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Still on the drawing board: The greatest buildings that never were
Updated 14th April 2016
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Still on the drawing board: The greatest buildings that never were
The list of architectural marvels continues to grow with news from Dubai that Emaar Properties is set to construct a radical new skyscraper, topping the Burj Khalifa's claim to the title of the world's tallest building.
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But what if the building, as of yet to be named, doesn't make it off the drawing board?
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The history of architecture is littered with failed ventures -- scuppered on the rocks of hubris, bad luck and financial meltdowns. Line these projects up and it makes for fascinating reading.
There's a parallel world out there waiting to be explored: an alternative history where skyscrapers are already a mile high, Russia had a skyscraper to trump the Empire State and Gaudi left his mark on downtown New York.
It's a pipe dream, yes, but for fans of architecture it's one worth indulging.
Scroll through the gallery above to discover the greatest buildings that never were.
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