Most architects of tall buildings will admit that height for height’s sake is an empty pursuit: there is so much more involved than garnering a spot in the record books. The following towers bear this out. They make their mark with inventive facades, innovative structural systems, and new strategies for defining public space—and they still meet the sky in graceful ways.

Continuing Education
CEU symbol To earn one AIA learning unit (LU), including one hour of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credit, read all four articles in the “Continuing Education: Cultural Centers” section and complete the online test. Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion, and your credit will be automatically reported to the AIA. Additional information regarding credit-reporting and continuing-education requirements can be found online at .
Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the structural systems in the following portfolio of recently completed cultural buildings
  2. Discuss strategies for integrating mechanical systems into these expressive structures in ways that are unobtrusive and operationally efficient.
  3. Discuss the engineering, formwork, and concrete-placement challenges presented by the buildings in this collection made of reinforced concrete.
  4. For those projects located in seismically active zones, describe the features intended to limit earthquake damage.

AIA/CES Course #K1812A


For CEU credit, read  the “Continuing Education: Cultural Centers” section and take the quiz at, or use our Architectural Record Continuing Education app, available in the iTunes store.

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significant buildings.