A Calatrava-designed concrete and glass drill bit is slated to become the newest member of Chicago’s historic Skyline. The residential highrise will be known as the Fordham Spire, and will claim the title of tallest building in the country. Developers expect Calatrava’s design (and name) to attract high-end residents such as movie stars and Fortune 500 CEOs. One more notch in the belt of architecture super-stardom. Lynn Osmond, president of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, agrees. “Every city that wants to be a significant city needs to have works of some of the significant architects.”
Right. because Chicago doesn’t already have any works by significant architects….
What’s that you say? Security Concerns? nah. Calatrava doesn’t think the slender profile is attractive to terrorists. “”Those things that were done in the Freedom Tower were for very particular reasons,” he said. “This is a completely different situation.” Donald Trump respectfully disagrees, saying, “Nobody in his right mind would build a building of that height in today’s horrible world…It’s a charade” Today’s horrible world? More inspiring words from the man who calls architects “eggheads” and wants more than anything to rebuild the twin towers.
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