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(CNN)   The Council of Tall Buildings says we can build towers up to 2 kilometers. No word yet from the Royal Society for Putting Things on top of Other Things   (edition.cnn.com) divider line 43
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2014-04-18 12:50:09 PM
So....

Is this the Burj Khalifa all over again?

Big giant empty tower with shiat trucks running out of the basement because they have no sewers?
 
2014-04-18 01:04:43 PM
Is this 2 kilometers with silly ass spires on top to pretend to be taller than the actual architectural height is?


/I'm looking at you 1/2 WTC tower
 
2014-04-18 04:15:59 PM
A kilometer triangle?


That's... no tower, that's a star destroyer.
 
2014-04-18 04:19:49 PM

meyerkev: So....

Is this the Burj Khalifa all over again?

Big giant empty tower with shiat trucks running out of the basement because they have no sewers?


When you have shiatloads of money you can haul loads of shiat
 
2014-04-18 04:24:21 PM
If a building that tall starts swaying in the wind, it'd be difficult to walk, so I think the Ministry of Silly Walks needs to be consulted as well.
 
2014-04-18 04:25:25 PM
I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.
 
2014-04-18 04:25:48 PM

Fubegra: If a building that tall starts swaying in the wind, it'd be difficult to walk, so I think the Ministry of Silly Walks needs to be consulted as well.


It's the world's largest metronome.  Better call in a band
 
2014-04-18 04:26:46 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.


He had preliminary sketches and nothing more.  To build that high is possible.  But it is not practical, yet.  Elevator technology needs to improve first
 
2014-04-18 04:29:16 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois
 
2014-04-18 04:33:01 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.

He had preliminary sketches and nothing more.  To build that high is possible.  But it is not practical, yet.  Elevator technology needs to improve first


We can go a hell of a lot higher. Right now, the issue is the means of a higher rate of production.
 
2014-04-18 04:44:22 PM
In high school we discussed high rises and the law of diminishing returns. Eventually the elevator shafts would take up so much room it would not be feasible to go over a certain height.

Of course this was quite some time ago, and things have changed since then.
 
2014-04-18 05:04:38 PM
I want a space elevator.
 
2014-04-18 05:17:08 PM
What gets me about these countries is that they're really doing nothing with all that wealth but spending it on the national equivalent of spinning rims and Manolo Blahniks. $1.2bn? How much could you spend on education and research for that?
 
2014-04-18 05:21:36 PM
AMonkey'sUncle:
In high school we discussed high rises and the law of diminishing returns. Eventually the elevator shafts would take up so much room it would not be feasible to go over a certain height.

I just want someone to build the "1000^3" - a building 1000 feet on a side. You could do a lot of interesting things with a billion cubic feet...
 
2014-04-18 05:23:54 PM

farkeruk: What gets me about these countries is that they're really doing nothing with all that wealth but spending it on the national equivalent of spinning rims and Manolo Blahniks. $1.2bn? How much could you spend on education and research for that?


But.. education and research don't resemble a massive phallus that will make the neighbors jealous...
 
2014-04-18 05:24:50 PM

farkeruk: What gets me about these countries is that they're really doing nothing with all that wealth but spending it on the national equivalent of spinning rims and Manolo Blahniks. $1.2bn? How much could you spend on education and research for that?


Not a lot actually.

My school district was $10K/student/year * 12K kids.

So a decades worth of funding for a small, cheap, well-behaved group of students.

/Not saying this isn't a waste, but the scale is quite small.
//Bay bridge cost $6.4 Billion just to rebuild half of it.
 
2014-04-18 05:25:11 PM

farkeruk: What gets me about these countries is that they're really doing nothing with all that wealth but spending it on the national equivalent of spinning rims and Manolo Blahniks. $1.2bn? How much could you spend on education and research for that?


Who cares about the kids when you can die knowing you won the international dick measuring competition.
 
2014-04-18 05:27:56 PM

cirby: AMonkey'sUncle:
In high school we discussed high rises and the law of diminishing returns. Eventually the elevator shafts would take up so much room it would not be feasible to go over a certain height.

I just want someone to build the "1000^3" - a building 1000 feet on a side. You could do a lot of interesting things with a billion cubic feet...


www.greenmoxie.com
 
2014-04-18 05:28:09 PM
That's going to make quite a mess coming down.
Sure, build it!
 
2014-04-18 05:33:40 PM

SquiggsIN: Smeggy Smurf: Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.

He had preliminary sketches and nothing more.  To build that high is possible.  But it is not practical, yet.  Elevator technology needs to improve first

None of the "tallest buildings in the world" we currently have are practical either.  It's not about practicality, it's about a dick-swinging contest to see which nation can out-do the last waste of resources.


This.

Dubai isn't short of ready-to-develop greenfield sites - there is no practical reason to either build massive towers or do enormous land reclaimation projects. Basically a very expensive exercise in dick waving. Which in Dubai's case bit them on the ass with a tower that is now owned and named after Abu Dhabi's Sheikh so they have a constant reminder who bailed them out and owns their country now.

CSB: worked on a tower in Abu Dhabi that was going to be the tallest tower in the city. The owner had us design the columns and foundations so that if during construction an even taller building was started elsewhere in AD they could add up to an extra 20 floors to take back the top spot. Pure Dick Waving.
 
