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Freedom Tower (New York) Freedom Tower (New York)
New York, United States
Skyscraper

When completed, this will be one of the most important buildings of the early 21st century. It is significant in stature, in design, in its politics, its symbolism, and for the reason it was built. The Freedom Tower, or One World Trade Center, is the replacement for what was once New York's World Trade Center. In September, 2001 terrorists destroyed several of the Center's buildings, ... (more)
   
Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Skyscraper

The early 2000's was an exciting time in the skyscraper race. A number of monster projects were announced, each taller than the last. But of all the lofty promises made, {HumanName} was one of the very few completed. Because of the competition, it wasn't until the building officially opened in January, 2010 that the public learned its actual height: 2,717 feet. There had been rumor... (more)
   
Chicago Spire Chicago Spire
Chicago, United States
Skyscraper

The city where the skyscraper was born just can't get enough of these supertowers. The Chicago Spire is the latest in a series of super-tall projects proposed and erected since the mid 1990's. Some, like the Trump International Hotel and Tower, come to fruition. Others, like 7 South Dearborn, do not. The opposition from NIMBY residents in Streeterville and scoffs from other parts of ... (more)
   
Dubai Mall Dubai Mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Retail

A palace of excess in a city obsessed with excessiveness, the Dubai Mall is a colossus of spending, enticing people to stay, eat, shop, and leave with their wallets a lot lighter. Like most mega-malls, this one is carved into about a dozen different themed zones to make it a little more human scale and to group complementary retailers together. Emphasizing the mall's p... (more)
   
John Hancock Center (Chicago) John Hancock Center (Chicago)
Chicago, United States
Skyscraper

An iconic presence in a city of architectural icons, the John Hancock Center rises boldly from the mid-American prairie to cast a cultural shadow much larger than the one it gets from the sun. It is a staple of movies, television newscasts, t-shirts, corporate logos and children's drawings. The John Hancock Center is photographed, idealized, and simplified into its various componen... (more)
   
Willis Tower Willis Tower
Chicago, United States
Skyscraper

The grandest tower in a city known for its great architecture, {HumanName} has served for decades as a mighty symbol of architectural prowess and the triumph of engineering. Just a few years after pioneering the trussed tube construction that allowed the 100-story John Hancock Center to be erected a couple of dozen blocks away, the same architects and engineers came up with another revolution... (more)
   
Flatiron Building Flatiron Building
New York, United States
Skyscraper

Not well known among those not from the area, or not into historic architecture, the Flatiron Building is a favorite of New Yorkers and admirers around the world. Perhaps because it symbolizes so much of how New Yorkers see themselves -- Defiant, bold, sophisticated, and interesting. With just enough embedded grime and soot to highlight its details. The Flatiron's most interesting feature is ... (more)
   
Hydropolis Hydropolis
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hotel

The early part of the 21st century quickly became known as The Age of Dubai. Many of the world's most spectacular, breathtaking, and startling architectural projects were erected in a city that was little more than a desert outpost a decade earlier. Its leaders had the foresight to know that that its primary natural resource, oil, was in limited supply and chose to embark on a program to ra... (more)
   
World Trade Center (New York) World Trade Center (New York)
New York, United States
Skyscraper

The World Trade Center is a collection of buildings in lower Manhattan. Towers number one and two (the "Twin Towers") were considered the tallest in the world by some people. It depends on how you define "tallest." Including the antenna, tower number one was 521 meters tall. However, including the antenna may also bring building-less antennae and towers into the running, which ... (more)
   
Big Ben Big Ben
London, United Kingdom
Tower

For tourists, photographers, residents, and even terrorists, this is the symbol of London. Officially called the Clock Tower, millions of people around the world know it as "Big Ben." In truth, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clock, not the tower. But trying to convince people of that is akin to trying to stop a train with your car: It's possible, but not worth the effort... (more)
   

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