Building Up Into the Unfriendly Skies

blog-dubaiSlate warns that “zombie banks” could be building vacant “ghost towers,” and urges cities like Boston and Brooklyn (both of which are prone to erecting monolithic financial headquarters) to avoid the fate of Bangkok; meanwhile, the New York Times posted video (perhaps video evidence was needed, given the ongoing development woes) confirming that the Freedom Tower has finally climbed to 100 feet; in Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper continues to reach heights that aren’t even visible to the naked eye from ground level; and Chicagoans still reeling from the announcement that one of its crown jewels, the Sears Tower, will undergo a cheap name-swap can rejuvenate with a bit of civic nostalgia — the city is celebrating the centennial of architect Daniel Burnham‘s “Plan of Chicago,” which can be read about in this New Yorker piece. Look skyward (and beware).