Reflections on the post-WTC skyline: Manhattan and elsewhere

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After the collapse of the towers on the World Trade Center site doubts have been raised regarding the future of skyscrapers. Some observers suggested that this event marks the end of the skyscraper as an urban landmark while others argued that it will have only a short-term effect. Based on the examination of the projects proposed and approved since September 11th, 2001 in cities worldwide, it is possible to argue that the death of the skyscraper has been greatly exaggerated. Skyscrapers are still in demand as distinctive landmarks in cities' skylines. Property development as a whole, and that of high-rise buildings in particular, have been affected by ripples caused by this tragic event, but not for long. The development of skyscrapers is more likely to correlate with economic conditions than with the fear of terrorist attacks. The resilience of cities and the role of high-rise buildings in urban life make this event an episode in the history of skyscrapers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-179
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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