September 13, 2007

CN Tower dethroned

I've always had an interest in skyscrapers and big city skylines. The Americans, Japan, China and more recently, the UAE have some of my favs. Although Toronto's skyline is not that interesting, it certainly is one of the most recognizable in the world. That's mostly thanks to one familiar building in particular. Now... after 30 great years... Canada's phallic symbol of supremacy - the CN Tower - is sadly no longer the world's tallest.

This week, the Burj Dubai, in the Arabian Desert succeeded in passing the CN Tower's 553.33 metre (1,824.9-feet) height by climbing to 555 metres (1,831.5 feet) and it's not even done! Not even close. In fact, when this schwanky hotel, residential and commercial complex is completed... it will be more than 150 stories tall and reach a final staggering height of 800 metres!

If you're having a hard time wrapping your head around how tall that actually is, I've made this handy comparison chart to put it in perspective:

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The things that are going on right now in Dubai are mind boggling. If you think back to when you were a kid and what you imagined the cities of the future would look like, I think that's it. All that's missing is the flying cars and the gigantic glass dome that covers the whole thing.