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Why Skyscrapers Have Taken Over The World And Why Europe Stayed Away From The Game

Skyscrapers are very in fashion, and many developed countries have these precious gems in their big cities. The existence of such a building brings the upside down on the whole view of the city, and the way life is organized around it. Cities like San Francisco and Melbourne have completely been transformed, and people are divided into which is best for their city and themselves as well. Let’s see how people face this entire issue and why some people will prefer to give it some time before they decide to make this turn in the landscape.

Skyscrapers have a lot of funs – here is why:

Space for work is priceless. In some cases, skyscrapers came as the only realistic solution to the problem of urbanism. Millions of people are gathered in the city centers, and most of them are there to work. They need a place to live and a place to work. Eventually, each one of them uses the main buildings throughout the day. Skyscrapers allow an enormous amount of people to work in the same place and save some space in the city. Especially countries like India and China do not seem to have a choice if they want to remain sustainable in a world where their population continues to grow.
Even though the cost to build them is considerable, they provide affordable roofing for many individuals and businesses without sacrificing the view someone will have from his window.
Yet, it is not only the view from the building that is spectacular. The view of the people who walk on the streets changes also. When mechanics build a skyscraper, they plan that a big area around it is free and uncovered. That creates nice scenery for the people who walk around it and have the luxury of admiring this modern approach to architecture.

Still, Europeans preferred to stay away from them
Europeans, however, are rather skeptical about implementing this policy in the architecture of their cities. It is surprising that there are only 218 skyscrapers in the whole of Europe and 68% of them are in 5 big cities: London, Paris, Moscow, Istanbul, and Frankfurt. The reason The Old Continent is so reluctant is that everything comes with a price. To begin with, Europe is a huge attraction for tourists due to its impressive buildings that were built many centuries ago. The existence of modern buildings of different architecture would make it really hard to compromise these two incompatible styles. European countries and city centers would lose their cultural identity, and the whole view of the city would change. Let’s not underestimate the profits that tourism as an industry brings to the countries of this continent.
Another crucial parameter has to do with the costs of building a skyscraper. The ambitious buildings expect fat pockets and big investors to become a reality, and even though business people in Europe are handling their finances pretty well, they prefer to invest their money in more safe industries like medicine, energy sources, and transportation.
Of course, Europeans have always been sophisticated, and they are proud of the fame of always being skeptical. The safety of skyscrapers seems to be their weak point. They have not been tested for a significant amount of time since they are recent achievements of engineering and mechanics, while the building that still decorates cities like Rome and Madrid have been there forever. People have every right to be reluctant and not want to host buildings that will threaten human lives.
Last but not least, let’s not forget: Will people manage to adjust to this new way of living and to a new map of the city. Public transportation will have to change, car parking will have to move, the subway may need to go even deeper, and these are only some of the changes this innovation will bring to the life of a typical city. Therefore, it is completely normal to have second thoughts about giving space to these gigantic ”creatures” in the middle of the city and expect them to be in harmony with the rest of the place.

Alexandra Dimitropoulou

Alexandra Dimitropoulou

VP and News Editor
Alexandra Dimitropoulou is a VP and News Editor at CEOWORLD magazine, working to build and strengthen the brand’s popular, consumer-friendly content. In addition to running the company’s website, CEOWORLD magazine, which aims to help CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives get smarter about how they earn, save and spend their money, she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Global Business Policy Institute. She can be reached on email alexandra-dimitropoulou@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.