Design: Tall Tower for Texas

At last, a skyscraper that again scrapes the sky

The International Style, which dominated the architecture of the past generation, gave us bland high-rise boxes, not skyscrapers. The tallest buildings seldom give us a lift. As Chicago Architect Harry Weese observed, these minimal sculptures of maximum size "neglected the ground, the sky and, most of all, the user."

Now a new $350 million to $400 million Texas-size office tower in the best premodern skyscraper tradition is proposed for Houston. It does not challenge the record height of Chicago's 1,450-ft. Sears Tower. But even as a scale model, it appears taller and prouder....

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