The skyscraper can definitely find a rightful home in Chicago. We have 1,264 completed high rise towers, 107 of which are taller than 500 feet. While the 108-story Willis Tower is currently the tallest, there is a familiar group of familiar statuesque structures that we can all admire.
And judging by the number of cranes in the air now, you'd probably be happy to see that more towers are going to move in and enhance the skyline. It's happening all around the world, really. But the Chicago Architecture blog revives an excellent contrarian point, spearheaded by economist Andrew Lawrence. According to him, there is a foreboding pattern to be found in a burst of building activity.