Brian Potter, of Construction Physics, recently tried to determine which cities build skyscrapers the fastest.
Here’s how he went about that:
- He started by looking up the 50 largest cities in the world on Wikipedia
- He then pulled data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat to get a list of every skyscraper completed between 2000-2020 that was over 100 meters, had a start and completion date, and had a gross floor area
- The result was a list of 986 skyscrapers completed in 39 cities, most of which (~740) were completed in the US, China, Japan, and Canada
- Finally, he calculated completed square feet per year and made some charts
Here are the results:
And here’s one thing he had to say about them:
Interestingly enough, the huge outlier in slow construction isn’t the US, but Canada, with an average skyscraper construction speed of half that of the US’s.
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Hi Brandon. I am confused. This item does not seem to be about speed of construction, but rather the rate of construction. And the item leaves me wondering: ‘so what?’. Surely the rate of sky scraper construction has to do with the size of the city and its economy? If a city is not building much in the way of sky scrapers, perhaps it is a small city that is not growing very quickly?