Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Chicago

If the [Calatrava] tower [in Chicago] is built -- and Carley [the developer] doesn't yet have all his financing, either -- its status as the country's tallest skyscraper will mark the first time that an apartment building has held this title. It would become a symbol of the evolution of the American city from being a center of commerce to a center of culture and entertainment. Nobody is clamoring to work in high-rises anymore, but plenty of people are willing to live in them, and the fact that the biggest and most interesting towers are being built to contain aprtments is a significant shift. It means, among other things, that we will finally see very tall buildings that are slender rather than chunky. (Calatrava's design will look like a needle in comparison to the Sears Tower). Thin towers have more light inside, and, collectively, they would create a sky line less dominated by hulking massess -- perhaps inspiring a renewed willingness to view the skyscraper in romantic terms. Calatrava is both a romantic and a rationalist, and his gift lies in his ability to find an equilibrium between these two poles.
--Paul Goldberger. The New Yorker, October 31, 2005.

2 Comments:

Blogger henry said...

Thinner and taller skyscrapers? Count me out...

6:14 AM  
Blogger Isaac said...

Why?

It's not like they are unsafe. Trust me on this (or at least my brother): the structures can be just as sound. It might look scary, but it's not.

Isn't that what we want, visually more interesting buildings?

2:04 PM  

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