In light of the 20th anniversary of the attack, the KPF President discussed how the tragedy led to “a renaissance of tall building design."
As part of Dezeen’s 9/11 anniversary series, writer Lizzie Crook spoke with industry experts regarding how skyscraper design has changed over the last two decades.
With KPF behind the design of four of the world’s 10 tallest skyscrapers, James von Klemperer noted that in the aftermath of 9/11 ambitions to build tall towers would dampen. However, he said, "It's not a question of opinion, the fact is it hasn't stopped us from building tall. Since then, more tall buildings have been built than existed before." On the greater topic of the motivation for building skyscrapers, von Klemperer said, “Idea of skyscrapers as a symbol of progress has really never gone away."
The article also touched on how 9/11 resulted in the increase of attention to building security. von Klemperer discussed how putting these features at the forefront tends to create a closed-off building and architects are met with the additional challenge of designing buildings that still “contribute to the wellbeing of the public.”
Read the full article from Dezeen here.