Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Illinois

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Saw today that the naming rights to the Sears Tower in Chicago have been sold and now the tallest building in the western hemisphere will be going by "The Willis Tower"? Made us think of this craze.

The Mile High Illinois, Illinois Sky-City, or simply The Illinois was a proposed mile-high (1,609 meters/5,280 feet) skyscraper, envisioned by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956. The design, intended to be built in Chicago, would have included 528 stories, with a gross area of 18.46 million square feet (1.71 million square meters/171 ha). Had it been built, it would have been the tallest building in the world.
This is arguably the most famous of the semi-serious visionary buildings meant to be an alternative to the increasing urban sprawl occurring in most cities. None of these have, before now, been viewed as financially feasible.

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