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Skyscrapers Strike Back: 7 Design Fails

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richheap
richheap  
10/2/2013 4:45:07 PM
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High winds
I just saw this article about a skyscraper in Leeds causing high winds and blowing pedestrians into the road, which seems appropriate here. Dangerous.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/17/2013 3:35:33 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Danger is everywhere
Thanks for the note, Nicole. There was a big package in the Post magazine this weekend about the future of DC in general, with a concise editorial on why DC is not yet "mature" enough (given our icky recent history of corrupt politicians, jailed-then-reelected-then-censured politicians, etc.) to safely wipe out the longtime restrictions the Height Act has imposed upon our skyline. I'm a big DC booster, but I have to admit this writer has a point. Not that we have a lock on corrupt pols, but we certainly have some especially egregious examples. That, coupled with the big growth here in recent years, makes me worry about who'd win the contracts to raise - or raze - those familiar, low-slung buildings.

richheap
richheap  
9/16/2013 12:06:08 PM
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Re: Meet invisible building
Thanks PostSandy. I saw a story about this 'invisible' tower earlier today. I was planning to look at it (or should I say not look at it) later this week. Looks like I've been beaten to the punch.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
9/16/2013 11:00:02 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Meet invisible building
Seoul is leading the futuristic development again. Meet this almost 1500 foot tall tower, tentatively named "Tower Infinity", that can visually hide from you at night. The project's backer, Korea Land & Housing Corp., says that the structure is safe to air traffic.

It seems we have a contender for "Skyscrapers Strike Back - Part II". 

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/13/2013 2:43:56 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Danger is everywhere
Amy, it looks like the study undertaken by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) considering whether to raise DC's height limit is coming down in favor of those who want to keep the skyline as is. Seems that any height limit changes will be minimal. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/10/2013 5:48:34 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Danger is everywhere
"It seems odd to me that these matters have not been questioned much in the design stage."

You and me both, James@SanDiego. It blows my mind, honestly.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
9/9/2013 10:08:44 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Danger is everywhere
You would think that engineers would take into consideration the mutual effect and interchange these monolits would have with Nature.  Nature is such a force to be dealt with and our pretty little buildings with the bragging rights are no match against the powers of Mother Nature.  It seems odd to me that these matters have not been questioned much in the design stage.  That such a building that would intensity and concentrate sunlight, if even for only a few minutes a day would even be permitted.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/6/2013 10:45:27 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Dangerous and unsettling
@Toby: Admittedly, the length has put me off, only because I have a bad habit of reading several books at once (really unproductive, honestly) so when one of those books is almost 1,000 pages it tends to take me forever to finish. (There's a copy of Infinite Jest sitting on my bookshelf that haunts me daily because I only got halfway through before getting distracted by other books!) So when I set out to read Ken's book I'll make sure it's my main focus. :)

Toby
Toby  
9/6/2013 4:50:32 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Dangerous and unsettling
@Nicole: Well allright then! One more sale for Ken and a great book. You will enjoy it. It is a little long so take it to the beach or, if you can, get the audio book...just as good.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/5/2013 2:40:10 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Dangerous and unsettling
Toby, thanks for mentioning Pillars of the Earth. I've been meaning to read it for years. Maybe I'll actually do it now!

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