Living and working in tall buildings after 9/11

September 8, 2011

Eight Forty-Eight

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Antony Wood joined 'Eight Forty-Eight' to discuss how skyscraper culture has changed since the September 11th attacks.

The events of September 11th had many unforeseen effects on the world. For Chicagoans, that world was a largely vertical one; after the attack on the Twin Towers, many feared living and working in tall buildings. Still, the city's skyscrapers remained occupied, and new ones grew up alongside them.

Ten years later, some of the occupants of Chicago’s tallest and most iconic buildings told Eight Forty-Eight what it was like to live and work high above the city. Then, Antony Wood, the executive director for the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat discussed how skyscraper culture changed in the last decade. Wood specializes in the sustainable design of tall buildings and is an associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture.