The latest addition to the Skyscraper Museum‘s permanent collection is “The History of Height,” an interactive timeline of the tallest buildings throughout history. The web tool is made up of a scrollable stream of flashcards starting as far back as the Great Pyramid in 2650 BCE and continuing all the way to today’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa. It also offers information about the innovations that allowed people to build higher, like fireproof floors, zoning laws, elevators, and high-strength bolting, and includes towers that have long since been demolished, but had an impact on the supertall environment.
“The History of Height” is also represented in the museum itself with a 36-foot-long mural of the timeline. According to the Skyscraper Museum, the project “examines the ambition to build high, the technological advances and engineering innovations that enabled that desire, the economics that drove commercial development, the influence of outstanding architectural designs, and the codes and regulations that shaped buildings and skylines.” You can view the interactive timeline here.
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[Via Fast Co. Design]