The Future of the Skyscraper explores the intensely public nature of tall towers. In one essay, four possible scenarios that might shape future towers are presented as a choose-your-own-adventure of potential futures for architecture. The psychology and physiology of living and working on high are explored, as are low-rise counterexamples of Washington, DC. What will happen with the idea of tall against the more sprawling needs of those spatially mundane but transformative new economy industries that may well be the supertall clients of the future? Literature, film and recent urban history are also explored to posit a new understanding of the tower in the popular imagination.
Essays by Emily Badger, Dickson Despommier, Michael Govan, Diana Lind, Philip Nobel, Will Self, Bruce Sterlin, Tom Vanderbilt, and Matthew Yglesias.
- 144 pages, 6.4 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches