Latest Trends in High Rise Buildings / Skyscrapers Construction

Tall buildings past and present trendsSkyscrapers have been long part of urban cityscapes. They are typically found in busy and dense urban areas and are considered especially convenient for commercial and business areas.

Today, skyscrapers are an increasingly common sight where land is expensive, as in the centers of big cities, because they provide such a high ratio of rentable floor space per unit area of land.

History of High Rise

With our growing technological pace it is hard to imagine that the first skyscrapers were built in the 1880s! Although high rise apartments of over 10 stories have been found in Ancient Roman civilisations. The structural definition of the word skyscraper was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s that had enabled construction of tall multi-story buildings. This definition was based on the steel skeleton as opposed to constructions of load-bearing masonry.

The American technological revolution of 1880 to 1890 saw a burst of creativity in architecture and civil structure technology. It produced a wave of new inventions that helped architects to build higher than ever before: Bessemer steel, formed into I-sections in the new rolling mills which enabled taller and more flexible frame design than the cast iron of the previous era; the newly-patented sprinkler head allowed buildings to escape the strict, 23-metre height limit, which was imposed to control the risk of fire; and the patenting of AC electricity allowed elevators to be electrically powered and rise to ten or more stories.

Need for High Rise

Reasons for taking the trend of constructing high rise buildingsAs urbanisation becomes a key aspect of modern living, the need for space is essential. Cities find it far more convenient to build vertically than to spread horizontally. This is a key factor in managing city infrastructure and makes it easier for the governing bodies to manage the demands of a growing population.

The design and construction of skyscrapers involves creating safe, habitable spaces in very tall buildings. The buildings must support their weight, resist wind and earthquakes, and protect occupants from fire. Yet they must also be conveniently accessible, even on the upper floors, and provide utilities and a comfortable climate for the occupants. The problems posed in skyscraper design are considered among the most complex encountered given the balances required between economics, engineering, and construction management.


In recent years the term Sustainability has turned from a trend to a necessity. Sustainability in the context of high rise buildings includes the built and natural environments, including the performance of structures, types of materials, construction practices, absolute minimal use of materials and natural resources, energy within the structure, and a holistically integrated building systems approach.

Sustainability covers economic benefit, resource efficiency, environmental protection and social development. Well developed building codes are now geared towards sustainability. It is common practice for local and central government to build committees to provide sustainability and environmental codes. These codes must keep in mind both sustenance and business in mind. The LEED certification is an internationally recognised green building standard that has found great acceptance around the globe.

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Top 10 Building Blogs for Construction Industry Professionals

Top 10 construction blogs you should be readingWhen a construction project comes up, the foremost step is conceptualization and design development followed by procurement, assembling of labour force and so on. While it may not be easy to stay up-to-date on every little change in the construction industry, but it is important for every construction professional to stay abreast of the latest advancements, news, trends, technology and design.

ProjectLink works closely with Australia’s leading brands and suppliers in the construction industry. The team at ProjectLink strives to provide information on the latest news and developments in the industry. Whether you are a project manager or a professional contractor looking for sustainable building design, technology, and news, ProjectLink will save your time and effort in finding the information you need.

Here are some of our favourite construction blogs that we think you should be reading. These blogs will give project managers, architects and contractors the knowledge they need to keep ahead of the latest developments in the industry.

  1. How to Stay Safe on Construction Sites?

    Large or small any construction project can be dangerous for workers around. Know most common hazards at construction sites and safety tips to avoid them.

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  2. Essential Safety Equipment for Construction Workers

    Personal protective equipment (PPE), signage and barriers to use at construction and mining sites in order to reduce risk factors for workers.

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  3. Industrial Spill Hazards and How to Control them

    Types of industrial spill hazards that occur at sites and their prevention and control including the required equipment and methods.

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  4. Advanced Industrial Solutions to Work at Heights

    Advanced height safety equipment, other engineered solutions for Australian construction and other industries, including, quickscaff, fall arrest system etc.

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  5. How to Avoid Construction Site Accidents with Storage Systems

    Lack of proper commercial storage facilities affect the overall site safety. Here are some effective storage solutions to prevent potential on-site accidents.

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  6. Top 5 Land Survey Equipment For Construction Industry

    Accuracy of land surveying with these 5 most high tech equipment that would add speed and advancement to construction projects.

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  7. How Facades Define Architecture Aesthetics of a Building

    For architects, building facades play a key role from a design and structural point. Check out some key aspects to be considered for designing facades.

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  8. 5 CAD Software for Architects in 2017

    Check out these top CAD software that are designed to facilitate accuracy, detailing and minimization of errors at various stages of a construction project.

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  9. Trending Applications Of Bollards For Safety Purposes

    Bollards are used to protect sites or divert traffic. In recent years the applications of bollards has evolved to ensure higher safety of public spaces.

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  10. 5 Most Advanced Access Control Systems to Know About

    The latest high tech access control systems for workplace security, including BIS, keypads, photoelectric sensors, and sliding gate operators.

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Top 10 construction blogs for builders and industry professionals