I just read this post on All Things Pakistan about plans for a 1947 feet building in Karachi. 1947 was the year of independence for Pakistan and holds a lot of significance, but 1947 feet (or 593 meters) seems like an unrealistic and overambitious target for a country with some serious problems. It’s economy has only recently stabilized and still has a long way to go, terrorism is becoming a major threat and poverty is still rampant.
For comparison, 1,947 feet is taller than all current buildings in the world, including Taipei 101 (1,671 feet/508 meters including spire) and the Sears Tower (1,729 feet/527 meters including spire). It is also taller than those under construction with the exception of Burj Dubai whose actual height is yet to be disclosed, but will likely be above 2,600 feet.
Though ambitious projects such as this Karachi project and the Centaurus in Islamabad do represent lots of optimism and maybe some vision, they seem more like pipe dreams. It may be prudent to concentrate on building up a strong economy and tackling the menaces of terrorism, sectarian violence and human rights abuses before embarking on such feats.