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 3:50pm12/08/14 3:50pm

Photos of Tourists Staring at the WTC Are Weirdly Riveting

If you've ever taken a lunchtime stroll in Lower Manhattan, you've seen them: Sightseers (and locals, too) with their eyes raised skyward, watching the construction of One World Trade Center. Annoying to some, but revealing to photographer Keith Goldstein—whose photo essay Looking On captures the craning. »1/23/14 10:40am1/23/14 10:40am

Shining Spires and Jimi Hendrix's Ode to the Night Sky

Last night, One World Trade's spire lit up Manhattan's night sky for the very first time. Up close, it was impressive, but perhaps a little lost amid the city's bright lights. From a distance though, it looked like a lightning bolt frozen in the midnight sky. A theme perfectly captured by the Voodoo Child himself. »11/09/13 8:30pm11/09/13 8:30pm

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 1:20pm10/23/13 1:20pm