"The high-rise virus continues to spread" says commenter - architecture and design

"The high-rise virus continues to spread" says commenter



In this week's comments update, readers are debating the surge of skyscrapers being built despite the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 20 years ago and discussing other top stories.
Following the attack on the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001, which caused the pair of 110-storey skyscrapers in lower Manhattan to collapse, many people questioned the future of tall buildings.
However, there has been a surge in skyscraper buildings in the past 20 years.
"We thought [9/11] would put an end to the ambitions to build tall for a long time," said James von Klemperer, president of Kohn Pedersen Fox, which is responsible for designing four of the world's 10 tallest skyscrapers.
"The higher you go the less connected you are" Commenters are torn. "I am not sure that replacing the two towers with a new, even bigger one, is a good idea," said Englebert.
JZ wasn't keen on tall buildings being built either: "I'm almost insulted by the reminder that the high-rise virus continues to spread. Waste of energy, waste of resources, almost impossible to protect indefinitely. A physical reflection of late-capitalist, winner-takes-all approach to economics. And all priapic phalluses to boot."
"I have never liked or wanted to live above anything more than four-six stories," continued Kate Wright. "The higher you go it seems there is less connection to neighbours and the neighbourhood. I also dislike the space left at ground level ? agai...
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