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Proposed timber tower shoots high into Chicago's sky

Proposed timber tower shoots high into Chicago’s sky

Decades before the age of megatall skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa, Chicago boasted bragging rights as home of the world’s tallest skyscraper with the Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower). However, if Perkins+Will’s new project comes to fruition, the city may look forward to getting back in the record books with the world’s tallest timber skyscraper. Slated for Perkins+Will’s ongoing Riverline development in Chicago, the River Beech Tower proposal is still very early in development so details are slim, but it would include 300 duplex units arranged around a central atrium.


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Stronger than concrete? Why this new material could define our age

If the 19th century belonged to iron and steel and the 20th century belonged to concrete, could timber be the building material of our age? That is the question posed by architect Alison Brooks’ “The Smile,” currently on display at the Chelsea College of Art and Design as part of this year’s London Design Festival.