Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Headquartered in One-story Chicago Building

Kind of reads like an Onion headline, doesn't it?

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is located in Chicago (and here online), in one of the most famous single-story buildings in the world: Mies van der Rohe's S.R. Crown Hall at IIT (link here). Perhaps that's why they feel a need to emphasize that they're "not an advocate for tall buildings per se." For them, it's all about if you are going to build skyscrapers, make sure they're worthy ones.

Well, sure. Why not?

Perhaps their half-hearted mission explains their one-story hq and why they haven't updated their online journal, CTBUH Review (link here), since 2001.

Despite these signs of death, what led me to their site was a Wall Street Journal article by Alex Frangos from April 2006 about trends in skyscrapers. He quoted the head of the Council, David Scott, and described the group as "a sort of skyscraper-designer trade group."

I feel better knowing even the WSJ guy couldn't figure it out.


Kuz said...

I cannot believe they used "per se" as part of their mission. Can't we all agree to ditch that phrase?

Jennifer said...

No kidding. They probably say "yadda, yadda, yadda" too.