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  • The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.
  • Manhattan has no choice but the skyward extrusion of the Grid itself; only the Skyscraper offers business the wide-open spaces of a man-made Wild West, a frontier in the sky.
  • As the twentieth century fades, North America is ceding skyscraper supremacy to Asia.
  • The tall building ought to participate in the city as both a facade, connecting the walls of the street, and as an object against the sky."
    • William Pedersen in Process Architecture, 1986
  • Architecture is the alphabet on giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. A tower stands up like a sort of simplified statue, of much more than heroic size.