blockitecture leaderboard

Do Skyscrapers Have A Future?

A FEMA report concludes that the Twin Towers were remarkably well-built, raising the question: How tall is safe?

"The fate of skyscrapers is a subject of much discussion, not just in North America, where they grace some of the world's most thrilling urban skylines, but in London, Shanghai and the Arabian Gulf.Last week, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency released its preliminary findings into the collapse of the twin towers, raising issues for generations of engineers and architects about how tall buildings can be made safer."

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

Full Story: Do skyscrapers have a future?: The attacks of September 11 on the World Trade Center showed that New York's twin towers were well built.


building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.