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                                     But Taiwan has little time to gloat. The Burj Dubai Tower is scheduled
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                                     Complicating matters is the definition of “tallest building” itself.

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             Until 1998, the Sears Tower in Chicago (1,730 feet) was considered the
             tallest building in the world. Then along came Malaysia’s Petronas
             Towers, whose antennae, in a direct slap at Midwestern supremacy,
             extended 30 feet higher than that of the Sears Tower. (The Petronas
             Towers building without the antennae is, in fact, smaller than the

             Finally two organizations — Emporis, a real estate data company
             headquartered in Germany, and the imaginatively named Council on
             Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat located in Illinois — stepped in to
             clarify matters.

             The term "building" is now defined as a “continuously inhabited
             structure,” thus creating the new category of “tallest free-standing
             structure,” a title currently held by the CN Tower in Toronto.

             Architectural height is
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             (including everything) and Highest Occupied Floor (a measure of the
             tallest building with continuously occupied floors). Currently the
             Petronas Towers has been superseded in all four categories.

             Problem would seem to be solved, though the dispute rages on in
             cyberspace, where the CN Tower, for instance, still proudly refers to
             itself as the “tallest building in the world.”

             Of course Worrell’s Seafood Restaurant in Wilson, N.C., also claims to
             have the “World Tallest Replica of the World’s Tallest Lighthouse” in its
             parking lot, so clearly you can’t believe everything you read on the


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