Cities! What comes to your mind when hearing this word? Large buildings touching the sky, wide roads, fast-moving vehicles, traffic pollution, etc. Yes! But don’t forget cities are the economic centres of the world. Dream of every human in this world living a luxurious life in the skyscraper cities touching the sky and dwelling with clouds.
A city is defined as a large densely human settlement administrated with defined boundaries where people primarily work on non-agricultural tasks. Among the overall world population, city dwellers are a small proportion in it. In recent years, due to the rapid growth of the urban population cities is expanding vertically to meet the requirement of space. The expansion challenges global sustainability impacting the natural environment.
Skyscrapers are tall buildings being more than 100 meters or 150 meters in height but universally no accepted height definition. The skyscrapers are first reportedly built during the 1880s and defined with 10 to 20 stories. Usually, skyscrapers are non-load-bearing structures and steel frame structures with curtain walls. Around the world, there are twenty-eight cities with more than 50 skyscrapers and eleven cities with more than 100 skyscrapers taller than 150 meters as of January 2021.
List of top cities with the most skyscrapers
Total Skyscrapers – 482
Hong Kong, a city with the most number of skyscrapers all over the world. The city is a special administrative region of China with more than 75 lakh residents in 1,104 square kilometres. Hong Kong has 482 skyscrapers with more than 150 meters tall and over 9000 high-rise buildings. It is categorized as Alpha + city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
List of tallest 5 skyscrapers in Hong Kong:
|International Commerce Centre||484|
|Two InternationalFinance Centre||416|
|Bank of China Tower||367|
Total Skyscrapers – 297
Shenzhen is one of the fastest-growing Chinese cities on the bank of the Pearl River estuary of the Guangdong province, China with a population of 1,75,60,000 in 2,050 square kilometres. Shenzhen has 297 skyscrapers more than 150 metres tall. It is categorised as Alpha – city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
List of tallest 5 skyscrapers in Shenzhen:
|Ping An Finance Centre||599|
|China Resources Headquarters||392|
|Shum Yip Upperhills Tower 1||388|
|Shun Hing Square||384|
Total Skyscrapers – 290
New York City nicknamed ‘The City that never sleeps ’ is the United States’ most populous city and most densely populated with more than 82 lakh people in 784 square kilometres. New York City has more than 7,000 high-rise buildings over 35m tall among them 290 skyscrapers more than 150m high. It is categorised as Alpha + city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
List of tallest 5 skyscrapers in New York City:
|One World Trade Center||541|
|Central Park Tower||472|
|111 West 57th Street||435|
|432 Park Avenue||426|
Total Skyscrapers – 215
Dubai is the home of the world’s tallest buildings in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the most populous city in the country with 33 lakh people in 35 square kilometres. The city established in the 18th century as a small village now became the most popular tourist destination in the world. Dubai has 215 skyscrapers more than 150 metres tall. It is categorised as Alpha + city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
List of tallest 5 skyscrapers in Dubai:
Total Skyscrapers – 166
Shanghai is a city in the People’s Republic of China located on the estuary of the Yangtze River with a population of 2 crores 42 lakh people in an area of 6,341 square kilometres. Shanghai have 166 skyscrapers more than 150 metres tall. It is categorised as Alpha + city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
List of tallest 5 skyscrapers in Shanghai:
|Shanghai World Financial Center||492|
|Jin Mao Tower||421|
|Shimao International Plaza||333|
|Sinar Mas Center||320|