Reference: A New Global Skyscraper Database from the Council on Tall Buildings

Posted on February 23, 2012 by

Via a Chicago Tribune Post by Blair Kamin:

The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat today unveiled “The Skyscraper Center,” an interactive global database that it bills as as offering “detailed profiles and images on every completed building in the world taller than 200 meters,” plus buildings in other stages of development.


There’s a nice “quick lists” feature that ranks the world’s tallest completed buildings (Chicago has five in the top 50), as well as the tallest under-construction buildings and the tallest demolished buildings.

Also good: an in-depth look at the Burj Kahlifa, the world’s tallest bulding, and definitions of how tall buildings are measured.

Not so good: the interactive map that’s supposed to enable you to get quick information about tall buildings in a given country. I tried it for the U.S. and Australia and got a cumbersome customized feature that didn’t live up to the “quick list” name.


Kevin Brass, the Council’s communications manager and journal editor, said in an email that the new site is not a direct competitor of Emporis, the global building database [fee-based].

Direct to The Skyscraper Center

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