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Infographic: World’s tallest buildings OF THE FUTURE

Infographic: World’s tallest buildings OF THE FUTURE

Buildings are getting to be so tall that the Council on Tall Buildings came up with a new name for their most extreme versions: Megatall . This is density taken to an extreme that may not be all that helpful. For one thing, people, goods, and water have to be moved all the way to the top of these things, and that requires a lot of energy. In addition, above a certain height, structural elements take up more and more of a building's interior space, reports Sun Joo Kim at SmartPlanet . Here's the full list of the world's tallest buildings in 2020 -- and these are just the ones that look like they'll actually be built, vs. those that are on the drawing board. 1. Kingdom Tower, Jeddah: 1,000+ meters (3,280+ feet) 2. Burj Khalifa, Dubai: 828 meters (2,717 feet) 3. Ping An Finance Center, Shenzen: 660 meters (2,165 feet) 4. Seoul Light DMC Tower: 640 meters (2,101 feet) 5. Signa...

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