WHY aren’t there many skyscrapers in Europe? Despite being one of the most developed, densely populated and economically prosperous continents, Europe has surprisingly few skyscrapers, particularly when compared to Asia and North America.
Of the 218 skyscrapers constructed on the continent to date, 66% of them are located in just five cities – London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and Istanbul.
So why have other major European cities not embraced the skyscraper? How do they thrive without the significant inner-urban space and floor areas that these clever structures provide? And is everything about to change in our increasingly urbanised world?
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Additional images courtesy of IIP Photo Archive, John Charlton, Ullstein Bild, Frank Rust, and David Skinner. Narrated by Fred Mills.