Prediction: One mile high?

On Tuesday, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat officially named the new One World Trade Center as the tallest building in the U.S.  At a height of 1,776 feet, it surpasses the 1,451-foot tall Willis Tower in Chicago—you probably know it by its old name, Sears Tower.  However, these are minor-league stats in the world of skyscraper design. After a century-long run as home to the world’s tallest buildings, the U.S. has become increasingly irrelevant in the past 15 years. The real action is in the Middle East and Asia. Read more