2014-04-18 05:42:46 PM

tinyarena: That's going to make quite a mess coming down.
Sure, build it!


Yup...all it takes is one disgruntled guy who becomes radicalized after the King jails his favorite politician on trumped-up charges. Oh...that and an airliner.

/too soon?
 
2014-04-18 05:54:55 PM
cirby:

I just want someone to build the "1000^3" - a building 1000 feet on a side. You could do a lot of interesting things with a billion cubic feet...

There is very little use for that aside from large data centers, storage, or sports venues. People tend to get nutty if they have to live/work in an environment without access to natural light.  You could do a building with outer dimensions like that, but better off making it hollow in the middle, like the pentagon, or Apples new HQ.
 
2014-04-18 05:56:59 PM

Stone Meadow: tinyarena: That's going to make quite a mess coming down.
Sure, build it!

Yup...all it takes is one disgruntled guy who becomes radicalized after the King jails his favorite politician on trumped-up charges. Oh...that and an airliner.

/too soon?


At least wait until I've made it beyond that last security checkpoint before giving them a warning
 
2014-04-18 06:03:56 PM
Soon we'll be living on Necromunda.
 
2014-04-18 07:40:45 PM
wouldn't it be cheaper to just dig down around the foundation of an existing building?
 
2014-04-18 07:45:44 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.

He had preliminary sketches and nothing more.  To build that high is possible.  But it is not practical, yet.  Elevator technology needs to improve first


I'd be more worried about the fact that the taller a building the more trouble it's subject to. Same thing for the size of nuclear reactors and elephants.
 
2014-04-18 08:08:15 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.


The Illinois
 
2014-04-18 08:13:27 PM

cirby: AMonkey'sUncle:
In high school we discussed high rises and the law of diminishing returns. Eventually the elevator shafts would take up so much room it would not be feasible to go over a certain height.

I just want someone to build the "1000^3" - a building 1000 feet on a side. You could do a lot of interesting things with a billion cubic feet...


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-18 08:14:00 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: I once read an (possibly apocryphal) article that Frank Lloyd Wright had designs for 1 mile high buildings. I wonder if there's any truth to that.


Here are some sketches:

img508.imageshack.us
 
2014-04-18 08:18:07 PM

doglover: cirby: AMonkey'sUncle:
In high school we discussed high rises and the law of diminishing returns. Eventually the elevator shafts would take up so much room it would not be feasible to go over a certain height.

I just want someone to build the "1000^3" - a building 1000 feet on a side. You could do a lot of interesting things with a billion cubic feet...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 535x414]


Hell, you could have a small airport up there.
 
2014-04-18 08:56:47 PM
I'm living in Urban Monad 116, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/death to flippos
 
2014-04-18 09:19:59 PM
Did they seriously issue concrete measurements on SQUARE feet? Dafuq?
 
2014-04-18 10:02:28 PM
Wonder when they will build a condo like this in a historic district of Toronto?

/Subby also suffered a headline typo, or just can't do math
 
2014-04-18 11:06:02 PM

LemSkroob: cirby:

I just want someone to build the "1000^3" - a building 1000 feet on a side. You could do a lot of interesting things with a billion cubic feet...

There is very little use for that aside from large data centers, storage, or sports venues. People tend to get nutty if they have to live/work in an environment without access to natural light.  You could do a building with outer dimensions like that, but better off making it hollow in the middle, like the pentagon, or Apples new HQ.


Has anyone actually tried with modern lighting and air handling technology? When was the last time someone gave it a serious try (without it just being built as a slum)?
 
2014-04-18 11:08:02 PM
1.3 Billion won't even get you a pair of rail tunnels under the Hudson River.  Must be using non-union labor.
 
2014-04-18 11:24:35 PM
Two kilometers tall?

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-18 11:50:27 PM

fustanella: I'm living in Urban Monad 116, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/death to flippos


Down the chute with them!
 
2014-04-19 01:54:03 AM
Maybe they should take some of the oil money and build a proper sewage system for their new penis substitutes so they don't have to have a line of septic trucks running from the building to the sewage treatment plant.
 
2014-04-19 01:58:55 AM

farkeruk: What gets me about these countries is that they're really doing nothing with all that wealth but spending it on the national equivalent of spinning rims and Manolo Blahniks. $1.2bn? How much could you spend on education and research for that?


Well, we spend our money on military equipment that we never use.  So not much to talk about.
 
2014-04-19 03:42:33 AM
A 2km tall pyramid would be the shiat
 
2014-04-19 11:19:15 AM

InterruptingQuirk: Is this 2 kilometers with silly ass spires on top to pretend to be taller than the actual architectural height is?


/I'm looking at you 1/2 WTC tower


This cannot be thissed enough. Even though the buildings are getting higher...the upper most usable floor has been getting lower.

///and the WTC spire shouldnt even count since they've decided to not even decorate the "spire" anymore. Now it's just a radio antennae that doesn't count on any other building
 
2014-04-19 01:08:40 PM
This reminds me of the solar updraft tower design.  That sort of thing would be pretty cool to see, though the NIMBY types would never let a large tower come to fruition.
 
2014-04-19 01:33:51 PM

Flash_NYC: 1.3 Billion won't even get you a pair of rail tunnels under the Hudson River.  Must be using non-union labor.


Slaves rarely have the opportunity to unionize.
 
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