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As Buddhists, we needn't reach for the sky

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With cities racing to build ever taller buildings, the question arises as to how much of a skyscraper is actually usable space, and how much is designed to make it taller. 

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recently attempted to shed some light on that question by employing the concept of "vanity height" _ the distance between the building's highest occupiable floor and its architectural top _ and comparing that to the total height of the building to reach its vanity ratio.

On that basis, the current skyscrapers have considerably uneven vanity ratios.

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