Skyscrapers

Burj Khalifa

It would be difficult, but we could probably build a tower over 2,000 metres tall, which would be like ten normal skyscrapers on top of each other! This is probably not a very good idea though.

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The 'plyscraper' is the product of breakthroughs in materials and the desire for sustainable urban living, says Dr Philip Oldfield, Associate Professor in UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment.

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Slick, glass skyscrapers reliant on air-conditioning for cooling could eventually become heat traps for Australian residents.

Sydney skyscrapers

High-rise architecture needs to respond to a city’s unique climate, culture and context, writes Philip Oldfield.