If New York City's no longer home to the world's highest concentration of skyscrapers, it is at least the place where they've traditionally been pushed to their limits. Its been home to the world's tallest building a handful of times overSinger Building (612 feet, 1908-09), Metropolitan Life Insurance Building (700 feet, 1909-13), Woolworth Building (792 feet, 1913-30), Twin Towers (1,361 and 1,368 feet, 1971-73), to name a fewand while it no longer holds that distinction, the cluster of incoming supertall towers cements its status as the "ultimate skyscraper laboratory," a rank bestowed on it by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH). CTBUH just released a new report (h/t CityLab) that charts the city's skyscraper production along its boom and bust financial periods andsurprise, surprisethe two are indivisible.
Per the report,
The report also gets to the nitty gritty by mapping and IDing every skyscraper in the city (taken as any building over 328 feet high.) Supertalls, both existing and incoming, get their own extra large dot.
CityLab points out that, after a lull in building, the construction of skyscrapers is booming once again with the rise in luxury residential construction. As of the time of study, 46-percent of the city's 326 skyscrapers are for residential use. Of those, 90-percent of them are in Manhattan. Now, what will happen when developers have all but gobbled up the city's limited supply of air rights?
· Charting the Booms and Busts of NYC's Skyscraper History [CityLab]
· New York: The Ultimate Skyscraper Laboratory (PDF!) [CTBUH]
· See Which Areas of NC Are Ripe For More Development [Curbed]
· Cool Map Thing archives [Curbed]