Vertical City takes a high rise hike around the globe’s most iconic skyscrapers, seeing these potent symbols of ambition and wealth from a fresh perspective.
Scaling the tallest towers across the world from New York to Sweden, from Chicago to Melbourne, architects Charlie Luxton (BBC3’s Dreamspaces & BBC2’s Restored to Glory) and Keith Keaveney get high and see these bold buildings on a grand scale and at great heights from a unique perspective, as well as uncovering the stories of power, politics and daring design that lie behind them.
From interviewing the world’s leading architects – including Santiago Calatrava and Cesar Pelli – to taking a breathtaking ride down the side of each building to touch and view these awesome skyscrapers up close and personal, the presenters reveal every hidden secret of ten supertowers.
Vertical City also paints an intimate portrait of each tower by meeting the people who have a special relationship with it – from office workers and residents, to the window washers and those who carry out repairs on top of the world’s most instantly recognizable icons.
Filmed in HD, the series features fantastic aerial footage and dynamic visuals to capture design details that can be lost at ground level but which make the buildings truly come alive.
You’re a new developer, you want to build a tower in a bleak part of town and you’ve got to fill half the building before you get planning permission. What do you do? Get in a Superstar Architect to ensure your skyscraper gets noticed and gets headlines. Cesar Pelli, creator of the Petronas Towers and Canary Wharf, waved his magic design wand over the Cira Center and made it stand apart from any other high rise in the area. But are celebrity architects over paid and over hyped? And does their huge pay cheque pay back? Presented by Keith Keaveney. Architects: Cesar Pelli and Associates