Egomaniacs vie for skyscraper highs
A global craze for living in the tallest of towers is being resisted by city activists, who lament the shadows cast by billionaires
People are living higher above the ground than ever before. Residents at one of the topmost apartments in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, can gaze down on Dubai from the 108th floor, or a height of about 400m.
They are not alone: those wanting to live more than 100 storeys above ground will be able to choose between Jeddah, Chicago, Melbourne, three Chinese and two Korean cities. Globally, there are more than 2,000 residential buildings taller than 150m, most of them built in the past decade. At least 500 more are planned, according to the Skyscraper Centre, an online database.