I have written a post on the top 10 tallest buildings that will be completed this year (2018) few days ago. Now, it’s time to proceed to another similar topic; world’s top 10 tallest cities in 2018. How do I decide which cities are taller? Taking reference from Ultrapolis Project website that sorted world’s tallest cities several years ago (and is now no longer doing so, hence the statistics on its website not being updated), I look to add up the height of top 20 tallest buildings in a particular city and divide them by 20 to get the average height of 20 tallest buildings in that city.
At first, I look to only add up the height of top 10 tallest buildings in a city only, and not 20. However, later I found that top 20 will make the data more credible and better visualize the ‘tallness’ of a city. Buildings mentioned here include the topped-out ones but exclude the telecommunication or observation towers as they are non-habitable structures. The list of top 20 tallest buildings of the cities across the world can be found from Emporis website, and it is a very reliable source of information besides than Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Before going down the list below, which cities do you think will be included in this list and which one of them is the tallest of them all?
WORLD’S TOP TEN TALLEST CITIES IN 2018
1.Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tallest building in the city: Burj Khalifa (828 metres)
2. Shenzhen, China
Tallest building in the city: Ping An International Finance Center (599 metres)
3. New York City, United States of America
Tallest building in the city: One World Trade Center (541 metres)
4. Guangzhou, China
Tallest building in the city: CTF Finance Centre (530 metres)
5. Shanghai, China
Tallest building in the city: Shanghai Tower (632 metres)
6. Hong Kong, China
Tallest building in the city: International Commerce Centre (484 metres)
7. Tianjin, China
Tallest building in the city: Goldin Finance 117 (597 metres)
8. Chicago, United States of America
Tallest building in the city: Willis Tower (442 metres)
9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tallest building in the city: The Exchange 106 (492 metres)
10. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tallest building in the city: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid (382 metres)
Hong Kong would have topped this list a decade or two ago. However, many other cities in China are now in skyscraper boom and some of them immediately overtake Hong Kong in the race to build taller skyscrapers. Hong Kong appears to have slow down a lot in recent years on that progress, and is now pushed down to 6th spot. China dominated the list again as expected with 5 of its cities in this top 10 list. I am also surprised that a much less known city, Tianjin made it to the list too. Although China is the top country in this trend of building supertalls, Dubai still took the crown for being the world’s tallest cities in 2018. A lot of points to push Dubai to the top definitely comes from Burj Khalifa, which stands at a whopping 828 metres high alone and is still the current world’s tallest building.
I’m delighted that my home city, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is within this top 10 list. Although KL is quite a small city, but we do have a number of tall skyscrapers. I have decided to include in the still under-construction The Exchange 106 Tower (492 metres tall) into the calculation because this building is definitely going to be completed this year and is nearly at the stage of topping out now.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)