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Track the Cycles of New York's Skyscraper Habit

Much has been made of New York's current boom in high-rise construction. A new interactive feature by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat allows for some historic perspective on the city's penchant for building skyward.
November 3, 2015, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Linda Poon shares news of a new interactive timeline from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), "which shows the rollercoaster-like progression of NYC’s skyscraper construction." The timeline also, according to Poon, "connects some of the most active and inactive years of construction with major social and political events in history."

The article concentrates especially on insights gleaned from the interative timeline into years like 1931 ("one of the most active years for building) and the 1970s. And, of course, there's perspective to be gained on the present day:

"Today, the construction of skyscrapers is once again booming, fueled largely by the rise in luxury residential construction. The clusters of blue dots—representing residential buildings—increases significantly after the 1960s. An accompanying pie chart shows that, of the 826 buildings included in the timeline, almost half are for housing."


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Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in CityLab
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