Super Skyscrapers

The Vertical City

Tuesday, Feb 23, 9 p.m. on Vermont PBS Plus
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2 a.m. on Vermont PBS Plus
Saturday, Feb 27, 10 a.m. on Vermont PBS Plus
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Shanghai Tower isn't just a skyscraper -- it's a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space; not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 120th floor. When complete, the structure will dominate Shanghai's skyline, towering over its neighbors as a testament to China's economic success and the ambitions of the city's wealthy elite.
 

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