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London: 'Walkie-Talkie' Skyscraper Melts Cars

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/13/2014 6:22:40 PM
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Re: Vinoly hits back
Couldn't help but return here after seeing this update today that they may be adding "sun-shading gear" to the Walkie-Talkie building in order to avoid this car-melty stuff in the future. It will cost in the "single digit millions." You can find more fun information on this, here (Bloomberg).

recjohnson
recjohnson  
11/4/2013 11:52:22 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Vinoly hits back
The consultants can launch a new consultancy to design buildings that generate electricity for the neighbourhood using solar thermal.

richheap
richheap  
9/7/2013 7:39:55 AM
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Vinoly hits back
UPDATE: Walkie Talkie architect Rafael Vinoly has hit out at the large number of consultants that worked on the project, and the architectural culture in the UK. Whaddaya make of this?

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
9/4/2013 5:37:45 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Heliostats for Concentrating Solar Power Plants
Rich, All I remember was the building was super bright and it was super hot in and around the area. Now its nice and cool...sun doesnt shine all over because of the new finish on it.

Mujuku
Mujuku  
9/4/2013 4:02:44 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Cartoon Bubble Heat Shield
I've been enjoying the stories on this very much! The journalists and headline writers have been having a field day. Selected headlines:

Faulty tower given sunscreen to stop it frying neighbourhood (Independent)

Skyscraper? On reflection it's more like a 37-storey barbecue (Daily Mail)

City tower developers missed risk of 'Walkie Scorchie' beam (Evening Standard)

Walkie Talkie 'death ray' sunscreen after car melts (The Times)

London skyscraper proves to be hot property (Financial Times)

richheap
richheap  
9/4/2013 12:17:16 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cartoon Bubble Heat Shield
Well, you Americans are far ahead of us when it comes to creative ways of suing people, and all power to you. We Brits generally don't like to make a fuss, even for a legitimate grievance.

You could also argue that the local businesses have benefited because of the extra people passing their shops to observe the "death ray". If I was a business, I'd accept a scorched doormat if it meant more people poking around outside my shop.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/4/2013 12:02:59 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cartoon Bubble Heat Shield
In certain cosmetics and house paints, "matte" is a desirable finish. Let's matteify this bad boy - it better suits the fall fashion trends anyway.

In the U.S. the class-action lawsuits woulda been flying around by now for sure. It's the American way! You could conceivably argue that a different plaintiff could file one for each hour the sun glides over this thing, temporarily blinding a new group of folks. 

 

Toby
Toby  
9/4/2013 10:46:54 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Opportunities
They should really put up solar panels and call it a super efficient green building...by accident :)

richheap
richheap  
9/4/2013 10:18:47 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Opportunities
By jove Toby, I think you're on to something. This idea of using sunlight for tanning is exactly the kind of innovative thinking we need to get the UK economy out of the mire.

Sadly, your plan may be scuppered by the temporary screen they're planning to erect to solve the problem temporarily. I only hope that the screen reflects the light back towards the sun to send out the clear message: "Yeah sun, see how you like it."

Toby
Toby  
9/4/2013 6:57:22 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Opportunities
Perhaps the right way to look at this is how the building can monetize the wealth of tanning rays? Open a tanning store on the corner where the rays converge and charge a premium for 'natural rays' rather than those sunbed rays.

Actually there is a great short story by Arthur Clarke called "A slight case of sunstroke" which is entirely apropos here...and tragically funny.

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