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2019: the year of skyscrapers

During 2019, from the point of view of new buildings, we looked upwards: the year 2019 infact was remarkable for the tall building industry as it saw 26 supertall buildings (300 meters or taller) completed. This is the second year in which this record was established, besting 18 super-talls in 2018. It was also the sixth year in a row that at least one 500-meter-plus building was completed. The tendency to develop construction upwards is confirmed: overall, 126 buildings of at least 200 meters were completed in 2019, compared to 146 in 2018, a 13.7 percent decline. This is the first year in which the overall completion figure declined since the 2010 to 2011 gap, which was attributed to the lag effect of project cancellations due to the 2008 recession. At a macroscopic level, Asia is confirmed as the leader in the presence of skyscrapers: last year, with the exclusion of the Middle East, 69% of the skyscrapers were completed, 87 out of 126 completed worldwide, of which 57 only in China (45% of the total). The United States ranks second with 14 completed buildings, 11% of the 2019 total. The Middle East ranks third with 11 completions. Shenzhen, China is the city with the highest number of skyscrapers in the world once again, exceeding its record for the fourth consecutive time, with 15 completions, equal to 11.9% of the global total. Skybridges are the topic of an 18-month Ctbuh (“Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat”) Research Project, currently underway. The “Best Tall Building Worldwide”, the most important title of the 2019 edition was awarded to the Salesforce Tower, the skyscraper that changed the San Francisco skyline, designed by the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects studio. Infact, this new tower quickly became a new landmark for San Francisco and profoundly changed the urban skyline. The Salesforce Tower is with its 326 meters the tallest skyscraper in the city, an ultramodern building with a slightly curved shape and an important anti-seismic structure. It is part of an important urban renewal plan, created following the demolition of the San Francisco Transbay Terminal in 2011.