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A decade that lurched in with a listless and faltering financial recovery now struts out, as far as architecture is concerned, in triumph. Not since the 1920s has there been anything like the flurry of competitive skyscraper-building now transforming the skylines of America’s cities. This year has seen the construction of the Central Park Tower (1,550 feet) and the Steinway Tower (1,428 feet), both on West 57th Street in New York. Formally opened this October, Foster + Partners’ Comcast Technology Center lords over the Philadelphia skyline and sports at its summit a 13-story Four Seasons Hotel (which also claims another...