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Santiago Calatrava's Chicago Masterpiece.

The Fordham Spire:

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Could this finally put Chicago on the map as a respectable city?

Just kidding. If you know you're skyscraper history, you realize that Chicago invented the skyscraper.

The New York Times:

Given the haunting image of the collapsing twin towers, it's hard for many Americans to fathom the enduring urge to build tall.

Yet now come plans for the nation's tallest skyscraper, a condominium and hotel building designed by Santiago Calatrava for Chicago's Near North lakefront. At 2,000 feet, the building, the Fordham Spire, would beat out the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower planned for ground zero.

Internationally, both of these designs are dwarfed by the Burj Tower under construction in Dubai, which is expected to reach 2,300 feet. Once completed, the Burj will overtake Taipei 101, a 1,667-foot office tower, as the world's tallest. And the Taipei building is certainly a short-time record holder; only in October did it surpass the 1,483-foot Petronas Towers in Malaysia.

Seems like the entire world is, once again, in a skyscraper-building mood.

Posted by Will Franklin · 26 July 2005 11:52 PM

Comments

That is so cool...!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at July 27, 2005 08:47 AM

It looks like a shiny drill bit.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at July 27, 2005 10:19 AM

I am getting verdigo just looking at it.

Posted by: Bill at July 27, 2005 09:51 PM