World skyscraper construction hits all-time high

January 19, 2018 Sanjana Saluja

The construction of skyscrapers has been on a steady trajectory as residential and mixed-use development become very common among 'supertall' buildings. CNN Style explores the global trend for sky-rises and how its market is changing.

More skyscrapers were built in 2017 than during any other year in history, according to data released by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

A total of 144 buildings measuring 200 meters (656 feet) or taller were completed in the world this year, up on 2016's record by more than 13%. China once again dominates the list, which was published in an annual report by the CTBUH. The country accounts for more than half of this year's global total, with 77 of the structures located in 36 different Chinese cities.

Of them, the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was responsible for the highest number of new skyscrapers. Topping the CTBUH's list for the second consecutive year, the city saw the completion of 12 such buildings in 2017 -- more than the entire United States. Shenzhen is also home to this year's biggest new skyscraper, the 1,966-foot (599-meter) Ping An Finance Center, now the fourth tallest building in the world.

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