REVISITING THE CHICAGO SPIKE. I posted about Caltrava’s proposed Chicago Spike here in August, 2007. The Chicago Spike was influenced by Calatrava’s Turning Torso in Malmo Sweden. The twisted spire (described as similar to a drill bit) would reduce the wind forces that make skyscrapers sway. The building would have had 150 floors and would have been the tallest residential building in North America. The date of my post—August, 2007, just at the start of the financial crisis—is important because the Chicago Spire has not been built. An Irish government agency that took on debt from a failed Irish bank is responsible for the property expenses. An article by Maura Webber Sadovi in the Wall Street Journal (May 2) told the story and had a picture of the hole in the ground at the site.

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