David Gissen

Big and Green

Large-scale buildings—skyscrapers, apartment houses, convention centers, and shopping complexes—are spreading from the West to locations around the world. Mario Gandelsonas called them “colossal architecture” in 1990; four years later Rem Koolhaas singled them out for their “bigness”. Both architects claim that these structures emerge from the economic forces of globalization—forces that demand universal architectural solutions for living, working, and for…