Vertical City

Episode Guide

Series 1 Episode Guide

Canada Square, London

Series 1 · Episode 1

In 1991 One Canada Square, the UK's tallest skyscraper, changed the London skyline. But the Cesar Pelli designed icon wasn't in the heart of the capital.

Commerzbank, Frankfurt

Series 1 · Episode 2

The skyscraper is a symbol of aspiration and power – and an environmentally unsound energy guzzling monster. But in 1997 British super-architect Norman Foster created a contradiction in terms – the world’s first ecological tower and in doing so,

Torre Mayor, Mexico City

Series 1 · Episode 3

The strongest building on Earth, Torre Mayor is constructed to withstand earthquakes that would obliterate the average skyscraper.

Cira Centre, Philadelphia

Series 1 · Episode 4

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.

Turning Torso, Malmo

Series 1 · Episode 5

Every major city has a symbolic piece of architecture that projects its image to the world. But what happens when a city loses not only its trademark industry but its trademark icon?

Eureka Tower, Melbourne

Series 1 · Episode 6

Vertical City goes up top Down Under to the tallest residential building in the world – the 300m Eureka Tower, the most exclusive address in the Southern Hemisphere. But is living the high life destroying our traditional city communities? Are these Vertical Villages changing the way we live forever?

Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

Series 1 · Episode 7

Even before the modern skyscraper, the super tall building has been a source of innovation and fierce competition – and no time was the fight for height fiercer than in the late 18th century when cathedrals across Europe competed to make their spires the tallest.

Sears Tower, Chicago

Series 1 · Episode 8

Still the tallest tower in the US – as well as the tallest building in the world for 25 years – the $175million Sears Tower broke boundaries in not only height but design and construction when it was completed in 1973.

Q1, Queensland

Series 1 · Episode 9

From a trendy beachbum dropout to the Miami of the Southern Hemisphere, Surfer's Paradise has come a long way from a small town with great waves perched on the west coast of Australia.

7 World Trade Centre, New York

Series 1 · Episode 10

Skyscrapers have transformed cities across the globe – most notably the famous skyline of Manhattan. But on 11 September 2001, this historic cityscape became forever linked with one event that forced architects to rethink.