Look out, stratosphere!
These leggy beauties make even the most crowded skyline look magnificent, and in honour of them, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has included them in the Tall Building Award 2012. Four regional winners have already been selected (they will go on to compete for the worldwide award in October), and three finalists have been included. Not forgetting, of course, lifetime achievement awards for architects who've been transforming urban horizons for years. Crane your neck for a look...
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Twin stunted and behemothic shinpads do not a civilisation make..
I'll stick with Chartres and Salisbury.
Don't know about you but some of these things look inherently unstable to me: I'm not convinced I'd be happy going up in some of them, especially Ghana and Stockholm.
The Shard in London is a good one though not on this list, not tall enough I suppose, but substantial, interesting and attractive I think, without being outlandish or wobbly-looking.