“Building skyscrapers is the nearest peace-time equivalent of war. In fact, the analogy is startling, even to the occasional grim reality of a building accident where maimed bodies, and even death, remind us that we are fighting a war of construction against the forces of nature.” -Col. William A. Starrett, Skyscrapers and the Men Who Build Them (1928)
Indeed! I wonder if Starrett (whose book, or at least its cover, is beautifully designed and a roaring bore to read) had this proposed building (below) in mind—if so, we could’ve skipped right past WWII and declared WWIII.
It’s a good thing
that the Roman skyline isn’t punctured here and there by skyscrapers—especially
those that would’ve been built during the Fascist era. Take, for example, this planned 1100-foot
monster, proposed in 1925, in the third year of Mussolini’s government. This is an idealized cityscape of course,
created to show height comparisons with famous buildings, but this thing
(looking very much like
It is curious to note that this spaceship-like building was drawn for The Illustrated London News (24 January 1925) by Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986), an artist and designer, and known as “the Father of Space Art”. The best thing that this building could’ve done was to light its afterburners and take off.