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For a decade, the Burj Khalifa (Dubai) has stood on top of the tallest buildings in the world. Now its throne is back at stake. But this race to the sky began in Africa before the 20th century led the skyscrapers of the United States to change the skyline of cities.
Virtual copies are already being used in construction projects to prevent design errors, to simulate the operation of buildings and to achieve energy savings of up to 40%. This technology is now being brought into urban planning. Cities such as Singapore have already implemented projects that allow for experimentation on these virtual duplicates in pursuit of more holistic urban developments.
The engineer and inventor Henry Bessemer revolutionised steel production thanks to an air-based iron decarbonization system. He was able to cut costs and manufacture a stronger and lighter steel on a large scale. A breakthrough that fueled the expansion of the railroad and marked the birth of modern cities.