Can technology free elevators from their up-down cages?
New technology could make it practical to build skyscrapers far taller than even today's highest – and change how people live, work and play in tall buildings.
The mall's inventor, Victor Gruen, envisioned thriving hubs of civic activity, rather than bland, asphalt-enclosed shopping centers. Is his original vision now being realized – or further corrupted?
In many cities, the only direction to go is up.
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George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. Now Trump has his eponymous tower. Can it stimulate a more creative, sustainable approach to building skyscrapers?
The fifth generation of tall buildings are here, and they're more efficient than ever before.
DBox for Eric Parry Architects
Skyscrapers are the new cathedrals – but are we worshipping a false idol?
High-rise living is no longer synonymous with crime and deprivation.
Johannesburg Civic Centre.
'Up Up: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises'
Taking stock of modernist buildings and their potential for reuse is a necessary public project in Johannesburg. A new book that tells the stories of reuse in this African metropolis can help do that.
The birth of the skyscraper took an obsession with height to a whole new level.
There is growing concern the proliferation of skyscrapers will be to the detriment of cities.
We need to move away from thinking about the skyscraper as an “icon”. Instead, we should be asking how the tall building – which will always “stand out” – can also “fit in” to cities.
Stark new additions to our urban landscape are usually met with moaning – but it rarely lasts.
A defence of La Défense, and other towering architecture across the globe.
City planners are looking to redevelop the eastern part of midtown Manhattan. How can they preserve its character, economic importance, and functionality?
Good historians know that history rarely teaches clear lessons. When it does, we should heed them. In the 1920s, urban visionaries completely refashioned midtown Manhattan, making it the most modern and…
Does London need more Gherkins?
Skyscrapers always provoke some extreme reactions, and the sale of London’s Gherkin as a result of the bankruptcy of one of its current owners is no exception. For a century, ever since the property explosions…
Cheap carbon nanotubes could be sprayed onto the windows of high-rise buildings, creating solar cells that generate power.
Skyscrapers could one day generate enough power to offset much of their energy consumption, thanks to a breakthrough by Australian…