The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago, with Emporis, released a survey of the ten tallest newcomers of 2005. Only one is in the United States: Cesar Pelli and Associates’ Bloomberg Tower in Manhattan.
Architectural image is important to the identity of the city. It defines its character and, for New York, attracts the city’s tourists. Yet America’s tradition of building taller and bigger has been trumped by the rest of the world. Building tall is controversial here.
Nevertheless the beauty of these foreign towers are not in their size, but architectural shape and design–and that, too, can be controversial in New York as noplace else. Take a look here.
– Riva Froymovich