How Are Skyscrapers Built

Skyscrapers are a natural development over the history of architecture and construction. Humans’ fascination with building tall structures has long since been recorded (the pyramids being a peak example). It wasn’t until relatively recently that we have been able to create buildings that practically touch the clouds.

Before the middle of the 19th century, a building more than ten stories high was impractical and practically impossible to build. The advancements of construction technology changed all of that, though. With the invention of a new brake system for elevators and the invention of mass-producing steel, redefined the limits of how high we can build. Suddenly, we were able to work and inhabit spaces in the air.

It may seem complicated how skyscrapers are constructed, but once it’s all broken down, the process isn’t too complicated, there’s just a lot that goes into it. Continue on to find out exactly how skyscrapers are built below.

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Skyscrapers are lauded for their convenience and luxury, and a lot goes into how a skyscraper is built. Although most of the methods are the same, these massive structures now come in a variety of shapes and styles. Who knows how they’ll make them or what future building materials will be used, but one thing is for sure: skyscrapers are the perfect example of progress and ingenuity.

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