Please Explain: Skyscrapers

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kate Ascher, author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, and Carol Willis, founder, director, and curator of the Skyscraper Museum, discuss the history and future of tall buildings—from Chicago’s 17-story Auditorium Building to Dubai’s 160-story Burj Khalifa. They’ll explain how they’re built, how they work, and how they’ve changed cities.


Kate Ascher and Carol Willis
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Comments [6]


contrary to the statement made by Ms. willis, the skylign in manhattan has everything to do with the bedrock - it is high under downtown and midtown which makes it nore economcal to build

Oct. 26 2012 01:59 PM
Stanley Zucker from New York

I believe it is the Citicorp building on 53rd with the tuned mass damper.

Oct. 26 2012 01:55 PM
Deborah from NY

Glass is the most energy inefficient building material we have, with "high tech" double glazed units rating at R2-R4. An insulated wood wall can reach R60 with aerogel. Per NYC's recent benchmarking for energy, older buildings were more efficient than the new buildings. We do not even begin to address our energy challenges with these glass skyscrapers.

Oct. 26 2012 01:52 PM
gerard from manhattan

Could guests comment on how manhattan's rectilinear street grid influenced building design? thanks

Oct. 26 2012 01:48 PM
tony from Oakland gardens

What is more green in terms of construction? Glass or concrete?
Also not to get truthy but a lot is said about steel framed skyscrapers that have withstood collapse due to fire? I believe one in Chicago and in Spain...and wasn't the Empire State Building hit by a bomber?

Oct. 26 2012 01:44 PM
Kim Doggett from East Village

Why did bolts win out over rivets?

Oct. 26 2012 01:43 PM

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