Baku Risks the Curse of the Tallest Tower
The future isn't in Dubai or Saudi Arabia — it's going to be on a city of 41 artificial islands called the Khazar Islands that'll cost $100 billion to construct and be home to the world's tallest building. The Azerbaijan Tower, as the Avesta Group of Companies is calling it, will reach 1050 meters into the sky.
To put that height into perspective, that's 220 meters taller than the Pringles-can shaped Burj Khalifa and 50 meters taller than the Kingdom Tower (expected completion in 2016/2017). The tower will also be able to survive 9.0 magnitude earthquakes, in case you're the worrying type. _dvice
The construction of the new tower -- along with other recent giant towers in UAE, KSA, China, etc -- should provide construction engineers with more experience and wisdom in the building of giant towers. Ultimately, at least some societies of humans are likely to pursue urbanisation to its logical conclusion -- the super-arcology, or one-building city. Efficient super-arcologies could free up most land for agricultural, recreational, and natural ecological uses, with a minimal "human impact" on natural habitats.
In fact, with sufficiently efficient arcologies, the concept of human overpopulation of the planet is laughable, for the foreseeable future.