Why are landmarks so important to cities? They create a sense of identity and symbolize to citizens and visitors a city’s history and values. Skyscrapers frequently celebrate a city’s successful times or new advances in technology. Today’s urban city planning creates future beacons for cities which convey the new messages of sustainability, green choices and living responsibly. From aerodynamically designed glass towers to updating old landmarks with green solutions to designing state-of-the-art transportation halls and tunnels, city development can display all the advances in technology and thinking in landmarks.
Are the days of the classic rectangular skyscraper numbered? New thinking based on new technologies is providing new ways for architects to explore the geometry of vertical space. URBAN HUB looks into a hot new trend in urban building: the growing popularity of “twisted” high-rises.