Monday, February 14, 2011

Atlantic Magazine on Skyscrapers as Sprawl Prevention

This month's Atlantic has an article on skyscrapers.  Here's the blurb:

Besides making cities more affordable and architecturally interesting, tall buildings are greener than sprawl, and they foster social capital and creativity. Yet some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be. From New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out.

I'm only about halfway through - still working on the history bit - but the article promises to show "how skyscrapers can save the city."  So far it's an interesting read.

Jamie Baker Roskie

UPDATE: a skeptical response to this article appears on New Urban Network.

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