The last two decades have witnessed the relentless march of global capital and technical expertise, and, with it, the advance of a distinct building typology—the supertall skyscraper. From Central Park South to the shores of the Persian Gulf, to the megalopolises ringing the South China Sea, the supertall is now an increasingly common physical manifestation of commercial and national prestige. SUPERTALL! 2020, an exhibition currently on view at New York’s Skyscraper Museum, examines this trend and explores the structural innovations therein.
The exhibition combines two prior shows examining the topic at the Skyscraper Museum; World’s Tallest Building: Burj Dubai in 2007, and SUPERTALL! in 2011. Both set a baseline
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