The world’s tallest completed skyscraper is Taipei 101, which has 101 stories and stands 1,473.75 feet from floor to roof. The building houses a huge shopping mall with restaurants and nightclubs, as well as hundreds of business tenants.
The idea of new urbanism can be described as a movement towards mixed-use land development and responsible energy use. The world’s tallest towers are certainly mixed-use, as they usually combine commercial and residential space on the same footprint. But the tallest skyscrapers have an element of grandeur that doesn’t quite fit within the principles of new urbanism. The height of the skyscrapers is meant to show off the engineering strength of the builder and the region, rather than to maximize the efficiency of land use.
Constructing vertically instead of horizontally is an example of new urbanism. Tall skyscrapers take up a small building footprint, while containing many different ventures, creating an extreme example of mix-use properties.
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