Refusing to Back Down

Are skyscrapers an endangered species? That was the feeling in the days following the attacks on the World Trade Center. But the architecture community is convinced that tall buildings are here to stay.

"Every practical and economic argument suggests that we need to continue to build high," says Alice Rawsthorn, director of London's Design Museum.

An architectural panel recently convened in Washington agreed, arguing that skyscrapers offer advantages besides practicality. "Tall buildings allow many people in a relatively...

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