It seems like a foolish race – espcially now, since the WTC disaster – but it is a race that is nevertheless fueled by groundbreaking technological advances and many eager (or is that egotistical?) minds. The race is for the world’s tallest building and Popular Science takes a look at How High Will They Build.
Why the race? To be blunt, in Asia today, as in New York 70 years ago, nothing is more demonstrative than a huge, well, upright symbol. Rival nations and corporations work overtime to show they are high-tech powerhouses. “Height, as a manifestation of technology, is tied up with cultural aspirations,” says Eric Howeler, an architect with KPF, which is designing Union Square, a 108-story building that will, Howeler says, be the world’s tallest when completed in 2007.