This article was written in 2011, but it still rings true today. A short excerpt:

For Americans fretting over U.S. decline, here’s another thump to the ego: the nation’s mightiest skyscrapers will soon be bested by towers in cities you’ve probably never heard of. Consider all the hype surrounding One World Trade Center. When it’s completed in 2013, it will be America’s tallest, but only third in the world — hundreds of feet shorter than towers in Dubai and Mecca. By 2015, it will slip to seventh globally, assuming all towers currently under construction are completed. And by the end of the decade it could drop from the top ten list, according to data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Shanghai and Seoul will soon claim higher buildings. So will lesser-known Chinese megacities Shenzhen, Wuhan and Tianjin.

To continue reading the article, see: Asia’s skyscraper supremacy.

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