Bureaucracy and Bad Design Killed the World Trade Center's Green Dream

Once upon a time, One World Trade was a trumpeted as the future greenest skyscraper in the world. It turned out to be anything but, and today, Mother Jones has obtained documents explaining what the hell happened. The short answer is money, bureaucracy, bad design. Oh, and Hurricane Sandy. » 12/08/14 3:50pm 12/08/14 3:50pm

Should a Skyscraper's Spire Count Towards Its Total Height?

It's a hotly contested issue amongst architects and designers. Does a building's height stop at the highest usable floor, or should the spire above it count, too? What's the difference between a spire and an antenna? Does it really matter? Well, it does to the developer of the 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower. » 10/23/13 1:20pm 10/23/13 1:20pm

How the Greenest Skyscraper Ever Is Rising Out of the Rubble of the…

On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center transformed from a pair of gleaming towers into a carcinogenic pile of smoldering rubble that's still killing people. Currently rising out of that rubble, though, is a skyscraper with the most environmentally advanced technologies ever attempted at the scale. » 9/08/11 11:30am 9/08/11 11:30am