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David Adjaye 130 William skyscraper

Dezeen Debate features David Adjaye's "wonderful" first skyscraper in New York

The latest edition of our Dezeen Debate newsletter features David Adjaye's reveal of the 130 William skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now.

Ghanaian-British architect Adjaye has completed the 130 William skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, which is the first skyscraper finished by the architect and his studio Adjaye Associates.

The tower is 800 feet tall and has an exterior that is covered in hand-troweled concrete panels.

Readers were fascinated by the tower. One thought it was "wonderful" that the skyscraper is not "just another blue glass box", whilst another disagreed, describing the building as "another pointless skyscraper for the super-rich to live in".

Hotsat 1 satellite
Hotsat-1 satellite launched to identify energy-inefficient buildings

Other stories in this week's newsletter that fired up the comments section included British technology company SatVu's launch of a satellite that will map the energy efficiency of buildings from space, architecture studio Hickok Cole's use of AI chatbot ChatGPT to design a large mixed-use building and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Moody Nolan's reveal of a museum in South Carolina.

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