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Shanghai Tower: A Tower for China’s Current Moment 

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When I was a graduate student of architecture at Columbia, one of my professors, Yehuda Safran, told me, “You are young, and when you are young, history appears to be flat. As you get older, history takes on more topography.” As Shanghai Tower nears completion, I’ve been thinking about Yehuda’s remark. I knew at the time that even if what he was saying was true, I couldn’t fully appreciate it. Since then I’ve come to a deeper understanding of what he meant.

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