26: New Skyscrapers in Megacities on a Warming Globe S/S 2007


Contrary to expectations after 9/11, both extraordinary and ordinary skyscrapers have been constructed at a high rate in the last six years. This building has been in response to both the desire for architecture to be dramatic branding and marketing of cities and corporations and the rapid urbanization of developing countries. Amid all the glamour and frenzy of this production, there has hardly been time to consider what this feature section tries to address: how good is all this new work architecturally, socially, and environmentally?

Table of Contents


Bangalore: Dysfunctional Boom Town

Rahul Mehrotra

Coming to Our Senses: Architecture and the Non-Visual

Michael Benedikt

Condo Cool: Starchitect Branding and the Cost of “Effortless Living” or, Another Episode in the Continuing Quest for Social Status through Design

Sondra Fein

High Rise Phylum 2007

Alejandro Zaera-Polo

No Building Is an Island: A Look at the Different Scales of Energy

Michelle Addington

Paffard Keatinge-Clay: Innovation through Mastery, Mastery through Innovation

Wes Jones

Paths from the Pompidou: Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers

Victoria Newhouse

Truth in Tall Buildings

Guy Nordenson


Built upon Love: Architecture and Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics by Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Thomas Spector

Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain by Anuradha Mathur and Dilip Da Cunha

Felipe Correa

Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects by Manfredo Tafuri

Marco Frascari

Team 10, 1953 – 1981: In Search of a Utopia of the Present edited by Max Risselada and Dirk van den Heuvel

Eric Mumford

The Landscape Urbanism Reader, 2006 edited by Charles Waldheim

Hubert Murray