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Our Spireless City

Architectural historian Robert Bruegmann put together an excellent audio slideshow for the BBC reflecting on the failed Chicago Spire. "To go up over 100 stories is not a rational economic move; it's a move that's based on emotional needs," he explains. "As cities become more mature, very often the rational starts to reassert itself after what we might call the irrational exuberance of some of these boom periods." [BBC]