Since the first skyscraper was erected over a century ago, tall buildings have intrigued people everywhere. They are so commonplace that it is hard to imagine the modern landscape without them. Far more than relics of the twentieth century, skyscrapers have become ubiquitous in urban settings throughout the world. Tall Buildings explores how the genre is being redefined for the twenty-first century, presenting a critical review of the current state of tall buildings, discussing structural inventions, programmatic innovations, and social and urbanistic implications. Twenty-five skyscrapers and high-rise structures designed in the last decade around the world, exemplify these concepts.
Included are Santiago Calatrava's Turning Torso in Malmo; Norman Foster and Ove Arup and Partners' Swiss Re Headquarters in London; Steven Holl and Robert Silman's 5th Avenue and 42nd Street Tower; Hans Hollein and Josef Janda's Monte Laa Towers; Arata Isozaki and Toshiko Kimura's JR Ueno Railway Station; Rem Koolhaas's CCTV Tower in Beijing; Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, Francisco Serrano and Alejandro Fierro's Los Arcos Bosques 1 in Mexico; Renzo Piano and Charles Thornton's New York Times Headquarters; Richard Rogers and Ove Arup and partners' HHR Tower in Korea; SOM's Jin Mao Tower; Dr. Kenneth Yeang and T.R. Hamzah's Elephant and Castle Eco-Tower; plus various World Trade Center proposals. Each project, fully illustrated, is accompanied by an explanatory text. Includes 204 color and 156 black and white illustrations.