The Petronas Towers, the Empire State Building, the Pantheon, and the Cologne Cathedral have one thing in common. All of them are extraordinary huge buildings designed to highlight the might of the state that erected them. Many of the constructions withstood the test of time and are the prior destinations for thousands of tourists. For centuries, people created colossal buildings and monuments to impress their neighbors. Although superiority is not a virtue, we keep on constructing grand skyscrapers that once were a dream of humankind. After all, towers are fascinating constructions that turn into landmarks of their cities.
Creating a grand construction has always been a challenge, either technical or financial. Pyramids in Egypt or Taj Mahal in India had gigantic human cost, and only kings and emperors could allow themselves such a luxury. Back then, colossal constructions were also aimed to save one’s imprint for ages. If a monarch created something as grand as the Colosseum, they expected their name to live with it forever. Monuments and towers were supposed to make people worship to their sovereigns and other states envy their neighbors.
Even today mega-projects are hardly motivated by practicality. Of course, we can hardly imagine Manhattan fully packed with two-story buildings because it has to room so many people. As for the rest, colossal constructions are a declaration of domination, wealth, and might. These are the features people always wanted to manifest erecting a higher tower than that of their neighbor.