ft building
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I don't know if it's that important to have the world's tallest building, but I chose "yes." I think it'll rotate around and in that rotation we might be in there on occasion. I might guess that you might see it more with companies that have lots of money and/or in cities that want to grab more attention. So possibly Texas or New Mexico or even Idaho. I think it'll be more about promotion, as these things are, so it won't really be necessary that the city it's in be all that dense/packed-in.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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i think teipei is a perfect example - i don't know how tall that is, but look how it just sticks out not in a good way...

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Old 06-22-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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It freakin better, I'm getting tired of hearing all this China and Dubai nonsense. And apparently with the way it's going we're going to be losing out to Kuwait and South Korea too now. What next? India? Japan? Mexico???
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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^^ ha! right?

well, miami's out i think. the Miapolis didn't fly. what was proposed 3,000+ ft?

Welcome to Miapolis: The World's Tallest Building





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Old 06-22-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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^^ ha! right?

well, miami's out i think. the Miapolis didn't fly. what was proposed 3,000+ ft?
I mean seriously, I don't even care if it's some ugly looking building out in the middle of rural South Carolina, as long as it's the tallest in the world and is in the USA, I'm not complaining. Lol... you know those Chinese guys are doing it just for the title. I mean why else would they build the largest mall in the world and it's been 5 years since it opened and it's still 99.2% vacant (official percentage btw) with no stores. Meaning only .8% of the mall even has stores... They so did it for the title of having the "largest mall in the world".
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: THE THRONE aka-New York City
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But in the end doing it just to do it is laughable and they should be embarrassed.

The answer is no i think. Chicago maybe the last hope for a building taller than the burj. Theres too many NIMBYS in new york
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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Nope!
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