Skyscrapers Are Reaching New Heights
Skyscrapers have been being built for more than 100 years. In fact, the first skyscrapers was built in 1885. However, they have been growing taller and taller since then. In the 20th century, many of today’s iconic skyscrapers were built. Nowadays, those structures are dwarfed by the much larger modern skyscrapers. In the future, skyscrapers may reach new and greater heights. In fact, skyscrapers could potentially reach heights of more than 1 mile high someday. Engineers are using state of the art technology and advanced mechanical engineering ideas to design skyscrapers. This technology makes it possible for engineers to design the structures in a way that was never before thought possible.
The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are both over 1,000 feet in height. To the average person, it certainly seems amazing that structures have been built that tall. As years went on, buildings began being constructed even taller. During the 21st century, a number of incredible architectural feats have taken place. The invention of computers has greatly helped engineers. Computers can help to predict how structurally sound these exceptionally tall structures are. They also can predict how a building will react to natural disasters, such as earthquakes. This can make these super tall structures much safer than they would have been years ago. Additionally, computer technology has led to advances in the development of materials. These developments have assisted engineers in building taller structures.
In Dubai, a building called Burj Khalifa extends nearly 3,000 feet into the sky. To be exact, Burj Khalifa stands at 2,732 feet. Although this certainly was an incredible feat, there are plans to build an even bigger structure in Dubai. In fact, this building is already being built. The name of this building is the Jeddah Tower. Jeddah Tower is going to be more than 3,000 feet high. It actually is going to be a kilometer tall. Initially, engineers intended to make it a mile high. However, the plan was revised to make it one kilometer high. Still, this would be the tallest building in the world.
In the United States, there is a proposal to build a skyscraper on Miami’s Watson Island, called Miapolis. This building would be nearly a kilometer in height. It would be just 20 meters shy of Jeddah Tower. This would make it the tallest building in the United States. Furthermore, the plan is to construct it quite soon. In fact, the goal would be to build Miapolis during 2017!