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A skyscraper is a building, but it is always something else: a bird, a cathedral, a sail, a signal to the heavens. As long as people have been building tall – over a century now – they have been filling the tower with poetic meaning. “It must be tall, every inch of it tall,” the pioneering architect Louis Sullivan wrote in 1896. “It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exultation.” And Calgary, a city that is having a really rough summer, could use some exultation. Just before the Stampede, it got some with the announcement of a new highrise called Telus Sky. It will be a 700-foot-tall signpost to a new city – with a more vibrant downtown, a concern for sustainability and soaring design. FULL ARTICLE IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL