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Skylines of Tomorrow

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Planetizen looks at the debate over the role of skyscrapers in the future of urban development. Leading the skepticism about the sustainability of skyscrapers is LA-basher and New Urbanist James Howard Kunstler, who calls the mega-structures "yesterday's tomorrow." In Planetizen's exploration of the economic and environmental sustainability of skyscrapers, the issues turn out to be more complex than just energy efficiency and material scarcity, as in this nugget of insight: "Planners and New Urbanists are of course focused on the street-level experience, and can be suspicious of skyscrapers because often the postwar versions fail to meet the street in an effective way." [Planetizen]