A long overdue move. Perhaps we can now concentrate on making our cities more ecologically sustainable, socially inclusive, accessible by public transport and aesthetically pleasent across the board (including the periphery):
Goodbye, icons; hello, infrastructure: Obama inaugurates a new era of architecture
The age of the architectural icon—that extravagant, exuberant, “wow”-inducing building on a pedestal—is dead, or more precisely, in its death throes. And what will replace it? President Barack Obama, who once dreamed of being an architect, had something to say about that Tuesday in his inaugural address: the age of infrastructure.
Rarely do events so boldly bracket the death of one design era and the dawning of another as they have in recent days. On Jan. 14, the developer of a kilometer-high skyscraper in the Persian Gulf playground of Dubai announced he was shelving the project, the mixed-use Nakheel Tower, which would have been as tall as three John Hancock Centers stacked atop one another. (...)
Source: Chicago Tribune