How tall can skyscrapers be?

08/16/2012 | Atlantic Cities, The

Buildings can be taller than a mountain as long as they have a wide-enough base and use a buttressed core design that provides stability and limited reduction of space for structural elements, according to William Baker, a structural engineer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill who worked with architect Adrian Smith on Dubai's Burj Khalifa. "We proved that it is physically and even programmatically possible to build a building a mile-and-a-half tall," says Tim Johnson, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat chairman. "If somebody would have said 'Do it two miles,' we probably could have done that, too."

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