As Rich Heap reported yesterday, London's "Walkie-Talkie" is melting cars
... a weird story that provides more evidence of a harrowing trend: skyscrapers taking revenge on cities.
Melting cars and bikes, blinding pedestrians, murdering birds... it seems our skyscrapers will stop at nothing when it comes to their clear intent to wreak havoc on civilization. Of course, at the heart of each of these incidents was some mortifying design flaw that any architect or engineer worth his or her degree should have been completely aware of -- but that's neither here nor there. The point is: Skyscrapers are vengeful beasts, and we have proof!
For further evidence of the clear war skyscrapers are waging on their people -- and really, of examples of sheer stupidity when it comes to designing and implementing high-rise buildings -- please click the image below to begin the slideshow. And when you're done, join us on the message boards for a discussion about what takeaways architects, engineers, and city leaders must derive so that our next-generation of urban skyscrapers go a bit easier on us.
In Toronto, Skyscrapers Are for the (Dead) Birds
As The New York Times reported last October, Toronto's soaring skyscrapers with reflective glass facades are proving deadly for migratory birds, with 1 million to 9 million birds dying each year by crashing into them. While some building owners have agreed to make amendments -- such as putting white dots on the glass up near the top of structures -- this issue is rarely taken into consideration by architects and buildings developers.
— Nicole Ferraro, , Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities