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The Building Scraping the Sky

Our population is growing at a rate of 77 million people per year, and shows no signs of slowing down.

In countries like China and India,  their populated areas are full of dangerous and unsanitary housing, plumbing, rundown schools and major traffic snarls.

It is clear that reformation is well overdue, and the solution may be found by reaching for the stars.

The tallest building in the world right now is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. Formerly known as the Dubai Tower, the Khalifa is home to approximately 30,000 people, or the population of a small city. It cost $1.5 billion U.S. dollars to build, and is an outstanding example of human architectural and engineering achievement.

So how does this factor into the population boom we’re currently experiencing? Just imagine if every country in the world had ten Burj Khalifas. It would cost approximately $15 billion per country, but the cost of the construction could be recouped through tourism, and rentals. We could house over 58 million people worldwide in these towers.

They’re complete with schools, stores, gardens, and restaurants. Each building is nearly self-sustaining, especially if the maintenance crew lives in the building itself. There would no longer be a limit to the number of humans that the Earth can support. And the Burj Khalifa isn’t even that tall, relatively speaking. By doubling its size, we could house twice as many people, with twice as much tourism and economic stimulation.

It’s a small price to pay for larger countries, especially when you consider how much money the building will earn over a period of time. Simply put, this is the future of development and population organization. Rather than contemplating population control and other dystopian methods of containing growth, we should focus our attention on building self-sustaining skyscrapers and continue developing our technological prowess in this field of engineering.

The Burj Khalifa is just one example of what our future can look like, if we can come together and reach the conclusion that it just makes logical sense to expand the Khalifa project to the world’s most needing areas.

In the long run, it will truly pay off.

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